1978 World Men's Handball Championship

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1978 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Denmark
Final positions
Champions West Germany
Runner-up Soviet Union
Third place East Germany
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches32
Goals scored1305 (40.78 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jerzy Klempel (POL)
 Péter Kovács (HUN) (47 goals)
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The 1978 World Men's Handball Championship was the ninth team handball World Championship. It was held in Denmark between 26 January-5 February 1978. West Germany won the championship.

Teams[edit]

Group A Group B Group C Group D
 Canada  East Germany  Denmark  Bulgaria
 Czechoslovakia  France  Iceland  Japan
 West Germany  Hungary  Soviet Union  Poland
 Yugoslavia  Romania  Spain  Sweden

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team P W T L G+ G- GD Pts.
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 54 36 +18 6
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 54 45 +9 4
 Czechoslovakia 3 1 0 2 58 43 +15 2
 Canada 3 0 0 3 31 73 -42 0

Group B[edit]

Team P W T L G+ G- GD Pts.
 Romania 3 2 0 1 74 56 +18 4
 East Germany 3 2 0 1 56 43 +13 4
 Hungary 3 2 0 1 66 54 +12 4
 France 3 0 0 3 54 97 -43 0

Group C[edit]

Team P W T L G+ G- GD Pts.
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 62 46 +16 5
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 56 45 +11 5
 Spain 3 1 0 2 52 65 -13 2
 Iceland 3 0 0 3 54 68 -14 0

Group D[edit]

Team P W T L G+ G- GD Pts.
 Poland 3 3 0 0 76 60 +16 6
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 72 58 +14 4
 Japan 3 1 0 2 64 70 -6 2
 Bulgaria 3 0 0 3 58 82 -24 0

Second round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team P W T L G+ G- GD Pts.
 West Germany 3 1 2 0 49 44 +5 4
 East Germany 3 1 2 0 48 46 +2 4
 Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 46 50 -4 3
 Romania 3 0 1 2 49 52 -3 1

Group 2[edit]

Team P W T L G+ G- GD Pts.
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 58 50 +8 5
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 59 53 +6 5
 Poland 3 1 0 2 61 60 +1 2
 Sweden 3 0 0 3 49 64 -15 0

3rd / 4th place[edit]

Date Match¹ Score
05.02.1978  East Germany
-
 Denmark
19-15
  • (¹) - In Copenhagen

Final[edit]

Date Match¹ Score
05.02.1978  West Germany
-
 Soviet Union
20-19
  • (¹) - In Copenhagen

Final standings[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  West Germany
Silver medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
Bronze medal icon.svg  East Germany
4  Denmark
5  Yugoslavia
6  Poland
7  Romania
8  Sweden
9  Hungary
10  Spain
11  Czechoslovakia
12  Japan
13  Iceland
14  Bulgaria
15  Canada
16  France

Source: International Handball Federation