Handball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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2008 Men's Olympic handball tournament
Handball podium08.jpg
Medal ceremony
Tournament details
Host country  China
Dates 9 August - 24 August
Teams 12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  France
Runner-up  Iceland
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  Croatia
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Handball at the
2008 Summer Olympics

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Tournament
men  women
Rosters
men  women

The men's handball tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held from August 10 to August 24, at the Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium and National Indoor Stadium in Beijing. Twelve nations are represented in the men's tournament.

The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round, 5th and 6th teams in each group are classified 9th-12th by the results of their group matches. The losers of quarterfinal matches competed in the 5th-8th place matches by the same elimination system as the winners of the quarterfinals.

This event was the last to be completed in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Qualification[edit]

Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Host Nation - - 1  China
IHF World Championships Jan 19 - Feb 4, 2007 Germany Germany 1  Germany
European Championships January 17–27, 2008 Norway Norway 1  Denmark
Asian Qualifying Tournament January 30, 2008 Japan Tokyo 1  South Korea
Africa Nations Cup January 10–17, 2008 Angola Angola 1  Egypt
Pan American Games July 14–29, 2007 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 1  Brazil
Olympic Qualifying Tournament 1 May 30 - Jun 1, 2008 Poland Wrocław 2  Poland
 Iceland
Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2 May 30 - Jun 1, 2008 France Paris 2  France
 Spain
Olympic Qualifying Tournament 3 May 30 - Jun 1, 2008 Croatia Zadar 2  Croatia
 Russia
TOTAL 12
Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

Preliminary round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the groups was held 16 June 2008.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6
 Germany  Denmark  Croatia  South Korea  Spain  Egypt
 Poland  France  Russia  China  Iceland  Brazil

Rosters[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 France 5 4 1 0 148 115 +33 9
 Poland 5 3 1 1 147 128 +19 7
 Croatia 5 3 0 2 140 115 +25 6
 Spain 5 3 0 2 152 145 +7 6
 Brazil 5 1 0 4 129 153 –24 2
 China 5 0 0 5 104 164 –60 0


10 August 2008
09:00
v
Croatia  31 – 29  Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Lemme, Ulrich (GER)
Lacković, Džomba 5 (16–11) García 5
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

10 August 2008
14:00
v
France  34 – 26  Brazil Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Girault 7 (19–11) Ertel 5
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

10 August 2008
19:00
v
Poland  33 – 19  China Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Jurasik 8 (21–10) five players 3
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

12 August 2008
09:00
v
Brazil  14 – 33  Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Ertel, Souza 3 (9–18) Džomba 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked

12 August 2008
14:00
v
China  19 – 33  France Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Hao 5 (7–19) three players 5
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

12 August 2008
15:45
v
Spain  30 – 29  Poland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
Rocas 7 (16–17) Jurasik, Lijewski 4
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked

14 August 2008
10:45
v
Poland  28 – 25  Brazil Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Jurecki, Tłuczyński 6 (14–15) Ribeiro 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

14 August 2008
15:45
v
China  22 – 36  Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Cui 5 (12–16) Tomás 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

14 August 2008
20:45
v
France  23 – 19  Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Chernega, Paladenko (RUS)
Gille 7 (11–9) Džomba 5
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

16 August 2008
09:00
v
Brazil  29 – 22  China Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Ribeiro, Laureano 5 (14–10) Cui Liang, Cui Lei 4
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked

16 August 2008
14:00
v
France  28 – 21  Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Gille 6 (16–10) García 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

16 August 2008
19:00
v
Croatia  24 – 27  Poland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Džomba 7 (12–13) Tłuczyński 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked

18 August 2008
10:45
v
Spain  36 – 35  Brazil Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Baum, Goralczyk (POL)
Romero 8 (20–17) Pacheco Filho 12
Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card

18 August 2008
15:45
v
Croatia  33 – 22  China Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Šprem 8 (17–13) Hao 6
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card

18 August 2008
20:45
v
Poland  30 – 30  France Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Liudowyk, Vakula (UKR)
Jurecki 7 (16–13) Karabatić 8
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 South Korea 5 3 0 2 122 129 –7 6
 Denmark 5 2 2 1 137 131 +6 6
 Iceland 5 2 2 1 151 146 +5 6
 Russia 5 2 1 2 136 131 +5 5
 Germany 5 2 1 2 126 130 –4 5
 Egypt 5 0 2 3 127 132 –5 2


10 August 2008
10:45
v
Russia  31 – 33  Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Igropulo 9 (16–19) Guðjónsson 12
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

10 August 2008
15:45
v
Germany  27 – 23  South Korea Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Kraus 7 (10–13) Cho Chi-hyo 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

10 August 2008
20:45
v
Denmark  23 – 23  Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Christiansen 6 (11–10) El Ahmar 8
Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 4×Booked

12 August 2008
10:45
v
Egypt  27 – 28  Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Liudowyk, Vakula (UKR)
El Ahmar 10 (14–14) Rastvortsev 8
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

12 August 2008
19:00
v
South Korea  31 – 30  Denmark Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Licis, Stolarovs (LAT)
Jung Su-young 9 (13–14) Nøddesbo 11
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

12 August 2008
20:45
v
Iceland  33 – 29  Germany Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Guðjónsson 8 (17–14) Kraus 13
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked 1×Red card

