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5.3.2018 Lithuania is the new EHF European Champion!
The final match on The Fortress in Wales was between Sweden and Lithuania. The game started better for Blågult and in the 5th minute Arvid Tuvlund was denied by the Lithuanian goalkeeper after a freekick. Until the end of the first half Lithuania missed a couple of chances and Sweden wasted one more, so it was goalless after 45 minutes.
Lithuania missed the target twice after the second half kicked off and Sweden had a chance from a counter-attack and it was Tuvlund again who failed to score. Right after that the opener came thanks to an attack down the right and at the end Mindaugas Račius was on the scoresheet. In the 79th minute Aigirdas Pržemeneckas put the game to bed after a brilliant assist from Jurikas Kasenkovas.
EHF European Champion
EHF Golden Boot
Salvys Kurlinkus (398492395)- 5 Goals
Congratulations to masterzy and Poppen_HT48 for reaching the final and thank you to all other managers who took part in the Welsh adventure called European Championship. Without your cooperation and friendly spirit, this tournament would not have been possible.
4.2.2018 Sweden and Switzerland go through thanks to good performances in the groups
Sweden and Switzerland are through to the semi-finals after both teams got a draw 2-2 against Georgia and 0-0 against France respectively.
Sweden were 2-0 down in their match against Georgia until the 71st minute of the game. Erik Stjernland got one back after a corner and 6 minutes before the end Niklas 'Junior' Flodskog got the leveller after a counter through the middle. That meant that we had to go back to the group stage where Sweden had 1 goal better goal difference than their opponents and that goal qualified them to the semi-final.
On the other quarter-final France met Switzerland. The game finished goalless which means Switzerland is through to the semi-finals as they have 7 points in the group stage compared to France's 6.
In the other two quarter-finals Ukraine and Lithuania got 3-0 wins against Austria and Bulgaria respectively and are through to the semis as well.
Now the tournament will make a 2 weeks break for the World Cup where both semi-finalists Sweden and Switzerland are still participating and we'll be back on the 23 February for the semi-finals.
6.1.2018 A one man show by Salvys Kurlinkus
In the first round of the EHF Euro group stage there was one star performer, who bagged the first hattrick of the tournament. His name is Salvys Kurlinkus and he helped Lithuania to get off to a flying start with a 4-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The divine skill of counter-attacks for Lithuania proved to be the key for their win. All goals in that game came from counter-attacks and the quick Kurlinkus was on the end of 3. The other goal was scored by the defender Blažiejus Vingiliauskas.
After this result Lithuania are top of Group D. In the other match of the group Iceland got a 1-0 win against Slovenia and are sitting on the second spot.
In Round 2 Lithuania will play against Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina will face Slovenia. Another star performance by Kurlinkus would mean that Lithuania will be very close to reaching the knockout stage.
29.12.2017 Ukraine grab a late winner to qualify for the Euro
Ukraine managed to beat Belarus with 2-1 at home in the second leg of the qualifying round and that meant that they've qualified for the Euro with more away goals scored.
The Yellow-Blues knew from the start, that a one goal win will get them through to the group stage, unless they don't concede more than one goal. The game started well for them and in the 6th minute of the match they've gone in front. The White Wings however equalized after 25 minutes since the start. Although Ukraine had 60% possession in the first half things weren't looking good for them and Belarus were very dangerous on the counter.
In the second half Ukraine NT coach introduced some fresh legs on the pitch to try and turn things around. It seems that it wasn't working out as Belarus missed a chance to take the lead after Sudarushkin failed to score. With only 8 minutes to go f0G2Y's men needed to hold on to the 1-1 result, but the lack of experience with the formation led to a confusion which allowed Ukraine deffender Kyrylo Kuzyk to burst through the Belarus defence and to score the goal which proved to be the winner and which qualified Nefor's men to the European Championship.
Here are all aggregate results from the qualifiers:
10 - 0 Portugal
6 - 0 Finland
Northern Ireland 0 - 1
Kazakhstan 0 - 18
Belarus 4 - 4
(1-2 away goals for Ukraine)
Albania 0 - 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3 - 0 Croatia
Azerbaijan 3 - 4
29.12.2017 Can Liechtenstein do it in front of their own fans?
Northern Ireland will be traveling to Liechtenstein for the second qualifying leg for the 3rd edition of the EHF European Championship.
The first leg between both teams finished goalless on The Abusement Park in Northern Ireland. Now Liechtenstein will be facing the Green and White Army in front of their own fans and will be hoping to get the better of them and secure their ticket to Wales. Are we going to see another pressing game from RJoker or Liechtenstein will be dictating the play and create some chances to get a goal for their supporters? No doubt this will be one of the most balanced games in this season's qualifiers.
With less than 30 minutes until the start make sure you don't miss all the action from tonight as after the final whistle we'll have the group stage draw!
