2014 European Women's Handball Championship

The 2014 European Women's Handball Championship was the eleventh continental tournament for women's national teams, organized by the European Handball Federation. The second jointly hosted edition in the competition's history took place in Hungary and Croatia from 7 to 21 December 2014.[2]

2014 European Women's
Handball Championship
Official logo
Tournament details
Host countries Hungary
 Croatia
Dates7–21 December
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Norway (6th title)
Runner-up Spain
Third place Sweden
Fourth place Montenegro
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2375 (50.53 per match)
Attendance122,070 (2,597 per match)
Top scorer(s) Isabelle Gulldén
(58 goals)
Best player Isabelle Gulldén[1]
Next

Norway won their sixth title after beating Spain 28–25 in the final.[3] Sweden defeated Montenegro 25–23 to capture the bronze medal.[4]

Norway's victory ensured their qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympics. However, they later won the 2015 World Women's Handball Championship, vacating the European champion Olympic berth which fell to Spain as the runner-up. The two next-best placed teams, Sweden and Montenegro, earned spots in the Olympic Qualification Tournaments.

Host selection

Initially there were two applicants for the tournament, Slovenia and Turkey, with none of them having the experience of organizing a continental event before. However, both candidates withdrew their offers later, thus the host nation could not be selected on the 10th Ordinary EHF Congress between 24 and 25 September 2010 as it was planned.[5]

Instead, the European Handball Federation re-launched the bidding process. As a result, six federations (Croatia, Hungary, Iceland, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey) showed intention to host the championship. Until the final deadline of 28 January 2011, EHF received three bids from four federations:[6]

After a thorough analysis, Slovakia was excluded from the race first, as they failed to ensure a minimum of four arenas that meet the strict criteria for the European Championship.[7] The EHF Executive Committee decided between the two remaining aspirants on its meeting on 9 April 2011, awarding the right to host the 11th Women’s EHF European Handball Championship to Hungary and Croatia.[2]

Venues

Country City Arena Capacity Round
Hungary Budapest László Papp Budapest Sports Arena 12,500 Knockout stage
Debrecen Főnix Hall 8,500 Group B, Main round
Győr Audi Aréna 5,000 Group A
Croatia Zagreb Arena Zagreb 15,200 Main round
Varaždin Varaždin Arena 5,200 Group C
Osijek Gradski vrt Hall 3,538 Group D

Qualification

Qualified teams

CountryQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in tournament1
 Croatia01Host nation9 April 2011 7 (1994, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Hungary01Host nation9 April 2011 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Norway02Winner of Group 626 March 2014 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 France02Winner of Group 229 March 2014 7 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Russia03Runner-up of Group 729 March 2014 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Montenegro02Winner of Group 330 March 2014 2 (2010, 2012)
 Denmark02Winner of Group 14 June 2014 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Germany02Winner of Group 711 June 2014 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Slovakia03Runner-up of Group 211 June 2014 1 (1994)
 Spain02Winner of Group 411 June 2014 7 (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Sweden02Winner of Group 511 June 2014 8 (1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Netherlands03Runner-up of Group 412 June 2014 4 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
 Poland03Runner-up of Group 314 June 2014 3 (1996, 1998, 2006)
 Romania03Runner-up of Group 615 June 2014 9 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Serbia03Runner-up of Group 515 June 2014 3 (2008, 2010, 2012)
 Ukraine03Runner-up of Group 115 June 2014 10 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year.

