2012 European Men's Handball Championship

Countries that qualified for the championship

The 2012 EHF European Men's Handball Championship was the tenth edition of the men's continental handball tournament, which was held in Serbia between 15–29 January 2012. Sixteen teams qualified for the event, including host nation Serbia, defending champion France and fourteen national teams through the qualifying tournament. The teams were split into four groups of 4, with the top 3 teams of each group advancing to the main round, carrying the points won against other qualified opponents. Going to the main round with no points, Denmark ended up winning the championship after defeating Serbia in the final with a scoreline of 21–19.

The bronze medal was claimed by Croatia, who defeated Spain 31-27 to win their second bronze and fourth European medal overall. In the placement match for the 5th position Macedonia proved to be too strong for Slovenia and won the match by 28–27. Macedonian right back Kiril Lazarov led his team with 8 goals to success and took the top scorers' award with a European Championship record of 61 goals. Over 300,000 spectators were present in 47 matches during the tournament, which was also a new championship record.

By winning the European title, Denmark directly qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, while Serbia and Macedonia secured a spot in the Olympic Qualification Tournament. Thanks to the Danish triumph, Poland also made it to the qualifiers as the eighth ranked team of the 2011 World Championship.

Denmark, Serbia and Croatia as three best-ranked teams qualified directly for 2013 World Men's Handball Championship.

The championship was somewhat overshadowed by incidents that occurred during the final week of the event. On 26–27 January, in violent attacks, cars were damaged or set on fire, and several Croatian supporters were injured. In the semifinal match between Serbia and Croatia, Žarko Šešum, the back player of the Serbian team had his eye severely injured after a bottle intended for Croatian player Ivano Balić and coach Slavko Goluža was thrown at him.

Background

The EHF decided that Serbia would host the tournament in the cities of Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad and Vršac. Germany and France were the other applicants for the championship.

Qualification

The 2012 Championship was the second for which the new qualification system was used.

Qualified teams

1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads

Venues

Audience

Referees

On 12 September 2011, 12 couples were announced in Vienna.

List of broadcasters

Seeding

The draw was held on 15 June 2011 in Belgrade at 12:00 local time. The seeding was announced on 13 June 2011.

Group stage

The match schedule was released and confirmed on 18 April 2011. Four teams were selected to play in the four venue cities, Serbia in Belgrade, Macedonia at Niš, Hungary at Novi Sad and Croatia in Vršac. The playing schedule was announced on 1 July.

All times are UTC+1.

Group A

Venue: Pionir Hall, Belgrade

15 January 2012
18:15
Poland 18–22 Serbia
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Bielecki 4(7–11)Vujin, Nikčević 6
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15 January 2012
20:15
Denmark 30–25 Slovakia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Lindberg 7(15–12)Valo 6
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17 January 2012
18:15
Slovakia 24–41 Poland
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Kukučka 5(13–17)Tkaczyk 8
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17 January 2012
20:15
Serbia 24–22 Denmark
Attendance: 8,100
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ilić 8(10–12)Christiansen, Hansen 4
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19 January 2012
18:15
Poland 27–26 Denmark
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Tkaczyk 7(10–14)Mogensen 4
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19 January 2012
20:15
Serbia 21–21 Slovakia
Attendance: 4,900
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Prodanović 5(13–6)three players 4
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Group B

Venue: Čair Sports Center, Niš

15 January 2012
17:20
Germany 24–27 Czech Republic
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Kaufmann 5(9–14)Jícha 7
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15 January 2012
19:30
Sweden 26–26 Macedonia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ekberg 6(14–13)Aluševski, Lazarov 7
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17 January 2012
18:15
Macedonia 23–24 Germany
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Lazarov 7(12–12)Kaufmann 6
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17 January 2012
20:15
Czech Republic 29–33 Sweden
Attendance: 2,050
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jícha 7(17–19)Ekberg 10
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19 January 2012
18:15
Germany 29–24 Sweden
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Gensheimer 9(20–15)Ekdahl du Rietz 8
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19 January 2012
20:15
Czech Republic 21–27 Macedonia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Jícha, Horák 5(12–12)Lazarov 7
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Group C

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad

16 January 2012
18:15
France 26–29 Spain
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Fernandez 7(13–15)three players 4
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16 January 2012
20:15
Hungary 31–31 Russia
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Császár 8(19–19)Chipurin 5
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18 January 2012
18:15
Russia 24–28 France
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Chipurin 7(11–16)Narcisse 6
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18 January 2012
20:15
Spain 24–24 Hungary
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Cañellas 6(11–12)Császár, Mocsai 7
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20 January 2012
18:15
Spain 30–27 Russia
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
García Parrondo 6(17–11)Igropulo 8
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20 January 2012
20:15
France 23–26 Hungary
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Barachet 5(14–12)Zubai 6
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Group D

Venue: Millennium Centar, Vršac

16 January 2012
18:10
Norway 28–27 Slovenia
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
three players 6(14–14)Zorman, Gajić 5
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16 January 2012
20:10
Croatia 31–29 Iceland
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Štrlek 8(14–15)Sigurðsson 8
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18 January 2012
18:10
Slovenia 29–31 Croatia
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Gajić 8(12–16)Čupić 9
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18 January 2012
20:10
Iceland 34–32 Norway
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Olesen, Pedersen (DEN)
Gunnarsson 9(18–20)Mamelund 10
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20 January 2012
18:10
Iceland 32–34 Slovenia
Attendance: 3,800
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Sigurðsson 9(13–17)Gajić, Skube 7
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20 January 2012
20:10
Croatia 26–20 Norway
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Čupić 6(13–8)Mamelund 6
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Main round

Group stage results between teams that qualified for the main round were carried over.

