2008 European Men's Handball Championship


The 2008 EHF European Men's Handball Championship (8th tournament) was held in Norway from 17–27 January, in the cities of Bergen, Drammen, Lillehammer, Stavanger and Trondheim. Denmark won the tournament with Croatia second and France third.

2008 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
Håndball-EM 2008. (in Norwegian)
Tournament details
Host country Norway
Dates17–27 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Denmark (1st title)
Runner-up Croatia
Third place France
Fourth place Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2643 (56.23 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ivano Balić
Lars Christiansen
Nikola Karabatić
(44 goals)
Best player Nikola Karabatić
Next

Venues


DrammenStavanger
Drammenshallen
Capacity: 4,000
Stavanger Idrettshall
Capacity: 7,000
BergenTrondheim
Haukelandshallen
Capacity: 4,000
Trondheim Spektrum
Capacity: 4,000
Lillehammer
Håkons Hall
Capacity: 10,500

Qualification


Qualification matches took place in 2007. According to the EHF rules, the host (Norway) and the top six nations from the 2006 European Championship (France, Croatia, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Russia) were automatically qualified. The other nine places were determined after the play-off matches, held in June; nine teams were seeded, after qualifying for the 2006 Championship, while their opponents qualified through the preliminary group stages.

Qualified teams

CountryQualified asPrevious appearances in tournament
 NorwayHost2 (2000, 2006)
 CroatiaSemifinalist of 2006 European Championship7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 DenmarkSemifinalist of 2006 European Championship6 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 FranceSemifinalist of 2006 European Championship7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 SpainSemifinalist of 2006 European Championship7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 GermanyFifth place of 2006 European Championship7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 RussiaSixth place of 2006 European Championship7 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 BelarusPlayoff winner1 (1994)
 Czech RepublicPlayoff winner4 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004)
 HungaryPlayoff winner5 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006)
 IcelandPlayoff winner4 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 MontenegroPlayoff winner0 (Debut)
 PolandPlayoff winner3 (2002, 2004, 2006)
 SlovakiaPlayoff winner1 (2006)
 SloveniaPlayoff winner6 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
 SwedenPlayoff winner6 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)

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

Draw


The draw was held on 22 June 2007 in the TV2 Studio in Oslo.[1]

Seeding

The seedings were announced on 19 June 2007.[2]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Preliminary round


All times are local (UTC+1).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 3 3 0 0 91 77 +14 6 Main round
2  Poland 3 2 0 1 93 89 +4 4
3  Slovenia 3 1 0 2 85 94 9 2
4  Czech Republic 3 0 0 3 88 97 9 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
17 January 2008
18:15
Slovenia  34–32  Czech Republic Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Kavtičnik 12 (16–14) Filip 10
   Report  
17 January 2008
20:15
Croatia  32–27  Poland Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Balić, Horvat 7 (14–14) Jurasik 11
  Report   

18 January 2008
18:15
Czech Republic  26–30  Croatia Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Vakula, Ljudovik (UKR)
Vítek 7 (13–13) Balić 6
 10×  Report  
18 January 2008
20:15
Poland  33–27  Slovenia Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,655
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Bielecki 9 (23–14) Pajovič 7
   Report  

20 January 2008
15:15
Poland  33–30  Czech Republic Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Bejenariu, Cirligeanu (ROU)
Bielecki 9 (13–14) Nocar 7
  Report  10×
20 January 2008
17:15
Croatia  29–24  Slovenia Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Balić 7 (16–15) Pajovič 7
  Report  

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Norway (H) 3 3 0 0 86 69 +17 6 Main round
2  Denmark 3 2 0 1 89 79 +10 4
3  Montenegro 3 0 1 2 71 84 13 1[lower-alpha 1]
4  Russia 3 0 1 2 74 88 14 1[lower-alpha 1]
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. Russia 25–25 Montenegro
17 January 2008
17:00
Russia  25–25  Montenegro Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Koksharov 8 (15–16) Mrvaljević, Muratović 7
  Report  
17 January 2008
19:15
Denmark  26–27  Norway Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Vakula, Ljudovik (UKR)
Boesen 9 (10–14) Tvedten 8
  Report  

