2018 European Men's Handball Championship

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2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship
2018 European Men's Handball Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country  Croatia
Dates 12–28 January
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (1st title)
Runner-up  Sweden
Third place  France
Fourth place  Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches 47
Goals scored 2563 (54.53 per match)
Attendance 263,209 (5,600 per match)
Top scorer(s) Czech Republic Ondřej Zdráhala
(56 goals)
Best player Sweden Jim Gottfridsson
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EHF flags in Zagreb
Championship Billboard in Zagreb

The 2018 EHF European Men's Handball Championship was the 13th edition and was hosted for the second time in Croatia from 12 to 28 January 2018. Croatia was awarded hosting the tournament during the EHF congress in Dublin on 20 September 2014.

Spain won their first title after defeating Sweden 29–23 in the final. France captured the bronze medal after defeating Denmark 32–29.[1][2]

Venues[edit]

Zagreb Split
Arena Zagreb
Capacity: 15,200
Spaladium Arena
Capacity: 10,941
Arena Zagreb 2009.jpg Spaladium Arena 1.JPG
Varaždin Poreč
Varaždin Arena
Capacity: 5,200
Žatika Sport Centre
Capacity: 3,700
Sport Hall Varaždin.jpg

Qualification[edit]

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament
 Croatia Host 20 September 2014 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Spain Group 3 winner 6 May 2017 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Germany Group 5 winner 6 May 2017 11 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016)
 Sweden Group 6 winner 6 May 2017 11 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Denmark Group 1 winner 14 June 2017 11 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 France Group 7 winner 14 June 2017 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Hungary Group 1 runner-up 15 June 2017 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Serbia Group 2 runner-up 15 June 2017 4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Belarus Group 2 winner 15 June 2017 4 (1994, 2008, 2014, 2016)
 Montenegro Group 6 runner-up 17 June 2017 3 (2008, 2014, 2016)
 Norway Group 7 runner-up 17 June 2017 7 (2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Slovenia Group 5 runner-up 17 June 2017 10 (1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016)
 Austria Group 3 runner-up 17 June 2017 2 (2010, 2014)
 Czech Republic Group 4 runner-up 18 June 2017 8 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
 Macedonia Group 4 winner 18 June 2017 4 (1998, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Iceland Group 4 third place 18 June 2017 9 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

Note: Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 23 June 2017.[3][4]

Seeding[edit]

The seedings were announced on 19 June 2017.[5][6]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads[edit]

Match officials[edit]

