EHF EURO Croatia 2018 Official Magazine

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Dear handball friends,

Dear fans,

On behalf of the European Handball Federation, I would like to offer you all a very warm welcome to

Croatia and to the Men’s EHF EURO 2018.

Over the next two weeks, hundreds of thousands of handball fans will descend on the championship’s

four host cities of Split, Poreč, Zagreb and Varaždin to witness EHF EURO 2018 for themselves. Millions

more people will also follow the action on television, radio and online around the world. With Europe’s

best 16 national teams in action and the sport’s top stars competing in Croatia, experience tells us that

we have a thrill-packed tournament, full of drama and suspense, ahead of us.

This event – the 13th edition of the Men’s EHF European Championship – marks a special moment in the

history of the competition, which was first played back in 1994 in Portugal. Croatia already welcomed

Europe’s top teams in 2000 and this year they will become the first nation to host the Men’s EHF EURO

for a second time. 2018 also signals the end of an era: this will be the last men’s final tournament to

be played with 16 teams. From 2020, when the event will be hosted by Sweden, Austria and Norway,

24 teams will be competing for the title. This expansion also offers teams an extra incentive this time

around because the 2018 champions will qualify directly to the next EHF EURO.

In 2016 we enjoyed tremendous success at the Men’s EHF EURO in Poland, with record numbers of

spectators and a global cumulative TV audience of over 1.65 billion people. I am confident that the

Men’s EHF EURO 2018 will be just as successful. Handball occupies a very special place in the hearts

and minds of the people of Croatia thanks to the sport’s long and successful tradition in the country.

Add to this the wealth of experience that our hosts, the Croatian Handball Federation, already have in

organising major handball events, not only previous EHF EURO events but also World Championships,

and we have a recipe for success.

The organisation of a major event such as the EHF EURO would not be possible without the hard work

and dedication of the many hundreds of staff, officials and volunteers behind the scenes. I would like to

particularly thank the Croatian Handball Federation and the organising committee as well as partners

and sponsors for all of their efforts over the past weeks, months and years to ensure the perfect

organisation of the event.

Finally, I would like to wish all 16 teams competing at EHF EURO 2018 the very best of luck and I join

handball fans around the world in looking forward to another exciting event as Croatia prepares to be

taken over by the ‘Hypnotic Game’!

Yours in sport,

Michael Wiederer

EHF President

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to Croatia!

Dobrodošli u Hrvatsku!

OUR SPORTS HALLS ARE

PLACES OF ZERO TOLERANCE

TOWARDS DISCRIMINATION

AND VIOLENCE


Dear handball friends,

Welcome to hypnotic handball!

It is a great honour for me to welcome you all to the second EHF European Championship tournament

Croatia is hosting.

We are proud of the fact that we will be the first country in Europe to have been given the chance

to organise this big and important competition for the second time. This comes as a proof of the

great cooperation we are having with the EHF throughout the years. Trust is the perfect foundation for

everything.

In 2000, we welcomed the EHF EURO in Zagreb and Rijeka. Since then the competition got bigger – but

so did we. In 2000, we hosted 12 national teams and now we will host 16. In 2000, we welcomed you

all in Zagreb and Rijeka and now we will do it in Zagreb, Split, Varaždin and Poreč, who have all been

gathering organisational experience at the Men’s World Championship 2009.

Other big events we also hosted, like the Women’s World Championship 2003, the EHF EURO 2000 and

the Women’s EHF EURO 2014, are all making us feel motivated to once again face the challenge, but

also obligated to have everything working on the highest possible level.

Apart from the organisational aspect, the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 is also a competitive challenge for us

as this is the only gold medal missing in our rich trophy room filled with Olympic, World Championship

and EHF EURO medals. Besides our national teams, we have also been highly successful on club level

with the likes of Zagreb, Podravka, Metković and Bjelovar, as well as with multiple best player awards

for Ivano Balic and Domagoj Duvnjak. All these details contribute to the complete picture of Croatian

handball successes.

I would like to welcome you all once again and I hope you will enjoy our country as well as everything

the best in European handball has to offer.

Tomislav Grahovac

President of the Croatian Handball Federation

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Tomislav Grahovac

Table of contents

Men’s EHF EURO 2018 Qualification

Schedule

List of Referees and Officials

Group A - Split

Spaladium Arena Split

Croatia

Sweden

Serbia

Iceland

Group B - Poreč

Žatika SC

France

Belarus

Norway

Austria

Interview - Lino Červar

Group C - Zagreb

Arena Zagreb

Germany

FYR Macedonia

Montenegro

Slovenia

Group D - Varaždin

Varaždin Arena

Spain

Denmark

Czech Republic

Hungary

Short EHF EURO history

EHF EURO quiz

EHF EURO 2018 official song

chief editor:

editorial board:

art director:

design:

photo:

layout:

Dražen Pinević

EHF, Jelena Bagarić, Bruno Pinević

Jozo Čabraja

Vladimir Fric

Uroš Hočevar, Jozo Čabraja, EHF

Katal media d.o.o.

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Photo credit: Jozo Čabraja/HRS

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TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

T W D L

Denmark 6 5 1 0 194:135 59 11

MEN’S

EHF EURO

QUALIFICATION

GROUP 1

Hungary 6 4 1 1 174:156 18 9

Netherlands 6 2 0 4 155:179 -24 4

Latvia 6 0 0 6 129:182 -53 0

02.11.2016. Hungary vs Latvia 24:16

03.11.2016. Denmark vs Netherlands 29:20

06.11.2016. Netherlands vs Hungary 27:28

06.11.2016. Latvia vs Denmark 23:36

03.05.2017. Latvia vs Netherlands 27:29

04.05.2017. Hungary vs Denmark 25:25

07.05.2017. Netherlands vs Latvia 25:24

07.05.2017. Denmark vs Hungary 35:27

14.06.2017. Netherlands vs Denmark 24:36

15.06.2017. Latvia vs Hungary 23:35

18.06.2017. Hungary vs Netherlands 35:30

18.06.2017. Denmark vs Latvia 33:16

TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

T W D L

T W D L

Belarus 6 3 2 1 177:152 25 8

Spain 6 6 0 0 202:130 72 12

Serbia 6 3 2 1 175:173 2 8

Austria 6 3 0 3 176:186 -10 6

GROUP 2

Romania 6 2 0 4 151:160 -9 4

Poland 6 1 2 3 171:189 -9 4

02.11.2016. Belarus vs Romania 23:26

03.11.2016. Poland vs Serbia 32:37

06.11.2016. Serbia vs Belarus 27:36

06.11.2016. Romania vs Poland 28:23

04.05.2017. Belarus vs Poland 32:23

04.05.2017. Romania vs Serbia 22:23

07.05.2017. Poland vs Belarus 27:27

07.05.2017. Serbia vs Romania 27:22

14.06.2017. Serbia vs Poland 34:34

15.06.2017. Romania vs Belarus 22:32

18.06.2017. Poland vs Romania 32:31

18.06.2017. Belarus vs Serbia 27:27

GROUP 3

Bosnia Herzegovina 6 2 0 4 160:162 -2 4

Finland 6 1 0 5 154:214 -60 2

02.11.2016. Austria vs Finland 27:31

02.11.2016. Spain vs Bosnia Herzegovina 30:21

05.11.2016. Finland vs Spain 21:36

06.11.2016. Bosnia Herzegovina vs Austria 22:23

03.05.2017. Austria vs Spain 29:30

04.05.2017. Finland vs Bosnia Herzegovina 27:32

06.05.2017. Spain vs Austria 35:24

07.05.2017. Bosnia Herzegovina vs Finland 34:23

14.06.2017. Bosnia Herzegovina vs Spain 19:25

14.06.2017. Finland vs Austria 36:39

17.06.2017. Spain vs Finland 46:16

17.06.2017. Austria vs Bosnia Herzegovina 34:32

TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

T W D L

T W D L

Fyr Macedonia 6 3 1 2 174:158 16 7

Germany 6 6 0 0 173:137 36 12

Czech Republic 6 3 0 3 161:161 0 6

Slovenia 6 3 1 2 162:148 14 7

GROUP 4

Iceland 6 3 0 3 163:163 0 6

Ukraine 6 2 1 3 152:168 -16 5

02.11.2016. Fyr Macedonia vs Ukraine 27:21

02.11.2016. Iceland vs Czech Republic 25:24

05.11.2016. Czech Republic vs Fyr Macedonia 35:28

05.11.2016. Ukraine vs Iceland 27:25

03.05.2017. Ukraine vs Czech Republic 26:23

04.05.2017. Fyr Macedonia vs Iceland 30:25

06.05.2017. Czech Republic vs Ukraine 32:25

07.05.2017. Iceland vs Fyr Macedonia 30:29

14.06.2017. Czech Republic vs Iceland 27:24

15.06.2017. Ukraine vs Fyr Macedonia 27:27

18.06.2017. Iceland vs Ukraine 34:26

18.06.2017. Fyr Macedonia vs Czech Republic 33:20

GROUP 5

Portugal 6 2 1 3 148:165 -17 5

Switzerland 6 0 0 6 138:171 -33 0

02.11.2016. Slovenia vs Switzerland 32:27

02.11.2016. Germany vs Portugal 35:24

05.11.2016. Switzerland vs Germany 22:23

06.11.2016. Portugal vs Slovenia 26:26

03.05.2017. Slovenia vs Germany 23:32

04.05.2017. Switzerland vs Portugal 25:27

06.05.2017. Germany vs Slovenia 25:20

07.05.2017. Portugal vs Switzerland 27:22

14.06.2017. Portugal vs Germany 26:29

14.06.2017. Switzerland vs Slovenia 20:33

17.06.2017. Slovenia vs Portugal 28:18

18.06.2017. Germany vs Switzerland 29:22

TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

TEAMS MATCHES GOALS DIFF PTS

T W D L

T W D L

Sweden 6 5 0 1 166:125 41 10

France 6 5 0 1 191:169 22 10

Montenegro 6 2 3 1 158:168 -10 7

Norway 6 4 0 2 196:163 33 8

GROUP 6

Russia 6 1 3 2 149:160 -11 5

Slovakia 6 0 2 4 146:166 -20 2

02.11.2016. Russia vs Slovakia 31:31

03.11.2016. Sweden vs Montenegro 36:21

05.11.2016. Slovakia vs Sweden 17:21

06.11.2016. Montenegro vs Russia 24:24

03.05.2017. Slovakia vs Montenegro 27:27

03.05.2017. Russia vs Sweden 21:29

06.05.2017. Sweden vs Russia 25:21

06.05.2017. Montenegro vs Slovakia 31:30

14.06.2017. Montenegro vs Sweden 28:24

14.06.2017. Slovakia vs Russia 24:25

17.06.2017. Russia vs Montenegro 27:27

17.06.2017. Sweden vs Slovakia 31:17

GROUP 7

Lithuania 6 3 0 3 163:179 -16 6

Belgium 6 0 0 6 175:214 -39 0

02.11.2016. Norway vs Belgium 35:26

03.11.2016. France vs Lithuania 37:20

06.11.2016. Belgium vs France 37:38

06.11.2016. Lithuania vs Norway 32:29

03.05.2017. Norway vs France 35:30

03.05.2017. Belgium vs Lithuania 29:33

06.05.2017. France vs Norway 28:24

07.05.2017. Lithuania vs Belgium 33:28

14.06.2017. Lithuania vs France 25:26

14.06.2017. Belgium vs Norway 27:43

17.06.2017. Norway vs Lithuania 30:20

17.06.2017. France vs Belgium 32:28

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During the Grundfos Match of the Day we will make donations to

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Gorenje

SCHEDULE

Preliminary Round

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D

SPLIT POREČ ZAGREB VARAŽDIN

CRO Croatia FRA France GER Germany ESP Spain

SWE Sweden BLR Belarus MKD FYR Macedonia DEN Denmark

SRB Serbia NOR Norway MNE Montenegro CZE Czech Republic

ISL Iceland AUT Austria SLO Slovenia HUN Hungary

12.01. 18:15 SWE : ISL

12.01. 18:15 BLR : AUT

13.01. 17:15 GER : MNE

13.01. 18:15 ESP : CZE

20:30 CRO : SRB

20:30 FRA : NOR

19:30 MKD : SLO

20:30 DEN : HUN

14.01. 18:15 SRB : SWE

14.01. 18:15 AUT : FRA

15.01. 18:15 SLO : GER

15.01. 18:15 HUN : ESP

20:30 ISL : CRO

20:30 NOR : BLR

20:30 MNE : MKD

20:30 CZE : DEN

16.01. 18:15 SRB : ISL

16.01. 18:15 FRA : BLR

17.01. 18:15 GER : MKD

17.01. 18:15 CZE : HUN

20:30 CRO : SWE

20:30 NOR : AUT

20:30 MNE : SLO

20:30 ESP : DEN

Main Round

GROUP 1 GROUP 2

ZAGREB

VARAŽDIN

1.A 1.C

1.B 1.D

2.A 2.C

2.B 2.D

3.A 3.C

3.B 3.D

FINALS

ZAGREB

BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

28. 01. / 18:00

*The basic schedule for the Main Round is: 18:15 and 20.30 (matches to be assigned

accordingly). The match times for 24.01. are 16:00, 18:15 and 20:30.

Semi-finals and Placement Matches

ZAGREB

5TH PLACE 26.01. 15:30 3.I : 3.II

SEMI-FINAL 1 26.01. 18:00 1.I : 2.II

SEMI-FINAL 2 26.01. 20:30 1.II : 2.I

GOLD MEDAL MATCH

28. 01. / 20:30


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Referees Men’s EHF EURO 2018

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Officials for EHF EURO 2018

Group A (Split)

Jerzy Eliasz - Chairman EHF MC / POL - Representative

Jan Kampman - CC / DEN - Competitions

Miroslaw Baum - DEL / POL – Refereeing

Urmo Sitsi - CoH / EST – Site Operations

Group B (Porec)

Henrik La Cour - EHF Treasurer / DEN - Representative

Marco Trespidi - BC / ITA - Competitions

Jiri Konecny - DEL / CZE - Refereeing

Alin-Sergiu Cirligeanu - DEL / ROU - Site operations

Group C (Zagreb)

Ole Jorstad - Chairman EHF BC / NOR - Representative

Viktor Konopliastyi - CoH / UKR - Competitions

Helmut Wille - DEL / AUT - Refereeing

Peter Olsson - DEL / SWE - Site operations

Group D (Varazdin)

Bozidar Djurkovic - Chairman EHF CC / SRB - Representative

George Bebetsos - BC / GRE - Competitions

Vladimir Sokol - DEL / CRO - Refereeing

Nicolae Vizitiu - CoA / MDA - Site operations

Representation

Michael Wiederer - EHF President / AUT

Predrag Boskovic - EHF Vice-President / MNE

Henrik La Cour - EHF Treasurer / DEN

Bozidar Djurkovic - Chairman EHF CC / SRB

Jerzy Eliasz - Chairman EHF MC / POL

Ole Jorstad - Chairman EHF BC / NOR

Martin Hausleitner - EHF Secretary General

IHF Representative

Frantisek Taborsky - IHF Executive Committee / CZE

Central Tournament Management

Michael Wiederer - EHF President / AUT

Predrag Boskovic - EHF Vice-President / MNE

Bozidar Djurkovic - Chairman EHF CC / SRB

Martin Hausleitner - EHF Secretary General (EHF Office)

Monika Flixeder – EHF EURO Events (EHF Office)

Competitions Delegation

Bozidar Djurkovic - Chairman EHF CC / SRB

A: Jan Kampman - CC / DEN

B: Marco Trespidi - BC / ITA

C: Viktor Konopliastyi - CoH / UKR

D: George Bebetsos - BC / GRE

Refereeing Management

Dragan Nachevski - CC / MKD

A: Miroslaw Baum - DEL / POL

B: Jiri Konecny - DEL / CZE

C: Helmut Wille - DEL / AUT

D: Vladimir Sokol - DEL / CRO

First instance – Disciplinary Commission

Panos Antoniou - CoH / CYP

Second instance - Jury

Markus Plazer – CoA / AUT*

Chairmanship can be taken over by another Court

of Appeal member for reasons of neutrality

Andrei Gousko and Siarhei Repkin

(Belarus)

Vaclav Horacek and Jiri Novotny

(Czech Republic)

Oscar Raluy and Angel Sabroso

(Spain)

Lars Geipel and Marcus Helbig

(Germany)

Gjorgji Nachevski and Slave Nikolov

(FYR Macedonia)

Sorin-Laurentiu Dinu and Constantin Din

(Romania)

Matija Gubica and Boris Milosevic

(Croatia)

Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen

(Denmark)

Stevann Pichon and Laurent Reveret

(France)

Vaidas Mazeika and Mindaugas Gatelis

(Lithuania)

Duarte Santos and Ricardo Fonseca

(Portugal)

Evgeny Zotin and Nikolay Volodkov

(Russia)


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SPLIT

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Split is the business, administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatia (200,000 inhabitants). A city

and a harbour in the middle of Dalmatia, located on a peninsula between the Kaštelan bay and

the Split canal. After the fall of Salona, the citizens found shelter inside the palace walls. Soon a

new settlement emerged: in 1069 Split was annexed to Croatia by King Petar Krešimir IV. In 1420

Split recognized the Venice protectorate. After the fall of Venice, Split and the rest of Dalmatia fell

under the Austrian rule, which in 1805 gave it to France. In 1882 the Croatian government was

established in Split.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Split had become the most important harbour in the east

coast of the Adriatic. The Diocletian’s Palace is the heart of the interior part of the town, where all

important historical buildings can be found. It is one of the best-known historic inheritances in the

Adriatic coast, and in 1979 UNESCO officially added the site to its World Heritage List.

Split is a city of sports, known from tennis (Goran Ivanišević), football, basketball (Toni Kukoc), but

also handball of course (Ivano Balić).

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Capacity 11,000 seats

Spaladium Arena took its name from the Latin name for Split and was opened on 27 December

2008 - just in time for the following month’s Men’s World Championship.

Among the events held here since are a Davis Cup quarter-final tie between Croatia and Serbia,

MMA and K-1 combat events, home games of basketball side KK Split, and the Group A matches

at the UEFA Futsal EURO 2012.

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CROATIA

Hrvatski rukometni savez

Metalceva 5/III,

10.000 Zagreb, Croatia

www.hrs.hr

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The only gold missing

The only gold medal Croatia are missing is the European one.

