2006 European Men's Handball Championship

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2006 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
Handball-Europameisterschaft 2006 (German)
Championnat d'Europe de handball 2006 (French)

Campionato europeo di pallamano 2006 (Italian)
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 26 January–5 February
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France (1st title)
Runner-up  Spain
Third place  Denmark
Fourth place  Croatia
Tournament statistics
Matches 47
Goals scored 2784 (59.23 per match)
Attendance 182,600 (3,885 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Siarhei Rutenka (SLO) (51 goals)
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The 2006 EHF European Men's Handball Championship (7th tournament) was held in Switzerland from 26 January–5 February, in the cities of Basel, Berne, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zürich. France won the tournament, going through unbeaten after an early defeat to Spain (where they trailed by eight goals at half-time). France and Spain met again in the final, but this time France prevailed by eight goals. France's defence conceded the least goals per game in the entire tournament, with 192 conceded goals in eight matches. The hosts Switzerland were knocked out at the first group stage, while Denmark finished third and Croatia fourth to qualify directly for the 2007 World Championship, along with France.

Preliminary group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

This group was played in the Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen (capacity: 4,500). Poland qualified first, winning the first match and then drawing the second against Switzerland despite an equaliser with 15 seconds to go from Pascal Jenny, and two hours later they were joined by Slovenia, who came back from a two-goal deficit in the last ten minutes to beat Ukraine by 33–31. Switzerland and Ukraine thus played off for the last place in the main round, and the Swiss got behind from the start, trailing by 21–14 at half time. Ten minutes into the second half, Ukraine were 28–16 up, before allowing Switzerland somewhat back into it near the end. They still won 37–30, however, qualifying for the second round with zero points. Slovenia beat Poland 33–29 to carry forward four points, while Poland got two.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Slovenia 3 3 0 0 95 85 +10 6
 Poland 3 1 1 1 93 88 +5 3
 Ukraine 3 1 0 2 92 86 +6 2
  Switzerland 3 0 1 2 86 97 −11 1
26 January 2006
17:30
 Poland 33 - 24  Ukraine Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Karol Bielecki 8
Patryk Kuchczynski 5
(19-13) Mykola Stetsyura 7
Sergiy Shel'menko 7
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26 January 2006
20:15
 Slovenia 29 - 25   Switzerland Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Siarhei Rutenka 7 (2)
Zoran Jovičič 5 (3)
Renato Vugrinec 5
(16-13) Thomas Gautschi 7
Manuel Liniger 6
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28 January 2006
16:15
  Switzerland 31 - 31  Poland Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Martin Engeler 9 (3)
Thomas Gautschi 6
Pascal Jenny 6
Andre Schmid 5 (1)
(16-17) Piotr Obrusiewicz 6 (5)
Karol Bielecki 5 (1)
Bartosz Jurecki 5
Marcin Lijewski 5
Grzegorz Tkaczyk 5
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28 January
18:30
 Ukraine 31 - 33  Slovenia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 2800
Ruslan Prudius 7
Sergiy Shel'menko 6
Yuriy Kostetskiy 5 (2)
Vitaliy Nat 5
Yuriy Petrenko 5
(17-16) Siarhei Rutenka 9 (2)
Uroš Zorman 6
Vid Kavtičnik 5
Jure Natek 5
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29 January 2006
14:00
 Slovenia 33 - 29  Poland Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 2800
Siarhei Rutenka 10 (3)
Zoran Jovičič 5 (5)
Vid Kavtičnik 5
Jure Natek 5
(16-10) Karol Bielecki 9 (3)
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29 January 2006
16:15
  Switzerland 30 - 37  Ukraine Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Marco Kurth 6
Martin Engeler 6 (5)
(14-21) Igor Andryushchenko 7
Sergiy Shel'menko 7
Mykola Stetsyura 7
Yuriy Kostetskiy 6 (3)
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Group B[edit]

