1998 European Men's Handball Championship


The 1998 European Men's Handball Championship was the third edition of the tournament and held in Italy from 29 May to 7 June 1998, in the cities of Meran and Bolzano. Sweden won the tournament after defeating Spain in the final, while Germany finished third.

1998 European Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates29 May – 7 June
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Spain
Third place Germany
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches34
Goals scored1638 (48.18 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jan Filip
(48 goals)
Best player Daniel Stephan
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Qualification


CountryQualified asPrevious appearances in tournament
 ItalyHost0 (Debut)
 RussiaDefending champion2 (1994, 1996)
 CroatiaGroup 1 winner2 (1994, 1996)
 MacedoniaGroup 1 runner-up0 (Debut)
 FR YugoslaviaGroup 2 winner1 (1996)
 LithuaniaGroup 2 runner-up0 (Debut)
 FranceGroup 3 winner2 (1994, 1996)
 Czech RepublicGroup 3 runner-up1 (1996)
 GermanyGroup 4 winner2 (1994, 1996)
 SpainGroup 4 runner-up2 (1994, 1996)
 HungaryGroup 5 winner2 (1994, 1996)
 SwedenGroup 5 runner-up2 (1994, 1996)

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

Venues


City Stadium Capacity
BolzanoPalaOnda7.200
MeranoMeranarena4.000

Preliminary round


All times are local (UTC+2).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 5 4 0 1 130 111 +19 8[lower-alpha 1] Semifinals
2  Germany 5 4 0 1 125 102 +23 8[lower-alpha 1]
3  FR Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 125 121 +4 6 Fifth place game
4  France 5 1 1 3 110 125 15 3[lower-alpha 2] Seventh place game
5  Lithuania 5 1 1 3 100 115 15 3[lower-alpha 2] Ninth place game
6  Italy (H) 5 1 0 4 106 122 16 2 Eleventh place game
Source: EHF
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. Germany 20–21 Sweden
  2. France 20–20 Lithuania
29 May 1998
16:00
France  20–20  Lithuania PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 1,600
Referees: Gallego, Lamas (ESP)
Stoecklin 8 (9–10) Vilaniškis 6
  Report  
29 May 1998
18:00
Germany  20–21  Sweden PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 2,900
Referees: Kalin, Korič (SLO)
Kretzschmar, Schwalb 5 (12–10) Lövgren 5
  Report  
29 May 1998
20:00
FR Yugoslavia  26–19  Italy PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 3,100
Referees: Øie, Høgsnes (NOR)
Peruničić 8 (13–10) Kobilica, Tabanelli 4
  Report  

30 May 1998
16:00
Sweden  25–22  France PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 4,600
Referees: Vujnović, Mladinić (CRO)
three players 5 (13–13) Fernandez 6
  Report  
30 May 1998
18:00
Lithuania  22–30  FR Yugoslavia PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Migas, Bavas (GRE)
Marcinkevičius 6 (11–15) Škrbić 7
   Report  
30 May 1998
20:00
Italy  18–26  Germany PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 5,600
Referees: Gallego, Lamas (ESP)
Fusina 5 (9–12) Kretzschmar 7
  Report  

1 June 1998
16:00
Lithuania  21–27  Sweden PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 2,900
Referees: Arnaldsson, Erlingsson (ISL)
Bučys, Rasikevičius 6 (9–14) Petersson 8
  Report  
1 June 1998
18:00
FR Yugoslavia  22–29  Germany PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Øie, Høgsnes (NOR)
Butulija 6 (11–14) Stephan 7
  Report  
1 June 1998
20:00
France  23–22  Italy PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Migas, Bavas (GRE)
Stoecklin 6 (11–10) Schmidt 7
  Report  

3 June 1998
18:00
FR Yugoslavia  19–29  Sweden Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Gallego, Lamas (ESP)
Butulija 6 (13–15) Lövgren 9
  Report  
3 June 1998
20:00
Germany  30–23  France Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 4,300
Referees: Vujnović, Mladinić (CRO)
Kretzschmar, Stephan 8 (13–11) Stoecklin 4
  Report  
3 June 1998
20:00
Italy  18–19  Lithuania PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Kalin, Korič (SLO)
Massotti, Tarafino 5 (10–9) Savukynas 5
  Report  

4 June 1998
18:00
France  22–28  FR Yugoslavia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 2,200
Referees: Bülow, Lübker (GER)
Gille 6 (14–14) Maksić 8
  Report  
4 June 1998
20:00
Sweden  28–29  Italy PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Garcia, Moreno (FRA)
Larsson 8 (13–12) Kobilica 10
  Report  
4 June 1998
20:00
Germany  20–18  Lithuania Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 2,400
Referees: Migas, Bavas (GRE)
Ziercke 5 (9–5) three players 4
  Report   

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 5 4 1 0 135 103 +32 9 Semifinals
2  Russia 5 3 1 1 127 110 +17 7
3  Hungary 5 3 0 2 121 122 1 6 Fifth place game
4  Croatia 5 2 1 2 117 120 3 5 Seventh place game
5  Czech Republic 5 1 0 4 130 132 2 2 Ninth place game
6  Macedonia 5 0 1 4 104 147 43 1 Eleventh place game
Source: EHF
29 May 1998
16:00
Hungary  29–20  Macedonia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 250
Referees: Masi, Di Piero (ITA)
Kotormán 7 (14–7) Manaskov 7
  Report  
29 May 1998
18:00
Russia  22–21  Czech Republic Meranarena, Merano
Referees: Garcia, Moreno (FRA)
Filippov 9 (11–8) Tancoš 6
  Report  
29 May 1998
20:00
Croatia  18–18  Spain Meranarena, Merano
Referees: Bülow, Lübker (GER)
Saračević 5 (11–10) Lozano 5
  Report  

