2012 European Women's Handball Championship

The 2012 European Women's Handball Championship was held in Serbia from 4 to 16 December. Originally the tournament was scheduled to be held in the Netherlands but on 4 June 2012 the Dutch Handball Federation withdrew from the organization. Subsequently, the European Handball Federation (EHF) launched a new bidding process and eventually selected Serbia as the new host on 18 June 2012.

2012 EHF European Women's Handball Championship
2012 European Women's Handball Championship Logo.svg
EHF Euro 2012 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Serbia
Dates4–16 December
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Montenegro (1st title)
Runner-up Norway
Third place Hungary
Fourth place Serbia
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2381 (50.66 per match)
Attendance122,604 (2,609 per match)
Top scorer(s) Katarina Bulatović (MNE) (56 goals)
Best player Anja Edin (NOR)
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Montenegro captured their first title by defeating defending champion Norway 34–31 in the final.[1]

Host selectionEdit

Initially on its meeting on 27 September 2008 the EHF awarded the championship to the Netherlands, beating the bids of Germany and Serbia.[2] This could have been the second time for Netherlands to host the tournament,[3] however, on 4 June 2012 the Dutch Handball Federation announced they are unable to organize the European Championship.[4] A day later the EHF re-launched the host selection process;[5] ten nations had shown interest in organizing the competition, including Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Sweden.[6] Romania added their interest the day after.[7] On 18 June 2012 the EHF granted the organizational rights to Serbia and also disposed of the fate of the Dutch national team. Since Serbia, the new host already qualified for the European Championship, the place reserved for the host nation was passed to Iceland as the best non-qualified team and the Netherlands were pulled out from the tournament.[5]

VenuesEdit

Five venues in four cities had been selected to host the matches:[8]

Group stage

 

Belgrade
Niš
Novi Sad
Vršac
Vršac Niš
Millennium Center
Capacity: 4,000
Čair Sports Center
Capacity: 5,000
   
Group&Knockout stage Knockout stage
Novi Sad Belgrade
Spens Sports Center
Capacity: 11,500
Kombank Arena
Capacity: 23,000
   
City Arena Capacity[9] Round
Belgrade Kombank Arena 20,000 Group A, Main Round, Semifinals and Finals
Novi Sad Spens Arena 8,000 Group C, Main Round
Vršac Millennium Centar 4,058 Group D
Niš Čair Sports Center 4,000 Group B

QualificationEdit

Qualification matches were played from September 2011 to June 2012. Following the new system introduced for the 2010 Men's Championship, all teams were included in the qualification round, except Netherlands who were hosts before the withdrawal.[4] Teams were divided in 7 groups and the two top ranked teams from each group qualified.

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
  Norway 01Defending champion 0019 December 2010 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Croatia 02Winner of group 6 0024 March 2012 60 (1994, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Czech Republic 02Runner-up of group 5 0025 March 2012 30 (1994, 2002, 2004)
  Sweden 02Winner of group 5 0025 March 2012 70 (1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Germany 02Winner of group 1 0030 May 2012 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Hungary 02Runner-up of group 1 0030 May 2012 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Romania 02Winner of group 2 0030 May 2012 80 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010)
  Serbia 02Runner-up of group 2 0030 May 2012 20 ( 2008, 2010)
  France 02Winner of group 4 0030 May 2012 60 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Denmark 02Runner-up of group 6 002 June 2012 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Spain 02Runner-up of group 7 002 June 2012 60 (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Ukraine 02Winner of group 7 003 June 2012 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  North Macedonia 02Runner-up of group 4 003 June 2012 40 (1998, 2000, 2006, 2008)
  Montenegro 02Winner of group 3 003 June 2012 10 (2010)
  Russia 02Runner-up of group 3 003 June 2012 90 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  Iceland 02Awarded final place[5] 0018 June 2012 10 (2010)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year.

SquadsEdit

RefereesEdit

12 referee pairs were selected:[10]

SeedingEdit

The draw was scheduled to be held on 6 June 2012 at 14:00 local time in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[11] The draw procedure was announced on 15 May.[12][13] It was canceled because of the withdrawal of the Dutch Handball Federation.[4] The draw was rescheduled to 22 June 2012 in Monaco.[5] The pots were new assigned due to the removal of the Netherlands and the addition of Iceland.[14]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Preliminary roundEdit

The draw was held on 22 June 2012.[15] The playing schedule was released on 13 July.[16][17]

The top three teams from each group advanced to the main round, while the last placed team from each group was eliminated.

