European Women's Handball Championship

The European Women's Handball Championship is the official competition for senior women's national handball teams of Europe, and takes place every two years. In addition to crowning the European champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games and World Championship. As of December 2018, the only teams that have ever won the championship are Norway (eight times), Denmark (three times), Hungary, Montenegro and France (each once).

European Women's Handball Championship
Founded1994
RegionEurope (EHF)
Number of teams27 (Qualification)
16 (Final Tournament)
Current champions Norway (8th title)
Most successful team(s) Norway (8 titles)
2022 European Women's Handball Championship

HistoryEdit

In year 1946, the International Handball Federation was founded by eight European nations,[1] and though non-European nations competed at the World Championships, the medals had always been taken by European nations.[2] European Handball Federation is founded in 1991. At the same time (1995), the World Championship was changed from a quadrennial to a biannual event, and the European Handball Federation now began its own championship – which also acted as a regional qualifier for the World Championship.[3] The tournament will be expanded to 24 teams in 2024 to take place in Austria, Hungary and Switzerland.

TournamentsEdit

Year Host Final Third place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1994
Details
 
Germany
 
Denmark
27–23  
Germany
 
Norway
24–19  
Hungary
12
1996
Details
 
Denmark
 
Denmark
25–23  
Norway
 
Austria
30–23  
Germany
12
1998
Details
 
Netherlands
 
Norway
24–16  
Denmark
 
Hungary
30–24  
Austria
12
2000
Details
 
Romania
 
Hungary
32–30 (ET)  
Ukraine
 
Russia
21–16  
Romania
12
2002
Details
 
Denmark
 
Denmark
25–22  
Norway
 
France
27–22  
Russia
16
2004
Details
 
Hungary
 
Norway
27–25  
Denmark
 
Hungary
29–25  
Russia
16
2006
Details
 
Sweden
 
Norway
27–24  
Russia
 
France
29–25  
Germany
16
2008
Details
 
Macedonia
 
Norway
34–21  
Spain
 
Russia
24–21  
Germany
16
2010
Details
   
Denmark / Norway
 
Norway
25–20  
Sweden
 
Romania
16–15  
Denmark
16
2012
Details
 
Serbia
 
Montenegro
34–31 (2ET)  
Norway
 
Hungary
41–38 (ET)  
Serbia
16
2014
Details
   
Croatia / Hungary
 
Norway
28–25  
Spain
 
Sweden
25–23  
Montenegro
16
2016
Details
 
Sweden
 
Norway
30–29  
Netherlands
 
France
25–22  
Denmark
16
2018
Details
 
France
 
France
24–21  
Russia
 
Netherlands
24–20  
Romania
16
2020
Details
 
Denmark
 
Norway
22–20  
France
 
Croatia
25–19  
Denmark
16
2022
Details
     
Montenegro / North Macedonia / Slovenia
16
2024
Details
     
Austria / Hungary / Switzerland
24

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Norway83112
2  Denmark3205
3  France1135
4  Hungary1034
5  Montenegro1001
6  Russia0224
7  Spain0202
8  Netherlands0112
  Sweden0112
10  Germany0101
  Ukraine0101
12  Austria0011
  Croatia0011
  Romania0011
Totals (14 nations)14141442

StatisticsEdit

Total hostsEdit

Rank Nation Hosts Year(s)
1   Denmark 4 1996, 2002, 2010, 2020
2   Hungary 3 2004, 2014, 2024
3   Sweden 2 2006, 2016
  North Macedonia 2008, 2022
6   Germany 1 1994
  Norway 2010
  Netherlands 1998
  Romania 2000
  Serbia 2012
  Croatia 2014
  France 2018
  Montenegro 2022
  Slovenia 2022
  Austria 2024
   Switzerland 2024

Top scorers by tournamentEdit

The record-holder for scored goals in a single Euro Championship is Bojana Radulović, where she scored 72 goals the He scored 72 goals for Norway at the 2004 European Women's Handball Championship in Hungary.