31 May 1998
16:00
Czech Republic  24–30  Croatia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 700
Referees: Arnaldsson, Erlingsson (ISL)
Filip 8 (14–15) Ćavar 11
  Report  
31 May 1998
18:00
Macedonia  26–26  Russia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Bülow, Lübker (GER)
Manaskov 12 (10–16) Koksharov 8
  Report  
31 May 1998
20:00
Spain  27–17  Hungary Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Øie, Høgsnes (NOR)
three players 4 (17–3) Pásztor 4
  Report  

1 June 1998
16:00
Croatia  28–21  Macedonia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 200
Referees: Garcia, Moreno (FRA)
Ćavar 8 (12–10) Kotevki, Petreski 5
   Report  
1 June 1998
18:00
Hungary  20–23  Russia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 250
Referees: Kalin, Korič (SLO)
Csoknyai, Kotormán 4 (10–13) Voronin 5
  Report  
1 June 1998
20:00
Spain  35–22  Czech Republic Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 400
Referees: Masi, Piero (ITA)
Guijosa 12 (17–9) Filip 5
  Report  

3 June 1998
16:00
Hungary  27–25  Czech Republic PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 350
Referees: Bülow, Lübker (GER)
Pásztor 11 (13–8) Lanča 11
  Report   
3 June 1998
16:00
Macedonia  19–26  Spain Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Arnaldsson, Erlingsson (ISL)
Kotevki 6 (10–13) Ortega 7
  Report  
3 June 1998
18:00
Russia  29–14  Croatia PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 900
Referees: Øie, Høgsnes (NOR)
Koksharov 8 (12–8) Ćavar 5
  Report  

4 June 1998
16:00
Russia  27–29  Spain Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Kalin, Korič (SLO)
Khodkov 7 (15–11) Guijosa 6
  Report  
4 June 1998
16:00
Croatia  27–28  Hungary PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 300
Referees: Arnaldsson, Erlingsson (ISL)
Ćavar, Goluža 6 (10–13) Pásztor 12
   Report   
4 June 1998
18:00
Czech Republic  38–18  Macedonia PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 400
Referees: Masi, Di Piero (ITA)
Filip, Lanča 10 (16–12) Novokmet 7
  Report  

Placement games


Eleventh place game

6 June 1998
14:00
Italy  27–26 (ET)  Macedonia Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Garcia, Moreno (FRA)
Massotti 9 (11–12) Novokmet 7
  Report  

FT: 23–23 ET: 4–3

Ninth place game

6 June 1998
16:00
Lithuania  38–36 (ET)  Czech Republic PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Kalin, Korič (SLO)
Klimčiauskas 9 (17–14) Filip 12
  Report  10× 

FT: 30–30 ET: 3–3, 5–3

Seventh place game

6 June 1998
18:00
France  30–28  Croatia PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Migas, Bavas (GRE)
Fernandez 8 (16–12) Mikulić 10
  Report  

Fifth place game

6 June 1998
16:00
FR Yugoslavia  32–24  Hungary Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 2,400
Referees: Gallego, Lamas (ESP)
Jovanović 9 (15–12) Kertész, Pásztor 6
  Report  

Knockout stage


Bracket

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
6 June
 
 
 Spain29
 
7 June
 
 Germany22
 
 Spain23
 
6 June
 
 Sweden25
 
 Sweden27
 
 
 Russia24
 
Third place
 
 
7 June
 
 
 Germany (ET)30
 
 
 Russia28

Semifinals

6 June 1998
18:00
Spain  29–22  Germany Meranarena, Merano
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Arnaldsson, Erlingsson (ISL)
Ortega 6 (13–9) Stephan 6
  Report  

6 June 1998
20:00
Sweden  27–24  Russia PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Vujnović, Mladinić (CRO)
Lövgren 9 (15–14) I. Lavrov 6
  Report  

Third place game

7 June 1998
14:00
Germany  30–28 (ET)  Russia PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 5,100
Referees: Masi, Di Piero (ITA)
Kretzschmar 10 (13–14) Koksharov 7
  Report   

FT: 25–25 ET: 5–3

Final

7 June 1998
16:30
Spain  23–25  Sweden PalaOnda, Bolzano
Attendance: 6,100
Referees: Øie, Høgsnes (NOR)
Xepkin 6 (9–15) Petersson, Vranjes 6
  Report  

Final ranking


 Sweden
 Spain
 Germany
4 Russia
5 FR Yugoslavia
6 Hungary
7 France
8 Croatia
9 Lithuania
10 Czech Republic
11 Italy
12 Macedonia

All-Star Team


PositionPlayer
Goalkeeper Peter Gentzel (SWE)
Right wing Johan Petersson (SWE)
Right back Sergey Pogorelov (RUS)
Centre back Talant Dujshebaev (ESP)
Left back Daniel Stephan (GER)
Left wing Stefan Kretzschmar (GER)
Pivot Andrei Xepkin (ESP)
Most valuable player Daniel Stephan (GER)

Source: EHF

References


  • eurohandball.com. "1998 Men's European Championship". Archived from the original on 19 August 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  • todor66.com. "Men Handball European Championship 1998". Archived from the original on 18 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.