On 26 October 2017, 12 couples were announced.[7]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).[8]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 2 0 1 89 82 +7 4[a] Main round
2  Croatia (H) 3 2 0 1 92 79 +13 4[a]
3  Serbia 3 1 0 2 76 88 −12 2[b]
4  Iceland 3 1 0 2 74 82 −8 2[b]
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Croatia 31–35 Sweden
  2. ^ a b Serbia 29–26 Iceland
12 January 2018
18:15
Sweden  24–26  Iceland Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 8,700
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Gottfridsson 6 (8–15) Guðmundsson 7
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12 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  32–22  Serbia Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Stepančić, Štrlek 6 (14–9) Nenadić 6
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14 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  25–30  Sweden Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 9,500
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Ilić 5 (10–16) Lagergren 5
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14 January 2018
20:30
Iceland  22–29  Croatia Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 10,500
Referees: Zotin, Volotkov (RUS)
Pálmarsson 5 (13–14) Cindrić 7
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16 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  29–26  Iceland Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 9,800
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Radivojević, Šešum 5 (12–12) Sigurðsson 8
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16 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  31–35  Sweden Spaladium Arena, Split
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Čupić 7 (12–17) Lagergren 6
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Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 3 0 0 97 82 +15 6 Main round
2  Norway 3 2 0 1 103 88 +15 4
3  Belarus 3 1 0 2 80 91 −11 2
4  Austria 3 0 0 3 80 99 −19 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
12 January 2018
18:15
Belarus  27–26  Austria Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 3,100
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Kulesh 7 (14–12) Bilyk 8
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12 January 2018
20:30
France  32–31  Norway Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 3,600
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Mahé 8 (15–17) Tønnesen 7
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14 January 2018
18:15
Austria  26–33  France Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,900
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Weber 5 (12–17) N'Guessan 7
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14 January 2018
20:30
Norway  33–28  Belarus Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
three players 6 (15–12) Karalek 5
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16 January 2018
18:15
France  32–25  Belarus Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 2,300
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Mem 9 (14–11) Padshyvalau 6
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16 January 2018
20:30
Norway  39–28  Austria Žatika Sport Centre, Poreč
Attendance: 1,600
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Bjørnsen 9 (18–14) Bilyk 9
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Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Macedonia 3 2 1 0 79 77 +2 5 Main round
2  Germany 3 1 2 0 82 69 +13 4
3  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 77 69 +8 3
4  Montenegro 3 0 0 3 66 89 −23 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
13 January 2018
17:15
Germany  32–19  Montenegro Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Gensheimer 9 (17–9) Lipovina 7
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13 January 2018
19:30
Macedonia  25–24  Slovenia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Manaskov 8 (11–11) Mlakar 4
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15 January 2018
18:15
Slovenia  25–25  Germany Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,500
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Zarabec 5 (15–10) Gensheimer 7
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15 January 2018
20:30
Montenegro  28–29  Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Čavor 6 (16–15) Kuzmanovski 5
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17 January 2018
18:15
Germany  25–25  Macedonia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 5,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Weinhold 8 (12–11) Taleski 6
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17 January 2018
20:30
Montenegro  19–28  Slovenia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,200
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Ševaljević 6 (13–14) Marguč 6
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Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 0 1 81 65 +16 4[a] Main round
2  Denmark 3 2 0 1 84 75 +9 4[a]
3  Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 76 86 −10 4[a]
4  Hungary 3 0 0 3 77 92 −15 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Spain 2 Pts, +14 GD; Denmark 2 Pts, +2 GD; Czech Republic 2 Pts, −16 GD
13 January 2018
18:15
Spain  32–15  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,780
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 5 (16–9) Kašpárek 5
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13 January 2018
20:30
Denmark  32–25  Hungary Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 5,170
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Lauge Schmidt 7 (14–12) Lékai 5
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15 January 2018
18:15
Hungary  25–27  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,470
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Bánhidi 6 (12–13) four players 4
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15 January 2018
20:30
Czech Republic  28–27  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Zdráhala 8 (15–16) Hansen 7
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17 January 2018
18:15
Czech Republic  33–27  Hungary Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,790
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Zdráhala 14 (15–11) Lékai 9
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17 January 2018
20:30
Spain  22–25  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
A. Dujshebaev 6 (13–14) Balling 8
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Main round[edit]

Points and goals gained in the preliminary group against teams that advanced, were taken over.

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 5 5 0 0 156 130 +26 10 Advanced to semifinals
2  Sweden 5 3 0 2 136 127 +9 6[a]
3  Croatia (H) 5 3 0 2 147 138 +9 6[a] Advanced to fifth place game
4  Norway 5 3 0 2 152 144 +8 6[a]
5  Belarus 5 1 0 4 128 146 −18 2
6  Serbia 5 0 0 5 131 165 −34 0
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) Goal difference.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Sweden 2 Pts, +1 GD; Croatia 2 Pts, 0 GD; Norway 2 Pts, −1 GD
18 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  27–32  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Beljanski, Šešum 5 (17–17) Bjørnsen, Sagosen 8
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18 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  25–23  Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Mamić, Stepančić 5 (15–12) Yurynok 6
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20 January 2018
18:15
Sweden  17–23  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 7,100
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jeppsson 4 (8–10) Sorhaindo 5
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20 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  32–28  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 13,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Štrlek 6 (17–15) Sagosen 8
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22 January 2018
18:15
Serbia  30–39  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,700
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Zelenović 7 (12–19) Caucheteux, L. Karabatić 7
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22 January 2018
20:30
Sweden  29–20  Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,400
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Lagergren, Wanne 4 (16–11) Karalek, Kulesh 4
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24 January 2018
16:00
Serbia  27–32  Belarus Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Nenadić 7 (11–16) Pukhouski 9
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24 January 2018
18:15
Sweden  25–28  Norway Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Tollbring 6 (11–12) Myrhol 7
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24 January 2018
20:30
Croatia  27–30  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Štrlek 6 (13–19) Remili 6
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Group II[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 5 4 0 1 140 123 +17 8 Advanced to semifinals
2  Spain 5 3 0 2 142 118 +24 6
3  Czech Republic 5 2 1 2 113 131 −18 5 Advanced to fifth place game
4  Slovenia 5 1 2 2 134 133 +1 4[a]
5  Germany 5 1 2 2 124 126 −2 4[a]
6  Macedonia 5 1 1 3 114 136 −22 3
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) Goal difference.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Slovenia 25–25 Germany
19 January 2018
18:15
Germany  22–19  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,130
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Fäth 8 (9–10) Číp 6
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19 January 2018
20:30
Slovenia  28–31  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 5,200
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Zarabec 6 (14–16) Svan 11
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21 January 2018
18:15
Germany  25–26  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,112
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Kühn 6 (9–8) Lindberg 9
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21 January 2018
20:30
Macedonia  20–31  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,796
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Manaskov, Stoilov 4 (6–15) Gurbindo 6
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23 January 2018
18:15
Slovenia  31–26  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 4,176
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Marguč 5 (13–12) Solé 6
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23 January 2018
20:30
Macedonia  24–25  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,780
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Taleski 5 (13–11) Horák 8
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24 January 2018
16:00
Slovenia  26–26  Czech Republic Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,873
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
three players 5 (11–12) Zdráhala 9
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24 January 2018
18:15
Macedonia  20–31  Denmark Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,343
Referees: Mažeika, Gatelis (LTU)
Kuzmanovski 6 (12–12) Damgaard 11
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24 January 2018
20:30
Germany  27–31  Spain Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 1,289
Referees: Pichon, Reveret (FRA)
Hafner 5 (13–14) Balaguer 6
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Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
26 January
 
