2008 European Women's Handball Championship

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2008 EHF European Women's
Handball Championship
Европско првенство во ракомет за жени 2008 (Macedonian)
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Tournament details
Host country  Republic of Macedonia
Dates 2 December–14 December
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Norway (4th title)
Runner-up  Spain
Third place  Russia
Fourth place  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches 47
Goals scored 2500 (53.19 per match)
Attendance 81,500 (1,734 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth (NOR) (51 goals)
Best player  Kristine Lunde (NOR)
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The 2008 EHF European Women's Handball Championship was held in the Republic of Macedonia from 2–14 December, it was won by Norway after beating Spain 34–21 in the final match.

Venues[edit]

Two Macedonian cities have been selected as hosts for the 2008 Championship:

Skopje
Host cities
Ohrid
TrajkovskiSportsArenaSkopjeMacedonia.JPG
Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Capacity: 8,000
Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Capacity: 3,500

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.

Qualification[edit]

In total, 16 national teams qualified for the final tournament:

Host Nation
Qualified from the 2006 European Championship
  1.  Norway (Defending Champions)
  2.  Russia
  3.  France
  4.  Germany
  5.  Hungary
Qualified from play-offs
[1]
Team 1 Result Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Slovakia  51 – 58  Ukraine 27–28 24–30
Italy  53 – 65  Austria 27–29 26–36
Spain  54 – 49  Lithuania 24–19 30–30
Poland  61 – 63  Portugal 37–28 24–35
Montenegro  63 – 66  Croatia 40–35 23–31
Iceland  46 – 70  Romania 23–37 23–33
Belarus  54 – 50  Slovenia 29–25 25–25
Sweden  54 – 44  Czech Republic 25–19 29–25
Turkey  44 – 45  Denmark 25–24 19-21
Netherlands  52 – 54  Serbia 24–23 28-31

Squads[edit]

Each nation had to submit an initial squad of 28 players, 12 of them became reserves when the final squad of 16 players was announced on 1 December 2008.[2]

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the preliminary round groups took place on 20 July 2008, in Ohrid

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Norway  Hungary  Spain  Ukraine
 Russia  Sweden  Austria  Serbia
 France  Croatia  Denmark  Belarus
 Germany  Portugal  Macedonia  Romania

Preliminary round[edit]

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

Group A (Skopje)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Romania 3 3 0 0 84 71 +13 6
 Denmark 3 1 1 1 75 76 − 1 3
 Hungary 3 1 1 1 76 79 − 3 3
 France 3 0 0 3 74 83 − 9 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

3 December
18:15
Hungary  21 – 27  Romania Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Görbicz 5 (Report) Lecusanu, Manea, Neagu 5

3 December
20:15
France  23 – 24  Denmark Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 800
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Spincer 6 (Report) Aaen 7

5 December
18:15
Romania  30 – 25  France Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 700
Referees: Brunovsky, Canda (SVK)
Ardean-Elisei 8 (Report) Dembele, Limal 4

5 December
20:15
Denmark  26 – 26  Hungary Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Skov 6 (Report) Görbicz 10

7 December
18:15
France  26 – 29  Hungary Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 600
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Kamto N'jitam 7 (Report) Görbicz 9

7 December
20:15
Denmark  25 – 27  Romania Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Møller, Skov 5 (Report) Lecusanu 9

Group B (Ohrid)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Norway 3 2 1 0 88 60 +28 5
 Spain 3 1 2 0 74 69 + 5 4
 Ukraine 3 1 1 1 82 81 + 1 3
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 67 101 −34 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

3 December
17:15
Portugal  24 – 38  Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 500
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Barbosa 9 (Report) Nikolayenko 9

3 December
19:15
Norway  21 – 21  Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Riegelhuth 5 (Report) Mangué 6

5 December
17:15
Spain  29 – 24  Portugal Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Pinedo, Mangué 7 (Report) Barbosa 11

5 December
19:15
Ukraine  20 – 33  Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Pidpalova, Nikolayenko 5 (Report) Larsen 7

7 December
17:15
Spain  24 – 24  Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Brunovsky, Canda (SVK)
Beatriz 7 (Report) Shymkute 8