The matches in this group were played in St. Jakobshalle, Basel (capacity 8,500). Germany became the first team to qualify, drawing their first match with Spain before overcoming Slovakia (who ended up by conceding 100 goals, the most in the group stage) in their second game. Spain followed soon after, beating France by 29–26 after a 17–9 lead at half time, but the French were also through as they would be ahead of Slovakia on head-to-head if the two were to end on two points each. Thus, their last match with Germany only determined how many points they would carry forward to the main round; France risked going through with nil, but after prevailing 27–25 they finished the group in second place and took two points.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 94 82 +12 5
 France 3 2 0 1 88 75 +13 4
 Germany 3 1 1 1 87 84 +3 3
 Slovakia 3 0 0 3 72 100 −28 0
26 January 2006
15:45
 Germany 31 - 31  Spain St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 5900
Pascal Hens 9
Christian Zeitz 6
Andrej Klimovets 5
(16-15) Albert Rocas 6 (2)
Iker Romero 6 (3)
Rolando Uríos9 6
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26 January 2006
18:00
 France 35 - 21  Slovakia St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 4800
Joel Abati 6 (2)
Bertrand Gille 5
(19-9)
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28 January 2006
14:00
 Slovakia 26 - 31  Germany St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 6300
Radoslav Antl 6 (1)
Rastislav Tabačko 5
(15-18) Andrej Klimovets 7
Michael Kraus 5
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28 January 2006
16:15
 Spain 29 - 26  France St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 5900
Iker Romero 10 (2)
Albert Rocas 7 (4)
Alberto Entrerríos 5
(17-9) Nikola Karabatic 10
Jerome Fernandez 7
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29 January 2006
15:15
 Germany 25 - 27  France St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 6600
Andrej Klimovets 6 (11-13) Michaël Guigou 6 (4)
Daniel Narcisse 5
Jerome Fernandez 5 (1)
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29 January 2006
17:30
 Spain 34 - 25  Slovakia St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 5500
Rubén Garabaya 8 (15-10) Martin Straňovský 8
Ján Kolesár 6
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Group C[edit]

The matches in this group were held in the Sursee Stadthalle in Sursee/Lucerne. Denmark and Iceland opened with wins, and with a draw in the second round both teams qualified for the main round. Serbia and Montenegro joined them due to the head-to-head encounter rule; despite finishing level on points with Hungary after losing to Denmark in the last match, Serbia and Montenegro had beaten Hungary and thus finished ahead. Iceland lost their last match, but nevertheless carried through three points to the main round, as did Denmark.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 90 82 +8 5
 Iceland 3 1 1 1 95 94 +1 3
 Serbia and Montenegro 3 1 0 2 89 93 −4 2
 Hungary 3 1 0 2 84 89 −5 2
26 January 2006
18:00
 Serbia and Montenegro 31 - 36  Iceland Stadthalle, Sursee
Attendance: 2500
Milorad Krivokapić 7
Žikica Milosavljević 5 (3)
Ratko Nikolić 5
Vladimir Petrić 5
(11-16) Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson 10 (3)
Snorri Steinn Guðjónsson 9 (5)
Ólafur Stefánsson 8
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26 January 2006
20:15
 Denmark 29 - 25  Hungary Stadthalle, Sursee
Attendance: 2500
Joachim Boldsen 6 (1) (12-8) Dániel Buday 9 (3)
Gyula Gál 6
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27 January 2006
18:00
 Hungary 24 - 29  Serbia and Montenegro Stadthalle, Sursee
Attendance: 2500
Gergő Iváncsik 6
Tamás Iváncsik 5
(12-13) Žikica Milosavljević 8 (2 pen)
Momir Ilić 6 (3)
Dragan Sudžum 6 (1)
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27 January
20:15
 Iceland 28 - 28  Denmark Stadthalle, Sursee
Attendance: 2500
Snorri Steinn Guðjónsson 10 (6)
Arnór Atlason 6
(15-14) Per Leegård 6
Joachim Boldsen 5
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29 January 2006
18:00
 Hungary 35 - 31  Iceland Stadthalle, Sursee
Attendance: 2400
Dániel Buday 9 (3)
Gyula Gál 8
Gergő Iváncsik 7
(16-14) Snorri Steinn Guðjónsson 10 (4)
Róbert Gunnarsson 6
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29 January 2006
20:15
 Denmark 33 - 29  Serbia and Montenegro Stadthalle, Sursee
Attendance: 2500
Søren Stryger 9 (5)
Michael Knudsen 7
(19-12) Dragan Sudžum 5 (3)
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Group D[edit]

