Denmark men's national handball team

The Denmark men's national handball team (Danish: Danmarks håndboldlandshold) is controlled by the Danish Handball Association and represents Denmark in international matches. They are the team with the fourth most medals won in European Championship history on the men's side behind Sweden, France and Spain, with a total of seven medals. Two of these are gold medals (2008, 2012), one silver (2014) and four bronze medals (2002, 2004, 2006 & 2022).

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AssociationDanish Handball Association
CoachNikolaj Jacobsen
Assistant coachMichael Bruun
Henrik Kronborg
CaptainNiklas Landin Jacobsen
Most capsLars Christiansen (338)
Most goalsLars Christiansen (1503)
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Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances7 (First in 1972)
Best resultGold 1st (2016)
World Championship
Appearances25 (First in 1938)
Best resultGold 1st (2019, 2021)
European Championship
Appearances14 (First in 1994)
Best resultGold 1st (2008, 2012)
Last updated on Unknown.
2017 World Men's Handball Championship
Sweden / Denmark (Group D)
16 January 2017.
Denmark men's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Silver medal – second place 2020 Tokyo Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2019 Denmark/Germany
Gold medal – first place 2021 Egypt
Silver medal – second place 1967 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2011 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 2013 Spain
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Germany
World Outdoor Championship
Silver medal – second place 1948 France
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2008 Norway
Gold medal – first place 2012 Serbia
Silver medal – second place 2014 Denmark
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Sweden
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Slovenia
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Switzerland
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Hungary/Slovakia

As of January 2021 they are the double defending World Champions. Defending their 2019 World Championship title at the 2021 World Championship in Egypt, they became only the fourth country to successfully defend a World Championship title. (The other three being Sweden, Romania and France). They are also the only team to have won nineteen national matches in a row without losing at a World Championship tournament from 2019-2021, surpassing the eighteen match winning streak by France.

As of January 2021, they are the fourth most successful team in World Championship history behind France, Sweden and Romania, having won six medals. Two of these are gold (2019, 2021), three silver (1967, 2011, 2013) and one bronze (2007).

In January 2023, they became the first team ever, to not loose 26 games in a row at the World Championships spanning from 2019-present, beating the previous record by France who had a 25 winning streak set between 2015-2019.[1]

HistoryEdit

Handball is the second most popular pastime in Denmark, only exceeded by football. At the end of 2003, the Danish Handball Association had more than 146,000 active and passive members.

2007 World ChampionshipEdit

In 2007 Denmark participated in the World Championship in Germany, where they were pitted in Group E against Angola, Hungary and their neighbors to the north Norway. Denmark finished second in their group after victories against Angola and Norway. In the main round the team faced Croatia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary and defending champions Spain.

Despite an initial defeat against Croatia, the team advanced by defeating their last three opponents. In the quarterfinal Iceland was defeated by the narrowest of margins, 42–41. In the semi-final Denmark lost to Poland 36–33 and ended up in the bronze match against France, which they won 34–27 thus placing third.

Denmark's pivot Michael V. Knudsen was added to the All Star Team of the tournament.

2008 European ChampionshipEdit

After finishing third in three consecutive European Championships, the Danish team won gold at the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship, which took place in neighboring Norway. The team lost only one match on the way to gold in a fiercely contested derby against hosts Norway. The Danish team defeated Croatia 24–20 in the final after inching out Germany in the semis. Keeper Kasper Hvidt and winger Lars Christiansen were important factors in the Danish campaign, both being selected for the tournament all-star team and Lars Christiansen also finishing as shared top goalscorer.

2010 European ChampionshipEdit

As defending champions, Denmark was a favorite to reclaim the title. However, they did not succeed, losing matches to both Iceland and Croatia. Instead of advancing to the main-round Denmark ended up playing for fifth place against Spain. They won the placement match 34–27.

2011 World ChampionshipEdit

At The 2011 World Men's Handball Championship, after winning nine consecutive matches, Denmark reached the final beating Spain 28:24 in the semi-final. This was the first time in over 44 years, that the Denmark National Handball Team reached a World Championship final. In the final, Denmark lost against France 35:37 in overtime. This meant at the time, that France was able to hold all three major titles as reigning European Champions, Olympic Champions and also double World Champions.

