2018 European Women's Handball Championship

The 2018 European Women's Handball Championship was held in France in from 29 November to 16 December 2018. It was the first time France hosts the women's tournament. The matches were played in Brest, Montbéliard, Nancy, Nantes and Paris.[1]

2018 EHF European Women's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates29 November–16 December
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (1st title)
Runner-up Russia
Third place Netherlands
Fourth place Romania
Tournament statistics
Matches47
Goals scored2504 (53.28 per match)
Attendance237,980 (5,063 per match)
Top scorer(s) Katarina Krpež Slezak
(50 goals)
Best player Anna Vyakhireva
Next

France defeated Russia in the final to claim their first title.[2]

Venues

Paris Nantes Montbéliard
AccorHotels Arena
Capacity: 15,603
Hall XXL
Capacity: 12,000
Axone
Capacity: 6,400
Nancy Brest
Palais des Sports Jean Weille
Capacity: 6,000
Brest Arena
Capacity: 4,500

Qualification

Qualified teams

All 16 qualified teams took part in the previous 2016 championship.

CountryQualified asDate of qualificationPrevious appearances in tournament
 FranceHost20 September 20149 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 DenmarkGroup 5 winner24 March 201812 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 MontenegroGroup 2 winner24 March 20184 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 NorwayGroup 1 winner25 March 201812 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 SpainGroup 6 winner30 May 20189 (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 SwedenGroup 3 runner-up30 May 201810 (1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 SerbiaGroup 3 winner30 May 20186 (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 GermanyGroup 6 runner-up31 May 201812 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 HungaryGroup 7 winner31 May 201812 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 NetherlandsGroup 7 runner-up31 May 20186 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016)
 RomaniaGroup 4 winner31 May 201811 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 CroatiaGroup 1 runner-up2 June 20189 (1994, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 RussiaGroup 4 runner-up3 June 201812 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 PolandGroup 2 runner-up3 June 20185 (1996, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2016)
 Czech RepublicGroup 5 runner-up3 June 20185 (1994, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016)
 SloveniaBest third-ranked team3 June 20185 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2016)

Note: Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Draw

The draw was held on 12 June 2018 at 12:00 at the Maison de la Radio in Paris, France.[3][4]

Seedings

The pots were announced on 4 June 2018.[3]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads

Referees

12 referee pairs were selected on 4 October 2018.[5]

Preliminary round

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Serbia 3 2 0 1 84 73 +11 4[lower-alpha 1] Main round
2  Sweden 3 2 0 1 74 73 +1 4[lower-alpha 1]
3  Denmark 3 2 0 1 83 80 +3 4[lower-alpha 1]
4  Poland 3 0 0 3 69 84 15 0 Eliminated
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. Serbia 2 Pts, +4 GD; Sweden 2 Pts, 0 GD; Denmark 2 Pts, −4 GD
30 November 2018
18:00
Serbia  33–26  Poland Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 2,230
Referees: Bethmann, Tzaferopoulos (GRE)
Krpež Šlezak 11 (13–14) Kudłacz-Gloc 6
  Report  
30 November 2018
21:00
Denmark  30–29  Sweden Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,847
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Tranborg 7 (15–16) Hagman 7
   Report  

2 December 2018
15:00
Poland  21–28  Denmark Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,683
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Kobylińska 7 (9–11) K. Jørgensen, Østergaard 5
   Report  
2 December 2018
18:00
Sweden  22–21  Serbia Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,810
Referees: Năstase, Stancu (ROU)
Alm 5 (11–13) Krpež Slezak 7
  Report  

4 December 2018
18:00
Sweden  23–22  Poland Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,014
Referees: García, Marín (ESP)
Blomstrand, Hagman 4 (10–5) Grzyb 9
  Report  
4 December 2018
21:00
Denmark  25–30  Serbia Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,026
Referees: Covalciuc, Covalciuc (MDA)
Østergaard 6 (13–17) Krpež Šlezak, Lekić 8
  Report  

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 3 2 0 1 77 75 +2 4[lower-alpha 1] Main round
2  France (H) 3 2 0 1 78 67 +11 4[lower-alpha 1]
3  Montenegro 3 1 0 2 79 81 2 2[lower-alpha 2]
4  Slovenia 3 1 0 2 82 93 11 2[lower-alpha 2] Eliminated
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. France 23–26 Russia
  2. Montenegro 36–32 Slovenia
29 November 2018
21:00
France  23–26  Russia Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 5,220
Referees: García, Marín (ESP)
Kanor 6 (11–11) Dmitrieva 8
  Report  

30 November 2018
21:00
Montenegro  36–32  Slovenia Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 1,956
Referees: Năstase, Stancu (ROU)
Radičević 7 (18–12) Gros 8
  Report  