Seeding

The draw was held on 19 June 2014 at 13:00 local time in Zagreb, Croatia.[8][9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads

Referees

12 referee pairs were selected:[10]

Preliminary round

The playing schedule was released on 4 June 2014.[11]

Team advanced to the main round

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 81 72 +9 6
 Hungary 3 1 1 1 84 79 +5 3
 Poland 3 1 0 2 74 84 −10 2
 Russia 3 0 1 2 79 83 −4 1
7 December 2014
18:00
Spain  29–22  Poland Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Martín 9 (16–13) Kudłacz 6
  Report  
7 December 2014
20:30
Hungary  29–29  Russia Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 4,800
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Triscsuk 6 (14–15) Dmitrieva 7
  Report  

9 December 2014
18:15
Russia  24–25  Spain Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Erdoğan, Özdeniz (TUR)
Kuznetcova, Sen 5 (14–13) Martín 9
  Report   
9 December 2014
20:30
Poland  23–29  Hungary Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Kudłacz 7 (7–14) Mayer, Tomori 6
  Report  

11 December 2014
18:15
Russia  26–29  Poland Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 4,100
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
Bliznova, Punko 7 (11–13) Kudłacz 9
  Report   
11 December 2014
20:30
Hungary  26–27  Spain Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 4,800
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Tomori, Triscsuk 6 (13–13) Martín 10
  Report  

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 3 3 0 0 88 63 +25 6
 Denmark 3 1 1 1 82 79 +3 3
 Romania 3 1 1 1 71 78 −7 3
 Ukraine 3 0 0 3 68 89 −21 0
7 December 2014
18:15
Norway  27–19  Romania Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Oftedal 5 (16–7) Neagu 7
  Report  
7 December 2014
20:30
Denmark  32–23  Ukraine Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Erdoğan, Özdeniz (TUR)
Nørgaard 8 (14–11) Borshchenko 7
  Report  

9 December 2014
18:15
Romania  29–29  Denmark Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Neagu, Țăcălie 10 (16–12) Fisker 8
  Report  
9 December 2014
20:30
Ukraine  23–34  Norway Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
Glibko 7 (13–17) Mørk, Solberg 6
  Report   

11 December 2014
18:15
Romania  23–22  Ukraine Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 2,200
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Neagu 8 (12–9) Borshchenko 10
  Report  
11 December 2014
20:30
Norway  27–21  Denmark Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Løke 7 (12–13) Burgaard, Nørgaard 4
  Report  

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 99 90 +9 5
 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 86 87 −1 3
 Germany 3 1 0 2 84 92 −8 2
 Croatia 3 1 0 2 83 83 0 2
8 December 2014
18:00
Germany  26–29  Netherlands Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Huber, Naidzinavicius 6 (11–12) Polman 7
  Report  
8 December 2014
20:15
Sweden  30–28  Croatia Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,400
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Gulldén 7 (17–17) Penezić, Zebić 6
  Report  

10 December 2014
18:00
Netherlands  30–30  Sweden Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Polman 10 (14–14) Odén 7
  Report  
10 December 2014
20:15
Croatia  24–26  Germany Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Florescu, Stoia (ROU)
Penezić 13 (14–13) Minevskaja, S. Müller 5
  Report  

12 December 2014
18:00
Sweden  39–32  Germany Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 1,300
Referees: Stenrand, Birch (DEN)
Gulldén 10 (23–17) Nadgornaja 9
  Report  
12 December 2014
20:15
Croatia  31–27  Netherlands Varaždin Arena, Varaždin
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
Penezić 11 (17–15) Van der Heijden 5
  Report  

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 72 54 +18 6
 Montenegro 3 2 0 1 70 67 +3 4
 Slovakia 3 1 0 2 65 70 −5 2
 Serbia 3 0 0 3 56 72 −16 0
8 December 2014
18:00
France  21–18  Slovakia Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek
Attendance: 1,300
Referees: Stenrand, Birch (DEN)
Dembélé 6 (7–9) Školková, Trehubová 4
  Report  
8 December 2014
20:15
Montenegro  22–19  Serbia Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek
Attendance: 2,200
Referees: Florescu, Stoia (ROU)
K. Bulatović, Lazović 5 (10–8) Lekić 6
  Report  

