You should go to Debrecen, you should watch world champions!
One of the biggest chances of the EHF EURO 2022, the reigning world champion Denmark, will play its matches in Debrecen. With the bundles for the six matches of the Debrecen group, you can watch the EC-4th placed Slovenians as well as the balanced selection of Northern Macedonian and Montenegrin team. The Főnix Hall, which has already hosted a number of world events, will be renewed on the occasion of the European Championship.
As a real sports city, Debrecen can organize a group stage at the first European Men’s Handball Championship in Hungary and Slovakia. The Főnix Hall was also home to the Women’s European Championships in both 2004 and 2014, hosting world or European championships in a number of sports – now it’s the men’s handball players ’turn.
Denmark, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Montenegro are fighting for two advancing places in Group A of the EHF EURO 2022.
We asked the player of the Hungarian national team, born in Debrecen, Mátyás Győri, who has been playing handball for half a season in the city, to introduce the teams of the group. “Denmark doesn’t have to be introduced to anyone, not just the group, but one of the biggest chances of the whole European Championship. The Slovenes are also terribly good at playing, they are well trained, but I still think they are not better than the Danes. The other two teams obviously represent a slightly weaker playing force, but the power between them is also balanced, so that’s why you’ll be able to see enjoyable matches in the Főnix Hall. It's a special experience in itself that you can watch world stars like Mikkel Hansen, Kiril Lazarov or Slovenian Miha Zarabec, I think it's worth visiting the matches because of them. ”
Matyi makes no secret of the fact that it is over a tough season, everyone is taking their last strengths, but the road to the European Championship is also coming up. "Obviously I usually think about it, but the European Championship still seems very far away. Of course, I can't wait to start the direct preparation, as it's always an honor to be in the national team. No one, including me, has yet been given the opportunity to compete in a European Championship at home, which is why we are all looking forward to this opportunity, ”said Mátyás Győri.
“This European Championship is also a huge opportunity for Debrecen, the people in this city are very sports-friendly, there is a lot of interest in team sports. A lot of people will be visiting the European Championship, I’m sure of that. I am glad that the Hungarian national team is getting better, more and more familiar and constantly evolving, so the whole European Championship can be a great experience for handball players, ”added Petra Tóvízi, player of the local team, DVSC and the Hungarian women national team preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.
According to László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, the Főnix Hall will be a worthy home for the European Championship: “Debrecen is already a routine host of world handball competitions: in 2004 and 2014, the Főnix Hall hosted the women's European Championships, and in 2018 the women's junior world championship. The facility is now being reborn and will serve the needs of fans and athletes in the next decade to meet the needs of the 21st century. We look forward to the arrival of world-class athletes and up to 6,500 spectators per match. ” Programme of the Debrecen group of the European Championship:
January 13, 2022: Slovenia–North Macedonia
13 January 2022: Denmark–Montenegro
January 15, 2022: North Macedonia–Montenegro
15 January 2022: Slovenia–Denmark
17 January 2022: Montenegro–Slovenia
January 17, 2022: North Macedonia–Denmark