18 January 2008
18:15
Norway  32–21  Russia Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,650
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Hagen 9 (15–10) Starykh 5
  Report  
18 January 2008
20:15
Montenegro  24–32  Denmark Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 2,100
Referees: Bejenariu, Cirligeanu (ROU)
Muratović 9 (9–18) three players 5
  Report  

20 January 2008
17:15
Denmark  31–28  Russia Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Christiansen 13 (18–11) Koksharov 6
  Report   
20 January 2008
19:15
Norway  27–22  Montenegro Drammenshallen, Drammen
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Tvedten 5 (16–11) Muratović 8
   Report   

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Hungary 3 2 0 1 90 82 +8 4[lower-alpha 1] Main round
2  Spain 3 2 0 1 94 88 +6 4[lower-alpha 1]
3  Germany 3 2 0 1 84 80 +4 4[lower-alpha 1]
4  Belarus 3 0 0 3 83 101 18 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
Notes:
  1. Hungary 2 Pts, +3 GD; Spain 2 Pts, +1 GD; Germany 2 Pts, –4 GD
17 January 2008
17:15
Germany  34–26  Belarus Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,110
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Baur 7 (16–13) Pukhouski 10
  Report  
17 January 2008
19:15
Spain  28–35  Hungary Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,130
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Garabaya 8 (12–14) Ilyés, Nagy 7
  Report  

19 January 2008
18:10
Hungary  24–28  Germany Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,340
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
three players 4 (12–13) Baur, Jansen 5
  Report  
19 January 2008
20:15
Belarus  31–36  Spain Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 2,340
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Pukhouski 8 (15–18) Rocas 11
   Report  

20 January 2008
16:30
Spain  30–22  Germany Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 3,238
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
García 8 (12–12) three players 4
  Report  
20 January 2008
18:30
Hungary  31–26  Belarus Haukelandshallen, Bergen
Attendance: 3,238
Referees: Reisinger, Kaschütz (AUT)
G. Iváncsik, Nagy 9 (18–16) Kurchev 7
  Report  

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 3 0 0 90 76 +14 6 Main round
2  Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 72 +17 4
3  Iceland 3 1 0 2 68 76 8 2
4  Slovakia 3 0 0 3 78 101 23 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
17 January 2008
18:15
France  32–31  Slovakia Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,585
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
Girault 6 (20–18) Šulc 10
  Report  
17 January 2008
20:15
Iceland  19–24  Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,930
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
G. Sigurðsson, Stefánsson 4 (9–11) Jurasik 11
  Report  

19 January 2008
18:15
Slovakia  22–28  Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 3,410
Referees: Reisinger, Kaschütz (AUT)
Kozlov 7 (5–16) G. Sigurðsson 7
  Report  
19 January 2008
20:15
Sweden  24–28  France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 3,640
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
three players 4 (13–18) three players 5
  Report  

20 January 2008
16:15
Slovakia  25–41  Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,870
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Dudáš, Mikéci 4 (12–20) Andersson 8
  Report  
20 January 2008
18:15
France  30–21  Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,335
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Karabatić 10 (17–8) Petersson 5
   Report  

Main round


Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 5 4 0 1 152 120 +32 8 Semifinals
2  Croatia 5 3 1 1 138 130 +8 7
3  Norway (H) 5 2 2 1 130 128 +2 6 Fifth place game
4  Poland 5 2 1 2 149 142 +7 5
5  Slovenia 5 2 0 3 138 148 10 4
6  Montenegro 5 0 0 5 124 163 39 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
22 January 2008
16:15
Slovenia  31–29  Montenegro Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,815
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Pajovič 9 (16–13) Mrvaljević 5
  Report  
22 January 2008
18:15
Croatia  20–30  Denmark Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 4,601
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Horvat 5 (9–15) Lindberg 7
  Report   
22 January 2008
20:15
Poland  24–24  Norway Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Lijewski 8 (12–13) Strand 9
   Report   