10 December 2014
18:00
Serbia  16–27  France Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek
Attendance: 1,400
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Rajović, Stoiljković 4 (3–11) Lacrabère 6
  Report   
10 December 2014
20:15
Slovakia  24–28  Montenegro Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek
Attendance: 1,900
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
Dubajová 5 (10–20) Radičević 6
  Report  

12 December 2014
18:00
Montenegro  20–24  France Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Knežević 6 (12–12) Pineau 8
  Report  
12 December 2014
20:15
Serbia  21–23  Slovakia Gradski vrt Hall, Osijek
Attendance: 2,600
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Cvijić 6 (11–6) Jakubisová 8
  Report   

Main round

Team advanced to the semi-finals
Team qualified for the 5th/6th place match

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group I

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 5 4 0 1 134 119 +15 8
 Spain 5 3 0 2 131 121 +10 6
 Hungary 5 3 0 2 124 117 +7 6
 Denmark 5 2 1 2 123 124 −1 5
 Romania 5 2 1 2 113 115 −2 5
 Poland 5 0 0 5 107 136 −29 0
13 December 2014
16:00
Poland  19–28  Denmark Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Erdoğan, Özdeniz (TUR)
Siódmiak 5 (9–9) Fisker 6
  Report  
13 December 2014
18:15
Spain  26–29  Norway Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Pena 7 (16–16) Riegelhuth 7
  Report  
13 December 2014
20:30
Hungary  20–19  Romania Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 5,370
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Szucsánszki, Triscsuk 4 (10–8) Neagu 8
  Report  

15 December 2014
16:00
Spain  20–22  Romania Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Pinedo 5 (14–9) Neagu 7
  Report  
15 December 2014
18:15
Poland  24–26  Norway Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 2,500
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
Drabik 5 (15–11) Mørk 11
  Report  
15 December 2014
20:30
Hungary  20–23  Denmark Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Tomori, Tóth 5 (9–11) L. Jørgensen 6
  Report  

17 December 2014
16:00
Poland  19–24  Romania Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Erdoğan, Özdeniz (TUR)
five players 3 (9–11) Neagu 9
  Report  
17 December 2014
18:15
Spain  29–22  Denmark Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 3,000
Referees: Zotin, Volodkov (RUS)
Barbosa 6 (15–12) L. Jørgensen 7
  Report  
17 December 2014
20:30
Hungary  29–25  Norway Főnix Hall, Debrecen
Attendance: 4,800
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Bulath 6 (15–11) Løke 6
  Report  

Group II

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Montenegro 5 4 0 1 136 124 +12 8
 Sweden 5 3 1 1 158 140 +18 7
 France 5 3 1 1 115 109 +6 7
 Netherlands 5 2 1 2 134 127 +7 5
 Germany 5 1 1 3 138 141 −3 3
 Slovakia 5 0 0 5 106 146 −40 0
14 December 2014
15:45
Germany  20–27  Montenegro Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Zapf 6 (10–12) Knežević 8
  Report  
14 December 2014
18:00
Sweden  29–26  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Marín, García (ESP)
Hagman 7 (12–14) Lacrabère 10
  Report  
14 December 2014
20:15
Netherlands  30–20  Slovakia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
Polman 7 (17–10) Školková 6
  Report  

16 December 2014
15:45
Netherlands  27–31  Montenegro Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Florescu, Stoia (ROU)
Polman 8 (13–15) K. Bulatović 10
  Report  
16 December 2014
18:00
Sweden  31–22  Slovakia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,300
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Gulldén 9 (17–11) Szarková 7
  Report  
16 December 2014
20:15
Germany  24–24  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 800
Referees: Stenrand, Birch (DEN)
Geschke 9 (13–10) Baudouin, Dembélé 5
  Report  

17 December 2014
15:45
Sweden  29–30  Montenegro Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Gulldén 9 (18–13) Radičević 9
  Report   
17 December 2014
18:00
Germany  36–22  Slovakia Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 600
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
Huber, Lang 6 (17–10) Dubajová 5
  Report  
17 December 2014
20:15
Netherlands  18–20  France Arena Zagreb, Zagreb
Attendance: 600
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Groot 10 (9–7) three players 4
  Report  

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
19 December
 
 
 Norway29
 
21 December
 
 Sweden25
 
 Norway28
 
19 December
 
 Spain25
 
 Spain19
 
 
 Montenegro18
 
Third place game
 
 
21 December
 
 
 Sweden25
 
 
 Montenegro23

All times are local (UTC+1).