This group was played out in the Wankdorfhalle, Berne. Russia became the first team to qualify for the main round when they beat Portugal on 27 January. Croatia joined them later that day with a 32–28 win over Norway, and Norway and Portugal played off for the last main round spot on Sunday 29 January. Norway won that match by ten goals, thus proceeding to the main round with zero points; Russia got a full score with four points, despite nearly throwing away a five-goal lead in the last five minutes against Croatia.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 3 3 0 0 89 82 +7 6
 Croatia 3 2 0 1 85 79 +6 4
 Norway 3 1 0 2 86 83 +3 2
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 80 96 −16 0
26 January 2006
17:00
 Croatia 24 - 21  Portugal Wankdorfhalle, Bern
Attendance: 2000
Mirza Džomba 8 ()
Petar Metličić 5
(11-11) Ricardo Costa 6 (2)
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26 January 2006
19:10
 Russia 24 - 21  Norway Wankdorfhalle, Bern
Attendance: 2000
Vitaliy Ivanov 7 (2)
Eduard Kokcharov 6 (4)
(12-10) Alexander Buchmann 7 (6)
Kristian Kjelling 6
Frank Løke 5
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27 January 2006
18:00
 Portugal 32 - 35  Russia Wankdorfhalle, Bern
Attendance: 2400
Ricardo Costa 6 (2)
David Tavares 6 (2)
Eduardo Coelho 5 (1)
(12-18) Eduard Kokcharov 6 (1)
Alexey Peskov 6
Yuriy Egorov 5 (2)
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27 January 2006
20:15
 Norway 28 - 32  Croatia Wankdorfhalle, Bern
Attendance: 2500
Kristian Kjelling 6 (14-20) Ivano Balić 8
Renato Sulić 7
Slavko Goluža 5 (5)
Blaženko Lacković 5
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29 January 2006
17:00
 Croatia 29 - 30  Russia Wankdorfhalle, Bern
Attendance: 2500
Ivano Balić 9 (12-17) Alexey Rastvortsev 10
Eduard Kokcharov 7 (5)
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29 January 2006
19:10
 Portugal 27 - 37  Norway Wankdorfhalle, Bern
Carlos Carneiro 7
Ricardo Dias 6
(12-17) Frank Løke 8
Kristian Kjelling 6
Børge Lund 6
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Main Group Stage[edit]

Results from the first group stage were carried forward into the main round. The first and second placed teams from each group advance to the semifinals. The third placed team of each group advance to play for the fifth place in the tournament.

Group I[edit]

The matches in this group were played in St. Jakobshalle, Basel. Slovenia had gone through their group with four points from their two matches, but lost initially to France, who were second after two matches. Indeed, Group B teams dominated this group; all nine matches in the second round were won by teams from Group B, and Germany's 36–22 win over Ukraine in the first round of main round play was the largest all tournament. Ukraine were thus knocked out of the semis with two games to play.

Germany continued on the winning path the following day, taking a four-goal lead at half-time against Slovenia in a rerun of the 2004 final, before Slovenia pegged them back to 27–27 midway through the second half. The following nine minutes gave the Germans a five-goal advantage, with keeper Henning Fritz conceding one goal in those nine minutes, and with five minutes to spare Slovenia could only come back to a three-goal deficit. Nevertheless, Germany were still third in the group, as France beat Poland by ten goals and Spain were eventually pegged back to 31–29 by Ukraine after conceding five goals without reply in the last seven minutes. However, Ukraine missed a penalty shot from Konstantyyn Tkhorevskyy and Spain prevailed.

