London 2012


from July 27 to August 12




About the sport

Handball is a team sport where the objective is to score the most goals possible using only your hands to hit or pass the ball. Six field players and one goalkeeper form the team and the matches take place in a “multiuse” court (40m x 20m). The game was created at the beginning of the XIX century in Northern Europe, games similar to handball date back to the medieval ages.

The event debuted at Berlin 1936 for the men and in Montreal 1976 for the women. The countries that have traditionally dominated are the Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) and some European countries, especially from the North and Easy (the USSR, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Russia, France, Romania and Hungary) and South Korea. In London, the preliminary matches and quarterfinals will take place in Copper Box gymnasium. The semifinals and final will take place in the Basketball Arena, which has a larger capacity.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Heidi LokeHeidi LokeCountry:Norway

In Norway team since 2008, she was not part of the team who won in Beijing the same year. Voted best player in the world in 2011, she is also two-time European champion.

Duda AmorimDuda AmorimCountry: Brazil

Since 2005 playing for Hungary teams, the athlete is one of the main stars and one of the most experienced in the Brazilian national team, despite 25 years of age.

Andrey LavrovAndrey LavrovCountry: Russia

One of the best players in history, he played in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens, winning three gold medals and one bronze.

Zinaida TurchynaZinaida TurchynaCountry: Ukraine

Two-time champion in the Montreal and Moscow Olympics, and bronze in Seoul, she was named the athlete of the XX century by the International Handball Association.

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