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WOMEN’S EHF EURO GUIDE

4 – 18 DECEMBER 2016 | SWEDEN

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The EHF EURO is a true showcase for the

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cumulative audience of 1.65 billion, aired into

175 countries and territories worldwide by 75

broadcasters. The last womens’ event held in

2014 generated a cumulative TV audience of

723 million.

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EHF EURO 2016 CONTENTS

Forword 5

Contacts 6

Media timetable 9

Media information 11

TV information 13

Venue map 15

Venues 16

Arena and hotel details 17

Officials 18

Referees 20

Legal procedures 23

Match procedures 24

GROUP A 27

Sweden 28

Serbia 34

Spain 40

Slovenia 46

GROUP B 53

Netherlands 54

France 60

Germany 66

Poland 72

GROUP C 79

Montenegro 80

Hungary 86

Denmark 92

Czech Republic 98

EHF EURO history 130

Where next? 131

EHF EURO all-time stats 132

Referee guidelines 137

New technology 138

GROUP D 105

Norway 106

Russia 112

Romania 118

Croatia 124

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EHF EURO 2016 FOREWORD

Dear handball friends,

The wait is over. Four years after the Swedish Handball Federation was awarded

the right to host the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 at the EHF Congress 2012 in

Monaco, the 12 th edition of the European Handball Federation’s flagship women’s

national team event is about to start.

Five host cities have been selected to showcase to tens of thousands of spectators

the very best European women’s handball has to offer: Stockholm, Kristianstad,

Malmö, Helsingborg and Gothenburg, with the latter being the host city for the

final weekend. Following the Women’s EHF EURO 2006 it is the second time that

the event is staged in Sweden.

This championship’s slogan is “Pure Heart. All Hands.” We have seen the

participating teams playing with all their heart to get here, and for the members of

the Swedish Handball Federation and the organising committee it has always been

an “all hands on deck” approach to turn this final tournament into a huge success.

May this slogan come even more to life when the first ball is thrown.

In particular to support the hundreds of journalists working for newspapers and

websites, in radio and television, covering the event, but also for delegates and the

participating teams, the European Handball Federation has produced this guide.

Inside you will not only find valuable contacts and media information (pages 6 and

9) but also – for the first time – a wealth of statistics.

For each team (starting with Sweden on page 28) we publish its EHF EURO

history including qualification, team records featuring information such as biggest

wins, winning streaks, most goals scored in a single game and more as well as

head-to-head statistics for all preliminary round matches.

Based on the teams’ 28-player squad lists submitted to the European Handball

Federation at the end of October, we have selected seven key players and the

coach and feature them with biographical bullet points and an overview of their

personal career achievements. This is supplemented by EHF EURO all-time

statistics (pages 132/133) featuring the current record holders for matches

and goals at Women’s EHF EURO events and information such

as the all-time top scorers in a single match, the biggest wins

and much more.

We hope that this guide provides valuable information to

all those using it. In case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to

contact us. You find our contact details on the back cover of this guide.

We wish you a great time at the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden.

THE EHF EURO TEAM

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EHF EURO 2016 CONTACTS

EHF

MONIKA FLIXEDER

Event Coordinator

VENUE MANAGERS

STOCKHOLM / GOTHENBURG

HANNES MÜLLER

KRISTIANSTAD / GOTHENBURG

ALENKA CUDERMAN

MALMÖ / HELSINGBORG

MARCOS BESTILLEIRO

HELSINGBORG

DORU SIMION

CENTRAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

FRANK STRÖM

CEO

frank.strom@handboll.rf.se +46 70 7301779

STEFAN LÖVGREN

Coordinator

stefan.lovgren@handboll.rf.se +46 70 8118593

EMMA NISSEN

Hospitality & Ceremonies

nissen.emma@gmail.com +46 70 4355184

BENGT MARTINSSON

Tickets

ticket@handball2016.com +46 73 4368568

RALF LUNDBERG

Competition Manager

ralf.lundberg@handboll.rf.se +46 70 6476002

ANDERS WIIAND

Logistics

anders.wiiand@handboll.rf.se +46 76 1466683

LENA RUNSTRÖMER

Security

lena.runstromer@telia.com +46 70 331 01 04

JENNIE CLASSON

Medical issues

jennie.classon@gmail.com +46 76 8939487

BJÖRN ERICSSON

Hotels

ericsson.bjorn@telia.com +46 70 5683584

MATILDA BOSON

flixeder@eurohandball.com

mueller@eurohandball.com

cuderman@eurohandball.com

bestilleiro@eurohandball.com

simion@eurohandball.com

Marketing & Communication

matilda.boson@handball2016.com +46 725 074342

EHF MEDIA

JJ ROWLAND

EHF Media Manager

+43 664 887 36594 rowland@eurohandball.com

THOMAS SCHÖNEICH

Editor-in-chief

VENUE MEDIA MANAGERS

STOCKHOLM / GOTHENBURG

BENEDIKT ANDERES

KRISTIANSTAD

KRISZTINA DEAK

MALMÖ

ANDREW MCSTEEN

HELSINGBORG

GORAN ANTEVSKI

OC MEDIA TEAM

schoeneich@eurohandball.com

swissbeni@icloud.com

kriszta.deak@gmail.com

mcsteen@outlook.com

antevski@gmail.com

DANIEL VANDOR

Media Manager

+46 70 5355517 daniel@bobbybanister.se

LOC VENUE MEDIA MANAGERS

STOCKHOLM LIVIA JAKOBSSON

+46 70 6763399 livia.jakobsson@hammarbyhandboll.se

KRISTIANSTAD PETER MALM

+46 10 4765759 peter.malm@skaneidrotten.se

MALMÖ HANS TORSMAR / JAN PARNERUP

+46 72 1929310 torsmarhans@gmail.com

+46 70 4312629 janparnerup@hotmail.com

HELSINGBORG KOSOVARE MEZINI

+46 73 7349023 kosovaremezini@live.se

GOTHENBURG DANIEL VENDOR

+46 70 5355517 daniel@bobbybanister.se

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EHF EURO 2016 CONTACTS

INFRONT SPORTS & MEDIA

MARTIN ROOS

martin.roos@infrontsports.com

+41 79 824 94 90

TANJA STANIVUKOVIC

tanja.stanivukovic@infrontsports.com

+41 79 414 20 17

MARTINA FREYENMUTH

martina.freyenmuth@infrontsports.com

+41 79 942 53 69

Please put bshandball@infrontsports.com in copy

of all requests

HOST BROADCASTER

JOHAN SPINDLER (Head of Host Broadcast Operations)

johan.spindler@nepgroup.com

+46 (0)70 433 42 30

ANNA STERNER (Project Manager)

anna.sterner@nepgroup.com

+46 70 303 35 26

JENS SCHNEIDER (Lead Technical Manager)

jens.Schneider@nepgroup.com

+46 76 128 76 02

INFRONT / HB VENUE MANAGERS

GOTHENBURG

TANJA STANIVUKOVIC (Infront Venue Manager)

(Main Round and Final Weekend)

tanja.stanivukovic@infrontsports.com

+41 79 414 20 17

MARTINA FREYENMUTH

(Final Weekend)

martina.freyenmuth@infrontsports.com

+41 79 942 53 69

TOMMY BECH (HB Venue Manager)

mediatec@live.se

+46 705 62 02 40

STOCKHOLM

BETTINA VECCHI (Infront Venue Manager)

bettina.vecchi@infrontsports.com

+41 79 280 19 86

ANNA STERNER (HB Venue Manager)

anna.sterner@nepgroup.com

+46 70 303 35 26

KRISTIANSTAD

ESTHER JUNG (Infront Venue Manager)

esther.jung@infrontsports.com

+41 79 475 04 29

PETER KÄCK (HB Venue Manager)

peter@popquiz.se

+46 70 278 74 44

MALMÖ

MARTINKA BÜHLER (Infront Venue Manager)

martinka.buehler@infrontsports.com

+41 79 862 48 82

LARS-OVE HARALDSSON (HB Venue Manager)

lars-ove@telia.com

+46 70 632 23 21

HELSINGBORG

MARTINA FREYENMUTH (Infront Venue Manager)

(Preliminary and Main Round)

martina.freyenmuth@infrontsports.com

+41 79 942 53 69

TANJA STANIVUKOVIC

(Preliminary Round)

tanja.stanivukovic@infrontsports.com

+41 79 414 20 17

JOHAN ÖBERG (HB Venue Manager)

johan@obergnet.com

+46 70 899 58 88

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EHF EURO 2016 MEDIA TIMETABLE

DATE EVENT PLACE TIME

03.12.2016 Team media calls in Groups A & B Stockholm, Kristianstad Timing/location TBC

04.12.2016 Team media calls in Groups C & D Malmö, Helsingborg Timing/location TBC

04.12.2016 EHF EURO media call with Presidents

of EHF, SHF and officials

Media Centre, Hovet Arena,

Stockholm

04.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Hovet Arena,

Stockholm

04.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Kristianstad

Arena, Kristianstad

05.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Malmö

Isstadion, Helsingborg Arena

13:30 hrs

14:00 hrs

17:00 hrs

17:00 hrs

09.12.2016 Team media calls – Group 1 Gothenburg Timing/location TBC

10.12.2016 Team media calls – Group 2 Helsingborg Timing/location TBC

10.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Scandinavium,

Gothenburg

11.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Helsingborg

Arena, Helsingborg

14:45 hrs

14:45 hrs

15.12.2016 Media call (four semi-finalists) Gothenburg Timing/location TBC

16.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Scandinavium,

Gothenburg

14:15 hrs

17.12.2016 EHF Media Day Gothenburg All day/evening

17.12.2016 Media handball tournament Scandinavium, Gothenburg 09:00 – 11:30 hrs

17.12.2016 Media call with all players and coach Fan Zone, Scandinavium,

Gothenburg

17.12.2016 Closing press conference, draw for

2017 Women’s World Championship

Play-off Europe

Presentations from Women’s EHF

EURO 2018 in France and 2017

Women’s World Championship

in Germany

Media Centre, Scandinavium,

Gothenburg

12:00 – 14:00 hrs

14:30 hrs – 15:30 hrs

17.12.2016 Media Get-together Gothenburg From 20:00 hrs

18.12.2016 Photographer briefing Media Centre, Scandinavium,

Gothenburg

14:00 hrs

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EHF EURO 2016 MEDIA INFORMATION

EHF EURO MEDIA CALL

The EHF EURO will open with a media call in Stockholm. The Presidents of the European and Swedish Handball Federations

will be present as will tournament officials. Media representatives will be able to conduct one to one interviews. Additional

requests should be addressed to JJ Rowland, Head of EHF Media and Communications (rowland@eurohandball.com).

TEAM MEDIA CALLS

Players and coaches from the participating teams will be available for one to one interviews for all international media one

day prior to the preliminary and main rounds. A full schedule will be published before the event. A media call involving the

coaches of the four semi-finalists will also take place on 15 December ahead of the semi-final matches.

EHF MEDIA DAY

The traditional EHF Media Day will be held on Saturday, 17 December 2016. Activities during the day will include:

MEDIA HANDBALL TOURNAMENT (09:00-11:30hrs) – A four-team handball tournament will be played on the main court in the

Scandinavium, Gothenburg. Media representatives will be able to register to play during the EHF EURO.

TEAM MEDIA CALLS (12:00-14:00hrs) – Each team (all players and coaching staff) will be available for 30 minutes each.

The event is open to all media representatives and will take place in the Fan Zone in the Scandinavium, Gothenburg.

CLOSING PRESS CONFERENCE (14:30-16:30hrs) – In a change to previous events, the Closing Press Conference will take place on

Saturday. It will be followed by the presentations from the organisers of the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France and the

Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany as well as the draw for the Women’s World Championship 2017 Play-off

Europe. All media representatives are invited to attend and also join the EHF lunch following the event.

ONLINE COVERAGE

Full coverage will be provided on the official website at ehf-euro.com in both English and Swedish. Content will include

news, feature stories, live scores and statistics as well as video reports. Also follow the event on the official app and social

media channels: Facebook (facebook.com/ehfeuro), Twitter (@EHFEURO and @EHF_live), Instagram (@EHFEURO),

YouTube (youtube.com/ehfeuro) and Snapchat (ehf_live).

LIVE STREAMING

All matches will be available live and on-demand via the EHF’s official online TV platform, ehfTV.com, with geo-blocking

applying in certain countries.

ACCREDITATION

Media accreditations can only be collected from the arrival city selected during the online registration process with a valid

photo ID. Accreditation centres will be open two days before the start of the championship.

MEDIA SERVICES

Extensive media information will be provided throughout the event, including: live match statistics, match previews with

head-to-head statistics and flash quotes. All media information will be available in media centres and via the EHF Media

Portal, register at: bit.ly/ehfmediaportal.

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WORLDWIDE APPEAL OF WOMEN’S EHF EURO EVENTS

The Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden will be a worldwide event, with matches being broadcast in more than 150

countries by more than 65 individual broadcasters. The agreements have been brokered by Infront Sports & Media, the

media and marketing partner of the European Handball Federation.

Two years ago, the TV figures for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia reached record heights.

A cumulative audience of 723 million was reached, marking the highest ever result for the championship. The result marked

not only a 90 per cent increase on the 2012 edition in Serbia (380 million), but also significantly topped the previous record

set in 2006 in Sweden (461 million).

In terms of broadcast hours, the 2014 results were equally remarkable. With 1,919 broadcast hours, the women’s tournament

in Hungary and Croatia confirmed its upward trend through an impressive 65 per cent climb of 758 hours compared to

2012. “These extremely positive audience figures underline once again the huge worldwide following that the EHF EURO

events enjoy, whilst at the same time showing us just how popular the women’s game is with TV audiences,” said former EHF

President Jean Brihault following the EHF EURO 2014. “The continued investment by the EHF and our partners Infront in

digital media is also paying dividends, helping us to attract an ever-increasing number of new fans to our sport.”

Further to the matches broadcast by the event’s TV partners, ehfTV, the online TV platform of the European Handball

Federation, will stream all 47 matches live (geo-blocking will apply). ehfTV can be reached at www.ehfTV.com. The streams

will also be available through the designated EHF EURO app which is available on Apple’s App Store as well as in the

Google Play Store.

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EHF EURO 2016 VENUE MAP

NORWAY

STOCKHOLM

SWEDEN

GOTHENBURG

HELSINGBORG

KRISTIANSTAD

DENMARK

MALMÖ

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EHF EURO 2016 VENUES

STOCKHOLM HOVET

Will host Group A matches in the preliminary round.

Capacity: 8,094

KRISTIANSTAD KRISTIANSTAD ARENA

Will host Group B matches in the preliminary round.

Capacity: 4,700

MALMÖ MALMÖ ISSTADION

Will host Group C matches in the preliminary round.

Capacity: 5,800

HELSINGBORG HELSINGBORG ARENA

Will host Group D matches in the preliminary round and

in Main Round Group II. Capacity: 4,700

GOTHENBURG SCANDINAVIUM

Will host matches in Main Round Group I and the final weekend. Capacity: 12,000

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VENUE INFORMATION

STOCKHOLM (GROUP A)

PLAYING ARENA

Hovet Arena

12177 Johanneshov

Sweden

+46 8 600 91 00

www.globearenas.se

KRISTIANSTAD (GROUP B)

PLAYING ARENA

Kristianstad Arena

Västra Storgatan 69

291 54 Kristianstad

Sweden

+46 44 20 23 50

kristianstadarena.se

MALMÖ (GROUP C)

PLAYING ARENA

Malmö Isstadion

Eric Perssons väg

217 62 Malmö

Sweden

+46 708-69 54 70

HELSINGBORG (GROUP D & MAIN ROUND GROUP II)

PLAYING ARENA

TEAM HOTEL (PR & MR)

Helsingborg Arena

Mellersta Stenbocksgatan 14

254 37 Helsingborg

Sweden

+46 42 10 31 60

hbgarena.se

TEAM HOTEL

Scandic Talk Hotel

Mässvägen 2

125 80 Älvsjö

Sweden

+46 8 588 820 00

www.scandichotels.de

TEAM HOTEL

Quality Hotel Grand

Västra Storgatan 15

291 21 Kristianstad

Sweden

+46 44 28 48 00

www.nordicchoicehotels.com

TEAM HOTEL

Scandic Hotel St. Jörgen

Stora Nygatan 35

211 37 Malmö

Sweden

+46 40 693 46 00

www.scandichotels.de

Elite Hotel Marina Plaza

Kungstorget 6

251 10 Helsingborg

Sweden

+46 42 19 21 00

www.elite.se

EHF HOTEL

Quality Hotel Globe

Arenaslingan 7

121 26 Johanneshov

Sweden

+46 8 686 63 00

www.nordicchoicehotels.com

EHF HOTEL

First Hotel Christian IV

Västra Boulevarden 15

291 31 Kristianstad

Sweden

+46 44 20 38 50

www.firsthotels.com

EHF HOTEL

Scandic Hotel Triangeln

Triangeln 2

211 43 Malmö

Sweden

+46 40 693 47 00

www.scandichotels.de

TEAM HOTEL (MR)

Clarion Hotel Grand

Stortorget 8

251 11 Helsingborg

Sweden

+46 42 38 04 00

www.nordicchoicehotels.com

EHF HOTEL

Hotel Mollberg

Stortorget 18

251 14 Helsingborg

Sweden

+46 42 37 37 00

www.elite.se

GOTHENBURG (MAIN ROUND GROUP II & FW)

PLAYING ARENA

TEAM & EHF HOTEL

Scandinavium

Hotel Gothia Towers

Valhallagatan 1

Mässans gata 24

412 51 Gothenburg

402 26 Gothenburg

Schweden

Sweden

+46 31 368 45 00

+46 31 750 88 00

gotevent.se

www.gothiatowers.com

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EHF EURO 2016 OFFICIALS

EHF REPRESENTATIVES*

EHF President

EHF Vice‐President

EHF Competitions Commission Chairman

EHF Methods Commission Chairman

EHF Beach Commission Chairman

EHF EXEC Members

EHF Secretary General

IHF REPRESENTATIVE

* EHF representatives were elected at EHF Congress 2016 (after the print deadline).

EHF DELEGATES

Frantisek Taborsky

CZE

Carmen Manchado

ESP

Gabriella Horvath

HUN

Marco Trespidi

ITA

Rosicza Dimkova

BUL

Margrid Weihe

FAR

Jutta Ehrmann‐Wolf

GER

Arijana Vojic

BIH

Stella Vartanyan

RUS

Tanja Medved

SRB

Monika Hagen

SWE

Zuzana Füleova

SVK

Viktor Konoplyastyi

UKR

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EHF EURO 2016 OFFICIALS

EHF EVENT ORGANISATION

Monika Flixeder

EVENT COORDINATOR

Helmut Höritsch

TECHNICAL SERVICES

Vesna Lazic

GUEST AND HOSPITALITY

Anna Psintrou

LOGISTICS

Loic Alves

LEGAL SERVICES

Marsha Brown

COMMUNICATION

EHF VENUE & MEDIA MANAGEMENT

Hans Holdhaus

ANTI-DOPING UNIT

Hannes Müller

STOCKHOLM

Alenka Cuderman

KRISTIANSTAD

Marcos Bestilleiro

MALMÖ

Doru Simion

HELSINGBORG

JJ Rowland

EHF MEDIA MANAGER

Thomas Schöneich

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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EHF EURO 2016 REFEREES

Dalibor Jurinovic

CRO

Marko Mrvica

CRO

Karina Christiansen

DEN

Line Hesseldal Hansen

DEN

Andreu Marin

ESP

Ignacio Garcia Serradilla

ESP

Peter Horvath

HUN

Balazs Marton

HUN

Viktorija Kijauskaite

LTU

Ausra Zaliene

LTU

Kjersti Arntsen

NOR

Guro Roen

NOR

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EHF EURO 2016 REFEREES

Joanna Brehmer

POL

Agnieszka Skowronek

POL

Diana‐Carmen Florescu

ROU

Anamaria Stoia

ROU

Victoria Alpaidze

RUS

Tatyana Berezkina

RUS

Vanja Antic

SRB

Jelena Jakovljevic

SRB

Peter Brunovsky

SVK

Vladimir Canda

SVK

Mirza Kurtagic

SWE

Matthias Wetterwik

SWE

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LEGAL PROCEDURES

PRESENTATION

At an EHF EURO, the administration of justice is in the hands of two bodies, i.e. the Disciplinary Commission and the Jury.

The Disciplinary Commission constitutes the body of first instance, whose decisions can be appealed to the Jury acting as a

body of second instance. Both instances together may also be referred to as the ad hoc bodies.

COMPOSITION

To rule upon a case, each commission is composed of a Chairman with two members. The members are nominated by the

Chairman on a case by case basis to ensure the independence of the body. For example, if a case arises from a match between

Sweden and Poland, members of the Disciplinary Commission from these two national federations will not be part of the

deciding panel.

COMPETENCE

The ad hoc bodies are competent to settle protests filed by participating teams, cases relating to regulations infringements

and disciplinary situations such as direct disqualifications.

HANDLING

Regardless of the nature of the situations, proceedings are handled following an express procedure to comply with the need

for efficiency and effectiveness inherent to an EHF EURO. For example, to ensure the balance of the competition, decisions

relating to a direct disqualification are rendered before the next match of the player and team concerned.

COMPOSITION OF BODIES

FIRST INSTANCE – DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

Legal Official

Member - nominated by chairperson

Member - nominated by chairperson

Loic Alves – EHF Legal Management

Members Disciplinary Commission (for nomination): Legal Official, Gabriella Horvath (HUN),

Stella Vartanyan (RUS), Marco Trespidi (ITA), Zuzana Füleova (SVK), Monika Hagen (SWE),

Carmen Manchado (ESP), Jutta Ehrmann-Wolf (GER), Tanja Medved (SRB)

SECOND INSTANCE – JURY

Viktor Konopliastyi

Member - nominated by chairperson

Member - nominated by chairperson

Loic Alves – EHF Legal Management

Members Jury (for nomination): Rosicza Dimkova (BUL), Arijana Voijic (BIH), Margrid Weihe (FRA),

members of the Disciplinary Commission if not involved in first instance proceedings or biased.

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MATCH PROCEDURES

The run down/time-line of the 10-minute pre-match procedure has been defined as follows with small adaptations due to

the agreed-upon length of the national anthems played:

-10:30 Fair play announcement by team captains in native language (on screens) *

-09:45 Flag mascots, referees, teams ready at the entry meeting point

Player escorts form tunnel

-09:30 Start of the ECh flag presentation by 4 flag presenting children (marching in the same way as the players through

the player’s escorts corridor, turn at the centre heading the judges’ table and stop there 5 metres in front of it with

the front children kneeling down)

-09:00 Line-up of Team A

-08:30 Line-up of Team B

-08:00 Introduction of team A – players and officials

-06:30 Introduction of team B – players and officials

-05:00 Introduction of the referees, EHF officials START OF THE TV-TRANSMISSION

Graphics: location, teams, logos,

flags, ranking group A+B

(Please note these timings are subject to change).

IMPORTANT NATIONAL ANTHEMS START ON TIME DUE TO TV TRANSMISSION

-04:00 National anthem of team A presentation players, coach

(mascot team A steps forward, turns 90 degrees to

his/her team presenting the national flag of team A)

-02:45 National anthem of team B presentation players, coach

(mascot team B steps forward, turns 90 degrees to

his/her team presenting the national flag of team B)

-01:30 Final match preparations of the teams presentation referees

00:00 Throw-off/Order by EHF Supervisor score and clock

* Prior to each match the following “Fair play“ text will be announced in the native language

via video screens with subtitles in English:

Dear ladies and gentlemen, Dear spectators,

In the spirit of fairness and with respect to all athletes, officials and referees we kindly

ask you, the spectators, to support your team in a fair manner and to create a positive

atmosphere for handball.

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MATCH PROCEDURES

PRE-MATCH PROCEDURE

Action 4

Action 5

Action 7

Action 3

Action 7

Action 2

Action 8

Action 2

Action 10

Action 9

Action 10

Action 8

X

Team A/B

Team B/A

POST-MATCH PROCEDURE

Action 1

Action 2 Action 2

Action 4

Action 3 Action 3

SHAKE HANDS

The teams will shake hands with each other once again

and line up at the end of the match. This will be carried-out

in an informal way.

BEST PLAYER AWARD

After each game the “Best Player” will be awarded by

the EHF. The procedure of handing over of the award is

carried out by the EHF Representative in cooperation with

a nominated LOC Representative. There will be only one

player awarded at every game.

FLASH ZONE / MIXED ZONE

Players are available for TV flash interviews for the TV

stations, which have purchased the rights, in the “Flash Zone”.

Other interviews of players or coaches for non-rights holders

or written media shall take place in the “Mixed Zone”.

POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

15 minutes after the end of each match an official press

conference will be carried-out. The head coach of the team

together with one key player will take part. The head coach

shall be accompanied by two key players in the semi–finals

and final for the post-match press conference.

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TEAM MOTIVATION

Møbelringen was founded in 1985, and since then we have grown to 77 shops well spread

all over the country. Møbelringen seeks to emerge as the leading specialist trade within

furniture in Norway. We strive to provide good service, have friendly stores, and give good

professional guidance to our customers. Møbelringen keeps a focus on

Norwegian brands, and this is reflected in our products and marketing. In addition, we

have furniture also from exciting foreign quality vendors.

