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 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.
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