Despite taking part in every EHF EURO tournament all the way back from 1994 and winning three bronze medals

and two silvers, taking World Championship gold in Lisbon (2003) and two Olympic golds in Atlanta (1996) and

Athens (2004), they never managed to claim the European title.

This will be their second attempt in front of their own fans. The first time was back in 2000 when they ended up

in sixth place, which resulted in them missing the 2000 Olympic Games, the only major championship they did

not qualify for in the period between 1994 and the Sydney Olympics.

At the last EHF EURO in Poland, Croatia won bronze. But after they failed to get on the podium at the Olympics

in Rio Olympics and at the World Championship in France, Lino Cervar, under whom Croatia won multiple gold

medals, replaced Zeljko Babic as the head coach.

Cervar brought some experienced players back into the team – Mirko Alilovic, Igor Vori, Igor Karacic, Ivan Cupic

and Marko Kopljar. They will, alongside the younger, talented players, try to finally make the dream come true.

Cervar’s most important names will be Domagoj Duvnjak and Luka Cindric. First is the key player of THW Kiel,

and second the leader of reigning Champions League title holders Vardar, who also have both Cupic and Karacic

in their roster. Biggest question for Cervar was whether Duvnjak and Kopljar will be ready after both underwent

knee surgeries. The Croatian coach also had to accept the fact he will not be able to count on either Ivan

Sliskovic or Filip Ivic due to illness and injury. However, the fact that Croatian players are playing significant roles

at European giants like Vardar, Veszprem, Kiel, PSG, Kielce, Berlin, Meshkov, PPD Zagreb and Schaffhausen

clearly proves the quality coach Cervar has at his disposal.

One player on his 28-man list can also become the only Croatian player to win the treble - current captain Igor

Vori was also a part of the gold medal winning teams from Portugal and the Athens Olympics.

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Croatia qualified for the EHF EURO directly as a host

BEST

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Alilovic

Strlek

Vori

Cupic

Duvnjak

Cindric

Kopljar

LINO CERVAR

Head Coach

Lino Cervar is the most successful coach in the history

of Croatian handball. After a seven-year-long absence,

he returned to the Croatia bench in 2017. Cervar

coached the national side from 2002 to 2010, leading

Croatia to the World Championship title in 2003 and

Olympic gold one year later. He also led Croatia to

silver medals at the World Championships in 2005 and

2009, and EHF EUROs in 2008 and 2010.

After leaving Croatia, Cervar went to Skopje, where he

coached Metalurg, became Macedonian citizen and

took over the Macedonian national team in 2016.

Cervar started his coaching career in Novigrad, from

where he left to Umag. He led his first team abroad in

Klagenfurt, Austria, in the early 1990s, before coaching

the Italian men’s national side. In 2000, Cervar returned

to Croatia to lead Zagreb and became national team

coach two years later.

DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK

Key Player

Domagoj Duvnjak is one of the most famous Croatian

players in history. He started handball at the age of 10

in his birth town, Djakovo, from where he moved to

Zagreb. Duvnjak stayed in Zagreb for three years and

in that period he became one of the youngest players

ever to put on the Croatian national team jersey.

His transfer from Zagreb to Hamburg in 2009, when he

was only 21, was one of the biggest ever and made him

the world’s most expensive handball player at the time.

In Hamburg, Duvnjak won the VELUX EHF Champions

League in 2013 and was named World Handball Player

of the Year 2013. After playing for Hamburg for five

years he moved to Kiel, where he still is today.

At 29, Duvnjak already went through three Olympic

campaigns – Beijing 2008, London 2012, where he led

Croatia to a bronze medal, and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

He has won two silver and two bronze medals at EHF

EURO events, along with silver and bronze at World

Championships.

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EHF EURO

1994. Portugal 3rd place

1996. Spain 5th place

1998. Italy 8th place

2000. Croatia 6th place

2002. Sweden 16th place

2004. Slovenia 4th place

2006. Switzerland 4th place

2008. Norway 2nd place

2010. Austria 2nd place

2012. Serbia 3rd place

2014. Denmark 4th place

2016. Poland 3rd place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1995. Iceland 2nd place

1997. Japan 13rd place

1999. Egypt 10th place

2001. France 9th place

2003. Portugal 1st place

2005. Tunis 2nd place

2007. Germany 5th place

2009. Croatia 2nd place

2011. Sweden 5th place

2013. Spain 3rd place

2015. Qatar 6th place

2017. France 4th place

player position birth club m / g

Ivic, Filip GK 1992 PGE Kielce (POL) 43/0

Stevanovic, Ivan GK 1982 Schaffhausen (SUI) 50/1

Pesic, Ivan GK 1989 Meshkov Brest (BLR) 41/1

Alilovic, Mirko GK 1985 Veszprem (HUN) 164/0

Strlek, Manuel LW 1988 Kielce (POL) 135/466

Mihic, Lovro LW 1994 Wisla Plock (POL) 19/30

Mandic, David LW 1997 Izvidjac (BiH) 0/0

Horvat, Zlatko RW 1984 PPD Zagreb 147/436

Vida, Ivan RW 1995 Dubrava 0/0

Cupic, Ivan RW 1986 Vardar (MKD) 137/511

Maric, Marino LP 1990 Melsungen (GER) 46/96

Musa, Zeljko LP 1986 Magdeburg (GER) 97/72

Kontrec, Tin LP 1989 PPD Zagreb 15/20

Beciri, Kristian LP 1994 Celje PL (SLO) 0/0

Vori, Igor LP 1980 PPD Zagreb 240/587

Gojun, Jakov LB 1986 Füchse Berlin (GER) 161/80

Jaganjac, Halil LB 1998 Metalurg (MKD) 2/0

Mamic, Marko LB 1994 PGE Kielce (POL) 38/60

Mandalinic, Stipe LB 1992 Füchse Berlin (GER) 31/36

Duvnjak, Domagoj CB 1988 THW Kiel (GER) 184/602

Karacic, Igor CB 1988 Vardar (MKD) 51/126

Jotic, Lovro CB 1994 Aalborg (DEN) 11/9

Cindric, Luka CB 1993 Vardar (MKD) 37/83

Kopljar, Marko RB 1986 Füchse Berlin (GER) 147/305

Stepancic, Luka RB 1990 PSG (FRA) 55/119

Vuglac, Mario RB 1992 PPD Zagreb 2/4

Ivic, Sime RB 1993 Wisla Plock (POL) 6/15

Buntic, Denis RB 1982 Pick Szeged (HUN) 129/290

OLYMPIC GAMES

1996. Atlanta 1st place

2004. Athens 1st place

2008. Beijing 4th place

2012. London 3rd place

2016. Rio de Janeiro 5th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

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SWEDEN

Svenska Handbollförbundet

Östgötagatan 98D

Se-116 64 Stockholm

www.svenskhandboll.se

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New yellow submarine

A huge handball name, probably Europe’s biggest of all time. Four-time European champions in the time when

Bengt Johansson and his team ruled the handball world with Olympic gold being the only medal they never won

- despite playing in four finals. However, perfection is a strangely rare thing and probably the reason why the

‘Bengan Boys’ led by Magnus Wislander, Staffan Olsson and Stefan Lövgren did not win it all. Croatia are also

partly to blame for that, having beaten them in the Olympic final in Atlanta in 1996.

Sweden are playing great handball with all the work they have put in with youngsters throughout the period of

almost 10 years clearly paying off. They have been missing out on medals for quite a long time now, with their

home EHF EURO in Stockholm all the way back in 2002 the last competition they won. Since then, they have

only earned silver at the London 2012 Olympics but they seem to be more than ready to make that final step

towards the spotlight.

A classy team, solid in defence, imaginative in attack. A team, which keeps the pace sky-high throughout the

match. Their key features are rock-strong defence led by Max Darj and Jesper Nielsen, great goalkeepers Mikael

Appelgren and Andreas Palicka, who both have Bundesliga experience, quick wingers, who rarely miss, coming

from THW Kiel (Niclas Ekberg) and Rhein-Neckar Löwen (Jerry Tollbring). Considering their organised attack,

they are quite fast with great solutions mostly coming from playmaker Jim Gottfridsson and left-hander Albin

Lagergren.

Will the ‘yellow submarine’ sail towards the throne in Croatia? They must remember the gold medal they won at

the EHF EURO 2000 in Zagreb!

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Sweden booked a place at EHF EURO

coming from Qualification Group 6 where they finished

first ahead of Montenegro, Russia and Slovakia

BEST

7

Appelgren

Tollbring

Nielsen

Ekberg

Jeppsson

Gottfridsson

Lagergren

KRISTJAN ANDRESSON

Head Coach

Born in Sweden in 1981 to Icelandic parents, Kristjan

Andresson became head coach of the national team

in September 2016, replacing Ola Lindgren and Staffan

Olsson.

Andresson grew up in the city of Eskilstuna, outside of

Stockholm, and started his playing career at HK Eskil

before switching to Eskilstuna Guif in the top league

when he was 19. He played 11 games for Iceland,

including the 2004 Olympics.

In 2005, Andresson was forced into early retirement

due to multiple knee injuries. At the age of 26, in

2007, he became head coach for Eskilstuna Guif. He

remained with the club until 2016, reaching the Swedish

championship finals twice.

Shortly after he left Eskilstuna Guif, Andresson was

appointed as the new head coach for the national team,

leading them in a successful World Championship 2017

campaign as they finished sixth.

NICLAS EKBERG

Key Player

Right wing Niclas Ekberg scored almost 700 goals for

Sweden – more than any other player in the current

squad. The left-hander plays a crucial role in the team.

He was also responsible for the last-second goal from

a penalty against Spain in the Olympic Qualification

Tournament, which secured Sweden a place in Rio.

The 29-year-old Ekberg began his career with his local

club, Ystads IF, before moving to AG Kobenhavn for

two years after which he joined Champions League

side THW Kiel in 2012. Ekberg’s biggest success with

the national team is the silver medal won at the 2012

Olympic Games, where he was the top scorer of the

competition with a tally of 50. He received the Swedish

Handball Player of the Year award in 2015 and was

team captain at the World Championship 2017.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 1st place

1996 Spain 4th place

1998 Italy 1st place

2000 Croatia 1st place

2002 Sweden 1st place

2004 Slovenia 7th place

2008 Norway 5th place

2010 Austria 15th place

2012 Serbia 12th place

2014 Denmark 7th place

2016 Poland 8th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1961 West Germany 3rd place

1964 Czechoslovakia 2nd place

1967 Sweden 5th place

1970 France 6th place

1974 East Germany 10th place

1976 Denmark 8th place

1982 West Germany 11th place

1986 Switzerland 4th place

1990 Czechoslovakia 1st place

1993 Sweden 3rd place

1995 Iceland 3rd place

1997 Japan 2nd place

1999 Egypt 1st place

2001 France 2nd place

2003 Portugal 13th place

2005 Tunis 11th place

2009 Croatia 7th place

2011 Sweden 4th place

2015 Qatar 10th place

2017 France 6th place

player position birth club m / g

Andersson, Mattias GK 1978 Flensburg (GER) 148/0

Palicka, Andreas GK 1986 RN Löwen (GER) 71/1

Aggefors, Mikael GK 1985 Aalborg (DEN) 14/0

Appelgren, Mikael GK 1989 RN Löwen (GER) 60/1

Thulin, Tobias GK 1995 Redbergslid IK 5/0

Tollbring, Jerry LW 1995 RN Löwen (GER) 33/107

Wanne, Hampus LW 1993 Flensburg 4/7

Frend-Öfors, Emil LW 1994 THW Kiel (GER) 12/20

Ekberg, Niclas RW 1988 THW Kiel 153/640

Pettersson, Daniel RW 1992 Magdeburg (GER) 9/25

Zachrisson, Mattias RW 1990 Füchse (GER) 102/217

Darj, Max LP 1991 Bergischer (GER) 23/12

Bergendahl, Oscar LP 1995 Alingsås 5/11

Pettersson, Fredric LP 1989 Toulouse (FRA) 27/37

Nielsen, Jesper LP 1989 PSG (FRA) 86/107

Olsson, Markus LB 1990 Skjern (DEN) 55/109

Jeppsson, Simon LB 1995 Flensburg (GER) 17/34

Henningsson, Philip LB 1995 Kristianstad 4/6

Stenmalm, Philip LB 1992 KIF Kolding (DEN) 55/59

Östlund, Viktor LB 1992 Holstebro (DEN) 38/96

Nilsson, Lukas LB 1996 THW Kiel (GER) 40/103

Gottfridsson, Jim CB 1992 Flensburg (GER) 50/176

Arnesson, Linus CB 1990 Bergischer (GER) 4/5

Konradsson, Jesper CB 1994 Skjern (DEN) 41/49

Freiman, Helge CB 1992 Kristianstad 12/18

Cederholm, Andreas CB 1990 Minden (GER) 38/66

Jakobsson, Johan RB 1987 Sävehof 114/250

Lagergren, Albin RB 1992 Kristianstad 23/57

photo: Uroš Hočevar

OLYMPIC GAMES

1972 Munich 7th place

1984 Los Angeles 5th place

1988 Seoul 5th place

1992 Barcelona 2nd place

1996 Atlanta 2nd place

2000 Sydney 2nd place

2012 London 2nd place

2016 Rio de Janeiro 11th place

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SERBIA

Rukometni Savez Srbije

Tošin Bunar 272

11070 Novi Beograd

www.rss.org.rs

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Old school – new beginning

Although they have a great tradition, Serbia missed the last two World Championships in Qatar and France as

well as the Rio Olympics, and finished 15th at the 16-team EHF EURO in Poland.

They simply lost that something after their silver medal back in 2012 when they hosted the EHF EURO. They

were looking for the right solution, changed a lot and in the end decided to go with a younger generation,

which is now a mix of talented players led by a big name like Jovica Cvetkovic. They have a team that can

surely endanger anyone in Europe. In his roster Cvetkovic has three VELUX EHF Champions League winners –

goalkeeper Strahinja Milic, line player Mijajlo Marsenic and one of Europe’s best defensive players, Ilija Abutovic.

Petar Nenadic, Zarko Sesum, Momir Rnic, Nemanja Zelenovic and Marko Vujin make up a solid back line from

the German Bundesliga to go along with the marvellous right winger Darko Djukic from Polish side Kielce. They

also have some important Champions League names like Rastko Stojkovic, Rajko Prodanovic and Petar Djordjic

from Meshkov, Dobrivoje Markovic from PPD Zagreb and young goalie Vladimir Cupara, who currently plays for

Spanish side Leon but will move to Kielce in 2018. If Jovica Cvetkovic can motivate his squad, they might take a

big step forward at the EHF EURO in Croatia. They were not here in 2000, but at the World Championship 2009

they finished eighth.

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Serbia booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 2 where they finished second – behind

Belarus and ahead of Romania and Poland

BEST

7

Cupara

Markovic

Marsenic

Djukic

Nenadic

Sesum

Vujin

JOVICA CVETKOVIC

Head Coach

Head coach Jovica Cvetkovic came into his role in

October 2016, in what was a difficult moment for the

Serbian national team as they looked to rebuild for the

future. Cvetkovic’s work of squad reshaping brought

in some positive results, including three wins and two

draws in the EHF EURO 2018 Qualification.

Cvetkovic is a former player, who was on court during

the golden era of Yugoslavian handball, winning the

World Championship in 1986. After his successful

playing career, he started coaching at club level back

in 1990. He first became Serbian national coach in

2006 before leaving the position in 2009 and resuming

it seven years later.

PETAR NENADIC

Key Player

Petar Nenadic developed from one of Europe’s biggest

talents into a real leader of the team, which will in

Croatia try to prove that the silver medal they won at

the EHF EURO in Serbia six years ago was not just a

coincidence. They have not pulled it off since but now

they surely do have the required quality. Playing for

Füchse Berlin, Nenadic was one of Bundesliga’s best

scorers with his strong outings earning him a pricy

transfer to one of Europe’s strongest clubs – Hungarian

Veszprém. He went through a lot, at Barcelona, Szeged

and Wisla, but finally proved himself among the best in

Germany.

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EHF EURO

1996 Spain 3rd place

1998 Italy 5th place

2002 Sweden 10th place

2004 Slovenia 8th place

2006 Switzerland 9th place

2010 Austria 13th place

2012 Serbia 2nd place

2014 Denmark 13th place

2016 Poland 15th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1997 Japan 16th place

1999 Egypt 3rd place

2001 France 3rd place

2003 Portugal 8th place

2005 Tunis 5th place

2009 Croatia 8th place

2011 Sweden 10th place

2013 Spain 10th place

player position birth club m / g

Milic, Strahinja GK 1990 Vardar (MKD) 26/0

Cupara, Vladimir GK 1994 Ademar Leon (ESP) 8/0

Ivanisevic, Tibor GK 1990 Skjern (DEN) 6/0

Milosavljev, Dejan GK 1996 Partizan 5/0

Markovic, Dobrivoje LW 1986 PPD Zagreb (CRO) 105/211

Ilic, Nemanja LW 1990 Fenix Toulouse (FRA) 52/87

Ilic, Vanja LW 1993 Metalurg (MKD) 2/2

Djukic, Darko RW 1994 Kielce (POL) 31/89

Radivojevic, Bogdan RW 1993 RN Lowen (GER) 21/35

Vorkapic, Vukasin RW 1997 Metaloplastika 0/0

Marsenic, Mijajlo LP 1993 Vardar (MKD) 61/86

Beljanski, Bojan LP 1986 Bregenz (AUT) 64/59

Stojkovic, Rastko LP 1981 Meshkov Brest (BLR) 76/159

Nenadic, Petar LB 1986 Fuchse Berlin (GER) 75/198

Djordjic, Petar LB 1990 Meshkov Brest (BLR) 12/29

Rnic, Momir LB 1987 RN Lowen (GER) 94/169

Jovanovic, Milan LB 1998 Vojvodina 0/0

Abutovic, Ilija LB 1988 Vardar (MKD) 25/24

Nenadic, Drasko LB 1990 Fuchse Berlin (GER) 20/17

Obradovic, Nemanja LB 1991 Wisla Plock (POL) 4/8

Stevanovic, Darko LB 1997 Partizan 3/5

Sesum, Zarko CB 1986 Goppingen (GER) 138/368

Vujic, Stefan CB 1991 Steaua (ROM) 0/0

Ciric, Stefan CB 1991 Obilic 2/3

Crnoglavac, Nikola RB 1992 Dobrogea Constanta (ROU) 2/4

Zelenovic, Nemanja RB 1990 Magdeburg (GER) 54/128

Stanojevic, Aleksandar RB 1984 Goztepe (TUR) 36/57

Vujin, Marko RB 1984 THW Kiel (GER) 113/444

OLYMPIC GAMES

2000 Sydney 4th place

2012 London 9th place

photo: MN Press

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ICELAND

Handknattleikssamband

Islands

Engjavegur 6

104 Reykjavik

www.hsi.is

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Small giant enters with rebuilt squad

Iceland is without doubt a sporting phenomenon: a small country with so many great athletes, and with national

teams appearing at final tournaments in football, basketball and handball. The small giant enters the EHF

EURO with a rebuilt squad and without many of the leaders from Beijing in 2008 and Vienna in 2010, including

Olafur Stefansson, Robert Gunarsson, Alexander Pettersson and Snorri Gudjonson.

