Handball at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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Handball at the 1972 Summer Olympics was the second appearance of the sport at the Olympics, returning to the Olympic program after a 36 year absence. It was contested by sixteen teams.

The teams were split into four groups of four teams each. Each team played every other team in its group.

The lowest team in group A played the lowest in group B while the lowest in groups C and D played each other. The winners of those games played each other for 13th and 14th places, while the losers played each other for 15th and 16th.

The third-ranked teams in groups A and B also played each, as did those in groups C and D. Again, the winners of those games played each other, this time for 9th and 10th places. The losers played for 11th and 12th places.

The top two teams in each group advanced to the main round. Those from groups A and B became group I while those from groups C and D became group II. Another round-robin was played within those groups, with the results from the preliminary round carrying over.

The fourth-ranked teams in each of the two main round groups played each other for 7th and 8th place. The third-ranked teams played against each other for 5th and 6th place. The second-ranked teams played for the bronze medal and 4th place. The top teams in group I and group II played each other for the gold and silver medals.

Medallists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Yugoslavia (YUG)
Abaz Arslanagić
Petar Fajfrić
Hrvoje Horvat
Milorad Karalić
Đorđe Lavrnić
Milan Lazarević
Zdravko Miljak
Slobodan Mišković
Branislav Pokrajac
Nebojša Popović
Miroslav Pribanić
Albin Vidović
Zoran Živković
Zdenko Zorko
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Ladislav Beneš
František Brůna
Vladimír Haber
Vladimír Jarý
Jiří Kavan
Arnošt Klimčík
Jaroslav Konečný
František Králík
Jindřich Krepindl
Vincent Lafko
Andrej Lukošík
Pavel Mikeš
Petr Pospíšil
Ivan Satrapa
Zdeněk Škára
Jaroslav Škarvan
 Romania (ROU)
Ştefan Birtalan
Adrian Cosma
Marin Dan
Alexandru Dincă
Cristian Gaţu
Gheorghe Gruia
Roland Gunesch
Gabriel Kicsid
Ghiţă Licu
Cornel Penu
Valentin Samungi
Simion Schöbel
Werner Stöckl
Constantin Tudosie
Radu Voina

Results[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Sweden Soviet Union Poland Denmark
1. Sweden 3 1 2 0 40 34 4 X 11:11 13:13 16:10
2. Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 40 34 4 11:11 X 17:11 12:12
3. Poland 3 1 1 1 35 38 3 13:13 11:17 X 11:8
4. Denmark 3 0 1 2 30 39 1 10:16 12:12 8:11 X
  • Denmark tied Soviet Union, 12-12
  • Sweden tied Poland, 13-13
  • Poland def. Denmark, 11-8
  • Sweden tied Soviet Union, 11-11
  • Sweden def. Denmark, 16-10
  • Soviet Union def. Poland, 17-11

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts East Germany Czechoslovakia Iceland Tunisia
1. East Germany 3 3 0 0 51 32 6 X 14:12 16:11 21:9
2. Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 56 40 3 12:14 X 19:19 25:7
3. Iceland 3 1 1 1 57 51 3 11:16 19:19 X 27:16
4. Tunisia 3 0 0 3 32 73 0 9:21 7:25 16:27 X
  • East Germany def. Iceland, 16-11
  • Czechoslovakia def. Tunisia, 25-7
  • East Germany def. Tunisia, 21-9
  • Czechoslovakia tied Iceland, 19-19
  • East Germany def. Czechoslovakia, 14-12
  • Iceland def. Tunisia, 27-16

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Romania West Germany Norway Spain
1. Romania 3 3 0 0 46 37 6 X 13:11 18:14 15:12
2. West Germany 3 1 1 1 39 38 3 11:13 X 15:15 13:10
3. Norway 3 1 1 1 48 50 3 14:18 15:15 X 19:17
4. Spain 3 0 0 3 39 47 0 12:15 10:13 17:19 X
  • Romania def. Norway, 18-14
  • West Germany def. Spain, 13-10
  • Romania def. Spain, 15-12
  • West Germany tied Norway, 15-15
  • Romania def. West Germany, 13-11
  • Norway def. Spain, 19-17

Group D[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hungary Japan United States
1. Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 63 45 6 X 18:16 20:14 25:15
2. Hungary 3 2 0 1 64 45 4 16:18 X 20:12 28:15
3. Japan 3 1 0 2 46 56 2 14:20 12:20 X 20:16
4. United States 3 0 0 3 46 73 0 15:25 15:28 16:20 X
  • Yugoslavia def. Japan, 20-14
  • Hungary def. United States, 28-15
  • Yugoslavia def. United States, 25-15
  • Hungary def. Japan, 20-12
  • Yugoslavia def. Hungary, 18-16
  • Japan def. United States, 20-16