2 December 2018
15:00
Slovenia  21–30  France Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 5,220
Referees: Covalciuc, Covalciuc (MDA)
Gros 5 (8–17) Zaadi 6
  Report  
2 December 2018
18:00
Russia  24–23  Montenegro Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 3,229
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Samokhina 7 (13–15) Jauković 12
  Report  

4 December 2018
18:00
Russia  27–29  Slovenia Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 3,120
Referees: Bethmann, Tzaferopoulos (GRE)
Kochetova 6 (13–13) Gros 12
   Report  
4 December 2018
21:00
France  25–20  Montenegro Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 5,220
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Nze Minko 7 (16–8) Radičević 6
  Report  

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 90 75 +15 6 Main round
2  Hungary 3 2 0 1 81 72 +9 4
3  Spain 3 1 0 2 78 78 0 2
4  Croatia 3 0 0 3 59 83 24 0 Eliminated
Source: EHF
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.
1 December 2018
15:00
Hungary  25–28  Netherlands Axone, Montbéliard
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
Háfra, Kovács 5 (11–11) Abbingh, Dulfer 5
  Report  
1 December 2018
18:00
Spain  25–18  Croatia Axone, Montbéliard
Attendance: 3,600
Referees: Bennani, Bennani (SWE)
Pena 7 (15–5) Dežić 4
  Report  

3 December 2018
18:00
Croatia  18–24  Hungary Axone, Montbéliard
Attendance: 2,731
Referees: Vranes, Wenninger (AUT)
Krsnik 8 (9–13) Háfra, Kovács, Schatzl 5
  Report  
3 December 2018
21:00
Netherlands  28–27  Spain Axone, Montbéliard
Attendance: 3,862
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Groot 9 (14–11) Martín 6
  Report  

5 December 2018
18:00
Netherlands  34–23  Croatia Axone, Montbéliard
Attendance: 4,470
Referees: Christiansen, Hansen (DEN)
Amega 8 (17–10) Kalaus, Turk 6
  Report  
5 December 2018
21:00
Hungary  32–26  Spain Axone, Montbéliard
Attendance: 2,768
Referees: Mošorinski, Pandžić (SRB)
Planéta 8 (19–14) Martín 6
  Report  

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Romania 3 3 0 0 91 75 +16 6 Main round
2  Germany 3 2 0 1 87 89 2 4
3  Norway 3 1 0 2 86 81 +5 2
4  Czech Republic 3 0 0 3 73 92 19 0 Eliminated
Source: EHF
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.
1 December 2018
15:00
Norway  32–33  Germany Brest Arena, Brest
Attendance: 3,520
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Oftedal 7 (16–15) Bölk, Großmann 5
  Report  
1 December 2018
18:00
Romania  31–28  Czech Republic Brest Arena, Brest
Attendance: 3,098
Referees: Christiansen, Hansen (DEN)
Buceschi 9 (17–11) Luzumová, Malá 5
  Report   

3 December 2018
18:00
Germany  24–29  Romania Brest Arena, Brest
Attendance: 2,106
Referees: Mošorinski, Pandžić (SRB)
Behnke 8 (11–14) Buceschi 11
  Report  
3 December 2018
21:00
Czech Republic  17–31  Norway Brest Arena, Brest
Attendance: 1,734
Referees: Bennani, Bennani (SWE)
Marčíková 4 (10–20) Aune, Løke 6
  Report  

5 December 2018
18:00
Germany  30–28  Czech Republic Brest Arena, Brest
Attendance: 2,930
Referees: Vranes, Wenninger (AUT)
Schmelzer 7 (16–16) Luzumová 10
  Report  
5 December 2018
21:00
Norway  23–31  Romania Brest Arena, Brest
Attendance: 2,782
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
Aune, Kristiansen 5 (12–18) Neagu 11
  Report  

Main round

Points obtained against qualified teams from the same group will be taken over.

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 5 4 0 1 141 131 +10 8 Semifinals
2  France (H) 5 3 1 1 136 118 +18 7
3  Sweden 5 2 1 2 139 132 +7 5 Fifth place game
4  Denmark 5 2 0 3 123 143 20 4[lower-alpha 1] Eliminated
5  Montenegro 5 2 0 3 124 128 4 4[lower-alpha 1]
6  Serbia 5 1 0 4 131 142 11 2
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. Denmark 24–23 Montenegro
6 December 2018
18:00
Denmark  23–29  France Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 5,296
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Woller 5 (11–17) Nze Minko 6
   Report  
6 December 2018
21:00
Sweden  28–30  Montenegro Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 2,614
Referees: Bethmann, Tzaferopoulos (GRE)
Gulldén 6 (14–18) Radičević 9
   Report  

Both matches were scheduled for 8 December, but moved back due to the Yellow vests movement.[6]

9 December 2018
15:00
Sweden  21–21  France Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 7,241
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Gulldén 6 (14–11) Lacrabère 5
  Report  
9 December 2018
18:00
Serbia  25–29  Russia Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 6,420
Referees: García, Marín (ESP)
Krpež Šlezak 7 (13–16) Dmitrieva 7
  Report  

