2006 European Women's Handball Championship

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2006 EHF European Women's
Handball Championship
2006 European Women's Handball Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country  Sweden
Dates 7–17 December
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Norway (3rd title)
Runner-up  Russia
Third place  France
Fourth place  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches 47
Goals scored 2510 (53.4 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Nadine Krause (GER) (58 goals)
Best player  Gro Hammerseng (NOR)
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The 2006 EHF European Women's Handball Championship was held in Sweden from 7–17 December. It was won by Norway after beating Russia 27–24 in the final match.

This championship was also the European qualifying event for 2008 Olympics, and Norway earned a spot at the 2008 Games for being the European champion. If Norway also becomes the 2007 World champion, the 2nd place team will qualify for the Olympics. In addition, the 1 or 2 (if Europe finishes in the top 2 continents at the world championship) best ranked teams in this championship, which are outside top 7 at the world championship, will participate at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Venues[edit]

The European Championships will be held in the following cities:

Draw[edit]

The following nations were qualified:

Group A Group B Group C Group D

Hungary Hungary
Austria Austria
Serbia Serbia
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia

Norway Norway
Germany Germany
Slovenia Slovenia
Poland Poland

Russia Russia
Ukraine Ukraine
Croatia Croatia
Sweden Sweden

Denmark Denmark
Spain Spain
France France
Netherlands Netherlands

Competition Format[edit]

  • Preliminary Round: 16 teams are divided into four groups. They play each other in a single round robin system, so each team plays three matches. A win is worth two points, while a draw is worth one point. The top three teams from each group advance to the Main Round.
  • Main Round: 12 teams are divided in two groups. They play against the teams they didn't play in the Preliminary Round, so each team plays 3 matches. All points from the Preliminary Round, except the points gained against the 4th place team in the preliminary group, are carried forward into the Main Round. Same round robin rules apply as in the Preliminary Round. Top 2 teams from each group advance to the Semifinals, while the third placed team from each group advances to the 5th-6th Place Play-off.
  • Final Round: 6 teams play in the final weekend of the championships. 3rd place teams from the Main Round play in the 5th-6th Place Play-off. Other teams play in the Semi finals. Losers of the Semi finals advance to the 3rd-4th Place Play-off, and winners advance to the Final.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A (Skövde)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Hungary 3 3 0 0 107 72 +35 6
 Austria 3 2 0 1 83 94 -11 4
 Macedonia 3 1 0 2 72 81 -9 2
 Serbia 3 0 0 3 77 92 -15 0
December 7, 2006
Serbia 23 – 25 Macedonia
Hungary 42 – 23 Austria
December 8, 2006
Austria 32 – 27 Serbia
Macedonia 22 – 30 Hungary
December 10, 2006
Austria 28 – 25 Macedonia
Hungary 35 – 27 Serbia

Group B (Göteborg)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Norway 3 3 0 0 102 63 +39 6
 Germany 3 2 0 1 83 77 +6 4
 Poland 3 1 0 2 75 92 -17 2
 Slovenia 3 0 0 3 80 108 -28 0
December 7, 2006
Germany 30 – 20 Poland
Norway 43 – 20 Slovenia
December 8, 2006
Slovenia 30 – 31 Germany
Poland 21 – 32 Norway
December 10, 2006
Slovenia 30 – 34 Poland
Norway 27 – 22 Germany

Group C (Stockholm)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Russia 3 3 0 0 97 69 +28 6
 Croatia 3 2 0 1 67 70 -3 4
 Sweden 3 1 0 2 57 69 -12 2
 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 73 86 -13 0
December 7, 2006
Russia 27 – 22 Croatia
Ukraine 18 – 22 Sweden
December 9, 2006
Croatia 24 – 23 Ukraine
Sweden 15 – 30 Russia
December 10, 2006
Russia 40 – 32 Ukraine
Croatia 21 – 20 Sweden

Group D (Malmö)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points Tiebreaker*
 Spain 3 2 0 1 78 67 +11 4 +1
 France 3 2 0 1 76 74 +2 4 0
 Denmark 3 2 0 1 77 71 +6 4 -1
 Netherlands 3 0 0 3 65 84 -19 0
December 7, 2006
Spain 26 – 16 Netherlands
Denmark 20 – 24 France
December 9, 2006
France 24 – 28 Spain
Netherlands 23 – 30 Denmark
December 10, 2006
Denmark 27 – 24 Spain
France 28 – 26 Netherlands

* Note - the tiebreaker was the goal difference in the matches between Spain, France and Denmark

Main Round[edit]

Group I (Göteborg)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Norway 5 5 0 0 160 111 +50 10
 Germany 5 4 0 1 143 116 +27 8
 Hungary 5 3 0 2 166 134 +32 6
 Poland 5 2 0 3 130 156 -26 4
 Austria 5 1 0 4 121 173 -52 2
 Macedonia 5 0 0 5 113 144 -31 0
December 12, 2006
Macedonia 33 – 35 Poland
Hungary 27 – 34 Germany
Austria 24 – 39 Norway
December 13, 2006
Hungary 37 – 21 Poland
Austria 22 – 34 Germany
Macedonia 13 – 28 Norway
December 14, 2006
Austria 24 – 33 Poland
Macedonia 20 – 23 Germany
Hungary 31 – 34 Norway

Group II (Stockholm)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points Tiebreaker*
 Russia 5 5 0 0 145 112 +33 10
 France 5 3 0 2 122 117 +5 6
 Sweden 5 2 0 3 109 120 -11 4 +4
 Croatia 5 2 0 3 117 120 -3 4 -1
 Spain 5 2 0 3 124 133 -9 4 -3
 Denmark 5 1 0 4 118 133 -15 2
December 12, 2006
Croatia 27 – 29 Spain
Russia 25 – 24 France
Sweden 27 – 22 Denmark
December 13, 2006
Croatia 21 – 22 France
Sweden 24 – 19 Spain
Russia 32 – 27 Denmark
December 14, 2006
Sweden 23 – 28 France
Croatia 26 – 22 Denmark
Russia 31 – 24 Spain

* Note - the tiebreaker was the goal difference in the matches between Sweden, Croatia and Spain

Final Round (Stockholm)[edit]

1st-4th Place[edit]

Semi Final Final
December 16, 2006
   Norway   28  
   France   24  
 
December 17, 2006
       Norway   27
     Russia   24
3rd/4th Place
December 16, 2006 December 17, 2006
   Germany   29    France   29
   Russia   33      Germany   25

5th/6th Place[edit]

December 16, 2006

Hungary  32 – 25  Sweden

Ranking and Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1
Nadine Krause  Germany
58
2
Karolina Kudłacz  Poland
48
3
Tanja Logvin  Austria
45
4
Kari Mette Johansen  Norway
41
Gro Hammerseng  Norway
Grit Jurack  Germany
7
Marina Naukovic  Macedonia
40
8
Ibolya Mehlmann  Hungary
37
9
Angélique Spincer  France
35
10
Yelena Polenova  Russia
34
Susana Fraile Celaya  Spain

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