2012 European Women's Handball Championship

The 2012 European Women's Handball Championship was held in Serbia from 4 to 16 December. Originally the tournament was scheduled to be held in the Netherlands but on 4 June 2012 the Dutch Handball Federation withdrew from the organization. Subsequently, the European Handball Federation (EHF) launched a new bidding process and eventually selected Serbia as the new host on 18 June 2012.

2012 EHF European Women's Handball Championship
EHF Euro 2012 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Serbia
Dates4–16 December
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Montenegro (1st title)
Runner-up Norway
Third place Hungary
Fourth place Serbia
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2381 (50.66 per match)
Attendance122,604 (2,609 per match)
Top scorer(s) Katarina Bulatović (MNE) (56 goals)
Best player Anja Edin (NOR)
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Montenegro captured their first title by defeating defending champion Norway 34–31 in the final.[1]

Host selection

Initially on its meeting on 27 September 2008 the EHF awarded the championship to the Netherlands, beating the bids of Germany and Serbia.[2] This could have been the second time for Netherlands to host the tournament,[3] however, on 4 June 2012 the Dutch Handball Federation announced they are unable to organize the European Championship.[4] A day later the EHF re-launched the host selection process;[5] ten nations had shown interest in organizing the competition, including Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Sweden.[6] Romania added their interest the day after.[7] On 18 June 2012 the EHF granted the organizational rights to Serbia and also disposed of the fate of the Dutch national team. Since Serbia, the new host already qualified for the European Championship, the place reserved for the host nation was passed to Iceland as the best non-qualified team and the Netherlands were pulled out from the tournament.[5]

Venues

Five venues in four cities had been selected to host the matches:[8]

Group stage

Belgrade
Niš
Novi Sad
Vršac
Vršac Niš
Millennium Center
Capacity: 4,000
Čair Sports Center
Capacity: 5,000
Group&Knockout stage Knockout stage
Novi Sad Belgrade
Spens Sports Center
Capacity: 11,500
Kombank Arena
Capacity: 23,000
City Arena Capacity[9] Round
Belgrade Kombank Arena 20,000 Group A, Main Round, Semifinals and Finals
Novi Sad Spens Arena 8,000 Group C, Main Round
Vršac Millennium Centar 4,058 Group D
Niš Čair Sports Center 4,000 Group B

Qualification

Qualification matches were played from September 2011 to June 2012. Following the new system introduced for the 2010 Men's Championship, all teams were included in the qualification round, except Netherlands who were hosts before the withdrawal.[4] Teams were divided in 7 groups and the two top ranked teams from each group qualified.

Qualified teams

CountryQualified asDate qualification was securedPrevious appearances in tournament1
 Norway01Defending champion0019 December 201090 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Croatia02Winner of group 60024 March 201260 (1994, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Czech Republic02Runner-up of group 50025 March 201230 (1994, 2002, 2004)
 Sweden02Winner of group 50025 March 201270 (1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Germany02Winner of group 10030 May 201290 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Hungary02Runner-up of group 10030 May 201290 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Romania02Winner of group 20030 May 201280 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010)
 Serbia02Runner-up of group 20030 May 201220 ( 2008, 2010)
 France02Winner of group 40030 May 201260 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Denmark02Runner-up of group 6002 June 201290 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Spain02Runner-up of group 7002 June 201260 (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Ukraine02Winner of group 7003 June 201290 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 North Macedonia02Runner-up of group 4003 June 201240 (1998, 2000, 2006, 2008)
 Montenegro02Winner of group 3003 June 201210 (2010)
 Russia02Runner-up of group 3003 June 201290 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Iceland02Awarded final place[5]0018 June 201210 (2010)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year.

Squads

Referees

12 referee pairs were selected:[10]

Seeding

The draw was scheduled to be held on 6 June 2012 at 14:00 local time in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[11] The draw procedure was announced on 15 May.[12][13] It was canceled because of the withdrawal of the Dutch Handball Federation.[4] The draw was rescheduled to 22 June 2012 in Monaco.[5] The pots were new assigned due to the removal of the Netherlands and the addition of Iceland.[14]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Preliminary round

The draw was held on 22 June 2012.[15] The playing schedule was released on 13 July.[16][17]

The top three teams from each group advanced to the main round, while the last placed team from each group was eliminated.

