Germany top the European national team ranking 2016; France fourth

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16 January 2017

After ranking seventh in 2015, Germany took the top position in European handball in 2016 on the national team front. Mainly the successes of the male teams – Men’s EHF EURO champions, runners-up at the U20 EURO and bronze medallists at the U18 EURO – propelled the German Handball Federation to the top of the ranking, today published by the European Handball Federation (EHF).

With 308 points in the men’s competitions, Germany are ahead of Spain (Men’s EHF EURO silver medalists and U20 European champions), with 284 points on their account. Third in the ranking in the male competitions are the Croats.

Women’s EHF EURO 2016 champions Norway are on top of the female with a ranking of 292 points ahead of Denmark (276) and Russia (252). Thanks to 212 points from women’s national team competitions, Germany finally top the overall ranking with 520 points, just ahead of Norway (512) and Denmark (504) – as the only three nations with more than 500 points.

The nations ranking took into consideration all qualifications and final tournaments in 2016 (World and European Championships in all age categories), excluding the Olympic Games in Rio.

Photo: P. MONTIGNY / Francehandball2017