Møbelringen is official sponsor and one of the largest partners to the Norwegian Handball

Federation. For 18 years, we have given the name to the Handball girls tournament

Møbelringen Cup. We use our sponsorhip as a guidens to motivate each other as a team.

OFFICIAL

SPONSOR

Foto: NHF/Svein Andre Svendsen


STOCKHOLM HOVET

GROUP A

SWEDEN

SERBIA

SPAIN

SLOVENIA

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SWEDEN

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP A

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2010

2014

TEAM PROFILE

Sweden have two medals from Women’s EHF EURO events to date: a silver won

in 2010 and a bronze won in 2014, and chances as well as hopes are there that the

Women’s EHF EURO 2016 on home ground is the opportunity to complete the

set and win gold.

Sweden are led by the inspirational Isabelle Gullden, the MVP of the Women’s

EHF EURO 2014. The back court ace plays for CSM Bucuresti in Romania.

In the 2015/16 season she not only won the Women’s EHF Champions League

but also became the competition’s top scorer with 108 goals. From the bench the

team will be guided by Henrik Signell who took over as head coach in May 2016.

At the two most recent major tournaments, Sweden played reasonably successful

preliminary rounds, but faltered twice when it came to the first knockout match.

At the World Championship 2015 they had placed second in their group but lost

the Last 16 match to Denmark 26:19; at the 2016 Olympic Games they came third

in their group but had no chance in the quarter-final against Norway, losing 33:20.

MEDIA CONTACT

DANIEL VANDOR

+46 705 355 517

daniel@bobbybannister.se

www.svenskhandboll.se

SOCIAL MEDIA

handbollslandslaget

@hlandslaget

handbollslandslaget

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

Directly qualified as hosts.

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Hovet,

Stockholm

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 18:00 hrs Sweden vs Spain

6 December 20:45 hrs Slovenia vs Sweden

8 December 20:45 hrs Sweden vs Serbia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 5 0 1 166:109 +57 10:2 2nd Group 4

1994 Runners-Up 2 1 0 1 38:37 +1 2:2 Won vs. LTU

1994 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 134:145 –11 6:6 7th Place

1996 Qualification 6 5 0 1 133:104 +29 10:2 2nd Group 4

1996 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 142:171 –29 4:8 8th Place

1998 Qualification 6 2 1 3 124:132 -8 5:7 4th Group 5

2000 Qualification 2 1 0 1 54:49 +5 2:2 Won vs. POR

2000 Play-off 2 0 0 2 54:62 -8 0:4 Lost vs. AUT

2002 Play-off 2 2 0 0 57:44 +13 4:0 Won vs. BUL

2002 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 79:94 –15 0:6 15th Place

2004 Play-off 2 1 1 0 55:45 +10 3:1 Won vs. SUI

2004 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 68:81 –13 0:6 14th Place

2006 EHF EURO 7 3 0 4 156:170 –14 6:8 6th Place

2008 Play-off 2 2 0 0 54:44 +10 4:0 Won vs. CZE

2008 EHF EURO 6 2 2 2 134:135 -1 6:6 9th Place

2010 Qualification 6 4 0 2 167:128 +39 8:4 2nd Group 2

2010 EHF EURO 8 6 0 2 199:176 +23 12:4 Runners-up

2012 Qualification 2 6 5 1 0 182:131 +51 11:1 1st Group 5

2012 EHF EURO 6 3 1 2 153:142 +11 7:5 8th Place

2014 Qualification 6 4 2 0 173:134 +39 10:2 1st Group 5

2014 EHF EURO 8 5 1 2 238:220 +18 11:5 3rd Place

Total Qualification 42 28 3 11 1084:885 +199 59:25

Total EHF EURO 53 24 4 25 1303:1334 -31 52:54

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SWEDEN

PROFILES

FILIPPA IDEHN

goalkeeper

• Became famous during the EHF EURO 2014 for playing in shorts

• Shares the position mostly with her former Sävehof teammate Johanna Bundsen

• Was Swedish champion three times with IK Sävehof. She now plays for Danish side Esbjerg

in her second season and became Danish champion in 2016

• Is the only goalkeeper of Sweden’s EHF EURO squad, who has scored a goal (twice)

EURO: B 2014

LOUISE SAND

left wing

@filippai

filippaidehn

• Was awarded best left wing in the All-star Team of the U20 World Championship 2012,

when she won gold

• Had her debut in the Swedish women’s team in the same year

• At 1.64 metres she is the smallest player in the Swedish EHF EURO squad

• Joined IK Sävehof at the age of 17 and took five Swedish league titles so far

EURO: B 2014

JENNY ALM

left back

• Had her debut for the Swedish national team in 2010; her first major tournament was the

World Championship 2011 in Brazil

• Started playing handball at five years old for Kroppskultur in Uddevalla. Then started her

professional career at IK Sävehof in 2011, becoming Swedish champion four times straight

• Joined Danish side Esbjerg in the summer of 2015 and became Danish champion in her first season

• Also worked in marketing for Sävehof and in its handball school

EURO: B 2014

ISABELLE GULLDEN

centre back

louisand

jeenyalm

• Was top scorer in the Women’s EHF FINAL4 2016 in Budapest, when she scored 15 goals in

the final for CSM Bucuresti against Györ and was CL top scorer in the 2015/16 season

• 2012 and 2014 Swedish Player of the Year; MVP and top scorer (58 goals) of the EHF EURO 2014

• Her uncle, Christer, was an Olympic wrestler, who came close to winning bronze

• Her boyfriend is Swedish goalkeeper, Linus Persson, who plays in CSM’s men’s team

EURO: S 2010, B 2014

EC trophies: CL: 2016; Cup Winners’ Cup: 2014

@Bellagullden

bellagullen

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SABINA JACOBSEN

right back

• Had been awarded best defender at EHF EURO 2014

• Is the core player for the Swedish middle block

• In attack, she shares the position with Ida Oden

• As many other Swedish national team players joined a Danish club, moving from Lugi HF

first to Randers HK and then to FC Midtjylland

EURO: S 2010, B 2014

EC trophies: Cup Winners’ Cup: 2015

sabinajacobsen

NATHALIE HAGMAN

right wing

• Was the youngest ever debutant in the Swedish women’s team at the age of 17

• Was awarded Player of the Year in Sweden and Denmark in 2016 and All-star right wing at

the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

• Scored an overall of 23 goals in the two EHF Cup Final matches 2016 for her former club Team

Tvis Holstebro and led the Danish side to their second straight EHF club competition trophy

• Now playing for NFH - Nykøbing Falster Håndboldklub

EURO: S 2010, B 2014

EC trophies: EHF Cup: 2016, Cup Winners’ Cup: 2015

@NathalieHagman

hagman

LINN BLOHM

line player

• Won the gold medals at the U18 World Championship 2010 and the U20 World

Championship 2012

• Is part of the women’s national team since 2012

• Played for IK Sävehof for six years until 2014 before she joined Team Tvis Holstebro.

She now plays for Danish runners-up FC Midtjylland since the summer of 2016

• Was left back, before she made a change to the line player position in 2010

EURO: B 2014

EC trophies: Cup Winners’ Cup: 2016; EHF Cup: 2015

@BlohmLinn

blohmlinn

HENRIK SIGNELL

coach

• Was coaching IK Sävehof for eleven years before he was appointed as national coach in May

and he still coaches the Swedish champions and EHF CL participants

• He has coached most of the national players at Sävehof

• He took over from Tomas Sivertsson and Helle Thomsen, who had been coaching the team

before in different combinations

• Between 2010 and 2012 he was also in charge of the Finnish women’s national team

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SWEDEN

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Linnea TORSTENSON 35 2006-2014

Kristina FLOGNMAN 32 2002-2012

Isabelle GULLDEN 28 2008-2014

Matilda BOSON 26 2002-2010

Jessica HELLEBERG 22 2010-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Linnea TORSTENSON 139 2006-2014

Isabelle GULLDEN 131 2008-2014

Matilda BOSON 71 2002-2010

Asa ERIKSSON 71 1994-1996, 2002-2004

Caroline Cecilia (Lina) ROSENBERG (OLSSON) 58* 1994-1996

*Caroline Cecilia (Lina) ROSENBERG (OLSSON) scored also 36 goals for Norway (2002)

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 24:10 (11:5) vs. Austria @ Ohrid MKD, 04.12.2008

Biggest defeat: 13:30 (6:13) vs. Denmark @ Brøndby/Sjælland DEN, 06.12.1996

Longest winning run: 4 matches (07.12.2010 – 12.12.2010)

Longest unbeaten run: 6 matches (13.12.2012 - 16.12.2014)

Longest losing run: 8 matches (11.12.1996 – 12.12.2004)

Longest run without win: 8 matches (11.12.1996 – 12.12.2004)

Current run: W1 (21.12.2014)

Most goals: 39 vs. Germany 39:32W @ Varaždin CRO, 12.12.2014

Most goals opponent: 33 vs. Austria 26:33L @ Helsinge/Sjælland DEN, 08.12.2002

33 vs. Germany 22:33L @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

Most goals both teams: 71 vs. Germany 39:32W @ Varaždin CRO, 12.12.2014

Fewest goals: 13 vs. Denmark 13:30L @ Brøndby/Sjælland DEN, 06.12.1996

Fewest goals opponent: 10 vs. Austria 24:10W @ Ohrid MKD, 04.12.2008

Fewest goals both teams: 34 vs. Austria 24:10W @ Ohrid MKD, 04.12.2008

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

SWE VS ESP MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

25.04.1997 Stockholm SWE ESP-SWE WCh-Qual. – Group 1 23:23 (11:10)

27.04.1997 Stockholm SWE SWE-ESP WCh-Qual. – Group 1 19:19 (08:09)

05.12.2001 Merano – Meran ITA ESP-SWE WCh – Group B 24:27 (13:13)

13.12.2006 Stockholm SWE SWE-ESP ECh – MR-Group II 24:19 (10:10)

03.08.2012 London GBR ESP-SWE OG – Group B 25:24 (11:10)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 6 190 2 1 167

EURO matches 1 1 24 0 0 19

SLO VS SWE MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

20.10.2011 Skövde SWE SWE-SLO ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 5 27:20 (15:10)

31.05.2012 Velenje SLO SLO-SWE ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 5 23:26 (10:15)

23.10.2013 Helsingborg SWE SWE-SLO ECh-Qual. – Group 5 30:25 (16:12)

11.06.2014 Ljubljana SLO SLO-SWE ECh-Qual. – Group 5 27:34 (14:17)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 4 0 95 0 4 117

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

SWE VS SRB MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

10.12.2012 Beograd SRB SRB-SWE ECh – MR-Group I 23:23 (13:14)

27.03.2014 Kragujevac SRB SRB-SWE ECh-Qual. – Group 5 25:25 (14:14)

30.03.2014 Kristianstad SWE SWE-SRB ECh-Qual. – Group 5 18:18 (09:10)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 3 0 66 3 0 66

EURO matches 1 0 23 1 0 23

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SERBIA

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP A

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2013

TEAM PROFILE

It was not long ago that Serbian women’s handball was reasonably close to being

the world’s benchmark. At the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 the team came fourth

and one year later they won silver at the World Championship 2013 - both events

took place in Serbia.

However, ever since there have been more downs than ups. At the Women’s EHF

EURO 2014 they were knocked out after the preliminary round, the Women’s

World Championship 2015 they even missed out on initially and were only

allowed to participate because of a wild card granted to them by the International

Handball Federation.

Former key players like Andrea Lekic and Dragana Cvijic have stopped playing

internationally, so it is up to younger generation of players to bring the team back

to the top. The qualification for the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 might have been

the first sign of this. After six rounds of matches Serbia topped their group with

five wins and one draw ahead of the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Italy.

MEDIA CONTACT

ZIVOTA BOGDANOVIC

press@rss.org.rs

www.rss.org.rs

SOCIAL MEDIA

rssrbije

@rssrbije

rukometnisavez

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Serbia 6 5 1 0 191:141 50 11

Czech Republic 6 4 1 1 170:142 28 9

Ukraine 6 2 0 4 174:162 12 4

Italy 6 0 0 6 113:203 -90 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Hovet,

Stockholm

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 15:15 hrs Serbia vs Slovenia

6 December 18:30 hrs Spain vs Serbia

8 December 20:45 hrs Sweden vs Serbia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

2006 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 77:92 –15 0:6 14th Place

2008 Play-off 2 1 0 1 54:52 +2 2:2 Won vs. NED

2008 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 87:93 -6 0:6 13th Place

2010 Qualification 6 4 0 2 179:142 +37 8:4 2nd Group 5

2010 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 71:91 –20 0:6 14th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 179:131 +48 10:2 2nd Group 2

2012 EHF EURO 8 4 1 3 213:209 +4 9:7 4th Place

2014 Qualification 6 3 2 1 156:140 +16 8:4 2nd Group 5

2014 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 68:89 –21 0:6 15th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 5 1 0 191:141 +50 11:1 1st Group 2

Total Qualification 26 18 3 5 759:606 +153 39:13

Total EHF EURO 20 4 1 15 516:574 -58 9:31

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SERBIA

PROFILES

JOVANA RISOVIC

goalkeeper

• Is the successor of Katarina Tomasevic, who currently is on maternity leave

• Was awarded best goalkeeper at the 2012 U20 World Championship

• Transferred to Randers HK last season, before she played for Serbian top side

WHC Radnicki Kragujevac

• Was bronze medallist at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, Korea

WCh: S 2013

SANJA RADOSAVLJEVIC

left wing

zmajce16

• Will play her second major tournament after the World Championship 2015 at the EHF EURO 2016

• Is a classical counter-attack expert

• Is teammate of former World Handball Player of the Year, Alexandra do Nascimento,

at her current club Vac in Hungary

• Before this she had been playing for WHC Radnicki Kragujevac

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JOVANA STOILJKOVIC

left back

• Played her first major tournament at the successful EHF EURO 2012 on home court,

when Serbia made it to the semi-final

• Is the successor of the famous Sanja Damnjanovic in the left back position, who has retired

from the national team

• Plays in France since 2012, first two seasons at HAC Handball (Le Havre), now at EHF Cup

participants Nantes Loire Atlantique HB

WCh: S 2013

KRISTINA LISCEVIC

centre back

• At 27, she is the third oldest player in the rejuvenated Serbian EHF EURO squad

• Had been playing in FYR Macedonia, Hungary and France, before she made it to Russia,

first to Astrakhanochka, now playing at Kuban Krasnodar

• Is the only non-Russian player at Kuban, where her club coach is legendary and Rio Olympic

gold medallist Evgeny Trefilov

• Her younger brother Zlatko is a professional football player

WCh: S 2013

kiki.liscevic71

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JELENA LAVKO

right back

• Before her marriage this year, she was known as Jelena Zivkovic

• Has been part of the Serbian national team since 2009 and had her debut at the age of 18

• She played for FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN), Buducnost (MNE), HC Podravka Vegeta

(CRO), SC Municipal Craiova (ROU) and now in Alba Fehérvár KC (HUN)

• At 1.84 metres she is the second tallest player of the Serbian EURO squad

WCh: S 2013

KATARINA KRPEZ SLEZAK

right wing

• Is the team captain of the Serbian team since last year

• Is the only player of the current squad with more than 100 international caps

• Was one of the best right wings at the successful World Championship 2013 on home court

• On club level she had played for several Serbian clubs, Metalurg Skopje (MKD),

RK Krim (SLO), before she transferred to her current side Erd in Hungary in 2014

• Was a CL semi-finalist in the 2012/13 season with RK Krim

WCh: S 2013

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SLADJANA POP-LAZIC

line player

• Was one of the rising Serbian stars at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, sharing the position with

Dragana Cvijic

• Missed the World Championship 2013 on home court due to an injury

• Plays for French clubs since 2012, first for ES Besancon, and since 2015 for French champions

and EHF Champions League participants Metz Handball

• Was awarded best line player of the French league in the 2015/16 season

@Sladjanapop

sladjanapoplazic

DRAGICA DJURIC

coach

• Was appointed coach of the Serbian team during the EHF EURO 2016 Qualification in February

• Took over from Sasa Boskovic, who steered the team to silver at the World Championship 2013

and into the semi-final of the EHF EURO 2012 – both on home court

• Was the goalkeeping coach for the Serbian team and also the team manager before

• As a player (goalkeeper) both wore the jersey of Yugoslavia and Serbia-Montenegro and had

two Olympic participations as a player, including winning gold in Los Angeles in 1984

OG: G 1984

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SERBIA

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Sanja DAMNJANOVIC 20 2006-2014

Andrea LEKIC 20 2006-2014

Katarina KRPEZ SLEZAK 17 2008-2014

Sanja RAJOVIC 17 2008-2014

Katarina TOMASEVIC 17 2008-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Andrea LEKIC 94 2006-2014

Sanja DAMNJANOVIC 55 2006-2014

Svetlana OGNJENOVIC 45* 2008, 2012

Sanja RAJOVIC 33 2008-2014

Biljana BANDELIER (FILIPOVIC) 32 2012-2014

*Svetlana OGNJENOVIC scored also 16 goals for Serbia and Montenegro (2004)

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 28:24 (12:15) vs. Czech Republic @ Beograd SRB, 08.12.2012

Biggest defeat: 28:40 (14:20) vs. Romania @ Aalborg DEN, 11.12.2010

Longest winning run: 2 matches (06.12.2012 – 08.12.2012; 11.12.2012 – 13.12.2012)

Longest unbeaten run: 5 matches (06.12.2012 – 13.12.2012)

Longest losing run: 10 matches (07.12.2006 – 04.12.2012)

Longest run without win: 10 matches (07.12.2006 – 04.12.2012)

Current run: L5 (15.12.2012 – 12.12.2014)

Most goals: 38 vs. Hungary 38:41L aet @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

Most goals opponent: 41 vs. Hungary 38:41L aet @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

Most goals both teams: 79 vs. Hungary 38:41L aet @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

Fewest goals: 16 vs. France 16:27L @ Osijek CRO, 10.12.2014

Fewest goals opponent: 17 vs. France 18:17W @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

Fewest goals both teams: 35 vs. France 18:17W @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

SRB VS SLO MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

27.10.2013 Ljubljana SLO SLO-SRB ECh-Qual. – Group 5 31:26 (16:12)

15.06.2014 Niš SRB SRB-SLO ECh-Qual. – Group 5 32:25 (18:15)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 2 1 58 0 1 56

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

ESP VS SRB MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

31.03.2010 Zaječar SRB SRB-ESP ECh-Qual. – Group 5 20:21 (10:12)

04.04.2010 Estella-Lizarra ESP ESP-SRB ECh-Qual. – Group 5 29:25 (15:12)

09.12.2010 Aalborg DEN SRB-ESP ECh – Group A 23:26 (09:14)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 3 3 76 0 0 68

EURO matches 1 1 26 0 0 23

SWE VS SRB MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

10.12.2012 Beograd SRB SRB-SWE ECh – MR-Group I 23:23 (13:14)

27.03.2014 Kragujevac SRB SRB-SWE ECh-Qual. – Group 5 25:25 (14:14)

30.03.2014 Kristianstad SWE SWE-SRB ECh-Qual. – Group 5 18:18 (09:10)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 3 0 66 3 0 66

EURO matches 1 0 23 1 0 23

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SPAIN

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP A

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2008, 2014

OLYMPIC GAMES

2012

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2011

TEAM PROFILE

The ‘guerreras’ were the big surprise of the EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary

and Croatia as they made it all the way to the final which they, however, lost

to Norway. In the semi-final they dethroned defending champions Montenegro

which was like late revenge for the semi-final defeat they had against Montenegro

at the Olympic Games 2012.

The Women’s World Championship 2015 was not the most successful tournament

for Spain; a third place in the preliminary round was followed by an early exit in

the Last 16 at the hands of France. And it was no different at the Olympic Games

2016 either, as the team finished third after the preliminary round only to lose to

eventual silver medallists France in the quarter-final.

However, Jorge Duenas and his team have shown in the past that willpower is

one of their stronger assets and they will for sure be at their best come the EHF

EURO 2016 despite the absence of stalwart Eli Pinedo who retired after the 2016

Olympics. In qualification for the final tournament Spain placed second behind

the Netherlands, but ahead of Austria and Bulgaria.

MEDIA CONTACT

JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ

+34 61 644 82 43

prensaycomunicacion@rfebm.com

www.rfebm.com

SOCIAL MEDIA

RFEBalonmano

@RFEBalonmano

rfebalonmano

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Netherlands 6 5 0 1 216:140 76 10

Spain 6 5 0 1 192:126 66 10

Austria 6 2 0 4 160:171 -11 4

Bulgaria 6 0 0 6 112:243 -131 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Hovet,

Stockholm

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 18:00 hrs Sweden vs Spain

6 December 18:30 hrs Spain vs Serbia

8 December 18:30 hrs Spain vs Slovenia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 3 0 3 96:111 –15 6:6 3rd Group 6

1996 Pre-Qualification 4 4 0 0 111:67 +44 8:0 1st Group A

1996 Qualification 6 2 0 4 100:105 -5 4:8 4th Group 1

1998 Pre-Qualification 4 4 0 0 105:59 +46 8:0 1st Group C

1998 Qualification 6 4 0 2 141:118 +23 8:4 2nd Group 3

1998 EHF EURO 6 0 1 5 132:154 –22 1:11 12th Place

2000 Play-off 2 1 0 1 53:53 0 2:2 Lost vs. RUS

2002 Play-off 2 2 0 0 60:42 +18 4:0 Won vs. TUR

2002 EHF EURO 3 0 2 1 76:80 -4 2:4 13th Place

2004 Play-off 2 2 0 0 62:57 +5 4:0 Won vs. POL

2004 EHF EURO 7 3 0 4 185:193 -8 6:8 8th Place

2006 Play-off 2 1 0 1 51:49 +2 2:2 Won vs. CZE

2006 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 150:149 +1 6:6 9th Place

2008 Play-off 2 1 1 0 54:49 +5 3:1 Won vs. LTU

2008 EHF EURO 8 4 2 2 199:197 +2 10:6 Runners-up

2010 Qualification 6 6 0 0 181:128 +53 12:0 1st Group 5

2010 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 143:142 +1 4:8 11th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 153:132 +21 8:4 2nd Group 7

2012 EHF EURO 6 2 1 3 153:156 -3 5:7 11th Place

2014 Qualification 6 5 0 1 160:106 +54 10:2 1st Group 4

2014 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 200:191 +9 10:6 Runners-up

2016 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 192:126 +66 10:2 2nd Group 3

Total Qualification 60 44 1 15 1519:1202 +317 89:31

Total EHF EURO 50 19 6 25 1238:1262 -24 44:56

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SPAIN

PROFILES

SILVIA NAVARRO

goalkeeper

• Her star rose at the World Championship 2011 in Brazil, when she was the key for Spain’s

first WCh medal

• In the same year, she was CL finalist with Itxako

• At 37, she is the oldest player of the current Spanish squad

• Had played only one year abroad at Oltchim Valcea (Romania), before she returned

to Spanish club Remudas (Gran Canaria) in 2013

OG: B 2012; EURO: S 2014; WCh: B 2011

EC trophies: EHF Cup: 2009; Challenge Cup: 2016

NAIARA EGOZKUE

left wing

• Had started her international career quite late and played her first major tournament at

the World Championship 2013 in Serbia

• From 2004 to 2012 she was contracted by Itxako and was CL finalist in 2011. For two seasons,

she then played for German side Bayer Leverkusen. In 2014 she returned to Spain where she

currently plays for Bm. Zuazo

• In the Spanish team she is a cornerstone of their defence

EURO S 2014

EC trophies: EHF Cup: 2009

ALEXANDRINA BARBOSA

left back

• Born in Portugal, she got her Spanish citizenship in 2012 after playing for Spanish clubs

for a long time

• Has the highest scoring efficiency among all Spanish NT players, with more than 350

goals in 75 matches

• From 2003 until now, she has played for Champions League clubs every season. She joined

Russian powerhouse Rostov-Don this summer

• Her biggest success on club level was the CL final in 2011 with Itxako

EURO S 2014

MACARENA AGUILAR

centre back

@SilviNavarro16

@naiegozkue

naiegozkue

@ShandyBarbosa86

• Will take the huge responsibility in the ‘Guerreras’ team, as Marta Mangue currently is on

maternity leave

• Has scored more than 600 goals in more than 225 international matches

• Is more a classical playmaker than a shooter

• Played for five different clubs in the previous four years: Itxako, Randers, Györ, Rostov, Siofok -

after the Olympic Games she joined German champions Thüringer HC

OG: B 2012; EURO: S 2008, S 2014; WCh: B 2011

@makaguilar_10

makaguilar_10

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NEREA PENA

left back

• Started her career in the Itxako youth academy and played for this club until 2012. In 2011

she reached the Women’s EHF Champions League Final

• Was in the All-star Team as left back at the EHF EURO 2010

• Since 2012, she has played for the Hungarian runners-up FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria and -

despite several knee injuries - is a cornerstone of their attacking play

• Missed the 2012 Olympic Games due to an injury

EURO: S 2014; WCh: B 2011

EC trophies: EHF Cup 2009

@nereitxu25

nereitxu25

CARMEN MARTIN

right wing

• Best right wing of the EHF EURO 2014 and All-star Team right wing at the World

Championship 2011 in Brazil

• Counter attack and penalty expert of the Spanish team

• Since 2014 she has been at current Women’s EHF Champions League winners CSM Bucuresti

