2018 European Men's Handball Championship

The 2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship was the 13th edition and was hosted for the second time in Croatia from 12 to 28 January 2018. Croatia was awarded hosting the tournament during the EHF congress in Dublin on 20 September 2014.

2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
2018 European Men's Handball Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Croatia
Dates12–28 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runner-up Sweden
Third place France
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2563 (54.53 per match)
Attendance263,209 (5,600 per match)
Top scorer(s)Czech Republic Ondřej Zdráhala
(56 goals)
Best playerSweden Jim Gottfridsson
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EHF flags in Zagreb
Championship Billboard in Zagreb

Spain won their first title after defeating Sweden 29–23 in the final. France captured the bronze medal after defeating Denmark 32–29.[1][2]

VenuesEdit

Zagreb Split
Arena Zagreb
Capacity: 15,200
Spaladium Arena
Capacity: 10,941
   
Varaždin Poreč
Varaždin Arena
Capacity: 5,200
Žatika Sport Centre
Capacity: 3,700
 

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament
  Croatia Host 20 September 2014 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Spain Group 3 winner 6 May 2017 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Germany Group 5 winner 6 May 2017 11 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016)
  Sweden Group 6 winner 6 May 2017 11 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Denmark Group 1 winner 14 June 2017 11 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  France Group 7 winner 14 June 2017 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Hungary Group 1 runner-up 15 June 2017 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Serbia Group 2 runner-up 15 June 2017 4 ( 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Belarus Group 2 winner 15 June 2017 4 (1994, 2008, 2014, 2016)
  Montenegro Group 6 runner-up 17 June 2017 3 (2008, 2014, 2016)
  Norway Group 7 runner-up 17 June 2017 7 (2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Slovenia Group 5 runner-up 17 June 2017 10 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016)
  Austria Group 3 runner-up 17 June 2017 2 (2010, 2014)
  Czech Republic Group 4 runner-up 18 June 2017 8 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  North Macedonia Group 4 winner 18 June 2017 4 (1998, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Iceland Group 4 third place 18 June 2017 9 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

Note: Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

DrawEdit

The draw was held on 23 June 2017.[3][4]

SeedingEdit

The seedings were announced on 19 June 2017.[5][6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

SquadsEdit

Match officialsEdit

On 26 October 2017, 12 couples were announced.[7]

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+1).[8]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 82 +7 4[a] Main round
2   Croatia (H) 3 2 0 1 92 79 +13 4[a]
3   Serbia 3 1 0 2 76 88 −12 2[b]
4   Iceland 3 1 0 2 74 82 −8 2[b]
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Croatia 31–35 Sweden
  2. ^ a b Serbia 29–26 Iceland
12 January 2018
18:15
Sweden   24–26   Iceland Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 8,700
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Gottfridsson 6 (8–15) Guðmundsson 7
  4×  Report   2× 
12 January 2018
20:30
Croatia   32–22   Serbia Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Stepančić, Štrlek 6 (14–9) Nenadić 6
  3×  Report   4× 

14 January 2018
18:15
Serbia   25–30   Sweden Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 9,500
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Ilić 5 (10–16) Lagergren 5
  4×  Report   6× 
14 January 2018
20:30
Iceland   22–29   Croatia Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 10,500
Referees: Zotin, Volotkov (RUS)
Pálmarsson 5 (13–14) Cindrić 7
  Report   2× 

16 January 2018
18:15
Serbia   29–26   Iceland Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 9,800
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Radivojević, Šešum 5 (12–12) Sigurðsson 8
  3×  Report   4× 
16 January 2018
20:30
Croatia   31–35   Sweden Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Čupić 7 (12–17) Lagergren 6
  4×  Report   5× 

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 3 0 0 97 82 +15 6 Main round
2   Norway 3 2 0 1 103 88 +15 4
3   Belarus 3 1 0 2 80 91 −11 2
4   Austria 3 0 0 3 80 99 −19 0
Source: EHF
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.
12 January 2018
18:15
Belarus   27–26   Austria Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 3,100
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Kulesh 7 (14–12) Bilyk 8
  4×  Report   7×  1× 
12 January 2018
20:30
France   32–31   Norway Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 3,600
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Mahé 8 (15–17) Tønnesen 7
  2×  Report   3× 

14 January 2018
18:15
Austria   26–33   France Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,900
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Weber 5 (12–17) N'Guessan 7
  5×  1×  Report  3× 
14 January 2018
20:30
Norway   33–28   Belarus Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
three players 6 (15–12) Karalek 5
  2×  Report   6× 