Semifinals

19 December 2014
18:00
Montenegro  18–19  Spain László Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Brunovský, Čanda (SVK)
Radičević 6 (8–13) Pinedo 5
  Report  

19 December 2014
20:30
Norway  29–25  Sweden László Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Løke 6 (13–11) Gulldén 9
  Report  

Fifth place game

19 December 2014
15:30
Hungary  25–26  France László Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 3,500
Referees: Opava, Válek (CZE)
Triscsuk 10 (13–16) Nze Minko 7
  Report  

Third place game

21 December 2014
15:30
Sweden  25–23  Montenegro László Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 5,500
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
Gulldén 7 (11–12) K. Bulatović 8
   Report  

Final

21 December 2014
18:00
Norway  28–25  Spain László Papp Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Riegelhuth Koren 10 (10–12) Pena 10
  Report  

Final ranking

Rank Team
 Norway
 Spain
 Sweden
4 Montenegro
5 France
6 Hungary
7 Netherlands
8 Denmark
9 Romania
10 Germany
11 Poland
12 Slovakia
13 Croatia
14 Russia
15 Serbia
16 Ukraine
Qualified for the 2015 World Championship
Qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Qualified for the Olympic Qualification Tournament

Note: As Norway later qualified for the olympics as World Champions, the qualification slot went to the runner up instead and Montenegro qualified for the qualification tournament instead of Spain.

Awards

The all-star team and awards were announced on 21 December 2014.[1]

All-Star Team

Other awards

Statistics

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Isabelle Gulldén  Sweden 58 8965%
2 Cristina Neagu  Romania 49 9751%
3 Carmen Martín  Spain 46 6571%
4 Katarina Bulatović  Montenegro 44 8651%
5 Nora Mørk  Norway 41 6959%
6 Krisztina Triscsuk  Hungary 39 5374%
7 Nerea Pena  Spain 38 6162%
8 Alexandra Lacrabère  France 37 7351%
Heidi Løke  Norway 5173%
10 Ida Odén  Sweden 36 5862%

Source: SportResult.com

Top goalkeepers

Rank Name Team % Saves Shots
1 Silje Solberg  Norway 41% 94227
2 Paula Ungureanu  Romania 40% 80198
3 Katja Schülke  Germany 39% 56142
4 Éva Kiss  Hungary 38% 72188
Sandra Toft  Denmark 62163
6 Amandine Leynaud  France 36% 56157
Silvia Navarro  Spain 89247
8 Marina Vukčević  Montenegro 34% 2162
Marta Žderić  Croatia 2780
10 Sonja Barjaktarović  Montenegro 33% 71217

Source: SportResult.com

References

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  2. Women's EHF Euro 2014 goes to Hungary and Croatia, 9 April 2011, accessdate, 9 April 2011
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  4. "Gullden leads Sweden to first EHF EURO bronze". huncro2014.ehf-euro.com. 21 December 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  5. Men's EHF Euro 2014 goes to Denmark, 25 September 2013, accessdate, 9 April 2011
  6. "Women's EHF EURO 2014 bids". European Handball Federation. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
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  8. "The eyes of European women's handball are on Zagreb". eurohandball.com. 16 June 2014.
  9. "Europe's best teams gather in Hungary and Croatia". eurohandball.com. 19 June 2014.
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  11. Match schedule
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