Handball at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Handball at the 1972 Summer Olympics was the second appearance of the sport at the Olympics, returning to the Olympic program after a 36-year absence. The competition was for men only and it was contested by sixteen teams.[1]

Handball at the 1972 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host country West Germany
Dates30 August – 10 September
Teams16
Venue(s)(in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Yugoslavia (1st title)
Runner-up Czechoslovakia
Third place Romania
Fourth place East Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches44
Goals scored1428 (32.45 per match)
Top scorer(s)Romania Gheorghe Gruia
(37 goals)
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The teams were split into four groups of four teams each. Each team played every other team in its group.

The lowest team in group A played the lowest in group B while the lowest in groups C and D played each other. The winners of those games played each other for 13th and 14th places, while the losers played each other for 15th and 16th.

The third-ranked teams in groups A and B also played each, as did those in groups C and D. Again, the winners of those games played each other, this time for 9th and 10th places. The losers played for 11th and 12th places.

The top two teams in each group advanced to the main round. Those from groups A and B became group I while those from groups C and D became group II. Another round-robin was played within those groups, with the results from the preliminary round carrying over.

The fourth-ranked teams in each of the two main round groups played each other for 7th and 8th place. The third-ranked teams played against each other for 5th and 6th place. The second-ranked teams played for the bronze medal and 4th place. The top teams in group I and group II played each other for the gold and silver medals.

MedallistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Yugoslavia (YUG)
Abaz Arslanagić
Petar Fajfrić
Hrvoje Horvat
Milorad Karalić
Đorđe Lavrnić
Milan Lazarević
Zdravko Miljak
Slobodan Mišković
Branislav Pokrajac
Nebojša Popović
Miroslav Pribanić
Albin Vidović
Zoran Živković
Zdenko Zorko
  Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Ladislav Beneš
František Brůna
Vladimír Haber
Vladimír Jarý
Jiří Kavan
Arnošt Klimčík
Jaroslav Konečný
František Králík
Jindřich Krepindl
Vincent Lafko
Andrej Lukošík
Pavel Mikeš
Petr Pospíšil
Ivan Satrapa
Zdeněk Škára
Jaroslav Škarvan
  Romania (ROU)
Ştefan Birtalan
Adrian Cosma
Marin Dan
Alexandru Dincă
Cristian Gaţu
Gheorghe Gruia
Roland Gunesch
Gabriel Kicsid
Ghiţă Licu
Cornel Penu
Valentin Samungi
Simion Schöbel
Werner Stöckl
Constantin Tudosie
Radu Voina

QualificationEdit

Mean of qualification Date Host Berths Qualified
Host nation 26 April 1966   Rome 1   West Germany
1970 World Championship 26 February – 8 March 1970   France 7   Romania
  East Germany
  Yugoslavia
  Denmark
  Sweden
  Czechoslovakia
  Hungary
Asian qualification tournament[2] 13–29 November 1971 1   Japan
American qualification tournament[3] 2–6 February 1972   Elkhart 1   United States
European qualification tournament[4] 15–25 March 1972   Spain 5   Soviet Union
  Norway
  Iceland
  Poland
  Spain
African qualification tournament 25–31 March 1972   Tunis 1   Tunisia
Total 16

ResultsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Sweden 3 1 2 0 40 34 +6 4 Main round
2   Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 40 34 +6 4
3   Poland 3 1 1 1 35 38 −3 3 9–12th place semifinals
4   Denmark 3 0 1 2 30 39 −9 1 13–16th place semifinals
30 August 1972 Denmark   12–12   Soviet Union Donauhalle, Ulm
Referees: Falk, Rosmanith (FRG)
Vodsgaard 4 (7–6) Gassy 6
30 August 1972 Sweden   13–13   Poland Donauhalle, Ulm
Referees: Simanović, Valčić (YUG)
L. Eriksson 7 (5–7) Dybol 7

1 September 1972 Denmark   8–11   Poland Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen
Referees: Keszthelyi, Márki (HUN)
Hansen 4 (4–6) Melcer 5
1 September 1972 Sweden   11–11   Soviet Union Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen
Referees: Reichel, Tetens (FRG)
L. Eriksson 4 (4–3) Usaty 4

