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Date: 6/12/2017

The EHF European Masters Handball Championship 2017 was held from June 7 to 11 in Gondomar, Portugal, with three age category titles contested in the men’s competition and two in the women’s.


In what was the 14th edition of the championship, 12 men’s teams fought for the title in the 35+ age division, 14 were in the race for the 45+ category and 11 played in the 50+ group. The women’s competition featured 10 teams in the 33+ division and 10 in the 43+ category.


“The team that organised the event made a lot of sacrifices in order for this project to succeed but it was all worth it. It was a very successful tournament with a lot of positive reviews,” said leader of the organising committee, Luís Camarinha.


The tournament began with the preliminary round, from which the top two sides in each group qualified for the semi-finals, with the medal matches played on Sunday.


The 50+ men’s title was won by Ukrainian team Odessa, who beat Budapest Old Boys in the final, while Italian Masters Team claimed the bronze medal ahead of Hand Portugal. In the 45+ men’s category Budapest Old Boys were the team to raise the trophy, with Serbian side RK Veterani 022 Ruma finishing second and Masters Porto ranking third.


Masters Porto claimed the 35+ men’s title, Russia placed second and Danish team FIF ranked third.


Both Odessa (50+) and Budapest Old Boys (45+) defended their titles won in 2016, just as Hungarian team Angyalok did in the 43+ women’s competition. Slovakian side SK Elite Nitra won the silver medal, while Czech Republic’s HBH Morava finished third.


Angyalok did not manage to defend their title in the 33+ women’s division, instead finishing second behind Gaia Porto Masters, with Norwegian side Grand Arendal claiming bronze.


In total, 14 nations from across Europe were represented at the tournament.


More information can be found on the official website for the event.


Photo: Portuguese Handball Federation