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25.09.2017, 09:55
Your guide to Women's EHF EURO 2018 Qualification
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Women’s EHF EURO 2018 Qualification Phase 2 begins on September 27, with 28 teams vying for 15 places at the final tournament in France
 

Your guide to Women's EHF EURO 2018 Qualification

On September 27, the final qualification stage for the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 throws off, with six rounds to be played over the course of 10 months.

  • 28 teams split into seven groups of four will play the round robin competition to determine who proceeds to the final tournament in France next December
  • The top two teams from each group qualify for the EHF EURO 2018, along with the best third-ranked side out of all groups
  • The 15 successful teams will join France, who are already qualified for the EURO as hosts of the event, at the tournament played in five cities
  • All matches will be streamed live on ehfTV for the first time

Schedule & results

Wednesday 27 September

Highlights

  • Defending champions and record European title winners Norway begin their campaign against Ukraine at home in Stjordal, playing in Group 1
  • Fellow Group 1 side Croatia named a new head coach only one week out from their opening qualification match, with Nenad Sostaric replacing Goran Mrden
  • In Group 5, EURO 2016 semi-finalists Denmark face Slovenia in their first qualification match. The Scandinavian team hold the second highest number of European titles, having won three behind Norway’s record of seven
  • EHF EURO 2016 and World Championship 2015 runners-up (both behind Norway), Netherlands, take on Belarus in Round 1 in Group 7

Matches at a glance (all times local; links to ehfTV)

18:00: Romania vs Austria
18:00: Croatia vs Switzerland
18:00: Hungary vs Kosovo
18:00: Poland vs Italy
18:15: Norway vs Ukraine
19:30: Netherlands vs Belarus
20:00: Spain vs Turkey
20:00: Germany vs Lithuania
20:10: Czech Republic vs Iceland
21:00: Denmark vs Slovenia 

Thursday 28 September

Highlights

  • Faroe Islands make their debut in EHF EURO Qualification Phase 2 after a successful Phase 1 campaign. They will meet Serbia in Group 3, while Kosovo, also playing Phase 2 for the first time, open against Hungary in Group 7 on Wednesday
  • Montenegro, who are one of only four nations to have won the European trophy (alongside Norway, Denmark and Hungary), play Slovakia in Group 2
  • The hosts of the previous EURO and bronze medallists at the 2014 edition, Sweden, take on FYR Macedonia at home in Lund

Matches at a glance

17:00: Montenegro - Slovakia
18:00: Serbia - Faroe Islands 
19:30: Russia - Portugal
18:30: Sweden vs FYR Macedonia

Round 2

Highlights

  • Round 2 sees one match played on Saturday 30 September and 13 on Sunday 1 October
  • On Saturday, 2016 Olympic champions Russia play Austria in Maria Enzersdorf, who take the court without long-time stalwart, recently retired Kathrin Engel
  • On Sunday, three-time and current World Handball Player of the Year Cristina Neagu will lead World Championship 2015 bronze medallists Romania as they take on Portugal in Luso
  • Former Poland men’s coach Michael Biegler leads Germany in their last official match before the home World Championship in December, when they meet Turkey in Group 6

Your TV schedule for Round 2


TEXT: Courtney Gahan / ts
 
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