Trondheim (dpa) - First of all, the German national handball team missed participation in an EM. In 2014, the team of ex-national coach Martin Heuberger did not qualify for the tournament in Denmark after two defeats in the qualification against Montenegro.
At the European Championship in Norway, Austria and Sweden, however, the DHB selection is back. Before the opening game on Thursday (6.15 p.m. / ZDF) against the Netherlands, the German press agency lists a few interesting facts and figures about the European Championship and its history.
1 - Germany is the only one of 32 countries to have won all six games in qualifying for the European Championship.
2 - After the Olympic victory in 2016 and the World Cup win in 2019, top favorite Denmark can become the second team with the three most important titles at the same time. Previously, only France had succeeded (Olympic Gold 2008, World Champion 2009, European Champion 2010).
3 - Germany's first round opponents Latvia and Netherlands are the only EM debutants besides Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Sweden has won EM gold four times so far, making it the record European champion.
11 - The Icelandic Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson is playing his eleventh European Championship in a row this year. The former Bundesliga professional is also the most successful shooter in EM history with 270 goals.
13 - Germany is attending an EM for the 13th time.
24 teams will take part in a European Championship for the first time this year.
30 - The 15:15 between Germany and France at the 2002 European Championship is still unique. Never before have fewer goals been scored in one game at an EM.
41 - Former Flensburg player Thomas Knorr is the only German top scorer to date. He scored 41 goals in the 1996 final in Spain.
61 - Northern Macedonian Kiril Lazarov scored 61 goals at the European Championships 2012, making him a record scorer at a European championship.
77 - goals are the goal record in a European Championship game. In 2016 Iceland won 39:38 against Belarus.
139 - With 139 goals, former international Florian Kehrmann is Germany's most successful European goalscorer so far.
20,000 - The number of spectators came to the arena in Belgrade in 2012 to watch the semi-finals of Serbia against Croatia - a record number of spectators to date.
22,000 - The number of spectators in the arena in Stockholm, where the final weekend of this year's European Championship will be held. So the record could be broken.
Squad of German handball players
Game plan of the German handball players
Presidium of the German Handball Federation
Board of the German Handball Federation
The German preliminary round group at the European Championship