14 August 2008
09:00
v
Germany  25 – 23  Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Glandorf 7 (14–14) Zaky 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked

14 August 2008
14:00
v
South Korea  22 – 21  Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Baum, Goralczyk (POL)
Yoon Kyung-shin 6 (10–9) Geirsson, Sigurðsson 5
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked

14 August 2008
19:00
v
Denmark  25 – 24  Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Christiansen 6 (10–10) Chernoivanov, Igropulo 6
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

16 August 2008
10:45
v
Egypt  22 – 24  South Korea Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Abd Elsalam 8 (11–8) Paek Won-chul 7
Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 3×Booked

16 August 2008
15:45
v
Russia  24 – 24  Germany Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Filippov 6 (11–10) Kraus 6
Suspension 1×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 4×Booked

16 August 2008
20:45
v
Denmark  32 – 32  Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Nøddesbo 6 (18–17) Guðjónsson 8
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked 1×Red card

18 August 2008
09:00
v
Iceland  32 – 32  Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Sigurðsson 10 (14–17) Zaky 9
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

18 August 2008
14:00
v
Russia  29 – 22  South Korea Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Rastvortsev 6 (17–12) Yoon Kyung-shin 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 1×Booked

18 August 2008
19:00
v
Germany  21 – 27  Denmark Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Kraus 6 (12–15) Boesen 8
Suspension 4×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 3×Booked

Medal round[edit]

Quarterfinal, Poland-Iceland

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  A2   Poland 30  
B3   Iceland 32  
  B3   Iceland 36  
  A4   Spain 30  
B1   South Korea 24
  A4   Spain 29  
    Silver medal icon.svg   Iceland 23
  Gold medal icon.svg   France 28
  B2   Denmark 24  
A3   Croatia 26  
  A3   Croatia 23 Bronze medal game
  A1   France 25  
A1   France 27 Bronze medal icon.svg   Spain 35
  B4   Russia 24   4   Croatia 29

Quarterfinals[edit]

20 August 2008
12:00
v
France  27 – 24  Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Narcisse 9 (13–10) Kokcharov 5
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

20 August 2008
14:15
v
Poland  30 – 32  Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Jachlewski, Tkaczyk 6 (19–14) Petersson 6
Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card Report Suspension 2×Booked

20 August 2008
18:00
v
Denmark  24 – 26  Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Christiansen 6 (14–12) Šprem 7
Suspension 2×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked

20 August 2008
20:15
v
South Korea  24 – 29  Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Jeong Yi-kyeong 7 (13–14) Rocas 8
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked

Classification[edit]

22 August 2008
12:00
v
Russia  28 – 27  Denmark Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Dibirov 8 (17–14) Christiansen 8
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked 1×Red card

22 August 2008
14:15
v
Poland  29 – 26  South Korea Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Jurasik 7 (15–14) Yoon Kyung-shin 6
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

Semifinals[edit]

22 August 2008
18:00
v
France  25 – 23  Croatia Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
Burdet, Narcisse 6 (12–11) Horvat, Šprem 5
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

22 August 2008
20:15
v
Iceland  36 – 30  Spain Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Sigurðsson, Geirsson 7 (17–15) Rocas 7
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card

7th–8th place[edit]

24 August 2008
08:00
v
Denmark  37 – 26  South Korea Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Aires Menezes, Aparecido Pinto (BRA)
Hansen 8 (15–13) Ko Kyung-soo 10
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 2×Booked

5th–6th place[edit]

24 August 2008
10:15
v
Russia  28 – 29  Poland Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Kokcharov 10 (15–14) Jurasik 6
Suspension 4×Booked Report Suspension 4×Booked

Bronze medal match[edit]

24 August 2008
13:30
v
Croatia  29 – 35  Spain Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Duvnjak 7 (14–12) García, Prieto 7
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

Gold medal match[edit]

24 August 2008
15:45
v
Iceland  23 – 28  France Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Stefánsson 5 (10–15) Karabatić 8
Suspension 3×Booked Report Suspension 3×Booked

Rankings and statistics[edit]

 

Top goalkeepers[edit]

Rank Name Team % Saves Shots
1 Johannes Bitter  Germany 41% 70 170
Thierry Omeyer  France 84 204
3 Mohamed Nakib  Egypt 40% 59 149
4 Sławomir Szmal  Poland 37% 85 227
5 David Barrufet  Spain 36% 59 165
Oleg Grams  Russia 91 250
Kasper Hvidt  Denmark 94 250
Alexey Kostygov  Russia 31 86
Maik Santos  Brazil 52 145
10 Björgvin Páll Gústavsson  Iceland 33% 75 226
Han Kyung-Tai  South Korea 67 204
Venio Losert  Croatia 44 135

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Juan García  Spain 49 65 75%
2 Snorri Guðjónsson  Iceland 48 77 62%
3 Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson  Iceland 43 66 65%
4 Lars Christiansen  Denmark 42 59 71%
5 Michael Kraus  Germany 38 65 58%
6 Mariusz Jurasik  Poland 37 59 63%
Nikola Karabatić  France 69 54%
8 Konstantin Igropulo  Russia 36 63 57%
Jesper Nøddesbo  Denmark 47 77%
10 Bertrand Gille  France 35 48 73%
Daniel Narcisse  France 69 51%
Albert Rocas  Spain 54 65%

References[edit]

External links[edit]