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9 th Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball EURO

B e a c h H a n d b a l l i s a b o u t …

L L O R E T D E M A R 2 0 1 5

European Handball Federation

Beach Handball Commission

October 2015


Contributors

Contributors (con·trib′u·tors, kənˈtrɪbjʊtəs): Persons who

submit material for publication

EDITOR:

George S. BEBETSOS

PHOTOGRAPHS:

Axel HEIMKEN

www.axelheimken.com

TEXTS:

George S. BEBETSOS, Thomas SCHÖNEICH,

Peter FRÖSCHL

GRAPHIC DESIGN - GD ATELIER:

Elina CHRISTOFOROU

www.gdatelier.gr

WEBARTING - INTERNET SERVICES:

Zisis LYROPOULOS

www.webarting.org

Copyright © EHF, 2015. All rights reserved.

Hoffingergasse 18

1120 Vienna

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Tel. # +43-1-80 151 /0

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E-mail: office@eurohandball.com

URL: www.eurohandball.com

Produced: Athens, October 2015


…Table of contents

Contents : (con·tents, kŏn′tĕnt′s): A list of divisions (chapters or articles) and

the pages on which they start

Contributors 3

CHAPTER I.

Introduction

Beach Handball is about… 6

…far from being just some nice holidays! 8

…the President’s message 10

…foreword 12

…the EHF Beach Handball Commission 14

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CHAPTER II.

The Beach Handball EURO

Beach Handball is about… 16

…the Beach Handball EURO history 18

…the venue 22

…teams and athletes 26

…spectacle 60

…moments 70

…officials 108

…triumph and disaster 126

…fans 174

…winners 188


Introduction (in·tro·duc·tion, ĭn′trə-dŭk′shən):

A preliminary part, as of a book, leading up to

the main part


CHAPTER I. ...Book introduction

…Far from being just some nice holidays

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Back in June and July this year Lloret de Mar on Spain’s Costa Brava was the

“place to be” for Europe’s beach handball circus, as the city just north of

Barcelona hosted the ninth edition of the European Championships. Lloret de

Mar? Yes, Lloret which is arguably better known for being a very popular tourist

destination proved that it can also be the home of outstanding sport events!

And no doubt, what the stars of the sport showed on the sandy courts was

nothing short of truly spectacular action. 12 men’s and 14 women’s teams over

six days vied for the prestigious championships plate, and their performance

indicated that for all of them the trip to Lloret was far from being just a nice

holiday adventure. And eventually, after more than 100 matches had been

played in both events, two teams, two true powerhouses of beach handball,

topped the podium. In the men’s event Croatia won for the fourth consecutive

time, while in the women’s event Hungary successfully defended the title they

had won in Randers two years ago.

And Lloret 2015 was not only a hit from the sport’s point of view, but also when

it came to the attention from outside. Spanish sports channel Teledeporte

broadcast the semi-finals and finals with Spanish participation, and the coverage

reached hundreds of thousands. The women's bronze medal match between

Spain and Italy was watched by 244,000, while 226,000 stayed for the

men's final between defending champions Croatia and Spain. A peak had been

reached already the day before when 318,000 people watched the women’s

semi-final between Spain and Norway.

The championships also saw an increase of numbers of people following the

event on social media, which was also partly due to the work of photographer

Axel Heimken. The European Handball Federation had hired the experienced

sports photographer to specifically showcase the sport in the best light possible.

And while some examples of his work were already featured on channels

such as Facebook and Flickr, the full extent can only be found in this exclusive

book.

We hope you will enjoy it!


CHAPTER I. ...Book introduction

…The President’s message

Message (mes·sage, mĕs′ĭj): The points conveyed

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Dear Friends,

Over the past sixteen years, the European Handball Federation and the Beach

Handball Commission have taken the sport of beach handball to new heights.

Since the introduction of the European Championships in 2000, followed by

the ebt Finals in 2004, the youth championships in 2008, and the Champions

Cup in 2014; we have enjoyed countless events in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Germany,

Norway, Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Georgia, Greece, and Portugal. With much

pride, beach handball continues to develop and we continue to be rewarded

with the unremitting growth in popularity is a testament to the engagement of

everyone involved in the sport.

Within the European Handball Federation, the summer belongs to beach handball

and all its activities; and once again Spain was the setting for the 9th edition

of the Men’s and Women’s European Beach Handball Championships.