Gudmundur Gudmundsson, who coached them to all the medals, later went to Denmark climbing the Olympic

throne but they managed to survive without all of them successfully sticking to their well-known playing style.

And they won’t give up. They missed Rio but they are back and it is interesting that the EHF EURO 2000 in

Croatia was actually their very first.

Today they have a new team full of young players, alongside a whole lot of experience from the world’s strongest

leagues, led by two All-star team calibre players – playmaker Aron Palmarsson from Barcelona and Gudjon Valur

Sigurdsson, one of the best wingers of today. It is also important to note that Swedish Kristianstad is competing

in the VELUX EHF Champions League with names like Olafur Gudmundsson, big and strong line player Arnar

Arnasson. Janus Smarsson leads the parade in Aalborg along with experienced Arnor Atlasson. Runar Karason

is delivering some good performances this season wearing Hannover’s jersey. Björgvin Pal Gustavsson is in

charge of goalkeeping at Bergischer HC along with right wing Arnor Gunarsson. Bjarki Elisson plays at Füchse

Berlin. This all means head coach Geir Sveinsson has an ambitious and talented team with the potential to win

medals. The head coach himself used to be a line player. He was the heart and soul of the team, which achieved

success at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympics, which was the beginning of an amazing story.

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BEST

7

Iceland booked a place at the EHF EURO as the best thirdplaced

team from all Qualification Groups, ending up third

in Qualification Group 4 – behind FYR Macedonia and

Czech Republic and ahead of Ukraine.

Gustavsson

Sigurdsson

Arnarsson

A. Gunnarsson

Gudmundsson

Palmarsson

Halgrimsson

GEIR SVEINSSON

Head Coach

Five-time Icelandic handball player of the year Geir

Sveinsson became coach of the national team in April

2016. As a player, Sveinsson was line player, a great

leader at both ends of the court and captain of Iceland

for eight years, from 1991 to 1999, reaching 340 caps.

Sveinsson began coaching at his boyhood club Valur,

then worked with Grótta before leaving for glory abroad

as so many Icelandic coaches have done in recent

years. His coaching career continued at Bregenz in

Austria (2012-2014) and Magdeburg in Germany (2014-

2016) before taking over at the national team.

Sveinsson has started shaping a new national squad,

introducing young players from promising Icelandic

youth sides as he builds the team around a strong

defence and smart attacking play.

ARON PALMARSSON

Key Player

He has been the star of the Icelandic team for the last

few years. The 27-year-old centre back leads Iceland’s

attack with great vision for the game and a strong

shot from outside the defence. Palmarsson played a

significant role when Iceland won the bronze medal at

the EHF EURO 2010 – so far his biggest achievement

with the national team.

Palmarsson played for FH Hafnarfjördur in Iceland

before joining VELUX EHF Champions League side

THW Kiel at the age of 19, for the 2009/10 season. After

claiming two Champions League titles with Kiel, in 2010

and 2012, he moved to Telekom Veszprém in 2015. With

the Hungarian club he reached the FINAL4 twice.

Early in the 2017/18 season, Palmarsson was one

of the most discussed transfers as he joined record

Champions League winners FC Barcelona Lassa.

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EHF EURO

2000 Croatia 11th place

2002 Sweden 4th place

2004 Slovenia 13th place

2006 Switzerland 7th place

2008 Norway 11th place

2010 Austria 3rd place

2012 Serbia 10th place

2014 Denmark 5th place

2016 Poland 13th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1958 East Germany 10th place

1961 West Germany 6th place

1964 Czechoslovakia 9th place

1970 France 11th place

1974 East Germany 14th place

1978 Denmark 13th place

1986 Switzerland 6th place

1990 Czechoslovakia 10th place

1993 Sweden 8th place

1995 Iceland 14th place

1997 Japan 5th place

2001 France 11th place

2003 Portugal 7th place

2005 Tunis 15th place

2007 Germany 8th place

2011 Sweden 6th place

2013 Spain 12th place

2015 Qatar 11th place

2017 France 14th place

player position birth club m / g

Gústavsson, Björgvin Páll GK 1985 Haukar 193/10

Edvardsson, Aron Rafn GK 1989 Bietigheim (GER) 76/4

Björgvinsson, Ágúst Elí GK 1999 FH 3/0

Gudmundsson, Hreidar GK 1980 Grótta 146/2

Sigurdsson, Gudjón LW 1979 RN Löwen (GER) 338/1777

Sigurmannsson, Stefán LW 1990 Szeged (HUN) 56/64

Elísson, Bjarki Már LW 1990 Fuchse Berlin (GER) 34/75

Gunnarsson, Arnór RW 1987 Bergischer (GER) 76/172

Sigurbjörnsson, Theodór RW 1992 ÍBV 6/4

Ríkhardsson, Ódinn Pór RW 1997 FH 0/0

Kristjánsson, Kári LP 1984 ÍBV 129/148

Gunnarsson, Róbert LP 1980 Aarhus (DEN) 276/773

Arnarsson, Arnar Freyr LP 1996 Kristianstad (SWE) 19/21

Gunnarsson, Bjarki Már LP 1988 Stjarnan 61/17

Ingólfsson, Atli Evar LP 1988 Selfoss 9/9

Atlason, Arnór LB 1984 Aalborg (DEN) 197/436

Gudmundsson, Ólafur LB 1990 Kristianstad (SWE) 89/127

Ingason, Daníel Pór LB 1995 Haukar 3/1

Gústafsson, Ólafur LB 1989 Kolding (DEN) 22/43

Jónsson, Elvar Örn LB 1997 Selfoss 0/0

Pálmarsson, Aron CB 1990 Barcelona (SPA) 113/441

Smárason, Janus Dadi CB 1995 Aalborg (DEN) 16/24

Gíslason, Ýmir Örn CB 1997 Valur 4/1

Kristjánsson, Gísli Porgeir CB 1999 FH 0/0

Kárason, Rúnar RB 1988 Hannover/Burgdorf (GER) 84/206

Hallgrímsson, Ásgeir Örn RB 1984 Nimes (FRA) 247/414

Gudmundsson, Geir RB 1993 Cesson Rennes (FRA) 2/4

Magnússon, Ómar Ingi RB 1997 Aarhus (DEN) 17/49

photo: Jozo Čabraja

OLYMPIC GAMES

1972 Munich 12th place

1984 Los Angeles 8th place

1988 Seoul 6th place

1992 Barcelona 4th place

2004 Athens 9th place

2008 Beijing 2nd place

2012 London 5th place

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POREČ

Poreč. Parenzo. Or, in Latin: Parentium. In its 2,000-year history, it seems like the whole European

history has passed through Poreč: Romans, Aquilea, Huns, Byzants, Slovenes, Avars, Ostrogoths,

Langobards, Franks, Venice, Napoleon, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy, Yugoslavia, today Croatia.

Its major landmark is the sixth-century Euphrasian Basilica, featuring on the UNESCO Wold

Heritage List since 1997.

This small peninsula town was inhabited from the pre-historic era. Romans gave it today’s form

after defeating the native Histrians. Since 1861 Poreč has been the capital of Istria, residence of

Istrian, i.e. Poreč-Pulan diocese. In the final years of the 19th century and the first decade of the

20th century, Poreč recorded a sudden and tempestuous development with the construction of the

town palace, theatre, agricultural school, sport hall (palestra), two beaches, the first hotels.

After the second world war, tourism in Poreč started to develop rapidly and the town became the

strongest tourism centre in the east Adriatic coast. Poreč hosted the Women’s World Championship

in 2003 and the Men’s World Championship six years later.

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ŽATIKA SC

Capacity 3,200 seats

Žatika Sport Centre is a multi-functional hall in Poreč. Built for the Men’s IHF World Championship

in 2009, it was formally opened on 21 November 2008.

The building consists of two halls – a large one with a capacity of 3,200 spectators, and a smaller

one, which is often used for training and warm-up purposes. It also has a fitness centre and

various facilities to host events and fairs.

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FRANCE

Federation Francaise

de Handball

16, avenue Raspail CS 30312

94257 Gentilly

www.ff-handball.org

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First time without Omeyer and Narcisse

It is enough to say we are talking about the reigning world champions, the best team of the decade. As always,

they are among the biggest favourites for going all the way. Croatia is a country France likes to play in because

here the women won World Championship gold in 2003 and the men in 2009. This is where they first reached the

EHF EURO semis back in 2000.

Now France are a bit different without their ‘irreplaceable’ clutch duo - goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer and ‘Air

France’ Daniel Narcisse. It is clear that this can never be the same team without them but it does not necessary

have to mean they will be any weaker. With all the younger generations they have developed lately, it looks like

they will make sure France remain where they belong – on the top.

These are all players who are playing at some of the best European clubs and who are slowly entering the

national team in a process started all the way back by Constantini, kept alive by Onesta, and taken with arms

wide open by Dinart. Defence has always been their forte. The main characters are still Cedric Sorhaindo, Nikola

Karabatic and his younger brother Luka, who missed the last World Championship and was replaced by Ludovic

Fabregas – the young line player will, however, not play in Croatia due to injury.

In attack they will miss Narcisse but they already have Timothey N’Guessan who will, along with Nantes’ engine

Nicolas Claire, be in charge of taking some weight off Nikola Karabatic’s shoulders. On the right they have young

World Championship sensation Nedim Remili to go along with “Narcisse Jr.” – Dika Mem from Barcelona or

Valentin Porte and it is fair to say their right side looks frightening. Also, they still have well-known faces on the

wing positions, like Michael Guigou, Luc Abalo and Kentin Mahe, who will surely once again deliver. Omeyer and

Narcisse had to call it a career at one point, Karabatic will do the same sooner rather than later but what matters

is that France remain a European stronghold even without them.

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France booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 7 where they finished first ahead of

Norway, Lithuania and Belgium.

BEST

7

Gerard

Guigou

Sorhaindo

Porte

N. Karabatic

Claire

Dipanda

DIDIER DINART

Head Coach

After finishing a decorated playing career in 2013,

Didier Dinart switched immediately to the French

national squad staff, where he became assistant to

head coach Claude Onesta. EHF EURO 2014 and World

Championship 2015 titles followed, making Dinart the

first member of Les Experts to succeed in retraining to

the level of his incredible record of accomplishment as

a player.

Together with his former teammate Guillaume Gille,

Dinart took the reins of the France national team after

the 2016 Olympic Games. The duo claimed the world

title on home soil in Paris in January 2017 in their first

major tournament leading the team.

As a trademark specialist defender, Dinart earned the

nickname ‘The Rock’ during his days playing in Spain

for Ciudad Real. With strong ties to his roots from

Guadeloupe, Dinart organises an annual international

event in the Antilles to facilitate youth access to highperformance

sport.

NIKOLA KARABATIC

Key Player

As three-time recipient of the World Handball Player

of the Year award, in 2007, 2014 and 2016, Nikola

Karabatic is regarded as one of, if not the, best player

in French history. With an incredible total of 52 titles

and multiple individual recognitions, he is perhaps the

most recognizable handball player in the world.

Karabatic’s list of achievements includes three Olympic

gold medals, four world titles and three EHF EURO

trophies. He has also won the VELUX EHF Champions

League three times, with Montpellier in 2003, THW Kiel

in 2007 and FC Barcelona in 2015. Karabatic currently

plays for PSG Handball, who reached the VELUX EHF

FINAL4 in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Playing at left back or centre back, Karabatic is a

proven goal machine and team player. He is also a

strong defender, especially when playing alongside

his younger brother Luka and team captain Cédric

Sorhaindo.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 6th place

1996 Spain 7th place

1998 Italy 7th place

2000 Croatia 4th place

2002 Sweden 6th place

2004 Slovenia 6th place

2006 Switzerland 1st place

2008 Norway 3rd place

2010 Austria 1st place

2012 Serbia 11th place

2014 Denmark 1st place

2016 Poland 5th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1954 Sweden 6th place

1958 East Germany 9th place

1961 West Germany 8th place

1964 Czech Republic 14th place

1967 Sweden 10th place

1970 France 11th place

1978 Denmark 16th place

1990 Czech Republic 9th place

1993 Sweden 2nd place

1995 Iceland 1st place

1997 Japan 3rd place

1999 Egypt 6th place

2001 France 1st place

2003 Portugal 3rd place

2005 Tunisia 3rd place

2007 Germany 4th place

2009 Croatia 1st place

2011 Sweden 1st place

2013 Spain 6th place

2015 Qatar 1st place

2017 France 1st place

player position birth club m / g

Dumoulin, Cyril GK 1984 Nantes 60/0

Gerard, Vincent GK 1986 Montpellier 57/4

Meyer, Julien GK 1996 Chambery 2/0

Omeyer, Thierry GK 1976 PSG 358/4

Guigou, Michaël LW 1982 Montpellier 246/872

Mahe, Kentin LW 1991 Flensburg (GER) 75/242

Nahi, Dylan LW 1999 PSG 3/5

Bingo, Arnaud LW 1987 Montpellier 38/56

Caucheteux, Raphael LW 1985 Saint Raphaël 0/0

Abalo, Luc RW 1984 PSG 229/725

Kounkoud, Benoit RW 1997 PSG 15/15

Lenne, Yanis RW 1996 Barcelona (SPA) 5/7

Sorhaindo, Cédric LP 1997 Barcelona (SPA) 185/384

Tournat, Nicolas LP 1994 Nantes 3/0

Karabatic, Luka LP 1988 PSG 68/77

Afgour, Benjamin LP 1991 Montpellier 8/17

N,’guessan Timothey LB 1992 Barcelona (SPA) 49/87

Accambray, William LB 1988 Veszprem (HUN) 103/219

Nyokas, Olivier LB 1986 Nantes 32/46

Bonnefond, Baptiste LB 1993 Montpellier 3/0

Claire, Nicolas CB 1987 Nantes 14/16

Karabatic, Nikola CB 1984 PSG 284/1130

Lagarde, Romain CB 1997 Nantes 0/0

Mem, Dika RB 1997 Barcelona (SPA) 10/7

Dipanda, Adrien RB 1988 Saint Raphaël 33/58

Porte, Valentin RB 1990 Montpellier 82/218

Remili, Nedim RB 1995 PSG 27/79

Pelayo, Tom RB 1997 Dunkerque 0/0

photo: Uroš Hočevar

OLYMPIC GAMES

1992 Barcelona 3rd place

1996 Atlanta 4th place

2000 Sydney 6th place

2004 Athens 5th place

2008 Beijing 1st place

2012 London 1st place

2016 Rio de Janeiro 2nd place

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BELARUS

Handball Federation of Belarus

Surganova str. 2-213 /

220 012 Minsk

www.handball.by

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Awaken tradition

The Belarusian handball school led by Spartak Mironovich is one of the best in handball history. Back in the

day, those were the roots of the great Soviet teams. But after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, everything

changed. Since then, they have only participated in championships in Portugal in 1994 and Iceland in 1995, and

were absent from the main stage all the way until the EHF EURO 2008 in Norway.

At about the same time, Meshkov Brest started growing along with Dinamo Minsk and SKA Minsk. Something

finally started happening and they made it all the way to where they are today, led by a true legend of the sport,

Iouri Chevtsov.

They managed to catch the right rhythm starting at the World Championship in Spain in 2013. Since then they

have not missed a big competition, growing steadily and developing some new names to help them get back

to where they belong. Today they have Ivan Matskevich, Viachaslau Saldatsenka, the great line player Artsem

Karalek, the tall Uladzislau Kulesh, the experienced Siarhei Shylovich, Barys Pukhouski and Dzmitry Nikulenkau,

who are in charge of the pace, along with wingers Andrey Yurynok, Dzianis Rutenka and Maksim Baranau.

They finished 10th in Poland, the second time in a row that they had qualified for the main round. Now they have

what it takes to take an additional step forward.

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Belarus booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 2 where they finished first ahead of Serbia,

Romania and Poland.

BEST

7

Matskevich

Yurynok

Karalek

Rutenka

Kulesh

Pukhouski

Shylovich

IOURI CHEVTSOV

Head Coach

Iouri Chevtsov has been Belarus head coach since

2009, after his own successful playing career for SKA

(1977-1991) and one season in Germany with Blau-

Weiss Spandau. It was in Germany that Chevtsov

started his coaching career, working with the likes of

TUSEM Essen and Rhein-Neckar Löwen.

While playing for the USSR, Chevtsov became world

champion in 1982 and won Olympic gold in 1988. As a

player, he was champion of the USSR six times between

1981 and 1989, three-time winner of the European

Champions’ Cup (1987, 1989, 1990), two-time winner

of the Cup Winners’ Cup (1983, 1988), and Super Cup

champion in 1989.

As a coach of German clubs, he claimed the national

title and the German Cup in 1997, along with the EHF

Cup in 2005.

Chevtsov has led Belarus at three World Championships.

He was also at the helm at the EHF EURO 2014 and

2016.

ARTSEM KARALEK

Key Player

Karalek is without doubt one of the most promising

line players of today. He is only 21 years old and after

two years with Saint Raphael in France he will join

Kielce in Poland next season.

He is strong, 190 cm tall, with amazing scoring abilities.

Karalek started in Grodno and already at the age of

18 left for SKA Minsk. Good outings in Minsk earned

him a national team invitation as he made his debut at

the EHF EURO in Poland. After that he left for France

and is now at only 21 years of age his country’s most

important player.