16 January 2018
18:15
France   32–25   Belarus Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,300
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Mem 9 (14–11) Padshyvalau 6
  2×  Report   4×  1× 
16 January 2018
20:30
Norway   39–28   Austria Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 1,600
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Bjørnsen 9 (18–14) Bilyk 9
  6×  Report   5×  2× 

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   North Macedonia 3 2 1 0 79 77 +2 5 Main round
2   Germany 3 1 2 0 82 69 +13 4
3   Slovenia 3 1 1 1 77 69 +8 3
4   Montenegro 3 0 0 3 66 89 −23 0
Source: EHF
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.
13 January 2018
17:15
Germany   32–19   Montenegro Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Gensheimer 9 (17–9) Lipovina 7
  8×  1×  Report   4× 
13 January 2018
19:30
North Macedonia   25–24   Slovenia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Manaskov 8 (11–11) Mlakar 4
  6×  Report   11×  1× 

15 January 2018
18:15
Slovenia   25–25   Germany Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,500
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Zarabec 5 (15–10) Gensheimer 7
  8×  1×  Report   3× 
15 January 2018
20:30
Montenegro   28–29   North Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Čavor 6 (16–15) Kuzmanovski 5
  7×  1×  Report   8× 

17 January 2018
18:15
Germany   25–25   North Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Weinhold 8 (12–11) Taleski 6
  3×  Report   2× 
17 January 2018
20:30
Montenegro   19–28   Slovenia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,200
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Ševaljević 6 (13–14) Marguč 6
  5×  Report   5×  1× 

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 2 0 1 81 65 +16 4[a] Main round
2   Denmark 3 2 0 1 84 75 +9 4[a]
3   Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 76 86 −10 4[a]
4   Hungary 3 0 0 3 77 92 −15 0
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Spain 2 Pts, +14 GD; Denmark 2 Pts, +2 GD; Czech Republic 2 Pts, −16 GD
13 January 2018
18:15
Spain   32–15   Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,780
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 5 (16–9) Kašpárek 5
  2×  Report   4× 
13 January 2018
20:30
Denmark   32–25   Hungary Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 5,170
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Lauge Schmidt 7 (14–12) Lékai 5
  5×  1×  Report   5× 

15 January 2018
18:15
Hungary   25–27   Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,470
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Bánhidi 6 (12–13) four players 4
  5×  Report   2× 
15 January 2018
20:30
Czech Republic   28–27   Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Zdráhala 8 (15–16) Hansen 7
  4×  Report   3× 

17 January 2018
18:15
Czech Republic   33–27   Hungary Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,790
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Zdráhala 14 (15–11) Lékai 9
  3×  1×  Report   1× 
17 January 2018
20:30
Spain   22–25   Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
A. Dujshebaev 6 (13–14) Balling 8
  1×  Report   3× 

Main roundEdit

Points and goals gained in the preliminary group against teams that advanced, were taken over.

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 5 5 0 0 156 130 +26 10 Advanced to semifinals
2   Sweden 5 3 0 2 136 127 +9 6[a]
3   Croatia (H) 5 3 0 2 147 138 +9 6[a] Advanced to fifth place game
4   Norway 5 3 0 2 152 144 +8 6[a]
5   Belarus 5 1 0 4 128 146 −18 2
6   Serbia 5 0 0 5 131 165 −34 0
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Sweden 2 Pts, +1 GD; Croatia 2 Pts, 0 GD; Norway 2 Pts, −1 GD
18 January 2018
18:15
Serbia   27–32   Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Beljanski, Šešum 5 (17–17) Bjørnsen, Sagosen 8
  4×  Report   3× 
18 January 2018
20:30
Croatia   25–23   Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Mamić, Stepančić 5 (15–12) Yurynok 6
  1×  Report   3×  1× 

20 January 2018
18:15
Sweden   17–23   France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 7,100
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jeppsson 4 (8–10) Sorhaindo 5
  4×  Report   2×  1× 
20 January 2018
20:30
Croatia   32–28   Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 13,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Štrlek 6 (17–15) Sagosen 8
  6×  Report   2× 

22 January 2018
18:15
Serbia   30–39   France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,700
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Zelenović 7 (12–19) Caucheteux, L. Karabatić 7
  4×  1×  Report  3× 
22 January 2018
20:30
Sweden   29–20   Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,400
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Lagergren, Wanne 4 (16–11) Karalek, Kulesh 4
  4×  Report   4× 

24 January 2018
16:00
Serbia   27–32   Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Nenadić 7 (11–16) Pukhouski 9
  5×  Report   4× 
24 January 2018
18:15
Sweden   25–28   Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Tollbring 6 (11–12) Myrhol 7
  3×  1×  Report   6× 
24 January 2018
20:30
Croatia   27–30   France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Štrlek 6 (13–19) Remili 6
  3×  Report  5× 

