14 Jul. 2019
With the 24 teams to contest the first European championship following the expanded competition format known since mid-June, the draw has now taken place and tickets are on sale for the biggest EHF EURO to date. The playing schedule has also been set for what will be the first EURO co-hosted by three nations: Austria, Norway and Sweden.
Current world and Olympic champions Denmark were drawn into Group E, which will be played in Malmö. They will meet Hungary, Iceland and Russia in the preliminary round. The defending European champions, Spain, were drawn into Group C, alongside 2016 EURO winners and Rio 2016 bronze medallists Germany, Latvia and the Netherlands – the latter of whom have both qualified for the EURO for the first time in history.
The record world champions France were drawn into Group D, which will play in Trondheim, along with Group C. France will take on 2017 and 2019 World Championship silver medallists Norway, in what is now a familiar rivalry, as well as Portugal and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The second preliminary round host city in Sweden, Gothenburg, will be home to Group F, where the home team will play 2017 World Championship bronze medallists Slovenia, Switzerland and 2015 World Championship bronze medallists Poland.
Austria will host Groups A and B, with Group A playing in Graz and Group B in Vienna. Group A will feature 2017 World Championship semi-finalists Croatia, Belarus, Montenegro and Serbia, while Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Austria and Ukraine will play in Group B.
From the preliminary round, the top two sides will qualify for the main round. The teams from Group A, B and C will combine for one main round group in Vienna. Malmö will host the main round teams from Groups D, E and F. The preliminary round matches will be played from January 9 to 15, before the main round from January 16 to 22.
The final weekend will be played in Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, which has a capacity of 45,000. The semi-finals will take place on January 24, followed by the 5/6 and 3/4 placement matches on January 25. The last day of competition, January 26, will feature only the trophy game. More details on throw-off times and specific match dates can be found here.
In addition to the draw conducted in Vienna, and the release of tickets and the playing schedule, the EHF have also unveiled the official trailer for the tournament as well as the official song. ‘All For Us’ is performed by 28-year-old Swedish DJ Walhstedt, and premiered at the draw event on June 28.
More information on the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 is available on the official website. Tickets are also available via this link.
Photo: EHF EURO 2020