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Handball, Men

Date30 August – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationDonauhalle, Ulm / Hohenstaufenhalle, Göppingen / Sporthalle Augsburg, Augsburg / Sporthalle Böblingen, Böblingen / Sporthalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants243 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination classification matches.

With the first eight nations of the 1970 World Championships automatically qualified (and ninth place USSR added because West German was already qualified as a host), the Olympic tournament was ensured of a competitive field. Of these nine nations, only Denmark failed to reach the second round. Both semi-final pools were a close affair. In Group A, East Germany (runner-up at the 1970 Worlds) had beaten Czechoslovakia in the first round, but lost to the Soviet Union 11-8 and missed out on the final on goal difference. In the other pool, reigning world champion Romania was surprised by Yugoslavia, which moved away from the Romanians in the second half to beat them 14-13 in a low-scoring affair.

This gave Romania vs. East Germany, the World Championship final of 1970, as the bronze medal match in München. Two years earlier, the Romanians required two overtimes to get rid of the Germans, but this time they obtained an early lead, giving them a 19-16 win in the end. The final was slightly disappointing. The Yugoslavs started with a 4-0 lead after six minutes, and protected a seven-point advantage in the first half. This sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia, which never recovered and lost 21-16.

PosNumberTeamNOC
1YugoslaviaYUGGold
2CzechoslovakiaTCHSilver
3RomaniaROUBronze
4East GermanyGDR
5Soviet UnionURS
6West GermanyFRG
7SwedenSWE
8HungaryHUN
9NorwayNOR
10PolandPOL
11JapanJPN
12IcelandISL
13DenmarkDEN
14United StatesUSA
15SpainESP
16TunisiaTUN

Round One

Date30 August – 3 September 1972

Group A

Date30 August – 3 September 1972
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals
1SwedenSWE120440-34
2Soviet UnionURS120440-34
3PolandPOL111335-38
4DenmarkDEN012130-39
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #130 Aug 19:00DenmarkDEN12 – 12Soviet UnionURS
Match #230 Aug 20:15SwedenSWE13 – 13PolandPOL
Match #301 Sep 19:00PolandPOL11 – 8DenmarkDEN
Match #401 Sep 20:15Soviet UnionURS11 – 11SwedenSWE
Match #503 Sep 19:00SwedenSWE16 – 10DenmarkDEN
Match #603 Sep 20:15Soviet UnionURS17 – 11PolandPOL

Group B

Date30 August – 3 September 1972
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals
1East GermanyGDR300651-32
2CzechoslovakiaTCH111356-40
3IcelandISL111357-51
4TunisiaTUN003032-73
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #130 Aug 19:00East GermanyGDR16 – 11IcelandISL
Match #230 Aug 20:15CzechoslovakiaTCH25 – 7TunisiaTUN
Match #301 Sep 19:00East GermanyGDR21 – 9TunisiaTUN
Match #401 Sep 20:15CzechoslovakiaTCH19 – 19IcelandISL
Match #503 Sep 19:00East GermanyGDR14 – 12CzechoslovakiaTCH
Match #603 Sep 20:15IcelandISL27 – 16TunisiaTUN

Group C

Date30 August – 3 September 1972
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals
1RomaniaROU300646-37
2West GermanyFRG111339-38
3NorwayNOR111348-50
4SpainESP003039-47
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #130 Aug 19:00RomaniaROU18 – 14NorwayNOR
Match #230 Aug 20:15West GermanyFRG13 – 10SpainESP
Match #301 Sep 19:00RomaniaROU15 – 12SpainESP
Match #401 Sep 20:15West GermanyFRG15 – 15NorwayNOR
Match #503 Sep 19:00RomaniaROU13 – 11West GermanyFRG
Match #603 Sep 20:15NorwayNOR19 – 17SpainESP

Group D

Date30 August – 3 September 1972
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals
1YugoslaviaYUG300663-45
2HungaryHUN201464-45
3JapanJPN102246-56
4United StatesUSA003046-73
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #130 Aug 19:00YugoslaviaYUG20 – 14JapanJPN
Match #230 Aug 20:15HungaryHUN28 – 15United StatesUSA
Match #301 Sep 19:00YugoslaviaYUG25 – 15United StatesUSA
Match #401 Sep 20:15HungaryHUN20 – 12JapanJPN
Match #503 Sep 19:00YugoslaviaYUG18 – 16HungaryHUN
Match #603 Sep 20:15JapanJPN20 – 16United StatesUSA

Round Two

Date5 – 8 September 1972

Group A

Date5 – 8 September 1972
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals
1CzechoslovakiaTCH201442-381
2East GermanyGDR201436-342
3Soviet UnionURS111334-343
4SwedenSWE012134-404
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #105 Sep 15:30CzechoslovakiaTCH15 – 12SwedenSWE
Match #206 Sep 20:00Soviet UnionURS11 – 8East GermanyGDR
Match #308 Sep 15:30East GermanyGDR14 – 11SwedenSWE
Match #408 Sep 20:00CzechoslovakiaTCH15 – 12Soviet UnionURS

Group B

Date6 – 8 September 1972
FormatRound-robin pools.
PosTeamNOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals
1YugoslaviaYUG300656-445
2RomaniaROU201446-396
3West GermanyFRG102243-517
4HungaryHUN003044-558
MatchDate/TimeTeamNOCResultTeamNOC
Match #106 Sep 15:30RomaniaROU20 – 14HungaryHUN
Match #206 Sep 20:00YugoslaviaYUG24 – 15West GermanyFRG
Match #308 Sep 15:30YugoslaviaYUG14 – 13RomaniaROU
Match #408 Sep 20:00West GermanyFRG17 – 14HungaryHUN

Classification Round 13-16

Date7 September 1972
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #107 Sep 20:00DenmarkDEN29 – 21TunisiaTUN
Match #207 Sep 20:00United StatesUSA22 – 20SpainESP

Classification Round 9-12

Date7 September 1972
FormatClassification matches.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #107 Sep 15:30PolandPOL20 – 17IcelandISL
Match #207 Sep 15:30NorwayNOR19 – 17JapanJPN

Final Round

Date9 – 10 September 1972
FormatMedal round.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match 1/210 Sep 21:00YugoslaviaYUG21 – 16CzechoslovakiaTCH
Match 3/410 Sep 10:00RomaniaROU19 – 16East GermanyGDR
Match 5/610 Sep 21:00Soviet UnionURS17 – 16West GermanyFRG
Match 7/810 Sep 10:00SwedenSWE19 – 18HungaryHUN
Match 9/1009 Sep 20:00NorwayNOR23 – 20PolandPOL
Match 11/1209 Sep 15:30JapanJPN19 – 18IcelandISL
Match 13/1409 Sep 15:30DenmarkDEN19 – 18United StatesUSA
Match 15/1609 Sep 20:00SpainESP23 – 20TunisiaTUN