Group IIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Denmark 5 4 0 1 140 123 +17 8 Advanced to semifinals
2   Spain 5 3 0 2 142 118 +24 6
3   Czech Republic 5 2 1 2 113 131 −18 5 Advanced to fifth place game
4   Slovenia 5 1 2 2 134 133 +1 4[a]
5   Germany 5 1 2 2 124 126 −2 4[a]
6   North Macedonia 5 1 1 3 114 136 −22 3
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Slovenia 25–25 Germany
19 January 2018
18:15
Germany   22–19   Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,130
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Fäth 8 (9–10) Číp 6
  3×  Report   4× 
19 January 2018
20:30
Slovenia   28–31   Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 5,200
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Zarabec 6 (14–16) Svan 11
  5×  Report   3× 

21 January 2018
18:15
Germany   25–26   Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,112
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Kühn 6 (9–8) Lindberg 9
  3×  Report   1× 
21 January 2018
20:30
North Macedonia   20–31   Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,796
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Manaskov, Stoilov 4 (6–15) Gurbindo 6
  1×  Report   3× 

23 January 2018
18:15
Slovenia   31–26   Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,176
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Marguč 5 (13–12) Solé 6
  8×  Report   3×  1× 
23 January 2018
20:30
North Macedonia   24–25   Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,780
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Taleski 5 (13–11) Horák 8
  2×  Report   5×  1× 

24 January 2018
16:00
Slovenia   26–26   Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,873
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 5 (11–12) Zdráhala 9
  2×  Report   4×  2× 
24 January 2018
18:15
North Macedonia   20–31   Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,343
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Kuzmanovski 6 (12–12) Damgaard 11
  2×  Report   3× 
24 January 2018
20:30
Germany   27–31   Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 1,289
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Hafner 5 (13–14) Balaguer 6
  2×  Report   1× 

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
26 January
 
 
  France23
 
28 January
 
  Spain27
 
  Spain29
 
26 January
 
  Sweden23
 
  Denmark34
 
 
  Sweden (ET)35
 
Third place game
 
 
28 January
 
 
  France32
 
 
  Denmark29

SemifinalsEdit

26 January 2018
18:00
France   23–27   Spain Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Sorhaindo 6 (9–15) Solé 7
  4×  Report   4× 

26 January 2018
20:30
Denmark   34–35 (ET)   Sweden Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Hansen 12 (14–16) Zachrisson 8
  3×  Report   4× 

FT: 28–28 ET: 6–7

Fifth place gameEdit

26 January 2018
15:30
Croatia   28–27   Czech Republic Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Horvat 10 (16–10) Zdráhala 13
  2×  Report   2× 

Third place gameEdit

28 January 2018
18:00
France   32–29   Denmark Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,700
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
N.Karabatić 9 (17–14) Lindberg 12
  3×  Report   3× 

FinalEdit

28 January 2018
20:30
Spain   29–23   Sweden Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Balaguer, Solé 5 (12–14) Nielsen 5
  2×  Report   3× 

Ranking and statisticsEdit

Final rankingEdit

All-Star TeamEdit

The all-star team and awards were announced on 28 January 2018.[10]

Position Player
Goalkeeper   Vincent Gérard (FRA)
Right wing   Ferrán Solé (ESP)
Right back   Alex Dujshebaev (ESP)
Centre back   Sander Sagosen (NOR)
Left back   Mikkel Hansen (DEN)
Left wing   Manuel Štrlek (CRO)
Pivot   Jesper Nielsen (SWE)

AwardsEdit

Award Player
Most Valuable Player   Jim Gottfridsson (SWE)
Best Defence Player   Jakov Gojun (CRO)
Topscorer   Ondřej Zdráhala (CZE) (55 goals)

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Defensive masterclass leads Spain to maiden EHF EURO title". eurohandball.com. 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Spain win first European title". ihf.info. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Final Tournament Draw". ehf-euro.com. 19 June 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ "Final tournament groups drawn in Zagreb". ehf-euro.com. 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Pots for the Men's EHF EURO 2018 draw revealed". eurohandball.com. 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ Draw Procedure
  7. ^ "Referees confirmed for Men's EHF Euro 2018". eurohandball.com. 26 October 2017.
  8. ^ Schedule
  9. ^ "European qualification for 2019 World Championship begins". IHF. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ "EHF EURO 2018 All-star team named". ehf-euro.com. 28 January 2018.

External linksEdit