The final round of matches opened with Germany beating Poland by eight goals, winning the first half by 16–7 and controlling from there, as their keeper Johannes Bitter saved 21 shots. By contrast, the two Polish keepers had an aggregate of six saves. However, Germany needed either France or Spain to lose their matches, and France would not oblige; they beat Ukraine by 30–20 to qualify for the semi-finals. Spain needed a draw against Slovenia to qualify, and the teams were within two goals of each other for most of the first half. The Spanish goalkeeper made four saves in the final five minutes of the first half, allowing Spain to get a 19–16 lead, and Slovenia never came closer than two goals after that. Spain thus qualified for the semi-finals in first place, ahead of France, while Germany played off for fifth place and a spot at the 2008 European Championship.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 5 4 1 0 164 144 +20 9
 France 5 4 0 1 148 125 +23 8
 Germany 5 3 1 1 160 137 +23 7
 Slovenia 5 2 0 3 162 169 −7 4
 Poland 5 1 0 4 132 154 −22 2
 Ukraine 5 0 0 5 126 163 −37 0
31 January 2006
15:15
 Ukraine 22 - 36  Germany St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 2000
Sergiy Shelmenko 5
Yuriy Petrenko 5 (1)
(13-15) Florian Kehrmann 9 (1)
Pascal Hens 5
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31 January 2006
17:30
 Slovenia 30 - 34  France St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 1900
Miladin Kozlina 8
Siarhei Rutenka 6 (1)
(11-20) Luc Abalo 8
Joel Abati 5
Nikola Karabatic 5
Bertrand Gille 5
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31st January 2006
20:00
 Poland 25 - 34  Spain St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 1800
Marcin Lijewski 5
Karol Bielecki 5 (1)
(15-16) Albert Rocas 11 (5)
Alberto Entrerríos 7
Rolando Urios 5
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1 February 2006
15:15
 Slovenia 33 - 36  Germany St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 3100
Siarhei Rutenka 10 (5)
Renato Vugrinec 7
(16-20) Christian Zeitz 8
Torsten Jansen 7 (1)
Florian Kehrmann 7
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1 February 2006
17:45
 Poland 21 - 31  France St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 3000
Marcin Lijewski 7 (2 pen)
Dawid Nilsson 6
(9-18) Olivier Girault 7 (2)
Luc Abalo 5
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1 February 2006
20:00
 Poland 25 - 34  Spain St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 1800
Sergiy Shel'menko 5
Mykola Stesyura 5
(15-16) Juan García 10 (4)
Julio Fis 6
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2 February 2006
15:15
 Poland 24 - 32  Germany St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 3100
Karol Bielecki 8 (4 pen)
Leszek Starczan 5
(7-16) Florian Kehrmann 9 (1)
Torsten Jansen 6
Pascal Hens 5
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2 February 2006
17:45
 Ukraine 20 - 30  France St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 3000
(10-16) Joel Abati 7 (2)
Michael Guigou 5
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2 February 2006
20:00
 Slovenia 33 - 39  Spain St. Jakobshalle, Basel
Attendance: 3100
Siarhei Rutenka 9 (2)
Uroš Zorman 5
(16-19) Alberto Entrerríos 8
Rolando Urios 8
Albert Rocas 6 (1)
Iker Romero 6
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Group II[edit]

This group's matches took place in the Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen.

Iceland took an early lead in this group after beating Russia 34–32 in the first match, which sent Russia down from first to third place. Croatia went second in the group after beating Denmark, left winger Goran Šprem settling the match when he scored two seconds before the end, while Norway were the only team without a point in this group after losing their match with Serbia and Montenegro. With 25 seconds remaining, Kristian Kjelling scored a penalty to equalise, but Milorad Krivokapić scored his only goal of the match just as the buzzer sounded to give Serbia and Montenegro the victory.

Russia quickly recovered from the loss against Iceland, with their keeper Alexei Kostygov saving 14 of 34 shots as Serbia/Montenegro were beaten 29–21, and went top of the table ahead of Croatia - who beat Iceland by one goal, though Iceland's last two goals came in the very last minute. In the last match on 1 February, Denmark kept their semi-final hopes alive with a 35–31 win over Norway, to stay within one point of the leaders.

The following day saw Croatia become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals when they beat Serbia and Montenegro by 34–30; the teams followed each other till 20–20 ten minutes into the second half, when wingers Goran Šprem and Mirza Džomba scored five of six successive Croatian goals. Goalkeeper Vlado Šola saved 19 of 43 shots from Serbian players. Iceland needed a win against Norway, who had failed to win a match thus far in the tournament, and led 16–14 at half time after Norway threw away the ball on their last attack of the half and Iceland countered in a last goal. Norway came back, equalising eight minutes into the second half, and with ten minutes to go they took a three-goal lead which they never relinquished, eventually winning 36–33 to knock Iceland out of the championship. Norwegian back player Kjetil Strand scored 19 goals in the match, eight more than any other player had done in a match thus far in the tournament, and more than half of Norway's goals.