 
 France23
 
28 January
 
 Spain27
 
 Spain29
 
26 January
 
 Sweden23
 
 Denmark34
 
 
 Sweden (ET)35
 
Third place game
 
 
28 January
 
 
 France32
 
 
 Denmark29

Semifinals[edit]

26 January 2018
18:00
France  23–27  Spain Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Sorhaindo 6 (9–15) Solé 7
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26 January 2018
20:30
Denmark  34–35 (ET)  Sweden Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Hansen 12 (14–16) Zachrisson 8
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FT: 28–28 ET: 6–7

Fifth place game[edit]

26 January 2018
15:30
Croatia  28–27  Czech Republic Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Horvat 10 (16–10) Zdráhala 13
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Third place game[edit]

28 January 2018
18:00
France  32–29  Denmark Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,700
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
N.Karabatić 9 (17–14) Lindberg 12
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Final[edit]

28 January 2018
20:30
Spain  29–23  Sweden Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 9,000
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Balaguer, Solé 5 (12–14) Nielsen 5
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Ranking and statistics[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

Qualified for 2019 World Men's Handball Championship as:[9]
winner of this tournament
co-host
winner of 2017 World Championship
Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  Spain
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  France
4  Denmark
5  Croatia
6  Czech Republic
7  Norway
8  Slovenia
9  Germany
10  Belarus
11  Macedonia
12  Serbia
13  Iceland
14  Hungary
15  Austria
16  Montenegro

All-Star Team[edit]

The all-star team and awards were announced on 28 January 2018.[10]

Position Player
Goalkeeper  Vincent Gérard (FRA)
Right wing  Ferrán Solé (ESP)
Right back  Alex Dujshebaev (ESP)
Centre back  Sander Sagosen (NOR)
Left back  Mikkel Hansen (DEN)
Left wing  Manuel Štrlek (CRO)
Pivot  Jesper Nielsen (SWE)

Awards[edit]

Award Player
Most Valuable Player  Jim Gottfridsson (SWE)
Best Defence Player  Jakov Gojun (CRO)
Topscorer  Ondřej Zdráhala (CZE) (55 goals)

Statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Defensive masterclass leads Spain to maiden EHF EURO title". eurohandball.com. 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Spain win first European title". ihf.info. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Final Tournament Draw". ehf-euro.com. 19 June 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^ "Final tournament groups drawn in Zagreb". ehf-euro.com. 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Pots for the Men's EHF EURO 2018 draw revealed". eurohandball.com. 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ Draw Procedure
  7. ^ "Referees confirmed for Men's EHF Euro 2018". eurohandball.com. 26 October 2017.
  8. ^ Schedule
  9. ^ "European qualification for 2019 World Championship begins". IHF. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ "EHF EURO 2018 All-star team named". ehf-euro.com. 28 January 2018.

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