2012 European ChampionshipEdit

Denmark came to the 2012 European Men's Handball Championship as vice World Champions and as one of the pre-favorites to win the tournament. However, in the main group, Denmark lost to both Serbia and Poland, proceeding to the main round with zero points, having only won against Slovakia. This meant that Denmark had to win all of their matches and at the same time, they had to rely on other results in order to advance to the semi-finals. Miraculously, results from other matches were in favor of Denmark. The destiny of Denmark's survival lay in the hands of Poland as Poland had to win against Germany in order to sustain Denmark's survival in the tournament. After a fierce and close match between Poland and Germany, Poland won 33–32. This meant that Denmark only had to beat Sweden in their final main round match, and they would go through to the semi-finals. Denmark beat Sweden by a large margin, 31–24, making handball history along the way, becoming the first team ever, both on the men's and women's side in European Championship history to advance to the semi-finals having carried zero points into the main round.

Like the 2011 World Men's Handball Championship, Denmark met Spain in the semi-finals, a match Denmark won 25–24. In the other semi-final, hosting nation Serbia met Croatia, a match Serbia won 26–22.

In a low scoring match, Denmark won their second European Championship title after beating Serbia 21–19 in the final, thus becoming the first handball team ever claiming the European Championship title having carried zero points into the main round.

2013 World ChampionshipEdit

Despite having disappointed at the 2012 Olympics in London, Denmark was still among the top teams to win the World Champions title. As defending European Champions, Denmark was seated with Russia, Iceland, Macedonia, Qatar and Chile in Group B. Winning all of their matches, they advanced safely to the 16th round where they had to meet Tunisia. Having no problems defeating Tunisia with the score of 30–23, Denmark reached the Quarterfinals where Hungary awaited. After a splendid first half, leading 18–11, the second half was a more close affair, though Denmark managed to win 28–26, reaching the semi-finals for the second consecutive time in this tournament. In the semi-finals, Denmark was seated with Croatia who had beaten the defending World Champions, France, in their semi-final. Though the odds where in favor of Croatia, Denmark played their best match in the 2013 World Championship so far, winning 30–24 and securing their second consecutive World Championship final.

In the final, Denmark was up against hosting nation, Spain. The final became a horrendous game for Denmark, losing with a record-breaking 16 goals, and losing the title for the second time in a row, with Spain declared as winner of the tournament for the second time in history.

2014 European ChampionshipEdit

As vice world champions, defending European Champions and the advantage of home court, Denmark were among the favorites to win the tournament. They won all of the matches in the preliminary round as well as the main round easily advancing to the semi-finals. Denmark met Croatia in the semi-final. They beat Croatia, 29–27, but lost to the French national team in the finals, losing 41–32. This was the second time in a row, that Denmark lost a Championship, losing to Spain at the 2013 World Championship.

2019 World ChampionshipEdit

Denmark along with Germany co-hosted the 2019 World Championship and played in Group C with Norway, Tunisia, Chile, Austria and Saudi Arabia. started with a victory over Chile and remained undefeated. Then played in Group II in the main round the first match with a win over Hungary, also undefeated, played in the semi-finals. A win over six-time world champions France put them in the final. Denmark won world championship title with a 31–22 victory over Norway in the final.

2021 World ChampionshipEdit

Denmark qualified for the 2021 World Championship in Egypt as defending champions. They went undefeated and won the second successive world title. They also became the only team, to win nineteen national matches in a row at World Championship tournaments from 2019-2021, surpassing the eighteen winning streak by France.

2025 World ChampionshipEdit

Denmark along with Croatia and Norway will co-host the 2025 World Championship, it will be the third time Denmark co-host the tournament, they are automatically qualified as co-host

HonoursEdit

Competition       Total
Olympic Games 1 1 0 2
World Championship 2 3 1 6
European Championship 2 1 4 7
Total 5 5 5 15

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Olympic GamesEdit

The team did not participate in the 1936 field handball tournament at the Olympics, but lost at the 1952 Olympics in a demonstration match against Sweden.

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1936 Berlin Did not participate
Not held from 1948 to 1968
  1972 Munich Match for 13th place 13th of 16 5 2 1 2 78 78 0
  1976 Montreal Match for 7th place 8th of 11 5 2 0 3 113 127 −14
  1980 Moscow Match for 9th place 9th of 12 6 2 0 4 124 124 0
  1984 Los Angeles Fourth place 4th of 12 6 4 0 2 134 122 +12
  1988 Seoul Did not qualify
  1992 Barcelona
  1996 Atlanta
  2000 Sydney
  2004 Athens
  2008 Beijing Match for 7th place 7th of 12 8 3 2 3 225 211 +14
  2012 London Quarter-finals 6th of 12 6 4 0 2 146 153 −7
  2016 Rio de Janeiro Champion 1st of 12 8 6 0 2 230 211 +19
  2020 Tokyo Runners-up 2nd of 12 8 6 0 2 255 212 +33
  2024 Paris Qualified
Total 9/15 1 Title 52 29 3 20 1305 1238 +57

