2023 WCh Men’s EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS
The final stage of the last phase of European Qualifiers for the upcoming 2023 World Championship is finished. We finally find out who joined hosts Poland and Sweden as well as Norway, Spain, Denmark, France and Belgium in the group stage of the competition.
After a 24:24 draw in the Czech Republic in the first leg, North Macedonia managed to deliver a better performance in the second leg celebrating 27:25 at home and booking a spot in the group stage of the competition. Croatia delivered two dominant performances against Finland reaching the group stage of the competition with an aggregate score of 70:43. Serbia managed to reach two victories against Slovenia reaching the second leg with an aggregate score of 57:51. Hungary managed to deliver a much better performance in front of their fans, especially in the second half, in the end easily cruising towards the group stage after 31:22 win.
After Netherlands winning in the first leg match, Portugal managed to turn the deficit and book its ticket for the final tournament with the final result 61:65. Montenegro delivered better performance against Greece and total 56:50 win. Second leg match between Iceland and Austria ended with Iceland win and the ticket for the Sweden and Poland. Favored Germany won in a match against the Faroe Islands and secured their 13th appearance in a row at the world championship
Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Hungary, Montenegro, Portugal, Germany and Iceland have that way joined Poland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, France and Belgium on the list of countries that will represent Europe in the upcoming 2023 handball WCh.
Qualifiers for Women’s EHF EURO 2022
This week is booked for the fifth round of qualification phase 2 for the final tournament that will take place in Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro and eight tickets are still available.
In group 1 Lithuania will play against Poland who already secured the place at the final tournament. Group 2 will host two matches. In a first one Faroe Islands will play favored Romania who needs two wins to qualify for the 2022 EHF EURO. In a second match Austria will face off Denmark who already qualified. Germany will play Greece away from home on Thursday after the first leg match that ended in convincing Germany 36:10 win.
In group 4, France who have already sealed their place in the tournament, will play against the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Ukraine will play against Croatia on a neutral court in Graz in Austria. Spain will face off Slovakia away from home on Wednesday. The other match of group 5 is reserved for Portugal and Hungary. The last but not the least is group 6 in which Turkey will play Serbia and try to qualify for the 2022 EHF EURO for the first time. In another match, Iceland will face off Sweden.
See below the full schedule.
Lithuania vs Poland, 20 April, 18:00 CEST
Faroe Islands vs Romania, 20 April, 20:00 CEST
Austria vs Denmark, 20 April, 20:00 CEST
Greece vs Germany, 21 April, 19:30 CEST
France vs Czech Republic, 20 April, 20:00 CEST
Ukraine vs Croatia, 20 April, 18:00 CEST
Slovakia vs Spain, 20 April, 20:00 CEST
Portugal vs Hungary, 21 April, 20:00 CEST
Turkey vs Serbia, 20 April, 20:00 CEST
Iceland vs Swedan, 20 April, 21:45 CEST
EHF EURO CUP
Norway, Slovenia, Montenegro and North Macedonia will play their matches in the EHF EURO Cup. Slovenia will play Montenegro for the second place. North Macedonia will face off Norway who already secured the title.
See below the full schedule.
Slovenia vs Montenegro, 21 April, 17:30 CEST
North Macedonia vs Norway, 21 April, 19:30 CEST