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Date: 6/13/2018

The draw for the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 was held in Paris on Tuesday, with the 16 qualified teams divided into four groups for the first stage of the continental championship. The preliminary round will throw off in four cities – Nantes, Nancy, Montbeliard and Brest – on November 29.  


Alongside EHF President Michael Wiederer and EHF Secretary General Martin Hausleitner, the draw was conducted by players representing the teams that ranked in the top four places at the last EHF EURO, in Sweden in 2016. Goalkeeper Silje Solberg represented defending champions Norway; left back Jessy Kramer represented runners-up the Netherlands; bronze medallists and current world champions France were represented by wing Blandine Dancette; and the fourth-ranked side from 2016, Denmark, were represented by right back Line Jorgensen.


The defending and record champions Norway, who have collected a total of seven titles in the event since its inception in 1994 – including six of the last seven gold medals – were drawn into Group D. In Group D, Norway will take on 2015 World Championship bronze medallists Romania, 2017 World Championship hosts Germany and 2017 World Championship quarter-finalists Czech Republic. The group will play in Brest.


2017 World Championship bronze medallists the Netherlands were drawn into Group C, alongside Hungary, EHF EURO 2014 runners-up Spain and Croatia. Their group will play in Montbeliard.


The current world champions and hosts of the EHF EURO 2018, France, will begin their campaign in Group B in Nancy. There they will meet 2012 European champions Montenegro, 2016 Olympic champions Russia and Slovenia.


Group A, playing in Nantes, will see Denmark, 2013 World Championship silver medallists Serbia, 2017 World Championship semi-finalists Sweden and 2015 World Championship semi-finalists Poland fighting for the group’s top three positions – and qualification for the main round.


The main round will be played in Nantes and Nancy, with two groups of six teams. From there, the top two sides in each group will qualify for the semi-finals. The semi-finals and finals will take place in Paris from December 14 to 16.


More information on the EHF EURO 2018 can be found on the official website.

Photos: EHF/Steenkeste