10 December 2018
18:00
Denmark  21–32  Russia Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 2,812
Referees: Bethmann, Tzaferopoulos (GRE)
Heindahl 5 (9–14) Vyakhireva 9
  Report   
10 December 2018
21:00
Serbia  27–28  Montenegro Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 2,307
Referees: Năstase, Stancu (ROU)
Krpež Šlezak 12 (15–12) Jauković, Mehmedović, Raičević 6
  Report  

12 December 2018
15:45
Denmark  24–23  Montenegro Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,811
Referees: Covalciuc, Covalciuc (MDA)
Hansen 6 (15–11) Radičević 7
  Report  
12 December 2018
18:00
Sweden  39–30  Russia Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 3,848
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Hagman 17 (18–17) Samokhina 6
  Report  
12 December 2018
21:00
Serbia  28–38  France Hall XXL, Nantes
Attendance: 7,046
Referees: García, Marín (ESP)
Kovačević, Krpež Šlezak, Pop-Lazić 5 (14–18) Nze Minko 9
  Report  

Group II

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 5 4 0 1 128 126 +2 8 Semifinals
2  Romania 5 3 0 2 140 132 +8 6[lower-alpha 1]
3  Norway 5 3 0 2 155 131 +24 6[lower-alpha 1] Fifth place game
4  Hungary 5 3 0 2 139 146 7 6[lower-alpha 1] Eliminated
5  Germany 5 2 0 3 132 137 5 4
6  Spain 5 0 0 5 127 149 22 0
Source: EHF
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.
Notes:
  1. Romania 2 Pts, +6 GD; Norway 2 Pts, +5 GD; Hungary 2 Pts, −11 GD
7 December 2018
18:00
Spain  23–29  Germany Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 2,217
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
Martín 7 (9–17) Bölk, Geschke, Schmelzer 4
   Report  
7 December 2018
21:00
Hungary  25–38  Norway Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 2,180
Referees: Christiansen, Hansen (DEN)
Tóth 6 (12–19) Løke 7
  Report  

9 December 2018
15:00
Hungary  26–25  Germany Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 2,926
Referees: Mošorinski, Pandžić (SRB)
Lukács 7 (12–10) Stolle 9
  Report  
9 December 2018
18:00
Netherlands  29–24  Romania Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 3,016
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Abbingh, Bont 6 (11–10) Buceschi 8
  Report  

11 December 2018
18:00
Spain  25–27  Romania Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 2,359
Referees: Vranes, Wenninger (AUT)
González 6 (12–10) Neagu 7
  Report  
11 December 2018
21:00
Netherlands  16–29  Norway Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 1,803
Referees: Mošorinski, Pandžić (SRB)
Polman 4 (7–15) Jacobsen 5
  Report  

12 December 2018
15:45
Spain  26–33  Norway Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 1,791
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
López 5 (17–18) Oftedal 8
   Report  
12 December 2018
18:00
Hungary  31–29  Romania Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 1,844
Referees: Bennani, Bennani (SWE)
Háfra, Schatzl 6 (17–17) Neagu 9
  Report  
12 December 2018
21:00
Netherlands  27–21  Germany Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy
Attendance: 2,104
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
Dulfer, Polman 6 (13–11) Geschke 5
  Report  

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
14 December
 
 
 Russia 28
 
16 December
 
 Romania 22
 
 Russia 21
 
14 December
 
 France 24
 
 Netherlands 21
 
 
 France 27
 
Third place
 
 
16 December
 
 
 Romania 20
 
 
 Netherlands 24

Fifth place game

14 December 2018
14:00
Sweden  29–38  Norway AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Attendance: 8,639
Referees: Năstase, Stancu (ROU)
Lagerquist 7 (14–22) Kristiansen 6
  Report  

Semifinals

14 December 2018
17:30
Russia  28–22  Romania AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Attendance: 8,122
Referees: Horváth, Márton (HUN)
Vyakhireva 13 (16–15) Dragut, Pintea 4
  Report  

14 December 2018
21:00
Netherlands  21–27  France AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Attendance: 12,463
Referees: García, Marín (ESP)
Abbingh 7 (11–12) Nze Minko 6
  Report  

Third place game

16 December 2018
14:00
Romania  20–24  Netherlands AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Attendance: 13,145
Referees: Vranes, Wenninger (AUT)
Ardean-Elisei 6 (8–15) Polman 7
  Report  

Final

16 December 2018
17:30
Russia  21–24  France AccorHotels Arena, Paris
Attendance: 14,000
Referees: Christiansen, Hansen (DEN)
Vyakhireva 7 (12–13) Lacrabère 6
  Report   

Final ranking and statistics

Qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics
Qualified for the 2019 World Championship

References

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  8. Top goalscorers
  9. Top goalkeepers
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