He is the centre of everything, gives an additional

dimension to an attack full of great shooters and

is valuable in defence too. He is one of the biggest

reasons for Belarus to be optimistic ahead of the EHF

EURO. He has just started and his time is yet to come.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 8th place

2008 Norway 15th place

2014 Denmark 12th place

2016 Poland 10th place

player position birth club m / g

Saldatsenka, Viacheslau GK 1994 Odorhei (ROU) 29/1

Matskevich, Ivan GK 1991 Meshkov 57/0

Padasinau, Artsem GK 1989 Gomel 0/0

Charapenka, Vitali GK 1984 Meshkov 81/0

Miskevich, Pavel GK 1997 SKA Minsk 0/0

Brouka, Ivan LW 1980 SKA Minsk 180/572

Yurynok, Andrei LW 1996 Meshkov 45/118

Rutenka, Dzianis RW 1986 Meshkov 112/283

Baranau, Maksim RW 1988 Odorhei (ROU) 123/300

Babichev, Maxim LP 1986 Motor (UKR) 144/238

Karalek, Artsem LP 1996 Saint-Raphael (FRA) 41/142

Shumak, Viachaslau LP 1988 Meshkov 84/130

Tsitou, Aliaksandar LP 1986 Riihimaen Cocks (FIN) 163/137

Kulesh, Uladzislau LB 1996 SKA Minsk 37/107

Bokhan, Viacheslau LB 1996 SKA Minsk 9/3

Shynkel, Aliaksei LB 1994 Motor (UKR) 20/46

Nikulenkau, Dzmitry CB 1984 Meshkov 99/171

Pukhouski, Barys CB 1987 Motor (UKR) 174/758

Padshyvalau, Aliaksandr CB 1996 SKA Minsk 26/44

Bachko, Aliaksandr CB 1989 Riihimaen Cocks (FIN) 5/1

Gayduchenko, Vadim CB 1995 Dinamo (ROU) 23/51

Harbuz, Hleb CB 1994 SKA Minsk 4/3

Vailupau, Mikita RB 1995 SKA Minsk 14/39

Shylovich, Siarhei RB 1986 Meshkov 129/413

Astrashapkin, Aleh RB 1992 Meshkov 27/37

Karvatski, Artur RB 1996 Furedi (HUN) 18/51

Kniazeu, Kiryl RB 1990 Energa MKS (POL) 49/95

Aliokhin, Mikalai RB 1998 SKA Minsk 8/11

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1995 Iceland 9th place

2013 Spain 15th place

2015 Qatar 11th place

2017 France 18th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

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NORWAY

Norges Handballforbund

PO Box 5000

0840 Oslo

www.handball.no

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Back to where it started

Norway first played at the EHF EURO in Croatia back in 2000 and now, 18 years later, they are coming back as

one of the biggest title favourites. In Poland they ended up fourth and a year later in France they lost the World

Championship final. This is yet more proof of their growth – there are no doubts about them because Christian

Berge is a coach who knows what it takes to put them among the elite, where their women national team has

already been for a long time.

Norway have a distinctive style and are one of the fastest teams in Europe. Their successes have affected the

value of their most important players, who are becoming key players at multiple European teams. The first who

comes to mind is surely Sander Sagosen – PSG’s playmaker and one of their most important players side by side

with Nikola Karabatic and Mikkel Hansen.

Norway also have great shooters such as Espen Hansen, Magnus Rod, Kent Tønnesen, high-class wingers

Magnus Jøndal and Kristian Bjørnsen, who rarely miss, to go along with the experienced Bjarte Myrhol on the

line, Christian O’Sullivan and sensational goalie Torbjørn Bergerud, who saved Zlatko Horvat’s penalty in the

World Championship semi-final last year, putting Norway through to their first final ever.

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Norway booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 7 where they finished second

– behind France and ahead of Lithuania and Belgium

BEST

7

Bergerud

Jøndal

Myrhol

Bjørnsen

Espen Hansen

Sagosen

Tønnesen

CHRISTIAN BERGE

Head Coach

The 44-year-old Christian Berge became head coach of

Norway in the spring of 2014, taking over from Swedish

Robert Hedin. Before becoming a coach, Berge played

63 international matches for Norway between 1997 and

2006. He also played for German Champions League

club Flensburg for several years before departing for

Denmark.

Berge’s coaching career began with Danish club

Aarhus, where he started as an assistant. In 2008, he

returned to Norway to coach Elverum, then became

coach of youth age category national teams in 2013.

At the EHF EURO 2016, Berge led the Norway men’s

team to their first ever semi-final at a major international

competition. One year later, in January 2017, he took

them all the way to the World Championship Final,

where they finished with the silver medal after being

defeated by hosts France.

SANDER SAGOSEN

Key Player

At the age of just 22, Sander Sagosen is already wellknown

among handball fans. The back court player

has followed in his father’s footsteps, who played 14

matches for Norway in the 1990s.

Sagosen made his debut on the national team in 2013

when he was only 18, and confirmed his position as

a key member of the side very quickly. The versatile

player was named in the All-star Teams at the EHF

EURO 2016 and the World Championship 2017.

After starting his professional career in Norway,

Sagosen gained his first VELUX EHF Champions

League experience with Danish club Aalborg, where he

stayed for three years. In 2016/17, he played a crucial

role in Aalborg’s third domestic title win in history.

In the summer of 2017, the young talent moved to

Champions League powerhouse PSG and, as with

every step before, impressed from the first day.

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EHF EURO

2000 Croatia 8th place

2006 Switzerland 11th place

2008 Norway 6th place

2010 Austria 7th place

2012 Serbia 13th place

2014 Denmark 14th place

2016 Poland 4th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1958 East Germany 6th place

1961 West Germany 7th place

1964 Czechoslovakia 11th place

1967 Sweden 13th place

1970 France 13th place

1993 Sweden 13th place

1997 Japan 12th place

1999 Egypt 13th place

2001 France 14th place

2005 Tunis 7th place

2007 Germany 13th place

2009 Croatia 9th place

2011 Sweden 9th place

2017 France 2nd place

player position birth club m / g

Bergerud, Torbjørn GK 1994 Holstebro (DEN) 38/0

Sæverås, Kristian GK 1996 Malmø (SWE) 0/0

Christensen, Espen GK 1985 Minden (GER) 72/2

Haug, Robin GK 1998 St. Hallvard 0/0

Lindboe, Andre LW 1988 Elverum (NOR) 59/96

Jøndal, Magnus LW 1988 GOG (DEN) 108/291

Westby, Alexander LB 1993 Bodo HK 2/3

Schønningsen, Simen RW 1996 Balingen (GER) 0/0

Gulliksen, Kevin RW 1996 Elverum 3/0

Bjørnsen, Kristian RW 1989 Wetzlar (GER) 82/376

Søndenå, Magnus RW 1991 Haslum 11/28

Gullerud, Magnus LP 1991 Minden (GER) 86/96

Myrhol, Bjarte LP 1982 Skjern (DEN) 208/630

Jakobsen, Henrik LP 1992 GOG (DEN) 13/15

Hykkerud, Joakim LP 1986 Drammen (NOR) 75/71

Liaba, Mishels LB 1995 Allingsås (SWE) 0/0

Hansen, Espen Lie LB 1989 Midtjylland (DEN) 130/421

Sørheim, Goran LB 1990 Drammen 41/38

Johannessen, Goran LB 1994 GOG (DEN) 33/57

Eriksen, Inge Aas LB 1984 Kristianstad (SWE) 8/5

Fredriksen, Magnus CB 1997 Elverum 0/0

Bielenberg, Henrik CB 1994 Bodo 3/0

Sagosen, Sander CB 1995 PSG (FRA) 66/245

O,`Sullivan Christian CB 1991 Magdeburg (GER) 79/107

Tangen, Eivind RB 1993 Midtjylland (DEN) 54/85

Reinkind, Harald RB 1992 RN Löwen (GER) 65/141

Rød, Magnus RB 1997 Flensburg (GER) 19/29

Tønnesen, Kent Robin RB 1991 Veszprém (HUN) 82/194

OLYMPIC GAMES

1972 München 9th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

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AUSTRIA

Österreichischer Handballbund

Hauslabgasse 24

1050 Wien

www.oehb.at

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Generation change

Dagur Sigurdsson is currently head coach of the Japanese national team. He took Germany all the way to the

European title in Poland two years ago, and before the German adventure, he started the process in Austria

taking them to the big stage. After he left for Germany, Magnus Andersson led Austria shortly and was later

succeeded by Patrekur Johannesson because the Austrians liked the look Sigurdsson had given them. However,

it was time for a generation change. Austria have been focused lately on developing younger players with the

EHF EURO they will host in 2020 as an additional motivation for everyone.

They did not take part in any of the last three big competitions – in Poland, Brazil or France. However this time

they got through the qualification and will try to establish themselves among the best with some great young

names, like THW Kiel’s Nikola Bilyk and experienced Robert Weber, who has been one of the best Bundesliga

scorers in past years. There are also some new names in their roster, like Croatian-born goalie Kristian Pilipovic

and experienced leftie from Portuguese Sporting, Janko Bozovic. Big problem for coach Johannesson is the

injury to Raul Santos. He will, however, have all the experienced players, who have been a part of the team for a

long time now, like defensive specialist Vytautas Ziura, goalkeeper Thomas Bauer and line player Fabian Posch.

A well-balanced team, which can, if given even the smallest opportunity, stun anyone. So far, they have had two

EHF EURO appearances, and both times they got through to the main round.

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Austria booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 3 where they finished second – behind

Spain and ahead of Bosnia Herzegovina and Finland

BEST

7

Pilipovic

Frimmel

Weber

Wagner

Bilyk

Bozovic

Zeiner

PATREKUR JOHANNESSON

Head Coach

In November 2011, Patrekur Johannesson succeeded

Magnus Anderson and became coach of the Austrian national

team. Two years later, Johannesson’s first major success was

qualifying for the EHF EURO 2014. With Johannesson as head

coach, Austria also qualified for the World Championship

2015.

Following qualification for the EHF EURO 2018, Johannesson

is the most successful national team coach in Austrian

handball history. The former Iceland national team player

is known for selecting a perfect mix of experienced players

and young talents. After key players like Viktor Szilagyi,

Conny Wilczynski and Roland Schlinger ended their careers,

Johannesson has formed a powerful young team.

NIKOLA BILYK

Key Player

Tunisian-born centre back Nikola Bilyk won the Super

Cup, Austrian Cup and domestic championship in his

last season spent at home playing for HC Fivers WAT

Margareten. In the summer of 2016, he moved to THW

Kiel, winning his first major title – the DHB Pokal – with

the ‘Zebras’ in Germany in his first season.

At the age of 20, Bilyk inspires coaches, fans and

teammates with his quality play and calm manner on the

court. At the Men’s 20 EHF EURO 2014, he was voted

All-star Team centre back and MVP of the tournament

and became top scorer with 55 goals. His first game

for the Austrian senior team was against Germany in

March 2014.

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EHF EURO

2010 Austria 9th place

2014 Denmark 11th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1938 Germany 2nd place

1954 East Germany 9th place

1993 Sweden 14th place

2011 Sweden 18th place

2015 Qatar 13th place

player position birth club m / g

Bauer, Thomas GK 1986 Massy (FRA) 126/0

Pilipovic, Kristian GK 1994 Nexe (CRO) 8/0

Marinovic, Nikola GK 1976 Schaffhausen (SUI) 165/0

Bokesch, Markus GK 1991 Linz 0/0

Aleksic, Goran GK 1982 Bregenz 8/0

Wöss, Richard LW 1986 TUSEM Essen (GER) 78/113

Santos, Raul LW 1992 Kiel (GER) 70/284

Frimmel, Sebastian LW 1995 Westwien 26/43

Pratschner, Julian LW 1996 Westwien 0/0

Schopf, Tobias LW 1985 Krems 12/11

Ranftl, Julian RW 1996 Westwien 5/6

Klopcic, Marian RW 1992 Bregenz 36/28

Weber, Robert RW 1985 Magdeburg (GER) 149/638

Jelinek, Wilhelm LP 1994 Westwien 22/20

Wagner, Tobias LP 1995 Balingen (GER) 17/26

Herburger, Lukas LP 1994 Alpla Hard 2/1

Hermann, Alexander LB 1991 Wetzlar (GER) 65/96

Neuhold, Christoph LB 1994 Hamm (GER) 22/10

Kirveliavicius, Romas LB 1988 Coburg (GER) 26/22

Pomorisac, Dean LB 1988 Ferlach 0/0

Bilyk, Nikola CB 1996 Kiel (GER) 39/131

Zeiner, Gerald CB 1988 Alpla Hard 21/44

Frühstück, Lukas CB 1991 Bregenz 10/4

Ziura, Vytautas CB 1979 Fivers 96/208

Feichtinger, Sebastian CB 1992 Krems 2/2

Zivkovic, Boris RB 1992 Alpla Hard 8/6

Bozovic, Janko RB 1985 Sporting (POR) 120/287

Kandolf, Thomas RB 1993 Tirol 9/8

OLYMPIC GAMES

1936 Berlin 5th place

Copyright: ÖHB/Pucher

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LINO

CERVAR

“OUR GOAL IS TO BE SPECIAL”

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He led Croatia to the world title in Portugal in 2003 and to the Olympic gold medal in Athens the following year. Now Lino

Cervar is back on the Croatian bench for their home Men’s EHF EURO 2018.

After a seven-year-long absence Lino Cervar is back on the Croatian bench, succeeding Zeljko Babic.

Croatia took bronze at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 but failed to meet the expectations at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the World

Championship 2017 in France. Cervar returned from FYR Macedonia to his homeland on a mission to help Croatia acquire

the only gold they are missing.

Cervar calls it “a huge challenge for me. No, I’m still not tired, there is always that something pushing me forward, making

me dream. I believe I am still learning and it won’t ever stop.”

What will your blood pressure be like in January?

“Oh, I don’t even want to think about that. I am fine,

though there were these problems when I broke my hand,

then some struggles with my kidneys, but it was nothing

serious. So far, so good. My blood pressure is fine, too, at

least the doctors are saying so.”

What role does the coach have in modern handball?

“You are not only coaching when you are on the court.

You also have to take care of both the physical and mental

health aspects of all players. I believe one can now clearly

see the results of everything I was, and still am, doing, of

everyone I directed in the right way. That is also my medal.

The game is not only about coming to the court, going

through a training session and that’s it. A pedagogical

approach is also required. Today I can’t even trick my

three-year-old grandson into something he doesn’t feel

like doing, not to mention those who are older than him.

Younger generations are now watching us, analysing

everything. They are correcting us, too, and we must learn

to respect that.”

They say you are quite strict?

“I have high standards for both myself and others. No one

is perfect, I am not perfect, either. But I have never heard

such complaints on something I did that it would make me

worried. Croatia is far more than just a flag, coat of arms

and hymn for me – it is all about its citizens who are all so

different and so special for me. When you think that way it

is way easier to work. I have no enemies.”

Some will say you are quite a philosopher?

“The coach is the one who has to send the message. A

gold medal was probably worth a bit more back in the time

when our country was going through all the changes but

now the situation is a bit different. Healthy body, healthy

mind… these are phrases that don’t mean much really but

my goal is for us to send a message at this tournament. This

is a team without superstars. We don’t have players who

are playing main roles in their clubs but we have players

who are not behaving like superstars. A team without

superstars is our message, a message why we must invest

in sports. We have pedagogical reasons behind that as

well but all in all this is a way of life… We must all take care

of each other in order to make everything better and easier

for each individual.”

How are you dealing with all the comments?

“It is not the same to comment and to just talk in order to

make your rating look higher because you are speaking

about a top-level player or coach. I am not like that,

successful people never compare but they take what

is good from everyone’s approach and work. Being

honest and cultured is the best way for two persons to

communicate. Politics bring us the power to unite and not

to rule each other.”

One can feel the handball euphoria growing in Croatia with

the EHF EURO coming to the country. Does that pressure

to perform concern you?

“The feeling is like: we are good, goals are high, we are hosting

the event… However, if it was all that easy we would have

already done it, but we didn’t, and neither did those who are

claiming it is not hard to actually pull it off. That is why I am not

interested in any kind of euphoria. The facts are quite clear:

we did not play in a single final in the last seven years despite

being consistent. It overall seems we are close but we can’t

deny some national teams appear to be better. We have some

unexpected problems now with injuries, with a lack of playing

time when speaking about certain players, with players from

the German Bundesliga only arriving after New Year...”

What do you expect from your players?

“I expect a clear mind from each and every one of them. I

expect them to behave responsible, to be aware of the

situation, aware of the possibilities and aware of the goals

they are expecting to reach. At this point it doesn’t come

down to the will because we are all willing to be here now but

we must be honest with each other. That kind of relationship

will certainly raise the responsibility level, which would in

this case be the way of paying the price for success. If they

are able to do all that, then we have good foundations for

this tournament. If not, we will be at a disadvantage. Today,

team players are all that matters. Individuals rarely decide.

Neither Dragic or Doncic decided anything for Slovenia at the

last EuroBasket, the team did. Only teams are able to solve

problems they end up facing. That is why I feel like the sport

needs a Hall of Fame for teams. If we can build trust the team

will have in the individual and vice versa, we will make it. The

strength of the weakest link in the team is actually the strength

of the team itself.”

What will the Croatian team be like?

“Our goal is to be special, because it would be unrealistic

to expect a surprise in such a short period of time. We must

surprise with something. We surely do have players for that

but I will have to keep it a secret for now how we are going to

do that.”

What about Croatia’s opponents?

“The EHF EURO is the strongest handball competition in

general. It is tough all the way from the group stage. Serbia

is really good, Sweden too, Norway, France, Belarus. And

when we add Denmark, Spain or Germany in the mix… To be

clear, you have to beat everyone to be the best, which reminds

me of Portugal when we lost to Argentina in the first round

but then ended up beating everyone else and going all the

way. Trust me, I am not thinking about the semi-finals at all.

The next match is always all that matters for me. Those who

underestimate that kind of approach don’t really know much.

There are eight steps we want to climb and we must be careful

when stepping on each one of them.”

Are you satisfied with the status handball has in Croatia?

“No. You know, we must make that status better, give handball

what it deserves compared to other sports. I won’t believe

anything is getting better until I see the construction works

begin for our ‘handball dome.’ That would be something we

would all leave standing for the future generations. Success

comes and goes, but every day is a new opportunity to make

things better.”