23 January 2008
16:15
Croatia  34–26  Montenegro Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,745
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Vori 9 (12–13) Kapisoda 7
  Report  
23 January 2008
18:15
Poland  26–36  Denmark Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 4,757
Referees: Vakula, Ljudovik (UKR)
Jurasik 7 (13–17) Boesen 8
  Report  
23 January 2008
20:15
Slovenia  33–29  Norway Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 6,869
Referees: Bejenariu, Cirligeanu (ROU)
Natek 9 (14–13) Kjelling, Loke 7
  Report  

24 January 2008
16:15
Poland  39–23  Montenegro Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 2,309
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Jachlewski 6 (19–13) Kapisoda 6
  Report  
24 January 2008
18:15
Slovenia  23–28  Denmark Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 6,412
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Natek 5 (11–15) Christiansen 8
  Report  
24 January 2008
20:15
Croatia  23–23  Norway Stavanger Idrettshall, Stavanger
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Balić 9 (10–11) three players 5
  Report  

Group II

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 5 4 0 1 140 126 +14 8 Semifinals
2  Germany 5 3 0 2 139 136 +3 6
3  Sweden 5 2 1 2 131 131 0 5[lower-alpha 1] Fifth place game
4  Hungary 5 2 1 2 145 147 2 5[lower-alpha 1]
5  Spain 5 2 0 3 144 138 +6 4
6  Iceland 5 1 0 4 129 150 21 2
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
Notes:
  1. Sweden 27–27 Hungary
22 January 2008
16:20
Germany  35–27  Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,380
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Glandorf 9 (17–12) Stefánsson 8
  Report  
22 January 2008
18:30
Spain  27–28  France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,890
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
three players 5 (15–15) Narcisse 7
  Report  
22 January 2008
20:30
Hungary  27–27  Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,103
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
G. Iváncsik 8 (16–14) Ahlm 8
  Report  

23 January 2008
16:15
Spain  26–27  Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,730
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
García 8 (14–13) Källman 8
  Report  
23 January 2008
18:15
Germany  23–26  France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,945
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
Kraus 6 (10–11) Karabatić 8
   Report  
23 January 2008
20:15
Hungary  28–36  Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 1,012
Referees: Reisinger, Kaschütz (AUT)
Mocsai 6 (16–16) Guðjónsson 11
  Report   

24 January 2008
15:20
Spain  33–26  Iceland Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,280
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
García 9 (18–15) Guðjónsson, G. Sigurðsson 7
  Report   
24 January 2008
17:20
Hungary  31–28  France Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,360
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Ilyés 9 (15–11) Guilbert 6
  Report  
24 January 2008
19:20
Germany  31–29  Sweden Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim
Attendance: 2,915
Referees: Višekruna, Stanojević (SRB)
Glandorf, Hens 7 (16–18) Andersson 9
  Report  

Final round


Bracket

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
26 January
 
 
 Denmark26
 
27 January
 
 Germany25
 
 Denmark24
 
26 January
 
 Croatia20
 
 Croatia24
 
 
 France23
 
Third place
 
 
27 January
 
 
 Germany26
 
 
 France36

Semifinals

26 January 2008
15:30
Croatia  24–23  France Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Metličić 6 (11–9) Abalo, Narcisse 7
  Report  

26 January 2008
18:00
Denmark  26–25  Germany Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
Christiansen 6 (10–13) Kehrmann 6
  Report  

Fifth place game

26 January 2008
13:00
Norway  34–36 (ET)  Sweden Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 5,840
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Strand 10 (13–15) Boquist, Källman 7
  Report  

FT: 26–26 ET: 4–4, 4–6

Third place game

27 January 2008
13:30
Germany  26–36  France Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 7,940
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
Jansen 7 (9–18) Girault 8
  Report  

Final

27 January 2008
16:00
Denmark  24–20  Croatia Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 9,052
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Boesen, Christiansen 7 (13–10) Metličić 5
  Report   

Ranking and statistics


References


  1. "2008 Men's European Handball Championship Draw" (PDF). EHF. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. "22 June: Follow the Draw Live on our Website!". EHF. 19 June 2007. Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2020.