7 December
19:15
Norway  34 – 19  Portugal Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Riegelhuth 9 (Report) Barbosa 6

Group C (Ohrid)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Russia 3 2 1 0 79 66 +13 5
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 64 50 +14 4
 Belarus 3 1 1 1 77 71 + 6 3
 Austria 3 0 0 3 53 86 −33 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

2 December
18:15
Sweden  21 – 21  Belarus Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Ahlm, Utković 4 (Report) Kurchankova 6

2 December
20:15
Russia  31 – 22  Austria Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Davydenko, Dmitrieva, Vetkova 5 (Report) Engel 8

4 December
18:15
Austria  10 – 24  Sweden Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 500
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Engel 4 (Report) Ahlm 5

4 December
20:15
Belarus  25 – 29  Russia Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 700
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Mahilina 5 (Report) Polenova, Poltoratskaya, Turey 4

6 December
18:15
Russia  19 – 19  Sweden Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Polenova 4 (Report) Ahlm 6

6 December
20:15
Austria  21 - 31  Belarus Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 800
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Acimovic 7 (Report) Mahilina 6

Group D (Skopje)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Germany 3 3 0 0 89 80 + 9 6
 Macedonia 3 2 0 1 84 84 0 4
 Croatia 3 1 0 2 86 89 − 3 2
 Serbia 3 0 0 3 87 93 − 6 0

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

2 December
17:45
Croatia  30 – 26  Serbia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Golubic, Penezic 7 (Report) Lekic 9

2 December
20:15
Germany  25 – 22  Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Brunovsky, Canda (SVK)
Krause 11 (Report) Portjanko 8

4 December
18:15
Serbia  31 – 32  Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Lekic 8 (Report) Jurack 8

4 December
20:15
Macedonia  31 – 29  Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Kresoja, Portjanko 8 (Report) Franic 7

6 December
18:15
Germany  32 – 27  Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Walzik 10 (Report) Arslanagic 8

6 December
20:15
Macedonia  31 – 30  Serbia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Todorovska 8 (Report) Lekic 7

Main Round[edit]

Top 2 teams from each group advances to the Semifinals, while the third placed team from each group will compete in a 5th/6th place play-off.

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

Group I (Ohrid)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Norway 5 4 1 0 156 111 +45 9
 Spain 5 2 2 1 117 110 + 7 6
 Romania 5 3 0 2 143 141 + 2 6
 Hungary 5 1 1 3 114 134 −20 3
 Ukraine 5 1 1 3 130 148 −18 3
 Denmark 5 1 1 3 121 137 −16 3

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

9 December
16:15
Hungary  26 – 24  Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 700
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Görbicz 10 (Report) Shymkute 11

9 December
18:15
Romania  18 – 26  Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Ardean-Elisei 7 (Report) Aguilar 6

9 December
20:15
Denmark  19 – 31  Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Troelsen 5 (Report) Riegelhuth 9

10 December
16:15
Romania  40 – 32  Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 700
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Lecusanu 10 (Report) Pidpalova 11

10 December
18:15
Hungary  20 – 34  Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lindroos, Leandersson (FIN)
Bulath, Sopronyi 4 (Report) Lunde 7

10 December
20:15
Denmark  26 – 23  Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 700
Referees: Nikolovski, Kolevski (MKD)
Aaen 8 (Report) Mangué 10

11 December
16:15
Hungary  21 – 23  Spain Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Brunovsky, Canda (SVK)
Görbicz, Verten 4 (Report) Mangué 7

11 December
18:15
Denmark  25 – 30  Ukraine Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Skov 6 (Report) Managarova, Sheyenko 6

11 December
20:15
Romania  31 – 37  Norway Biljanini Izvori Sports Hall
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Baranowski, Lemanowicz (POL)
Neagu 7 (Report) Riegelhuth 7

Group II (Skopje)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GDIF Points
 Germany 5 4 1 0 145 111 +24 9
 Russia 5 3 1 1 137 116 +21 7
 Croatia 5 2 0 3 149 146 + 3 4
 Macedonia 5 2 0 3 129 145 -16 4
 Sweden 5 1 2 2 110 125 -15 4
 Belarus 5 0 2 3 133 150 -17 2