With the conclusion of the exciting EHF Beach Handball European Championships

and as the winners celebrate, not only their win and the golden championship

plate, but also their automatic entry to the final tournament of the

2016 Beach Handball World Championship, we present to you this event

chronicle.

From 30 June to 5 July, the coastal town of Lloret de Mar played host to the top

men’s and women’s national beach handball teams. Across the six playing days

a total of 127 matches were played across three courts where many examples

of tremendous athleticism was witnessed. We watched as the teams gave their

all in every single match that left thousands of spectators on the edge of their

seats in anticipation. Through the speed of the spectacular actions, we saw

awesome victories and touching defeats; and for a most exciting event, I take

this moment to thank all the participating players for making the 9th European

Beach Handball Championships an event to remember and I seize the opportunity

to extend my gratitude to the Royal Spanish Handball Federation for the

flawless organisation of the championships.

As the sun sets on six glorious days in the town of Lloret de Mar, you are invited

to turn the page and reminisce on the pure enjoyment that was the 2015 Men’s

and Women’s European Beach Handball Championship.

Best wishes,

Jean Brihault

EHF President

October 2015


CHAPTER I. ...Book introduction

…Foreword

Foreword (fore·word, fôr′wərd): An introductory note for a book, by a person other than the author

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They were the ninth European Beach Handball Championships that were

thrown off in Lloret de Mal, last July.

15 years ago, in 2000, the first Beach Handball EURO was staged in Italy and

while we all acknowledge that the sport has come a long way since, I would

like to stress at the same time that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

The Beach Handball EURO is being taken very seriously, and the standards

have also increased. I can see that we have more and more nations joining the

Beach Handball family.

The basics have been laid, we are at a good stage and we are ready to take the

next huge step: The Olympic Games! In one way or the other, more TV coverage

and more sponsors are a quest. If you can generate more money, you can

also develop the sport further.

One of the positive signs in the lead-up to the EURO was the return of several

countries to the sand, and newcomers as well. We will continue to demonstrate

- through strategic planning and support of Europe-wide Beach Handball

events - our continued long-term commitment to the creation of new forms of

competition and quality event infrastructure.

We are a young sport in Europe and in many countries, but we are developing

rather fast. There are more and more events, and in EHF we are working on

some more projects so we can continue to increase the number of teams and

players involved in Beach Handball. We are taking more space on the European

handball map and the future looks rather bright for us!

Our efforts are inspired by the long-term and futuristic vision of the European

Handball Federation in seeking to solidify our sport’s position as a continental

trend, recognizing the importance of partnerships with key handball stakeholders

across the Continent.

Ole R. Jorstad

EHF Executive Committee, member

Beach Handball Commission, Chairman


CHAPTER I. ...Book introduction

…The EHF Beach Handball Commission

Commission (com·mis·sion, kə-mĭsh′ən): The act of granting authority to

undertake certain functions

Marco TRESPIDI (ITA)

Events & Competition

The EHF Beach Handball Commission (BC) regards itself as an initiator of projects in order to develop Beach

Handball as an independent sport discipline within the European Handball family. Furthermore, the BC supports

the National Federations in order to promote Beach Handball in their counties.

The main target: To lay down the foundation to become an Olympic discipline!

Both the EHF Beach Handball Commission and the EHF Office Business Unit Beach

Handball further develop the product “Beach Handball” as well as adapt the relationships to external partners

Peter FRÖSCHL

EHF Office

in Beach Handball – in particular concerning TV and internet live streaming - to the needs of our times regard-

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ing their daily business in order to make the product fit for the market in cooperation with the EHF Technical

Commissions and the EHF Executive Committee.

Ole JORSTAD (NOR)

Chairman

Gabriella HORVATH (HUN)

Officiating

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Nicole RABENSEIFNER

EHF Office

Sinisa OSTOIC (CRO)

Game Design & Coaching

George BEBETSOS (GRE)

Development & Promotion


History (his·to·ry, hĭs′tə-rē): :

A chronological record of events, as of the

development of the sport


CHAPTER I I. ...The Beach Handball EURO History

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…The Beach Handball EURO history

Table of medals

LLORET DE MAR 2015 - The final ranking

The Beach Handball EURO is the official competition for the men’s and

European champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament

women’s national Beach Handball teams of Europe, taking place biannually. for the World Beach Handball Championships and the World Games.

