Women's 19 EHF Euro 2023


Three gold medals in a row for Hungary

Hungary became the first team in history to win three titles in a row at the W19 EHF EURO in Romania in July, extending their winning streak to 21 games. Their 35:26 win against Denmark in the big final in Pitești completed an excellent comeback after they were down four goals in the first half.

Hungary’s 21-game winning streak – three editions in a row of the W19 EHF EURO – is unprecedented at this level and puts them third in the all-time medal standings, behind Denmark and Russia.

Denmark, the last team to beat Hungary in the competition back in 2017, led by as many as four goals, but collapsed under the pressure in the second half, where Hungary were absolutely flawless, dominating in attack via impossible-to-stop breakthroughs from their backs.

Hosts Romania clinched bronze with a dominant performance against Portugal, 39:32, their fourth-ever medal in the competition. Romania were the top attack in the competition, with 254 goals, or an average of 36.2 goals per match.

Sweden provided an excellent defence to clinch fifth place, taking a clear 29:25 win against France, after France could only muster nine goals in the first half of their placement match. And Switzerland proved once again they are an emerging side in women’s handball, sealing their best-ever finish at the W19 EHF EURO, seventh, after a 37:32 win over Montenegro.

The tournament as a whole beat the record for the highest number of goals scored on average at a W19 EHF EURO. The teams collectively netted 3,292 times in 56 matches or 58.7 goals per game, beating the previous record, 53.4, set at Slovenia 2021, by five goals.

Hungarian centre back Petra Simon was named MVP of the tournament after scoring 43 goals and delivering plenty of assists. She is the second Hungarian player in a row to clinch this title, after Blanka Kajdon at the W19 EHF EURO 2021.

Goalkeeper Klara Zaj was also named to the All-star Team after previously being awarded as best goalkeeper of the W17 EHF EURO 2021.

Another member of the All-star Team at the W17 EHF EURO 2021 confirmed her credentials. Danish left back Julie Scaglione picked up another All-star award, capping a season that also saw her win the EHF European League Women with Ikast Håndbold. Scaglione was also the top scorer of the tournament with 68 goals.

Danish left wing Mathilde Vestergaard, a key cog in the squad, joined Scaglione as one of the competition’s best players.

The All-star Team also included Portuguese right back Luciana Rebelo, after amazing performances, including scoring nine goals in the first 17 minutes of the semi-final against Portugal; Romanian right wing Mihaela Mihai; Montenegrin line player Andrea Brajovic; and French defender Fatou Karamoko.

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Women's 17 EHF Euro 2023


French triumph in Montenegro

France triumphed at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO in Montenegro, winning gold by beating Denmark 24:19 in front of more than 600 spectators in Podgorica.

It was the second gold medal for France in the under-17 age group, with the previous one won in 2007. They have also won two bronze medals, in 2005 and 2019. Denmark have three gold medals to their name in this age group.

Denmark had the better start to the final, but France were soon ahead and remained that way until the buzzer.

In the bronze medal match this time around it was Germany who ended the match as victors, defeating Croatia 31:27. Following an equal start, Germany took control in the second quarter and never looked back with goalkeeper Lena Lindemann making sure they stayed in front.

Hungary, champions in 2021, finished fifth after defeating hosts Montenegro 27:24 in the placement match while Serbia edged out the Netherlands to claim seventh place. It was the first time in five editions of the tournament that Hungary had missed out on the semi-finals. A loss to France in the preliminary round, followed by a draw with Denmark, was enough to knock the champions out of contention.

Swiss left wing Eva Baumann finished the tournament as top scorer, with 55 goals, six more than Hungarian right back Virag Fazekas. Fazekas was, however, named to the All-star Team of the competition.

Danish goalkeeper Andrea Nørklit was named MVP of the tournament, with fellow Dane Anne Dolberg recognised as the best left back. Champions France had one member of the All-star Team, centre back Melissa Chantelly.

German defender Ruslana Litvinov and left wing Alissa Katarina Wele both won spots on the All-star Team, which was completed by Serbian goalkeeper Tatjana Cinku, Montenegrin line player Andela Guberinic, and Croatian right wing Lucija Renic.

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W19 EHF EURO, Romania

  1. Hungary
  2. Denmark
  3. Romania

W19 EHF Championships, Lithuania

  1. Spain
  2. Faroe Islands
  3. Lithuania

W19 EHF Championships, Kosovo

  1. Italy
  2. Austria
  3. Poland

W17 EHF EURO, Montenegro

  1. France
  2. Denmark
  3. Germany

W17 EHF Championships, Türkiye

  1. Austria
  2. Türkiye
  3. Finland

W17 EHF Championships, Azerbaijan

  1. Spain
  2. Slovenia
  3. Lithuania