Placement Finals 15th – 16th – Orlovetz Sports Hall, Gabrovo
Armenia – Albania 23:24 (12:11)
Albania with a win in their last match at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship
The team of Albania won their last match at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after having over Armenia with 24:23 (11:12) in the “Orlovetz Sport Hall” in Gabrovo. The duel was very similar, with the Armenians having a slight advantage in the first half, but Albania performed better in the second half and won 24:23.
Thus Albania finished in the penultimate 15th place in the final standings of the tournament, while Armenia remained in the last 16th position as well as in the first edition of IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship in 2015.
The most valuable player from Albania was Igli Shingjini, who finished with 7 goals. From the Armenians the best player was Sahakyan Rafik scored 10 hits.
Lulzim Ismaili, head coach of Albania: “It was an equal match, but in the second half we showed a better game. We are happy to have finished the tournament with victory“.
Barseghyan Ararat, head coach of Armenia: “We are disappointed. We deserved to win, but we made too many mistakes at the end“.
Placement Finals 13th – 14th – Orlovetz Sports Hall, Gabrovo
Malta – Andorra 36:25 (21:10)
Malta finished 13th
The team of Malta finished 13th at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after defeating Andorra with 36:25 (21:10). Maltese had no problems and dictated the game from the first referee signal to the end of the match.
Andorra remained at 14th in the final standings, which is a step forward, after the 15th edition of the tournament in 2015.
Peter Naudi, who ended with 7 goals, was chosen as the best player in the team of Malta. Goalkeeper Kevin Mascaro was the best player for Andorra.
Joseph Attard, head coach of Malta: “We are very pleased with the victory. We could have performed a bit better in the second half, but we worked excellent as a team“.
David Aguilar, head coach of Andorra: “We were very tired and could not show what we were capable of. However, I am pleased with our performance. The tournament organization was excellent“.
Placement Finals 11th – 12th – Orlovetz Sports Hall, Gabrovo
Ireland – Great Britain 26:39 (12:20)
Great Britain finished 11th in Gabrovo
The team of Great Britain finished 11th at the IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after defeating Ireland with 39:26 (20:12) in the battle for 11/12th place of the tournament, played at “Orlovetz Sports Hall” in Gabrovo.
After the start of the first half, the British led three goals – 7:4. Great Britain continued to impose its game and the gap increased until the half-time at 20:12. In the second part Great Britain controlled the events on the field and won with the defeated 39:25.
Ireland was ranked 12th in the final ranking at the IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship.
The most valuable player from Great Britain was named the goalkeeper Alexander Bradley. For Ireland the best player was Christopher Bregazzi with 7 goals.
Ricardo Vasconcelos, head coach of Great Britain: “I congratulate the team of Ireland. We played with fast passes, dynamic, we were happy with our performance“.
Roman Abramenko, head coach of Ireland: “I thank to Great Britain for this great match. We hope to win one day, they played great. About us, 8 people can’t play so many games. We have a very low attack rate, and that means only one – fatigue. We were hoping for a miracle“.
Placement Finals 9th – 10th – Orlovetz Sports Hall, Gabrovo
Azerbaijan – Moldova 31:45 (14:22)
Moldova won 9th place at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship
Moldova’s team won 9th place at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after defeating Azerbaijan with 45:31 (22:14) in a match played in “Orlovetz Sports Hall” in Gabrovo. The Moldavians started stronger and led with 3 goals difference due to their well-organized defense and excellent counterattacks. The difference continued to grow as the half-time was 22:14 for Moldova. In the second half Moldova continued to play calmly and won with no problems with 45:31
Azerbaijan finished 10th in the final standings of the tournament.
The most valuable player in the team of Moldova was Roman Zacaciurin, who finished 14 goals. For Azerbaijan the best player was the captain Maxim Butenko with 7 hits.
Nicolae Vizitiu, head coach of Moldova: “We played hard and made an excellent match. Azerbaijan’s team has a very lame bench and we took advantage of it. Our goalkeeper Dennis Potapchin has done great salvation“.
Hikmet Abdullayev, head coach of Azerbaijan: “We played well, but Moldavian goalkeeper made a lot of salvation. Everything was normal. It became a good game and the better team wins“.
Placement Finals 7th – 8th – Palace of Culture and Sport, Veliko Tarnovo
Georgia – Luxembourg 25:32 (10:15)
Luxembourg finished 7th at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship
The Luxembourg team ended their 7th position at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after defeating Georgia 32:25 in their last game.
The more experienced Luxembourg’s players showed more votes than those in Georgia and decided the match in the first half. After an equidistant start, the team of Luxembourg gradually began to accumulate the lead, which at half time was 5 goals – 15:10. In the second part, Luxembourg continued with its better game and deservedly greeted the seventh position in the final standings.
Adrian Stot, head coach of Luxembourg: “I am very pleased after this game because the boys even after 5 games managed to find resources for the sixth game. We played very well. I’m very pleased with our defense game in this game. Our goalkeeper made the best match. We finished this tournament in 7th place, but it does not matter whether we are 7th or 5th, as long as we are not in the first three. However, we have preconditions for development. The team has many young boys”.