World ChampionshipEdit

World Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1938 Semi-finals 4 3 0 0 3 6 20
  1954 Fifth place 5 3 1 0 2 44 45
  1958 Semi-finals 4 6 4 0 2 121 86
  1961 Fifth place 5 6 4 0 2 92 78
  1964 Seventh place 7 6 3 0 3 105 96
  1967 Runners-up 2   6 4 0 2 107 78
  1970 Semi-finals 4 6 3 0 3 103 116
  1974 Second round 8 6 2 0 4 63 78
  1978 Semi-finals 4 6 4 1 1 114 101
  1982 Semi-finals 4 7 4 1 2 150 143
  1986 Second round 8 7 3 0 4 152 160
  1990 Did not qualify
  1993 Second round 9 7 2 2 3 145 156
  1995 Preliminary round 17 5 2 0 3 126 117
  1997 Did not qualify
  1999 Round of 16 9 6 4 0 2 141 140
  2001 Did not qualify
  2003 Second round 9 7 4 0 3 201 193
  2005 Preliminary round 13 5 3 0 2 174 117
  2007 Semi-finals 3   10 7 0 3 316 283
  2009 Semi-finals 4 10 7 0 3 298 258
  2011 Runners-up 2   10 9 0 1 334 256
  2013 Runners-up 2   9 8 0 1 291 244
  2015 Quarter-finals 5 9 6 2 1 272 234
  2017 Round of 16 10 6 5 0 1 182 157
   2019 Champion 1   10 10 0 0 317 223
  2021 Champion 1   9 8 1 0 304 227
   2023 TBD TBD 8 7 1 0 274 197
    2025 Qualified as co-host
  2027 TBD
Total 25/30 2 Titles 173 114 *8 51 4432 3803

European ChampionshipEdit

European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  1994 Fourth place 4 7 3 1 3 150 152
  1996 11th/12th place 12 6 0 0 6 132 158
  1998 Did not qualify
  2000 9th/10th place 10 6 2 0 4 143 153
  2002 Third place 3   8 6 1 1 212 190
  2004 Third place 3   8 6 0 2 240 206
  2006 Third place 3   8 5 1 2 249 231
  2008 Champion 1   8 7 0 1 233 193
  2010 5th/6th place 5 7 5 0 2 198 184
  2012 Champion 1   8 6 0 2 216 201
  2014 Runners-up 2   8 7 0 1 247 222
  2016 5th/6th place 6 7 4 1 2 194 180
  2018 Fourth place 4 8 5 0 3 235 205
    2020 Preliminary round 13 3 1 1 1 85 83
   2022 Third place 3   9 7 0 2 274 228
  2024 Qualified
    2026 Qualified as co-host
    2028 TBD
Total 14/15 2 titles 101 64 5 32 2808 2586
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The squad for the 2023 World Men's Handball Championship in Poland and Sweden.[2][3]

Matches and goals are correct as of 19 December 2022.[4]

Head coach: Nikolaj Jacobsen

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Niklas Landin Jacobsen (1988-12-19) 19 December 1988 (age 34) 2.01 m 247 10   THW Kiel
3 RB Niclas Kirkeløkke (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 28) 1.95 m 53 99   Rhein Neckar Löwen
4 LW Magnus Landin Jacobsen (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 27) 1.97 m 104 209   THW Kiel
7 LW Emil Jakobsen (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 25) 1.92 m 39 144   SG Flensburg-Handewitt
11 CB Rasmus Lauge (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 31) 1.93 m 142 353   Veszprém KC
15 P Magnus Saugstrup (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 26) 1.97 m 58 129   SC Magdeburg
18 RW Hans Lindberg (1981-08-01) 1 August 1981 (age 41) 1.88 m 281 776   Füchse Berlin
19 RB Mathias Gidsel (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 23) 1.90 m 39 184   Füchse Berlin
20 GK Kevin Møller (1989-06-20) 20 June 1989 (age 33) 2.03 m 70 7   SG Flensburg-Handewitt
21 LB Henrik Møllgaard (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 38) 1.97 m 192 182   Aalborg Håndbold
22 CB Mads Mensah (1991-08-12) 12 August 1991 (age 31) 1.88 m 174 309   SG Flensburg-Handewitt
24 LB Mikkel Hansen (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 35) 1.96 m 243 1261   Aalborg Håndbold
25 P Lukas Jørgensen (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 23) 1.93 m 2 11   GOG Håndbold
26 RW Jóhan Hansen (1994-05-01) 1 May 1994 (age 28) 1.90 m 71 145   SG Flensburg-Handewitt
27 LB Michael Damgaard (1990-03-18) 18 March 1990 (age 32) 1.92 m 87 225   SC Magdeburg
32 LB Jacob Holm (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 (age 27) 1.95 m 69 190   Füchse Berlin
34 P Simon Hald (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 28) 2.03 m 65 83   SG Flensburg-Handewitt
38 RB Mads Hoxer (2000-12-06) 6 December 2000 (age 22) 1.95 m 4 7   Aalborg Håndbold
43 CB Simon Pytlick (2000-12-11) 11 December 2000 (age 22) 1.91 m 10 28   GOG Håndbold
64 LB Lasse Møller (1996-06-11) 11 June 1996 (age 26) 1.99 m 12 6   SG Flensburg-Handewitt

