— Published 6 November 2023

The Europe of thirteen

The European Handball Federation (EHF) can rub its hands with pride: interest in its major events continues unabated. On its website, the federation has unveiled the countries that have responded to its call for bids for the men’s and women’s European Championships in 2030 and 2032. No fewer than thirteen countries have come forward. In the men’s competition, the Euro 2030 will be hosted by Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Six countries on this list (Austria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany and Switzerland) are also bidding for the men’s Euro in 2032, an event also coveted by Slovenia and Turkey. On the women’s side, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine have their sights set on Euro 2030. For the 2032 edition, the EHF will have to choose between Denmark, Germany, Montenegro, Poland, Switzerland and Serbia. Of these thirteen countries, only one – Switzerland – is a candidate for all four competitions. Official bids must be submitted by 1 June 2024 at the latest. The four continental tournaments will be awarded in one go, at an extraordinary EHF Congress on 14 December 2024 in Vienna.