• Loves drama movies, her favourite being “The Notebook”

OG: B 2012; EURO: S 2008, S 2014; WCh: B 2011

EC trophies: CL: 2016

@caramel_88

Carmen_martin4

ELIZABET CHAVEZ

line player

• Is at 1.92 metres the tallest player in the Spanish squad

• Started her career as back court player, but became a line player and defence expert under

Jorge Duenas

• Had her first international appearances at the successful EHF EURO 2008

• After playing for Sagunto, she went to France, where she first played for Nice and since 2015

for Fleury Loiret Handball

• Will play her fifth EURO at the age of 26

EURO: S 2008, S 2014; WCh: B 2011

JORGE DUENAS

coach

@elichavez14

elichavez_14

• Took over the Spanish team in October 2007 and is the mastermind behind all successes

of the ‘Guerreras’, leading them to all the medals they have ever achieved

• Was a first league player in several clubs from 1981 to 1994

• Is currently steering the team through a major transition

• Will be at the helm of Spain for the fifth consecutive EHF EURO event

OG: B 2012; EURO: S 2008, S 2014; WCh: B 2011

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SPAIN

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Marta Elisabet MANGUE GONZALEZ 44 2002-2014

Macarena AGUILAR DIAZ 41 2004-2014

Begona FERNANDEZ MOLINOS 33 2004-2012

Veronica CUADRADO DEHESA 28 2002-2004, 2008-2012

Beatriz FERNANDEZ IBANEZ 28 2008-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Marta Elisabet MANGUE GONZALEZ 168 2002-2014

Carmen Dolores MARTIN BERENGUER 116 2008-2014

Nerea PENA ABAURREA 83 2010-2014

Macarena AGUILAR DIAZ 76 2004-2014

Begona FERNANDEZ MOLINOS 67 2004-2012

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 26:16 (11:9) vs. The Netherlands @ Malmö SWE, 07.12.2006

Biggest defeat: 21:34 (12:13) vs. Norway @ Skopje MKD, 14.12.2008

Longest winning run: 3 matches (07.12.2014 - 11.12.2014)

Longest unbeaten run: 4 matches (03.12.2008 – 09.12.2008)

Longest losing run: 4 matches (11.12.1998 – 16.12.1998)

Longest run without win: 9 matches (11.12.1998 – 08.12.2002)

Current run: L1 (21.12.2014)

Most goals: 32 vs. Serbia and Montenegro 32:29W @ Győr HUN, 14.12.2004

32 vs. Germany 32:29W @ Skopje MKD, 13.12.2008

Most goals opponent: 37 vs. Romania 28:37L @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

Most goals both teams: 65 vs. Romania 28:37L @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

Fewest goals: 15 vs. Poland 15:20L @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 11.12.1998

Fewest goals opponent: 16 vs. The Netherlands 26:16W @ Malmö SWE, 07.12.2006

Fewest goals both teams: 35 vs. Poland 15:20L @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 11.12.1998

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

SWE VS ESP MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

25.04.1997 Stockholm SWE ESP-SWE WCh-Qual. – Group 1 23:23 (11:10)

27.04.1997 Stockholm SWE SWE-ESP WCh-Qual. – Group 1 19:19 (08:09)

05.12.2001 Merano – Meran ITA ESP-SWE WCh – Group B 24:27 (13:13)

13.12.2006 Stockholm SWE SWE-ESP ECh – MR-Group II 24:19 (10:10)

03.08.2012 London GBR ESP-SWE OG – Group B 25:24 (11:10)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 6 190 2 1 167

EURO matches 1 1 24 0 0 19

ESP VS SRB MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

31.03.2010 Zaječar SRB SRB-ESP ECh-Qual. – Group 5 20:21 (10:12)

04.04.2010 Estella-Lizarra ESP ESP-SRB ECh-Qual. – Group 5 29:25 (15:12)

09.12.2010 Aalborg DEN SRB-ESP ECh – Group A 23:26 (09:14)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 3 3 76 0 0 68

EURO matches 1 1 26 0 0 23

ESP VS SLO MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

15.12.2004 Győr HUN ESP-SLO ECh – MR-Group I 30:28 (12:16)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 1 1 30 0 0 28

EURO matches 1 1 30 0 0 28

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SLOVENIA

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP A

MEDIA CONTACT

ANŽE BLAŽIČ

+386 51 616 685

anze.blazic@sportanzo.com

www.rokometna-zveza.si

SOCIAL MEDIA

rokometnazveza

@rzs_si

rzs_si

TEAM PROFILE

Slovenia became the last team to qualify for the Women’s EHF EURO 2016,

through qualification as the best third ranked team.

In total, Slovenia have qualified for four previous World Championships and

four EHF EURO events, not counting the upcoming one, but they failed to make

it to the EHF EURO 2014 and the World Championship 2015. The last time

Slovenia were part of a major event was at the EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and

Norway when they finished last.

The best result on a EURO level was 9 th in 2004. Now it is the job of Uros

Bregar, who took over the team just before the beginning of qualification, to

rebuild a team with only a small number of experienced players such as captain

Nina Jericek, on the one hand, but with promising young guns like Polona Baric,

Tamara Mavsar and Ana Gros, on the other.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Montenegro 6 5 0 1 147:129 18 10

Croatia 6 4 0 2 173:137 36 8

Slovenia 6 3 0 3 142:134 8 6

FYR Macedonia 6 0 0 6 114:176 -62 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Hovet,

Stockholm

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 15:15 hrs Serbia vs Slovenia

6 December 20:45 hrs Slovenia vs Sweden

8 December 18:30 hrs Spain vs Slovenia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 0 1 5 109:159 -50 1:11 4th Group 1

1996 Pre-Qualification 4 1 0 3 100:111 –11 2:6 3rd Group B

1998 Qualification 6 0 0 6 149:184 –35 0:12 4th Group 1

2000 Qualification 2 2 0 0 70:40 +30 4:0 Won vs. ITA

2000 Play-off 2 0 0 2 42:48 -6 0:4 Lost vs. FRA

2002 Play-off 2 2 0 0 48:45 +3 4:0 Won vs. SVK

2002 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 151:166 –15 4:8 10th Place

2004 Play-off 2 2 0 0 79:68 +11 4:0 Won vs. TUR

2004 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 164:181 –17 4:8 9th Place

2006 Play-off 2 1 0 1 60:52 +8 2:2 Won vs. BUL

2006 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 80:108 –28 0:6 16th Place

2008 Play-off 2 0 1 1 50:54 -4 1:3 Lost vs. BLR

2010 Qualification 6 3 0 3 166:176 –10 6:6 2nd Group 4

2010 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 54:89 –35 0:6 16th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 1 0 5 138:170 –32 2:10 4th Group 5

2014 Qualification 6 3 0 3 162:173 –11 6:6 3rd Group 5

2016 Qualification 2 6 3 0 3 142:134 +8 6:6 3rd Group 4

Total Qualification 52 18 2 32 1315:1414 -99 38:66

Total EHF EURO 18 4 0 14 449:544 -95 8:28

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SLOVENIA

PROFILES

MISA MARINCEK

goalkeeper

• Is at 31 one of the most experienced players in the team

• Shares the position with her Krim teammate, 42-year-old Sergeja Stefanisin, the oldest

registered EHF Champions League player of the current season

• Plays for Krim for the second time in her career (since 2013) after an early spell from 2003

to 2006. In between she was signed by several Slovenian sides and Austrian club SG Witasek

Kärnten

• Was awarded four times best goalkeeper of the Slovenian league and twice-best goalkeeper in

the Austrian league. She was also an EHF Champions League finalist in 2006

TAMARA MAVSAR

left wing

• Since the start of her career until June 2016, only played for her home team RK Krim

Mercator, before she transferred to Vardar

• At Vardar she shares the left wing position with double Olympic champion Camilla Herrem

• Her personal best CL goalscoring record was 73 goals in the 2014/15 season

tamcilii

MAJA UZMAH

left back

• Is one of the tallest Slovenian players in the EURO squad at 1.82 metres

• Better known from her birth name Son; she got married last summer

• After starting her international career at Krim, she played for Croatian record champions

Podravka Vegeta from 2011 to 2013

• Joined French side HBC Celles this summer after arriving from another club in France, Nimes

mishmmmash

NINA JERICEK

centre back

• Is the team captain of the Slovenian squad

• After four years at constant Slovenian national runners-up RK Olimpija Ljubljana,

she transferred to French side Nimes in 2011

• Was second top scorer of the French league in the 2013/14 season and was awarded best in

her position in the same season

• Returned to her home country prior to the start of the current season and now is signed by

EHF Champions League participants RK Krim Mercator

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ANA GROS

right back

• Has the best goal tally of all Slovenian players with over 270 goals

• Plays for Metz Handball in France since 2014. She was the top scorer of the French league

in the 2015/16 season

• On club level was champion in Slovenia (Krim), Germany (Thüringer HC), Hungary (Györ)

and France (Metz)

• Was awarded best player of the Slovenian league in 2009 and best right back of the French

league in 2015/16

anagros6

NELI IRMAN

right wing

• Had her debut in the national team at the age of 19 in 2005

• After Ana Gros is the only current national team player with more than 200 goals

• Was EHF Champions League finalist with RK Krim in 2006

• Since 2015 has been playing for two-time EHF Champions League winner Buducnost

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LINA KRHLIKAR

line player

• Is due to her height of 1.85 metres an asset in attack and defence

• At the age of 20, went to Spanish club Remudas, then played for three different French clubs

(Nimes, Dijon and Celles)

• Transferred to Germany in 2014, first played for Koblenz, now for Frisch Auf Göppingen - the

women’s team of the current Men’s EHF Cup winners

• Speaks Slovenian, English, Spanish, French and Hungarian and has a degree in management

UROS BREGAR

coach

• Is at the helm of Slovenia since October 2015, and since February 2016 also coaches RK

Krim Mercator

• Became the youngest ever coach of any Slovenian women’s team, having taken over Krim at 36

• Started his coaching career at the age of 20, later mentored by Marta Bon, who he succeeded at

the helm of Krim and the national team

• Was the coach of all Slovenian women’s younger age category teams

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SLOVENIA

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Silvana ILIC 15 2002-2006

Tatjana ODER 15 2002-2006

Vesna PUS (VINCIC) 15 2002-2006, 2010

Mihaela BOBOCEA (CIORA) 14* 2002-2006

Anja FRESER 14 2002-2006

*Mihaela BOBOCEA (CIORA) played also 17 games for Romania (1994-1998)

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Tatjana ODER 73 2002-2006

Anja FRESER 61 2002-2006

Silvana ILIC 52 2002-2006

Tanja DAJCMAN 45 2002-2004

Nataliya DEREPASKO 36* 2004-2006

*Nataliya DEREPASKO scored also 83 goals for Ukraine (1994-1998)

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 36:26 (17:9) vs. Serbia and Montenegro @ Zalaegerszeg HUN, 11.12.2004

Biggest defeat: 18:41 (8:16) vs. Norway @ Győr HUN, 16.12.2004

20:43 (9:19) vs. Norway @ Göteborg SWE, 07.12.2006

Longest winning run: 2 matches (08.12.2002 - 10.12.2002; 09.12.2004 – 11.12.2004)

Longest unbeaten run: 2 matches (08.12.2002 - 10.12.2002; 09.12.2004 – 11.12.2004)

Longest losing run: 10 matches (12.12.2004 – 10.12.2010)

Longest run without win: 10 matches (12.12.2004 – 10.12.2010)

Current run: L10 (12.12.2004 – 10.12.2010)

Most goals: 36 vs. Serbia and Montenegro 36:26W @ Zalaegerszeg HUN, 11.12.2004

Most goals opponent: 43 vs. Norway 20:43L @ Göteborg SWE, 07.12.2006

Most goals both teams: 64 vs. Poland 30:34L @ Göteborg SWE, 10.12.2006

Fewest goals: 16 vs. Norway 16:32L @ Lillehammer NOR, 08.12.2010

Fewest goals opponent: 23 vs. Belarus 27:23W @ Århus DEN, 08.12.2002

Fewest goals both teams: 45 vs. Czech Republic 20:25L @ Århus DEN, 06.12.2002

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

SRB VS SLO MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

27.10.2013 Ljubljana SLO SLO-SRB ECh-Qual. – Group 5 31:26 (16:12)

15.06.2014 Niš SRB SRB-SLO ECh-Qual. – Group 5 32:25 (18:15)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 2 1 58 0 1 56

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

SLO VS SWE MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

20.10.2011 Skövde SWE SWE-SLO ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 5 27:20 (15:10)

31.05.2012 Velenje SLO SLO-SWE ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 5 23:26 (10:15)

23.10.2013 Helsingborg SWE SWE-SLO ECh-Qual. – Group 5 30:25 (16:12)

11.06.2014 Ljubljana SLO SLO-SWE ECh-Qual. – Group 5 27:34 (14:17)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 4 0 95 0 4 117

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

ESP VS SLO MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

15.12.2004 Győr HUN ESP-SLO ECh – MR-Group I 30:28 (12:16)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 1 1 30 0 0 28

EURO matches 1 1 30 0 0 28

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NETHERLANDS

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP B

MEDIA CONTACT

ANNEMIEK SCHOUTEN

+31 6 3059 9092

a.schouten@handball.nl

www.handbal.nl

SOCIAL MEDIA

hetnederlandshandbalteam

@nedteamhandball

dutch_national_handballteam

TEAM PROFILE

Over the past two years the Netherlands have established themselves at the top

of European women’s handball. They were already close to qualifying for the

semi-final at the EHF EURO 2014, but then went (almost) all the way when they

won silver at the Women’s World Championship 2015. They reached the semifinal

again at the 2016 Olympic Games but eventually finished fourth after they

lost the semi-final to France and the bronze medal game to Norway.

Another sign of the rise of Dutch women’s handball is the fact that two of the

team’s key players ply their trade for one of Europe’s best club teams: Nycke Groot

and Yvette Broch both play for Hungarian champions Györi Audi ETO KC.

In qualification for the Women’s EHF EURO 2016, the Netherlands firmly

occupied the top spot in Group 3. After having beaten Spain 31:21 at home, they

could even afford a 32:29 loss away and still finish on top of the group.

A mere two months out of the EHF EURO 2016, the Dutch saw a switch of head

coaches with Helle Thomsen taking over from Henk Groener. Thomsen with her

EHF Champions League experience will look to build on Groener’s success that

has put the Dutch ladies firmly placed on the handball map.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Netherlands 6 5 0 1 216:140 76 10

Spain 6 5 0 1 192:126 66 10

Austria 6 2 0 4 160:171 -11 4

Bulgaria 6 0 0 6 112:243 -131 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Kristianstad Arena,

Kristianstad

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 18:30 hrs Netherlands vs Germany

6 December 18:30 hrs Poland vs Netherlands

8 December 20:45 hrs Netherlands vs France

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 2 0 4 119:125 -6 4:8 3rd Group 7

1996 Pre-Qualification 4 2 0 2 80:73 +7 4:4 1st Group C

1996 Qualification 6 2 0 4 119:135 –16 4:8 3rd Group 4

1998 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 126:153 –27 2:10 10th Place

2000 Play-off 2 0 1 1 52:54 -2 1:3 Lost vs. YUG

2002 Play-off 2 2 0 0 58:49 +9 4:0 Won vs. POR

2002 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 73:80 -7 0:6 14th Place

2004 Play-off 2 0 1 1 55:58 -3 1:3 Lost vs. ROU

2006 Play-off 2 1 0 1 56:51 +5 2:2 Won vs. BLR

2006 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 65:84 –19 0:6 15th Place

2008 Play-off 2 1 0 1 52:54 -2 2:2 Lost vs. SRB

2010 Qualification 6 3 2 1 161:146 +15 8:4 2nd Group 7

2010 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 131:145 –14 4:8 8th Place

2014 Qualification 6 5 0 1 170:122 +48 10:2 2nd Group 4

2014 EHF EURO 6 2 1 3 161:158 +3 5:7 7th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 216:140 +76 10:2 1st Group 3

Total Qualification 44 23 4 17 1138:1007 +131 50:38

Total EHF EURO 24 5 1 18 556:620 -64 11:37

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NETHERLANDS

PROFILES

TESS WESTER

goalkeeper

• Belongs to the most successful Dutch YAC generation, winning silverware at World and

European Championships

• Is part of the women’s national team since 2012

• After becoming No. 1 in goal due to her teammate Jasmina Jankovic tearing her ACL,

she was awarded best goalkeeper at the World Championship 2015

• Plays in Germany since 2012, first for VfL Oldenburg, and since 2015 for Bietigheim after

starting her professional career at VOC Amsterdam

WCh: S 2015

@tessiewester

tessiewester

ESTAVANA POLMAN

left back

• Is the girlfriend of former Dutch football international Rafael van der Vaart and her brother

Dario is a professional handball player

• Was the Dutch top scorer at the successful World Championship 2015 in Denmark

• With Laura van der Heijden she forms a Dutch international duo in the back court line at

Danish champions, Team Esbjerg

WCh: S 2015

@estavanapolman

estavana

LOIS ABBINGH

left back

• Was the top scorer of the U18 World Championship 2010 and the W19 EHF EURO 2011

• For several years played together with Laura van der Hejden at German side VfL Oldenburg

• In 2014 transferred to Romanian champions HCM Baia Mare and became their CL top scorer

in 2014/15. Since this summer she plays for French side Issy Paris Hand

• Had her 100 th international match in the women’s team during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

WCh: S 2015

@loisabbingh

loisabbingh1

NYCKE GROOT

centre back

• Had been coached by new national team coach Helle Thomsen at her former club FC Midtjylland

• Had her debut in the national team at the age of 16 in 2004. Two years later, she joined her first

club abroad, Danish side Team Tvis Holstebro

• Was CL All-star centre back in the 2015/16 season and player of the year in the Danish league

in 2014 as a FCM player

• Joined the two-time Champions League winners Györ in 2015 and made it to the CL final in

2016 in her first season

WCh: S 2015

@Nyckegroot

nyckegroot

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LAURA VAN DER HEJDEN

right back

• Had her debut in the women’s national team at the age of 17 in 2007

• Was top scorer of the U20 World Championship in Korea 2011 and has scored more than 500

goals for the national team

• Played for LHV Leusden, Venus Nieuwegein and VOC Amsterdam, before she joined German

side VfL Oldenburg in 2010

• Playing in her third season at current Danish champions and EHF Champions League

participants Team Esbjerg

WCh: S 2015

lauravdheijden

ANGELA MALESTEIN

right wing

• Played her first Women’s EHF EURO in 2010 at the age of 17 after having her first women’s

national team match half a year earlier

• Missed the World Championship 2015 due to an injury

• Was voted onto the All-star Team in right wing at the W19 EHF EURO in 2011

• Played for VOC and Dalfsen, before she transferred to Germany in 2012, first playing for

Blomberg and now for Bietigheim

@MalesteinAngela

angelamalestein

DANICK SNELDER

line player

• Has been part of the national team since 2009 and is the cornerstone of the Dutch defence,

rarely plays in attack

• Shares the line player position with Györ’s Yvette Broch

• Made it to the All-star team at the W19 EHF EURO 2009 in Hungary

• Has been playing for Thüringer HC for six years and became German champions six times in

that time and joined Hungarian runners-up FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria this summer

WCh: S 2015

HELLE THOMSEN

coach

• Took over the Dutch team just in October as successor of Henk Groener

• Groener was supposed to leave the position after EHF EURO 2016, but then the Dutch

Handball Federation decided to appoint Thomsen with immediate effect

• Has coached the Swedish women’s team before including leading them to their bronze medal

at the EURO 2014

• Parallel was coach of Danish side FC Midtjylland, steering them to the Women’s EHF

FINAL4 in 2014

B 2014

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NETHERLANDS

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Diane LAMEIN 16 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010

Debbie BONT 12 2010, 2014

Nycke GROOT 12 2010, 2014

Danick SNELDER 12 2010, 2014

Laura VAN DER HEIJDEN 12 2010, 2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Olga ASSINK 56 1998, 2002

Laura VAN DER HEIJDEN 45 2010, 2014

Maura VISSER 42 2006, 2010

Natasja BURGERS 37 1998, 2002

Nycke GROOT 37 2010, 2014

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 25:13 (13:8) vs. Ukraine @ Larvik NOR, 07.12.2010

Biggest defeat: 13:35 (9:18) vs. Norway @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

Longest winning run: 1 match (16.12.1998; 07.12.2010; 14.12.2010; 08.12.2014; 14.12.2014)

Longest unbeaten run: 2 matches (08.12.2014 – 10.12.2014)

Longest losing run: 8 matches (17.12.1998 – 10.12.2006)

Longest run without win: 8 matches (17.12.1998 – 10.12.2006)

Current run: L2 (16.12.2014 – 17.12.2014)

Most goals: 30 vs. Romania 30:23W @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 16.12.1998

30 vs. Sweden 30:30D @ Varaždin CRO, 10.12.2014

30 vs. Slovakia 30:20W @ Zagreb CRO, 14.12.2014

Most goals opponent: 35 vs. Norway 13:35L @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

Most goals both teams: 60 vs. Sweden 30:30D @ Varaždin CRO, 10.12.2014

Fewest goals: 13 vs. Norway 13:35L @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

Fewest goals opponent: 13 vs. Ukraine 25:13W @ Larvik NED, 07.12.2010

Fewest goals both teams: 37 vs. Germany 18:19L @ Amsterdam NED, 14.12.1998

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

NED VS FRA MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

17.12.2014 Zagreb CRO NED-FRA ECh – MR-Group II 18:20 (09:07)

16.12.2015 Kolding DEN NED-FRA WCh – 1/4-final 28:25 (15:12)

18.03.2016 Metz FRA NED-FRA OG – Qual. Tournament 1 24:17 (09:07)

06.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NED-FRA OG – Group B 14:18 (06:10)

18.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NED-FRA OG – 1/2-final 23:24 (13:17)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 14 5 295 0 9 283

EURO matches 4 0 89 0 4 96

NED VS GER MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

14.12.1998 Amsterdam NED NED-GER ECh – Group A 18:19 (08:11)

18.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS NED-GER WCh – Place 5/6 28:26 (17:12)

08.12.2010 Larvik NOR NED-GER ECh – Group C 27:30 (18:17)

08.12.2014 Varaždin CRO GER-NED ECh – Group C 26:29 (11:12)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 4 2 102 0 2 101

EURO matches 3 1 74 0 2 75

POL VS NED MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

02.12.1981 Farsø DEN POL-NED B-WCh – Group B 23:14 (11:06)

10.12.1983 Katowice POL POL-NED B-WCh – Group B 22:18 (12:10)

02.12.1999 Hamar NOR POL-NED WCh – Group A 22:20 (08:11)

11.12.2015 Næstved/Sjælland DEN NED-POL WCh – Group B 31:20 (14:09)

18.12.2015 Herning DEN NED-POL WCh – 1/2-final 30:25 (15:08)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 7 5 139 0 2 132

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

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FRANCE

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP B

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2002, 2006

OLYMPIC GAMES

2016

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2003

1999, 2009, 2011

TEAM PROFILE

The French women’s national team seems to have more success at World

Championships than at EHF EURO events, with one world gold and three silver

versus just two European bronze medals to their name. The world title from 2003 was

a final win over Hungary in Zagreb. Their last world silver medal they won in China

in 2011 when France were beaten by Norway in the World Championship Final.

After several years without any medals and several bitter quarter-final defeats,

i.e. at the Olympic Games 2012 and the World Championships 2013 and 2015, the

team jumped into the spotlight again when it won silver at Rio 2016.

With the EHF EURO 2018 taking place in France for the first time, the side

of former and current head coach Olivier Krumbholz - who had coached the

team from 1998 to 2013; resuming control once again from Alain Portes in early

2016 - will look to take advantage of their physically strong back court scorers like

Alexandra Lacrabere, brilliant game technicians like Allison Pineau and swift

wings such as Siraba Dembele or goalkeepers like Amandine Leynaud.

