Denmark national handball team

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Denmark
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Association Danish Handball Association
Coach Guðmundur Guðmundsson
Most caps Lars Christiansen (338)
Most goals Lars Christiansen (1503)
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Away
Results
Summer Olympics
Appearances 6 (first in 1972)
Best result 4th (1984)
World Championship
Appearances 21 (first in 1938)
Best result 2nd (1967, 2011, 2013)
European Championship
Appearances 11 (first in 1994)
Best result 1st (2008, 2012)
Last updated on Unknown.
Denmark national handball team
Medal record
World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1967 Sweden Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Sweden Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Spain Team
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Germany Team
World Cup Field Handball
Silver medal – second place 1948 France Team
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 2008 Norway Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 Serbia Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Denmark Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Sweden Team
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Slovenia Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Switzerland Team

The Denmark national handball team is the national handball team of Denmark. Controlled by the Danish Handball Association it represents Denmark in international matches. They are the team with most medals won in European Championship history on the men's side with a total of six medals, those being two gold medals (2008, 2012), one silver (2014) and three bronze medals (2002, 2004 & 2006).

History[edit]

Handball is one of the most popular pastimes in Denmark, only exceeded by e.g. football. At the end of 2003 the Danish Handball Association had more than 146,000 active and passive members.

2007 World Championship[edit]

In 2007 Denmark participated in the World Championship in Germany, where they were pitted in Group E against Angola, Hungary and their neighbors to the north Norway. Denmark finished second in their group following victories against Angola and Norway. In the main round the team faced Croatia, Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary and defending champions Spain.

Despite an initial defeat against Croatia, the team advanced by defeating their last three opponents. In the quarterfinal Iceland was defeated by the narrowest of margins, 42-41. In the semifinal Denmark lost to Poland 36-33 and ended up in the bronze match against France where they won 34-27 thus placing third.

Denmark's pivot Michael V. Knudsen was added to the All Star Team of the tournament.

2008 European Championship[edit]

After finishing 3rd in three consecutive European Championships, the Danish team won gold at the 2008 European Men's Handball Championship, which took place in neighboring Norway. The team lost only one match on the way to the gold, that being a fiercely contested derby against hosts Norway. The Danish team defeated Croatia 24-20 in the final, after inching out Germany in the semis. Keeper Kasper Hvidt and winger Lars Christiansen were important factors in the Danish campaign, both being selected for the tournament all-star team and Lars Christiansen also finishing as shared top goalscorer.

2010 European Championship[edit]

As defending champions, Denmark was a favorite to reclaim the title. However, they didn't succeed, losing matches to both Iceland and Croatia. In stead of advancing to the main-round Denmark ended up playing for 5th place against Spain. They won the placement match 34-27.

2011 World Championship[edit]

At The 2011 World Men's Handball Championship, after winning 9 matches in a row, Denmark reached the final beating Spain 28:24 in the semi-final. This was the first time in over 44 years, that the Denmark National Handball Team reached a World Championship final. In the final, Denmark lost against France 35:37 in overtime. This meant at the time, that France was able to hold all three major titles as reigning European Champions, Olympic Champions and also double World Champions.

2012 European Championship[edit]

Denmark came to the 2012 European Men's Handball Championship as vice World Champions and as one of the pre-favorites to win the tournament. However, in the main group, Denmark lost to both Serbia and Poland, proceeding to the main round with zero points, having only won against Slovakia. This meant that Denmark had to win all of their matches and at the same time, they had to rely on other results in order to advance to the semi-finals. Miraculously, results from other matches were in favor of Denmark. The destiny of Denmark's survival lay in the hands of Poland as Poland had to win against Germany in order to sustain Denmark's survival in the tournament. After a fierce and close match between Poland and Germany, Poland won 33-32. This meant that Denmark only had to beat Sweden in their final main round match, and they would go through to the semi-finals. Denmark beat Sweden by a large margin, 31-24, making handball history along the way, becoming the first team ever, both on the men's and women's side in European Championship history to advance to the semi-finals having carried zero points into the main round.