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

8 December
16:15
Belarus  35 – 43  Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 600
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Platanovich 9 (Report) Golubić 12

8 December
18:15
Sweden  22 – 33  Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Boson 6 (Report) Jurack 10

8 December
20:15
Russia  43 – 24  Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Levina 7 (Report) Todorovska 5

10 December
16:15
Russia  24 – 21  Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Khmyrova 5 (Report) Franić 8

10 December
18:15
Sweden  24 – 23  Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Brunovsky, Canda (SVK)
Ahlm 8 (Report) Todorovska 10

10 December
20:15
Belarus  28 – 28  Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 200
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Kurchankova 8 (Report) Neukamp 6

11 December
16:15
Sweden  24 – 29  Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 300
Referees: Bol, van Eck (NED)
Flognman 4 (Report) Arslanagić 7

11 December
18:15
Russia  22 – 27  Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Khmyrova, Turey 6 (Report) Jurack, Loerper 7

11 December
20:15
Belarus  24 – 29  Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Artsiukhovich 5 (Report) Todorovska 7

Final round[edit]

Semifinal Final
13 December - 14:00 (Skopje)
   Spain   32  
   Germany   29  
 
14 December - 16:30 (Skopje)
       Spain   21
     Norway   34
Bronze Match
13 December - 16:30 (Skopje) 14 December - 14:00 (Skopje)
   Norway   24    Germany   21
   Russia   18      Russia   24

5th/6th Placement Match[edit]

13 December
11:30
Romania  36 – 33 (ET)  Croatia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Amariei 7 (17–15) Arslanagic, Horvat 7
Suspension 2×Booked (Report) Suspension 3×Booked

FT: 19–19 ET:

Semifinals[edit]

13 December
14:00
Spain  32 – 29  Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Andersen, Sødal (NOR)
Garmendia 8 (12 – 13) Jurack 9
Suspension 3×Booked (Report) Suspension 3×Booked

13 December
16:30
Norway  24 – 18  Russia Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 1,800
Referees: Brunovsky, Canda (SVK)
Riegelhuth 5 (12 – 7) Turey, Poltoratskaya 4
Suspension 3×Booked (Report) Suspension 3×Booked

Bronze Match[edit]

14 December
14:00
Russia  24 – 21  Germany Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 2,300
Referees: Dobrovits, Tájok (HUN)
Poltoratskaya 8 (17 – 11) Melbeck 6
Suspension 4×Booked (Report) Suspension 2×Booked

Final[edit]

14 December
16:30
Norway  34 – 21  Spain Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Rakytina, Tkachuk (UKR)
Nøstvold 7 (13–12) Fernández, Mangué 4
Suspension 3×Booked (Report) Suspension 3×Booked

Ranking and Statistics[edit]

 

Top Goalkeepers[edit]

Rank Name Team % Saves Shots
1 Natascha Schilk  Austria 60% 3 5
2 Katrine Lunde Haraldsen  Norway 47% 88 187
3 Clara Woltering  Germany 44% 79 178
4 Madeleine Grundström  Sweden 43% 74 172
Anna Sedoykina  Russia 72 166
6 Inna Suslina  Russia 41% 62 146
Jana Krause  Germany 12 29
8 Amandine Leynaud  France 38% 41 109
Paula Ungureanu  Romania 6 16
10 Luminiţa Dinu-Huţupan  Romania 37% 98 265

Source: EHF-Euro.com

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth  Norway 51 77 66%
2 Grit Jurack  Germany 46 88 52%
3 Marta Mangué  Spain 43 84 51%
4 Anita Görbicz  Hungary 39 79 49%
5 Natalija Todorovska  Macedonia 38 55 69%
6 Andrea Penezic  Croatia 37 69 54%
Valentina Ardean-Elisei  Romania 60 62%
8 Dijana Golubic  Croatia 33 53 62%
Julija Portjanko  Macedonia 71 46%
10 Kristina Franic  Croatia 32 50 64%

Source: EHF-Euro.com

Other awards[edit]

Chosen by team officials and EHF experts: EHF-Euro.com

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]