2008 European Men's Handball Championship

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2008 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
Håndball-EM 2008. (Norwegian)
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Tournament details
Host country  Norway
Dates 17–27 January
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Denmark (1st title)
Runner-up  Croatia
Third place  France
Fourth place  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches 47
Goals scored 2633 (56.02 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Ivano Balić (CRO) (44 goals)
 Nikola Karabatić (FRA)
 Lars Christiansen (DEN)
Best player  Nikola Karabatić (FRA)
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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.

Qualification round[edit]

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.

Venues[edit]

City Stadium Capacity
Drammen Drammenshallen 4,000
Stavanger Stavanger Idrettshall 7,000
Bergen Haukelandshallen 4,000
Trondheim Trondheim Spektrum 4,000
Lillehammer Håkons Hall 10,500

Preliminary round[edit]

     Team advanced to the Main Round
     Team is eliminated from the tournament

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

Group A (Stavanger)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 91 77 +14 6
 Poland 3 2 0 1 93 89 +4 4
 Slovenia 3 1 0 2 85 94 −9 2
 Czech Republic 3 0 0 3 88 97 −9 0
17 January 2008
Slovenia  34 – 32  Czech Republic 18:15
Croatia  32 – 27  Poland 20:15
18 January 2008
Czech Republic  26 – 30  Croatia 18:15
Poland  33 – 27  Slovenia 20:15
20 January 2008
Poland  33 – 30  Czech Republic 15:15
Croatia  29 – 24  Slovenia 17:15

Group B (Drammen)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Norway 3 3 0 0 86 69 +17 6
 Denmark 3 2 0 1 89 79 +10 4
 Montenegro 3 0 1 2 71 84 −13 1
 Russia 3 0 1 2 74 88 −14 1
17 January 2008
Russia  25–25  Montenegro 17:00
Denmark  26 – 27  Norway 19:15
18 January 2008
Norway  32 – 21  Russia 18:15
Montenegro  24 – 32  Denmark 20:15
20 January 2008
Denmark  31 – 28  Russia 17:15
Norway  27 – 22  Montenegro 19:15

Group C (Bergen)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Hungary 3 2 0 1 90 82 +8 4
 Spain 3 2 0 1 94 88 +6 4
 Germany 3 2 0 1 84 80 +4 4
 Belarus 3 0 0 3 83 101 −18 0
17 January 2008
Germany  34 – 26  Belarus 17:15
Spain  28 – 35  Hungary 19:15
19 January 2008
Hungary  24 – 28  Germany 18:15
Belarus  31 – 36  Spain 20:15
20 January 2008
Spain  30 – 22  Germany 16:30
Hungary  31 – 26  Belarus 18:30

Group D (Trondheim)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 France 3 3 0 0 90 76 +14 6
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 72 +17 4
 Iceland 3 1 0 2 68 76 −8 2
 Slovakia 3 0 0 3 78 101 −23 0
17 January 2008
France  32 – 31  Slovakia 18:15
Iceland  19 – 24  Sweden 20:15
19 January 2008
Slovakia  22 – 28  Iceland 18:15
Sweden  24 – 28  France 20:15
20 January 2008
Slovakia  25 – 41  Sweden 16:15
France  30 – 21  Iceland 18:15

Main Round[edit]

     Team advanced to the Semifinals
     Team will compete for the 5th/6th place
     Team is eliminated from the tournament

Group I (Stavanger)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Denmark 5 4 0 1 152 120 +32 8
 Croatia 5 3 1 1 138 130 +8 7
 Norway 5 2 2 1 130 128 +2 6
 Poland 5 2 1 2 149 142 +7 5
 Slovenia 5 2 0 3 138 148 −10 4
 Montenegro 5 0 0 5 124 163 −39 0
22 January 2008
Slovenia  31 – 29  Montenegro 16:15
Croatia  20 – 30  Denmark 18:15
Poland  24–24  Norway 20:15
23 January 2008
Croatia  34 – 26  Montenegro 16:15
Poland  26 – 36  Denmark 18:15
Slovenia  33 – 29  Norway 20:15
24 January 2008
Poland  39 – 23  Montenegro 16:15
Slovenia  23 – 28  Denmark 18:15
Croatia  23–23  Norway 20:15

Group II (Trondheim)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 France 5 4 0 1 140 126 +14 8
 Germany 5 3 0 2 139 136 +3 6
 Sweden 5 2 1 2 131 131 0 5
 Hungary 5 2 1 2 145 147 −2 5
 Spain 5 2 0 3 144 138 +6 4
 Iceland 5 1 0 4 129 150 −21 2
22 January 2008
Germany  35 – 27  Iceland 16:20
Spain  27 – 28  France 18:30
Hungary  27–27  Sweden 20:30
23 January 2008
Spain  26 – 27  Sweden 16:15
Germany  23 – 26  France 18:15
Hungary  28 – 36  Iceland 20:15
24 January 2008
Spain  33 – 26  Iceland 15:20
Hungary  31 – 28  France 17:20
Germany  31 – 29  Sweden 19:20

Final round[edit]

Semifinal Final
26 January – 15:30 (Lillehammer)
  Croatia  24  
  France  23  
 
27 January – 16:00 (Lillehammer)
      Denmark  24
    Croatia  20
Bronze Match
26 January – 18:00 (Lillehammer) 27 January – 13:30 (Lillehammer)
  Denmark  26   Germany  26
  Germany  25     France  36

5th/6th Placement Match[edit]

26 January
13:00
Norway  34–36 (ET)  Sweden Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 5,840
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Strand 10 (13–15) Boquist, Källmann 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

FT: 26–26 ET: 30–30, 34–36

Semifinals[edit]

26 January
15:30
Croatia  24–23  France Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Baum, Góralczyk (POL)
Metličić 6 (11–9) Abalo, Narcisse 7
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked

26 January
18:00
Denmark  26–25  Germany Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 6,012
Referees: Poladenko, Chernega (RUS)
Christiansen 6 (10–13) Kehrmann 6
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

Bronze Match[edit]

27 January
13:30
Germany  26–36  France Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 7,940
Referees: Vakula, Liudovyk (UKR)
Jansen 7 (9–18) Girault 8
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

Final[edit]

27 January
17:30
Denmark  24–20  Croatia Håkons Hall, Lillehammer
Attendance: 9,052
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Boesen, Christiansen 7 (13–10) Metličić 5
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked 1×Red card

Ranking and Statistics[edit]

Other awards[edit]