Group I

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade

Match Serbia vs Germany.

(A) and (B) indicates from which group the teams came; in the main round they were playing only against teams from the other group. By three victories and the misfortune of among others Germany, Denmark qualified for the semifinals together with the host, Serbia. Notable results were Denmark's last second win against Macedonia and Poland's turnaround of first-half 9-20 result to win second half by the same numbers to equalize against Sweden.

21 January 2012
16:15
Poland 29–29 Sweden
Attendance: 6,003
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Jaszka 8(9–20)Ekberg 7
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21 January 2012
18:15
Denmark 33–32 Macedonia
Attendance: 17,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Hansen 12(16–19)Lazarov 13
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21 January 2012
20:15
Serbia 21–21 Germany
Attendance: 20,500
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Ilić 6(12–7)Gensheimer 5
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23 January 2012
16:20
Poland 25–27 Macedonia
Attendance: 3,700
Referees: Leifsson, Pálsson (ISL)
Jurecki 5(12–18)Lazarov 9
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23 January 2012
18:20
Denmark 28–26 Germany
Attendance: 7,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Eggert 7(17–14)four players 4
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23 January 2012
20:20
Serbia 24–21 Sweden
Attendance: 19,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Vujin 5(14–11)Ekdahl du Rietz 8
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25 January 2012
16:15
Poland 33–32 Germany
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Jurecki, Kuchczynski 5(18–17)Klein, Sprenger 7
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25 January 2012
18:15
Denmark 31–24 Sweden
Attendance: 5,200
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Eggert 7(18–11)Andersson 8
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25 January 2012
20:15
Serbia 19–22 Macedonia
Attendance: 24,805
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Vujin 5(10–11)Lazarov 10
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Group II

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad

(C) and (D) above indicates from which group the teams came, in the main round they are only playing against teams from the other group.

22 January 2012
16:10
Hungary 21–27 Iceland
Attendance: 4,500
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Császár 7(10–14)Atlason, Sigurðsson 5
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22 January 2012
18:10
France 28–26 Slovenia
Attendance: 4,700
Referees: Dinu, Din (ROU)
Barachet 6(14–15)Žvižej 6
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22 January 2012
20:10
Spain 24–22 Croatia
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Tomás 5(11–14)Čupić 5
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24 January 2012
16:10
Spain 31–26 Iceland
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Aguinagalde 5(17–13)Sigurðsson 6
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24 January 2012
18:10
France 22–29 Croatia
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Fernandez, Barachet 4(12–11)Kopljar, Čupić 7
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24 January 2012
20:10
Hungary 30–32 Slovenia
Attendance: 6,800
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Putics 7(13–14)Gajić 13
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25 January 2012
16:10
France 29–29 Iceland
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Accambray 10(11–15)Sigurðsson 5
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25 January 2012
18:10
Spain 35–32 Slovenia
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Romero 7(15–15)Žvižej 7
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25 January 2012
20:10
Hungary 24–24 Croatia
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Császár 14(13–12)Horvat 11
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Knockout stage

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 January – Belgrade
 
 
 Serbia26
 
29 January – Belgrade
 
 Croatia22
 
 Serbia19
 
27 January – Belgrade
 
 Denmark21
 
 Spain24
 
 
 Denmark25
 
Third place
 
 
29 January – Belgrade
 
 
 Croatia31
 
 
 Spain27

Semifinals

27 January 2012
17:45
Denmark 25–24 Spain
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Krstić, Ljubič (SLO)
Lauge 6(12–10)Aguinagalde 5
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27 January 2012
20:15
Serbia 26–22 Croatia
Attendance: 23,040
Referees: Lazaar, Reveret (FRA)
Ilić 8(13–14)Kopljar 7
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Fifth place game

27 January 2012
15:15
Macedonia 28–27 Slovenia
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Raluy, Sabroso (ESP)
Lazarov 8(16–12)Dolenec 7
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Bronze medal game

29 January 2012
14:30
Croatia 31–27 Spain
Attendance: 8,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Lacković, Čupić 7(13–12)Sarmiento 7
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Final

29 January 2012
17:00
Serbia 19–21 Denmark
Attendance: 21,800
Referees: Abrahamsen, Kristiansen (NOR)
Prodanović 4(7–9)Hansen 9
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The final was played at the Belgrade Arena between the host-nation Serbia and Denmark, and was seen by 19,800 spectators. The teams played a match against each other in the group stage of the tournament, when Serbia defeated Denmark 24–22. Serbia's coach Veselin Vuković could not rely on Žarko Šešum, whose left eye was injured after he was hit with a bottle on the halftime break of the semi-final match against Croatia.

The match started with tough play by both teams and low scoring. Denmark claimed the lead in the early phase of the match and controlled the period. Serbia's attacks were ineffective, and goalkeeper Darko Stanić made several saves. The Danes made fewer mistakes in the attacks and Anders Eggert scored important goals in the counter-attacks. Denmark led at halftime 9–7.

Early in the second half Denmark took an 11–7 lead, but then the Serbian players halted the opponent's run with a better play in defence, except for Mikkel Hansen who scored with his powerful shots in the critical moments of the game. The Danes were having the lead all the time with a margin of 1–4 goals and thanks to the saves of their goalkeeper Niklas Landin Jacobsen prevented the Serbians to level the result. The last minutes of the game were played with many mistakes on both sides, but Hansen scored the decisive goal for peerless lead 21–18 with 20 seconds to go. Serbia scored until the end making it 21–19 in favor of Denmark at the end. This was the second title for Denmark after they have previously won the European Championship in 2008.

Ranking and statistics

Uses material from the Wikipedia article 2012 European Men's Handball Championship, released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.