3 September 1972 Denmark   10–16   Sweden Sporthalle, Böblingen
Referees: Cârligeanu, Sidea (ROU)
K. Andersen, Hansen 4 (4–8) Bj. Andersson, L. Eriksson 4
3 September 1972 Soviet Union   17–11   Poland Sporthalle, Böblingen
Referees: Huseby, Nilson (NOR)
Ilyin 5 (9–4) Melcer 4

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   East Germany 3 3 0 0 51 32 +19 6 Main round
2   Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 56 40 +16 3
3   Iceland 3 1 1 1 57 51 +6 3 9–12th place semifinals
4   Tunisia 3 0 0 3 32 73 −41 0 13–16th place semifinals
30 August 1972 East Germany   16–11   Iceland Sporthalle, Augsburg
Referees: Cârligeanu, Sidea (ROU)
Randt 5 (7–6) four players 2
30 August 1972 Czechoslovakia   25–7   Tunisia Sporthalle, Augsburg
Referees: Reichel, Tetens (FRG)
Beneš 8 (10–3) Khalladi 2

1 September 1972 East Germany   21–9   Tunisia Donauhalle, Ulm
Referees: Huseby, Nilson (NOR)
Ganschow, Lakenmacher 5 (11–2) Hamrouni, Sebabti 3
1 September 1972 Czechoslovakia   19–19   Iceland Donauhalle, Ulm
Referees: Falk, Rosmanith (FRG)
Konečný 6 (8–10) Björgvinsson 5

3 September 1972 East Germany   14–12   Czechoslovakia Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen
Referees: Simanović, Valčić (YUG)
Ganschow 4 (5–4) Konečný 7
3 September 1972 Iceland   27–16   Tunisia Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen
Referees: Keszthelyi, Márki (HUN)
Magnússon 7 (14–7) Klai, Sebabti 3

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Romania 3 3 0 0 46 37 +9 6 Main round
2   West Germany (H) 3 1 1 1 39 38 +1 3
3   Norway 3 1 1 1 48 50 −2 3 9–12th place semifinals
4   Spain 3 0 0 3 39 47 −8 0 13–16th place semifinals
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.
30 August 1972 Romania   18–14   Norway Sporthalle, Böblingen
Referees: Siebert, Singer (GDR)
Gruia, Gunnesch 6 (11–10) T. Hansen 4
30 August 1972 West Germany   13–10   Spain Sporthalle, Böblingen
Referees: Ovdal, Rodil (DEN)
Lange, Lübking 3 (7–5) De Andrés 4

1 September 1972 Romania   15–12   Spain Sporthalle, Augsburg
Referees: Janerstam, Larsson (SWE)
Gruia, Tudosie 3 (6–4) De Andrés 5
1 September 1972 West Germany   15–15   Norway Sporthalle, Augsburg
Referees: Bertschinger, Gabriel (SUI)
Bucher 7 (7–8) Reinertsen 4

3 September 1972 Romania   13–11   West Germany Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Carlsson, Olsson (SWE)
Gruia 7 (5–5) Bucher, Westebbe 3
3 September 1972 Norway   19–17   Spain Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Siebert, Singer (GDR)
Reinertsen 5 (10–4) Taure 6

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 63 45 +18 6 Main round
2   Hungary 3 2 0 1 64 45 +19 4
3   Japan 3 1 0 2 46 56 −10 2 9–12th place semifinals
4   United States 3 0 0 3 46 73 −27 0 13–16th place semifinals
30 August 1972 Yugoslavia   20–14   Japan Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen
Referees: Janerstam, Larsson (SWE)
Lavrnić 5 (11–7) Noda 4
30 August 1972 Hungary   28–15   United States Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen
Referees: Repo, Tuominen (FIN)
Varga 13 (16–8) Rogers, Schlesinger 4

1 September 1972 Yugoslavia   25–15   United States Sporthalle, Böblingen
Referees: Siebert, Singer (GDR)
Horvat, Pribanić 7 (11–9) Abrahamson 6
1 September 1972 Hungary   20–12   Japan Sporthalle, Böblingen
Referees: Carlsson, Olsson (SWE)
Varga 6 (10–7) Chikamori, Kino 3

