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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.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1YugoslaviaYUGGold
Zoran ŽivkovićAbas ArslanagićMiroslav PribanićPetar FajfrićMilorad KaralićĐorđe LavrnićSlobodan MiškovićHrvoje HorvatBranislav PokrajacZdravko MiljakMilan LazarevićNebojša PopovićZdenko ZorkoAlbin Vidović
2CzechoslovakiaTCHSilver
František KrálíkPeter PospíšilIvan SatrapaVladimír JarýJiří KavanAndrej LukošíkVladimír HaberJindřich KrepindlLadislav BenešVincent LafkoJaroslav KonečnýPavel MikešFrantišek BrůnaZdeněk ŠkáraJaroslav ŠkarvanArnošt Klimčík
3RomaniaROUBronze
Cornel PenuAlexandru DincăGabriel KicsidGhiță LicuCristian GațuRoland GunešRadu VoinaSimion SchobelGheorghe GruiaWerner StöcklDan MarinAdrian CosmaValentin SamungiConstantin TudosieȘtefan Birtalan
4East GermanyGDR
Harry ZörnackHorst JankhöferJosef RoseJürgen HildebrandKlaus LanghoffKlaus WeißPeter LarischPeter RandtRainer WürdigRainer ZimmermannReiner FrieskeReiner GanschowSiegfried VoigtUdo RöhrigWolfgang BöhmeWolfgang Lakenmacher
5Soviet UnionURS
Albert OganezovAleksandr PanovOleksandr RiezanovAnatoly ShevchenkoIvan UsatyJānis VilsonsMykhailo IshchenkoMikhail LutsenkoNikolay SemyonovValentin KulyovValery GassyVasily IlyinVladimir MaksimovYury KlimovYuriy Lahutin
6West GermanyFRG
Diethard FinkelmannPeter NeuhausHans-Jürgen BodeHeiner MöllerHerbert LübkingHerbert RoggeHerbert WehnertHerwig AhrendsenJochen FeldhoffJosef KarrerKlaus KaterKlaus LangeKlaus WestebbePeter BucherUwe RathjenWolfgang Braun
7SwedenSWE
Bengt JohanssonBenny JohanssonBertil SöderbergBjörn AnderssonBo AnderssonDan ErikssonFrank StrömGöran Hård af SegerstadJan JonssonJohan FischerströmLars KarlssonLennart ErikssonMichael KochOlle OlssonSten OlssonThomas Persson
8HungaryHUN
Béla BartalosIstván MarosiIstván SzabóIstván VargaJános AdorjánJános CsíkJános StillerJózsef HorváthKároly VassLajos SimóLászló HarkaLászló SzabóSándor KalóSándor TakácsSándor Vass
9NorwayNOR
Carl Graff-WangFinn UrdalGeir RøseHarald TyrdalArnulf BækInge HansenJan ØkseterJon ReinertsenPål ByePål CappelenPer SøderstrømPer Axel AnkreRoger HvervenSten OstherTorstein HansenUlf Magnussen
10PolandPOL
Andrzej LechAndrzej SokołowskiAndrzej SzymczakBogdan KowalczykEngelbert SzolcFranciszek GąsiorHelmut PniocińskiHenryk RozmiarekJan GmyrekJerzy MelcerRobert ZawadaWłodzimierz WachowiczZbigniew DybolZdzisław AntczakZygfryd Kuchta
11JapanJPN
Hiroshi HondaKatsuhiko ChikamoriKenichi SasakiKiyoshi NodaKiyotaka HayakawaMasayuki HyokaiMinoru KinoShuji ArinagaTakezo NakaiToshihiko ShimosatoToshio NiimiNobuyuki Iida
12IcelandISL
Ágúst ÖgmundssonAxel AxelssonBirgir FinnbogasonBjörgvin BjörgvinssonGeir HallsteinssonGunnsteinn SkúlasonHjalti EinarssonJón MagnússonÓlafur BenediktssonÓlafur JónssonSigurbergur SigsteinssonSigurður EinarssonStefán GunnarssonStefán JónssonViðar Símonarson
13DenmarkDEN
Arne AndersenBent JørgensenClaus FromFlemming HansenFlemming LauritzenJørgen FrandsenJørgen HeidemannJørgen VodsgaardKarsten SørensenKay JørgensenKeld AndersenSøren JensenSvend LundThor MunkagerTom LundVagn Nielsen
14United StatesUSA
Richard AbrahamsonFletcher Abram, Jr.Roger BakerDennis BerkholtzLarry CatonVincent DiCalogeroEllie EdesTom HardimanMatt MatthewsSandor RivnyakJim RogersRichard Schlesinger, Jr.Kevin SerrapedeBob SparksJoel Voelkert
15SpainESP
Antonio AndreuFernando de AndrésFrancisco LópezJavier GarcíaJesús GuerreroJosé PerramónJosé RochelJosé Manuel TauréFaustino VillamarínJuan Miguel IgartuaJoan MoreraJuan Antonio MedinaMiguel Ángel CascallanaSantos LabacaVicente Ortega
16TunisiaTUN
Abdel Aziz ZaibiAhmed Bechir Bel HadjAleya HamrouniAmor SghaierFaouzi KsouriMohamed Naceur JeliliMohamed KhalladiMohamed KlaiMohamed SebabtiMoncef BesbesMoncef LoueslatiMounir JeliliRached BoudhinaRidha ZitounAbderraouf Ben SamirTaoufik Djemaiel