     Team advanced to the main round

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Norway 3 3 0 0 67 62 +5 6 Main round
2  Serbia (H) 3 2 0 1 79 75 +4 4
3  Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 68 71 3 2
4  Ukraine 3 0 0 3 62 68 6 0 Eliminated
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host.
4 December 2012
17:45
Ukraine  22 – 25  Czech Republic Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 450
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Borshchenko 7 (7–12) Štěrbová, Luzumová 6
  Report  
4 December 2012
20:15
Norway  28 – 26  Serbia Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Riegelhuth Koren 8 (17–12) Ognjenović 9
   Report  

6 December 2012
18:15
Serbia  25 – 23  Ukraine Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Popović, Damnjanović 5 (14–10) Managarova 7
  Report  
6 December 2012
20:15
Czech Republic  19 – 21  Norway Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 450
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Poznarová 5 (12–10) Sulland 8
  Report  

8 December 2012
18:15
Norway  18 – 17  Ukraine Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,554
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Sulland 6 (8–11) Glibko, Borshchenko 4
  Report   
8 December 2012
20:15
Serbia  28 – 24  Czech Republic Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Lekić, Pop-Lazić 6 (12–15) Černá, Chrenková 6
  Report  

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 2 0 1 80 61 +19 4 Main round
2  Denmark 3 2 0 1 91 84 +7 4
3  Sweden 3 2 0 1 70 65 +5 4
4  North Macedonia 3 0 0 3 61 92 31 0 Eliminated
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
4 December 2012
18:15
France  29 – 16  North Macedonia Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 750
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Baudouin 8 (15–10) Portjanko 6
  Report  
4 December 2012
20:15
Sweden  27 – 26  Denmark Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 300
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Ahlm 10 (13–15) Jørgensen 6
  Report  

6 December 2012
18:15
North Macedonia  15 – 26  Sweden Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 300
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Bajramoska 4 (8–11) Torstenson 8
  Report  
6 December 2012
20:15
Denmark  28 – 27  France Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 200
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Nørgaard, Burgaard 7 (15–12) Baudouin, Njitam 5
  Report  

8 December 2012
18:15
Sweden  17 – 24  France Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 500
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Torstenson 5 (8–13) Signate, Mendy 4
  Report  
8 December 2012
20:15
Denmark  37 – 30  North Macedonia Čair Sports Center, Niš
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Augustesen 8 (17–13) Crvenkoska, Portjanko 7
  Report  

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Hungary 3 2 0 1 83 80 +3 4 Main round
2  Spain 3 2 0 1 79 73 +6 4
3  Germany 3 1 0 2 58 63 5 2
4  Croatia 3 1 0 2 65 69 4 2 Eliminated
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
4 December 2012
18:15
Germany  20 – 23  Spain SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Lythje, Christiansen (DEN)
Steinbach 6 (12–13) Martín 7
  Report  
4 December 2012
20:15
Croatia  28 – 27  Hungary SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,800
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Zebić 9 (15–14) Tomori 9
  Report  

5 December 2012
18:15
Spain  25 – 21  Croatia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Mangué 7 (13–10) Zebić 7
  Report  
5 December 2012
20:15
Hungary  24 – 21  Germany SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Görbicz 9 (11–14) Zapf 5
  Report  

7 December 2012
18:15
Hungary  32 – 31  Spain SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 3,700
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Tomori 12 (17–14) Martín 7
  Report  
7 December 2012
20:15
Croatia  16 – 17  Germany SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 2,100
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Zebić 5 (7–8) Augsburg 4
  Report  

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Montenegro 3 3 0 0 79 63 +16 6 Main round
2  Russia 3 1 1 1 78 72 +6 3
3  Romania 3 1 1 1 63 63 0 3
4  Iceland 3 0 0 3 56 78 22 0 Eliminated
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
4 December 2012
18:05
Montenegro  26 – 16  Iceland Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Bulatović 7 (10–7) Bragadóttir 5
  Report  
4 December 2012
20:15
Romania  21 – 21  Russia Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Curea 9 (12–7) Khmyrova 6
  Report  

5 December 2012
18:05
Russia  27 – 30  Montenegro Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Postnova 5 (14–20) Knežević, Radičević 6
  Report  
5 December 2012
20:15
Iceland  19 – 22  Romania Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 2,700
Referees: Lythje, Christiansen (DEN)
Jónsdóttir 5 (13–15) Brădeanu 7
  Report  

7 December 2012
18:05
Russia  30 – 21  Iceland Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Postnova, Sen 5 (15–8) Jónsdóttir 4
  Report  
7 December 2012
20:15
Romania  20 – 23  Montenegro Millennium Centar, Vršac
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Brădeanu 6 (10–9) Bulatović 9
  Report  

Main round

The top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semifinals, while the third placed team from each group compete in a 5th/6th place play-off. The start times of matches in Group I were 16:10, 18:10 and 20:10 while in Group II the times were 16:15, 18:15 and 20:15. The matches were assigned after the preliminary round.