     Team advanced to the main round

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 3 3 0 0 67 62 +5 6 Main round
2   Serbia (H) 3 2 0 1 79 75 +4 4
3   Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 68 71 −3 2
4   Ukraine 3 0 0 3 62 68 −6 0 Eliminated
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host.
4 December 2012
17:45
Ukraine   22 – 25   Czech Republic Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 450
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Borshchenko 7 (7–12) Štěrbová, Luzumová 6
  6×  Report   2× 
4 December 2012
20:15
Norway   28 – 26   Serbia Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Riegelhuth Koren 8 (17–12) Ognjenović 9
  4×  1×  Report   6× 

6 December 2012
18:15
Serbia   25 – 23   Ukraine Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Popović, Damnjanović 5 (14–10) Managarova 7
  3×  Report   7× 
6 December 2012
20:15
Czech Republic   19 – 21   Norway Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 450
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Poznarová 5 (12–10) Sulland 8
  4×  Report   3× 

8 December 2012
18:15
Norway   18 – 17   Ukraine Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,554
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Sulland 6 (8–11) Glibko, Borshchenko 4
  3×  Report   9×  1× 
8 December 2012
20:15
Serbia   28 – 24   Czech Republic Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Lekić, Pop-Lazić 6 (12–15) Černá, Chrenková 6
  6×  Report   3× 

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 2 0 1 80 61 +19 4 Main round
2   Denmark 3 2 0 1 91 84 +7 4
3   Sweden 3 2 0 1 70 65 +5 4
4   North Macedonia 3 0 0 3 61 92 −31 0 Eliminated
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
4 December 2012
18:15
France   29 – 16   North Macedonia Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 750
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Baudouin 8 (15–10) Portjanko 6
  2×  Report   2× 
4 December 2012
20:15
Sweden   27 – 26   Denmark Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 300
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Ahlm 10 (13–15) Jørgensen 6
  1×  Report   4× 

6 December 2012
18:15
North Macedonia   15 – 26   Sweden Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 300
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Bajramoska 4 (8–11) Torstenson 8
  2×  Report   1× 
6 December 2012
20:15
Denmark   28 – 27   France Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 200
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Nørgaard, Burgaard 7 (15–12) Baudouin, Njitam 5
  2×  Report   1× 

8 December 2012
18:15
Sweden   17 – 24   France Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 500
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Torstenson 5 (8–13) Signate, Mendy 4
  1×  Report   2× 
8 December 2012
20:15
Denmark   37 – 30   North Macedonia Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Augustesen 8 (17–13) Crvenkoska, Portjanko 7
  4×  Report   3× 

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Hungary 3 2 0 1 83 80 +3 4 Main round
2   Spain 3 2 0 1 79 73 +6 4
3   Germany 3 1 0 2 58 63 −5 2
4   Croatia 3 1 0 2 65 69 −4 2 Eliminated
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
4 December 2012
18:15
Germany   20 – 23   Spain SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Lythje, Christiansen (DEN)
Steinbach 6 (12–13) Martín 7
  5×  Report   3× 
4 December 2012
20:15
Croatia   28 – 27   Hungary SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,800
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Zebić 9 (15–14) Tomori 9
  5×  Report   2× 

5 December 2012
18:15
Spain   25 – 21   Croatia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Mangué 7 (13–10) Zebić 7
  3×  Report   4× 
5 December 2012
20:15
Hungary   24 – 21   Germany SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Görbicz 9 (11–14) Zapf 5
  2×  Report   4× 

7 December 2012
18:15
Hungary   32 – 31   Spain SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 3,700
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Tomori 12 (17–14) Martín 7
  3×  Report   3× 
7 December 2012
20:15
Croatia   16 – 17   Germany SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 2,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Zebić 5 (7–8) Augsburg 4
  2×  Report   4× 

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Montenegro 3 3 0 0 79 63 +16 6 Main round
2   Russia 3 1 1 1 78 72 +6 3
3   Romania 3 1 1 1 63 63 0 3
4   Iceland 3 0 0 3 56 78 −22 0 Eliminated
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
4 December 2012
18:05
Montenegro   26 – 16   Iceland Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Bulatović 7 (10–7) Bragadóttir 5
  5×  Report   4× 
4 December 2012
20:15
Romania   21 – 21   Russia Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Curea 9 (12–7) Khmyrova 6
  4×  Report   3× 

5 December 2012
18:05
Russia   27 – 30   Montenegro Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Postnova 5 (14–20) Knežević, Radičević 6
  1×  Report   4× 
5 December 2012
20:15
Iceland   19 – 22   Romania Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 2,700
Referees: Lythje, Christiansen (DEN)
Jónsdóttir 5 (13–15) Brădeanu 7
  4×  Report   3× 

7 December 2012
18:05
Russia   30 – 21   Iceland Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Postnova, Sen 5 (15–8) Jónsdóttir 4
  3×  Report   2× 
7 December 2012
20:15
Romania   20 – 23   Montenegro Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Brădeanu 6 (10–9) Bulatović 9
  2×  Report   2× 

Main roundEdit

The top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semifinals, while the third placed team from each group compete in a 5th/6th place play-off. The start times of matches in Group I were 16:10, 18:10 and 20:10 while in Group II the times were 16:15, 18:15 and 20:15. The matches were assigned after the preliminary round.