3 September 1972 Yugoslavia   18–16   Hungary Sporthalle, Augsburg
Referees: Ovdal, Rodil (DEN)
Lavrnić 8 (9–8) Varga 5
3 September 1972 Japan   20–16   United States Sporthalle, Augsburg
Referees: Bertschinger, Gabriel (SUI)
Iida 7 (9–9) Abrahamson, Rogers 4

Classification roundEdit

BracketEdit

9th place bracket
 
9–12th place semifinals9th place
 
      
 
7 September
 
 
  Poland20
 
9 September
 
  Iceland17
 
  Poland20
 
7 September
 
  Norway (ET)23
 
  Norway19
 
 
  Japan17
 
11th place
 
 
9 September
 
 
  Iceland18
 
 
  Japan19
13th place bracket
 
13–16th place semifinals13th place
 
      
 
7 September
 
 
  Denmark29
 
9 September
 
  Tunisia21
 
  Denmark19
 
7 September
 
  United States18
 
  Spain20
 
 
  United States22
 
15th place
 
 
9 September
 
 
  Tunisia20
 
 
  Spain23

13–16th place semifinalsEdit

7 September 1972 Denmark   29–21   Tunisia Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Huseby, Nilson (NOR)
Hansen 8 (11–9) Sebabti 8

7 September 1972 Spain   20–22   United States Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Bertschinger, Gabriel (SUI)
Morera 7 (11–8) Abrahamson 7

9–12th place semifinalsEdit

7 September 1972 Poland   20–17   Iceland Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Reichel, Tetens (FRG)
Antczak 5 (10–7) Magnússon 6

7 September 1972 Norway   19–17   Japan Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Falk, Rosmanith (FRG)
T. Hansen 5 (8–9) Arinaga 5

15th place gameEdit

9 September 1972 Tunisia   20–23   Spain Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Falk, Rosmanith (FRG)
Sebabti 9 (10–11) Rochel 9

13th place gameEdit

9 September 1972 Denmark   19–18   United States Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Keszthelyi, Márki (HUN)
Hansen 8 (12–6) Abrahamson, Rogers 5

Eleventh place gameEdit

9 September 1972 Iceland   18–19   Japan Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Sidea, Cârligeanu (ROU)
Hallsteinsson 7 (12–11) three players 4

Ninth place gameEdit

9 September 1972 Poland   20–23 (ET)   Norway Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Reichel, Tetens (FRG)
Melcer 6 (10–10) T. Hansen 10

FT: 19–19 ET: 1–4

Main roundEdit

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 42 38 +4 4 Gold medal game
2   East Germany 3 2 0 1 36 34 +2 4 Bronze medal game
3   Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 34 34 0 3 Fifth place game
4   Sweden 3 0 1 2 34 40 −6 1 Seventh place game
5 September 1972 Sweden   12–15   Czechoslovakia Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Falk, Rosmanith (FRG)
L. Eriksson 5 (6–7) three players 3

6 September 1972 Soviet Union   11–8   East Germany Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Simanović, Valčić (YUG)
Klimov, Panov 3 (4–4) four players 2

8 September 1972 Sweden   11–14   East Germany Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Cârligeanu, Sidea (ROU)
L. Eriksson 4 (6–8) Ganschow 6
8 September 1972 Soviet Union   12–15   Czechoslovakia Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Keszthelyi, Márki (HUN)
Kulev 7 (7–7) Konečný 4

Group IIEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 56 44 +12 6 Gold medal game
2   Romania 3 2 0 1 46 39 +7 4 Bronze medal game
3   West Germany (H) 3 1 0 2 43 51 −8 2 Fifth place game
4   Hungary 3 0 0 3 44 55 −11 0 Seventh place game
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host.
6 September 1972 Romania   20–14   Hungary Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Singer, Siebert (GDR)
Gruia 8 (11–6) Kaló, Varga 3
6 September 1972 West Germany   15–24   Yugoslavia Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Ovdal, Rodil (DEN)
Bucher, Karrer 4 (7–14) Lavrnić, Lazarević 6

8 September 1972 Romania   13–14   Yugoslavia Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Carlsson, Olsson (SWE)
Gruia 8 (4–5) Lazarević 6
8 September 1972 West Germany   17–14   Hungary Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Janerstam, Larsson (SWE)
Möller 6 (8–6) Stiller, K. Vass 3