Classification 13-16[edit]

  • Denmark def. Tunisia, 29-21
  • United States def. Spain, 22-20

Classification 15/16[edit]

  • Spain def. Tunisia, 23-20

Classification 13/14[edit]

  • Denmark def. United States, 19-18

Classification 9-12[edit]

  • Poland def. Iceland, 20-17
  • Norway def. Japan, 19-17

Classification 11/12[edit]

  • Japan def. Iceland, 19-18

Classification 9/10[edit]

  • Norway def. Poland, 23-20

Main round[edit]

Group I[edit]

East Germany's win over Czechoslovakia carried over to this round, as did the tie between Sweden and the Soviet Union

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Czechoslovakia East Germany Soviet Union Sweden
1. Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 42 38 4 X 12:14 15:12 15:12
2. East Germany 3 2 0 1 36 34 4 14:12 X 8:11 14:11
3. Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 34 34 3 12:15 11:8 X 11:11
4. Sweden 3 0 1 2 34 40 1 12:15 11:14 11:11 X
  • Czechoslovakia def. Sweden, 15-12
  • Soviet Union def. East Germany, 11-8
  • East Germany def. Sweden, 14-11
  • Czechoslovakia def. Soviet Union, 15-12

Group II[edit]

Romania's victory over West Germany and Yugoslavia's over Hungary were part of the results of this round.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Romania West Germany Hungary
1. Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 56 44 6 X 14:13 24:15 18:16
2. Romania 3 2 0 1 46 39 4 13:14 X 13:11 20:14
3. West Germany 3 1 0 2 43 51 2 15:24 11:13 X 17:14
4. Hungary 3 0 0 3 44 55 0 16:18 14:20 14:17 X
  • Romania def. Hungary, 20-14
  • Yugoslavia def. West Germany, 24-15
  • Yugoslavia def. Romania, 14-13
  • West Germany def. Hungary, 17-14

Final round[edit]

Classification 7/8[edit]

  • Sweden def. Hungary, 19-18

Classification 5/6[edit]

  • Soviet Union def. West Germany, 17-16

Bronze medal match[edit]

  • Romania def. East Germany, 19-16

Final[edit]

  • Yugoslavia def. Czechoslovakia, 21-16

Participating nations[edit]

Each country was allowed to enter a team of 16 players and they all were eligible for participation. Japan entered only a squad of twelve.

A total of 242(*) handball players from 16 nations competed at the Munich Games:

(*) NOTE: There are only players counted, which participated in one game at least.

Not all reserve players are known.

Summary[edit]

