European Women's Handball Championship

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European Women's Handball Championship
Founded 1994
Region Europe (EHF)
Number of teams 27 (Qualification)
16 (Final Tournament)
Current champions  Norway (7th title)
Most successful team(s)  Norway (7 titles)
2018 European Women's Handball Championship

The European Women's Handball Championship is the official competition for senior women's national handball teams of Europe, and takes place every two years. In addition to crowning the European champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games and World Championship, as of December 2014, the only teams that have ever won the championship are Norway (seven times), Denmark (three times), Hungary and Montenegro (once).

History[edit]

In 1946, the International Handball Federation was founded by eight European nations,[1] and though non-European nations competed at the World Championships, the medals had always been taken by European nations.[2] European Handball Federation is founded in 1991. At the same time (1995), the World Championship was changed from a quadrennial to a biannual event, and the European Handball Federation now began its own championship – which also acted as a regional qualifier for the World Championship.[3]

Tournaments[edit]

Year Host Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1994
Details
Germany
Germany

Denmark
27–23
Germany

Norway
24–19
Hungary
12
1996
Details
Denmark
Denmark

Denmark
25–23
Norway

Austria
30–23
Germany
12
1998
Details
Netherlands
Netherlands

Norway
24–16
Denmark

Hungary
30–24
Austria
12
2000
Details
Romania
Romania

Hungary
32–30 (ET)
Ukraine

Russia
21–16
Romania
12
2002
Details
Denmark
Denmark

Denmark
25–22
Norway

France
27–22
Russia
16
2004
Details
Hungary
Hungary

Norway
27–25
Denmark

Hungary
29–25
Russia
16
2006
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Norway
27–24
Russia

France
29–25
Germany
16
2008
Details
Republic of Macedonia
Macedonia

Norway
34–21
Spain

Russia
24–21
Germany
16
2010
Details
Denmark Norway
Denmark / Norway

Norway
25–20
Sweden

Romania
16–15
Denmark
16
2012
Details
Serbia
Serbia

Montenegro
34–31 (2ET)
Norway

Hungary
41–38 (ET)
Serbia
16
2014
Details
Croatia Hungary
Croatia / Hungary

Norway
28–25
Spain

Sweden
25–23
Montenegro
16
2016
Details
Sweden
Sweden

Norway
30–29
Netherlands

France
25–22
Denmark
16
2018
Details
France
France
16
2020
Details
Denmark Norway
Denmark / Norway
16

All-time top scorers[edit]

Goals Seasons played
205 Ágnes Farkas
190 Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren
190 Cristina Neagu

Medal count[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway 7 3 1 11
2  Denmark 3 2 0 5
3  Hungary 1 0 3 4
4  Montenegro 1 0 0 1
5  Spain 0 2 0 2
6  Russia 0 1 2 3
7  Sweden 0 1 1 2
8  Germany 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands 0 1 0 1
 Ukraine 0 1 0 1
11  France 0 0 3 3
12  Austria 0 0 1 1
 Romania 0 0 1 1
Total 12 12 12 36

Total hosts[edit]

Rank Nation Hosts Year(s)
1  Denmark 4 1996, 2002, 2010, 2020
2  Hungary 2 2004, 2014
 Sweden 2006, 2016
 Norway 2010, 2020
5  Germany 1 1994
 Netherlands 1998
 Romania 2000
 Macedonia 2008
 Serbia 2012
 Croatia 2014
 France 2018

Participation history[edit]

Nation 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 Participations
 Austria 9 3 4 12 9 10 10 15 - - - - 8
 Belarus - - - 11 16 16 - 12 - - - - 4
 Croatia 5 6 - - - 13 7 6 9 13 13 16 9
 Czech Republic 8 - - - 8 15 - - - 12 - 10 5
 Denmark 1 1 2 10 1 2 11 11 4 5 8 4 12
 France - - - 5 3 11 3 14 5 9 5 3 9
 Germany 2 4 6 9 11 5 4 4 13 7 10 6 12
 Hungary 4 10 3 1 5 3 5 8 10 3 6 12 12
 Iceland - - - - - - - - 15 15 - - 2
 Lithuania - 12 - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Macedonia - - 8 8 - - 12 7 - 16 - - 5
 Montenegro[nb 1] - - 6 1 4 13 4
 Netherlands - - 10 - 14 - 15 - 8 - 7 2 6
 Norway 3 2 1 6 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 12
 Poland - 11 5 - - - 8 - - - 11 15 5
 Portugal - - - - - - - 16 - - - - 1
 Romania 10 5 11 4 7 7 - 5 3 10 9 5 11
 Russia 6 7 9 3 4 4 2 3 7 6 14 7 12
 Serbia[nb 1] 14 13 14 4 15 9 6
 Slovakia 12 - - - - - - - - - 12 - 2
 Slovenia - - - - 10 9 16 - 16 - - 14 5
 Spain - - 12 - 13 8 9 2 11 11 2 11 9
 Sweden 7 8 - - 15 14 6 9 2 8 3 8 10
 Ukraine 11 9 7 2 12 6 13 10 12 14 16 - 11
Historical national teams
 Serbia and Montenegro[nb 1] 12 1
 FR Yugoslavia[nb 1] - - - 7 6 2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FR Yugoslavia competed as such until 2003 when the FRY was reconstituted as a State Union Serbia and Montenegro. Since the dissolution of the union in 2006, national teams exist for both countries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Handball from ihf.info, retrieved 7 February 2006
  2. ^ Medals Table – Ranking At Men's World Championships A 1938–1990 from ihf.info, retrieved 7 February 2006
  3. ^ (in German) Handball-Bundesliga diskutiert Reduzierung auf 16 Teams, by Erik Eggers, published by Der Spiegel online, 30 January 2006

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