Katowice 20137th European Universities Handball Championship

Katowice, Poland: June 23 - 30, 2013


The 7th European Universities Handball Championship concluded on June 30th 2013 with an exciting Closing Ceremony at the Katowice-Szopienice Sport Venue. Over 300 participants from 20 Universities and 10 countries took part in this year’s edition of the event.

Volunteers with the Flags

Official ceremony took part on 24th of June at the Katowice-Szopienice Sport Venue. It was exciting and unforgettable hour fulfilled with official parade, speeches, athletes oath and cultural program. Polish national anthem and students anthem Gaudeamus have been played. All participants received greetings and best luck wishes from Deputy Major of Katowice, Mrs Krystyna Siejna and the President of EUSA, Mr Adam Roczek. On behalf of the Organizing Committee participants were welcomed by the President of the Organizing Committee, Mr Aleksander Fangor.

Opening speech by Mr Adam Roczek, EUSA President

The Championship took place between June 23rd and 30th in Katowice, Southern Poland. EUSA was represented by its President Mr Adam Roczek and Sports Manager Mr Patrik Perosa, and the Technical Delegate Mr Frantisek Taborsky, assisted by Mrs Carmen Machado. The event was endorsed also by the European Handball Federation (EHF), a partner of EUSA. During the event a referee clinic - EHF Referee Candidates course was organised in joint cooperation between EUSA, EHF and local organising committee, ensuring training and top quality of the referees.

Mascots of the event

In women finals, the title of champion’s went to Lviv State University of Physical Culture (UKR) who has beaten the last year defender of the title University of Vincent Pol Lublin (POL). The match ended with a result 43:26. In men’s finals, the title of champion’s went to University of Minho (POR) who has won a thrilling final match against University J.J.Strossmayera Osijek (CRO). Final result of the match was 32:21.

Finals - women

Directly after the match we proceeded to the closing ceremony. First the individual awards were given. Medals and awards were presented by Deputy Major of Katowice, Mrs Krystyna Siejna, Deputy Major of Myslowice, Mr Jan Wajant, Secretary Generally of the Polish Universities Sports Association, Mr Bartłomiej Korpak, EUSA Sports Manager, Mr Patrik Perosa, President of the Katowice Department of the Polish Universities Sports Association, Mrs Beata Widawska, Secretary Generally of the Organizing Committee, Mr Jakub Lubas.

Officials and VIPs at the closing ceremony

After the individual awards, including the fair play trophy, best scorer, best goalkeeper and most valuable player, the ceremony proceeded to the main part, were the best teams of the tournament went to the podium. Third place in the women’s tournament went to University of Berlin and second place trophy was given to University of Vincent Pol Lublin. The champions of the 7th European Universities Handball Championship women tournament became for the first time Lviv State University Of Physical Culture from Ukraine!

Medal awarding

After the women decoration, men teams were invited to the stage. At the lowest stage of podium but with a huge applause of polish fans entered the Opole University Of Technology. The runner’s up of the tournament became University J.J.Strossmayera Osijek. Finally the main trophy in the men’s tournament went to players of University Of Minho, who celebrated their success with an original dance.

The next EUC will take place in Braga, Portugal in 2015 and all teams are warmly welcomed to join the next 8th European Universities Handball Championship, as well as the 2nd European Universities Games in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2014.

More info can be found at www.handball2013.pl.

Final Standings

Men's champions

1. University of Minho, POR
2. University J.J.Strossmayera Osijek, CRO
3. Opole University of Technology, POL
4. University of Physical Education in Wroclaw, POL
5. Kuban University of Physical Education, Sport And Tourism, RUS
6. Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, POL
7. University of Franche-Comte, FRA
8. Radboud University Nijmegen, NED

Women's champions

1. Lviv State University of Physical Culture, UKR
2. University of Vincent Pol Lublin, POL
3. University of Berlin, GER
4. University of the South, Toulon-Var, FRA
5. North Caucasus Federal University, RUS
6. Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, POR
7. University of Hamburg, GER
8. Kastamonu University, TUR
9. University of Physical Education in Warsaw, POL
10. Akdeniz University, TUR
11. University of Physical Education in Cracow, POL
12. Norwegian School of Sport Science, NOR