Place Nation
1  Yugoslavia (YUG)
Coach: Vlado Štencl
Abaz Arslanagić (Borac Banja Luka)
Petar Fajfrić (Crvenka)
Hrvoje Horvat (Partizan Bjelovar)
Milorad Karalić (Borac Banja Luka)
Đorđe Lavrnić (Krivaja Zavidovići)
Milan Lazarević (Crvena zvezda Beograd)
Zdravko Miljak (Medveščak Zagreb)
Slobodan Mišković (Crvenka)
Branislav Pokrajac (Dinamo Pančevo)
Nebojša Popović (Borac Banja Luka)
Miroslav Pribanić (Partizan Bjelovar)
Albin Vidović (BHSE)
Zoran Živković (FAP Priboj na Limu)
Zdenko Zorko (Zagreb)
reserve players
Čedomir Bugarski
Dobrivoje Selec
2  Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Ladislav Beneš
František Brůna
Vladimír Haber
Vladimír Jarý
Jiří Kavan
Arnošt Klimčík
Jaroslav Konečný
František Králík
Jindřich Krepindl
Vincent Lafko
Andrej Lukošík
Pavel Mikeš
Petr Pospíšil
Ivan Satrapa
Zdeněk Škára
Jaroslav Škarvan
3  Romania (ROU)
Ştefan Birtalan
Adrian Cosma
Marin Dan
Alexandru Dincă
Cristian Gaţu
Gheorghe Gruia
Roland Gunesch
Gabriel Kicsid
Ghiţă Licu
Cornel Penu
Valentin Samungi
Simion Schöbel
Werner Stöckl
Constantin Tudosie
Radu Voina
4  East Germany (GDR)
Wolfgang Böhme
Reiner Frieske
Reiner Ganschow
Jürgen Hildebrand
Horst Jankhöfer
Wolfgang Lakenmacher
Klaus Langhoff
Peter Larisch
Peter Randt
Udo Röhrig
Josef Rose
Siegfried Voigt
Klaus Weiß
Rainer Würdig
Rainer Zimmermann
Harry Zörnack
5  Soviet Union (URS)
Valeri Gassy
Vasily Ilyin
Mykhaylo Ishchenko
Yury Klimov
Valentin Kulev
Yuriy Lahutyn
Mikhail Luzenko
Vladimir Maksimov
Albert Oganezov
Aleksandr Panov
Oleksandr Rezanov
Nikolai Semenov
Anatoli Shevchenko
Ivan Usaty
Jānis Vilsons
6  West Germany (FRG)
Herwig Ahrendsen
Hans-Jürgen Bode
Wolfgang Braun
Peter Bucher
Jochen Feldhoff
Diethard Finkelmann
Josef Karrer
Klaus Kater
Klaus Lange
Herbert Lübking
Heiner Möller
Hans-Peter Neuhaus
Uwe Rathjen
Herbert Rogge
Herbert Wehnert
Klaus Westebbe
7  Sweden (SWE)
Björn Andersson
Bo Andersson
Dan Eriksson
Lennart Eriksson
Johan Fischerström
Göran Hård af Segerstad
Bengt Johansson
Benny Johansson
Jan Jonsson
Lars Karlsson
Michael Koch
Olle Olsson
Sten Olsson
Thomas Persson
Bertil Söderberg
Frank Ström
8  Hungary (HUN)
János Adorján
Béla Bartalos
János Csík
László Harka
József Horváth
Sándor Kaló
István Marosi
Lajos Simó
János Stiller
István Szabó
László Szabó
Sándor Takács
István Varga (BHSE)
Károly Vass (Elektromos SE)
Sándor Vass (Elektromos SE)
Gyula Huth
9  Norway (NOR)
Coach: Thor Nohr
Per Ankre
Arnulf Bæk
Pål Bye
Pål Cappelen
Carl Graff-Wang
Inge Hansen
Torstein Hansen
Roger Hverven
Ulf Magnussen
Jan Økseter
Sten Osther
Jon Reinertsen
Geir Røse
Per Søderstrøm
Harald Tyrdal
Finn Urdal
10  Poland (POL)
Zdzisław Antczak
Zbigniew Dybol
Franciszek Gąsior
Jan Gmyrek
Bogdan Kowalczyk
Zygfryd Kuchta
Andrzej Lech
Jerzy Melcer
Helmut Pniociński
Henryk Rozmiarek
Andrzej Sokołowski
Engelbert Szolc
Andrzej Szymczak
Włodzimierz Wachowicz
Robert Zawada
11  Japan (JPN)
Shuji Arinaga
Katsuhiko Chikamori
Kiyotaka Hayakawa
Hiroshi Honda
Masayuki Hyokai
Nobuyuki Iida
Minoru Kino
Takezo Nakai
Toshio Niimi
Kiyoshi Noda
Kenichi Sasaki
Toshihiko Shimosato
12  Iceland (ISL)
Axel Axelsson
Ólafur Benediktsson
Björgvin Björgvinsson
Hjalti Einarsson
Sigurður Einarsson
Birgir Finnbogason
Stefán Gunnarsson
Geir Hallsteinsson
Ólafur Jónsson
Stefán Jónsson
Jón Magnússon
Ágúst Ögmundsson
Sigurbergur Sigsteinsson
Viðar Símonarson
Gunnsteinn Skúlason
Gísli Blöndal
13  Denmark (DEN)
Arne Andersen
Keld Andersen
Jørgen Frandsen
Claus From
Flemming Hansen
Jørgen Heidemann
Søren Jensen
Bent Jørgensen
Kay Jørgensen
Flemming Lauritzen
Svend Lund
Tom Lund
Thor Munkager
Vagn Nielsen
Karsten Sørensen
Jørgen Vodsgaard
14  United States (USA)
Coach: Peter Buehning
Richard Abrahamson
Fletcher Abram
Roger Baker
Dennis Berkholtz
Larry Caton
Vincent DiCalogero
Elmer Edes
Thomas Hardiman
Rudolph Matthews
Sandor Rivnyak
James Rogers
Richard Schlesinger
Kevin Serrapede
Robert Sparks
Joel Voelkert
Harry Winkler
15  Spain (ESP)
Antonio Andreu
Miguel Ángel Cascallana
Fernando de Andrés
Javier García
Jesús Guerrero
Juan Miguel Igartua
Santos Labaca
Francisco López
Juan Antonio Medina
Juan Morera
Vicente Ortega
José Perramón
José Rochel
José Manuel Taure
José Villamarín
16  Tunisia (TUN)
Ahmed Bel Hadj
Raouf Ben Samir
Moncef Besbès
Taoufik Djemail
Aleya Hamrouni
Mouir Jelili
Mohamed Jeljeli
Mohamed Khalladi
Mohamed Klai
Faouzi Ksouri
Moncef Oueslati
Faouzi Sebabti
Amor Sghaier
Abdelaziz Zaibi
Ridha Zitoun

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