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Date: 6/16/2017

The 2017 IHF Women’s World Championship Qualification Europe – Phase 2 Play-offs finished on Thursday June 15, confirming all 14 European sides to contest the trophy in December in Germany.


2015 bronze medallists Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Sweden all won their two-leg play-off series on aggregate to clinch their berths at the World Championship.


Romania’s success means they remain the only nation to have qualified for every IHF World Championship – a record that stretches back to the first event in 1957 and includes one gold medal (1962), two silver (1973 and 2005), and the bronze at Denmark 2015. To book their place at Germany 2017, Romania defeated Austria 34:29 in the first leg at home, then 33:24 in the second match to win 67:53 on aggregate with 13 goals from three-time World Handball Player of the Year Cristina Neagu.


2013 World Championship runners-up Serbia beat Italy 67:39 on aggregate, while 2016 Olympic champions Russia won their double header against Poland 63:48. Poland made it to the semi-finals at the previous two World Championships, but are now out of the running to repeat their achievement in 2017.


For more results, check the official EHF website at eurohandball.com.


As hosts of the event Germany were automatically qualified for the World Championship, while Norway secured their place as 2015 champions. Netherlands, France and Denmark booked their tickets to Germany 2017 last December as the top three sides at the European championship, as winners Norway already had their spot.


The European teams join Korea, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Angola, Tunisia and Cameroon as confirmed participants for Germany 2017. Four places at the World Championship remain, with three to be decided at the upcoming Pan American Women’s Championship and the wild card to be awarded prior to the draw on June 27. 

Photos: Handball Federation of Russia, Handball Federation of Slovenia