Year Player Goals
1994   Ágnes Farkas 48
1996   Kjersti Grini 48
1998   Ausra Fridrikas 68
2000   Simona Gogîrlă 68
2002   Ágnes Farkas 58
2004   Bojana Radulović 72
2006   Nadine Krause 58
2008   Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth 51
2010   Cristina Neagu 53
2012   Katarina Bulatović 56
2014   Isabelle Gulldén 58
2016   Nora Mørk 53
2018   Katarina Krpež Slezak 50
2020   Nora Mørk 52

Best players by tournamentEdit

Year Player
1994 Not awarded
1996   Anja Andersen
1998   Trine Haltvik
2000   Beáta Siti
2002   Karin Mortensen
2004   Gro Hammerseng
2006   Gro Hammerseng
2008   Kristine Lunde
2010   Linnea Torstenson
2012   Anja Edin
2014   Isabelle Gulldén
2016   Nycke Groot
2018   Anna Vyakhireva
2020   Estelle Nze Minko

Participating nationsEdit


Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place
  • 6th – Sixth place
  • 7th – Seventh place
  • 8th – Eighth place
  • 9th – Ninth place
  • 10th – Tenth place
  • 11th – Eleventh place
  • 12th – Twelfth place
  • 13th to 16th – Thirteenth to sixteenth place
  • Q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  • q – may still qualify for upcoming tournament
  •  •  – Did not qualify
  •  •×  – Disqualified
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    – Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Nation  
1994
 
1996
 
1998
 
2000
 
2002
 
2004
 
2006
 
2008
 
 
2010
 
2012
 
 
2014
 
2016
 
2018
 
2020
 
 
 
2022
 
 
 
2024
Participations
  Austria 9th 3rd 4th 12th 9th 10th 10th 15th Q 9
  Belarus 11th 16th 16th 12th 4
  Croatia 5th 6th 13th 7th 6th 9th 13th 13th 16th 16th 3rd 11
  Czech Republic 8th 8th 15th 12th 10th 15th 15th 7
  Denmark 1st 1st 2nd 10th 1st 2nd 11th 11th 4th 5th 8th 4th 8th 4th 14
  France 5th 3rd 11th 3rd 14th 5th 9th 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 11
  Germany 2nd 4th 6th 9th 11th 5th 4th 4th 13th 7th 10th 6th 10th 7th 14
  Hungary 3rd 10th 3rd 1st 5th 3rd 5th 8th 10th 3rd 6th 12th 7th 10th Q 15
  Iceland 15th 15th 2
  Lithuania 12th 1
  North Macedonia 8th 8th 12th 7th 16th Q 6
  Montenegro1 6th 1st 4th 13th 9th 8th Q 7
  Netherlands 10th 14th 15th 8th 7th 2nd 3rd 6th 8
  Norway 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 5th 1st 14
  Poland 11th 5th 8th 11th 15th 14th 14th 7
  Portugal 16th 1
  Romania 10th 5th 11th 4th 7th 7th 5th 3rd 10th 9th 5th 4th 12th 13
  Russia 6th 7th 9th 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 3rd 7th 6th 14th 7th 2nd 5th 14
  Serbia1 14th 13th 14th 4th 15th 9th 11th 13th 8
  Slovakia 12th 12th 2
  Slovenia 10th 9th 16th 16th 14th 13th 16th Q 8
  Spain 12th 13th 8th 9th 2nd 11th 11th 2nd 11th 12th 9th 11
  Sweden 7th 8th 15th 14th 6th 9th 2nd 8th 3rd 8th 6th 11th 12
   Switzerland Q 1
  Ukraine 11th 9th 7th 2nd 12th 6th 13th 10th 12th 14th 16th 11
Historical national teams
  Serbia and Montenegro1 12th 1
  FR Yugoslavia1 7th 6th 2
Total 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 24
1 FR Yugoslavia competed as such until 2003 when the FRY was reconstituted as a State Union Serbia and Montenegro. Since the dissolution of the union in 2006, national teams exist for both countries.


NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History of Handball from ihf.info, retrieved 7 February 2006
  2. ^ Medals Table – Ranking At Men's World Championships A 1938–1990 from ihf.info, retrieved 7 February 2006
  3. ^ (in German) Handball-Bundesliga diskutiert Reduzierung auf 16 Teams, by Erik Eggers, published by Der Spiegel online, 30 January 2006
  • "Championship Guide". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 1 January 2009.

External linksEdit