Watch Serbia v Denmark in Euro handball final

Hosts Serbia reached their first European handball championship final as an independent nation after an absorbing 26-22 win over bitter Balkan rivals Croatia in a charged atmosphere on Friday.

They will face Denmark in Sunday’s final after the Scandinavians edged Spain 25-24, having recovered from a poor start to the tournament in which they lost two of three preliminary group stage games.

The Balkan derby was played amid tight security, with thousands of riot police deployed in and around the Belgrade Arena to prevent crowd trouble which marred the 16-nation tournament earlier this week in the northern city of Novi Sad.

Croatian fans were attacked by Serbian hooligans on motorways and petrol stations as they made their way back to Croatia after the games with Spain and France.

Dozens of cars with Croatian number plates were smashed and had their tyres punctured in parking lots around the SPENS Arena in Novi Sad, where Croatia played their second group stage matches supported by 5,000 of their fans who made daily trips.

Serbian police had arrested the perpetrators of the attacks and on Friday they escorted some 200 Croatian fans all the way from the border into the Belgrade Arena.

On the court, Serbia produced an effervescent second-half performance as goalkeeper Darko Stanic pulled off a string of superb saves while captain Momir Ilic rifled in eight goals from 12 shots, including four penalties.

“What we saw today was victory of handball because these two teams from the former Yugoslavia showed an abundance of talent and I wish the Croatian team the best of luck in their third-place match against Spain,” Ilic told a news conference.

“I relished the prospect of playing against Croatia in the semi-finals not because I wanted an emotionally charged clash, but because we play the kindred entertaining handball we all thrive in,” he said.

Denmark, who won Euro 2008 and finished second in last year’s world championship, overcame three-times runners up Spain in a dramatic finish after the lead had changed hands several times.

The Danes trailed 7-3 early on and then led 17-13 midway through the second half before their key player Mikkel Hansen unleashed a fierce shot which found the back of the net with 40 second left on the clock.

Macedonia registered their best result in a major event when they pipped Slovenia 28-27 in the fifth-place playoff and snatched an Olympic qualifying berth.

The winners of EHF EURO 2012 will qualify for the 2012 games in London automatically while Macedonia and one other team will take part in qualifying tournaments to be held in April.

 Reuters

The match will be broadcast live via the European Handball Federation’s YouTube page, the tournament marks a great opportunity for handball fans in the UK  to witness the sport at its very best

Get Sportivated in 2012 – Top quality handball coaching in Tower Hamlets

Top quality handball coaching in Tower Hamlets is available at a newly created sports club. 

London GD Handball Club 2011 English Cup Champions are supplying teaching and coaching at Bethnal Green Academy 2.00 – 3.30pm on Saturday’s in a new initiative to help develop handball in London.

Bethnal Green Academy offers a superb environment for handball coaching benefitting as it does from a close to full size court which is rare in England at this moment.  The sessions cost £1 and are open to boys and girls aged 9 – 16 years.

London GD made history at the beginning of this season being the first British club ever to win through to the third round of the European Handball Federation’s Challenge Cup competition in a tournament in Malta following their success in the English National Cup competition last season.

New and experienced players are welcomed by the Bethnal Green Academy Sports Club, Gosset Street, E2 6NW.  Further details from Ewa Gorska 020 7920 7937 6.00 – 10.00pm Monday to Friday.

Sky Sports news – Get Involved in Handball

Handball is the second most popular team sport in Europe after football… and yet it has never taken off in the UK.

But as Sky Sports News’ Get Involved series has discovered, it’s a sport that has been on the rise ahead of the Olympics this summer.

Many doubted whether Team GB would be able to be competitive at the Games, but in the past three years there has been a 600 per cent increase in the number of people taking up the sport.

And the rise in youth participation has been particularly impressive. Sport England set handball a target to get 3,000 youngsters playing by 2013 – and there are already 9,000 taking part 18 months ahead of schedule.

In 2008 the number of children trying the sport was recorded at 10,500 but by 2011 that number had risen to 58,000 – an increase of 47,500.

And while Team GB are rank outsiders for a gold medal at the summer Games, both the men’s and women’s squads are hoping to reach the quarter-finals and capitalise on their chance to prove why handball is one of the world’s most popular sports.

British Handball Association Chairman John Brewer told Get Involved: “Handball is huge just across the water on the continent, a massive sport overseas.

“What we’re trying to do is use the Olympics as a catalyst to make handball have a much higher profile, not just at the performance level by competing well internationally, but also at grassroots level by having more clubs in schools and more clubs at universities where we can really help to develop a talent pool that will help to lead to more participation and higher performances in the future.”

http://www.skysports.com/video/inline/0,26691,24134_7444765,00.html

 

EHF Euro 2012

The 2012 Men’s European Handball Championships kicked off on Sunday, January 15 in Serbia with 16 nations vying to be crowned as the continent’s best handballing nation. 
 
With all of the matches being broadcast live via the European Handball Federation’s YouTube page, the tournament marks a great opportunity for handball fans in the UK  to witness the sport at its very best.
 
France have won two of the last three European Championships, including 2010’s 25:21 victory over Croatia and are sure to be one of the favorites after winning last year’s World Championships. The Danes, who France knocked off in the World Championship final, will be looking to knock the French off their roost and repeat their 2008 victory.
 
But the great thing about the European Championships is that there are no “easy” games. In fact, some consider it a harder tournament to win than the Olympics or World Championships. All 16 nations can compete with one another at the highest levels. Yes, the French should deservedly be expected to grab the gold as they seemingly always do but don’t be surprised if they struggle to make it to the medal round.
 
For the latest results, news and views please visit the official website http://www.ehf-euro.com/SRB2012.1941.0.html#
 

HANDBALL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS IN BETHNAL GREEN

London GD Handball Club is pleased to announce that as part of our ongoing commitment to the development of handball in the community we are offering handball beginner sessions in Bethnal Green starting on January 14th.

A major sport in the rest of Europe and in large parts of the world, handball is little known in the UK. However, interest in the sport is growing faster than ever before and it has proven to be a big hit with school children up and down the country.

“For us the 2011/12 season was the perfect time to kick start a development programme” says Jordi Ferrer-Torras, who is in charge of London GD development. “The upcoming Olympic Games has brought handball to the attention of a lot of people, and since the middle of last year we have participated in sporting events and taught in several schools.”

At the Saturday sessions at Bethnal Green Academy, children, teenagers and adults will get the chance to try their hand at the sport.

From 2 to 3.30pm we will offer Junior Handball sessions for children and teenagers aged nine to 16. Sessions are open to girls and boys and cost £1. From 3.30 to 5pm, we welcome senior beginners to join us, men and women are welcome, and, again, no prior experience is required. These sessions will be priced at £5.

Both sessions will be led by experienced and qualified female and male London GD handball players, all with relevant coaching qualifications. Neither session requires any prior knowledge of handball.

www.londongdhandball.co.uk

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