Like the 2011 World Men's Handball Championship, Denmark met Spain in the semi-finals, a match Denmark won 25-24. In the other semi-final, hosting nation Serbia met Croatia, a match Serbia won 26-22.

In a low scoring match, Denmark won their second European Championship title after beating Serbia 21-19 in the final, thus becoming the first handball team ever claiming the European Championship title having carried zero points into the main round.

2013 World Championship[edit]

Despite having disappointed at the 2012 Olympics in London, Denmark was still among the top teams to win the World Champions title. As defending European Champions, Denmark was seated with Russia, Iceland, Macedonia, Qatar and Chile in Group B. Winning all of their matches, they advanced safely to the 16th round where they had to meet Tunisia. Having no problems defeating Tunisia with the score of 30-23, Denmark reached the Quarterfinals where Hungary awaited. After a splendid first half, leading 18-11, the second half was a more close affair, though Denmark managed to win 28-26, reaching the semi-finals for the second consecutive time in this tournament. In the semi-finals, Denmark was seated with Croatia who had beaten the defending World Champions, France, in their semi-final. Though the odds where in favor of Croatia, Denmark played their best match in the 2013 World Championship so far, winning 30-24 and securing their second consecutive World Championship final.

In the final, Denmark was up against hosting nation, Spain. The final became a horrendous game for Denmark, losing with a record-breaking 16 goals, and losing the title for the second time in a row, with Spain declared as winner of the tournament for the second time in history.

2014 European Championship[edit]

As vice world champions, defending European Champions and the advantage of home court, Denmark were among the favorites to win the tournament. They won all of the matches in the preliminary round as well as the main round easily advancing to the semi-finals. Denmark met Croatia in the semi-final. They beat Croatia, 29-27, but lost to the French national team in the finals, losing 41-32. This was the second time in a row, that Denmark lost a Championship, losing to Spain at the 2013 World Championship.

Competitive record[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Olympic Games[edit]

The team did not participate in the 1936 field handball tournament at the Olympics, but lost at the 1952 Olympics in a demonstration match against Sweden.

Games Round Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
Germany 1936 Berlin Did not participate
Not held from 1948 to 1968
West Germany 1972 Munich Match for 13th place 13th of 16 5 2 1 2 78 78 0
Canada 1976 Montreal Match for 7th place 8th of 11 5 2 0 3 113 127 −14
Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Match for 9th place 9th of 12 6 2 0 4 124 124 0
United States 1984 Los Angeles Fourth Place 4th of 12 6 4 0 2 134 122 +12
South Korea 1988 Seoul Did not qualify
Spain 1992 Barcelona
United States 1996 Atlanta
Australia 2000 Sydney
Greece 2004 Athens
China 2008 Beijing Match for 7th place 7th of 12 8 3 2 3 225 211 +14
United Kingdom 2012 London Quarter-finals 6th of 12 6 4 0 2 146 153 −7
Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Not yet qualified
Total 6/12 0 Titles 36 17 3 16 820 815 +5

World Championships[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Germany 1938 Semi Finals 4 3 0 0 3 6 20
Sweden 1954 Fifth place 5 3 1 0 2 44 45
East Germany 1958 Semi Finals 4 6 4 0 2 121 86
West Germany 1961 Fifth place 5 6 4 0 2 92 78
Czechoslovakia 1964 Seventh place 7 6 3 0 3 105 96
Sweden 1967 Runners Up 2 6 4 0 2 107 78
France 1970 Semi Finals 4 6 3 0 3 103 116
East Germany 1974 Second round 8 6 2 0 4 63 78
Denmark 1978 Semi Finals 4 6 4 1 1 114 101
West Germany 1982 Semi Finals 4 7 4 1 2 150 143
Switzerland 1986 Second round 8 7 3 0 4 152 160
Czechoslovakia 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1993 Second round 9 7 2 2 3 145 156
Iceland 1995 Preliminary round 19 5 2 0 3 126 117
Japan 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Egypt 1999 Round of 16 9 6 4 0 2 141 140
France 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Portugal 2003 Second round 9 7 4 0 3 201 193
Tunisia 2005 Preliminary round 13 5 3 0 2 174 117
Germany 2007 Semi Finals 3 10 7 0 3 316 283
Croatia 2009 Semi Finals 4 10 7 0 3 298 258
Sweden 2011 Runners Up 2 10 9 0 1 334 256
Spain 2013 Runners Up 2 9 8 0 1 291 244
Qatar 2015 Quarterfinals 5 9 6 2 1 272 234
Total 21/24 0 Titles 140 84 *6 50 3355 2999
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.