MEDIA CONTACT

NOÉMIE SUBIRANA

+33 7 76 79 18 28

n.subirana@handball-france.eu

www.ff-handball.org

SOCIAL MEDIA

Equipes de France de Handball

@FRAHandball

femmes_de_defis

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

France 6 6 0 0 162:113 49 12

Germany 6 4 0 2 149:128 21 8

Iceland 6 1 0 5 112:153 -41 2

Switzerland 6 1 0 5 122:151 -29 2

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Kristianstad Arena,

Kristianstad

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 20:45 hrs France vs Poland

6 December 20:45 hrs Germany vs France

8 December 20:45 hrs Netherlands vs France

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 2 1 3 125:125 0 5:7 3rd Group 5

1996 Pre-Qualification 4 3 1 0 107:90 +17 7:1 1st Group B

1996 Qualification 6 1 0 5 116:125 -9 2:10 4th Group 2

1998 Qualification 6 3 0 3 127:127 0 6:6 3rd Group 3

2000 Play-off 2 2 0 0 48:42 +6 4:0 Won vs. SLO

2000 EHF EURO 6 4 0 2 150:125 +25 8:4 5th Place

2002 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 189:191 -2 10:6 3rd Place

2004 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 153:177 –24 2:10 11th Place

2006 Play-off 2 1 1 0 64:53 +11 3:1 Won vs. TUR

2006 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 203:196 +7 10:6 3rd Place

2008 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 74:83 -9 0:6 14th Place

2010 Qualification 6 6 0 0 191:124 +67 12:0 1st Group 3

2010 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 168:153 +15 10:4 5th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 215:149 +66 10:2 1st Group 4

2012 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 140:131 +9 6:6 9th Place

2014 Qualification 6 5 1 0 163:108 +55 11:1 1st Group 2

2014 EHF EURO 7 5 1 1 168:150 +18 11:3 5th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 6 0 0 162:113 +49 12:0 1st Group 7

Total Qualification 50 34 4 12 1318:1056 +262 72:28

Total EHF EURO 51 28 1 22 1245:1206 +39 57:45

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FRANCE

PROFILES

AMANDINE LEYNAUD

goalkeeper

• Was the successor of legendary Valérie Nicolas as French number one

• Had her debut in the national team in 2005

• Since 2013 is signed by Skopje-based side HC Vardar

• Her sporting role model is Thierry Omeyer; her nickname is ‘Doudou’

OG: S 2016; WCh: S 2009, 2011

doudoud86

SIRABA DEMBELE

left wing

• National team player for more than a decade with more than 220 caps and 700 goals for

France and the captain of the French team

• On club level now plays for Russian side Rostov-Don, which is the eighth club in her career

• French Handball Player of the Year 2011

• Started to play handball at the age of 10 together with her older sister Kamion

OG: S 2016; EURO: B 2006; WCh: S 2009, 2011

sirab86

GNONSIAME NIOMBLA

left back

• Is one of the rising stars in French handball, as she had her debut in the national team only

three years ago. The WCh 2013 in Serbia was her first major tournament

• With her former club Fleury Loiret Handball she became French champions and Cup Winners’

Cup finalists (in 2012/13)

• Since the start of this season, she plays for Women’s EHF Champions League winners CSM

Bucuresti in Romania.

OG: S 2016

gnons29

ALLISON PINEAU

centre back

• Was the first French female player and also the youngest ever to be awarded IHF World

Handball Player of the Year (in 2009)

• Her star rose at the World Championship 2009 in China, when she was an All-star Team

player for the first time

• Was awarded best left back at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016

• On club level has played for eight clubs in four nations, before she joined her current club

Brest Bretagne Handball

OG: S 2016; WCh: S 2009, 2011

@PineauAllison

allisonpineau

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ALEXANDRA LACRABERE

right back

• Is part of the French national team since 2006 and known for her long-range shots

• In 2016 signed a one-year contract with HC Vardar, club number nine in her career

• Top scorer in the French championship in 2011/12 (125 goals) and in 2013/14 (129)

• Loves watching rugby matches

OG: S 2016; EURO: B 2006; WCh: S 2011

@alex0464

alexandrealacrebrere64

CAMILLE AYGLON-SAURINA

right wing

• Is married to French handball player Guillaume Saurina

• Is the defence specialist on the right side, alternating with Lacrabere. She can also play

as right wing

• Became national team player in 2007 and has more than 220 caps on her tally

• Since this summer, joined current EHF Champions League winners CSM Bucuresti

OG: S 2016; WCh: S 2009, 2011

@CamilleAyglon

BEATRICE EDWIGE

line player

• Was awarded best defender in the French league in 2015 and 2016

• Is part of the national team since 2013 and is one of the tallest players (1.82 metres) in her squad

• Being branded by national team coach Olivier Krumbholz as one of the five best defenders in

the world

• Has replaced legendary Nina Kamto in the national team and also in her new club Metz

Handball.

OG: S 2016

edwige_beatrice

OLIVIER KRUMBHOLZ

coach

• Had been coaching the French women for 15 years from 1998 to 2013. In January 2016, he

returned as women’s national team coach as successor of Alain Portes

• Steered the team to the Olympic silver medal in Rio - and in contrast to the previous

negotiations, remained head coach

• Was a professional player before and is married to former national team player Corinne Krumbholz

• Had been coaching the Metz Handball women’s before he became national team coach

OG: S 2016; EURO: B 2002, 2006; WCh: G 2003, S 2001,

2009, 2011

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FRANCE

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Raphaelle TERVEL 35 2000-2008, 2012

Nina KAMTO N’JITAM 34 2004-2014

Paule BAUDOUIN 30 2004-2008, 2012-2014

Siraba DEMBELE 30 2006-2014

Isabelle WENDLING 28 2000-2006

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Stephanie CANO 82 2000-2006

Paule BAUDOUIN 78 2004-2008, 2012-2014

Veronique PECQUEUX-ROLLAND 76 2000-2006

Siraba DEMBELE 69 2006-2014

Melinda JACQUES (SZABO TOTHNE) 69 2000-2002

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 29:16 (15:10) vs. FYR Macedonia @ Niš SRB, 04.12.2012

Biggest defeat: 22:33 (10:19) vs. Norway @ Lillehammer NOR, 07.12.2010

19:30 (10:14) vs. Norway @ Beograd SRB, 10.12.2012

Longest winning run: 6 matches (10.12.2010 – 04.12.2012)

Longest unbeaten run: 6 matches (10.12.2010 – 04.12.2012)

Longest losing run: 5 matches (03.12.2008 – 08.12.2010)

Longest run without win: 5 matches (03.12.2008 – 08.12.2010)

Current run: W2 (17.12.2014 – 19.12.2014)

Most goals: 31 vs. Ukraine 31:19W @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

Most goals opponent: 36 vs. Austria 29:36L @ Győr HUN, 09.12.2004

Most goals both teams: 65 vs. Austria 29:36L @ Győr HUN, 09.12.2004

Fewest goals: 16 vs. Norway 16:21L @ Århus DEN, 14.12.2002

Fewest goals opponent: 14 vs. Austria 26:14W @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 13.12.2000

Fewest goals both teams: 35 vs. Serbia 17:18L @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

NED VS FRA MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

17.12.2014 Zagreb CRO NED-FRA ECh – MR-Group II 18:20 (09:07)

16.12.2015 Kolding DEN NED-FRA WCh – 1/4-final 28:25 (15:12)

18.03.2016 Metz FRA NED-FRA OG – Qual. Tournament 1 24:17 (09:07)

06.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NED-FRA OG – Group B 14:18 (06:10)

18.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NED-FRA OG – 1/2-final 23:24 (13:17)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 14 5 295 0 9 283

EURO matches 4 0 89 0 4 96

GER VS FRA MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

10.12.2009 Wuxi CHN GER-FRA WCh – Group A 15:29 (10:10)

16.12.2014 Zagreb CRO GER-FRA ECh – MR-Group II 24:24 (13:10)

05.12.2015 Kolding DEN FRA-GER WCh – Group C 30:20 (16:07)

09.03.2016 Bietigheim-Bissingen GER GER-FRA ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 7 21:24 (10:09)

12.03.2016 Nîmes FRA FRA-GER ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 7 25:19 (13:09)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 11 4 247 1 6 272

EURO matches 4 1 97 1 2 105

FRA VS POL MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

03.04.1996 Dijon FRA FRA-POL ECh-Qual. – Group 2 21:23 (08:08)

06.04.1996 Pulawy POL POL-FRA ECh-Qual. – Group 2 26:23 (16:10)

09.12.1997 Hannover GER FRA-POL WCh – 1/8-final 20:30 (11:16)

07.12.1999 Bergen NOR POL-FRA WCh – 1/8-final 21:28 (09:14)

18.12.2013 Novi Sad SRB POL-FRA WCh – 1/4-final 22:21 (11:08)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 8 1 165 0 7 192

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

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GERMANY

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP B

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

1994

OLYMPIC GAMES

1976*

1980*

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1971*, 1975*, 1978*, 1993

1965*, 1990*, 1997, 2007

* GDR team

TEAM PROFILE

The biggest change for Germany happened as recently as April 2016 when the

federation parted ways with head coach Jakob Vestergaard and Michael Biegler,

who had coached Poland’s men’s national team before, took over.

Vestergaard and the federation mutually agreed to end the cooperation after

Germany had exited the World Championship 2015 in the Last 16 and missed the

chance to qualify for the Olympic Games. Michael Biegler became a potential

candidate after he had quit his position at the helm of the Polish team upon failing

to reach the semi-finals at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 on home ground.

While the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 will be Biegler’s first main challenge as

head coach, the potentially bigger one will be forming a competitive team for the

Women’s World Championship 2017 which Germany hosts in December next year.

MEDIA CONTACT

TIM OLIVER KALLE

+49 171 2611724

timoliver.kalle@dhb.de

www.dhb.de

SOCIAL MEDIA

handball.dhb

@DHB_Teams

dhb_teams

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

France 6 6 0 0 162:113 49 12

Germany 6 4 0 2 149:128 21 8

Iceland 6 1 0 5 112:153 -41 2

Switzerland 6 1 0 5 122:151 -29 2

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Kristianstad Arena,

Kristianstad

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 18:30 hrs Netherlands vs Germany

6 December 20:45 hrs Germany vs France

8 December 18:30 hrs Germany vs Poland

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 152:143 +9 10:4 Runners-up

1996 Qualification 6 4 0 2 134:118 +16 8:4 1st Group 2

1996 EHF EURO 7 4 0 3 169:165 +4 8:6 4th Place

1998 Qualification 6 4 1 1 158:137 +21 9:3 2nd Group 2

1998 EHF EURO 6 4 0 2 140:145 -5 8:4 6th Place

2000 Play-off 2 1 0 1 45:42 +3 2:2 Won vs. CRO

2000 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 139:155 –16 4:8 9th Place

2002 Play-off 2 1 1 0 49:46 +3 3:1 Won vs. CRO

2002 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 142:168 –26 2:10 11th Place

2004 Play-off 2 1 0 1 51:47 +4 2:2 Won vs. MKD

2004 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 183:173 +10 10:4 5th Place

2006 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 228:208 +20 10:6 4th Place

2008 EHF EURO 8 5 1 2 227:208 +19 11:5 4th Place

2010 Qualification 6 6 0 0 205:129 +76 12:0 1st Group 4

2010 EHF EURO 3 1 0 2 78:87 -9 2:4 13th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 178:125 +53 10:2 1st Group 1

2012 EHF EURO 6 3 1 2 136:132 +4 7:5 7th Place

2014 Qualification 4 3 0 1 114:93 +21 6:2 1st Group 7

2014 EHF EURO 6 2 1 3 164:165 -1 5:7 10th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 149:128 +21 8:4 2nd Group 7

Total Qualification 40 29 2 9 1083:865 +218 60:20

Total EHF EURO 70 37 3 30 1758:1749 +9 77:63

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GERMANY

PROFILES

CLARA WOLTERING

goalkeeper

• On a business level is an agricultural engineer and is boss of her parents’ farm with 250 bulls

and 40,000 chickens

• Had her most recognisable period playing for Buducnost from 2011 to 2015, then returned to

Germany and now plays for Borussia Dortmund

• Was MVP of the Women’s EHF FINAL4 2015

• Is a national team member since 2003 and has more than 200 caps for Germany on her tally.

She will participate at an EHF EURO event for the seventh time

WCh: B 2007

EC trophies: CL: 2012, 2015; Challenge Cup: 2005

EVGENIJA MINEVSKAJA

left back

• Her mother Svetlana was World Champion three times with the Soviet Union, her father

Andrej was Olympic Champion 1992 with the EUN (post Soviet team)

• Had her debut in the women’s national team at the age of 19

• In 2013, she joined TuS Metzingen and right in her fist season became top scorer in the

Bundesliga. After two successful years, she transferred to Leipzig in 2015

• Is student of health management

EMILY BÖLK

left back

• Is regarded as one of the biggest talents in German women’s handball

• Her mother Andrea played more than 200 internationals for Germany and won the World

Championship 1993. Her grandmother was an international in the GDR

• Was voted MVP at the Junior World Championship 2014 at which Germany won silver

• Celebrated her international senior team debut at the age of 18 in the EHF EURO 2016

qualifier against Iceland in June this year

emily_boelk

ANNA LOERPER

centre back

• Is the new team captain succeeding Clara Woltering. She is part of the team since 2005

• Was awarded German Female Handball Player of the Year 2015

• Had steered her club TuS Metzingen to the EHF Cup Final in 2016

• Can either play in the centre back or in left wing

WCh: B 2007

EC trophies: EHF Cup: 2013; Challenge Cup: 2005

anna_loerper

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ANNE HUBINGER

right back

• Started her professional career in the “handball-crazy” town of Magdeburg, before she joined

HC Leipzig at the age of 18. She has won the German cup twice (2014, 2016) with HCL

• Was the youngest player of the German team at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, since then, she

has been part of the team at all major events

• Replaced 2013 WCh top scorer Susann Müller first in the Leipzig squad and now in the

national team

• Is currently studying to become a primary school teacher

annehubinger

SVENJA HUBER

right wing

• Started her international career quite late, as she played her first major tournament - the EHF

EURO 2014 - at the age of 29

• Is an expert in counter attacks and penalties

• After becoming German champion three times with Thüringer HC she joined Borussia

Dortmund this summer

• Works as a freelance journalist besides playing handball

JULIA BEHNKE

line player

• Was part of all German youth and junior national teams

• Started her professional career at Bietigheim, then transferred to 2016 EHF Cup finalists

TuS Metzingen

• Mostly plays in defence, but as Luisa Schulze has not been nominated for the EHF EURO,

she will most likely play in attack also

• The WCh 2015 was her first major tournament on senior level.

MICHAEL BIEGLER

coach

• Will be the first coach in EHF EURO history to coach different male and female teams in the

same year at two different EHF EURO events after steering host Poland through the Men’s

EHF EURO in January

• Was appointed as successor of Dane, Jakob Vestergaard, in April 2016 after Germany’s two

EHF EURO Qualification defeats against France

• The German national team is the first women’s team to be coached by Biegler. He had been

assistant to former German NT coach Heiner Brand

• Has coached 13 different German clubs before

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GERMANY

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Grit JURACK 37 1996, 2000, 2004-2010

Anja ALTHAUS 36 2004-2014

Clara WOLTERING 33 2004-2014

Kathrin BLACHA 32 1996-2004

Anna LOERPER 31 2006-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Grit JURACK 194 1996, 2000, 2004-2010

Nadine KRAUSE 103 2002, 2006-2008

Stefanie MELBECK 72 2002-2008

Anja ALTHAUS 59 2004-2014

Maren BAUMBACH 58 2002-2006

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 36:22 (17:10) vs. Slovakia @ Zagreb CRO, 17.12.2014

Biggest defeat: 22:33 (12:15) vs. Hungary @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 09.12.2000

Longest winning run: 5 matches (15.12.2004 – 08.12.2006)

Longest unbeaten run: 6 matches (02.12.2008 – 11.12.2008)

Longest losing run: 4 matches (09.12.2000 – 13.12.2000; 10.12.2002 – 09.12.2004)

Longest run without win: 4 matches (09.12.2000 – 13.12.2000; 10.12.2002 – 09.12.2004)

Current run: W1 (17.12.2014)

Most goals: 36 vs. Slovakia 36:22W @ Zagreb CRO, 17.12.2014

Most goals opponent: 39 vs. Sweden 32:39L @ Varaždin CRO, 12.12.2014

Most goals both teams: 71 vs. Sweden 32:39L @ Varaždin CRO, 12.12.2014

Fewest goals: 17 vs. Croatia 17:16W @ Novi Sad SRB, 07.12.2012

Fewest goals opponent: 13 vs. Slovakia 20:13W @ Oldenburg GER, 19.09.1994

Fewest goals both teams: 33 vs. Slovakia 20:13W @ Oldenburg GER, 19.09.1994

33 vs. Croatia 17:16W @ Novi Sad SRB, 07.12.2012

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

NED VS GER MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

14.12.1998 Amsterdam NED NED-GER ECh – Group A 18:19 (08:11)

18.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS NED-GER WCh – Place 5/6 28:26 (17:12)

08.12.2010 Larvik NOR NED-GER ECh – Group C 27:30 (18:17)

08.12.2014 Varaždin CRO GER-NED ECh – Group C 26:29 (11:12)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 4 2 102 0 2 101

EURO matches 3 1 74 0 2 75

GER VS FRA MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

10.12.2009 Wuxi CHN GER-FRA WCh – Group A 15:29 (10:10)

16.12.2014 Zagreb CRO GER-FRA ECh – MR-Group II 24:24 (13:10)

05.12.2015 Kolding DEN FRA-GER WCh – Group C 30:20 (16:07)

09.03.2016 Bietigheim-Bissingen GER GER-FRA ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 7 21:24 (10:09)

12.03.2016 Nîmes FRA FRA-GER ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 7 25:19 (13:09)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 11 4 247 1 6 272

EURO matches 4 1 97 1 2 105

GER VS POL MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

12.06.2005 Kielce POL POL-GER WCh-Playoff 40:30 (17:13)

18.06.2005 Oldenburg GER GER-POL WCh-Playoff 31:25 (18:08)

05.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS POL-GER WCh – Group C 21:33 (12:13)

07.12.2006 Göteborg SWE GER-POL ECh – Group B 30:20 (14:09)

09.12.2007 Dijon FRA GER-POL WCh – MR-Group II 35:32 (22:12)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 6 261 0 3 231

EURO matches 2 1 53 0 1 46

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POLAND

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP B

MEDIA CONTACT

JAN KORCZAK-MLECZKO

+48 662 242 707

mleczko@zprp.org.pl

www.zprp.pl

SOCIAL MEDIA

handballpolska

@handballpolska

TEAM PROFILE

Poland enter the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 with a new head coach at the

helm. At the beginning of July it was announced that Leszek Krowicki takes over

the team that had been led by Kim Rasmussen, winner of the Women’s EHF

Champions League with CSM Bucuresti in the 2015/16 season.

The Rasmussen era was one of the most successful in the history of Poland’s

women’s national team, reaching the semi-final of the World Championship in

2013 and 2015 under the Dane’s guidance, leaving Krowicki with big shoes to fill.

However, at EHF EURO events Poland’s record is not that impressive so far.

They participated in four final tournaments to date, with a 5 th place in 1998 being

the best result to date.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Hungary 6 5 0 1 198:130 68 10

Poland 6 5 0 1 163:121 42 10

Slovakia 6 2 0 4 142:138 4 4

Finland 6 0 0 6 84:198 -114 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Kristianstad Arena,

Kristianstad

DATE TIME GAME

4 December 20:45 hrs France vs Poland

6 December 18:30 hrs Poland vs Netherlands

8 December 18:30 hrs Germany vs Poland

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 3 0 3 128:113 +15 6:6 3rd Group 1

1996 Pre-Qualification 2 1 0 1 46:43 +3 2:2 Won vs. BLR

1996 Qualification 6 4 0 2 133:132 +1 8:4 2nd Group 2

1996 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 137:159 –22 2:10 11th Place

1998 Qualification 6 5 0 1 157:136 +21 10:2 1st Group 4

1998 EHF EURO 6 4 0 2 138:133 +5 8:4 5th Place

2000 Play-off 2 1 0 1 50:54 -4 2:2 Lost vs. UKR

2002 Play-off 2 1 0 1 55:56 -1 2:2 Lost vs. YUG

2004 Play-off 2 0 0 2 57:62 -5 0:4 Lost vs. ESP

2006 Play-off 2 1 0 1 53:44 +9 2:2 Won vs. LTU

2006 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 164:186 –22 6:6 8th Place

2008 Play-off 2 1 0 1 61:63 -2 2:2 Lost vs. POR

2010 Qualification 6 1 0 5 151:191 –40 2:10 4th Group 6

2012 Qualification 2 6 3 0 3 163:157 +6 6:6 3rd Group 3

2014 Qualification 6 3 0 3 140:132 +8 6:6 2nd Group 3

2014 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 136:162 -26 2:10 11th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 163:121 +42 10:2 2nd Group 5

Total Qualification 54 29 0 25 1357:1304 +53 58:50

Total EHF EURO 24 9 0 15 575:640 -65 18:30

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POLAND

PROFILES

ANNA WYSOKINSKA

goalkeeper

• Had her national team debut in 2011 and is the Polish no.1 since the WCh 2013 in Serbia, when

she was crucial for Poland making it to the semi-finals

• In 2012, she transferred to Germany, first to Halle-Neustadt, then to Bietigheim. Since 2015 she

has played for the Turkish champions from Ankara

• Has strong sporting traditions in her family: her mother, born in Russia, was a silver medallist

for the Soviet Union in the javelin throw

• Her younger sister Aleksandra is also a handball goalkeeper who won three Polish

championship titles with Lublin

chinka40

AGNIESZKA KOWALSKA

left wing

• For six years playing in Lublin; considered the successor of legendary left wing Sabina Wlodek,

who is now Lublin’s coach

• Did not participate in the CL 2013/14 or WCh 2013 in Serbia due to injury

• Had her international comeback at the WCh 2015

• Got married in the summer of 2016 and changed her last name from Kocela to Kowalska

agakocela

KINGA GRZYB

left wing

• Is the most experienced player of the Polish squad with more than 200 caps

• Is part of the national team for more than a decade

• Despite several opportunities to play abroad, she always played for Polish clubs,

currently Lublin

• Is married to Polish football professional Wojciech Grzyb, before her marriage her

last name was Polenz

KINGA ACHRUK

centre back

• Started her career playing for Jaroslaw, in the same squad as her mother Malgorzata

• Formerly known as Kinga Byzdra, before she married Polish handball player Lukasz Achruk

• After five years in Lublin, she transferred to Buducnost in 2013

• Is the only EHF Champions League winner in the Polish squad

EC trophies: CL: 2015

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MONIKA KOBYLINSKA

right back

• Was the youngest player in the Polish squad at the World Championship 2015 in Denmark,

as Poland reached the semi-finals for the second straight time

• Had her debut in the national team only some months beforehand

• Was the top scorer of the Polish Super League 2015/16 with 207 goals

• Was part of the “Young Player’s All-star Team” of the World Championship 2015

KAROLINA KUDLACZ-GLOC

left back

• Is the most prolific player in the team and the national team captain

• Eleven seasons already with German side HC Leipzig, despite offers from top

international clubs

• In her business life she is psychologist in Leipzig

• Short-listed for the IHF World Player of the Year 2015. EHF Player of the Month in

June & September 2016

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ALINA WOJTAS

left back

• Is the tallest player in the Polish squad at 1.91 metres

• Has been part of the national team since 2008, but was ruled out several times by severe

knee injuries

• With 39 goals she was Poland’s second top scorer at the 2013 World Championship in Serbia

• After starting her professional career at Lublin, she joined Norwegian record champions Larvik

in 2014, but due to a torn ACL she missed the 2014/15 EHF Champions League Final

LESZEK KROWICKI

coach

• Was a Polish national team player before starting his more successful coaching career

• Was coach of former German women’s champions Walle Bremen, then Buxtehuder SV and the

Dutch national team and is at the helm of German club VfL Oldenburg since 2004

• Had been German NT coach on interim base in 2001

• Has succeeded Kim Rasmussen, who now coaches the Hungarian women’s handball team

EC trophies: EHF Cup: 1994; Challenge Cup: 2009

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POLAND

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Kinga GRZYB (POLENZ) 12 2006, 2014

Malgorzata JEDRZEJCZAK 12 1996-1998

Karolina KUDLACZ-GLOC 12 2006, 2014

Iwona PABICH 12 1996-1998

Karolina SIÓDMIAK 12 2006, 2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Karolina KUDLACZ-GLOC 76 2006, 2014

Anna EJSMONT 49 1996-1998

Aleksandra PAWELSKA 37 1996

Agnieszka MATUSZEWSKA 33 1998

Karolina SIODMIAK 32 2006, 2014

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 27:15 (13:8) vs. FYR Macedonia @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 17.12.1998

Biggest defeat: 21:37 (9:16) vs. Hungary @ Göteborg SWE, 13.12.2006

Longest winning run: 3 matches (13.12.1996 – 12.12.1998)

Longest unbeaten run: 3 matches (13.12.1996 – 12.12.1998)

Longest losing run: 5 matches (06.12.1996 – 11.12.1996)

Longest run without win: 5 matches (06.12.1996 – 11.12.1996)

Current run: L3 (13.12.2014 – 17.12.2014)

Most goals: 35 vs. FYR Macedonia 35:33W @ Göteborg SWE, 12.12.2006

Most goals opponent: 37 vs. Hungary 21:37L @ Göteborg SWE, 13.12.2006

Most goals both teams: 68 vs. FYR Macedonia 35:33W @ Göteborg SWE, 12.12.2006

Fewest goals: 19 vs. Hungary 19:21L @ Brøndby/Sjælland DEN, 06.12.1996

19 vs. Norway 19:30L @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 14.12.1998

19 vs. Denmark 19:28L @ Debrecen HUN, 13.12.2014

19 vs. Romania 19:24L @ Debrecen HUN, 17.12.2014

Fewest goals opponent: 15 vs. Spain 20:15W @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 11.12.1998

15 vs. FYR Macedonia 27:15W @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 17.12.1998

Fewest goals both teams: 35 vs. Spain 20:15W @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 11.12.1998

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

POL VS NED MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

02.12.1981 Farsø DEN POL-NED B-WCh – Group B 23:14 (11:06)

10.12.1983 Katowice POL POL-NED B-WCh – Group B 22:18 (12:10)

02.12.1999 Hamar NOR POL-NED WCh – Group A 22:20 (08:11)

11.12.2015 Næstved/Sjælland DEN NED-POL WCh – Group B 31:20 (14:09)

18.12.2015 Herning DEN NED-POL WCh – 1/2-final 30:25 (15:08)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 7 5 139 0 2 132

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

FRA VS POL MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

03.04.1996 Dijon FRA FRA-POL ECh-Qual. – Group 2 21:23 (08:08)

06.04.1996 Pulawy POL POL-FRA ECh-Qual. – Group 2 26:23 (16:10)

09.12.1997 Hannover GER FRA-POL WCh – 1/8-final 20:30 (11:16)

07.12.1999 Bergen NOR POL-FRA WCh – 1/8-final 21:28 (09:14)

18.12.2013 Novi Sad SRB POL-FRA WCh – 1/4-final 22:21 (11:08)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 8 1 165 0 7 192

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

GER VS POL MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

12.06.2005 Kielce POL POL-GER WCh-Playoff 40:30 (17:13)

18.06.2005 Oldenburg GER GER-POL WCh-Playoff 31:25 (18:08)

05.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS POL-GER WCh – Group C 21:33 (12:13)

07.12.2006 Göteborg SWE GER-POL ECh – Group B 30:20 (14:09)

09.12.2007 Dijon FRA GER-POL WCh – MR-Group II 35:32 (22:12)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 6 261 0 3 231

EURO matches 2 1 53 0 1 46

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MALMÖ ISSTADION

GROUP C

MONTENEGRO

HUNGARY

DENMARK

CZECH REPUBLIC

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MONTENEGRO

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP C

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2012

OLYMPIC GAMES

2012

MEDIA CONTACT

MILOS PAVICEVIC

+382 68 222 666

milos.pavicevic@ac.me

www.rscg.co.me

SOCIAL MEDIA

TEAM PROFILE

After some very successful years, women’s handball in Montenegro looks to be

on the brink of change. It is only four years ago, in 2012, that the nation celebrated

a truly great year: first Buducnost won the Women’s EHF Champions League;

then the national team qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games and went almost all

the way, only losing to Norway in the final. The icing on the cake became the EHF

EURO 2012 in Serbia when the team beat Norway in a thrilling final.

