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5th European Championship 2002

Tournament Summary

The 5th Men's European Championship took place in Sweden from 25 January to 3 February 2002.

A new playing system was introduced as this was the first EHF EURO event with 16 teams instead of 12.

The final tournament came to a dramatic end with Sweden winning their fourth European Championship title, beating Germany 33:31 after extra time and becoming the first host nation to take the EHF EURO crown.

Denmark took bronze, winning the match for third place 29:22 against Iceland.

This top event in European handball was declared a success with almost 300,000 spectators and matches broadcast in over 40 countries.

Media coverage from the event reached a record high. Over 600 media representatives converged on Sweden to cover the championship.

Iceland's charismatic Olafur Stefansson became the tournament's top scorer with 58 goals, while Sweden's Magnus Wislander was awarded best player.

Final Ranking

1. Sweden5. Russia9. Portugal13. Switzerland
2. Germany6. France10. Yugoslavia14. Israel
3. Denmark7. Spain11. Ukraine15. Poland
4. Iceland8. Czech Republic12. Slovenia16. Croatia

All Star Team

Goalkeeper: Peter Gentzel (SWE); left wing: Lars Christiansen (DEN); left back: Stefan Lövgren (SWE); middle back: Daniel Stefan (GER); line player: Magnus Wislander (SWE); right back: Olafur Stefansson (ISL); right wing: Denis Krivoshlykov (RUS)

Find a full tournament summary including all match results here

Download the tournament's cumulative statistics here

Download the overall team statistics here

Download the overall player statistics here

For more statistical information on this and other final tournaments visit the analyses section on the European Handball Federation's activities website.