European Men's Handball Championship 2022

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January 19, 2022

The European Men's Handball Championship will be held in Hungary and Slovakia from January 13th to 30th, 2022. It is the 15th edition of the biennial European Championship.

Host

The European Handball Federation (EHF) Congress awarded the event during its session on 20 June 2018 in Glasgow. The joint application for the European Championships by Hungary and Slovakia prevailed over the applications from France, Belgium and Spain. Both Hungary and Slovakia are the venues for the men's European Handball Championship for the first time.

Participating Nations

The national teams from the following 24 countries have qualified for the finals: Hungary and Slovakia as organizers of the European Championship 2022, Spain and Croatia through the 2020 European Championship as well France, Germany, Serbia, Sweden, Russia, North Macedonia, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Portugal, Belarus, Slovenia, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania via qualifiers.

Venues

As venues for the preliminary rounds, Veszprém, Szeged and Debrecen were provided as preliminary round locations for the Hungarian part and for the Slovakian part, one group in Košice and two in Bratislava. The Pick Aréna in Szeged holds 8,143 spectators, the Steel Aréna in Košice offers 8,347 seats and the Főnix Aréna in Debrecen around 8,000 spectators. The games of the main rounds are to take place in Budapest and Bratislava. On the one hand in the Budapesti Multifunkcionális Sportcsarnok with 20,022 seats, the largest handball hall in Europe, on the other hand in the Ondrej Nepela Arena with a capacity of 12,500 spectators.

Mascot

The European Championship mascot is Tricky. Tricky is modeled after a reindeer.

cue ball

The official match ball of the European Championship, called Ultimate iBall, is manufactured by the Danish company Select Sport.

Health precautions

As the European Championship is being held during the COVID-19 pandemic, preventive health measures have been set for all participants. There are no spectator restrictions for the games in Hungary. All spectators must be vaccinated against Corona, have recovered or tested negative for PCR and also wear a mouth and nose cover in the hall. For the games in Slovakia, the Slovakian government published current rules on January 9, 2022; if the COVID-19 situation in Slovakia worsens, only fully vaccinated spectators should be able to attend. On January 8, the Slovakian ministries set a limit on the number of spectators to 25 percent of the hall capacity; all spectators must wear FFP-2 masks. Toni Gerona, coach of the Serbian team, criticized the organization on site as "chaotic" shortly before the start of the European Championship.

Medals

The round medals have a diameter of nine centimeters and weigh 400 grams each. They are made from an alloy of copper and tin. The medals were minted in the Kremnica Mint. In addition to the 1st through 3rd place teams receiving gold, silver and bronze medals, the 4th place team will also receive a commemorative medal.

Group Draw

The draw for the preliminary round groups took place on May 6, 2021 in Vienna. The twenty-four qualifying teams were divided into four pots based on their qualifying performance prior to the draw. In addition, the host association assigned a team to each of the six groups and their host cities. Six teams were seeded for each group. After the allocation of the remaining teams, the draw resulted in the following preliminary round groups:

Squad

In December 2021, the 24 participating associations of the European Handball Federation gave

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