After the disappointing Last 16 elimination at the World Championship 2013

in Serbia, the team was back on track again at the EHF EURO 2014 and made

it to the semi-finals. What followed was a bitter 26:25 quarter-final defeat against

Norway at the World Championship 2015 and a disappointing group phase exit

at the 2016 Olympic Games - something which resulted in head coach Dragan

Adzic announcing his resignation - a decision he reversed only a few weeks later.

Nevertheless, with world class players like the brilliant wings Jovanka Radicevic

and Majda Mehmedovic in the squad, Montenegro are still a force to be reckoned

with at the EHF EURO 2016. Further to the established stars, Adzic has managed

successfully to add young players to the team, such as - most recently - Women’s 19

EHF EURO 2015 top scorer Djurdjina Jaukovic.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

Rukometni Savez Crne Gore NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Montenegro 6 5 0 1 147:129 18 10

Croatia 6 4 0 2 173:137 36 8

Slovenia 6 3 0 3 142:134 8 6

FYR Macedonia 6 0 0 6 114:176 -62 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Malmö Isstadion,

Malmö

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 20:45 hrs Montenegro vs Denmark

7 December 18:30 hrs Czech Republic vs Montenegro

9 December 18:30 hrs Montenegro vs Hungary

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

2008 Qualification 4 3 0 1 128:107 +21 6:2 2nd Group 2

2008 Play-off 2 1 0 1 63:66 -3 2:2 Lost vs. CRO

2010 Qualification 6 5 1 0 196:160 +36 11:1 1st Group 6

2010 EHF EURO 7 4 0 3 170:169 +1 8:6 6th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 180:136 +44 10:2 1st Group 3

2012 EHF EURO 8 7 0 1 215:196 +19 14:2 Winners

2014 Qualification 6 5 1 0 150:134 +16 11:1 1st Group 3

2014 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 199:187 +12 10:6 4th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 147:129 +18 10:2 1st Group 4

Total Qualification 30 24 2 4 864:732 +132 50:10

Total EHF EURO 23 16 0 7 584:552 +32 32:14

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MONTENEGRO

PROFILES

MARINA RAJCIC

goalkeeper

• Podgorica-born 23-year-old made her professional handball debut at 16 with Buducnost,

one year later was voted ‘best young Montenegrin player’ & at 18 was the youngest handball

player at the London 2012 Olympics

• For a relatively young keeper has vast experience playing at top level for both club and country:

7 CL seasons, 7 EURO, Wch & OG competitions

• Could earn her 100 th international cap at EURO 2016 (currently on 95)

• Sister of Olivera Vukcevic with whom she also played her club handball at Metz

OG: S 2012, EURO: G 2012

EC trophies: CL 2012, 2015; Cup Winners’ Cup 2010

MAJDA MEHMEDOVIC

left wing

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• Her mother played handball as a goalkeeper; Majda started playing in Bar at 12 along

with her brother Musa

• Has scored over 230 goals in her 100 caps for Montenegro

• Voted onto the CL All-star team 2013/14 as best left wing

• Suffered from a very severe neck injury ahead of the CL Final in 2012

OG: S 2012; EURO: G 2012

EC trophies: CL 2012, 2015; Cup Winners’ Cup: 2010

DJURDJINA JAUKOVIC

left back

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• At 19 she is considered one of the major up-and-coming talents in Montenegrin handball

• Twice was voted ‘best young player’ (2014 & 2015) in Montenegro

• Top scorer and MVP of Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2015 in Spain (71 goals)

• Scored 31 goals in 9 games at 2015 WCh in Denmark in her debut tournament at senior level

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MILENA RAICEVIC

centre back

• Two-time Montenegrin player of the year (2009, 2012)

• At EHF EURO 2012 had most assists (29) and shared second place in scoring with Anita

Görbicz (41 goals)

• Best left back at Junior World Handball Championship 2010

• Sister of professional football player Ivan Knezevic

OG: S 2012; EHF EURO: G 2012

EC trophies: CL 2015; Cup Winners’ Cup 2010

@KnezevicMilena

mraicevic90

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ANDREA KLIKOVAC

right back

• Started playing handball at the age of 9 with Dragan Adzic as her first coach

• After winning a World Championship bronze with the junior national team in 2010,

she was called up to the senior team 1 year later

• She will likely see a lot more court time with the absence of Bulatovic

• Plays her club handball in Vardar; three times made it to the Women’s EHF FINAL4

EHF EURO: G 2012

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JOVANKA RADICEVIC

right wing

• As a daughter of a handball player she started playing handball at 12 in Podgorica

• Has scored plus 700 goals for the NT

• All-star right wing EURO 2012, WCh 2015, CL 2014, 2016

• On club level has played for Buducnost, Györ and now Vardar

• Her most decorated period was with Buducnost, winning 7 championships and cup titles

(2005 - 2011), 2 regional league titles (2010, 2011) and 2 titles in the Cup Winners’ Cup -

winning the CL was in the green of Györ

OG: S 2012; EURO: G 2012

EC trophies: CL 2013; Cup Winners’ Cup: 2006, 2010

SUZANA LAZOVIC

line player

@jokarad4

radicevicjoksi4

• Sprung onto the handball scene at 16 when she made her CL debut

• 2010 she won bronze at the Junior WCh with Klikovac, Raicevic and Mehmedovic;

was called up to play senior only one year later

• Is known for her tough and nearly impassable defensive skills

• Has been capped over 100 times for the NT

OG: S 2012 EURO G 2012

EC trophies: CL 2012, 2015; Cup Winners’ Cup: 2010

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DRAGAN ADZIC

coach

• Retired from playing handball due to injury in 1998

• Since 2010 been in charge of the NT; resigned after a poor showing in Rio 2016 but reversed

the decision only 6 weeks later

• In 2012 won the CL in May with Buducnost and EURO in December with Montenegro

• Met his wife Timea after she came to the club as an interpreter to former Hungarian coach,

Gyula Zsiga

OG: S 2012; EURO: G 2012

EC trophies: CL 2012, 2015; Cup Winners’ Cup 2010

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MONTENEGRO

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Sonja BARJAKTAROVIC 23 2010-2014

Marija JOVANOVIC 23 2010-2014

Radmila PETROVIC (MILJANIC) 23 2010-2014

Jovanka RADICEVIC 23 2010-2014

Milena RAICEVIC (KNEZEVIC) 23 2010-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Katarina BULATOVIC 100* 2012-2014

Jovanka RADICEVIC 97 2010-2014

Milena RAICEVIC (KNEZEVIC) 88 2010-2014

Marija JOVANOVIC 65 2010-2014

Bojana POPOVIC (PETROVIC) 46* 2010

* Katarina BULATOVIC scored also 1 goal for Serbia and Montenegro (2004)

Bojana POPOVIC (PETROVIC) scored also 71 goals for Yugoslavia (2000-2002)

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 26:16 (10:7) vs. Iceland @ Vršac SRB, 04.12.2012

Biggest defeat: 20:27 (9:14) vs. Germany @ Novi Sad SRB, 11.12.2012

Longest winning run: 5 matches (13.12.2012 – 10.12.2014)

Longest unbeaten run: 5 matches (13.12.2012 – 10.12.2014)

Longest losing run: 2 matches (19.12.2014 – 21.12.2014)

Longest run without win: 2 matches (19.12.2014 – 21.12.2014)

Current run: L2 (19.12.2014 – 21.12.2014)

Most goals: 34 vs. Norway 34:31W aet2 @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

Most goals opponent: 31 vs. Norway 34:31W aet2 @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

Most goals both teams: 65 vs. Norway 34:31W aet2 @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

Fewest goals: 18 vs. Spain 18:19L @ Budapest HUN, 19.12.2014

Fewest goals opponent: 16 vs. Iceland 26:16W @ Vršac SRB, 04.12.2012

Fewest goals both teams: 37 vs. Spain 18:19L @ Budapest HUN, 19.12.2014

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

MNE VS HUN MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

09.12.2012 Novi Sad SRB HUN-MNE ECh – MR-Group II 26:28 (09:15)

08.12.2015 Herning DEN MNE-HUN WCh – Group A 32:15 (17:09)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 2 2 60 0 0 41

EURO matches 1 1 28 0 0 26

MNE VS DEN MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

16.12.2010 Herning DEN DEN-MNE ECh – MR-Group I 29:30 (18:14)

15.12.2013 Beograd SRB DEN-MNE WCh – 1/8-final 22:21 (11:12)

11.12.2015 Herning DEN DEN-MNE WCh – Group A 21:23 (07:12)

18.12.2015 Herning DEN MNE-DEN WCh – Place 5-8 20:28 (11:15)

19.03.2016 Aarhus DEN DEN-MNE OG – Qual. Tournament 2 22:26 (10:13)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 3 120 0 2 122

EURO matches 1 1 30 0 0 29

CZE VS MNE MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

01.12.2006 Cheb CZE CZE-MNE WCh-Qual. – Group 3 24:23 (16:10)

03.06.2011 Olomouc CZE CZE-MNE WCh-Playoff 26:42 (07:21)

10.06.2011 Pljevlja MNE MNE-CZE WCh-Playoff 33:26 (16:11)

26.03.2014 Most CZE CZE-MNE ECh-Qual. – Group 3 23:24 (10:11)

30.03.2014 Bijelo Polje MNE MNE-CZE ECh-Qual. – Group 3 25:22 (12:11)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 1 121 0 4 147

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

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HUNGARY

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP C

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2000

1998, 2004, 2012

OLYMPIC GAMES

2000

1976, 1996

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1965

1957, 1982, 1995, 2003

1971, 1975, 1978, 2005

TEAM PROFILE

Will Kim Rasmussen bring Hungary back to former glory? The Hungarian

Handball Federation appointed the successful Dane in May 2016 as new head

coach. One week after Rasmussen won the Women’s EHF Champions League

with CSM Bucuresti. The Dane had also coached the Polish women’s national

team before, but was available since he had not renewed his contract.

Before the new era, Hungary were coached for a few months by the coaching

duo Ambros Martin and Gabor Elek on an interim basis; the solution had become

necessary when the federation parted ways with Andras Nemeth earlier this year

after Hungary had failed to make it past the Last 16 at the World Championship

2015 and hence missed out on the chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Hungary are only one of two teams (the other one being Montenegro) who were

able to end the Norwegian/Danish dominance at EURO events. Hungary took

gold in 2000 and later added bronze to their tally (1998, 2004, 2012). The team’s

most recent history was tragically marked by the death of head coach Karl Erik

Böhn who passed away in February 2014.

MEDIA CONTACT

GABOR LISZKAY

+36 30 681 3460

liszkay@keziszovetseg.hu

www.keziszovetseg.hu

SOCIAL MEDIA

kezivalogatott

@MKSZhandball

mkskezilabda

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Hungary 6 5 0 1 198:130 68 10

Poland 6 5 0 1 163:121 42 10

Slovakia 6 2 0 4 142:138 4 4

Finland 6 0 0 6 84:198 -114 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Malmö Isstadion,

Malmö

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 18:30 hrs Hungary vs Czech Republic

7 December 20:45 hrs Denmark vs Hungary

9 December 18:30 hrs Montenegro vs Hungary

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 3 1 2 127:128 -1 7:5 2nd Group 1

1994 Runners-Up 2 2 0 0 65:37 +28 4:0 Won vs. ISL

1994 EHF EURO 7 3 1 3 163:160 +3 7:7 4th Place

1996 Qualification 6 4 1 1 149:115 +34 9:3 1st Group 5

1996 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 131:154 –23 2:10 10th Place

1998 Qualification 6 5 1 0 154:134 +20 11:1 1st Group 2

1998 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 175:161 +14 10:4 3rd Place

2000 Play-off 2 2 0 0 59:45 +14 4:0 Won vs. CZE

2000 EHF EURO 7 6 1 0 216:169 +47 13:1 Winners

2002 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 223:204 +19 10:4 5th Place

2004 EHF EURO 8 6 0 2 236:217 +19 12:4 3rd Place

2006 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 234:186 +48 10:4 5th Place

2008 EHF EURO 6 2 1 3 143:160 –17 5:7 8th Place

2010 Qualification 6 6 0 0 174:134 +40 12:0 1st Group 2

2010 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 126:147 –21 6:6 10th Place

2012 Qualification 6 5 0 1 174:138 +36 10:2 2nd Group 1

2012 EHF EURO 8 4 0 4 219:226 -7 8:8 3rd Place

2014 EHF EURO 7 3 1 3 178:172 +6 7:7 6th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 198:130 +68 10:2 1st Group 5

Total Qualification 40 32 3 5 1100:861 +239 67:13

Total EHF EURO 76 43 4 29 2044:1956 +88 90:62

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HUNGARY

PROFILES

EVA KISS

goalkeeper

• Born in Debrecen, Kiss made her international debut in 2009 against Germany

• The 189 cm tall keeper has represented Hungary at 2 EURO and 2 WCh events

• Played her club handball entirely in Hungary, switching between 4 different clubs before

settling with the current Hungarian champions, Györ

• Will have stiff competition from goalkeeping colleague Blanka Biro, seen by many as a

handball star in the making

EURO: B 2012

NADINE SCHATZL

left wing

• Munich-born Schatzl has impressed on club level with 31 CL goals last season

• Has had stints at Györ, Veszprém Barabas KC, Erdi VSE and now wears the green of FTC

• Will most likely share left wing duties with Ildiko Erdösi who scored 19 goals in qualification

• Two-time Hungarian cup & championship winner (2011 & 2012) with Györ

schatzi-nadi

ANIKO KOVACSICS

centre back

• Made her international debut at 18 (on the same day as Eva Kiss’ debut) in 2009 against

Germany; the same year was given the Hungarian ‘Player of the Year Award’

• Is naturally a centre player but can also play left wing; was employed in this position at EHF

EURO 2014

• Awarded best young player of 2012/13, best centre back 2014/15, and best left wing 2015/16

in the CL

• Known for her speed and excellent one-against-one ability

EURO: B 2012

EC trophies: CL 2013, 2014

ZITA SZUCSANSZKI

centre back

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• Has spent her whole career with FTC in Hungary; was awarded handball player of the

year 2011 & 2015 in Hungary

• Known for her versatility, strong leadership and excellent backcourt shooting skills

• Racked up 24 goals in EURO qualification

• Will likely take up left back due to heavy competition from Görbicz and Kovacsics

EURO: B 2012

EC trophies: EHF Cup 2006, Cup Winners’ Cup 2011, 2012

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ANITA GÖRBICZ

centre back

• Considered one of the best female handball players of all time, however, since taking time out to

give birth to her son Otto in 2015 she has struggled to reach her old form

• Awarded World Handball Player of the Year 2005

• All-star centre back at 2013, 2007, 2005, 2003 at WCh; yet to receive the same award at a EURO

• Spent her whole career in Hungary with Györ and is a five-time Hungarian handball player of

the year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014)

EURO: B 2004, 2012; WCh: S 2003 B 2005

EC trophies: CL 2013, 2014

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ZSUZSANNA TOMORI

right back

• Hungarian handball player of the year 2012

• Was joint top scorer for Hungary with 24 goals at WCh 2015 (with Szöllösi-Zacsik)

• Was 2012/13 CL top scorer with 95 goals

• Underwent minor surgery in October on her knee and this hence interrupted her club

pre-season and made her miss Rasmussen’s first training camp

EURO: B 2012

EC trophies: Cup Winners’ Cup: 2011, 2012

VIKTORIA LUKACS

right wing

• The speedy winger got the vote of confidence from the federation on the back of strong

domestic and CL performances; top scorer (6) in a dominate home win over Finland in

EURO qualification

• The Budapest-born winger scored 27 goals in the CL 2015/16

• Named ‘Rookie of the Round’ by ehfTV.com for her quarter-final performance in 2015/16 season

• Became Hungarian champion with FTC in 2014/15

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KIM RASMUSSEN

coach

• The 44-year-old Dane has been in charge since summer 2016

• Started coaching in Lyngby, Denmark; has coached the Polish NT and took them to two WCh

semi-finals (2013 & 2015)

• His biggest achievement was winning the CL with CSM Bucuresti beating Hungarian side

Györ in the 2016 final

• Also had stints with Danish Lyngby and Roskilde and Swedish Stavsten; in the 2014/15 season

he was with HC Vardar for a very short time

EC trophies: CL 2016

@kimras72

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HUNGARY

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Katalin PALINGER 46 1998-2010

Anita GORBICZ 35 2002-2008, 2012

Piroska PAPPNE-SZAMORANSKY 34 2006-2014

Orsolya HERR 31 2006-2014

Mónika KOVACSICZ 30 2006-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Agnes FARKAS 205 1994, 1998-2002

Anita GORBICZ 137 2002-2008, 2012

Zsuzsanna TOMORI 87 2008-2014

Bojana RADULOVICS 72 2004

Zita SZUCSANSZKI 70 2008-2014

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 35:12 (13:6) vs. Austria @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 10.12.2000

Biggest defeat: 13:34 (7:19) vs. Norway @ Lillehammer NOR, 10.12.2010

Longest winning run: 9 matches (09.12.2000 – 08.12.2002)

Longest unbeaten run: 11 matches (20.12.1998 – 08.12.2002)

Longest losing run: 5 matches (07.12.1996 – 13.12.1996)

Longest run without win: 5 matches (07.12.1996 – 13.12.1996)

Current run: L1 (19.12.2014)

Most goals: 43 vs. Yugoslavia 43:39W @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

Most goals opponent: 44 vs. Norway 29:44L @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

Most goals both teams: 82 vs. Yugoslavia 43:39W @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

Fewest goals: 13 vs. Norway 13:34L @ Lillehammer NOR, 10.12.2010

Fewest goals opponent: 12 vs. Austria 35:12W @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 10.12.2000

Fewest goals both teams: 39 vs. Austria 15:24L @ Herning DEN, 10.12.1996

39 vs. France 21:18W @ Lillehammer NOR, 08.12.2010

39 vs. Romania 20:19W @ Debrecen HUN, 13.12.2014

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

MNE VS HUN MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

09.12.2012 Novi Sad SRB HUN-MNE ECh – MR-Group II 26:28 (09:15)

08.12.2015 Herning DEN MNE-HUN WCh – Group A 32:15 (17:09)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 2 2 60 0 0 41

EURO matches 1 1 28 0 0 26

DEN VS HUN MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

16.12.2004 Debrecen HUN DEN-HUN ECh – MR-Group II 24:23 (08:14)

18.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS DEN-HUN WCh – Place 3/4 24:27 (15:14)

05.12.2008 Skopje MKD DEN-HUN ECh – Group A 26:26 (16:17)

15.12.2014 Debrecen HUN HUN-DEN ECh – MR-Group I 20:23 (09:11)

09.12.2015 Herning DEN HUN-DEN WCh – Group A 29:22 (15:12)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 16 9 370 2 5 368

EURO matches 5 4 131 1 0 125

HUN VS CZE MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

16.04.2000 Nyíregyháza HUN HUN-CZE ECh-Playoff 33:20 (15:10)

08.12.2002 Århus DEN HUN-CZE ECh – Group D 33:26 (17:13)

15.10.2009 Kecskemét HUN HUN-CZE ECh-Qual. – Group 2 24:20 (13:09)

26.05.2010 Plzeň CZE CZE-HUN ECh-Qual. – Group 2 23:31 (13:17)

07.12.2013 Novi Sad SRB HUN-CZE WCh – Group D 35:27 (18:16)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 9 261 0 0 199

EURO matches 2 2 58 0 0 45

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DENMARK

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP C

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

1994, 1996, 2002

1998, 2004

OLYMPIC GAMES

1996, 2000, 2004

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1997

1962, 1993

2013

TEAM PROFILE

From 1994 to 2004 the Danish national team was very successful and was

crowned Olympic champions (1996, 2000, 2004), world champions (1997) and

European champions (1994, 1996, 2002). However, this success was followed by an

11-year medal drought, which finally ended in 2013 when they won bronze at the

World Championship.

From the under 17 to the under 19 generations, the Danes are on top with gold to

their name in the 2015 younger age category summer events and they will hope to

build on this youth and junior success in the coming major tournaments.

At the EHF EURO 2014 they disappointingly finished in 8 th . The result of this

was that Jan Pytlick was replaced by former Danish international coach Klavs

Bruun Jörgensen. He steered Denmark successfully through qualification, in which

they placed second behind Russia, and to the quarter-final at the Women’s World

Championship 2015 on home court.

MEDIA CONTACT

ALEXANDER ELVERLUND

+45 2741 4131

ael@dhf.dk

www.dhf.dk

SOCIAL MEDIA

haandbolddamerne

@dhf_haandbold

haandbolddamerne

dhf.landshold

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Russia 6 6 0 2 200:145 55 12

Denmark 6 4 0 5 162:135 27 8

Turkey 6 1 0 5 157:190 -33 2

Portugal 6 1 0 5 134:183 -49 2

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Malmö Isstadion,

Malmö

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 20:45 hrs Montenegro vs Denmark

7 December 20:45 hrs Denmark vs Hungary

9 December 20:45 hrs Denmark vs Czech Republic

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 4 1 1 188:117 +71 9:3 2nd Group 6

1994 Runners-Up 2 2 0 0 46:36 +10 4:0 Won vs. BUL

1994 EHF EURO 7 7 0 0 186:151 +35 14:0 Winners

1996 EHF EURO 7 7 0 0 197:146 +51 14:0 Winners

1998 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 189:163 +26 10:4 Runners-up

2000 Play-off 2 2 0 0 63:40 +23 4:0 Won vs. SVK

2000 EHF EURO 6 1 1 4 151:159 -8 3:9 10th Place

2002 EHF EURO 8 8 0 0 200:171 +29 16:0 Winners

2004 EHF EURO 8 6 0 2 202:189 +13 12:4 Runners-up

2006 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 148:156 -8 4:8 11th Place

2008 Play-off 2 1 0 1 45:44 +1 2:2 Won vs. TUR

2008 EHF EURO 6 2 1 3 145:160 -15 5:7 11th Place

2010 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 192:175 +17 10:6 4th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 171:137 +34 8:4 2nd Group 6

2012 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 217:206 +11 10:4 5th Place

2014 Qualification 6 6 0 0 204:164 +40 12:0 1st Group 1

2014 EHF EURO 6 3 1 2 155:147 +8 7:5 8th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 162:135 +27 8:4 2nd Group 6

Total Qualification 30 23 1 6 879:673 +206 47:13

Total EHF EURO 76 51 3 22 1982:1823 +159 105:47

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DENMARK

PROFILES

SANDRA TOFT

goalkeeper

• Made her international debut in 2008, however, didn’t make the cut for the EURO 2010 squad

on home court

• Became number one for Denmark when Karin Mortensen and Christina Nymand Pedersen

ended their NT careers after the 2012 Olympics

• Plays her club handball for Larvik; became CL All-star goalkeeper in 2014/15

• After a severe car accident in 2009 she was close to being paralysed, but managed to make a

remarkable comeback and was playing 5 months later

EC trophies: EHF Cup 2013

@sandratoft89

sandratoft89

MARIA FISKER

left wing

• Started playing handball when she was 5; made her international debut in September 2010

• Was voted All-star left wing EURO 2014 and WCh 2013

• After winning the CL with CSM Bucuresti she is back playing her club handball in

Randers HK - returning to the club for the third time

• Is known for her speed and high scoring percentage, normally above 80 per cent

WCh: B 2013 EC trophies: EHF Cup 2010,

Cup Winners’ Cup 2014, CL 2016

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ANNE METTE HANSEN

left back

• Debut in 2013 but made her real breakthrough at the WCh 2015, scoring 36 goals & was named

on the rookie All-star team

• No stranger to winning medals having picked up bronze at the W19 EURO, gold at the youth

WCh and silver at the W17 EURO

• At 22 has already scored more than 100 goals for the NT going into her 4 th major championship

• Nicknamed ‘Junior’ by her teammates in Kobenhavn Handbold

WCh: B 2013

STINE JØRGENSEN

centre back

• Newly appointed team captain, she will likely share the role of playmaker with Kristiansen

moving away from her normal left back position

• Tall (180 cm) mobile with a strong and varied shot arsenal

• Was awarded Danish national team player of the year 2016

• Has a famous boyfriend in Danish badminton star Jan Ø. Jørgensen

WCh: B 2013

EC trophies: Cup Winners’ Cup 2015

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KRISTINA KRISTIANSEN

centre back

• Started playing handball at the age of 5 in Roskilde; spent 8 years playing for Team Tvis Holstebro

• Now plays her club handball in Nykøbing Falster Håndboldklub in Denmark with her partner

and Swedish NT player Nathalie Hagman

• Hugely impressed at EURO 2014 and became All-star centre back

• “Mulle” (Danish term of endearment) was named female player of the season 2013/14

in Denmark

WCh: B 2013

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TRINE ØSTERGAARD JENSEN

right wing

• Ever since she started playing handball at the age of 9 she has been ambitious

• In March 2012 she made her debut for Denmark against Croatia

• Became key for her club FCM after former Danish international Maibritt Kviesgaard left in

the summer of 2013

• Her handball idol is ex-national team player and EURO and Olympic champion,

Line Fruensgaard (Daugaard)

WCh: B 2013

EC trophy: Cup Winners’ Cup 2015

@toestergaard

toestergaard

STINE BODHOLT NIELSEN

line player

• 27-year-old was a late-bloomer making her Danish debut only 2.5 years ago

• Is a key pillar in Jørgensen’s aggressive defensive set-up

• Inexperienced internationally but has 10 years of top Danish league handball, debuting at 16

for Viborg HK playing alongside Bojana Popovic and Grit Jurack

• Had an excellent pre-EURO campaign, picking up a place in the Golden League’s All-star team

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KLAVS BRUUN JØRGENSEN

coach

• His playing career is highlighted with stints in German SG Wallau-Massenheim, Danish giants

GOG, FCK Handball and AG Kobenhavn winning multiple national titles.