European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Portugal 1994 Fourth place 4 7 3 1 3 150 152
Spain 1996 11th/12th Place 12 6 0 0 6 132 158
Italy 1998 Did not qualify
Croatia 2000 9th/10th Place 10 6 2 0 4 143 153
Sweden 2002 Third place 3 Bronze medal europe.svg 8 6 1 1 212 190
Slovenia 2004 Third place 3 Bronze medal europe.svg 8 6 0 2 240 206
Switzerland 2006 Third place 3 Bronze medal europe.svg 8 5 1 2 249 231
Norway 2008 Champion 1 Gold medal europe.svg 8 7 0 1 233 193
Austria 2010 5th/6th Place 5 7 5 0 2 198 184
Serbia 2012 Champion 1 Gold medal europe.svg 8 6 0 2 216 201
Denmark 2014 Second place 2 Silver medal europe.svg 8 7 0 1 247 222
Poland 2016 Qualified
Total 11/12 2 titles 66 41 3 22 2020 1890
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided in a penalty shootout.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Current squad[edit]

This is the squad for the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship.[1]

Head coach: Iceland Guðmundur Guðmundsson

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Niklas Landin Jacobsen (c) (1988-12-19) 19 December 1988 (age 26) 2.00 m 115 1 Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen
3 RB Mads Christiansen (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 29) 1.94 m 80 161 Denmark Bjerringbro-Silkeborg
5 CB Mads Mensah Larsen (1991-08-12) 12 August 1991 (age 24) 1.88 m 38 79 Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen
6 LW Casper Ulrich Mortensen (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 25) 1.90 m 44 129 Denmark SønderjyskE
7 LW Anders Eggert (1982-05-14) 14 May 1982 (age 33) 1.79 m 127 477 Germany Flensburg-Handewitt
11 CB Rasmus Lauge Schmidt (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 24) 1.93 m 50 70 Germany THW Kiel
13 CB Bo Spellerberg (1979-07-24) 24 July 1979 (age 36) 1.92 m 231 327 Denmark KIF Kolding København
15 P Jesper Nøddesbo (1980-10-23) 23 October 1980 (age 34) 1.99 m 165 350 Spain Barcelona
16 GK Jannick Green (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 25) 1.95 m 45 1 Germany SC Magdeburg
17 RW Lasse Svan Hansen (1983-08-31) 31 August 1983 (age 32) 1.84 m 121 233 Germany Flensburg-Handewitt
18 RW Hans Lindberg (1981-08-01) 1 August 1981 (age 34) 1.88 m 192 545 Germany HSV Hamburg
19 P Rene Toft Hansen (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 30) 2.00 m 85 143 Germany THW Kiel
21 LB Henrik Møllgaard (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 30) 1.96 m 58 116 Denmark Skjern Håndbold
22 RB Kasper Søndergaard (1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 (age 34) 1.92 m 146 330 Denmark Skjern Håndbold
23 P Henrik Toft Hansen (1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 28) 2.00 m 45 89 Germany HSV Hamburg
24 LB Mikkel Hansen (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 27) 1.92 m 119 558 France Paris Saint-Germain
27 LB Michael Damgaard (1990-03-18) 18 March 1990 (age 25) 1.92 m 4 4 Denmark Team Tvis Holstebro

Kit suppliers[edit]

Between 2004 to 2006, Denmark's kits were supplied by Adidas. They were replaced by Puma in 2007 and have since supplied Denmark's kits to today.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mads Rasmussen & Rasmus Quist Hansen
Danish Sports Name of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Lotte Friis