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ZAGREB

Zagreb is the biggest city and the capital of the Republic of Croatia. It has a population of about one

million. The city of Zagreb is a scientific, political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of

Croatia. It is the residence of the Croatian parliament, the president and the Croatian government.

In written documents, Zagreb was mentioned for the first time in 1094, the year when the first

Diocese was established. In 1557 Zagreb was mentioned for the first time as the capital of Croatia,

and it became the capital of the Republic of Croatia on 25 June 1991. It is the date when the

Croatian parliament proclaimed independence and sovereignty of Croatia, and made Zagreb the

capital of the country.

The city of Zagreb has been the organizer of numerous sports’ competitions throughout history,

including highlights like the Universiade in 1987, the EuroBasket 1989, the Military World Games

1999, the Men’s EHF EURO 2000, and the Men’s IHF World Championship 2009.

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Capacity 15,200 seats

Arena Zagreb is a multi-purpose sports hall located in the southwestern part of Zagreb. The site

also includes a building complex, the Arena Complex, making it one of the largest shoppingentertainment

centres in the city.

The Croatian government and the Zagreb city government held a public tender for the construction

of a sports hall in order to host games of the World Championship in 2009. It later hosted numerous

other sporting, cultural, and business events. The construction of the sports hall started on 20 July

2007 and was completed as planned on 15 December 2008.

Arena Zagreb won the Structural Design of the Year award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival,

and the Grand Spectacle award at the Global BBR 2010.

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GERMANY

Deutscher Handballbund

Strobelallee 56

44139 Dortmund

www.dhb.de

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Reigning European champions

Two years ago in Poland the Germans won their second European title. Led by Dagur Sigurdsson, they surprised

many by going all the way, overcoming several injuries they had to deal with. They grew from match to match

and in Krakow they completed the final act of a long process, taking the first German gold medal since the world

title nine years earlier.

Later they took the bronze in Rio, but the news that Dagur Sigurdsson was set to leave for Japan came as a

shock. At the World Championship in France, they were knocked out of the competition by Qatar.

Young Christian Prokop took over and brought the flair from the Poland tournament back to life. And that is the

best confirmation of their status as one of the title favourites in Croatia.

A rock-solid defence, great goalkeepers Andreas Wolff and Silvio Heinevetter, lightning fast transition with Uwe

Gensheimer, Tobias Reichmann and Patrick Groetzki, these are the biggest assets of Prokop’s team. Their

attack is surely one of the deadliest in the world. Their roster is so wide that Kai Häfner and Julius Kühn, who

turned out to be two of the most important players at the golden EHF EURO in Poland, have only been added

after many injury troubles occurred. Germany are coming to Croatia stronger than they were in Poland.

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Germany booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 5 where they finished first ahead of

Slovenia, Portugal and Switzerland

BEST

7

Wolff

Gensheimer

Pekeler

Groetzki

Fath

Weber

Wiede

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CHRISTIAN PROKOP

Head Coach

Appointed in February 2017, the 39-year-old Christian

Prokop took over where his predecessor Dagur

Sigurdsson had left without any problems. Under

his guidance, Germany won all four EHF EURO

Qualification matches, including two games against

World Championship 2017 bronze medallists Slovenia.

The only defeat occurred on his debut, in a test match

in Sweden.

Prokop started as a coach at the age of 25 after

a severe knee injury had ended his playing career

prematurely. Parallel to his job with the national team,

Prokop coached German Bundesliga side SC DHfK

Leipzig until June 2017, before turning his full focus to

Uwe Gensheimer & Co. He steered Leipzig to the first

division and was awarded German Handball Coach of

the Season for 2015/16.

Prokop’s contract as head coach of the national team

expires in 2022, and his long-term goal is Olympic gold

in Tokyo.

ANDREAS WOLFF

Key Player

The EHF EURO 2016 in Poland changed everything

in Andreas Wolff’s life. It was a surprise that he took

over the No. 1 role between the posts from Carsten

Lichtlein during Germany’s campaign, but he went on

to become perhaps the most crucial element of the

trophy win.

After an incredible performance throughout the

tournament, Wolff was the match winner in the final,

saving 48 percent of Spain’s shots for Germany to claim

a 24:17 victory. He was the deserved EHF EURO Allstar

goalkeeper, which was followed by more awards

such as German handball player of the year, EHF Player

of the Month, and even German bearded man of the

year. Next up were the 2016 Olympic Games, where

Germany took the bronze.

Ahead of the 2016/17 season, Wolff transferred to THW

Kiel, where he is part of one of the best goalkeeping

duos in the world with Denmark captain Niklas Landin.

After his contract with ‘Zebras’ will have expired, Wolff

will join Polish Kielce in 2019.


EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 9th place

1996 Spain 8th place

1998 Italy 3rd place

2000 Croatia 9th place

2002 Sweden 2nd place

2004 Slovenia 1st place

2006 Switzerland 5th place

2008 Norway 4th place

2010 Austria 10th place

2012 Serbia 7th place

2016 Poland 1st place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1938 Germany 1st place

1954 Sweden 2nd place

1958 East Germany 3rd place

1961 West Germany 4th place

1964 Czechoslovakia 4th place

1967 Sweden 6th place

1970 France 5th place

1974 East Germany 9th place

1978 Denmark 1st place

1982 West Germany 7th place

1986 Switzerland 7th place

1993 Sweden 6th place

1995 Iceland 4th place

1999 Egypt 5th place

2001 France 8th place

2003 Portugal 2nd place

2005 Tunis 9th place

2007 Germany 1st place

2009 Croatia 5th place

2011 Sweden 11. place

2013 Spain 5th place

2015 Qatar 7th place

2017 France 9th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

player position birth club m / g

Wolff, Andreas GK 1991 Kiel 50/6

Heinevetter, Silvio GK 1984 Füchse Berlin 158/1

Lichtlein, Carsten GK 1980 Gummersbach 220/1

Bitter, Johannes GK 1982 Stuttgart 144/1

Gensheimer, Uwe LW 1986 PSG (FRA) 138/623

Schiller, Marcel LW 1991 Göppingen 1/7

Dahmke, Rune LW 1993 Kiel 26/60

Hornke, Tim RW 1990 Lemgo 10/30

Reichmann, Tobias RW 1988 Melsungen 65/191

Groetzki, Patrick RW 1989 RN Löwen 110/304

Pekeler, Hendrik LP 1991 RN Löwen 64/93

Wiencek, Patrick LP 1989 Kiel 102/233

Kohlbacher, Jannik LP 1995 Wetzlar 29/60

Schmidt, Erik LP 1991 Füchse Berlin 35/38

Roscheck, Bastian LP 1991 Leipzig 0/0

Kühn, Julius LB 1993 Melsungen 21/76

Lemke, Finn LB 1992 Melsungen 55/22

Michalczik, Marian LB 1997 Minden 1/0

Janke, Maximilian LB 1993 Leipzig 0/0

Pieczkowski, Niclas CB 1989 Leipzig 34/37

Drux, Paul CB 1995 Füchse Berlin 52/106

Kneule, Tim CB 1986 Göppingen 27/43

Weber, Philipp CB 1992 Leipzig 3/10

Fäth, Steffen CB 1990 Füchse Berlin 53/110

Wiede, Fabian RB 1994 Füchse Berlin 49/95

Weinhold, Steffen RB 1986 Kiel 95/248

Häfner, Kai RB 1989 Hannover-Burgdorf 51/123

Semper, Franz RB 1997 Leipzig 0/0

OLYMPIC GAMES

1972 München 6th place

1976 Montreal 4th place

1984 Los Angeles 2nd place

1992 Barcelona 10th place

1996 Atlanta 7th place

2000 Sydney 5th place

2004 Athens 2nd place

2008 Beijing 9th place

2016 Rio de Janeiro 3rd place

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FYR MACEDONIA

Macedonian

Handball Federation

Bulevar KUZMAN

JOSIFOVSKI PITU br. 15,

p. fah 271

91000 Skopje

www.macedoniahandball.com.mk


Handball euphoria

Skopje is a European handball capital – Vardar are the VELUX EHF Champions League winners, Metalurg are

playing in the Champions League and Kiril Lazarov is one of Europe’s top goal scorers - to put it shortly, the

whole country is living the handball euphoria.

What are the roots of all that? Lino Cervar raised Metalurg, Sergey Samsonenko played a vital part with Vardar.

Zvonko Sundovski and Ivica Obrvan took care of the national team before being succeeded by Lino Cervar.

However, when Croatia called, he left his position open for Vardar coach Raul Gonzalez. Because of all that,

Macedonia appear to be stronger than ever. Two generations from Metalurg, a few star players from Vardar, and

the irreplaceable Kiril Lazarov are, along with Raul Gonzalez, eager to go further than ever.

What do they have to back it up? Borko Ristovski from Barcelona between the posts, Kiril Lazarov as one of

Europe’s best scorers - now with Nantes, experienced wingers Dejan Manaskov from Veszprém and Goce

Georgijevski from CSM Bucuresti. Line player Stojance Stoilov is captain of Vardar, Filip Mirkulovski a playmaker

in the German Bundesliga, well-known defensive duo Velko Markoski – Aco Jonovski and on top of all of that

a bunch of promising young players, like Rhein-Neckar Löwen’s Filip Taleski, young Metalurg talent Filip

Kuzmanovski.

A few years ago the team was deemed too old to play a complete tournament on the highest possible level. That

is not the case nowadays, and they could surprise in Croatia the way Vardar did in Cologne at the VELUX EHF

FINAL4 2017.

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FYR Macedonia booked a place at the EHF EURO coming

from Qualification Group 4 where they finished first ahead

of Czech Republic, Iceland and Ukraine

BEST

7

Ristovski

Manaskov

Georgievski

Stoilov

Taleski

K. Lazarov

Mirkulovski

RAUL GONZALEZ

Head Coach

Over the last four years, former Spain national team player Raul

Gonzalez has quickly become one of Macedonian handball

fans’ favourites. He started coaching HC Vardar in 2014 and

won all domestic league and Cup titles, two SEHA League

trophies and the nation’s first ever VELUX EHF Champions

League title, in 2016/17.

Gonzalez became head coach of the national team in early

March 2017, succeeding Lino Cervar. He led the team to their

best result ever in EHF EURO Qualification as they finished

on top of Group 4 to secure their place at the EHF EURO in

Croatia.

Gonzalez has been closely connected with some of the

nation’s biggest handball success stories, and he will now

contest the first EHF EURO in his short coaching career. Next

season he will become head coach of PSG.

KIRIL LAZAROV

Key Player

Many aspects of the Macedonian team’s game evolve

around team captain Kiril Lazarov. The 37-year-old lefthanded

sharpshooter has scored almost 1,300 goals

in 160 national team appearances and is the most

important part of the team’s attack.

Lazarov is the record holder in many prestigious EHF

EURO and World Championship categories, including

most goals scored in a single EHF EURO event (61, in

2012) and most goals in a single World Championship

(92, in 2009).

In 2015, while playing for FC Barcelona Lassa, Lazarov

became the first and only player in the history of the

VELUX EHF Champions League to break the 1,000-goal

barrier. He remains on top of the all-time top scorers’

rank for Europe’s premier competition.

After seven seasons spent playing in Spain, he moved

to French side HBC Nantes in the summer of 2017.

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EHF EURO

1998 Italy 12th place

2012 Serbia 5th place

2014 Denmark 10th place

2016 Poland 11th place

player position birth club m / g

Tomovski, Martin GK 1997 Metalurg 0/0

Ristovski, Borko GK 1982 Barcelona (SPA) 126/3

Mitrevski, Nikola GK 1985 Constanta (ROU) 16/0

Daskaloski, Zlatko GK 1984 Timosoara (ROU) 6/0

Cvetkovski, Jane GK 1987 Ystad (SWE) 0/0

Manaskov, Dejan LW 1992 Veszprem (HUN) 38/117

Ojleski, Goce LW 1989 Eurofarm Rabotnik 27/21

Georgievski, Goce RW 1987 CSM Bucuresti (ROU) 43/78

Popovski, Martin RW 1994 Vardar 0/0

Markoski, Nikola LP 1990 Oroshazi (HUN) 19/10

Stoilov, Stojance LP 1987 Vardar 32/51

Pesevski, Zarko LP 1991 Metalurg 11/17

Lazarov, Filip LB 1985 Besiktas (TUR) 47/133

Taleski, Filip LB 1996 RN Löwen (GER) 7/8

Markoski, Velko LB 1986 Constanta (ROU) 44/48

Kuzmanovski, Filip LB 1996 Metalurg 10/8

Neloski, Marko LB 1996 Hüttenberg (GER) 0/0

Dimitrievski, Darko LB 1993 Metalurg 2/2

Pribak, Nemanja CB 1984 Besiktas (TUR) 13/17

Krstevski, Goran CB 1996 Eurofarm Rabotnik 0/0

Tankoski, Mario CB 1998 Metalurg 0/0

Jonovski, Ace CB 1980 Ratingen (GER) 76/68

Mirkulovski, Filip CB 1983 Wetzlar (GER) 160/413

Drogriski, Stefan CB 1994 Eurofarm Rabotnik 2/0

Manaskov, Martin CB 1994 Prolet 0/0

Lazarov, Kiril RB 1980 Nantes (FRA) 171/1203

Velkovski, Martin RB 1997 Metalurg 0/0

Serafimov, Martin RB 2000 Metalurg 0/0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1999 Egypt 18th place

2009 Croatia 11th place

2013 Spain 14th place

2015 Qatar 9th place

2017 France 15th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

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MONTENEGRO

Rukometni Savez Crne Gore

19. Decembar br. 5

81000 Podgorica

www.rscg.co.me

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Biggest surprise of qualification

Handball is sport No.1 in Montenegro – mostly because of their women’s national team and Buducnost. However,

their men’s national team stole a bit of the limelight in the qualification, knocking Russia out of the competition

- with the decisive match being played in Moscow. It was the biggest upset of the EHF EURO 2018 qualification.

Experienced coach Dragan Djukic and national team director Blazo Lisicic gathered all the best Montenegrohave

at the moment, although Zarko Markovic decided to play for Qatar and Vardar’s line player Mijajlo Marsenic went

with Serbia.

However, the team looks better than ever. Biggest star is without doubt marvellous shooter Vuko Borozan, with

right backs Stefan Cavor and Vladan Lipovina, playmaker Bozo Andjelic from Macedonian side Metalurg and

Vasko Sevaljevic from Bundesliga team Hannover-Burgdorf as important forces. The back line surely is a thing

they are recognisable for, with Rade Mijatovic from Meshkov between the posts, and with Milos Vujovic and

Nemanja Grbovic.

In case they manage to put everything together, Montenegro will be a tough opponent for everyone. The last

time they got through the preliminary round was 10 years ago at the EHF EURO in Norway - also against Russia.

In three appearances so far, they still do not have a win but feel the time has come.

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Montenegro booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 6 where they finished second – behind

Sweden and ahead of Russia and Slovakia

BEST

7

Mijatovic

M. Vujovic

Grbovic

Lasica

Borozan

Sevaljevic

Cavor

DRAGAN DJUKIC

Head Coach

Serbian-born Dragan Djukic leads Montenegro in their

fourth EHF EURO campaign after taking the position

as head coach at the end of 2016. The team began the

qualification phase under the guidance of Ljubomir

Obradovic, who resigned after Montenegro gained only

one point from a draw in the opening two matches.

Djukic began his career in Serbia with Zupa in 1986,

working with various club teams in his native country

throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s before taking

his first national squad post in 2005. Djukic joined the

Jordan national team in 2005, and has since coached

the Switzerland, Great Britain and Israel national sides,

leading Great Britain at their home Olympic Games in

2012. He has also previously coached Vardar and MOL-

Pick Szeged.

With the successful qualification for the tournament in

Croatia, the 55-year-old Djukic has secured Montenegro

their third straight EHF EURO berth.

VUKO BOROZAN

Key Player

Vuko Borozan has risen sharply to prominence

following his success with HC Vardar in the VELUX EHF

Champions League 2016/17. That season he raked up

49 goals for Vardar before finishing the EHF EURO 2018

Qualification Phase as the second-best scorer. The

23-year-old tallied 50 goals for Montenegro – only nine

behind Kiril Lazarov.

The 203-cm tall left back started to play handball in

his home town, Cetinje, before joining Croatian RK

Karlovac, Macedonian Metalurg and then playing

in Germany with TuS N-Lübbecke. In 2016, he

transferred to Vardar. With Vardar, Borozan also won

the Macedonian championship and Cup, as well as the

SEHA League in 2016/17.

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EHF EURO

2008 Norway 12th place

2014 Denmark 16th place

2016 Poland 16th place

player position birth club m / g

Mijatovic, Rade GK 1981 Meshkov (BLR) 54/2

Simic, Nebojsa GK 1993 Melsungen (GER) 18/0

Mijuskovic, Mile GK 1985 Benidorm (SPA) 16/0

Vujovic, Miljan GK 2000 Gorenje (SLO) 0/0

Vujovic, Milos LW 1993 Tatabanya (HUN) 27/52

Markovic, Igor LW 1981 Komlo (HUN) 52/116

Popovic, Milan LW 1990 No Club 10/11

Majic, Mirko LW 1989 Zomimak (MKD) 7/6

Lasica, Marko RW 1988 Timisoara (ROU) 32/31

Radovic, Mirko RW 1990 Cegledi (HUN) 28/18

Radojevic, Igor RW 1990 Eger (HUN) 7/1

Radovic, Luka RW 1997 Vojvodina (SRB) 0/0

Grbovic, Nemanja LP 1990 Cegledi (HUN) 39/81

Lazovic, Vuk LP 1988 Dunarea (ROU) 4/2

Simovic, Nebojsa LP 1993 Dabas (HUN) 4/0

Campar, Marko LP 1992 No Club 7/3

Rakcevic, Mladen LP 1982 Dobrogea Sud (ROU) 41/117

Borozan, Vuko LB 1994 Vardar (MKD) 19/93

Bozovic, Milos LB 1994 Tatabanya (HUN) 12/19

Vujovic, Stevan LB 1990 Dobrogea Sud (ROU) 25/46

Vukicevic, Danijel LB 1991 No Club 5/4

Sevaljevic, Vasko CB 1988 Tremblay (FRA) 40/188

Pejovic, Zarko CB 1986 Gorenje (SLO) 25/14

Andjelic, Bozo CB 1992 Metalurg (MKD) 16/17

Petricevic, Bogdan CB 1989 Antalyapor (TUR) 21/15

Cavor, Stefan RB 1994 Wetzlar (GER) 21/45

Lipovina, Vladan RB 1993 Huttenberg (GER) 21/47

Perisic, Ivan RB 1990 Cegledi (HUN) 13/7

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2013 Spain 22nd place

photo: MN Press

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SLOVENIA

Rokometna Zveza Slovenije

Leskoskova cesta 9e

1000 Ljubljana

www.rokometna-zveza.si

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World Championship bronze

sensation

Slovenia are coming to the EHF EURO as the World Championship bronze medallists from France. In his two and

a half years in charge, Veselin Vujovic has turned the Slovenian mentality upside down – from ‘it’s participating

that counts’ to ‘winning is all that matters’. The EHF EURO 2018 will be their fourth big competition in a row and

Croatia might once again prove to be a happy place for them after they managed to beat the hosts in a fifth place

match in 2000, booking a spot at the Sydney Olympics.