• Played 185 matches for Denmark scoring 440 goals.

• In 2010, started coaching with AG Kobenhavn claiming the double in his debut season.

• Later had spells at Nordsjaelland, Team Tvis Holstebro and as an assistant coach for the Danish

men’s national team (EURO 2014)

• Appointed Danish Women’s NT coach in June 2015

EURO: B 2002, 2004 (as a player)

@KlavsBJorgensen

klavsbj

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DENMARK

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Karin MORTENSEN 36 2000-2010

Rikke Erhardsen SKOV 33 2000, 2004-2010

Katrine FRUELUND 26 1998, 2002, 2006-2008

Lene RANTALA 26 1994-2002

Susan Torp THORSGAARD 25 2008-2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Rikke Erhardsen SKOV 93 2000, 2004-2010

Camilla ANDERSEN 89 1994-1998

Ann Grete NØRGAARD ØSTERBALLE 85 2010-2014

Mette Vestergaard BRANDT (LARSEN) 83 1996-2002

Anja Jul ANDERSEN 80 1994-1996

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 30:13 (13:5) vs. Sweden @ Brøndby/Sjælland DEN, 06.12.1996

Biggest defeat: 19:31 (12:10) vs. Norway @ Ohrid MKD, 09.12.2008

Longest winning run: 18 matches (17.09.1994 – 16.12.1998)

Longest unbeaten run: 18 matches (17.09.1994 – 16.12.1998)

Longest losing run: 4 matches (16.12.2010 – 04.12.2012)

Longest run without win: 4 matches (16.12.2010 – 04.12.2012)

Current run: L1 (17.12.2014)

Most goals: 37 vs. FYR Macedonia 37:21W @ ‘s-Hertogenbosch NED, 11.12.1998

37 vs. FYR Macedonia 37:30W @ Niš SRB, 08.12.2012

Most goals opponent: 33 vs. Romania 26:33L @ București ROU, 13.12.2000

33 vs. Norway 35:33W @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

Most goals both teams: 68 vs. Norway 35:33W @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

Fewest goals: 15 vs. Romania 15:16L @ Herning DEN, 19.12.2010

Fewest goals opponent: 13 vs. Sweden 30:13W @ Brøndby/Sjælland DEN, 06.12.1996

Fewest goals both teams: 31 vs. Romania 15:16L @ Herning DEN, 19.12.2010

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

MNE VS DEN MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

16.12.2010 Herning DEN DEN-MNE ECh – MR-Group I 29:30 (18:14)

15.12.2013 Beograd SRB DEN-MNE WCh – 1/8-final 22:21 (11:12)

11.12.2015 Herning DEN DEN-MNE WCh – Group A 21:23 (07:12)

18.12.2015 Herning DEN MNE-DEN WCh – Place 5-8 20:28 (11:15)

19.03.2016 Aarhus DEN DEN-MNE OG – Qual. Tournament 2 22:26 (10:13)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 3 120 0 2 122

EURO matches 1 1 30 0 0 29

DEN VS HUN MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

16.12.2004 Debrecen HUN DEN-HUN ECh – MR-Group II 24:23 (08:14)

18.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS DEN-HUN WCh – Place 3/4 24:27 (15:14)

05.12.2008 Skopje MKD DEN-HUN ECh – Group A 26:26 (16:17)

15.12.2014 Debrecen HUN HUN-DEN ECh – MR-Group I 20:23 (09:11)

09.12.2015 Herning DEN HUN-DEN WCh – Group A 29:22 (15:12)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 16 9 370 2 5 368

EURO matches 5 4 131 1 0 125

DEN VS CZE MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

09.12.1995 Krems AUT CZE-DEN WCh – Group B 14:26 (05:11)

03.12.1997 Neubrandenburg DEN CZE-DEN WCh – Group D 27:41 (12:23)

20.05.2001 Olomouc CZE CZE-DEN WCh-Playoff 16:24 (06:12)

26.05.2001 Århus DEN DEN-CZE WCh-Playoff 31:23 (14:10)

10.12.2012 Beograd SRB CZE-DEN ECh – MR-Group I 30:33 (12:13)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 5 155 0 0 110

EURO matches 1 1 33 0 0 30

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CZECH REPUBLIC

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP C

MEDIA CONTACT

ALŽBĚTA VEJROSTOVA

+420 776 746 013

vejrostova@chf.cz

www.chf.cz

SOCIAL MEDIA

czechhandball

TEAM PROFILE

From the highs of qualifying for major events like the EHF EURO 2012 or the

World Championship 2013 to lows like failing to qualify for the EHF EURO 2014

and the World Championship 2015, women’s handball in the Czech Republic has

been on quite a roller coaster ride - and potentially the successful qualification for

the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 marks the start of a new high.

After the Czech federation started to focus on their youth programmes, including

hosting YAC EHF EURO and World Championship events, a huge number of the

national team players started playing abroad, mainly in Germany, Hungary and

Poland. One of the team’s current top players is Iveta Luzumova from German

champions and EHF Champions League participants Thüringer HC.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Serbia 6 5 1 0 191:141 50 11

Czech Republic 6 4 1 1 170:142 28 9

Ukraine 6 2 0 4 174:162 12 4

Italy 6 0 0 6 113:203 -90 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Malmö Isstadion,

Malmö

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 18:30 hrs Hungary vs Czech Republic

7 December 18:30 hrs Czech Republic vs Montenegro

9 December 20:45 hrs Denmark vs Czech Republic

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 5 1 0 142:115 +27 11:1 1st Group 7

1994 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 118:122 -4 4:8 8th Place

1996 Qualification 6 2 0 4 107:119 –12 4:8 3rd Group 1

1998 Qualification 6 1 0 5 127:143 –16 2:10 3rd Group 2

2000 Play-off 2 0 0 2 45:59 –14 0:4 Lost vs. HUN

2002 Play-off 2 1 0 1 58:56 +2 2:2 Won vs. MKD

2002 EHF EURO 7 3 0 4 162:167 -5 6:8 8th Place

2004 Play-off 2 2 0 0 51:44 +7 4:0 Won vs. ISL

2004 EHF EURO 3 0 0 3 60:74 –14 0:6 15th Place

2006 Play-off 2 1 0 1 49:51 -2 2:2 Lost vs. ESP

2008 Qualification 4 4 0 0 143:89 +54 8:0 1st Group 3

2008 Play-off 2 0 0 2 44:54 –10 0:4 Lost vs. SWE

2010 Qualification 6 2 0 4 152:158 -6 4:8 3rd Group 2

2012 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 169:152 +17 8:4 2nd Group 5

2012 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 146:163 –17 2:10 12th Place

2014 Qualification 6 3 0 3 157:136 +21 6:6 3rd Group 3

2016 Qualification 2 6 4 1 1 170:142 +28 9:3 2nd Group 2

Total Qualification 56 29 2 25 1414:1318 +96 60:52

Total EHF EURO 22 6 0 16 486:526 -40 12:32

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CZECH REPUBLIC

PROFILES

LUCIE SATRAPOVA

goalkeeper

• Born in Havlickuv Brod

• Has CL experience from playing with Thüringer HC

• The 183 cm tall keeper also chalked up EHF Cup and Challenge Cup experience with

DHC Slavia Praha

• Has represented the Czech Republic at EURO 2012 (12 th ) & WCh 2013 (15 th ) and had the

overall best saving percentage (58%) at the latter

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VERONIKA MALA

left wing

• The Pisek-born winger scored 16 goals in EURO qualification

• Has EHF Cup experience from playing with her current club VfL Oldenburg

• Will likely share her left-wing duties with Kristyna Salcakova

• Before departing for Germany clocked up 109 goals for DHC Slavia Praha in the 2015/16

season; played in the Challenge Cup for three seasons with Sokol Pisek

MARKETA JERABKOVA

left back

• 174 cm tall back court player was born in Plzen

• Impressed in EURO qualification with 21 goals

• Has spent 4 seasons in the EHF Cup with DHK Banik Most; scored 118 goals in the 2015/16

domestic season for Banik Most

• Will share court time with Kamila Kordovska (27 goals in qualification) another young

Czech talent

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IVETA LUZUMOVA

centre back

• Luzumova’s first success on the handball circuit was with Pisek, leading them to bronze in the

Czech-Slovak league.

• Like coach Basny, she also made her way to France playing for Union Mios Biganos-Begles;

from there she went to Germany to her current CL club Thüringer HC

• Made her Czech debut in 2009 and since then has scored over 270 goals in her NT appearances

• Two-time Czech female player of the year

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MICHAELA HRBKOVA

right back

• Started with handball in Olomouc, from there she moved to DHC Sokol Poruba. Got her first

contract abroad with Lokomotiva Zagreb in 2014.

• She enjoyed CL handball with Zagreb but quickly moved to Germany to play for Frisch Auf

Göppingen. Going on loan last season in Hungary she has now returned to the Bundesliga side

for the new season

• Has scored more than 250 goals for her country; attended EURO 2012 & WCh 2013

• In 2015 was voted best female handball player of the year in the Czech Republic; was her

team’s top scorer in qualification with 28 goals

JANA KNEDLIKOVA

right wing

• As a child did ballet and figure skating but handball took over as her main focus

• Started playing in her hometown Prague; won two domestic titles with Slavia Praha

• Hungary was the next stop when she became a pillar for Mosonmagyarovar; she got the

attention of Hungarian champions & CL participants Györ where she now plays her handball

• With her quality CL experience the speedy winger will be one of stalwarts for the Czech ladies

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ALENA STELLNEROVA SETELIKOVA

line player

• The 170 cm tall line player spent her handball career in Sokol Pisek and DHC Slavia Praha

• She picked up Challenge Cup experience at both clubs

• This season she enjoyed playing in EHF Cup qualification with Slavia Praha

• Scored 105 goals for her club side during the Czech league 2015/16

• Setelikova will have tough competition on the line from Petra Adamkova of German side

Frisch Auf Göppingen

JAN BASNY

coach

• Brno-born Basny’s handball origins stem back to Zlín where he played second division

handball; at 18 he moved to Prague to play for Slavia Praha and later studied coaching

• In 1990 moved to Ajaccio on the island of Corsica where he played before becoming player-manager

• In 2004 coached Istres OPH; ES Besancon from 2007 to 2009; Since 2014 Basny is head

coach of Nantes Loire Atlantique Handball

• Since 2010 he is head coach of the Czech women; the best results were 12 th at EURO 2012 &

15 th at WCh 2013

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CZECH REPUBLIC

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Lenka FLEKOVA (ROMANOVA) 16 1994, 2002-2004

Petra VITKOVA (VALOVA) 15 2002-2004, 2012

Lenka CERNA (POSPISILOVA) 13 1994, 2002

Petra CUMPLOVA 13 1994, 2002

Martina KNYTLOVA 10 2002-2004

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Petra CUMPLOVA 80 1994, 2002

Lenka FLEKOVA (ROMANOVA) 45 1994, 2002-2004

Monika LUDMILOVA 29 1994

Romana CHRENKOVA 26 2012

Lucie FABIKOVA 26 2002-2004

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 30:20 (14:7) vs. Germany @ Farum/Sjælland DEN, 12.12.2002

Biggest defeat: 19:29 (10:12) vs. Russia @ Farum/Sjælland DEN, 11.12.2002

Longest winning run: 2 matches (06.12.2002 – 07.12.2002)

Longest unbeaten run: 2 matches (06.12.2002 – 07.12.2002)

Longest losing run: 5 matches (06.12.2012 – 13.12.2012)

Longest run without win: 5 matches (06.12.2012 – 13.12.2012)

Current run: L5 (06.12.2012 – 13.12.2012)

Most goals: 30 vs. Germany 30:20W @ Farum/Sjælland DEN, 12.12.2002

30 vs. Denmark 30:33L @ Beograd SRB, 10.12.2012

Most goals opponent: 35 vs. Sweden 26:35L @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

Most goals both teams: 63 vs. Denmark 30:33L @ Beograd SRB, 10.12.2012

Fewest goals: 17 vs. Romania 17:18L @ Magdeburg GER, 21.09.1994

17 vs. Romania 17:19L @ Århus DEN, 14.12.2002

Fewest goals opponent: 16 vs. Slovakia 22:16W @ Magdeburg GER, 22.09.1994

Fewest goals both teams: 35 vs. Romania 17:18L @ Magdeburg GER, 21.09.1994

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

CZE VS MNE MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

01.12.2006 Cheb CZE CZE-MNE WCh-Qual. – Group 3 24:23 (16:10)

03.06.2011 Olomouc CZE CZE-MNE WCh-Playoff 26:42 (07:21)

10.06.2011 Pljevlja MNE MNE-CZE WCh-Playoff 33:26 (16:11)

26.03.2014 Most CZE CZE-MNE ECh-Qual. – Group 3 23:24 (10:11)

30.03.2014 Bijelo Polje MNE MNE-CZE ECh-Qual. – Group 3 25:22 (12:11)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 1 121 0 4 147

EURO matches 0 0 0 0 0 0

HUN VS CZE MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

16.04.2000 Nyíregyháza HUN HUN-CZE ECh-Playoff 33:20 (15:10)

08.12.2002 Århus DEN HUN-CZE ECh – Group D 33:26 (17:13)

15.10.2009 Kecskemét HUN HUN-CZE ECh-Qual. – Group 2 24:20 (13:09)

26.05.2010 Plzeň CZE CZE-HUN ECh-Qual. – Group 2 23:31 (13:17)

07.12.2013 Novi Sad SRB HUN-CZE WCh – Group D 35:27 (18:16)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 9 261 0 0 199

EURO matches 2 2 58 0 0 45

DEN VS CZE MATCHES

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

09.12.1995 Krems AUT CZE-DEN WCh – Group B 14:26 (05:11)

03.12.1997 Neubrandenburg DEN CZE-DEN WCh – Group D 27:41 (12:23)

20.05.2001 Olomouc CZE CZE-DEN WCh-Playoff 16:24 (06:12)

26.05.2001 Århus DEN DEN-CZE WCh-Playoff 31:23 (14:10)

10.12.2012 Beograd SRB CZE-DEN ECh – MR-Group I 30:33 (12:13)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 5 155 0 0 110

EURO matches 1 1 33 0 0 30

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NORWAY

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP D

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014

1996, 2002, 2012

1994

OLYMPIC GAMES

2008, 2012

1988, 1992

2000, 2016

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1999, 2011

1997, 2001, 2007

1986, 1993, 2009

TEAM PROFILE

Norway have been a leading force in women’s handball for the last decade, despite

not lifting trophies at the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 and the World Championship

2013. At the EHF EURO 2014 Thorir Hergeirsson’s team struck back, and won

their sixth EHF EURO title by beating Spain; a success that was followed by their

gold-medal performance at the Women’s World Championship 2015.

The 2016 Olympic Games marked a small setback for the team. They lost the

semi-final after extra time to the eventual champions Russia and were not able to

defend the Olympic gold they had won in 2008 and 2012.

Nevertheless, the current world and European champions can count on the

experience their players have amassed on the national team as well as on the club

level and are one of the red hot favourites for medals at the EHF EURO 2016.

Players like left wing Camilla Herrem and right back Nora Mørk are likely to be

the driving force of the squad.

MEDIA CONTACT

HALVOR LEA

+47 41900021

halvor.lea@olympiatoppen.no

www.handball.no

SOCIAL MEDIA

handballjentene

@NORhandball

handballandslagene

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

1. Norway 6 5 0 1 178:128 50 10

2. Romania 6 4 0 2 150:137 13 8

3. Belarus 6 3 0 3 159:168 -9 6

4. Lithuania 6 0 0 6 140:194 -54 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Helsingborg Arena,

Helsingborg

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 20:45 hrs Norway vs Romania

7 December 20:45 hrs Croatia vs Norway

9 December 20:45 hrs Norway vs Russia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 5 0 1 147:98 +49 10:2 1st Group 5

1994 EHF EURO 7 4 0 3 134:130 +4 8:6 3rd Place

1996 Qualification 6 5 0 1 134:121 +13 10:2 1st Group 1

1996 EHF EURO 7 4 2 1 179:151 +28 10:4 Runners-up

1998 Qualification 6 5 0 1 144:116 +28 10:2 1st Group 3

1998 EHF EURO 7 7 0 0 189:132 +57 14:0 Winners

2000 EHF EURO 6 2 2 2 151:149 +2 6:6 6th Place

2002 Play-off 2 2 0 0 70:35 +35 4:0 Won vs. LTU

2002 EHF EURO 8 6 1 1 203:169 +34 13:3 Runners-up

2004 EHF EURO 8 8 0 0 259:191 +68 16:0 Winners

2006 EHF EURO 8 8 0 0 258:179 +79 16:0 Winners

2008 EHF EURO 8 7 1 0 248:169 +79 15:1 Winners

2010 EHF EURO 8 7 0 1 239:146 +93 14:2 Winners

2012 EHF EURO 8 6 0 2 219:194 +25 12:4 Runner-up

2014 Qualification 4 4 0 0 120:94 +26 8:0 1st Group 6

2014 EHF EURO 8 7 0 1 225:192 +33 14:2 Winners

2016 Qualification 6 5 0 1 178:128 + 50 10:2 1st Group 1

Total Qualification 30 26 0 4 793:592 +201 52:8

Total EHF EURO 83 66 6 11 2304:1802 +502 138:28

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NORWAY

PROFILES

KARI GRIMSBØ

goalkeeper

• Started handball at the age of 5, had her debut for Byasen in the Norwegian league at 17;

from there spent time in Esbjerg before settling in Györ

• Made her senior international debut in 2005 against Portugal

• Due to an meniscus injury in the first match at the EURO 2014 missed the Norwegian triumph

• All-star goalkeeper Olympic Games: 2012, 2016

OG: G 2008, 2012, B 2016; EURO: G 2006, 2008, 2010,

2014; WCh: G 2011, 2015, S 2007, B 2009

CAMILLA HERREM

left wing

• Started handball in her home town of Sola; also played for Byasen HE, HCM Baia Mare and

Team Tvis Holstebro

• This season plays for Vardar and is the first high-profile Norwegian player to play in

FYR Macedonia

• After a stellar performance at the 2009 WCh she was granted All-star left wing

• Married to Steffen Stegavik who played for CL side Elverum

OG: G 2012, B 2016; EURO: G 2008, 2010, 2014, S 2012;

WCh: B 2009, G 2011, 2015

VERONICA KRISTIANSEN

left back

• When she was 13 moved from a football pitch to a handball court

• Plays her club handball for CL side Midtjylland; will come up against teammate Eliza Buceschi

of Romania in the opening tie

• Team’s top scorer in the Golden League prior to EURO 2016 scoring 12 goals in 3 games

• Out of a handball family, as her sisters Jeanette and Charlotte also play handball. Jeanette is

playing for Vipers Kristiansand

OG: B 2016; EURO: G 2014; WCh: G 2015

STINE BREDAL OFTEDAL

centre back

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@CamillaHerrem

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@KristiansenV

veronicakristiansen

• Oslo-born Oftedal made her international debut in 2010

• Plays her club handball with her younger sister Hanna in Issy Paris HB, France

• Was awarded All-star center back at WCh 2015 and MVP of French League 2013/14

• Known for her explosiveness and ability to break through defense; her idol growing up was

Bojana Popovic

OG: B 2016; EURO: G 2010, 2014 S 2012; WCh: G 2011,

2015

@StineOftedal

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NORA MØRK

right back

• At 19 made her debut for Norway; plays her club handball for the Hungarian champions and

CL side Györ

• Overall top scorer in Rio 2016 with 62 goals; had a record-breaking 2015/16 CL season scoring

93 goals for Larvik

• All-star right back WCh 2015, EURO 2014 (top scorer 41 goals); best right back CL 2015/16

• Her twin sister and former teammate, Thea, plays for Larvik

OG: B 2016; EURO: G 2010, 2014; WCh: G 2015

EC trophies: CL 2011

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AMANDA KURTOVIC

right wing

• Born in Karlskrona, Sweden to a Swedish mother and Croatian father; moved to Norway at age 6

• Made debut for Norway in 2011 against Russia

• Plays her club handball in Larvik and is expected to have a bigger role for her club with the

departure of Nora Mørk, but will take up right wing in Sweden

• Had huge shoulder problems which had her out of action for over two years; she made her

comeback for Norway against Brazil in 2015

• Top scorer for Norway in EURO qualification with 26 goals

OG: G 2012, B 2016; WCh 2011, 2015

EC trophies: CL 2011

MARIT MALM FRAFJORD

line player

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• Tromso-born Frafjord will take on a big role in Sweden with Løke out pregnant

• Made her international debut back in 2005 against Portugal

• Played in back court as a youth player but switch to the line around senior level

• She retired from international handball in 2015 due to injury issues, but returned again

for Rio 2016

• Had to take a university exam in her hotel room during the WCh 2007 in France

OG: G 2012, 2008, B 2016; EURO: G 2010, 2008, 2006, S 2012; WCh: G 2011, S 2007, B 2009

EC trophies: Cup Winners’ Cup 2014

THORIR HERGEIRSSON

coach

• In 2009 Icelander Hergeirsson was promoted from assistant to head coach, taking over from

Marit Breivik

• A major highlight of his career was winning three goal medals in 20 months with Norway

• In the run up to EURO 2016 Norway won the Golden League beating Olympic champions

Russia, silver medallists France as well as hosts Denmark

• Voted best women’s handball team coach by the IHF in 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015

OG: G 2012 B 2016; EURO: G 2010, 2014 S: 2012;

WCh: G 2011, 2015 B 2009 (as a coach)

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NORWAY

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Karoline Dyhre BREIVANG 52 2000, 2004-2014

Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth KOREN 48 2004-2014

Tonje LARSEN 43 1994-1998, 2002, 2008-2010

Katrine LUNDE (HARALDSEN) 39 2002-2012

Gro HAMMERSENG 38 2000-2006, 2010

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth KOREN 190 2004-2014

Gro HAMMERSENG 146 2000-2006, 2010

Heidi LØKE 125 2008-2014

Tonje LARSEN 105 1994-1998, 2002, 2008-2010

Kjersti GRINI 104 1994-1998

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 41:18 (16:8) vs. Slovenia @ Győr HUN, 16.12.2004

43:20 (19:9) vs. Slovenia @ Göteborg SWE, 07.12.2006

Biggest defeat: 19:24 (6:13) vs. Sweden @ Lillehammer NOR, 12.12.2010

Longest winning run: 16 matches (09.12.2004 – 17.12.2006)

Longest unbeaten run: 27 matches (09.12.2004 – 10.12.2010)

Longest losing run: 2 matches (22.09.1994 – 24.09.1994)

Longest run without win: 3 matches (08.12.2000 – 10.12.2000)

Current run: W2 (19.12.2014 – 21.12.2014)

Most goals: 44 vs. Hungary 44:29W @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

Most goals opponent: 35 vs. Denmark 33:35L @ Beograd SRB, 13.12.2012

Most goals both teams: 73 vs. Hungary 44:29W @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

Fewest goals: 14 vs. Austria 14:11W @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

Fewest goals opponent: 11 vs. Austria 14:11W @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

Fewest goals both teams: 25 vs. Austria 14:11W @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

NOR VS ROU MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

10.12.2015 Frederikshavn DEN ROU-NOR WCh – Group D 22:26 (10:13)

18.12.2015 Herning DEN NOR-ROU WCh – 1/2-final 35:33 (17:14, 27:27)

09.03.2016 Cluj-Napoca ROU ROU-NOR ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 1 25:20 (16:09)

13.03.2016 Stavanger NOR NOR-ROU ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 1 27:17 (12:08)

14.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NOR-ROU OG – Group A 28:27 (14:13)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 23 15 523 3 5 471

EURO matches 4 2 112 1 1 102

NOR VS CRO MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

19.09.1994 Waiblingen GER NOR-CRO ECh – Group A 15:16 (10:10)

07.12.1997 Saarbrücken GER NOR-CRO WCh – Group B 22:25 (11:13)

15.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS CRO-NOR WCh – MR-Group I 25:37 (12:18)

09.12.2007 Metz FRA NOR-CRO WCh – MR-Group I 35:29 (15:14)

14.12.2011 São Paulo BRA CRO-NOR WCh – 1/4-final 25:30 (12:16)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 3 139 0 2 120

EURO matches 1 0 15 0 1 16

NOR VS RUS MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

23.08.2008 Beijing CHN NOR-RUS OG – Place 1/2 34:27 (18:13)

13.12.2008 Skopje MKD NOR-RUS ECh – 1/2-final 24:18 (12:07)

18.12.2009 Nanjing CHN NOR-RUS WCh – 1/2-final 20:28 (12:17)

05.12.2015 Frederikshavn DEN NOR-RUS WCh – Group D 25:26 (11:14)

18.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NOR-RUS OG – 1/2-final 37:38 (16:18, 31:31)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 15 7 370 1 7 370

EURO matches 6 5 147 1 0 126

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RUSSIA

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP D

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2006

2000, 2008

OLYMPIC GAMES

2016

2008

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2001, 2005, 2007, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT

IVAN VORONTSOV

+7 495 637 09 21

i.vorontsov@rushandball.ru

www.rushandball.ru

SOCIAL MEDIA

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@rushandball

rushandball

TEAM PROFILE

Russia enter the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 as the reigning Olympic champions.