     Team advanced to the semifinals
     Team competed for the 5th/6th place

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Norway 5 4 0 1 140 124 +16 8 Semifinals
2  Serbia (H) 5 3 1 1 124 118 +6 7
3  Denmark 5 3 0 2 148 146 +2 6 Fifth place game
4  Sweden 5 2 1 2 127 127 0 5 Eliminated
5  France 5 2 0 3 111 115 4 4
6  Czech Republic 5 0 0 5 121 141 20 0
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host.
10 December 2012
16:10
Czech Republic  30 – 33  Denmark Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 400
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Knedlíková, Kutlvašrová 6 (12–13) Nørgaard 10
  Report  
10 December 2012
18:10
Norway  30 – 19  France Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 500
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Sulland 7 (14–10) Baudouin 5
  Report  
10 December 2012
20:10
Serbia  23 – 23  Sweden Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Rajović 5 (13–14) Torstenson 8
  Report  

11 December 2012
16:10
Czech Republic  22 – 24  France Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 800
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Chrenková 4 (10–14) Ayglon 6
  Report  
11 December 2012
18:10
Norway  28 – 25  Sweden Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Edin 9 (12–14) Gulldén 10
  Report  
11 December 2012
20:10
Serbia  29 – 26  Denmark Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Damnjanović 8 (16–14) Jørgensen 5
  Report  

13 December 2012
16:10
Czech Republic  26 – 35  Sweden Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Florescu, Duţă (ROU)
Chrenková 7 (14–14) Fogelström 7
  Report  
13 December 2012
18:10
Serbia  18 – 17  France Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 8,000
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Rajović 5 (10–6) Signate 4
  Report  
13 December 2012
20:10
Norway  33 – 35  Denmark Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Horvárth, Márton (HUN)
Sulland, Alstad 6 (17–15) Burgaard 8
  Report  

Group II

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Montenegro 5 4 0 1 128 123 +5 8 Semifinals
2  Hungary 5 3 0 2 132 130 +2 6
3  Russia 5 1 3 1 130 127 +3 5 Fifth place game
4  Germany 5 2 1 2 119 116 +3 5 Eliminated
5  Romania 5 1 1 3 114 120 6 3
6  Spain 5 1 1 3 128 135 7 3
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
9 December 2012
16:15
Spain  26 – 31  Romania SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 700
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Fernández, Mangué 5 (12–15) Neagu, Curea 7
  Report   
9 December 2012
18:15
Hungary  26 – 28  Montenegro SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Szucsánszki 8 (9–15) Radičević 9
   Report   
9 December 2012
20:15
Germany  26 – 26  Russia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 600
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Steinbach 9 (16–13) Khmyrova 6
  Report  

11 December 2012
16:15
Spain  25 – 25  Russia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 800
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Martín 11 (13–14) Postnova 7
  Report   
11 December 2012
18:15
Germany  27 – 20  Montenegro SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Steinbach 7 (14–9) Bulatović 6
  Report  
11 December 2012
20:15
Hungary  25 – 19  Romania SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Vérten 7 (14–12) Neagu, Nechita 6
  Report  

13 December 2012
16:15
Spain  23 – 27  Montenegro SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Brehmer, Skowronek (POL)
Fernández 7 (16–13) Bulatović 6
  Report  
13 December 2012
18:15
Germany  25 – 23  Romania SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Steinbach 8 (16–9) Vădineanu, Nechita 7
  Report   
13 December 2012
20:15
Hungary  25 – 31  Russia SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Crnojević, Kostecki-Radić (CRO)
Rédei Soós 5 (11–13) Ilyina 7
  Report  

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
15 December
 
 
 Norway30
 
16 December
 
 Hungary19
 
 Norway31
 
15 December
 
 Montenegro (ET)34
 
 Serbia26
 
 
 Montenegro27
 
Third place
 
 
16 December
 
 
 Hungary (ET)41
 
 
 Serbia38

Semifinals

15 December 2012
14:30
Norway  30 – 19  Hungary Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Edin, Riegelhuth Koren 6 (16–11) Görbicz 6
  Report  

15 December 2012
17:00
Serbia  26 – 27  Montenegro Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 13,000
Referees: Stoļarovs, Līcis (LAT)
Filipović 7 (14–13) Knežević 8
  Report  

Fifth place game

15 December 2012
12:00
Denmark  32 – 30  Russia Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 800
Referees: Marić, Mašić (SRB)
Nørgaard, Burgaard 8 (15–15) Sen 6
  Report  

Third place game

16 December 2012
14:30
Hungary  41 – 38 (ET)  Serbia Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 11,000
Referees: Gousko, Repkin (BLR)
Viktória Rédei Soós 9 (21–19) three players 7
  Report  

FT: 33–33 ET: 8–5

Final

16 December 2012
17:00
Norway  31 – 34 (ET)  Montenegro Kombank Arena, Belgrade
Attendance: 10,000
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Alstad 11 (11–12) Knežević 10
  Report  

FT: 24–24 ET: 4–4, 3–6

Final ranking and statistics

Qualified for the 2013 World Championship

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