Handball at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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1996 Men's Olympic handball tournament
Tournament details
Host country  United States
Dates 24 July - 4 August
Teams 12
Final positions
Champions  Croatia
Runner-up  Sweden
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches 38
Goals scored 1822 (47.95 per match)
Top scorer(s) Patrik Cavar (CRO), 43 goals
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The men's handball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics was contested by twelve teams divided in two groups, with the top two proceeding to the semifinals and the bottom four proceeding to placement matches.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Sweden 5 5 0 0 131 94 +37 10
 Croatia 5 4 0 1 132 122 +10 8
 Russia 5 3 0 2 137 106 +31 6
 Switzerland 5 2 0 3 126 115 +11 4
 United States 5 1 0 4 111 142 −31 2
 Kuwait 5 0 0 5 100 158 −58 0
Results Sweden Croatia Russia Switzerland United States Kuwait
Sweden  27–18 22–20 26–19 23–19 33–18
Croatia  18–27 25–24 23–22 35–27 31–22
Russia  20–22 24–25 30–23 31–16 32–20
Switzerland  19–26 22–23 23–30 29–20 33–16
United States  19–23 27–35 16–31 20–29 29–24
Kuwait  18–33 22–31 20–32 16–33 24–29

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 France 5 4 0 1 145 114 +31 8
 Spain 5 4 0 1 114 97 +17 8
 Egypt 5 3 0 2 113 103 +10 6
 Germany 5 3 0 2 121 112 +9 6
 Algeria 5 0 1 4 95 117 −22 1
 Brazil 5 0 1 4 100 145 −45 1
Results France Spain Egypt Germany Algeria Brazil
France  27–25 25–20 23–24 33–22 37–23
Spain  25–27 20–19 22–20 20–14 27–17
Egypt  20–25 19–20 24–22 19–16 31–20
Germany  24–23 20–22 22–24 25–23 30–20
Algeria  22–33 14–20 16–19 23–25 20–20
Brazil  23–37 17–27 20–31 20–30 20–20

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-finals Final
  Sweden  25  
  Spain  20  
 
      Sweden  26
    Croatia  27
Bronze medal match
  France  20   Spain  27
  Croatia  24     France  25

Semifinals[edit]

August 2
~16:00
Sweden  25–20  Spain
Referees: Brussel/van Dongen (NED)
Thorsson 7 (11-12) Guijosa 5

August 2
~20:30
France  20–24  Croatia
Referees: Hogsnes/Oeie (NOR)
Stoecklin 8 (8-12) Cavar 8

11th/12th classification[edit]

August 2
10:00
Kuwait  25–31  Brazil
Referees: Boehne/Bojsen (USA)
al-Harbi, Sh Zadah 5 (13-16) Nascimento 7

9th/10th classification[edit]

August 2
~11:30
Algeria  26–27 (ET)  United States
Referees: al Houli/Alenezi (KUW)
Saidi 6 (12-10) Brown 7

FT: 22-22 ET: 26-27

7th/8th classification[edit]

August 2
14:30
Switzerland  16–23  Germany
Referees: Elbrond/Lovquist (DEN)
Scharer 6 (10-12) Scheffler, Stephan 5

5th/6th classification[edit]

August 2
19:00
Egypt  26–29  Russia
Referees: Gallego Santos/Lamas Perez (ESP)
el Attar 10 (11-15) Gopin 6

Bronze medal match[edit]

August 4
15:00
Spain  27–25  France
Referees: Elbrond/Lovquist (DEN)
Lozano, Esquer, Urdiales 5 (13-12) Cordinier 7

Final[edit]

August 4
~16:30
Sweden  26–27  Croatia
Referees: Gallego Santos/Lamas Perez (ESP)
Thorsson 8 (11-16) Perkovac, Smajlagic, Jovic 6

Rankings and statistics[edit]

Final rankings
1  Croatia
2  Sweden
3  Spain
4  France
5  Russia
6  Egypt
7  Germany
8  Switzerland
9  United States
10  Algeria
11  Brazil
12  Kuwait
Top goalscorers
Player Games Goals Attempts
1. Patrik Cavar (CRO) 6 43 60
2. Stéphane Stoecklin (FRA) 6 36 68
3. Frédéric Volle (FRA) 7 35 58
4. Marc Baumgartner (SUI) 6 35 71
5. Alberto Urdiales (ESP) 7 31 47
6. Irfan Smajlagic (CRO) 6 31 48
7. Valery Gopin (RUS) 6 30 42
7. Erik Hajas (SWE) 6 30 42
7. Pierre Thorsson (SWE) 6 30 42
All-star team
Mats Olsson (SWE)
Irfan Smajlagic (CRO) Magnus Andersson (SWE) Stéphane Stoecklin (FRA)
Dmitri Torgovanov (RUS) Patrik Cavar (CRO) Frédéric Volle (FRA)

References[edit]