The team beat 2008 and 2012 winners Norway after extra time in the semi-final

and eventually won gold with a victory against France in the final.

This might very well be a sign of Russia returning back to former strength.

They were, alongside Norway, from 2001 to 2009 the dominant team in the world

of women’s handball. In that era they won four World Championship titles (2001,

2005, 2007 and 2009) and an Olympic silver medal in 2008. But at the European

Championships, Russia never secured a title; the biggest EHF EURO success

came in 2006 when the team won silver.

Russia’s recent rise to Olympic glory is even more remarkable, as the last few

years have not been marked by success at all. In 2013, for the first time in their

history, they failed to qualify for a World Championship, one year later they did

not make it to the main round at the EHF EURO 2014. Even Evgeny Trefilov, who

had been coaching the team from 1999 to 2012 and was reinstalled in the autumn

of 2013, seemed not be able to bring back the ultimate success, but the Russian

federation kept its faith in him.

Trefilov started a huge transition in his team, giving the responsibility to young

players from Russia’s successful youth programmes and this has started to pay off.

At the Women’s World Championship 2015 Russia reached the quarter-final and

their campaign en route to the EHF EURO 2016 was flawless - they won all their

six matches. And a mere two months after the final qualifier, Russia conquered the

very top of the Olympic podium.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

1. Russia 6 6 0 0 200:145 55 12

2. Denmark 6 4 0 2 162:135 27 8

3. Turkey 6 1 0 5 157:190 -33 2

4. Portugal 6 1 0 5 134:183 -49 2

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Helsingborg Arena,

Helsingborg

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 18:30 hrs Russia vs Croatia

7 December 18:30 hrs Romania vs Russia

9 December 20:45 hrs Norway vs Russia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 6 0 0 179:88 +91 12:0 1st Group 2

1994 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 143:116 +27 6:6 6th Place

1996 Qualification 6 5 0 1 151:119 +32 10:2 1st Group 4

1996 EHF EURO 6 3 1 2 164:147 +17 7:5 7th Place

1998 Qualification 6 4 0 2 160:149 +11 8:4 2nd Group 1

1998 EHF EURO 6 1 1 4 144:147 -3 3:9 9th Place

2000 Play-off 2 1 0 1 53:53 0 2:2 Won vs. ESP

2000 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 163:148 +15 10:4 3rd Place

2002 EHF EURO 8 4 1 3 202:189 +13 9:7 4th Place

2004 EHF EURO 8 4 0 4 226:215 +11 8:8 4th Place

2006 EHF EURO 8 7 0 1 242:200 +42 14:2 Runners-up

2008 EHF EURO 8 5 1 2 210:183 +27 11:5 3rd Place

2010 Qualification 6 4 1 1 196:155 +41 9:3 2nd Group 6

2010 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 159:145 +14 6:6 7th Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 155:135 +20 8:4 2nd Group 3

2012 EHF EURO 7 2 3 2 190:180 +10 7:7 6th Place

2014 Qualification 4 3 0 1 123:107 +16 6:2 2nd Group 7

2014 EHF EURO 3 0 1 2 79:83 -4 1:5 14th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 6 0 0 200:145 +55 12:0 1st Group 6

Total Qualification 42 33 1 8 1217:951 +266 67:17

Total EHF EURO 73 37 8 28 1922:1753 +169 82:64

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RUSSIA

PROFILES

POLINA KUZNETSOVA

left wing

• Born in Shopokov, Kyrgyzstan, she wears colours of Kuban Krasnodar domestically

• Competes internationally with her sister Anna Vyakhireva; both sisters were the top two

scorers for Russia in their OG gold medal campaign (Kuznetsova with 30 goals)

• Together with her sister won the Russian championship 2015/16 with Astrakhanochka

• All-star left wing Olympic Games: 2016; EURO 2012; WCh 2007

OG: G 2016; EURO: S 2006; WCh: G 2005, 2007

MARINA SUDAKOVA

right wing

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• Started playing handball in school in Volgograd

• Before her marriage she was called Marina Yartseva

• Is the second smallest in the squad at 166cm with Vyakhireva beating her by one centimetre

• Played all of her club handball at Rostov-Don before switch to Kuban Krasnodar this season

• Has scored over 110 goals in her 70 odd appearances for the NT

OG: G 2016; EURO: B 2008; WCh: G 2009

VLADLENA BOBROVNIKOVA

left back

• Was impressive in Rio 2016 scoring 29 goals en route to Russia’s gold

• Moved abroad in 2009, play half a season for Serbia’s Kikinda and then two and a half years in Italy

for Sassari and HC Teramo; married to an Italian named Federico and speaks Italian at home

• With Akopian, Sen and Shymkute out, a lot more attacking responsibilities will fall on her shoulders

• Named best left back in the Russian league 2015/16 for her performances with Rostov-Don

• Nicknamed “The Queen of Instagram” because of her social media presence

OG: G 2016

DARIA DMITRIEVA

centre back

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• Along with Vyakhireva is seen as the future of Russian women’s handball

• Plays her club handball in her home town of Togliatti with EHF Cup side Handball Club Lada

• Was named All-star centre back Olympic Games 2016

• Netted 28 goals in Rio and 17 in qualification for EURO 2016

OG: G 2016

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EKATERINA ILINA

centre back

• One of the best playmakers around and the big revelation of the 2015/16 season

• In 2008 became the Junior World Champion with Russia in Bratislava

• Was the team’s top scorer in EURO qualification with 26 goals

• Moved to Rostov-Don in 2014 from Lada Toliatti just after winning the EHF Cup

• Won her first domestic trophies later than international ones, having become

Russian champion and Supercup winner with Rostov in 2015

OG: G 2016

EC trophies: EHF Cup 2014

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ANNA VYAKHIREVA

right wing

• Has had great success representing Russia at under-age EUROs and WCh where she has won

copious amounts of all-star and MVP awards

• Plays her club handball in Rostov-Don; won the Russian league in the 2015/16 season with

Astrakhanochka & was elected the MVP and the best right back

• Comes from a handball family; her father Viktor is a well-known coach and her elder sister

Polina Kuznetsova plays for Kuban Krasnodar and for the Russian national team

• Voted MVP at Rio 2016

WCh: G 2013

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KSENIA MAKEEVA

line player

• Moving out of Petrova’s shadow will likely take on a much more central role in Sweden

• Is the second tallest member of the squad coming in at 185cm

• No stranger to winning titles having won domestic titles in Romania and Russia along with

international and YAC ones with the Russian NT

• Plays her club handball with CL side Rostov-Don; could earn her 100th cap if Russia make

it to the final

WCh: G 2009

EC trophies: EHF Cup: 2008

EVGENY TREFILOV

coach

• Started coaching in 1984 working mostly with men’s teams; as assistant to the men’s NT he won

gold at the WCh 1997

• In 1999 Trefilov was hired at head coach of the women’s NT; resigned again in 2009 after some

poor results, but was back in charge again in 2013

• After a poor EURO 2014 (finishing 14 th ), form improved for the WCh 2015 (finishing 5 th ) from

there Trefilov led the Russian ladies to gold at Rio 2016

• Voted best women’s handball team coach by the IHF in 2009

OG: G 2016 S 2008; EURO: S 2006; WCh: G 1997 (men), 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009;

EC trophies: CL: 2008; EHF Cup: 2007, 2012; Cup Winners’ Cup: 2002

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RUSSIA

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Maria SIDOROVA 44 1998, 2002-2006, 2010-2014

Emiliia TUREI 42 2002-2012

Liudmila BODNIEVA 30 2000-2006

Nadezda MURAVYEVA 30 2000-2004, 2008

Irina POLTORATSKAYA 27 2000-2002, 2006-2008

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Irina POLTORATSKAYA 129 2000-2002, 2006-2008

Emiliia TUREI 122 2002-2012

Liudmila BODNIEVA 103 2000-2006

Liudmila POSTNOVA 88 2004-2006, 2012

Svetlana MOZGOVAIA 79 1994-1998

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 43:24 (15:12) vs. FYR Macedonia @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

Biggest defeat: 22:30 (12:16) vs. Spain @ Herning DEN, 14.12.2010

Longest winning run: 7 matches (07.12.2006 – 16.12.2006)

Longest unbeaten run: 7 matches (07.12.2006 – 16.12.2006)

Longest losing run: 4 matches (11.12.1998 – 16.12.1998)

Longest run without win: 5 matches (11.12.1998 – 17.12.1998)

Current run: L2 (09.12.2014 – 11.12.2014)

Most goals: 43 vs. FYR Macedonia 43:24W @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

Most goals opponent: 32 vs. Ukraine 40:32W @ Stockholm SWE, 10.12.2006

32 vs. Denmark 30:32L @ Beograd SRB, 15.12.2012

Most goals both teams: 72 vs. Ukraine 40:32W @ Stockholm SWE, 10.12.2006

Fewest goals: 17 vs. Czech Republic 17:19L @ Oldenburg GER, 19.09.1994

Fewest goals opponent: 14 vs. Romania 21:14W @ Oldenburg GER, 18.09.1994

14 vs. Slovakia 31:14W @ Magdeburg GER, 21.09.1994

Fewest goals both teams: 35 vs. Romania 21:14W @ Oldenburg GER, 18.09.1994

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

ROU VS RUS MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

18.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS RUS-ROU WCh – Place 1/2 28:23 (17:12)

15.12.2007 Paris FRA ROU-RUS WCh – 1/2-final 20:30 (08:17)

16.12.2010 Herning DEN ROU-RUS ECh – MR-Group I 20:35 (10:19)

04.12.2012 Vršac SRB ROU-RUS ECh – Group D 21:21 (12:07)

11.12.2015 Frederikshavn DEN ROU-RUS WCh – Group D 27:30 (16:17)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 1 198 1 7 241

EURO matches 5 1 100 1 3 124

RUS VS CRO MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

07.12.2006 Stockholm SWE RUS-CRO ECh – Group C 27:22 (14:10)

06.12.2007 Metz FRA CRO-RUS WCh – MR-Group I 25:30 (10:16)

10.12.2008 Skopje MKD RUS-CRO ECh – MR-Group II 24:21 (11:10)

09.12.2010 Århus DEN RUS-CRO ECh – Group B 30:24 (16:11)

01.08.2012 London GBR RUS-CRO OG – Group A 28:30 (15:15)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 10 7 264 0 3 242

EURO matches 5 4 133 0 1 116

NOR VS RUS MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

23.08.2008 Beijing CHN NOR-RUS OG – Place 1/2 34:27 (18:13)

13.12.2008 Skopje MKD NOR-RUS ECh – 1/2-final 24:18 (12:07)

18.12.2009 Nanjing CHN NOR-RUS WCh – 1/2-final 20:28 (12:17)

05.12.2015 Frederikshavn DEN NOR-RUS WCh – Group D 25:26 (11:14)

18.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NOR-RUS OG – 1/2-final 37:38 (16:18, 31:31)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 15 7 370 1 7 370

EURO matches 6 5 147 1 0 126

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ROMANIA

PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP D

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

EHF EURO

2010

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1962

1973, 2005

2015

MEDIA CONTACT

LORAND BALINT

+40 751 751 315

lorand.balint@frh.ro

www.frh.ro

SOCIAL MEDIA

FRH - Federația Română de

Handbal Official

TEAM PROFILE

Even though they arrive as one of the main medal contenders at nearly every

major tournament, Romania have continously missed the podium at EHF EURO

events, with one exception: in 2010 taking home bronze - their first, and, so far,

only medal on this European stage. Despite losing to Sweden in the semi-final, the

team, led by the EHF EURO top scorer of that year Cristina Neagu, secured third

spot by beating Denmark. More recently the team won another bronze when it

placed third at the Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark.

The nation’s pool of skilled handball players is huge, which is proven by them

being crowned youth world champions in 2014 and more top results in the past

decade at younger age category events. Add to this Neagu, who has been playing

at her very best in the past few seasons and was awarded IHF World Handball

Player of the Year for 2015.

The team of newly appointed head coach Ambros Martin (who took over

from Thomas Ryde in October) were impressive in qualification en route to the

Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in which they beat champions Norway but eventually

ending up behind them, losing to Norway on aggregate as well as their final

qualifier to Belarus.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Norway 6 5 0 1 178:128 50 10

Romania 6 4 0 2 150:137 13 8

Belarus 6 3 0 3 159:168 -9 6

Lithuania 6 0 0 6 140:194 -54 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Helsingborg Arena,

Helsingborg

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 20:45 hrs Norway vs Romania

7 December 18:30 hrs Romania vs Russia

9 December 20:45 hrs Romania vs Croatia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 5 0 1 122:83 +39 10:2 1st Group 4

1994 EHF EURO 6 2 0 4 112:124 –12 4:8 10th Place

1996 Qualification 6 3 1 2 137:126 +11 7:5 2nd Group 3

1996 EHF EURO 6 4 1 1 155:139 +16 9:3 5th Place

1998 Qualification 6 4 0 2 164:157 +7 8:4 2nd Group 4

1998 EHF EURO 6 1 0 5 148:168 –20 2:10 11th Place

2000 EHF EURO 7 3 1 3 168:164 +4 7:7 4th Place

2002 EHF EURO 7 4 0 3 169:166 +3 8:6 7th Place

2004 Play-off 2 1 1 0 58:55 +3 3:1 Won vs. NED

2004 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 206:187 +19 10:4 7th Place

2006 Play-off 2 0 1 1 47:51 -4 1:3 Lost vs. SCG

2008 Play-off 2 2 0 0 70:46 +24 4:0 Won vs. ISL

2008 EHF EURO 7 5 0 2 209:199 +10 10:4 5th Place

2010 Qualification 6 4 1 1 219:153 +66 9:3 2nd Group 1

2010 EHF EURO 8 5 0 3 205:197 +8 10:6 3rd Place

2012 Qualification 2 6 5 0 1 187:128 +59 10:2 1st Group 2

2012 EHF EURO 6 2 1 3 136:139 -3 5:7 10th Place

2014 Qualification 4 2 0 2 103:103 0 4:4 2nd Group 6

2014 EHF EURO 6 3 1 2 136:137 -1 7:5 9th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 150:137 +13 8:4 2nd Group 1

Total Qualification 46 30 4 12 1257:1039 +218 64:28

Total EHF EURO 66 34 4 28 1644:1620 +24 72:60

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ROMANIA

PROFILES

PAULA UNGUREANU

goalkeeper

• After Luminita Hutupan retired in 2009 she became Romania’s first choice in the goal

• Second best save ratio at the EURO 2014 with 40 per cent

• Two-time recipient of the “best handball player in Romania” award (2012 & 2014)

• After a ligament tear in 2010 she took a 2-year hiatus and had a baby (Paul) in January 2012;

her husband is a football player, also a goalkeeper, and has followed Paula almost everywhere

she has played

EURO: B 2010; WCh: S 2005, B 2015

ANA-MARIA TANASIE

left wing

• With Valentina Neli Ardean Elisei out of the picture, she can expect increased left

wing responsibilities

• Started playing handball in Hunedoara with her sister Angela

• She has gathered CL experience with HCM Baia Mare in 2013/14 & 2014/15

• Now plays her club handball with H.C. Dunarea Braila

• Was not present in the Rio 2016 Olympics due to injury

WCh: B 2015

CRISTINA NEAGU

left back

• Up there with some of the best back court players in the world; she was named ‘World Handball

Player of the Year’ twice (2015, 2010)

• Top scorer (63 goals), best left back & MVP at WCh 2015

• All-star left back EURO: 2014 (plus 2nd top scorer with 49 goals), in 2010 & top scorer with 53 goals

• Has had major issues with shoulder and knee ligaments; this led to two-and-half years of

recuperation (2012 to 2014)

EURO: B 2010, WCh: B 2015

EC trophies: CL 2015

ELIZA BUCESCHI

centre back

cristinaneagu08

• Started to make herself known in 2011/12 when she became top scorer in the

Romanian League with 100 goals

• In 2011 she was called up to earn her first international cap against Portugal

• Awarded best rookie at centre back at WCh 2015; best young CL player 2014/15

• She now plays her club handball in Denmark with FC Midtjylland

WCh: B 2015

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MELINDA GEIGER

right back

• After only three years in handball, she was featured in Baia Mare’s roster at 16 years of age

• Most expensive Romanian player ever after Oltchim paid 50,000 euro to Baia Mare in 2010

• Now plays her handball with Brest Bretagne Handball in France

• Has scored plus 200 goals for Romania; her handball role models are Bojana Radulovic and

Gro Hammerseng

EURO: B 2010; WCh: B 2015

@MelyGeiger5

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LAURA CHIPER

right wing

• Has spent her whole handball career in two Romanian clubs: CS Stiinta Bacau & her current

EHF Cup side, ASC Corona 2010 Brasov

• Has represented Romania at 2 WCh and 1 EURO

• Scored 14 goals during EURO qualification & 20 last season in Brasov’s surprise run to the

EHF Cup semi-final

• Was top scorer in the Romanian Cup (2013) with 36 goals, beating international teammates

Buceschi & Geiger to the top spot

WCh: B 2015

OANA MANEA

line player

• Awarded Romanian handball player of the year 2011

• Known for her ability to rally players around her; hence why she has often worn the captain’s

armband for club & country

• Retired from international handball in January 2013 due to personal reasons and reversed the

decision later in the year

• Her late father, Dumitru, was a football coach of Romania U18

EURO: B 2010; WCh: B 2015 EC trophies: CL 2016;

Cup Winners’ Cup 2007; Champions Trophy 2007

AMBROS MARTIN

coach

• Won the CL as player (winger) for San Antonio in 2000/01

• Appointed coach a mere two months ahead of EURO 2016; took over from Tomas Ryde who

brought them bronze at WCh 2015

• Part of the Spanish double-pack at the Romanian Handball Federation with Xavier Pascual

taking over the men’s team in June 2016

• Voted best coach in the CL 2014/15 & 2015/16 with Györ

EC trophies: CL: 2013, 2014, (& 2000/01); EHF Cup: 2009

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EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Aurelia BRADEANU (STOICA) 38 2000-2004, 2010-2014

Luminiţa DINU (HUTUPAN) 32 1998-2004, 2008

Valentina-Neli ARDEAN-ELISEI 28 2004, 2008-2010, 2014

Oana Andreea MANEA 28 2004, 2008-2012

Carmen-Andreea LUNGU (AMARIEI) 27 1998, 2002-2004, 2008

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Christina Georgiana NEAGU 147 2008-2014

Carmen-Andreea LUNGU (AMARIEI) 142 1998, 2002-2004, 2008

Steluta LUCA (LAZAR) 117 1994, 1998-2002

Simona-Silvia GOGIRLA 113 1998-2000, 2004

Aurelia BRADEANU (STOICA) 93 2000-2004, 2010-2014

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 40:28 (20:14) vs. Serbia @ Aalborg DEN, 11.12.2010

Biggest defeat: 20:35 (10:19) vs. Russia @ Herning DEN, 16.12.2010

Longest winning run: 5 matches (16.12.2004 – 07.12.2008)

Longest unbeaten run: 5 matches (07.12.1996 – 13.12.1996; 16.12.2004 – 07.12.2008)

Longest losing run: 5 matches (11.12.1998 – 17.12.1998)

Longest run without win: 5 matches (11.12.1998 – 17.12.1998)

Current run: W2 (15.12.2014 – 17.12.2014)

Most goals: 40 vs. Ukraine 40:32W @ Ohrid MKD, 10.12.2008

40 vs. Serbia 40:28W @ Aalborg DEN, 11.12.2010

Most goals opponent: 37 vs. Norway 31:37L @ Ohrid MKD, 11.12.2008

Most goals both teams: 72 vs. Ukraine 40:32W @ Ohrid MKD, 10.12.2008

Fewest goals: 14 vs. Russia 14:21L @ Oldenburg GER, 18.09.1994

Fewest goals opponent: 15 vs. Denmark 16:15W @ Herning DEN, 19.12.2010

Fewest goals both teams: 31 vs. Denmark 16:15W @ Herning DEN, 19.12.2010

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

NOR VS ROU MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

10.12.2015 Frederikshavn DEN ROU-NOR WCh – Group D 22:26 (10:13)

18.12.2015 Herning DEN NOR-ROU WCh – 1/2-final 35:33 (17:14, 27:27)

09.03.2016 Cluj-Napoca ROU ROU-NOR ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 1 25:20 (16:09)

13.03.2016 Stavanger NOR NOR-ROU ECh-Qual. 2 – Group 1 27:17 (12:08)

14.08.2016 Rio de Janeiro BRA NOR-ROU OG – Group A 28:27 (14:13)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 23 15 523 3 5 471

EURO matches 4 2 112 1 1 102

ROU VS CRO MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

06.04.1996 Osijek CRO CRO-ROU ECh-Qual. – Group 3 24:20 (10:11)

13.12.1996 Fredericia DEN CRO-ROU ECh – Place 5/6 17:23 (10:09)

13.12.2008 Skopje MKD ROU-CRO ECh – Place 5/6 36:33 (17:15, 29:29)

13.12.2010 Herning DEN ROU-CRO ECh – MR-Group I 31:22 (14:12)

12.12.2011 São Bernardo do Campo BRA ROU-CRO WCh – 1/8-final 27:28 (18:15)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 6 4 159 0 2 142

EURO matches 3 3 90 0 0 72

ROU VS RUS MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

18.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS RUS-ROU WCh – Place 1/2 28:23 (17:12)

15.12.2007 Paris FRA ROU-RUS WCh – 1/2-final 20:30 (08:17)

16.12.2010 Herning DEN ROU-RUS ECh – MR-Group I 20:35 (10:19)

04.12.2012 Vršac SRB ROU-RUS ECh – Group D 21:21 (12:07)

11.12.2015 Frederikshavn DEN ROU-RUS WCh – Group D 27:30 (16:17)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 9 1 198 1 7 241

EURO matches 5 1 100 1 3 124

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PRELIMINARY ROUND

GROUP D

MEDIA CONTACT

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TEAM PROFILE

After failing to reach the main round of the EHF EURO 2014, the then head

coach Vladimir Canjuga resigned and Goran Mrdjen took over.

He was not able to lead the team to the World Championship 2015 in Denmark,

however, he started a transition within the team that looks as if it slowly paying

off - with the successful qualification to the EHF EURO 2016 being the first

reward. Experienced players such as team captain Andrea Penezic and and Vesna

Milanovic-Litre are still in the squad.

Croatia’s best result to date at an EHF EURO was 5 th in 1994. But they reached

the quarter-final at the World Championship 2011 and at the 2012 Olympic Games,

losing to eventual bronze medallists Spain. Missing out on the qualification for the

2016 Olympic Games means the team will be eager to show their true strength

again come the EHF EURO 2016.

