Denmark was undoubtedly the best handball team, but the North Macedonian fans stole the show on the stands in Debrecen. The Főnix Arena hosted six matches at the EHF EURO 2022, but the great venue bid farewell to the tournament on Monday.
The total attendance of the six matches was 13,377, the most attended encounter was the one between Denmark and Slovenia on Saturday (3812).
The atmosphere of the Főnix Hall was really great on the three match days, especially thanks to the numerous North Macedonian fans who were celebrating their team with standing ovation even when they were trailing by 10 goals.
Debrecen was once again a superb host of a major sports event, and that will be the case at the 2024 Women’s EHF EURO as well, no doubt about that. This spectacular venue and the local organisers did a good job at the 2004 and the 2014 Women’s EURO, too, just like in the last couple of days at the EHF EURO 2022.
Numbers usually don’t lie, and that was the truth in Group A of the EHF Euro 2022 as well in Debrecen. Two-time European champion Denmark, the team that showed a disappointing performance two years ago and did not even manage to go through to the main round, won all their matches by big margin this time, they scored the most goals (95) and received the fewest ones (65) in the quartette.
The fastest shot was also produced by the team of Nikolaj Jakobsen, as Flensburg left back Aaron Mensing had a real cracker (138 km/h). Mikkel Hansen turned to be top scorer of Debrecen with 20 goals, and he leads the top scorer list of the Euro as well.
Montenegro caused the real surprise in Group A for sure. They had had one single victory in their history before the start of the Euro, but they still managed to qualify for the main round for the first time, despite missing a couple of players and in the first two contests also head coach Zoran Roganovic due to COVID. Melsungen goalkeeper Nebojša Simić, Ferencváros centre back Božo Anđelić and Kielce right back Branko Vujović were the key players, the latter giving the most passes (303, 300 of them were received).
North Macedonia, finishing last in the group without a single point, consoled themselves with the fastest sprint (Nenad Kosteski, 8.49 m/s), the longest playing time (Cvetan Kuzmanoski, 125 minutes) and the top running distance (also Kuzmanoski, 10.22 km), but they conceded the most goals (92).
Slovenia said goodbye to the competition, mainly due to their terrible defensive play (92 conceded goals).
So the Főnix Arena proved once again that it is an excellent venue, thank you Debrecen!
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