1978 World Men's Handball Championship


The 1978 World Men's Handball Championship was the ninth team handball World Championship. It was held in Denmark between 26 January-5 February 1978. West Germany won the championship.

1978 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Denmark
Teams16
Final positions
Champions West Germany
Runner-up Soviet Union
Third place East Germany
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches32
Goals scored1305 (40.78 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jerzy Klempel (POL)
 Péter Kovács (HUN) (47 goals)
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Teams


Group A Group B Group C Group D
 Canada  East Germany  Denmark  Bulgaria
 Czechoslovakia  France  Iceland  Japan
 West Germany  Hungary  Soviet Union  Poland
 Yugoslavia  Romania  Spain  Sweden

Preliminary round


Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 54 36 +18 6
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 54 45 +9 4
 Czechoslovakia 3 1 0 2 58 43 +15 2
 Canada 3 0 0 3 31 73 42 0
Source: [citation needed]

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 3 2 0 1 74 56 +18 4
 East Germany 3 2 0 1 56 43 +13 4
 Hungary 3 2 0 1 66 54 +12 4
 France 3 0 0 3 54 97 43 0
Source: [citation needed]

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 62 46 +16 5
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 56 45 +11 5
 Spain 3 1 0 2 52 65 13 2
 Iceland 3 0 0 3 54 68 14 0
Source: [citation needed]

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 3 3 0 0 76 60 +16 6
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 72 58 +14 4
 Japan 3 1 0 2 64 70 6 2
 Bulgaria 3 0 0 3 58 82 24 0
Source: [citation needed]

Second round


Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 1 2 0 49 44 +5 4
 East Germany 3 1 2 0 48 46 +2 4
 Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 46 50 4 3
 Romania 3 0 1 2 49 52 3 1
Source: [citation needed]

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 58 50 +8 5
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 59 53 +6 5
 Poland 3 1 0 2 61 60 +1 2
 Sweden 3 0 0 3 49 64 15 0
Source: [citation needed]

3rd / 4th place


Date Match¹ Score
05.02.1978 East Germany 
-
19-15
  • (¹) - In Copenhagen

Final


Date Match¹ Score
05.02.1978 West Germany 
-
20-19
  • (¹) - In Copenhagen

Final standings


 West Germany
 Soviet Union
 East Germany
4 Denmark
5 Yugoslavia
6 Poland
7 Romania
8 Sweden
9 Hungary
10 Spain
11 Czechoslovakia
12 Japan
13 Iceland
14 Bulgaria
15 Canada
16 France

Source: International Handball Federation