It was first organized by the EHF in 2000. In addition to Croatiawning the

Summary

Men’s tournament

Year

Host

2000 Gaeta, Italy Byelorussia Spain Ukraine

Nation

1 Croatia 6 2 2 10

2 Russia 4 5 3 12

3 Spain 2 2 1 5

4 Hungary 2 1 2 5

5 Germany 1 3 1 5

Place Men Women

1 Croatia Hungary

2 Spain Norway

3 Ukraine Italy

4 Hungary Spain

5 Russia Poland

2002 Cadiz,Spain Spain Russia Byelorussia

6 Italy 1 2 0 3

6 Serbia Netherlands

2004 Alanya, Turkey Russia Germany Turkey

- Ukraine 1 2 0 3

7 Norway Russia

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2006 Cuxhaven, Germany Spain Hungary Turkey

2007 Misano Adriatico, Italy Russia Croatia Hungary

2009 Larvik, Norway Croatia Russia Hungary

8 Byelorussia 1 1 0 2

9 Norway 0 2 2 4

8 Germany Ukraine

9 Poland Croatia

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2011 Umag, Croatia Croatia Russia Spain

10 Denmark 0 2 1 3

10 Denmark Switzerland

2013 Randers, Denmark Croatia Russia Denmark

11 Turkey 0 1 2 3

11 Italy Serbia

2015 Lloret De Mar, Spain Croatia Spain Ukraine

12 Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1

12 Switzerland Sweden

13 Germany

Women’s tournament

Year

Host

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2000 Gaeta, Italy Ukraine Germany Russia

2002 Cadiz, Spain Russia Turkey Yugoslavia

2004 Alanya, Turkey Russia Croatia Germany

2006 Cuxhaven, Germany Germany Russia Croatia

2007 Misano Adriatico, Italy Croatia Germany Norway

2009 Larvik, Norway Italy Norway Croatia

2011 Umag, Croatia Croatia Denmark Italy

2013 Randers, Denmark Hungary Denmark Norway

2015 Lloret De Mar, Spain Hungary Norway Italy


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Beach Handball EURO (2000- 2015, 9 events) – The total participation by National Federations

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Venue (ven·ue, vĕn′yo): The scene or setting

in which something takes place

Photo courtesy: City of Lloret De Mar


CHAPTER III. …The venue

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…The venue

Lloret de Mar, the city

Located in the heart of the Costa Brava, set among beautiful natural surroundings, next to the sea and close to the

mountains, Lloret de Mar is a destination to fall in love with. Nature, culture, fun, idyllic beaches and hidden coves,

concerts, festivals and the best of Mediterranean cuisine are just some of the elements that made Lloret de Mar

the chosen destination for the 2015 Beach Handball EURO.

Sanddance Pool Club, the event site

A place of leisure, fun and sports, located in the town of

Lloret de Mar was the EURO’s competition venue. An enclosure

of 7500 m 2 , offering a new concept of entertainment, a

combination of beach sports and fun.

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Photo courtesy: City of Lloret De Mar

Photo courtesy: City of Lloret De Mar

Photo courtesy: City of Lloret De Mar

Photo courtesy: City of Lloret De Mar

Photo courtesy: City of Lloret De Mar


Teams (tēms): Groups of players forming one of the

sides in a sporting contest

Athletes (ath•lete, ˈæθ lits): Persona trained (or

gifted) in exercises or contests involving physical

agility, coordination, stamina, or strength


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Spectacle (spec·ta·cle, spĕk’tə-kəl):

Athletic performance on a large or lavish scale.


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Moments (mo·ments, mō′mənts): Points in time that

are noteworthy


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Officials (of·fi·cials, ə-fĭsh′əls): Referees or umpires


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Triumph (tri·umph, ˈtrīəmf): A great victory

Disaster (dis·as·ter, dəˈzastər): A calamitous event


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Fans (făns): Ardent devotees; enthusiasts


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Winners (win·ners, wĭn′ərs): The victors in sports


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9 th Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball EURO

B e a c h H a n d b a l l i s a b o u t …

L L O R E T D E M A R 2 0 1 5

European Handball Federation

Beach Handball Commission

October 2015

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