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Handball, Men

Date14 – 29 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationKleisto Gipedo, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon / Kleisto Gymnastirio Falirou, Olympiako Syngrotima Papaliakis Zonis Falirou, Faliro
Participants179 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The 12 men’s teams qualified for the 2004 Olympics as follows – Greece as the host nation; the top seven teams from the 2003 World Championships (Croatia, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Iceland); the top team from 2004 European Championships, not otherwise qualified (Slovenia, which finished second); Brazil as the 2003 Pan American Games Champion; and the winners of the 2003 Asian and African Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (South Korea and Egypt, respectively).

In the round-robin phase, World Championship medallists Croatia (Gorup A) and France (Group B) survived without defeat. Finalist Germany also made it into the quarter-finals, but had incurred losses against Hungary and France. The Sydney champions, Russia, had seen a poor start of their campaign, beating only tiny Slovenia and Iceland, narrowly making it into the next round. Pitted against the French in the quarter-finals, they were soon three points down. But the Russian team picked itself up in the second half, and two late goals opened up a two-goal difference that remained in place until the final whistle (26-24). The other quarter-finals went as expected with Hungary, Croatia and Germany completing the all-European semi-final line-up.

In the semi-finals, the Russians were defeated by the strong German defense, losing in a low-scoring 21-15 match. Croatia and Hungary kept it close, the World Champions making it into the final after 33-31. The final then came down to a re-match of the 2003 Worlds, and with the same outcome. The Germans didn’t make it easy for Croatia, leading 12-11 at half-time. The two nations remained neck-on-neck until the 55th minute, when Mirza Džomba and Nikša Kaleb opened up a two-goal lead that proved decisive. The Russians, meanwhile, took the bronze in a 28-26 win over Hungary.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1CroatiaCROGold
Ivano BalićDavor DominikovićMirza DžombaSlavko GolužaNikša KalebBlaženko LackovićValter MatoševićVlado ŠolaDenis ŠpoljarićGoran ŠpremPetar MetličićVenio LosertIgor VoriDrago VukovićVedran Zrnić
2GermanyGERSilver
Markus BaurMark DragunskiHenning FritzPascal HensJan-Olaf ImmelTorsten JansenFlorian KehrmannStefan KretzschmarKlaus-Dieter PetersenChristian RamotaChristian SchwarzerDaniel StephanFrank von BehrenChristian ZeitzVolker Zerbe
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Mikhail ChipurinAleksandr GorbatikovVyacheslav GorpishinVitaly IvanovEduard KoksharovAleksey KostygovDenis KrivoshlykovVasily KudinovOleg KuleshovAndrey LavrovSergey PogorelovAleksey RastvortsevDmitry TorgovanovAleksandr Tuchkin
4HungaryHUN
Gábor CsászárNándor FazekasGyula GálGergely HarsányiFerenc IlyésGergő IváncsikBalázs LaluskaPéter LendvayRichárd MezeiTamás MocsaiLászló NagyIstván PásztorCarlos PérezJános SzathmáriIvo Diaz
5FranceFRA
Joël AbatiGrégory AnquetilCédric BurdetDidier DinartJérôme FernandezGuillaume GilleBertrand GilleOlivier GiraultMichaël GuigouNikola KarabaticGuéric KervadecDaniel NarcisseThierry OmeyerYohann PloquinJackson Richardson
6GreeceGRE
Alexios AlvanosSpyros BalomenosGiorgos KhalkidisGrigoris KhatsatourianJiotsa KhrysopoulosNikos GrammatikosDimitrios KafatosSavvas KarypidisNikos KokolodimitrakisAndreas TroupisDimitrios TzimourtosAlexandros VasilakisVangelis-Giorgos VoglisGeorgios ZaravinasSasa Zivoulovic
7SpainESP
David BarrufetJon BelausteguiManuel ColónTalant DuyshebayevAlberto EntrerríosJuan GarcíaMateo GarraldaFernando HernándezJosé Javier HombradosDemetrio LozanoXavier O'CallaghanAntonio OrtegaJuan PérezIker RomeroRolando Uríos
8Republic of KoreaKOR
Choi Seung-UkHan Gyeong-TaeJi Seung-HyeonKim Tae-WanKim Seong-HeonLee Chang-ULee Tae-YeongLee Jae-UIm Deok-JunOh Yun-SeokBaek Won-CheolPark Chan-YongPark Min-CheolYun Gyeong-MinYun Gyeong-Sin
9IcelandISL
Kristján AndréssonRoland EradzeSnorri GuðjónssonRóbert GunnarssonGylfi GylfasonÁsgeir Örn HallgrímssonGuðmundur HrafnkelssonEinar Örn JónssonJaliesky GarcíaRóbert SighvatssonRúnar SigtryggssonDagur SigurðssonGuðjón Valur SigurðssonSigfús SigurðssonÓlafur Stefánsson
10BrazilBRA
Jair GugaBruno Santana SB Mineiro Marcão Helinho JaqsonAlê Vasconcelos Adalberto AgbertoBruno Souza Baldacin Macarrão Tupan
11SloveniaSLO
Matjaž BrumenZoran JovičičAndrej KastelicVid KavtičnikMiladin KozlinaBeno LapajneJure NatekMarko OštirAleš PajovičDušan PodpečanSiarhei RutenkaTomaž TomšičRenato VugrinecUroš ZormanLuka Žvižej
12EgyptEGY
Ahmed El-AhmarHany El-FakharanyWael FahimSaber HusseinMahmoud KaramMohamed KeshkMohamed Abd El-SalamAbdalla MohamedSherif MoemenHamada Bakir El-NakibMarwan RagabMohamed Sharaf El-DinHassan YousryRamy YoussefHussain Zaky