Round One (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Group A (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1SwedenSWE12044034
2Soviet UnionURS12044034
3PolandPOL11133538
4DenmarkDEN01213039

Match #1 DEN 12 – 12URS
Match #2 SWE 13 – 13POL
Match #3 POL 11 – 8DEN
Match #4 URS 11 – 11SWE
Match #5 SWE 16 – 10DEN
Match #6 URS 17 – 11POL

Group B (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1East GermanyGDR30065132
2CzechoslovakiaTCH11135640
3IcelandISL11135751
4TunisiaTUN00303273

Match #1 GDR 16 – 11ISL
Match #2 TCH 25 – 7
1 Bench Warning
TUN
Match #3 GDR 21 – 9TUN
Match #4 TCH 19 – 19ISL
Match #5 GDR 14 – 12TCH
Match #6 ISL 27 – 16TUN

Group C (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1RomaniaROU30064637
2West GermanyFRG11133938
3NorwayNOR11134850
4SpainESP00303947

Match #1 ROU 18 – 14NOR
Match #2 FRG 13 – 10ESP
Match #3 ROU 15 – 12ESP
Match #4 FRG 15 – 15NOR
Match #5 ROU 13 – 11FRG
Match #6 NOR 19 – 17ESP

Group D (30 August – 3 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1YugoslaviaYUG30066345
2HungaryHUN20146445
3JapanJPN10224656
4United StatesUSA00304673

Match #1 YUG 20 – 14JPN
Match #2 HUN 28 – 15USA
Match #3 YUG 25 – 15USA
Match #4 HUN 20 – 12JPN
Match #5 YUG 18 – 16HUN
Match #6 JPN 20 – 16
1 Team Warning
USA

Round Two (5 – 8 September 1972)

Group A (5 – 8 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1CzechoslovakiaTCH20043024
2East GermanyGDR10122222
3Soviet UnionURS10122323
4SwedenSWE00202329

Match #1 TCH 15 – 12SWE
Match #2 URS 11 – 8GDR
Match #3 GDR 14 – 11SWE
Match #4 TCH 15 – 12URS

Group B (6 – 8 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1YugoslaviaYUG20043828
2RomaniaROU10123328
3West GermanyFRG10123238
4HungaryHUN00202837

Match #1 ROU 20 – 14HUN
Match #2 YUG 24 – 15FRG
Match #3 YUG 14 – 13ROU
Match #4 FRG 17 – 14HUN

Classification Round 13-16 (7 September 1972)

Match #1 DEN 29 – 21TUN
Match #2 USA 22 – 20ESP

Classification Round 9-12 (7 September 1972)

Classification matches.

Match #1 POL 20 – 17ISL
Match #2 NOR 19 – 17JPN

Final Round (9 – 10 September 1972)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 YUG 21 – 16TCH
Match 3/4 ROU 19 – 16GDR
Match 5/6 URS 17 – 16FRG
Match 7/8 SWE 19 – 18HUN
Match 9/10 NOR 23 – 20POL
Match 11/12 JPN 19 – 18ISL
Match 13/14 DEN 19 – 18USA
Match 15/16 ESP 23 – 20TUN