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Facts about the European Handball Championship 2024 – favorites, mode, venues – and world records – Sports

Facts about the European Handball Championship 2024 – favorites, mode, venues – and world records – Sports


The search for the new European Handball Champion is scheduled to take place in Germany from January 10 to 28. Here you can find the most important information.


The finishing touches are still missing

The Fortuna Düsseldorf Football Stadium will be transformed into a handball arena.

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When and where will the European Handball Championship 2024 be held?

The tournament begins on Wednesday, January 10, and ends with the final match on Sunday, January 28. Germany will hold a men's handball tournament for the first time ever.

What places are there?

Matches will be held in Düsseldorf, Mannheim, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. The opening matches of France-North Macedonia and Germany-Switzerland will be played at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf. This was in front of 53,000 spectators, setting a new world record.

European Handball Championship stadiums

When do you play Switzerland?

After clashing with the host country on the opening day (8:45pm), Switzerland will face France four days later (January 14, 6pm). The last group match against North Macedonia is scheduled for January 16 (6pm). Switzerland will play its last two matches at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.

What does it look like?

The 24 countries compete against each other in groups of four in the preliminary round. There are two points for each win and one point for each draw. The two best-placed teams advance to the main round, where they end up in the same group – the result of the direct preliminary round duel remains the same.

In the main round there are two groups of six. The winners of their group and the runners-up of the show then compete in the semi-finals. In addition to the Grand Final, there are also matches for fifth and third place.

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  • Group A: France, Germany, North Macedonia, Switzerland
  • Group Two: Croatia, Austria, Romania, Spain
  • Group Three: Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary
  • Group Four: Faroe Islands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia
  • Group E: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Netherlands, Sweden
  • Group Six: Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Czech Republic

Equal points – now what?

If two or more teams are tied at the end of the preliminary round or main round, the following criteria will be determined in this order:

  • Scores from a direct duel
  • Goal difference from a direct duel
  • Number of goals from direct confrontations
  • Goal difference for all group matches
  • Number of goals from all group matches
  • Most

Who are your favourites?

There should be no way around Denmark, world champions in 2019, 2021 and 2023. However, the Danes were less convincing at the European Championships, in 2022 they won bronze. Defending champion Sweden must also be taken into account, as well as France (2018 European champions) and Spain (2020 European champions). For Switzerland, a move into the main role would come as a big surprise.

How is SRF transmitted?

On the SRF channel, you can watch all the matches of the Swiss national team, in addition to the semi-final matches (Saturday, January 27) and the final (Sunday, January 28).