The final match between Russia and Denmark was now a virtual quarter-final. Russia gained a 6–3 lead after ten minutes, but were pegged back, and by the end of the half it was 13–13. In the second half, Russia suffered three two-minute suspensions within a minute, and during the three-minute period of Danish numerical superiority they went from 19–17 to 22–17. The lead never shrunk below five goals again, Denmark eventually scoring 22 goals in the second half to win 35–28 and qualify for the semi-finals in second place.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 5 4 0 1 155 146 +9 8
 Denmark 5 3 1 1 161 147 +14 7
 Russia 5 3 0 2 143 140 +3 6
 Iceland 5 2 1 2 159 156 +3 5
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 1 0 4 137 157 −20 2
 Norway 5 1 0 4 141 150 −9 2
31 January 2006
15:45
 Iceland 34 - 32  Russia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 2200
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson 11
Ólafur Stefánsson 8
(17-15) Eduard Kokcharov 8 (4)
Vasily Filippov 7
Oleg Frolov 5
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31 January 2006
18:00
 Denmark 30 - 31  Croatia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3000
Søren Stryger 8 (3)
Joachim Boldsen 6
(14-15) Petar Metličić 10
Blaženko Lacković 6
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31 January 2006
20:15
 Serbia and Montenegro 26 - 25  Norway Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 2900
Ratko Nikolić 6 (15-16) Kjetil Strand 9
Kristian Kjelling 5 (2)
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1 February 2006
15:45
 Serbia and Montenegro 21 - 29  Russia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 2800
(8-14) Denis Krivoshlykov 8
Timur Dibirov 5
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1 February 2006
18:00
 Iceland 28 - 29  Croatia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Ólafur Stefánsson 8
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson 8
(13-13) Ivano Balić 9
Blaženko Lacković 9
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1 February 2006
20:15
 Denmark 35 - 31  Norway Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3000
Jesper Jensen 8 (5)
Lars Rasmussen 7 (4)
(17-15) Kristian Kjelling 9
Håvard Tvedten 7
Frank Løke 6
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2 February 2006
15:45
 Serbia and Montenegro 30 - 34  Croatia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Marko Krivokapić 7 (4)
Milorad Krivokapić 5
Momir Ilić 5 (2)
(16-16) Goran Šprem 9
Ivano Balić 8
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2 February 2006
18:00
 Iceland 33 - 36  Norway Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Ólafur Stefánsson 9 (4)
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson 6
Snorri Guðjónsson 5
(16-14) Kjetil Strand 19 (8)
Frank Løke 7
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2 February 2006
20:15
 Denmark 35 - 28  Russia Kreuzbleichhalle, St. Gallen
Attendance: 3500
Michael Knudsen 10
Søren Stryger 6
Lars Christiansen 5 (1)
(13-13) Vasily Filippov 6
Vitaly Ivanov 5
Eduard Kokcharov 5 (5)
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Knock-outs[edit]

These took place in the largest stadium to be used in the tournament, the Hallenstadion in Zürich (capacity 11,500). The first match was the fifth-place play-off, determining the final direct qualifying spot for the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship; the other semi-finalists had already qualified directly. Russia took a two-goal lead through Oleg Frolov when he gave them 6–4 in the ninth minute, and Germany failed to catch up before half-time, though they won the last eight minutes 5–3. Russia went into the break with an 18–16 lead, but failed to score for eight minutes midway through the second half, while Christian Zeitz scored four successive goals for Germany to take them into a three-goal lead, which they kept for the remainder of the match despite Eduard Kokcharov scoring two penalties with five minutes to go. Zeitz ended up with 12 goals, eight of which came in the second half.

In the first of the two semi-finals, France faced Croatia, and after Croatia won the first 20 minutes by 10–8 the French goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer shut the goal. Nine saves were recorded before half-time, as France went into a 12–10 lead, and a further two in the first five minutes of the second half allowed France to build a four-goal lead. They never gave it away again, as Michael Guigou netted six times in the second half to ensure a 29–23 victory.

Spain became the second team from preliminary group B to qualify for the final, coming back from a 15–16 deficit at half time when Iker Romero scored four successive goals for Spain to bring them from 20–19 to 24–20. Denmark came within one goal, when Lars Rasmussen netted on a fast break, but three Spanish goals and two saves followed, and the Danes never came back in the match.