Coaching staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach   Nikolaj Jacobsen
Assistant coach   Henrik Kronborg
Team manager   Kaj Johanssen
Goalkeeping coach   Michael Bruun
Doctor   Morten Storgaard
Bodytherapist   Kristoffer Glavind Kjær
Physiotherapist   Anja David Greve

StatisticsEdit

  Still active national team players are highlighted

Most capped playersEdit

Player Games Position Years
Lars Christiansen 338 W 1992–2012
Hans Lindberg 275 W 2003–
Bo Spellerberg 245 CB 2000–2015
Lasse Svan Hansen 245 W 2003–2022
Michael V. Knudsen 244 P 1999–2014
Niklas Landin Jacobsen 242 GK 2008–
Mikkel Hansen 239 OB 2007–
Michael Fenger 234 W 1982–1993
Erik Veje Rasmussen 233 OB 1980–1994
Jesper Nøddesbo 223 P 2001–2017
Kasper Hvidt 219 GK 1996–2010
Anders Dahl-Nielsen 209 CB 1973–1984
Kasper Nielsen 191 D, OB 1995–2012
Henrik Møllgaard 189 D, OB 2006–
Joachim Boldsen 186 CB 1998–2008
Morten Bjerre 185 OB 1992–2005
Kasper Søndergaard 184 OB 2004–2017
Mads Mensah Larsen 168 CB 2011–
Anders Eggert 160 W 2003–2021
Lasse Boesen 159 OB 2000–2012

Top scorersEdit

Player Goals Average Position Years
Lars Christiansen 1503 4.45 W 1992–2012
Mikkel Hansen 1243 5.20 OB 2007–
Erik Veje Rasmussen 1015 4.37 OB 1980–1993
Michael V. Knudsen 797 3.27 P 1999–2014
Hans Lindberg 760 2.76 W 2003–
Anders Dahl-Nielsen 610 2.92 CB 1973–1984
Christian Hjermind 595 3.5 W 1994–2005
Nikolaj Jacobsen 584 3.95 W 1991–2003
Anders Eggert 581 3.63 W 2003–2021
Lasse Svan Hansen 570 2.33 W 2003–2022
Michael Fenger 541 2.31 W 1982–1993
Jesper Nøddesbo 450 2.02 P 2001–2017
Morten Bjerre 432 2.34 OB 1992–2005
Lasse Boesen 406 2.55 OB 2000–2012
Joachim Boldsen 405 2.18 CB 1998–2008
Kasper Søndergaard 395 2.15 OB 2004–2017
Lars Krogh Jeppesen 384 2.84 OB 1998–2008
Rasmus Lauge Schmidt 343 2.52 CB 2010–
Casper U. Mortensen 333 2.60 W 2010–
Bo Spellerberg 332 1.36 CB 2000–2015

As of the 2022 European Championship.

Kit suppliersEdit

Between 2003 and 2006, Denmark's kits were supplied by Adidas. Since 2007 the kits have been supplied by Puma.

SponsorsEdit

The current sponsor of the Danish Handball Team is Norlys.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IHF | Denmark breeze through to the semi-finals and set a new amazing record". www.ihf.info. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Nikolaj Jacobsen udtager stærk trup til VM-forsvaret" (in Danish). dhf.dk. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Team Roster Denmark" (PDF). ihf.info. 13 January 2023. Retrieved 13 January 2023.
  4. ^ https://xn--hndboldherrerne-hlb.dk/spillerne/

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