     Team advanced to the semifinals
     Team competed for the 5th/6th place

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 5 4 0 1 140 124 +16 8 Semifinals
2   Serbia (H) 5 3 1 1 124 118 +6 7
3   Denmark 5 3 0 2 148 146 +2 6 Fifth place game
4   Sweden 5 2 1 2 127 127 0 5 Eliminated
5   France 5 2 0 3 111 115 −4 4
6   Czech Republic 5 0 0 5 121 141 −20 0
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host.
10 December 2012
16:10
Czech Republic   30 – 33   Denmark Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 400
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Knedlíková, Kutlvašrová 6 (12–13) Nørgaard 10
  Report   4× 
10 December 2012
18:10
Norway   30 – 19   France Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 500
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Sulland 7 (14–10) Baudouin 5
  5×  Report   2× 
10 December 2012
20:10
Serbia   23 – 23   Sweden Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Rajović 5 (13–14) Torstenson 8
  2×  Report  

11 December 2012
16:10
Czech Republic   22 – 24   France Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 800
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Chrenková 4 (10–14) Ayglon 6
  2×  Report   2× 
11 December 2012
18:10
Norway   28 – 25   Sweden Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Edin 9 (12–14) Gulldén 10
  2×  Report  
11 December 2012
20:10
Serbia   29 – 26   Denmark Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Damnjanović 8 (16–14) Jørgensen 5
  6×  Report   3× 

13 December 2012
16:10
Czech Republic   26 – 35   Sweden Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Chrenková 7 (14–14) Fogelström 7
  1×  Report   3× 
13 December 2012
18:10
Serbia   18 – 17   France Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Rajović 5 (10–6) Signate 4
  2×  Report   3× 
13 December 2012
20:10
Norway   33 – 35   Denmark Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Sulland, Alstad 6 (17–15) Burgaard 8
  Report  

Group IIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Montenegro 5 4 0 1 128 123 +5 8 Semifinals
2   Hungary 5 3 0 2 132 130 +2 6
3   Russia 5 1 3 1 130 127 +3 5 Fifth place game
4   Germany 5 2 1 2 119 116 +3 5 Eliminated
5   Romania 5 1 1 3 114 120 −6 3
6   Spain 5 1 1 3 128 135 −7 3
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
9 December 2012
16:15
Spain   26 – 31   Romania SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 700
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Fernández, Mangué 5 (12–15) Neagu, Curea 7
  4×  Report   2×  1× 
9 December 2012
18:15
Hungary   26 – 28   Montenegro SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Szucsánszki 8 (9–15) Radičević 9
  3×  1×  Report   5×  2× 
9 December 2012
20:15
Germany   26 – 26   Russia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 600
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Steinbach 9 (16–13) Khmyrova 6
  3×  Report   3× 

11 December 2012
16:15
Spain   25 – 25   Russia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 800
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Martín 11 (13–14) Postnova 7
  3×  Report   3×  1× 
11 December 2012
18:15
Germany   27 – 20   Montenegro SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Steinbach 7 (14–9) Bulatović 6
  3×  Report   3× 
11 December 2012
20:15
Hungary   25 – 19   Romania SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Vérten 7 (14–12) Neagu, Nechita 6
  2×  Report   1× 

13 December 2012
16:15
Spain   23 – 27   Montenegro SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Fernández 7 (16–13) Bulatović 6
  4×  Report   7× 
13 December 2012
18:15
Germany   25 – 23   Romania SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Steinbach 8 (16–9) Vădineanu, Nechita 7
  3×  Report   2×  1× 
13 December 2012
20:15
Hungary   25 – 31   Russia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Rédei Soós 5 (11–13) Ilyina 7
  2×  Report   4× 

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
15 December
 
 
  Norway30
 
16 December
 
  Hungary19
 
  Norway31
 
15 December
 
  Montenegro (ET)34
 
  Serbia26
 
 
  Montenegro27
 
Third place
 
 
16 December
 
 
  Hungary (ET)41
 
 
  Serbia38

SemifinalsEdit

15 December 2012
14:30
Norway   30 – 19   Hungary Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Edin, Riegelhuth Koren 6 (16–11) Görbicz 6
  4×  Report   3× 

15 December 2012
17:00
Serbia   26 – 27   Montenegro Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 13,000
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Filipović 7 (14–13) Knežević 8
  4×  Report   3× 

Fifth place gameEdit

15 December 2012
12:00
Denmark   32 – 30   Russia Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 800
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Nørgaard, Burgaard 8 (15–15) Sen 6
  5×  Report   3× 

Third place gameEdit

16 December 2012
14:30
Hungary   41 – 38 (ET)   Serbia Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Viktória Rédei Soós 9 (21–19) three players 7
  1×  Report   4× 

FT: 33–33 ET: 8–5

FinalEdit

16 December 2012
17:00
Norway   31 – 34 (ET)   Montenegro Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Alstad 11 (11–12) Knežević 10
  2×  Report   7× 

FT: 24–24 ET: 4–4, 3–6

Final ranking and statisticsEdit

Qualified for the 2013 World Championship

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit