2018 European Men's Handball Championship


The 2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship was the 13th edition and was hosted for the second time in Croatia from 12 to 28 January 2018. Croatia was awarded hosting the tournament during the EHF congress in Dublin on 20 September 2014.

2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Croatia
Dates12–28 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runner-up Sweden
Third place France
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2563 (54.53 per match)
Attendance263,209 (5,600 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ondřej Zdráhala
(56 goals)
Best player Jim Gottfridsson
Next
EHF flags in Zagreb
Championship Billboard in Zagreb

Spain won their first title after defeating Sweden 29–23 in the final. France captured the bronze medal after defeating Denmark 32–29.[1][2]

Venues



ZagrebSplit
Arena Zagreb
Capacity: 15,200
Spaladium Arena
Capacity: 10,941
VaraždinPoreč
Varaždin Arena
Capacity: 5,200
Žatika Sport Centre
Capacity: 3,700

Qualification


Qualified teams

CountryQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in tournament
 CroatiaHost20 September 201412 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 SpainGroup 3 winner6 May 201712 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 GermanyGroup 5 winner6 May 201711 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016)
 SwedenGroup 6 winner6 May 201711 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 DenmarkGroup 1 winner14 June 201711 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 FranceGroup 7 winner14 June 201712 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 HungaryGroup 1 runner-up15 June 201710 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 SerbiaGroup 2 runner-up15 June 20174 ( 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 BelarusGroup 2 winner15 June 20174 (1994, 2008, 2014, 2016)
 MontenegroGroup 6 runner-up17 June 20173 (2008, 2014, 2016)
 NorwayGroup 7 runner-up17 June 20177 (2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 SloveniaGroup 5 runner-up17 June 201710 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016)
 AustriaGroup 3 runner-up17 June 20172 (2010, 2014)
 Czech RepublicGroup 4 runner-up18 June 20178 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
 North MacedoniaGroup 4 winner18 June 20174 (1998, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 IcelandGroup 4 third place18 June 20179 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

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

Draw


The draw was held on 23 June 2017.[3][4]

Seeding

The seedings were announced on 19 June 2017.[5][6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads


Match officials


On 26 October 2017, 12 couples were announced.[7]

Preliminary round


All times are local (UTC+1).[8]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 82 +7 4[lower-alpha 1] Main round
2  Croatia (H) 3 2 0 1 92 79 +13 4[lower-alpha 1]
3  Serbia 3 1 0 2 76 88 12 2[lower-alpha 2]
4  Iceland 3 1 0 2 74 82 8 2[lower-alpha 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.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. Croatia 31–35 Sweden
  2. Serbia 29–26 Iceland
12 January 2018
18:15
Sweden  24–26  Iceland Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 8,700
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Gottfridsson 6 (8–15) Guðmundsson 7
  Report  
12 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  32–22  Serbia Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Stepančić, Štrlek 6 (14–9) Nenadić 6
  Report  

14 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  25–30  Sweden Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 9,500
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Ilić 5 (10–16) Lagergren 5
  Report  
14 January 2018
20:30
Iceland  22–29  Croatia Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 10,500
Referees: Zotin, Volotkov (RUS)
Pálmarsson 5 (13–14) Cindrić 7
Report  

16 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  29–26  Iceland Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 9,800
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Radivojević, Šešum 5 (12–12) Sigurðsson 8
  Report  
16 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  31–35  Sweden Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Čupić 7 (12–17) Lagergren 6
  Report  

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 3 0 0 97 82 +15 6 Main round
2  Norway 3 2 0 1 103 88 +15 4
3  Belarus 3 1 0 2 80 91 11 2
4  Austria 3 0 0 3 80 99 19 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.
12 January 2018
18:15
Belarus  27–26  Austria Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 3,100
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Kulesh 7 (14–12) Bilyk 8
  Report   
12 January 2018
20:30
France  32–31  Norway Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 3,600
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Mahé 8 (15–17) Tønnesen 7
  Report  

14 January 2018
18:15
Austria  26–33  France Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,900
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Weber 5 (12–17) N'Guessan 7
   Report  
14 January 2018
20:30
Norway  33–28  Belarus Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
three players 6 (15–12) Karalek 5
  Report  

16 January 2018
18:15
France  32–25  Belarus Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,300
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Mem 9 (14–11) Padshyvalau 6
  Report   
16 January 2018
20:30
Norway  39–28  Austria Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 1,600
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Bjørnsen 9 (18–14) Bilyk 9
  Report   

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  North Macedonia 3 2 1 0 79 77 +2 5 Main round
2  Germany 3 1 2 0 82 69 +13 4
3  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 77 69 +8 3
4  Montenegro 3 0 0 3 66 89 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.
13 January 2018
17:15
Germany  32–19  Montenegro Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Gensheimer 9 (17–9) Lipovina 7
   Report  
13 January 2018
19:30
North Macedonia  25–24  Slovenia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Manaskov 8 (11–11) Mlakar 4
  Report  11× 

15 January 2018
18:15
Slovenia  25–25  Germany Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,500
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Zarabec 5 (15–10) Gensheimer 7
   Report  
15 January 2018
20:30
Montenegro  28–29  North Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Čavor 6 (16–15) Kuzmanovski 5
   Report  

17 January 2018
18:15
Germany  25–25  North Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Weinhold 8 (12–11) Taleski 6
  Report  
17 January 2018
20:30
Montenegro  19–28  Slovenia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,200
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Ševaljević 6 (13–14) Marguč 6
  Report   

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 0 1 81 65 +16 4[lower-alpha 1] Main round
2  Denmark 3 2 0 1 84 75 +9 4[lower-alpha 1]
3  Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 76 86 10 4[lower-alpha 1]
4  Hungary 3 0 0 3 77 92 15 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. Spain 2 Pts, +14 GD; Denmark 2 Pts, +2 GD; Czech Republic 2 Pts, −16 GD
13 January 2018
18:15
Spain  32–15  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,780
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 5 (16–9) Kašpárek 5
  Report  
13 January 2018
20:30
Denmark  32–25  Hungary Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 5,170
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Lauge Schmidt 7 (14–12) Lékai 5
   Report  

15 January 2018
18:15
Hungary  25–27  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,470
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Bánhidi 6 (12–13) four players 4
  Report  
15 January 2018
20:30
Czech Republic  28–27  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Zdráhala 8 (15–16) Hansen 7
  Report  

17 January 2018
18:15
Czech Republic  33–27  Hungary Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,790
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Zdráhala 14 (15–11) Lékai 9
   Report  
17 January 2018
20:30
Spain  22–25  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
A. Dujshebaev 6 (13–14) Balling 8
  Report  

Main round


Points and goals gained in the preliminary group against teams that advanced, were taken over.

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 5 5 0 0 156 130 +26 10 Advanced to semifinals
2  Sweden 5 3 0 2 136 127 +9 6[lower-alpha 1]
3  Croatia (H) 5 3 0 2 147 138 +9 6[lower-alpha 1] Advanced to fifth place game
4  Norway 5 3 0 2 152 144 +8 6[lower-alpha 1]
5  Belarus 5 1 0 4 128 146 18 2
6  Serbia 5 0 0 5 131 165 34 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.
Notes:
  1. Sweden 2 Pts, +1 GD; Croatia 2 Pts, 0 GD; Norway 2 Pts, −1 GD
18 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  27–32  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Beljanski, Šešum 5 (17–17) Bjørnsen, Sagosen 8
  Report  
18 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  25–23  Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Mamić, Stepančić 5 (15–12) Yurynok 6
  Report   

20 January 2018
18:15
Sweden  17–23  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 7,100
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jeppsson 4 (8–10) Sorhaindo 5
  Report   
20 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  32–28  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 13,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Štrlek 6 (17–15) Sagosen 8
  Report  

22 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  30–39  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,700
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Zelenović 7 (12–19) Caucheteux, L. Karabatić 7
   Report  
22 January 2018
20:30
Sweden  29–20  Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,400
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Lagergren, Wanne 4 (16–11) Karalek, Kulesh 4
  Report  

24 January 2018
16:00
Serbia  27–32  Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Nenadić 7 (11–16) Pukhouski 9
  Report  
24 January 2018
18:15
Sweden  25–28  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Tollbring 6 (11–12) Myrhol 7
   Report  
24 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  27–30  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Štrlek 6 (13–19) Remili 6
  Report  

Group II

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 5 4 0 1 140 123 +17 8 Advanced to semifinals
2  Spain 5 3 0 2 142 118 +24 6
3  Czech Republic 5 2 1 2 113 131 18 5 Advanced to fifth place game
4  Slovenia 5 1 2 2 134 133 +1 4[lower-alpha 1]
5  Germany 5 1 2 2 124 126 2 4[lower-alpha 1]
6  North Macedonia 5 1 1 3 114 136 22 3
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. Slovenia 25–25 Germany
19 January 2018
18:15
Germany  22–19  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,130
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Fäth 8 (9–10) Číp 6
  Report  
19 January 2018
20:30
Slovenia  28–31  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 5,200
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Zarabec 6 (14–16) Svan 11
  Report  

21 January 2018
18:15
Germany  25–26  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,112
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Kühn 6 (9–8) Lindberg 9
  Report  
21 January 2018
20:30
North Macedonia  20–31  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,796
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Manaskov, Stoilov 4 (6–15) Gurbindo 6
  Report  

23 January 2018
18:15
Slovenia  31–26  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,176
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Marguč 5 (13–12) Solé 6
  Report   
23 January 2018
20:30
North Macedonia  24–25  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,780
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Taleski 5 (13–11) Horák 8
  Report   

24 January 2018
16:00
Slovenia  26–26  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,873
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 5 (11–12) Zdráhala 9
  Report   
24 January 2018
18:15
North Macedonia  20–31  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,343
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Kuzmanovski 6 (12–12) Damgaard 11
  Report  
24 January 2018
20:30
Germany  27–31  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 1,289
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Hafner 5 (13–14) Balaguer 6
  Report  

Knockout stage


Bracket

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
26 January
 
 
 France23
 
28 January
 
 Spain27
 
 Spain29
 
26 January
 
 Sweden23
 
 Denmark34
 
 
 Sweden (ET)35
 
Third place game
 
 
28 January
 
 
 France32
 
 
 Denmark29

Semifinals

26 January 2018
18:00
France  23–27  Spain Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Sorhaindo 6 (9–15) Solé 7
  Report  

26 January 2018
20:30
Denmark  34–35 (ET)  Sweden Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Hansen 12 (14–16) Zachrisson 8
  Report  

FT: 28–28 ET: 6–7

Fifth place game

26 January 2018
15:30
Croatia  28–27  Czech Republic Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Horvat 10 (16–10) Zdráhala 13
  Report  

Third place game

28 January 2018
18:00
France  32–29  Denmark Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,700
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
N.Karabatić 9 (17–14) Lindberg 12
  Report  

Final

28 January 2018
20:30
Spain  29–23  Sweden Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Balaguer, Solé 5 (12–14) Nielsen 5
  Report  

Ranking and statistics


Final ranking

All-Star Team

The all-star team and awards were announced on 28 January 2018.[10]

PositionPlayer
Goalkeeper Vincent Gérard (FRA)
Right wing Ferrán Solé (ESP)
Right back Alex Dujshebaev (ESP)
Centre back Sander Sagosen (NOR)
Left back Mikkel Hansen (DEN)
Left wing Manuel Štrlek (CRO)
Pivot Jesper Nielsen (SWE)

Awards

AwardPlayer
Most Valuable Player Jim Gottfridsson (SWE)
Best Defence Player Jakov Gojun (CRO)
Topscorer Ondřej Zdráhala (CZE) (55 goals)

Statistics

References


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