Handball EM 2022 in Hungary & Slovakia: What you need to know about the EM



It’s handball January again. From January 13th to 30th, Hungary and Slovakia will host the 15th European Championship.

All information about the European Handball Championship 2022 can be found here

What’s the mode like?

24 teams take part in the European Championship – six groups of four teams. The best two teams in each group of four qualify for the main round. From the two main round groups (six each), places 1 and 2 qualify for the semi-finals, the third-placed players play for 5th place.

Where is the game played?

The 15th European Handball Championship will be held in Hungary and Slovakia. The venues in the preliminary round are Veszprem, Szeged and Debrecen (all Hungarians) as well as Kosice and Bratislava (Slovakia). The main round (January 21-26) will also be played in Bratislava and Budapest. The semi-finals and the match for 5th place will take place on January 28th, the match for 3rd place and the final will take place in Budapest on January 30th.

Where can I see the EM on TV?

The public broadcasters ARD and ZDF show the games of the German team. The ARD is there live against Belarus (14.1.) And Austria (16.1.), ZDF shows the final preliminary round game against Poland (18.1.).

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Should the German team reach the main round, ARD and ZDF will split the four games. The semifinals (with German participation) will run on ARD, the final on January 30th (6 p.m.) is intended for ZDF.

These are the German opponents

The DHB team, led by the new captain Johannes Golla (24 / SG Flensburg), plays its three preliminary round matches in Bratislava. Opponents are Belarus (January 14), Austria (January 16) and Poland (January 18), the German games start at 6 p.m. The DHB selection would not have to move after a successful preliminary round (place one or two), the main round will also be played in Bratislava.

These are the six groups

Group A (Debrecen): Slovenia, Denmark, North Macedonia, Montenegro

Group B (Budapest): Portugal, Hungary, Iceland, the Netherlands

Group C (Szeged): Croatia, Serbia, France, Ukraine

Group D (Bratislava): Germany, Belarus, Austria, Poland

Group E (Bratislava): Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Group F (Kosice): Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania

The German squad

After the resignations of Uwe Gensheimer / Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Hendrik Pekeler, Steffen Weinhold (both THW Kiel) and Johannes Bitter (HSV Hamburg), national coach Alfred Gislason (62) has to do without some established forces. Juri Knorr (not vaccinated), Fabian Wiede and Paul Drux (both Füchse Berlin / not fit enough) are also out.

Gislason nominated the following 19 players on Tuesday:

Goal: Joel Birlehm (SC DHfK Leipzig), Till Klimpke (HSG Wetzlar), Andreas Wolff (KS Vive Kielce)

Left winger: Marcel Schiller (Frisch Auf Göppingen), Lukas Mertens (SC Magdeburg)

Back left: Sebastian Heymann (Frisch Auf Göppingen), Julius Kühn (MT Melsungen)

Back center: Simon Ernst (SC DHfK Leipzig), Julian Köster (VfL Gummersbach), Philipp Weber (SC Magdeburg), Luca Witzke (SC DHfK Leipzig),

Back area right: Djibril M’Bengue (FC Porto), Kai Häfner (MT Melsungen), Christoph Steinert (HC Erlangen)

Right winger: Timo Kastening (MT Melsungen), Lukas Zerbe (TBV Lemgo)

Circle: Johannes Golla (SG Flensburg-Handewitt), Jannik Kohlbacher (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel)

The favorites

The circle of favorites is large! The top favorite is Olympic champion France with Nikola Karabatic (37). France coach Guillaume Gille (45): “The Euro 2020 was a terrible disillusionment for us.” After 14th place two years ago, the French want their fourth European title (after 2006, 2010 and 2014).

World champion Denmark with coach Nikolaj Jacobsen (50) also has gold in his sights. The Danes, in which 14 of the 20 nominees play in the Bundesliga, were European champions in 2008 and 2012. Will defending champion Spain be able to intervene in the gold fight again? Coach Jordi Ribera (58) still has a lot of experience in the squad (including Joan Canellas / 35), but has to do without some retired old stars compared to 2020.

Vice world champion Sweden (5th place at the Olympic Games), Norway with world star Sander Sagosen (26 / THW Kiel) and vice European champion Croatia with Domagoj Duvnjak (33 / THW Kiel) are very strong.

game schedule

Group A (Debrecen)

January 13, 2022 (6 p.m.): Slovenia – North Macedonia

January 13th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Denmark – Montenegro

January 15, 2022 (6 p.m.): North Macedonia – Montenegro

January 15, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Slovenia – Denmark

January 17, 2022 (6 p.m.): Montenegro – Slovenia

January 17th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): North Macedonia – Denmark

Group B (Budapest)

January 13th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Hungary – Netherlands

January 14th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Portugal – Iceland

January 16, 2022 (6 p.m.): Portugal – Hungary

January 16, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Iceland – Netherlands

January 18, 2022 (6 p.m.): Iceland – Hungary

January 18, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Netherlands – Portugal

Group C (Szeged)

January 13, 2022 (6 p.m.): Serbia – Ukraine

January 13th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Croatia – France

January 15, 2022 (6 p.m.): France – Ukraine

January 15, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Croatia – Serbia

January 17th, 2022 (6 p.m.): Ukraine – Croatia

January 17th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): France – Serbia

Group D (Bratislava)

January 14th, 2022 (6 p.m.): Germany – Belarus

January 14th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Austria – Poland

January 16, 2022 (6 p.m.): Germany – Austria

January 16, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Belarus – Poland

January 18, 2022 (6 p.m.): Poland – Germany

January 18, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Belarus – Austria

Group E (Bratislava)

January 13th, 2022 (6 p.m.): Spain – Czech Republic

January 13th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Sweden – Bosnia-Herzegovina

January 15, 2022 (6 p.m.): Czech Republic – Bosnia-Herzegovina

January 15, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Spain – Sweden

January 17, 2022 (6 p.m.): Bosnia-Herzegovina – Spain

January 17th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Czech Republic – Sweden

Group F (Kosice)

January 13, 2022 (6 p.m.): Russia – Lithuania

January 13, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Norway – Slovakia

January 15, 2022 (6 p.m.): Slovakia – Lithuania

January 15, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Norway – Russia

January 17, 2022 (6 p.m.): Slovakia – Russia

January 17th, 2022 (8.30 p.m.): Lithuania – Norway

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