2012 European Men's Handball Championship

The 10th European Handball Championship ( EM) of the men were held in Serbia from 15 to 29 January 2012. The event was organized by the European Handball Federation (EHF ). European champion was the team of Denmark, the second and third places occupied Serbia and Croatia.

The German national team was eliminated in the main round, the teams from Austria and Switzerland did not qualify for the European Championship.

  • 7.1 Group I
  • 7.2 Group II
  • 9.1 Match for 5th place
  • 9.2 3rd place match
  • 9.3 final of the European Championship 2012


The Congress of the European Handball Federation awarded the event during its meeting on 27 September 2008 in Vienna at the Serbian Handball Federation. Its candidacy sat down in the final vote with 26:23 voices against the French bid by. The candidature of the German Handball Federation had already failed before.


As scenes of the event following halls were used:

  • Pionir Hall in Belgrade
  • Belgrade Arena in Belgrade
  • SPENS Sports Centre in Novi Sad
  • Hala Čair in Nis
  • Millennium Sports Centre in Vršac



Of the 16 participating teams, the Serbian team was directly qualified as hosts. Also directly qualified, France was the winner of the European Handball Championship 2010 in Austria.

The qualification for the remaining 14 participants courts began in the spring of 2010. Each of the first and second of the seven qualifying groups of the second qualifying round took part in the European Championship in Serbia. The draw for the groups for the first qualifying round was held in Vienna on 31 January 2010.

To participate in the tournament, following teams qualified:

→ For the cadres of the participating teams see European Handball Championship 2012/Kader

Group draw

The draw for the final tournament took place in Belgrade on 15 June 2011.

The teams were divided as follows:

  • Pot 1: France, Croatia ( set for Group D, position 1), Germany and Poland
  • Pot 2: Denmark, Norway, Hungary ( set for Group C, position 2 ) and Sweden
  • Pot 3: Serbia ( set for Group A, position 3), Iceland, Spain and the Czech Republic
  • Pot 4: Slovenia, Russia, Macedonia (for Group B, position 4 is set ) and Slovakia

The draw then gave the following groups:

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, each team played one match against each of a group other team in the same group. The currently best three teams in each group qualified for the Main Round, Group Fourth eliminated from the tournament.

Group A

The games in group A were discharged in the Hala Pionir in Belgrade.

Group B

The matches of Group B were held in Niš.

Group C

The Group C matches were played in Novi Sad.

Group D

The Group D games were played in Vršac.

Main Round

In the main round played the three best teams in the preliminary round group A and B in group I and the three best teams in the groups C and D in group II, each team only played against three teams from the other Preliminary Round group; the results against the teams from their own preliminary group were taken into the main round. The top two teams in each main round group qualified for the semi-finals, the two groups for the third place play- fifth case of a tie, the direct comparison between the tied teams decided.

Group I

All matches in the group I have been taking place from 21 to 25 January 2012 in the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade.

Group II

All matches in Group II were held in Novi Sad from 22 to 25 January 2012 at the sports center SPENS.


Both semi-finals were held on 27 January 2012 in Belgrade Arena in Belgrade.

Final Games

The ranks 7-16 resulted from the group placements and were, unlike World Championships, not played individually. However, would the rankings 7/8 or 9-10. been important for the admission to the Olympic qualifiers, would have been the placement game in question as opposed to the original tournament schedule scheduled and played the short term; This was not the case.

The final and the 3rd place match were played on 29 January 2012 in Belgrade Arena in Belgrade.

Match for 5th place

3rd Place Match

The final of the European Championship 2012


Of the 15 EHF referee couples were nominated for the European Championship, of which only twelve were used.

The inserts were:

Full of European Handball Championship 2012

The top three teams in the Euro 2012 qualified directly for the World Handball Championship in 2013 in Spain. For the first time the winner of the European Championship does not qualify directly for the following EM; However, this year's winner Denmark is qualified to host the European Handball Championship 2014.

Goal scorer table

With its 61 gates of the Macedonian Kiril Lazarov scorer. He has surpassed the previous EM- record from 2002, which the Swede Stefan Lovgren and the Icelanders Ólafur Stefánsson occupied, each with 57 hits to four goals.

Final standings after the final on January 29, 2012

All- Star team

Before the final, the following players were honored for their achievements and elected to the All- Star team.


The mascot of the European Championship, the eagle was Tasa; a double-headed eagle is the emblem of Serbia.


In the European Handball Championship took place in the night of January 24, 2012 in Novi Sad to attacks by Serbs on Croatian trailer, where at least one person injured and at least 15 cars were damaged. For the 27 January 2012 took place semifinal match Serbia against Croatia, according to the Serbian newspaper Press 5000 police officers were used to secure to avoid further clashes. To ensure a secure and departure of the Croatian audience, protecting police units and the distance between the Croatian border and Belgrade.