For a long time they were dealing with insufficient options on the line player and back positions. However,

Vujovic has given many players a chance on those specific positions so he now has plenty to choose from.

Technique and quickness are their greatest qualities. Blaz Janc from Kielce, Miha Zarabec from Kiel, Jure

Dolenec from Barcelona (recovering after a knee injury and most likely missing the EURO), Gasper Marguc from

Veszprém, Matej Gaber from Szeged, Darko Cingesar from French Aix, Urban Lesjak, who grew up to be one of

Champions League’s best goalkeepers playing for Celje, are all along with useful backs Borut Mackovsek and

Ziga Mlakar key factors for their success on the big stage.

Zagreb will feel like home for Slovenia, and they will without doubt play in a supportive atmosphere thanks to

their fans just having to cross the border.

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Slovenia booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 5 where they finished second – behind

Germany and ahead of Portugal and Switzerland

BEST

7

Lesjak

Cingesar

Gaber

Gasper Marguc

Mackovsek

Zarabec

Janc

VESELIN VUJOVIC

Head Coach

Following Slovenia’s historic bronze medal at the World

Championship 2017, Veselin Vujovic joined the ranks of the

most successful coaches in handball. He was also a great

player – selected as the first IHF World Handball Player of the

Year in 1988.

Vujovic played for Lovćen, Metaloplastika, Barcelona and

Granollers and has coached Lovćen, Partizan, Ciudad Real,

Vardar, Al Sadd and Zagreb, as well as the men’s national

team of Serbia and Montenegro. He is currently leading

Slovenian club Koper 2013 alongside the national squad.

Vujovic was Olympic champion with Yugoslavia in 1984

and world champion in 1986. He also claimed the silver

medal at the World Championship 1982 and bronze at the

1988 Olympic Games. In January 2017, he added the World

Championship bronze medal as coach of Slovenia.

With Slovenia, Vujovic finished sixth at the Olympic Games in

Rio de Janeiro and qualified for the EHF EURO 2018, where

the team will be eyeing another medal.

BLAZ JANC

Key Player

The 21-year-old Blaz Janc is one of the best young

handball players in Europe. He has been a regular

member of the senior national squad since 2016 and

was a key player for Slovenia’s younger age category

teams before that.

Janc won the Youth Olympic Games gold medal in 2014

and silver at the U19 World Championship in 2015,

where he was a member of the All-star Team. He has

played 31 games for Slovenia and scored 108 goals, 30

of them at the World Championship in France, where

he was the team’s second top scorer and one of the

crucial players on the path to winning the bronze.

Currently, Janc plays with VELUX EHF Champions

League 2015/16 winners Kielce. Previously, he played

for Celje Pivovarna Lasko (2012-17), Radece and

Sevnica, a club next to his home town.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 10th place

1996 Spain 11th place

2000 Croatia 5th place

2002 Sweden 12th place

2004 Slovenia 2nd place

2006 Switzerland 8th place

2008 Norway 10th place

2010 Austria 11th place

2012 Serbia 6th place

2016 Poland 14th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1995 Iceland 18th place

2001 France 17th place

2003 Portugal 11th place

2005 Tunis 12th place

2007 Germany 10th place

2013 Spain 4th place

2015 Qatar 8th place

2017 France 3rd place

player position birth club m / g

Kastelic, Urh GK 1996 PPD Zagreb (CRO) 11/3

Ferlin, Klemen GK 1989 Gorenje (SLO) 23/0

Lesjak, Urban GK 1990 Celje PL 36/0

Skok, Matevz GK 1986 PPD Zagreb (CRO) 79/2

Cingesar, Darko LW 1990 PAUC Aix (FRA) 49/84

Medved, Niko LW 1990 Gorenje 3/5

Sostaric, Mario RW 1992 Pick Szeged (HUN) 17/38

Janc, Blaz RW 1996 Kielce 33/109

Marguc, Gasper RW 1990 Veszprem (HUN) 89/312

Blagotinsek, Blaz LP 1994 Veszprem (HUN) 57/70

Gaber, Matej LP 1991 Pick Szeged (HUN) 111/143

Suholeznik, Matic LP 1995 Celje PL 0/0

Zabic, Igor LP 1992 Wisla Plock (POL) 6/6

Mackovsek, Borut LB 1992 Celje PL 77/161

Grebenc, Jan LB 1992 Gorenje (SLO) 11/22

Henigman, Nik LB 1995 Ribnica (SLO) 26/38

Barisic, Jaman Sasa LB 1982 Nexe (CRO) 11/11

Potocnik, Gregor LB 1992 Gorenje 5/4

Vlah, Aleks LB 1997 Koper (SLO) 2/1

Verdinek, Matic CB 1994 Gorenje 4/8

Zarabec, Miha CB 1991 Kiel (GER) 36/75

Bezjak, Marko CB 1986 Magdeburg (GER) 105/190

Bombac, Dean CB 1989 Kielce (POL) 71/124

Leban, Patrik CB 1989 Nexe (CRO) 4/8

Cehte, Nejc RB 1992 Gorenje 4/0

Dolenec, Jure RB 1988 Barcelona (SPA) 123/440

Kavticnik, Vid RB 1984 Montpellier (FRA) 181/510

Mlakar, Ziga RB 1990 Celje PL 10/18

OLYMPIC GAMES

2000 Sydney 8th place

2004 Athens 11th place

2016 Rio de Janeiro 6th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

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VARAŽDIN

Varaždin is the economically and culturally developed centre of the county and of North West

Croatia (50,000 inhabitants). It is situated on very busy European crossroads. Besides its favourable

location it also has a rich monumental and cultural heritage.

Varaždin is one of the oldest Croatian towns, whose historical name, Garestin, was firstly mentioned

on 20 August 1181 in a document of Croatian-Hungarian king Bela III. Varaždin is also one of the

first Croatian towns to get the status of a free royal town.

Although the Croatian parliament several times gathered in Varaždin in the 16th and 17th century,

the town had its biggest social, political and economic boom in the second half of the 18th century

when it became the capital of Croatia (Marie Therese, 1756).

Nowadays Varaždin can be distinguished by an extraordinary monumental and artistic heritage,

and with one of the best preserved and richest baroque urban entirety in the continental part of

Croatia.

Varaždin is also the town which hosted the very first handball match in Croatia.

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Capacity 5,200 seats

The Varaždin Arena is a multi-use indoor arena in Varaždin. The arena was officially opened on

6 December 2008. It is mostly used for handball and basketball matches, and has a capacity of

5,200 spectators. It was used as one of the venues during the Men’s IHF World Championship

2009 as it hosted all Group C matches.

The arena also hosted various other events, like dancing championships, various expos, schoolrelated

events, circuses, car shows and concerts.

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SPAIN

Real Federacion Espanola

de Balonmano

Calle Ferraz 16; 2nd floor

28008 Madrid

www.rfebm.com

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EURO rhythm 3-2-?

Spain are going through changes with a rejuvenation process being the biggest part of them. The last warning

for something like that to happen was when they failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics. The two-time world

champions did not win a medal at either of the last two World Championships, though the EHF EURO events

provided them with some success: bronze from Denmark and silver from Poland.

Jordi Ribera succeeded Manolo Cadenas as the national team head coach. The wish was for Spain to play

faster, more aggressive but also try to keep alive their distinctive style, which once brought them to glory.

A strong defence with specialists Viran Morros and Gedeon Guardiola, the great goalkeeping duo of Gonzalo

Perez de Vargas – Rodrigo Corrales to replace Arpad Sterbik, the rejuvenated wing positions with David Balaguer

and Aitor Arino.

That is where it all begins. Attack is, as always, leaning heavily on the cooperation between back line and

line player, with Julen Aguinagalde the centre of the team. Considering the back positions, they have the

experienced Joan Canellas, who is doing a great job at Vardar, Raul Entrerrios, who is one of the most important

players in Barcelona, and Alex Dujshebaev, whose role is becoming more and more important, bringing that

extra quickness and agility Ribera wanted and which resulted in them being unbeaten in qualification.

They were the only team to achieve that, alongside Germany, but were also the most efficient team of the

qualification. Spain have appeared at all 12 EHF EURO events so far, having won six medals. A golden one,

however, is still missing.

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Spain booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 3 where they finished first ahead of

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finland

BEST

7

Perez de Vargas

Rivera

Aguinagalde

Balaguer

Canellas

Raul Entrerrios

A. Dujshebaev

JORDI RIBERA

Head Coach

After leading the Brazil men’s national programme

for several years, Jordi Ribera returned to his native

Spain to become head coach of the national side in

September 2016. Ribera achieved significant leaps

in Brazil’s development during his time at the helm,

from 2005 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2016, ultimately

reaching the quarter-finals at the 2016 Olympic Games

– the Pan American nation’s best result ever. He also

coached Spanish club Ademar Leon from 2007 to 2011.

Just as he did with Brazil, Ribera is involved with all

Spain’s men’s national teams, with the junior and youth

teams winning gold and silver, respectively, at their

World Championships in 2017. Following an EHF EURO

2018 Qualification Phase that saw Spain achieve the

maximum number of points, Ribera now looks to his

first major tournament as head coach.

JULEN AGUINAGALDE

Key Player

Irun-born Julen Aguinagalde is one of the long-time

pillars of the Spanish team. He is widely regarded as

one of the best line players in the world, making regular

appearances on All-star teams, including at the EHF

EURO 2016, the World Championship 2013 (where

Spain raised the trophy), and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Aguinagalde is valuable in both offence and defence,

with movement around the six-metre line and high

shooting accuracy being his most dangerous attacking

weapons.

On a club level, Aguinagalde scored the final goal to

clinch Kielce’s VELUX EHF Champions League title in

2016. His biggest achievements with Spain include the

2013 world title, the EHF EURO 2016 silver medal, and

bronze medals at the World Championship 2011 and

the EHF EURO 2014.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 5th place

1996 Spain 2nd place

1998 Italy 2nd place

2000 Croatia 3rd place

2002 Sweden 7th place

2004 Slovenia 10th place

2006 Switzerland 2nd place

2008 Norway 9th place

2010 Austria 6th place

2012 Serbia 4th place

2014 Denmark 3rd place

2016 Poland 2nd place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1958 DDR 12th place

1974 East Germany 13th place

1978 France 10th place

1982 West Germany 8th place

1986 Switzerland 5th place

1990 Czechoslovakia 5th place

1993 Sweden 5th place

1995 Iceland 11th place

1997 Japan 7th place

1999 Egypt 4th place

2001 France 5th place

2003 Portugal 4th place

2005 Tunis 1st place

2007 Germany 7th place

2009 Croatia 13th place

2011 Sweden 3rd place

2013 Spain 1st place

2015 Qatar 4th place

2017 France 5th place

player position birth club m / g

Perez, De Vargas Gonzalo GK 1991 Barcelona 73/0

Corrales, Rodrigo GK 1991 PSG 31/1

Sterbik, Arpad GK 1979 Vardar (MAC) 75/0

Hernandez, Sergey GK 1995 Anaitasuna 2/0

Fernandez, Angel LW 1988 Logrono 22/56

Rivera, Valero LW 1985 Barcelona 91/364

Ariño, Aitor LW 1992 Barcelona 16/23

Tomas, Victor RW 1985 Barcelona 172/548

Sole, Sala Ferran RW 1992 Toulouse (FRA) 6/23

Balaguer, David RW 1991 Nantes (FRA) 16/60

Odriozola, Kauldi RW 1997 Bidasoa 0/0

Aguinagalde, Julen LP 1982 Kielce (POL) 161/414

Bazan, Antonio LP 1996 Anaitasuna 0/0

Guardiola, Gedeon LP 1984 RN Löwen 107/143

Figueras, Adrian LP 1988 Granollers 16/34

Peciña, Inaki LP 1988 Pais d'Aix (FRA) 0/0

Cañellas, Joan LB 1986 Vardar (MAC) 148/394

Morros, Viran LB 1983 Barcelona 187/156

Goñi, Iosu LB 1990 Pais d'Aix (FRA) 26/44

Garcia, Arnau LB 1994 Toulouse (FRA) 2/2

Costoya, Alejandro LB 1993 Ademar Leon 8/11

Dujshebaev, Daniel LB 1997 Celje PL (SLO) 6/6

Sarmiento, Daniel CB 1983 Saint Raphael (FRA) 84/186

Entrerrios, Raul CB 1981 Barcelona 227/493

Dujshebaev, Alex RB 1992 Kielce (POL) 57/132

Gurbindo, Eduardo RB 1987 Nantes (FRA) 100/125

Maqueda, Jorge RB 1988 Vardar (MAC) 119/284

Fernandez, David RB 1996 Ademar Leon 0/0

OLYMPIC GAMES

1972 Munich 15th place

1980 Moscow 5th place

1984 Los Angeles 7th place

1988 Seoul 9th place

1992 Barcelona 5th place

1996 Atlanta 3rd place

2000 Sydney 3rd place

2004 Athens 7th place

2008 Beijing 3rd place

2012 London 7th place

photo: Jozo Čabraja

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DENMARK

Dansk Haandbold Forbund

Idrættens Hus,

Brøndby Stadion 2

2605 Brøndby

www.dhf.dk

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Always good, strong, favoured

After their Rio Olympics gold medal, Denmark slowed down a bit and changed the coach. Now they are ready to

get going with Nikolaj Jakobsen in command. It is clear they have one of Europe’s strongest player development

systems but without good results on the court that would not mean much. They changed a few things going into

the EHF EURO in Croatia because even they have a few players whose time has passed, but also a few of them

who are set to make a return.

Jakobsen’s 28-man squad consists of 12 players from the Bundesliga and two from PSG, and players from

other Champions League teams like Kristianstad, Skjern and Aalborg, and EHF Cup participant Bjerringbro-

Silkeborg. That is a lot of talent in one place. Veteran Anders Eggert is no longer present just like line player

Jesper Noddesbo and left-hander Kasper Sondergaard, but Hans Lindberg is back in the team.

Everything about Denmark starts with Mikkel Hansen: terrific shooter, scorer and leader. In defence, Denmark

have brothers Rene and Henrik Toft Hansen alongside PSG’s Henrik Møllgaard, with the remarkable Niklas

Landin behind them of course. The playmakers will quickly set the pace with Mensah Larsen, Morten Olsen and

Rasmus Lauge.

They finished sixth at the last EHF EURO and even worse (10th) at the World Championship 2017, but will be

looking to come back to where they belong in Croatia.

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Denmark booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 1 where they finished first ahead

of Hungary, Netherlands and Latvia

BEST

7

N. Landin

M. Landin

R. Toft Hansen

Lasse Svan

M. Hansen

Mensah Larsen

Kirkeløkke

NIKOLAJ JACOBSEN

Head Coach

Nikolaj Jacobsen was considered one of the world’s best

left wings during his time with THW Kiel. After six years

in the Bundesliga (1998-2004) he returned to Denmark,

where he was on court for Viborg HK for one year before

starting as an assistant coach.

He assisted the head coaches at Viborg and Bjerringbro-

Silkeborg, then moved to Aalborg Håndbold in 2012 to

lead the team. Jacobsen guided Aalborg to the Danish

title in his first season as head coach, then to second

place the next – building a name as a coach to watch in

just two years.

When Rhein-Neckar Löwen’s Gudmundur Gudmundsson

was appointed Denmark national coach, the German

club approached Jacobsen. In his first season in

Germany, Jacobsen finished second in the Bundesliga,

followed by the title in 2016.

In 2016/17, Jacobsen won his second consecutive

Bundesliga title and took charge of the Denmark national

team.

MIKKEL HANSEN

Key Player

Mikkel Hansen is, without doubt, one of the world’s

all-time best players. The two-time IHF World

Handball Player of the Year (2011, 2015) consistently

features on All-star teams and top scorer lists in major

competitions on both international and club level. At

the 2016 Rio Games, where Denmark won their first

men’s Olympic handball title, he received the Most

Valuable Player award. He also was the MVP of the IHF

World Championship 2013 and top scorer of the World

Championship 2011. Hansen finished as top scorer of

the VELUX EHF Champions League in 2012 with AG

Kobenhavn, and in 2016 with PSG Handball.