EHF EURO QUALIFICATION

NATION P W D L GOALS DIFF PTS

Montenegro 6 5 0 1 147:129 18 10

Croatia 6 4 0 2 173:137 36 8

Slovenia 6 3 0 3 142:134 8 6

FYR Macedonia 6 0 0 6 114:176 -62 0

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EHF EURO SCHEDULE

VENUE

Helsingborg Arena,

Helsingborg

DATE TIME GAME

5 December 18:30 hrs Russia vs Croatia

7 December 20:45 hrs Croatia vs Norway

9 December 18:30 hrs Romania vs Croatia

EHF EURO RECORD

YEAR STAGE MP W D L GOALS DIFF. PTS. RANK

1994 Qualification 6 4 1 1 189:116 +73 9:3 1st Group 6

1994 EHF EURO 6 4 0 2 115:118 -3 8:4 5th Place

1996 Qualification 6 5 0 1 148:118 +30 10:2 1st Group 3

1996 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 138:143 -5 6:6 6th Place

1998 Qualification 6 3 0 3 128:139 –11 6:6 3rd Group 5

2000 Play-off 2 1 0 1 42:45 -3 2:2 Lost vs. GER

2002 Play-off 2 0 1 1 46:49 -3 1:3 Lost vs. GER

2004 Play-off 2 1 0 1 50:47 +3 2:2 Won vs. BUL

2004 EHF EURO 3 1 0 2 82:89 -7 2:4 13th Place

2006 Play-off 2 2 0 0 51:48 +3 4:0 Won vs. POR

2006 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 141:143 -2 6:6 7th Place

2008 Play-off 2 1 0 1 66:63 +3 2:2 Won vs. MNE

2008 EHF EURO 7 3 0 4 212:208 +4 6:8 6th Place

2010 Qualification 6 5 0 1 191:138 +53 10:2 1st Group 7

2010 EHF EURO 6 3 0 3 152:167 –15 6:6 9th Place

2012 Qualification 6 6 0 0 186:116 +70 12:0 1st Group 6

2012 EHF EURO 3 1 0 2 65:69 -4 2:4 13th Place

2014 EHF EURO 3 1 0 2 83:83 0 2:4 13th Place

2016 Qualification 2 6 4 0 2 173:137 +36 8:4 2nd Group 4

Total Qualification 46 32 2 12 1270:1016 +254 66:26

Total EHF EURO 40 19 0 21 988:1020 –32 38:42

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CROATIA

PROFILES

IVANA KAPITANOVIC

goalkeeper

• The 22-year-old was born in Split

• Has spent her whole career with HC Podravka Vegeta

• Gained valuable CL experience with Podravka from a very young age during

the 2011/12 season

• Has also represented Croatia at junior level at two WCh

EKATERINA NEMASKALO

left wing

• Born in Kiev, Ukraine but moved to Croatia when she was 7

• Her mother Elena was a star left winger for the USSR

• Coached by her mother when she played in Sesvete

• Suffered two knee injuries, which have hindered her development somewhat

ANDREA PENEZIC

left back

• The real star of the team has scored plus 620 goals for the NT

• Was an All-star at WCh 2011 as best left back; voted best Croatian handball player 7 times in a row

• Overall top scorer in EURO 2016 qualification with 52 goals; joint (with Neagu) top scorer of

CL 2014/15 with 102 goals

• Has extended her contract at Vardar to 2017; EHF Player of the Month in March 2016 and CL

All-star team nominee in 2015/16

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SONJA BASIC

centre back

• Born in Zagreb, daughter of legendary Croatian goalkeeper Mirko Basic

• Plays her club handball with Hungarian side Ipress Center-Vac

• Had a solid EURO qualification campaign with 27 goals

• Her biggest success was reaching the quarter-finals at London 2012

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ZANA MARIC

right back

• Born in Trogir outside of Split

• Apart from playing for numerous clubs in Croatia, has spent time in Germany with

SG BBM Bietigheim and now resides in Poland wearing the colours of MKS Zaglebie Lubin

• Scored 23 goals in 2015/16 season of the Challenge Cup

• Had her best performance in EURO qualification scoring 6 away to Montenegro

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NATASA JANKOVIC

right wing

• Born in Zagreb

• The 25-year-old winger spent her whole career with HC Lokomotiva Zagreb before

moving to Ardesen GSK in Turkey in 2015

• Has won the Croatian championship and cup in 2014

• Her best performance in qualification was 5 goals against FYR Macedonia

VESNA MILANOVIC-LITRE

line player

• A veteran of the national team, she started handball at 12 in her hometown of Sinj

• Spent the majority of her career in HC Lokomotiva Zagreb and HC Podravka picking

up valuable CL experience with the latter

• Györ was her first adventure abroad before making the move to current club CL club

RK Krim Mercator in 2015

• Typical end-to-end player who relishes her defensive duties

GORAN MRDJEN

coach

• Began coaching in 1990 in Durdevac; was assistant coach for 7 years before becoming head of

the handball school Podravka in Koprivnica, where is now coaching the senior team

• Between 1998 - 2013 he had a double role between HC Tvin Trgocentar HC Zelina and HC

Podravka, winning national titles with the latter.

• Started working with national teams back in 2000 leading junior teams to EURO and WCh

events up until 2005

• Acting as assistant to both junior and senior teams once Zlatko Canjuga resigned in 2014

Mrdjen stepped up a year later; en route to EURO 2016 Mrdjen & Co dispatched Montenegro,

FYR Macedonia and Slovenia

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CROATIA

EHF EURO

STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 5

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Anita GACE 27 2004-2014

Maja ZEBIC 27 2004-2014

Lidija HORVAT 25 2004-2010, 2014

Ivana JELCIC 23 2004-2008, 2010-2014

Andrea PENEZIC 22 2006-2010, 2014

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 5

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Andrea PENEZIC 111 2006-2010, 2014

Kristina ELEZ (FRANIC) 76 2008-2014

Maja ZEBIC 71 2004-2014

Maida ARSLANAGIC 65 2004-2008

Lidija HORVAT 64 2004-2010, 2014

EHF EURO TEAM RECORDS

Biggest win: 35:25 (19:12) vs. Iceland @ Århus DEN, 07.12.2010

Biggest defeat: 19:31 (10:16) vs. Denmark @ Herning DEN, 14.12.2010

Longest winning run: 3 matches (18.09.1994 – 21.09.1994)

Longest unbeaten run: 3 matches (18.09.1994 – 21.09.1994)

Longest losing run: 4 matches (05.12.2012 – 10.12.2014)

Longest run without win: 4 matches (05.12.2012 – 10.12.2014)

Current run: W1 (12.12.2014)

Most goals: 43 vs. Belarus 43:35W @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

Most goals opponent: 36 vs. Romania 33:36L aet @ Skopje MKD, 13.12.2008

Most goals both teams: 78 vs. Belarus 43:35W @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

Fewest goals: 14 vs. Austria 14:13W @ Waiblingen GER, 18.09.1994

Fewest goals opponent: 13 vs. Austria 14:13W @ Waiblingen GER, 18.09.1994

Fewest goals both teams: 27 vs. Austria 14:13W @ Waiblingen GER, 18.09.1994

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITIVE MATCHES

NOR VS CRO MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

19.09.1994 Waiblingen GER NOR-CRO ECh – Group A 15:16 (10:10)

07.12.1997 Saarbrücken GER NOR-CRO WCh – Group B 22:25 (11:13)

15.12.2005 St. Petersburg RUS CRO-NOR WCh – MR-Group I 25:37 (12:18)

09.12.2007 Metz FRA NOR-CRO WCh – MR-Group I 35:29 (15:14)

14.12.2011 São Paulo BRA CRO-NOR WCh – 1/4-final 25:30 (12:16)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 5 3 139 0 2 120

EURO matches 1 0 15 0 1 16

ROU VS CRO MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

06.04.1996 Osijek CRO CRO-ROU ECh-Qual. – Group 3 24:20 (10:11)

13.12.1996 Fredericia DEN CRO-ROU ECh – Place 5/6 17:23 (10:09)

13.12.2008 Skopje MKD ROU-CRO ECh – Place 5/6 36:33 (17:15, 29:29)

13.12.2010 Herning DEN ROU-CRO ECh – MR-Group I 31:22 (14:12)

12.12.2011 São Bernardo do Campo BRA ROU-CRO WCh – 1/8-final 27:28 (18:15)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 6 4 159 0 2 142

EURO matches 3 3 90 0 0 72

RUS VS CRO MATCHES – LAST 5

DATE & VENUE FIXTURE TOURNAMENT SCORE

07.12.2006 Stockholm SWE RUS-CRO ECh – Group C 27:22 (14:10)

06.12.2007 Metz FRA CRO-RUS WCh – MR-Group I 25:30 (10:16)

10.12.2008 Skopje MKD RUS-CRO ECh – MR-Group II 24:21 (11:10)

09.12.2010 Århus DEN RUS-CRO ECh – Group B 30:24 (16:11)

01.08.2012 London GBR RUS-CRO OG – Group A 28:30 (15:15)

TOTAL MATCHES P W GOALS D W GOALS

All matches 10 7 264 0 3 242

EURO matches 5 4 133 0 1 116

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EHF EURO HISTORY

11 th European Championship

7 – 21 December 2014

Hungary & Croatia

Norway

Spain

Sweden

10 th European Championship

4 – 16 December 2012

Serbia

Montenegro

Norway

Hungary

9 th European Championship

7 – 19 December 2010

Denmark & Norway

Norway

Sweden

Romania

8 th European Championship

2 – 14 December 2008

FYR Macedonia

Norway

Spain

Russia

7 th European Championship

7 – 17 December 2006

Sweden

Norway

Russia

France

6 th European Championship

9 – 19 December 2004

Hungary

Norway

Denmark

Hungary

5 th European Championship

6 – 15 December 2002

Denmark

Denmark

Norway

France

4 th European Championship

8 – 17 December 2000

Romania

Hungary

Ukraine

Russia

3 rd European Championship

11 – 20 December 1998

The Netherlands

Norway

Denmark

Hungary

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THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

2 nd European Championship

6 – 15 December 1996

Denmark

Denmark

Norway

Austria

1 st European Championship

17 – 25 September 1994

Germany

Denmark

Germany

Norway

WHERE NEXT?

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 IN GERMANY

1 to 17 December 2017

Following the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden, the next major women’s

handball tournament on the calendar is the Women’s World Championship 2017

in Germany. Following 1965 and 1997 it is the third time that Germany hosts the

event. The final tournament will take place from 1 to 17 December 2017; the host

cities are Trier, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Oldenburg and Leipzig for the preliminary

round, Magdeburg and Leipzig for the Last 16 and the quarter-finals as well as

Hamburg for semi-finals and the final.

Apart from organisers Germany, defending champions Norway are also

directly qualified. Furthermore, the three best ranked teams at the Women’s EHF

EURO 2016 in Sweden earn a direct place at the World Championship 2017.

The remaining eleven teams from the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 will play the

play-offs in June next year at which they will be joined by seven teams that have

made it to the play-offs through the first qualification phase. For more info also

visit www.germanyhandball2017.com

WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2018 IN FRANCE

30 November to 16 December 2018

For the first time in the history of EHF EURO events for both men and women,

the European Handball Federation’s flagship national team event comes to France.

The Women’s EHF EURO 2018 will take place from 30 November to 16 December

2018. Host cities are Brest, Montbéliard, Nancy, Nantes and Paris, with the French

capital already confirmed for the final weekend.

Organisers France are the only team already qualified, the remaining 15

will be confirmed through qualification. Depending on the number of entries

received for the qualification, a first phase may be played in the summer of 2017.

The qualification draw will take place in April 2017. The first rounds of the main

qualification phase will be played in the autumn of 2017.

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EHF EURO ALL-TIME STATS

EHF EURO MATCHES – TOP 10

PLAYER MATCHES YEARS

Karoline Dyhre BREIVANG NOR 52 2000, 2004-2014

Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth KOREN NOR 48 2004-2014

Katalin PALINGER HUN 46 1998-2010

Marta Elisabet MANGUE GONZALEZ ESP 44 2002-2014

Maria SIDOROVA RUS 44 1998, 2002-2006, 2010-2014

Tonje LARSEN NOR 43 1994-1998, 2002, 2008-2010

Emiliia TUREI RUS 42 2002-2012

Macarena AGUILAR DIAZ ESP 41 2004-2014

Katrine LUNDE (HARALDSEN) NOR 39 2002-2012

Aurelia BRADEANU (STOICA) ROU 38 2000-2004, 2010-2014

Gro HAMMERSENG NOR 38 2000-2006, 2010

Stephanie SUBKE (OFENBOCK) AUT 38 1996-2006

EHF EURO GOALS – TOP 10

PLAYER GOALS YEARS

Agnes FARKAS HUN 205 1994, 1998-2002

Grit JURACK GER 194 1996, 2000, 2004-2010

Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth KOREN NOR 190 2004-2014

Marta Elisabet MANGUE GONZALEZ ESP 168 2002-2014

Ausra FRIDRIKAS (ZIUKIENE) AUT 159 1996-1998, 2002

Christina Georgiana NEAGU ROU 147 2008-2014

Gro HAMMERSENG NOR 146 2000-2006, 2010

Carmen-Andreea LUNGU (AMARIEI) ROU 142 1998, 2002-2004, 2008

Linnea TORSTENSSON SWE 139 2006-2014

Anita GORBICZ HUN 137 2002-2008, 2012

EHF EURO GOALS IN ONE GAME TOP 10

Karolina KUDLACZ POL 17 vs. FYR Macedonia 35:33W @ Göteborg SWE, 12.12.2006

Aleksandra PAWELSKA POL 16 vs. Lithuania 30:27W aet @ Herning DEN, 13.12.1996

Olena TSYGYTSA UKR 16 vs. Russia 28:24W @ Bucureşti ROU, 16.12.2000

Marina NAOUKOVITCH RUS 16 vs. Hungary 39:29W @ Farum/Sjælland DEN, 10.12.2002

Olena REZNIR UKR 16 vs. Russia 24:28L @ Győr HUN, 15.12.2004

Simona GOGIRLA ROU 15 vs. Denmark 33:26W @ Bucureşti ROU, 13.12.2000

Tanja LOGVIN AUT 15 vs. Romania 28:32L @ Debrecen HUN, 16.12.2004

Simona GOGIRLA ROU 14 vs. Hungary 24:25L @ Bucureşti ROU, 16.12.2000

Agnes FARKAS HUN 14 vs. Ukraine 32:30W aet @ Bucureşti ROU, 17.12.2000

Agnes FARKAS HUN 14 vs. Yugoslavia 43:39W @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

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EHF EURO ALL-TIME STATS

EHF EURO BIGGEST WINS TOP 10

23 Hungary vs. Austria 35:12 (13:6) @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 10.12.2000

23 Norway vs. Slovenia 41:18 (16:8) @ Győr HUN, 16.12.2004

23 Norway vs. Slovenia 43:20 (19:9) @ Göteborg SWE, 07.12.2006

22 Norway vs. The Netherlands 35:13 (18:9) @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

21 Norway vs. Hungary 34:13 (19:7) @ Lillehammer NOR, 10.12.2010

19 Hungary vs. Austria 42:23 (15:12) @ Skövde SWE, 07.12.2006

19 Russia vs. FYR Macedonia 43:24 (15:12) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

18 Norway vs. Lithuania 36:18 (17:9) @ Vejle DEN, 06.12.1996

17 Russia vs. Slovakia 31:14 (16:8) @ Magdeburg GER, 21.09.1994

17 Denmark vs. Sweden 30:13 (13:6) @ Brøndby/Sjælland DEN, 06.12.1996

EHF EURO MOST GOALS TOP 5

44 Norway vs. Hungary 44:29 (21:16) @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

43 Hungary vs. Yugoslavia 43:39 (24:20) @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

43 Norway vs. Slovenia 43:20 (19:9) @ Göteborg SWE, 07.12.2006

43 Croatia vs. Belarus 43:35 (21:18) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

43 Russia vs. FYR Macedonia 43:24 (15:12) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

EHF EURO MOST GOALS BOTH TEAMS TOP 5

82 Yugoslavia vs. Hungary 39:43 (20:24) @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

79 Hungary vs. Serbia 41:38 (21:19, 33:33) @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

78 Belarus vs. Croatia 35:43 (18:21) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

77 Yugoslavia vs. FYR Macedonia 39:38 (14:16, 29:29, 32:32) @ Bucureşti ROU, 15.12.2000

73 Norway vs. Hungary 44:29 (21:16) @ Budapest HUN, 18.12.2004

EHF EURO FEWEST GOALS TOP 5

10 Austria vs. Sweden 10:24 (5:11) @ Ohrid MKD, 04.12.2008

11 Austria vs. Norway 11:14 (6:8) @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

12 Austria vs. Hungary 12:35 (6:13) @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 10.12.2000

13 FYR Macedonia vs. Norway 13:28 (10:17) @ Göteborg SWE, 13.12.2006

13 Ukraine vs. The Netherlands 13:25 (8:13) @ Larvik NOR, 07.12.2010

13 The Netherlands vs. Norway 13:35 (9:18) @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

* 3 more matches finished with 13 goals

EHF EURO FEWEST GOALS BOTH TEAMS TOP 5

25 Austria vs. Norway 11:14 (6:8) @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

27 Croatia vs. Austria 14:13 (8:8) @ Waiblingen GER, 18.09.1994

31 Norway vs. Croatia 15:16 (10:10) @ Waiblingen GER, 19.09.1994

31 Denmark vs. Romania 15:16 (7:9) @ Herning DEN, 19.12.2010

33 Germany vs. Slovakia 20:13 (10:8) @ Oldenburg GER, 19.09.1994

33 Croatia vs. Germany 16:17 (7:8) @ Novi Sad SRB, 07.12.2012

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EHF EURO MOST GOALS IN ONE HALF TOP 5

28 Russia vs. FYR Macedonia - 2nd half 43:24 (15:12)W @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

27 Hungary vs. Austria - 2nd half 42:23 (15:12)W @ Skövde SWE, 07.12.2006

25 Norway vs. Slovenia – 2nd half 41:18 (16:8)W @ Győr HUN, 16.12.2004

24 Hungary vs. Yugoslavia – 1st half 43:39 (24:20)W @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

24 Norway vs. Slovenia – 2nd half 43:20 (19:9)W @ Göteborg SWE, 07.12.2006

EHF EURO MOST GOALS IN ONE HALF BOTH TEAMS TOP 5

44 Yugoslavia vs. Hungary – 1st half 39:43 (20:24) @ Århus DEN, 15.12.2002

40 Russia vs. FYR Macedonia – 2nd half 43:24 (15:12) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

40 Hungary vs. Serbia – 1st half 41:38 (21:19, 33:33) @ Beograd SRB, 16.12.2012

40 Sweden vs. Germany – 1st half 39:32 (23:17) @ Varaždin CRO, 12.12.2014

39 Yugoslavia vs. Germany – 2nd half 34:28 (12:11) @ Râmnicu Vâlcea ROU, 13.12.2000

39 Belarus vs. Croatia – 1st half 35:43 (18:21) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

39 Belarus vs. Croatia – 2nd half 35:43 (18:21) @ Skopje MKD, 08.12.2008

EHF EURO FEWEST GOALS IN ONE HALF TOP 5

3 FYR Macedonia vs. Norway – 2nd half 13:28 (10:17)L @ Göteborg SWE, 13.12.2006

3 Serbia vs. France – 1st half 16:27 (3:11)L @ Osijek CRO, 10.12.2014

4 The Netherlands vs. Norway – 2nd half 13:35 (9:18)L @ Lillehammer NOR, 15.12.2010

5 Austria vs. Croatia – 2nd half 13:14 (8:8)L @ Waiblingen GER, 18.09.1994

5 Slovakia vs. Germany – 2nd half 13:20 (8:10)L @ Oldeburg GER, 19.09.1994

5 Norway vs. Croatia – 2nd half 15:16 (10:10)L @ Waiblingen GER, 19.09.1994

5 Austria vs. Norway – 2nd half 11:14 (6:8)L @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

5 The Netherlands vs. Hungary – 1st half 19:28 (5:12)L @ Amsterdam NED, 13.12.1998

5 FYR Macedonia vs. Denmark – 1st half 20:19 (5:9)W @ Bucureşti ROU, 08.12.2000

5 Austria vs. Sweden – 1st half 10:24 (5:11)L @ Ohrid MKD, 04.12.2008

5 Austria vs. Sweden – 2nd half 10:24 (5:11)L @ Ohrid MKD, 04.12.2008

5 Russia vs. Sweden – 1st half 19:19 (5:8)D @ Ohrid MKD, 06.12.2008

5 Ukraine vs. The Netherlands – 2nd half 13:25 (8:13)L @ Larvik NOR, 07.12.2010

5 Montenegro vs. France – 1st half 19:23 (5:12)L @ Herning DEN, 18.12.2010

EHF EURO FEWEST GOALS IN ONE HALF BOTH TEAMS TOP 5

11 Croatia vs. Austria – 2nd half 14:13 (8:8) @ Waiblingen GER, 18.09.1994

11 Norway vs. Croatie – 2nd half 15:16 (10:10) @ Waiblingen GER, 19.09.1994

11 Austria vs. Norway – 2nd half 11:14 (6:8) @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

13 Iceland vs. Romania – 2nd half 19:22 (13:15) @ Vršac SRB, 05.12.2012

14 Austria vs. Ukraine – 2nd half 24:16 (16:10) @ Waiblingen GER, 17.09.1994

14 Austria vs. Norway – 1st half 11:14 (6:8) @ Bonn GER, 21.09.1994

14 Denmark vs. FYR Macedonia – 1st half 19:20 (9:5) @ Bucureşti ROU, 08.12.2000

14 FYR Macedonia vs. Norway – 2nd half 13:28 (10:17) @ Göteborg SWE, 13.12.2006

14 Serbia vs. France – 1st half 16:27 (3:11) @ Osijek CRO, 10.12.2014

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REFEREEING GUIDELINES AT THE WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2016

As it is essential that the referees, coaches and players speak the same language in terms of rule interpretation, the following

refereeing guidelines have been set by the EHF Technical Refereeing Committee (TRC) for all participants. The main goal

of the guidelines is to protect the players and the image of the game.

PIVOT PLAY

It is essential to control the actions between the pivot and

the defender(s) on the 6-metre line from the first moment of

the game. The referees will not allow shirt grabbing, long

holding and/or defenders pulling down the line player.

PROGRESSIVE PUNISHMENT

The EHF EURO referees will be advised to take firm

actions in form of a two-minunte suspension or a direct

disqualification from the very first minute of the match for:

• pushing an opponent who is up in the air (immediate

two-minute suspension)

• long holding and pushing from the side or from behind

(immediate two-minute suspension)

• hitting the face (immediate two-minunte or direct

disqualification depending on the hit’s type and

its severity)

PENALTIES

For the purpose of awarding a penalty in connection with

a goalkeeper leaving the goal area, a clear chance of scoring

exists when an opponent with ball and body control has a

clear and unobstructed opportunity to throw the ball into

the empty goal and the defender destroys this opportunity

by means of an illegal action.

However, if the attacking player is not trying to shot on

the empty goal (i.e. when dribbling or passing the ball to

a teammate) no penalty will be awarded, regardless of the

distance the player will be away from the empty goal

OFFENSIVE FOULS

Based on the position of the defender the referees shall

decide whether the player who is in possession of the ball

committed an offensive foul or not. A non-movement action

by the defender is generally an offensive foul just as actions

where the defender is

• moving backwards (and eventually using own arms to

protect herself)

• taking a legal defending position before the contact

• hit by the attacker’s leg or arm

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NEW TECHNOLOGY AT THE WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2016

Following the introduction and use of goal-line technology,

a goal-light signal as well as instant video replay technology

at major club events in this and the past years, the EHF now

rolls out these developments at its EHF EURO events.

At the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden all three

technologies will be in use at all five venues (Stockholm,

Kristianstad, Malmö, Helsingborg and Gothenburg) and for

the entire duration of the tournament.

Instant replay was used for the first time at the VELUX

EHF FINAL4 2016. It offers the possibility to the referees to

immediately watch a situation on a TV screen if they were

not able to see the complete action on the court and if they

wish to check again before reaching a decision.

This specifically refers to key match situations where the

referees decide to consult the TV picture additionally to

their own view on the court. The instant replay includes the

standard TV picture as well as additional camera angles

offering an overall view of the court.

GOAL-LIGHT

An LED light installed behind the goal lights up at the

same time as the buzzer sounds for team timeouts and at the

end of each half.

A visual signal therefore provides all those involved in the

match an additional signal to show that the time has stopped

or ended. The signal also provides further help to the

referees in deciding whether a last-second shot has crossed

the line or not.

DECISION RESTS WITH REFEREES

GOAL-LINE CAMERAS

First introduced at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 back in

2013, goal-line technology allows referees to utilise a number

of cameras fixed to the goal to check whether the ball has

crossed the goal-line.

The technology provides referees with the opportunity – if

they decide – to pause the game if they are unsure whether

the ball has completely crossed the line, or, as the video is

linked to the match clock, if the ball crossed the goal-line

before the end of half-time or full-time.

The use of both the instant replay and goal-line

technology is exclusively the responsibility of the referees

and only the referees can decide to make use of it or not.

Neither the EHF Delegate nor the Supervisor nor any of

the teams have the right to intervene or make use of these

technologies. The handling is therefore completely in the

hands of the referees.

A decision of the referees after having consulted any of

the three technologies is considered as a ‘statement of fact’

and has the same status as any other decision taken by the

referees on the court.

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