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Start time: 20:00 CET
23.12.2017 Iceland got the better of Croatia in the first leg
In the first leg of the EHF Euro Qualifiers Iceland had to face Croatia at home.
Iceland coach gun2211 opted for a 4-5-1 formation and his opponent djuka2008_ decided to use a 5-2-3 formation. The hosts were pressing the opposition everywhere on the pitch and Croatia were relying on counter-attacks.
The first half was dominated by Iceland and they've missed a few chances which led to counter-attacks for Croatia, but they failed to hit the target too. On half time gun2211 decided to change the formation to 3-4-3 and that paid off in the 50th minute when Iceland opened the scoring thanks to an attack from the left. The goalscorer was Þráinn Friðriksson.
However Friðriksson's goal was the only one in that game and Croatia will have to turn things around in the second leg when they'll be the hosts at La Valle del Diavolo in Pula.
Here are the other results from yesterday's qualifiers:
Norway 5 - 0 Portugal
Hungary 3 - 0 Finland
Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Liechtenstein
Kazakhstan 0 - 8 Israel
Belarus 3 - 2 Ukraine
Albania 0 - 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland 1 - 0 Croatia
Azerbaijan 2 - 3 Faroe Islands
22.12.2017 Hungary face Finland on the road to Wales
5 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses and a total of 19 points for Hungary in Group 9 means that they need to go through the qualifiers to get a spot in the 3rd season of the EHF Euro. Last week they were drawn to play against another team which failed to qualify for the World Cup in Oceania - Finland. They managed to achieve 19 points in their WC qualifying group as well but finished 6th in the group compared to Hungary's 4th place.
Hungary will have the home advantage in the first leg as both teams will come out on the MinariKatlan Stadium in Budapest in less than 60 minutes.
The EHF Euro might be a good chance for both teams to save their campaign and achieve a good result at the end, as they won't have to worry about the World Cup.
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13.12.2017 Wales will host the 3rd official EHF Euro!
After we announced that Wales, Hungary and the Czech Republic will compete to become host of this season's EHF Euro, 14 NT coaches voted and here are the final results:
1. Wales - 7 Votes
2. Hungary - 4 Votes
3. Czech Republic - 3 Votes
With that said we'd like to ask the Wales NT coach to provide us with 16 stadiums by mail.
We're closing the signup as well and you can find all teams which signed up already here: (http://ehf.futbol/EHFEuro/Teams.aspx).
We'll have the 16 lowest ranked nations playing qualifications on 22 and 29 December. On Friday after the last qualifier for the WC has been played we'll announce the teams which will play qualifications and we'll draw the pairings and update them on the website.
11.12.2017 Time to vote
Since we opened the applications for host of the EHF Euro, 3 nations have applied. Now it's time to close the applications and announce the 3 candidates.
All NT coaches from nations who already signed up for the tournament can vote for the host country. The choice is between:
3. Czech Republic
All NT coaches should submit their vote in this thread until 13 December 23:00 CET, when we're going to close the signup as well.
Good luck to all applied host countries
8.12.2017 Apply for host!
We're opening the applications for host country of this season's EHF Euro.
As usual every nation can apply to become the host and if more than one nations have applied the NT coaches will vote for their favourite. The host nation will have to nominate 16 stadiums from the country and that nation will have home advantage in all games.
If a low ranked nation becomes host, they won't play qualifications and they'll get straight to the group phase.
Applications will be accepted until 11 December at 23:00 CET. After that we'll launch a voting competition until 13 December and on 14 December we'll announce the host country.
So far 40 nations have signed up for the EHF Euro which means there will be 8 qualifying matches where the 16 lowest ranked teams will compete in a two legged qualifying rounds.
We'll be announcing the teams who will play qualifications on 15 December after the last WC qualifier. The qualifying round draw will be held then as well.
Signup closes on 13 December 23:00 CET
26.11.2017 Signup is now open!
Today we're opening the signup for the third edition of the EHF Euro!
So far Switzerland have won the title and Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have shared the title in the second season. Now we're about to see if another nation will enter the list of winners of the competition played right after the Qualifications for the World Cup!
Qualifications draw will be held on 15 December.
17.11.2017 Dates for the 3rd EHF Euro have been announced
Today the official dates for the 3rd EHF European Championship have been announced.
If there are more than 32 national teams who would like to participate there will be 2 legged qualifications played on 22 and 29 December.
The group stage will be played on 3, 12 and 19 January followed by the knockout stage on 26 January, 2 and 23 February and the final will be played on 2 March.
The sign up will open a few days after the EHF Under 20 Championship has finished (final will be played on 17 November)
Qualifying round 1 - 22 December
Qualifying round 2 - 29 December
Matchday 1 - 5 January
Matchday 2 - 12 January
Matchday 3 - 19 January
Round of 16 - 26 January
Quarter-finals - 2 February
Semi-finals - 23 February
Final - 2 March