Denmark won the third place play-off, however, coming back from 2–5 down to lead 16–9 at half time against Croatia and eventually winning by five goals, before France went into the final against the defending World Champions Spain. France had lost the group stage match by three goals, and Spain took a 4–1 lead after five minutes, before a four-minute rally from France brought them back in the lead. Spain were catching up for the most part of the first half, equalising four times but not taking the lead until Iker Romero scored a penalty shot in the 21st minute. France then won the last nine minutes of the half by 6–1, and went into the break with a four-goal lead.

Coming out of the break, Spain came within two goals, trailing by 20–22 when ten minutes had passed. However, they then went nearly fifteen minutes without a goal, which included a period of playing with six men against four. When Rolando Urios finally scored, France still led by 28–21 with six minutes to go, and France eventually won the match by 31–23 to win their first European Championship.

Finals[edit]

Semi-finals Final
4 February – 14:15 (Zurich)
  France  29  
  Croatia  23  
 
5 February – 16:00 (Zurich)
      France  31
    Spain  23
Bronze Match
4 February – 17:00 (Zurich) 5 February – 13:30 (Zurich)
  Spain  34   Croatia  27
  Denmark  31     Denmark  32

Fifth placeplay-off[edit]

4 February 2006
11:45
 Germany 32 - 30  Russia Hallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 6500
Christian Zeitz 12
Pascal Hens 10
(16-18) Eduard Kokcharov 10 (7)
Oleg Frolov 7
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Semifinals[edit]

4 February 2006
14:15
 France 29 - 23  Croatia Hallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 11300
Michael Guigou 10 (6)
Jerome Fernandez 5
Bertrand Gille 5
(12-10) Mirza Džomba 10 (5)
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4 February 2006
17:00
 Spain 34 - 31  Denmark Hallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 10800
Iker Romero 10 (1)
Rolando Urios 5
Albert Rocas 5 (3)
(15-16) Michael Knudsen 7
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Bronze Final[edit]

5 February 2006
13:30
 Denmark 32 - 27  Croatia Hallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 11000
Blaženko Lacković 6
Mirza Džomba 6 (4)
Denis Špoljarić 5
(16-9) Lars Møller Madsen 9
Jesper Jensen 5
Søren Stryger 5 (1)
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Final[edit]

5 February 2006
16:00
 Spain 23 - 31  France Hallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 11400
Nikola Karabatic 11
Joel Abati 6
(13-17) Juanín García 6
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Ranking and Statistics[edit]

Final Ranking[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  France
Silver medal icon.svg  Spain
Bronze medal icon.svg  Denmark
4  Croatia
5  Germany
6  Russia
7  Iceland
8  Slovenia
9  Serbia and Montenegro
10  Poland
11  Norway
12  Ukraine
13  Hungary
14   Switzerland
15  Portugal
16  Slovakia

Top goalscorers[edit]

Top goalscorers - including penalty shots
Place Player Goals Pens Pld
1 Slovenia Siarhei Rutenka 51 15 6
2 Spain Albert Rocas 45 15 8
3 Russia Eduard Kokcharov 44 27 7
4 Croatia Ivano Balić 43 0 8
5 Iceland Snorri Gudjónsson 42 17 6
6 France Nikola Karabatic 40 0 8
6 Spain Iker Romero 40 8 7
6 Denmark Søren Stryger 40 14 8
9 Germany Florian Kehrmann 39 5 7
9 Denmark Michael Knudsen 39 0 8
Top goalscorers - field goals only
Place Player Goals Pld
1 Croatia Ivano Balić 43 8
2 France Nikola Karabatic 40 8
3 Denmark Michael Knudsen 39 8
4 Slovenia Siarhei Rutenka 36 6
5 Iceland Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson 35 6
6 Germany Florian Kehrmann 34 7
6 Norway Kristian Kjelling 34 6
8 Norway Frank Løke 33 6
8 Croatia Petar Metličić 33 8
10 Spain Iker Romero 32 7
10 Croatia Blaženko Lacković 32 8
10 Ukraine Sergiy Shel'menko 32 6

All Star Team[edit]

References[edit]