Preliminary Round (14 – 22 August 2004)

Group A (14 – 22 August 2004)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1CroatiaCRO50010146129
2SpainESP4018154137
3Republic of KoreaKOR2034148148
4Russian FederationRUS2034145145
5IcelandISL1042143158
6SloveniaSLO1042130149

Match #1 ESP 31 – 30KOR
Match #2 RUS 28 – 25SLO
Match #3 CRO 34 – 30ISL
Match #4 KOR 35 – 32RUS
Match #5 CRO 27 – 26SLO
Match #6 ESP 31 – 23ISL
Match #7 CRO 29 – 26KOR
Match #8 ISL 30 – 25SLO
Match #9 ESP 29 – 26RUS
Match #10 KOR 34 – 30ISL
Match #11 ESP 41 – 28SLO
Match #12 CRO 26 – 25RUS
Match #13 SLO 26 – 23KOR
Match #14 CRO 30 – 22ESP
Match #15 RUS 34 – 30ISL

Group B (14 – 22 August 2004)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1FranceFRA50010135108
2HungaryHUN4018132124
3GermanyGER3026139110
4GreeceGRE2034117130
5BrazilBRA1042105133
6EgyptEGY0050110133

Match #1 HUN 33 – 28EGY
Match #2 GER 28 – 18GRE
Match #3 FRA 31 – 17BRA
Match #4 FRA 29 – 25GRE
Match #5 HUN 20 – 19BRA
Match #6 GER 26 – 14EGY
Match #7 FRA 26 – 23HUN
Match #8 GRE 26 – 25EGY
Match #9 GER 34 – 21BRA
Match #10 GRE 26 – 22BRA
Match #11 HUN 30 – 29GER
Match #12 FRA 22 – 21EGY
Match #13 FRA 27 – 22GER
Match #14 HUN 26 – 22GRE
Match #15 BRA 26 – 22EGY

Quarter-Finals (24 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 HUN 30 – 25KOR
Match #2 CRO 33 – 27GRE
Match #3 GER 32 – 30ESP
Match #4 RUS 26 – 24FRA

Classification Round 5-8 (24 August 2004)

Classification matches.

Match #1 FRA 29 – 27ESP
Match #2 GRE 29 – 24KOR

Semi-Finals (27 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 CRO 33 – 31HUN
Match #2 GER 21 – 15RUS

Final Round (24 – 29 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 CRO 26 – 24GER
Match 3/4 RUS 28 – 26HUN
Match 5/6 FRA 33 – 15GRE
Match 7/8 ESP 31 – 24KOR
Match 9/10 ISL 29 – 25BRA
Match 11/12 SLO 30 – 24EGY