He was selected as All-Star left back at the Rio 2016

Olympic Games, World Championship 2011 and EHF

EURO 2012 and 2014. On club level, Hansen was part

of the VELUX EHF Champions League All-star Team in

2014, 2015 and 2017.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 4th place

1996 Spain 12th place

2000 Croatia 10th place

2002 Sweden 3rd place

2004 Slovenia 3rd place

2006 Switzerland 3rd place

2008 Norway 1st place

2010 Austria 5th place

2012 Serbia 1st place

2014 Denmark 2nd place

2016 Poland 6th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1938 Germany 4th place

1954 Sweden 5th place

1958East Germany 4th place

1961 West Germany 5th place

1964 Czechoslovakia 7th place

1967 Sweden 2nd place

1970 France 4th place

1974 East Germany 8th place

1978 Denmark 4th place

1982 West Germany 4th place

1986 Switzerland 8th place

1993 Sweden 9th place

1995 Iceland 19. place

1999 Egypt 9th place

2003 Portugal 9th place

2005 Tunis 13th place

2007 Germany 3rd place

2009 Croatia 4th place

2011 Sweden 2nd place

2013 Spain 2nd place

2015 Qatar 5th place

2017 France 10th place

player position birth club m / g

Landin, Niklas GK 1988 THW Kiel (GER) 171/5

Nielsen, Emil GK 1997 Skjern Håndbold 0/0

Green, Jannick GK 1989 Magdeburg (GER) 96/2

Møller, Kevin GK 1989 Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) 19/2

Landin, Magnus LW 1995 KIF Kolding 24/49

Mortensen, Casper LW 1989 Hannover Burg. (GER) 99/272

Eggert, Anders LW 1982 Skjern 160/581

Svan, Lasse RW 1983 Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) 182/421

Lindberg, Hans RW 1981 Füchse Berlin (GER) 245/668

Sørensen, Tim RW 1992 Kristianstad (SWE) 2/4

Zachariassen, Anders LP 1991 Flensburg (GER) 9/15

Toft, Hansen René LP 1984 THW Kiel (GER) 125/188

Toft, Hansen Henrik LP 1986 Flensburg (GER) 101/188

Hald, Jensen Simon LP 1994 Aalborg 13/10

Saugstrup, Magnus LP 1996 Aalborg 0/0

Markussen, Nikolaj LB 1988 Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 53/120

Møllgaard, Henrik LB 1985 PSG (FRA) 117/158

Hansen, Mikkel LB 1987 PSG (FRA) 177/834

Damgaard, Michael LB 1990 Magdeburg (GER) 58/137

Holm, Jacob LB 1995 Ribe-Esbjerg 5/12

Møller, Lasse LB 1996 GOG 3/0

Holst, Jensen LB 1994 Aalborg 4/21

Lauge, Rasmus CB 1991 Flensburg (GER) 87/146

Mensah, Larsen Mads CB 1991 RN Löwen (GER) 90/189

Olsen, Morten CB 1984 Hannover-Burgdorf (GER) 59/155

Kirkeløkke, Niclas RB 1994 GOG 13/22

Larsen, Martin RB 1992 Aalborg 10/18

Balling, Peter RB 1990 TTH Holstebro 18/33

photo: Uroš Hočevar

OLYMPIC GAMES

1972 Munich 13th place

1976 Montreal 8th place

1980 Moscow 9th place

1984 Los Angeles 4th place

2008 Beijing 7th place

2012 London 6th place

2016 Rio de Janeiro 1st place

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Cesky Svaz Hazene

Bolzanova 1

11000 Praha 1

www.chf.cz

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Without true leader Filip Jicha

They missed the EHF EURO in Poland, the Rio Olympics and the World Championship in France. Good enough

reason for them to reset the team and start all over again with two legends in command – Jan Filip and Daniel

Kubes. The duo once led defence and attack on the court, along with now retired Filip Jicha. That is surely the

most important thing that happened with them since they were absent, making them a bit more mysterious for

the rest of Europe.

They do not have strong club representatives in Europe like they had earlier with Dukla Prague. It results in a

mixed roster for Croatia with players like Tomas Mrkva, Tomas Babak and Leos Petrovsky coming from Germany,

Pavel Horak from Belarus, Jan Sobol and Miroslav Jurka from France, Ondrej Zdrahala from Switzerland, Tomas

Cip, Jakub Hrstka and Michal Kasal from Slovakia, and Martin Galia from Poland.

That will probably be the biggest problem for their coaches, who have to make things work without the true

leader he had in Jicha. However, they are on the right path and the qualifiers have been a proof of that they are

capable of, leaving a team like Iceland behind them.

The Czech Republic are looking to at least match their best ever result at an EHF EURO event - placing sixth 22

years ago in Spain. But even if they fail to do that, they will be eager to become a consistent factor on the big

stage.

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Czech Republic booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 4 where they finished second – behind

FYR Macedonia and ahead of Iceland and Ukraine

BEST

7

Galia

Hrstka

Petrovsky

Jurka

Horak

Babak

Stehlik

JAN FILIP

Head Coach

The 44-year-old Jan Filip leads the Czech Republic

as co-coach (together with Daniel Kubes) after being

one of the most important players for the national

side during his days on court. Filip is historically the

Czech squad’s best scorer, netting in 991 goals in 200

international matches. Filip was also one of the most

dangerous attackers in the Bundesliga at the beginning

of the 21st century, tallying 1,792 goals in total while

playing for HSG Nordhorn and other clubs in Germany’s

top competition.

He started his coaching career in St. Gallen and became

part of the Czech Republic national team staff in 2014.

TOMAS BABAK

Key Player

Tomas Babak is a crucial part of the Czech Republic’s

attacking line-up. Babak started his career with

Ronal Jicin, where his father and uncle worked as

successful coaches. Babak was named Czech Talent

of the Year in 2012 and the most valuable player in the

domestic league in 2013. Following these individual

achievements, he moved to TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen,

and has played for Bergischer HC since 2016.

The 24-year-old Babak made his senior national team

debut against Israel in 2013, and has since appeared in

48 matches, scoring 131 goals in the Czech Republic

jersey.

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EHF EURO

1996 Spain 6th place

1998 Italy 10th place

2002 Sweden 8th place

2004 Slovenia 11th place

2008 Norway 13th place

2010 Austria 8th place

2012 Serbia 14th place

2014 Denmark 15th place

player position birth club m / g

Galia, Martin GK 1979 Górnik Zabrze (POL) 172/3

Adamík, Artur GK 1990 HK Lovosice 3/0

Mrkva, Tomáš GK 1989 Balingen - Weilstentten 63/0

Schams, Vít GK 1991 Nové Veselí 0/0

Hrstka, Jakub LW 1990 Tatran Prešov (SVK) 72/241

Kotrč, Milan LW 1988 Bergisher (GER) 34/52

Motl, Jiří LW 1984 Lovosice 89/159

Sobol, Jan RW 1984 Dijon Bourgogne (FRA) 128/337

Číp, Tomáš RW 1989 Tatran Prešov (SVK) 47/113

Jeníček, Štěpán RW 1994 Dukla Praha 2/2

Jurka, Miroslav RW 1987 Saint Raphaël (FRA) 60/124

Hanisch, Libor LP 1991 Dessau Rosslau 06 (GER) 10/8

Petrovský, Leoš LP 1993 Bergisher (GER) 39/109

Zeman, Štěpán LP 1997 Zubří 95/292

Šlachta, Petr LP 1993 Dabas VSE KC (HUN) 14/6

Horák, Pavel LB 1982 Meshkov Brest (BLR) 93/292

Kasal, Michal LB 1994 Tatran Prešov (SVK) 32/23

Kývala, Daniel LB 1996 Sporta Hlohovec (SVK) 0/0

Landa, Jan LB 1986 Lovosice 36/20

Škvařil, Milan LB 1992 Suhr Aurau (SUI) 24/28

Babák, Tomáš CB 1993 Bergisher (GER) 46/123

Bečvář, Roman CB 1989 Elbeflorenc 2006 (GER) 82/185

Sviták, Jakub CB 1991 Dukla Praha 0/0

Zdráhala, Ondřej CB 1983 St. Otmar (SUI) 92/280

Kašpárek, Stanislav RB 1996 Balatonfuredi (HUN) 0/0

Linhart, Petr RB 1990 HSC 2000 Coburg (GER) 35/85

Mubenzem, Dieudonné RB 1996 Dukla Praha 0/0

Stehlík, Jan RB 1985 Talent 90 Plzeň 80/138

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1995 Iceland 8th place

1997 Japan 11th place

2001 France 18th place

2005 Tunis 10th place

2007 Germany 12th place

2015 Qatar 17th place

photo: Uroš Hočevar

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HUNGARY

Magyar Kezilabda Szövetseg

Könyves Kálmán krt. 76. VI/606

1087 Budapest

www.keziszovetseg.hu

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With Vranjes but without Nagy

Hungarian handball belongs to the top in Europe, even though the national team has been lacking great results.

But, of course, Telekom Veszprém and MOL-PICK Szeged are important actors in European club handball. Head

coaches have been changing too quickly in order to achieve something bigger. Talant Dujshebaev, who tried to

turn everything upside down at the EHF EURO in Poland, and Xavi Sabate, who failed to take them to Rio and

France last year – although they were eventually awarded a wild card. The new name is Ljubomir Vranjes. The

Swedish legend - and Veszprém coach - will try to make things work without Laszlo Nagy, one of their all-time

greats who retired from the national team recently.

That, however, does not necessarily mean that Hungary will be any weaker as they have several players capable

of leading the team to strong results under Vranjes.

Roland Mikler, Tamas Ivancsik, Mate Lekai, Iman Jamali and Timuzsin Schuch will come from Veszprém, Zsolt

Balogh along with Bence Banhidi and Richard Bodo from Szeged, Kornel Nagy and Rudolf Faluvegi from French

Dunkerque and Nantes respectively. Hungarian youth national teams also proved their worth on the international

stage lately, which means Vranjes has at his disposal what is needed to achieve big things. The only question is

whether he will have had enough time going into the EHF EURO 2018.

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Hungary booked a place at the EHF EURO coming from

Qualification Group 1 where they finished second – behind

Denmark and ahead of Netherlands and Latvia

BEST

7

Mikler

Gazdag

Harsanyi

Banhidi

Bodo

Balogh

Lekai

LJUBOMIR VRANJES

Head Coach

Vranjes won three EHF EURO titles (1998, 2000, 2002), a World

Championship trophy (1999) and an Olympic silver medal

(2000) as a player with Sweden. After playing in Sweden

and Spain, Vranjes moved to Germany, wearing the jersey of

Nordhorn and then, from 2006, Flensburg. Since retiring as a

player in 2009, Vranjes led Flensburg to win the Cup Winners’

Cup 2012 and the German Cup 2015.

Between these successes, Vranjes pulled off one of the most

surprising VELUX EHF Champions League title wins. In 2014,

Flensburg beat FC Barcelona and THW Kiel in Cologne, when

they were considered underdogs at the VELUX EHF FINAL4.

Vranjes signed a contract with the Hungarian Federation in

2017 that keeps him in the job until the 2020 Olympic Games

in Tokyo, and he also took the position as head coach of

Telekom Veszprém.

MATE LEKAI

Key Player

Mate Lekai came to prominence in Hungarian handball

during the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he

scored the equalising goal against Iceland in the

quarter-finals, which pushed the match into extra

time. Hungary went on to finish fourth in the Olympic

competition – Lekai’s best result with the national team.

The 29-year-old has also played three World

Championship campaigns in 2011, 2013 and 2017, and

two EHF EUROs in 2014 and 2016.

On club level, Lekai played for PLER, then Szeged and

Celje, gaining his first Champions League experience,

before signing with Hungarian record champions

Telekom Veszprém. His technique and creative

capability make him the best playmaker in Hungary.

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EHF EURO

1994 Portugal 7th place

1996 Spain 10th place

1998 Italy 6th place

2004 Slovenia 9th place

2006 Switzerland 13th place

2008 Norway 8th place

2010 Austria 14th place

2012 Serbia 8th place

2014 Denmark 8th place

2016 Poland 12th place

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1958 East Germany 7th place

1964 Czechoslovakia 8th place

1967 Sweden 8th place

1970 France 8th place

1974 East Germany 7th place

1978 Denmark 9th place

1982 West Germany 9th place

1986 Switzerland 2nd place

1990 Czechoslovakia 6th place

1993 Sweden 11th place

1995 Iceland 17th place

1997 Japan 4th place

1999 Egypt 11th place

2003 Portugal 6th place

2007 Germany 9th place

2009 Croatia 6th place

2011 Sweden 7th place

2013 Spain 8th place

2017 France 7th place

player position birth club m / g

Mikler, Roland GK 1984 Telekom Veszprém 176/0

Borbely, Adam GK 1995 Wisla Plock 6/0

Szekely, Marton GK 1990 Grundfos Tatabanya 21/0

Bartucz, László GK 1991 Csurgói KK 12/0

Bóka, Bendegúz LW 1993 Balatonfüredi KSE 5/2

Fekete, Dávid LW 1996 CYEB Budakalász 0/0

Gazdag, Tibor LW 1991 Csurgói KK 15/23

Harsányi, Gergely RW 1981 Grundfos Tatabánya 179/399

Országh, Ádám RW 1989 Dabas KC VSE 0/0

Fekete, Bálint RW 1995 MOL-Pick Szeged 1/1

Hornyák, Péter RW 1995 Balatonfüredi KSE 12/17

Pásztor, Ákos RW 1991 Grundfos Tatabánya 13/22

Bánhidi, Bence LP 1995 MOL-Pick Szeged 41/91

Schuch, Timuzsin LP 1985 Telekom Veszprém 153/76

Szöllősi, Szabolcs LP 1989 Grundfos Tatabánya 71/96

Vilovski, Uros LP 1984 Székelyudvarhelyi (ROU) 4/11

Bodó, Richard LB 1993 MOL-Pick Szeged 40/116

Jamali, Iman LB 1991 Telekom Veszprém 26/66

Ligetvári, Patrik LB 1996 Telekom Veszprém 17/11

Nagy, Kornél LB 1986 Dunkerque (FRA) 131/213

Faluvégi, Rudolf LB 1994 HBC Nantes (FRA) 12/22

Császár, Gábor CB 1984 Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)

Lékai, Máté CB 1988 Telekom Veszprém 111/270

Győri, Mátyás CB 1997 Telekom Veszprém 5/16

Juhász, Ádám CB 1996 Grundfos Tatabánya 17/49

Ancsin, Gábor RB 1990 Telekom Veszprém 92/195

Balogh, Zsolt RB 1989 MOL-Pick Szeged 34/65

Bartók, Donát RB 1996 TVB Lemgo (GER) 0/0

photo: Jozo Čabraja

OLYMPIC GAMES

1936 Berlin 4th place

1972 Munich 8th place

1976 Montreal 6th place

1980 Moscow 4th place

1988 Seoul 4th place

1992 Barcelona 7th place

2004 Athens 4th place

2012 London 4th place

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Medal count

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total

Sweden 4 0 0 4

France 3 0 1 4

Denmark 2 1 3 6

Germany 2 1 1 4

Russia 1 2 0 3

Spain 0 4 2 6

Croatia 0 2 3 5

Serbia 0 1 1 2

Slovenia 0 1 0 1

Iceland 0 0 1 1

Short

EHF EURO

history

Four times gold for Sweden!

Croatia is the first country to host the Men’s EHF EURO for a second time. It will be the 13th

championship, with Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Norway,

Austria, Serbia, Denmark and Poland hosting the previous 12 editions.

The first four EHF EUROs consisted of only 12 national teams with the format expanding to 16 in

2002. After the current edition, the number of participants will increase to 24 for the EHF EURO

2020 in Austria, Norway and Sweden.

Sweden have won a record four gold medals – from four finals. Bengt Johansson’s special

generation went for the four-peat led by four-time gold medallists Magnus Wislander, Ola

Lindgren, Staffan Olsson and Stefan Lövgren.

The unluckiest team in the history of the competition are Spain, which have six medals in total

(four silver, two bronze) but are lacking a golden one. Croatia have five medals and lead European

powerhouses like France and Sweden, though just like Spain, Croatia still do not know what it

feels like to go all the way. A total of 10 countries have won medals at the previous 12 EHF

EUROs.

Only three teams have taken part in each edition so far: France, Spain and Croatia. Russia,

champions in 1996, have been on this list as well up until now but the EHF EURO in Croatia is

the first event they are missing.

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PORTUGAL 1994

Semi-finals: Sweden vs Croatia 24:21

Russia vs Denmark 29:20

Bronze medal match: Croatia vs Denmark 24:23

Gold medal match: Sweden vs Russia 34:21

Final ranking

1. Sweden

2. Russia

3. Croatia

4. Denmark

5. Spain

6. France

7. Hungary

8. Belarus

9. Germany

10. Slovenia

11. Romania

12. Portugal

MVP: Magnus Andersson (SWE)

Top Scorer: Vasily Kudinov (RUS) 50 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Tomas Svensson (SWE)

Left Wing: Erik Hajas (SWE)

Right Wing: Pierre Thorsson (SWE)

Line-player: Dmitri Torgovanov (RUS)

Left Back: Vasily Kudinov (RUS)

Centre Back: Magnus Andersson (SWE)

Right Back: Jan Jorgensen (DEN)

SWEDEN – GOLD

Mats Olsson, Tomas Svensson; Ola Lindgren, Per

Carlén, Erik Hajas, Jerry Hallbäck, Stefan Lövgren,

Robert Andersson, Pierre Thorsson, Staffan Olsson,

Magnus Andersson, Tommy Suoraniemi, Robert Hedin,

Magnus Wislander, Martin Frändesjö.

HEAD COACH: Bengt Johansson

SPAIN 1996

Semi-finals: Russia vs Sweden 24:21

Spain vs Yugoslavia 27:23

Bronze medal match: Yugoslavia vs Sweden 26:25

Gold medal match: Russia vs Spain 23:22

Final ranking

1. Russia

2. Spain

3. Yugoslavia

4. Sweden

5. Croatia

6. Czech Republic

7. France

8. Germany

9. Romania

10. Hungary

11. Slovenia

12. Denmark

Top scorer: Thomas Knorr (GER) 41 goals

Best goalkeeper: Jaume Fort Mauri (ESP)

Best player: Talant Dujshebaev (ESP)

RUSSIA – GOLD

Andrei Lavrov, Pavel Sukosian, Igor Lavrov, Stanislav

Kulitschenko, Oleg Kuleschov, Denis Krivoshlykov, Oleg

Kuleschov, Lev Voronin, Valeri Gopin, Vassili Kudinov,

Dmitri Torgovanov, Vyacheslav Atavin, Oleg Grebnev,

Oleg Kisseliev, Serguei Pogorelov, Dmitri Filipov.

HEAD COACH: Vladimir Maksimov.