Final roundEdit

Seventh place gameEdit

10 September 1972 Sweden   19–18   Hungary Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Singer, Siebert (GDR)
Persson 5 (11–8) K. Vass 6

Fifth place gameEdit

10 September 1972 Soviet Union   17–16   West Germany Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Simanović, Valčić (YUG)
Panov, Usaty 4 (10–9) Möller, Wehnert 5

Bronze medal gameEdit

10 September 1972 East Germany   16–19   Romania Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Carlsson, Olsson (SWE)
Böhme 4 (8–11) Gruia, Gunesch 5

Gold medal gameEdit

10 September 1972 Yugoslavia   21–16   Czechoslovakia Olympiahalle, Munich
Referees: Ovdal, Rodil (DEN)
Lazarević 6 (12–5) Jarý 6

Rankings and statisticsEdit

Participating nationsEdit

Each country was allowed to enter a team of 16 players and they all were eligible for participation. Japan entered only a squad of twelve.

A total of 242(*) handball players from 16 nations competed at the Munich Games:

(*) NOTE: There are only players counted, which participated in one game at least.

Not all reserve players are known.

Team rostersEdit

  Czechoslovakia   Denmark   East Germany   Hungary
Ladislav Beneš
František Brůna
Vladimír Haber
Vladimír Jarý
Jiří Kavan
Arnošt Klimčík
Jaroslav Konečný
František Králík
Jindřich Krepindl
Vincent Lafko
Andrej Lukošík
Pavel Mikeš
Petr Pospíšil
Ivan Satrapa
Zdeněk Škára
Jaroslav Škarvan
Arne Andersen
Keld Andersen
Jørgen Frandsen
Claus From
Flemming Hansen
Jørgen Heidemann
Søren Jensen
Bent Jørgensen
Kay Jørgensen
Flemming Lauritzen
Svend Lund
Tom Lund
Thor Munkager
Vagn Nielsen
Karsten Sørensen
Jørgen Vodsgaard
Wolfgang Böhme
Reiner Frieske
Reiner Ganschow
Jürgen Hildebrand
Horst Jankhöfer
Wolfgang Lakenmacher
Klaus Langhoff
Peter Larisch
Peter Randt
Udo Röhrig
Josef Rose
Siegfried Voigt
Klaus Weiß
Rainer Würdig
Rainer Zimmermann
Harry Zörnack
János Adorján
Béla Bartalos
János Csík
László Harka
József Horváth
Sándor Kaló
István Marosi
Lajos Simó
János Stiller
István Szabó
László Szabó
Sándor Takács
István Varga (BHSE)
Károly Vass (Elektromos SE)
Sándor Vass (Elektromos SE)
Gyula Hurth
  Iceland   Japan   Norway   Poland
Axel Axelsson
Ólafur Benediktsson
Björgvin Björgvinsson
Hjalti Einarsson
Sigurður Einarsson
Birgir Finnbogason
Stefán Gunnarsson
Geir Hallsteinsson
Ólafur Jónsson
Stefán Jónsson
Jón Magnússon
Ágúst Ögmundsson
Sigurbergur Sigsteinsson
Viðar Símonarson
Gunnsteinn Skúlason
Gísli Blöndal
Shuji Arinaga
Katsuhiko Chikamori
Kiyotaka Hayakawa
Hiroshi Honda
Masayuki Hyokai
Nobuyuki Iida
Minoru Kino
Takezo Nakai
Toshio Niimi
Kiyoshi Noda
Kenichi Sasaki
Toshihiko Shimosato
Per Ankre
Arnulf Bæk
Pål Bye
Pål Cappelen
Carl Graff-Wang
Inge Hansen
Torstein Hansen
Roger Hverven
Ulf Magnussen
Jan Økseter
Sten Osther
Jon Reinertsen
Geir Røse
Per Søderstrøm
Harald Tyrdal
Finn Urdal
Coach: Thor Nohr
Zdzisław Antczak
Zbigniew Dybol
Franciszek Gąsior
Jan Gmyrek
Bogdan Kowalczyk
Zygfryd Kuchta
Andrzej Lech
Jerzy Melcer
Helmut Pniociński
Henryk Rozmiarek
Andrzej Sokołowski
Engelbert Szolc
Andrzej Szymczak
