2008 Asian Men's Handball Championship


The 2008 Asian Men's Handball Championship was the 13th Asian Championship, which was taking place from 17 to 26 February 2008 in Isfahan, Iran. The championship was held in Isfahan's Pirouzi Arena and acted as the Asian qualifying tournament for the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship in Croatia.

2008 Asian Championship
Tournament details
Host country Iran
Dates17–26 February
Teams10 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions South Korea (7th title)
Runner-up Kuwait
Third place Saudi Arabia
Fourth place Iran
Tournament statistics
Matches27
Goals scored1563 (57.89 per match)
Next

Draw


Group A Group B

 Kuwait
 Iran
 Bahrain
 China
 Lebanon

 South Korea
 Qatar
 Japan
 United Arab Emirates
 Saudi Arabia

Preliminary round


All times are local (UTC+3:30).

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Kuwait 4 3 0 1 122 109 +13 6
 Iran (H) 4 3 0 1 137 122 +15 6
 Bahrain 4 3 0 1 129 113 +16 6
 China 4 1 0 3 113 131 18 2
 Lebanon 4 0 0 4 102 128 26 0
Source: [citation needed]
(H) Host
17 February 2008
16:00
Iran  36–28  China Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
(19–15)
17 February 2008
20:00
Kuwait  26–24  Bahrain Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Kolahdouzan, Karbaschi (IRI)
(12–8)

18 February 2008
16:00
Bahrain  37–26  Lebanon Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Qasqas, Bani Hani (JOR)
(18–11)
18 February 2008
20:00
Kuwait  33–28  China Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Vakula, Ludovik (UKR)
(20–8)

19 February 2008
16:00
Iran  34–27  Lebanon Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Lu, Chen (CHN)
(16–15)

20 February 2008
14:30
Kuwait  29–22  Lebanon Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Jonid, Honish (SYR)
(14–12)
20 February 2008
18:30
Bahrain  35–29  China Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
(17–15)

21 February 2008
16:00
Iran  32–33  Bahrain Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Vakula, Ludovik (UKR)
(20–12)

22 February 2008
16:30
China  28–27  Lebanon Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Jonid, Honish (SYR)
(16–14)
22 February 2008
20:30
Kuwait  34–35  Iran Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
(18–15)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 4 4 0 0 131 105 +26 8
 Saudi Arabia 4 2 1 1 120 113 +7 5
 Qatar 4 2 0 2 113 122 9 4
 Japan 4 1 1 2 128 120 +8 3
 United Arab Emirates 4 0 0 4 109 141 32 0
Source: [citation needed]
17 February 2008
18:00
South Korea  36–27  United Arab Emirates Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Lu, Chen (CHN)
(20–10)
17 February 2008
22:00
Japan  28–28  Saudi Arabia Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Vakula, Ludovik (UKR)
(13–14)

18 February 2008
18:00
Qatar  30–29  United Arab Emirates Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Jonid, Honish (SYR)
(12–14)
18 February 2008
22:00
South Korea  33–25  Japan Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
(18–12)

19 February 2008
18:00
Qatar  28–31  Saudi Arabia Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Kolahdouzan, Karbaschi (IRI)
(12–17)

20 February 2008
16:30
South Korea  31–30  Saudi Arabia Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Vakula, Ludovik (UKR)
(17–15)
20 February 2008
20:30
Japan  44–27  United Arab Emirates Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Dib, Haidar (LIB)
(21–17)

21 February 2008
18:00
Qatar  32–31  Japan Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Dib, Haidar (LIB)
(11–17)

22 February 2008
14:30
United Arab Emirates  26–31  Saudi Arabia Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Qasqas, Bani Hani (JOR)
(13–17)
22 February 2008
18:30
South Korea  31–23  Qatar Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Kolahdouzan, Karbaschi (IRI)
(14–9)

Placement 5th–10th


9th/10th

24 February 2008
14:00
Lebanon  25–38  United Arab Emirates Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Lu, Chen (CHN)
(13–18)

7th/8th

25 February 2008
14:30
China  35–38  Japan Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Jonid, Honish (SYR)
(15–22)

5th/6th

25 February 2008
17:00
Bahrain  0–10  Qatar Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Kolahdouzan, Karbaschi (IRI)
(Walkover)

* Bahrain didn't not show up and was penalized to the last place.

Final round


 
SemifinalsGold medal match
 
      
 
24 February – Isfahan
 
 
 Kuwait32
 
26 February – Isfahan
 
 Saudi Arabia29
 
 Kuwait21
 
24 February – Isfahan
 
 South Korea27
 
 South Korea33
 
 
 Iran24
 
Bronze medal match
 
 
26 February – Isfahan
 
 
 Saudi Arabia24
 
 
 Iran23

Semifinals

24 February 2008
16:30
Kuwait  32–29  Saudi Arabia Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Vakula, Ludovik (UKR)
(16–14)

24 February 2008
19:00
South Korea  33–24  Iran Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
(13–12)

Bronze medal match

26 February 2008
14:30
Saudi Arabia  24–23  Iran Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Vakula, Ludovik (UKR)
(13–12)

Gold medal match

26 February 2008
17:00
Kuwait  21–27  South Korea Pirouzi Arena, Isfahan
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
(9–15)

Final standing


RankTeam
 South Korea
 Kuwait
 Saudi Arabia
4  Iran
5  Qatar
6  Japan
7  China
8  United Arab Emirates
9  Lebanon
10  Bahrain
Team qualified for the 2009 World Championship

All-star team


  • Goalkeeper:  Yousef Al-Fadhli (KUW)
  • Left wing:  Yu Dong-geun (KOR)
  • Left back:  Rahim Momenizadeh (IRI)
  • Pivot:  Abdullah Al-Theyab (KUW)
  • Centre back:  Bandar Al-Harbi (KSA)
  • Right back:  Park Wong-chul (KOR)
  • Right wing:  Hussain Al-Ekhwan (KSA)