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ITALY 1998

Semi-finals: Spain vs Germany 29:22

Sweden vs Russia 27:24

Bronze medal match: Germany vs Russia 30:28 (et)

Gold medal match: Sweden vs Spain 25:23

Final ranking

1. Sweden

2. Spain

3. Germany

4. Russia

5. Yugoslavia

6. Hungary

7. France

8. Croatia

9. Lithuania

10. Czech Republic

11. Italy

12. FYR Macedonia

MVP: Daniel Stephan (GER)

Top scorer: Jan Filip (CZE) 48 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Peter Gentzel (SWE)

Left Wing: Stefan Kretzschmar (GER)

Right Wing: Johan Petersson (SWE)

Line-player: Andrei Xepkin (ESP)

Left Back: Daniel Stephan (GER)

Centre Back: Talant Dujshebaev (ESP)

Right Back: Sergei Pogorelow (RUS)

SWEDEN – GOLD

Jan Stankiewicz, Peter Gentzel, Anders Lindqvist,

Robert Hedin, Magnus Wislander, Ola Lindgren, Henrik

Andersson, Andreas Larsson, Staffan Olsson, Ljubomir

Vranjes, Martin Boquist, Stefan Lövgren, Robert

Andersson, Thomas Sivertsson, Martin Frändesjö,

Marcus Wallgren, Johan Petersson, Pierre Thorsson.

HEAD COACH: Bengt Johansson

CROATIA 2000

Semi-finals: Russia vs France 30:23

Sweden vs Spain 23:21

Bronze medal match: Spain vs France 24:23

Gold medal match: Sweden vs Russia 32:31 (ot)

Final ranking

1. Sweden

2. Russia

3. Spain

4. France

5. Slovenia

6. Croatia

7. Portugal

8. Norway

9. Germany

10. Denmark

11. Iceland

12. Ukraine

MVP: Jackson Richardson (FRA)

Top scorer: Oleg Velyky (UKR) 46 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Peter Gentzel (SWE)

Left Wing: Rafael Guijosa (ESP)

Right Wing: Irfan Smajlagic (CRO)

Line-player: Andrei Xepkin (ESP)

Left Back: Carlos Resende (POR)

Centre Back: Jackson Richardson (FRA)

Right Back: Patrick Cazal (FRA)

SWEDEN – GOLD

Tomas Svensson, Peter Gentzel, Martin Boquist,

Magnus Andersson, Magnus Wislander, Ola Lindgren,

Mattias Andersson, Andreas Larsson, Staffan Olsson,

Ljubomir Vranjes, Mathias Franzén, Stefan Lövgren,

Thomas Sivertsson, Martin Frändesjö, Johan

Petersson, Pierre Thorsson.

HEAD COACH: Bengt Johansson

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SWEDEN 2002

Semi-finals: Germany vs Denmark 28:23

Sweden vs Iceland 33:22

Bronze medal match: Denmark vs Iceland 29:22

Gold medal match: Sweden vs Germany 33:31

Final ranking

1. Sweden

2. Germany

3. Denmark

4. Iceland

5. Russia

6. France

7. Spain

8. Czech Republic

9. Portugal

10. Yugoslavia

11. Ukraine

12. Slovenia

13. Switzerland

14. Israel

15. Poland

16. Croatia

MVP: Magnus Wislander (SWE)

Top scorer: Olafur Stefansson (ISL) 58 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Peter Gentzel (SWE)

Left Wing: Lars Christiansen (DEN)

Right Wing: Denis Krivoshlikov (RUS)

Line-player: Magnus Wislander (SWE)

Left Back: Stefan Lövgren (SWE)

Centre Back: Daniel Stephan (GER)

Right Back: Ólafur Stefánsson (ISL)

SWEDEN – GOLD

Tomas Svensson, Peter Gentzel; Martin Boquist,

Magnus Andersson, Magnus Wislander, Mathias

Franzén, Ola Lindgren, Marcus Ahlm, Andreas Larsson,

Staffan Olsson, Ljubomir Vranjes, Jonas Ernelind,

Stefan Lövgren, Thomas Sivertsson, Martin Frändesjö,

Johan Petersson.

HEAD COACH: Bengt Johansson

SLOVENIA 2004

Semi-finals: Germany vs Denmark 22:20

Slovenia vs Croatia 27:25

Bronze medal match: Denmark vs Croatia 31:27

Gold medal match: Germany vs Slovenia 30:25

Final ranking

1. Germany

2. Slovenia

3. Denmark

4. Croatia

5. Russia

6. France

7. Sweden

8. Serbia and Montenegro

9. Hungary

10. Spain

11. Czech Republic

12. Switzerland

13. Iceland

14. Portugal

15. Ukraine

16. Poland

MVP: Ivano Balic (CRO)

Top scorer: Mirza Dzomba (CRO) 46 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Henning Fritz (GER)

Left Wing: Eduard Kokcharov (RUS)

Right Wing: Vid Kavtičnik (SLO)

Line-player: Michael Knudsen (DEN)

Left Back: Nikola Karabatic (FRA)

Centre Back: Ivano Balić (CRO)

Right Back: Volker Zerbe (GER)

GERMANY – GOLD

Henning Fritz, Carsten Lichtlein, Christian Ramota;

Pascal Hens, Mark Dragunski, Jan-Olaf Immel,

Christian Schwarzer, Klaus-Dieter Petersen, Volker

Zerbe, Markus Baur, Christian Zeitz, Torsten Jansen,

Heiko Grimm, Daniel Stephan, Florian Kehrmann,

Christian Schöne, Steffen Weber.

HEAD COACH: Heiner Brand

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SWITZERLAND 2006

Semi-finals: France vs Croatia 29:23

Spain vs Denmark 34:31

Bronze medal match: Denmark vs Croatia 32:27

Gold medal match: France vs Spain 31:23

Final ranking

1. France

2. Spain

3. Denmark

4. Croatia

5. Germany

6. Russia

7. Iceland

8. Slovenia

9. Serbia and Montenegro

10. Poland

11. Norway

12. Ukraine

13. Hungary

14. Switzerland

15. Portugal

16. Slovakia

MVP: Ivano Balic (CRO)

Best scorer: Siarhei Rutenka (SLO) 51 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Thierry Omeyer (FRA)

Left Wing: Eduard Kokcharov (RUS)

Right Wing: Søren Stryger (DEN)

Line-player: Rolando Urios (ESP)

Left Back: Iker Romero (ESP)

Centre Back: Ivano Balić (CRO)

Right Back: Ólafur Stefánsson (ISL)

FRANCE – GOLD

Thierry Omeyer, Daouda Karaboué, Yohann Ploquin;

Jérôme Fernandez, Didier Dinart, Geoffroy Krantz,

Guillaume Gille, Sébastien Bosquet, Bertrand Gille,

Daniel Narcisse, Olivier Girault, , Nikola Karabatić,

Christophe Kempé, Joël Abati, Luc Abalo, Michaël

Guigou.

HEAD COACH: Claude Onesta

NORWAY 2008

Semi-finals: Croatia vs France 24:23

Denmark vs Germany 26:25

Bronze medal match: France vs Germany 36:26

Gold medal match: Denmark vs Croatia 24:20

Final ranking

1. Denmark

2. Croatia

3. France

4. Germany

5. Sweden

6. Norway

7. Poland

8. Hungary

9. Spain

10. Slovenia

11. Iceland

12. Montenegro

13. Czech Republic

14. Russia

15. Belarus

16. Slovakia

MVP: Nikola Karabatic (FRA)

Top scorers: Nikola Karabatic (FRA), Ivano Balic (CRO),

Lars Christiansen (DEN) 44 goals

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Kasper Hvidt (DEN)

Left Wing: Lars Christiansen (DEN)

Right Wing: Florian Kehrmann (GER)

Line-player: Frank Løke (NOR)

Left Back: Daniel Narcisse (FRA)

Centre Back: Ivano Balić (CRO)

Right Back: Kim Andersson (SWE)

DENMARK - GOLD

Kasper Hvidt, Mikkel Holm Aagaard, Lasse Boesen,

Lars T. Jørgensen, Jesper Jensen, Lars Rasmussen,

Lars Christiansen, Lars Møller Madsen, Peter

Henriksen, Bo Spellerberg, Michael V. Knudsen, Jesper

Nøddesbo, Lars Krogh Jeppesen, Kasper Søndergaard,

Joachim Boldsen, Hans Lindberg, Kasper Nielsen.

HEAD COACH: Ulrik Wilbek.

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AUSTRIA 2010

Semi-finals: France vs Iceland 36:28

Croatia vs Poland 24:21

Bronze medal match: Iceland vs Poland 29:26

Gold medal match: France vs Croatia 25:21

Final ranking

1. France

2. Croatia

3. Iceland

4. Poland

5. Denmark

6. Spain

7. Norway

8. Czech Republic

9. Austria

10. Germany

11. Slovenia

12. Russia

13. Serbia

14. Hungary

15. Sweden

16. Ukraine

MVP: Filip Jícha (CZE)

Top scorer: Filip Jícha (CZE) 53

Best defence player: Jakov Gojun (CRO)

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Sławomir Szmal (POL)

Left Wing: Manuel Strlek (CRO)

Right Wing: Luc Abalo (FRA)

Line-player: Igor Vori (CRO)

Left Back: Filip Jicha (CZE)

Centre Back: Nikola Karabatic (FRA)

Right Back: Ólafur Stefánsson (ISL)

FRANCE - GOLD

Thierry Omeyer, Daouda Karaboué; Jérôme

Fernandez, Didier Dinart, Xavier Barachet, Guillaume

Gille, Bertrand Gille, Daniel Narcisse, Guillaume Joli,

Nikola Karabatic, Franck Junillon, Luc Abalo, Cédric

Sorhaindo, Michaël Guigou, Sébastien Bosquet,

Sébastien Ostertag, Grégoire Detrez.

HEAD COACH: Claude Onesta

SERBIA 2012

Semi-finals: Serbia vs Croatia 26:22

Denmark vs Spain 25:24

Bronze medal match: Croatia vs Spain 31:27

Gold medal match: Denmark vs Serbia 21:19

Final ranking

1. Denmark

2. Serbia

3. Croatia

4. Spain

5. FYR Macedonia

6. Slovenia

7. Germany

8. Hungary

9. Poland

10. Iceland

11. France

12. Sweden

13. Norway

14. Czech Republic

15. Russia

16. Slovakia

MVP: Momir Ilić (SRB)

Top scorer: Kiril Lazarov (MKD) 61 goals

Best defence player: Viran Morros (ESP)

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Darko Stanić (SRB)

Left Wing: Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson (ISL)

Right Wing: Christian Sprenger (GER)

Line-player: Rene Toft Hansen (DEN)

Left Back: Mikkel Hansen (DEN)

Centre Back: Uroš Zorman (SLO)

Right Back: Marko Kopljar (CRO)

DENMARK – GOLD

Niklas Landin Jacobsen, Marcus Cleverly; Thomas

Mogensen, Mads Christiansen, Rasmus Lauge

Schmidt, Lars Christiansen, Nikolaj Markussen,

Anders Eggert Jensen, Bo Spellerberg, Lasse Svan

Hansen, Hans Lindberg, René Toft Hansen, Kasper

Søndergaard, Henrik Toft Hansen, Mikkel Hansen,

Kasper Nielsen.

HEAD COACH: Ulrik Wilbek


DENMARK 2014

Semi-finals: France vs Spain 30:27

Denmark vs Croatia 29:27

Bronze medal match: Spain vs Croatia 29:28

Gold medal match: France vs Denmark 41:32

Final ranking

1. France

2. Denmark

3. Spain

4. Croatia

5. Iceland

6. Poland

7. Sweden

8. Hungary

9. Russia

10. FYR Macedonia

11. Austria

12. Belarus

13. Serbia

14. Norway

15. Czech Republic

16. Montenegro

MVP: Nikola Karabatić (FRA)

Top scorer: Joan Cañellas (ESP) 50 goals

Best defence player: Tobias Karlsson (SWE)

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Niklas Landin Jacobsen (DEN)

Left Wing: Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson (ISL)

Right Wing: Luc Abalo (FRA)

Line-player: Julen Aguinagalde (ESP)

Left Back: Mikkel Hansen (DEN)

Centre Back: Domagoj Duvnjak (CRO)

Right Back: Krzysztof Lijewski (POL)

FRANCE – GOLD

Thierry Omeyer, Cyril Dumoulin; Jérôme Fernandez,

Igor Anić, Daniel Narcisse, Guillaume Joli, Alix Nyokas,

Samuel Honrubia, Vincent Gérard, Nikola Karabatić,

Mathieu Grébille, William Accambray, Luc Abalo,

Cédric Sorhaindo, Michaël Guigou, Luka Karabatić,

Valentin Porte.

HEAD COACH: Claude Onesta

Semi-finals:

POLAND 2016

Germany vs Norway 34:33 (et)

Spain vs Croatia 33:29

Bronze medal match: Croatia vs Norway 31:24

Gold medal match: Germany vs Spain 24:17

Final ranking

1. Germany

2. Spain

3. Croatia

4. Norway

5. France

6. Denmark

7. Poland

8. Sweden

9. Russia

10. Belarus

11. FYR Macedonia

12. Hungary

13. Iceland

14. Slovenia

15. Serbia

16. Montenegro

MVP: Raúl Entrerríos (ESP)

Top scorer: Valero Rivera Folch (ESP) 48 goals

Best defence player: Henrik Møllgaard (DEN)

All-star Team:

Goalkeeper: Andreas Wolff (GER)

Left Wing: Manuel Štrlek (CRO)

Right Wing: Tobias Reichmann (GER)

Line-player: Julen Aguinagalde (ESP)

Left Back: Michał Jurecki (POL)

Centre Back: Sander Sagosen (NOR)

Right Back: Johan Jakobsson (SWE)

GERMANY - GOLD

Andreas Wolff, Carsten Lichtlein; Johannes Sellin, Finn

Lemke, Tobias Reichmann, Fabian Wiede, Hendrik

Pekeler, Steffen Weinhold, Martin Strobel, Erik Schmidt,

Steffen Fäth, Kai Häfner, Rune Dahmke, Julius Kühn,

Simon Ernst, Nicolas Pieczkowski, Christian Dissinger,

Jannik Kohlbacher.

HEAD COACH: Dagur Sigurðsson

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EHF EURO QUIZ

1. The first EHF EURO was held back in

1994. Who hosted it and who were crowned

champions?

A) Italy – Spain

B) Portugal – Sweden

C) Spain – Russia

2. Which two countries have won the most

EHF EURO medals?

A) France and Sweden

B) Denmark and Spain

C) Croatia and Germany

3. Which country has won the most EHF

EURO gold medals?

A) France

B) Denmark

C) Sweden

4. Which country has four final appearances

but has never gone all the way?

A) Croatia

B) Spain

C) Denmark

5. This is the second time for Croatia to host

the EHF EURO. When did they host it for the

first time and who were the champions that

year?

A) 1996 – France

B) 2002 – Russia

C) 2000 – Sweden

6. There are two players who have twice

been named MVP at an EHF EURO. Who

are they?

A) Wislander and Karabatic

B) Balic and Karabatic

C) Richardson and Balic

7. Only one player in the history of the EHF

EURO has become European champion,

MVP and top scorer. Who is he?

A) Magnus Wislander

B) Nikola Karabatic

C) Lars Christiansen

8. There is also just one player who became

MVP and top scorer but failed to won the

EHF EURO title. Who is he?

A) Kiril Lazarov

B) Filip Jicha

C) Olafur Stefansson

9. The current European champions are…

A) Denmark

B) France

C) Germany

10. Which city holds the attendance record

for an EHF EURO final?

A) Belgrade (Serbia) in 2012

B) Stockholm (Sweden) in 2002

C) Krakow (Poland) in 2016

11. Who holds the goal-scoring record at a

single EHF EURO tournament?

A) Kiril Lazarov

B) Filip Jicha

C) Lars Christiansen

12. Which two teams have met each other

twice in EHF EURO finals?

A) Spain and Denmark

B) France and Croatia

C) Russia and Sweden

13. Which was the highest goal difference in

an EHF EURO final?

A) 11

B) 12

C) 13

14. The first EHF EURO hosted 12 national

teams. When was the current 16-team

format introduced?

A) In 2000 (Croatia)

B) In 2002 (Sweden)

C) In 2004 (Slovenia)

15. Which is the only EHF EURO host nation

to win the title at their home tournament?

A) Sweden

B) Denmark

C) France

16. Which four EHF EURO host nations

reached the final at their home tournament

but did not win the title?

A) Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Denmark

B) Spain, Slovenia, Serbia, Denmark

C) Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Norway

17. The most successful coach in EHF

EURO history is...

A) Vladimir Maksimov

B) Claude Onesta

C) Bengt Johansson

18. How many countries have won EHF

EURO gold, and how many countries have

won a medal of any colour?

A) 5 and 10

B) 5 and 11

C) 5 and 12

19. How many countries will participate

in the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 in Sweden,

Norway and Austria?

A) 16

B) 24

C) 32

20. Who was the first president of the

European Handball Federation?

A) Jean Brihault

B) Staffan Holmqvist

C) Michael Wiederer

How did you do in EURO Quiz?

All answers correct

– brilliant!

Over 17 correct answers

– very good

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CORRECT ANSWERS:

1. (B) Portugal – Sweden; 2. (B) Denmark and Spain with 6 each; 3. (C) Sweden with 4; 4. (B)

Spain; 5. (C); 6. (B) Balic in 2004 and ’06, Karabatic in 2008 and ’14; 7. (B) Nikola Karabatic

in 2008; 8. (B) Filip Jicha in 2008; 9. (C); 10. (A) 19,800 for Serbia vs Denmark; 11. (A) Kiril

Lazarov with 61 goals in 2012; 12. (C) 1994 and 2000; 13. (C) 13 goals at Sweden vs Russia

34:21; 14. (B); 15. A) Sweden in 2002; 16. (B) 1996, 2004, 2012, 2014; 17. (C) Johansson led

Sweden to four gold medals; 18. (A); 19. (B); 20. (B).

Over 12 correct answers

– good

Over 10 correct answers

– fair enough

Less than 10 correct answers

– you should follow us better :)


EHF EURO 2018 official song

‘On the wings of victory’

With just over a month until the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 begins, fans have been given plenty of time to

learn the lyrics of the event’s official song, which will fill arenas across Croatia from 12 to 28 January.

For the event, which will take place in Poreč, Split, Varaždin and Zagreb, RTL Croatia and the Croatian

Handball Federation have joined forces to present the song ‘On the wings of victory’ on Wednesday

6 December.

Croatian singer Indira Levak wrote and performs the song, Branimir Mihaljevic is responsible for the

music, while Branimir Mihaljevic and Denz are the producers.

The fast and energetic tune portrays the competitive spirit of the championship and is certain to keep

spectators entertained throughout the whole event.

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