Włodzimierz Wachowicz
Robert Zawada
  Romania   Soviet Union   Spain   Sweden
Ştefan Birtalan
Adrian Cosma
Marin Dan
Alexandru Dincă
Cristian Gaţu
Gheorghe Gruia
Roland Gunesch
Gabriel Kicsid
Ghiţă Licu
Cornel Penu
Valentin Samungi
Simion Schöbel
Werner Stöckl
Constantin Tudosie
Radu Voina
Valeri Gassy
Vasily Ilyin
Mykhaylo Ishchenko
Yury Klimov
Valentin Kulev
Yuriy Lahutyn
Mikhail Lutsenko
Vladimir Maksimov
Albert Oganezov
Aleksandr Panov
Oleksandr Rezanov
Nikolay Semyonov
Anatoly Shevchenko
Ivan Usaty
Jānis Vilsons
Antonio Andreu
Miguel Ángel Cascallana
Fernando de Andrés
Javier García
Jesús Guerrero
Juan Miguel Igartua
Santos Labaca
Francisco López
Juan Antonio Medina
Juan Morera
Vicente Ortega
José Perramón
José Rochel
José Manuel Taure
José Villamarín
Björn Andersson
Bo Andersson
Dan Eriksson
Lennart Eriksson
Johan Fischerström
Göran Hård af Segerstad
Bengt Johansson
Benny Johansson
Jan Jonsson
Lars Karlsson
Michael Koch
Olle Olsson
Sten Olsson
Thomas Persson
Bertil Söderberg
Frank Ström
  Tunisia   United States   West Germany   Yugoslavia
Ahmed Bechir Bel Hadj
Abderraouf Ben Samir
Moncef Besbes
Rached Boudhina
Taoufik Djemail
Aleya Hamrouni
Mohamed Naceur Jelili
Mounir Jelili
Mohamed Klai
Mohamed Khalladi
Faouzi Ksouri
Moncef Loueslati
Mohamed Sebabti
Amor Sghaier
Abdel Aziz Zaibi
Ridha Zitoun
Richard Abrahamson
Fletcher Abram
Roger Baker
Dennis Berkholtz
Larry Caton
Vincent DiCalogero
Elmer Edes
Thomas Hardiman
Rudolph Matthews
Sandor Rivnyak
James Rogers
Richard Schlesinger
Kevin Serrapede
Robert Sparks
Joel Voelkert
Coach: Peter Buehning
Assistant coach: Laszlo Jurak[5]
Harry Winkler
Herwig Ahrendsen
Hans-Jürgen Bode
Wolfgang Braun
Peter Bucher
Jochen Feldhoff
Diethard Finkelmann
Josef Karrer
Klaus Kater
Klaus Lange
Herbert Lübking
Heiner Möller
Hans-Peter Neuhaus
Uwe Rathjen
Herbert Rogge
Herbert Wehnert
Klaus Westebbe
Abas Arslanagić (Borac Banja Luka)
Petar Fajfrić (Crvenka)
Hrvoje Horvat (Partizan Bjelovar)
Milorad Karalić (Borac Banja Luka)
Đorđe Lavrnić (Krivaja Zavidovići)
Milan Lazarević (Crvena zvezda Beograd)
Zdravko Miljak (Medveščak Zagreb)
Slobodan Mišković (Crvenka)
Branislav Pokrajac (Dinamo Pančevo)
Nebojša Popović (Borac Banja Luka)
Miroslav Pribanić (Partizan Bjelovar)
Albin Vidović (BHSE)
Zoran Živković (FAP Priboj na Limu)
Zdenko Zorko (Zagreb)
Coach: Vlado Štencl
Čedomir Bugarski
Dobrivoje Selec

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Handball at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Men Handball Asia Olympic Qualification 1971". todor66.com. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Men Handball Olympic Games 1972 America Qualification". todor66.com. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Men Handball Olympic Games 1972 European Qualification". todor66.com. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  5. ^ Singer, Harold (13 September 1972). "Panther Highlights". The Delphian. Garden City, New York. 13 (1): 16. OCLC 10569103. Retrieved 18 May 2020.

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