On 24 July 2014, the Men´s 20 EHF EURO will throw off in the Austrian cities of Linz and Traun. On April 24, the groups for the preliminary round were drawn. Now the EHF confirmed the official match schedule. Group A and B will play at the HAKA-Arena in Traun, group C and D at the TIPS-Arena in Linz.
The Men´s 20 EHF EURO 2014 will be played in the format of a tournament with 16 teams consisting of a preliminary round, main round, placement matches, semi-finals and finals.
The preliminary round will be played in four groups consisting of four teams each, in which all teams compete against each other. The teams ranked 1 and 2 from each group after the preliminary round qualify for the main round. These teams keep their points from the matches against opponents who also go through to the main round.
The main round will be played in two groups with four teams in each group. The winners and second ranked teams from group A and B play against each other in the main round in Traun. The winners and second ranked teams from group C and D will stay in Linz for the main round. The first and second ranked teams in the main round play semi-finals. The first ranked team from one group plays against the second ranked team from the other group and vice versa.
The semi-finals and the final will be played in Linz. The placement matches will be played in Linz and Traun.
TRAUN: Group A: Spain, France, FYR Macedonia, Norway
TRAUN: Group B: Denmark, Switzerland, Serbia, Estonia
LINZ: Group C: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Belarus
LINZ: Group D: Sweden, Slovenia, Israel, Hungary
25.000 spectators are expected in Linz and Traun
The Men’s 20 EHF EURO marks the fifth time Austria hosts a major European handball tournament, having previously hosted the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2005, the Men’s 20 EHF EURO 2006, the Men’s EHF EURO 2010 and the Men’s 18 EHF EURO 2012.
For the duration of the upcoming event the Austrian Handball Federation expects 25,000 spectators showing up in Linz and Traun.
Thursday, July 24 2014:
14:00: Group A: Traun: ESP vs. MKD
16:00: Group B: Traun: SUI vs. EST
18:00: Group A: Traun: FRA vs. NOR
20:00: Group B: Traun: DEN vs. SRB
14:00: Group D: Linz: SWE vs. ISR
16:00: Group D: Linz: SLO vs. HUN
18:00: Group C: Linz: GER vs. SVK
20:00: Group C: Linz: AUT vs. BLR
Friday, July 25 2014:
14:00: Group A: Traun: MKD vs. FRA
16:00: Group B: Traun: SRB vs. SUI
18:00: Group A: Traun: NOR vs. ESP
20:00: Group B: Traun: EST vs. DEN
14:00: Group D: Linz: ISR vs. SLO
16:00: Group D: Linz: HUN vs. SWE
18:00: Group C: Linz: BLR vs. GER
20:00: Group C: Linz: SVK vs. AUT
Sunday, July 27 2014:
14:00: Group A: Traun: ESP vs. FRA
16:00: Group B: Traun: SRB vs. EST
18:00: Group A: Traun: MKD vs. NOR
20:00: Group B: Traun: DEN vs. SUI
14:00: Group D: Linz: ISR vs. HUN
16:00: Group D: Linz: SWE vs. SLO
18:00: Group C: Linz: GER vs. AUT
20:00: Group D: Linz: SVK vs. BLR
July 29 – July 30 2014
Main Round: Linz & Traun
August 1 2014
Placement matches: Linz & Traun
August 2 2014
Placement matches: Traun
August 3 2014
Placement matches: Linz