Bekari Orjonikidze, head coach of Georgia: “Unfortunately, our physical training did not reach us. But the boys are young, our average age is 19. We had too many technical mistakes. However, the eighth place is a good ranking. The important thing is that we continue to develop“.
Placement Finals 5th – 6th – Palace of Culture and Sport, Veliko Tarnovo
China – Bulgaria 30:38 (11:18)
Bulgaria defeated China for 5th place at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship
Bulgaria finished 5th at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after defeating in its last match China with 38:30. Georgi Andreev’s boys did not leave any chances to the Asians and after a great game of defense and an attack they greeted the good ranking. For comparison in the previous edition of the tournament in 2015 in Kosovo the Bulgarians finished 11th.
In front of nearly 800 people in the PCS “Vasil Levski” in Veliko Tarnovo the Lions showed from the first minutes of the meeting that they will not allow surprises. By the time of the half-time, the Bulgarians took with 18:11 and in the second part they were entertained on the court.
The best player in the match was the right back Georgi Atanasov, who scored 8 goals, 7 goals realized Svetlin Dimitrov and Branimir Balchev. Dimitrov became once again the top scorer of IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship, as well as two years ago. Now bulgarian right wing has 66 goals in 6 games.
Georgi Andreev, head coach of Bulgaria: “I was expecting to win with a difference. Players kept tactical instructions. We had to start the game seriously in order to respect them because they are not a weak team. We play well in the counter and we took all the steps to stop their strengths. I think the 5th place is absolutely deserved, but maybe even more“.
Ivan Ivanov, goalkeeper and captain of Bulgaria: “We finished our work. I am personally pleased with our presentation. Maybe in the first game against Cyprus, we did not play the last minutes in the same way as we should, but we took a lesson and got stuck. I want to congratulate Dr. Yuri Zoltarevski for joining our team and if it was not for him, I do not know how we would be healthy for each game“.
Qiao Cheng, head coach of China: “I congratulate Bulgaria for the victory that was absolutely deserved“.
Bronze Medal Match – Palace of Culture and Sport, Veliko Tarnovo
Cyprus – Kosovo 25:32 (12:16)
Kosovo won the bronze medals at the IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship
The team of Kosovo won the third place at IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship after defeating Cyprus with 32:25 in a litlle final of the tournament. In addition to bronze medals, the Kosovars got the right and fall into the main qualification scheme for the European Championship in 2020, which will be for the first time with 24 teams.
The spectators in the PCS “Vasil Levski” witnessed an exceptional match in which the final winner was not clear until the end. In the first half looked that Kosovo would not have problems for success after shutting it down at 16:12.
The Cypriots, however, showed an unbelievable will and desire and with a strong game of defense and effective assault they managed to catch up with the score. Moreover – Cyprus led at 22:20 13 minutes before the end of the match. The strong game of Kosovo still scored and 8 minutes before the siren the result was again in their favor – 25:23. By the end, the “blue” did not miss the control over the meeting for a moment and congratulated themselves on the good win.
Taip Ramadani, head coach of Kosovo: “I am very pleased with our victory and third place in the tournament, but I also want to congratulate Cyprus for the great game they did. They lagged with 4 goals and managed to turn and lead with 2. That made us to play at our limit. The tournament was a great experience for us. We enjoyed a lot. The people here are wonderful, they have taken good care of us. I am in Bulgaria for the first time and I will certainly come again“.
Xhatolli Etrit, pivot of Kosovo: “I am very happy with the victory. An incredible game was won. I think the difference came from the fact that we were very fast in assault, and in defense we were united. We played a fantastic tournament in Bulgaria and we are very happy“.
Apostolos Michail, head coach of Cyprus: “We did not start very well, but we tried to fix things on the move. We were very tired after yesterday’s match, and we had a problem with an injured competitor. The whole tournament was very difficult for us because we came here with 17 workouts and did not know what to expect. We won 3 consecutive wins in the group, then one against China. It was like a dream for us. The boys are young and have not much experience. We lost to Turkey because of the lack of experience. Today was the same. I congratulate the team of Kosovo, they played well, by the rules. We’re happy with the tournament, but we’d be more happy if we had won“.
Gold Medal Match – Palace of Culture and Sport, Veliko Tarnovo
Turkey – Faroe Islands 25:26 (11:13)
The Faroe Islands defended their title at the IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship
The team of Faroe Islands also won the second edition at the IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship. The Faroeurs defeated Turkey with 26:25 on the final in Veliko Tarnovo tonight.
In the eyes of Internation Handball Federation (IHF) President Dr. Hassan Moustafa and more than 800 spectators in the PCS “Vasil Levski”, the two teams played an amazing match, with the game coming to an end. The first half was going to goal by goal after many good performances of the two teams. Still with the final pressure, the Faroes managed to ,anaged to divide into the half-time with 2 goals ahead – 13:11.
Turkey regained its lag in the second half and even led to 15:14. Then Faroeurs Islands made a series of three consecutive goals to lead with 19:16. By the end, the Faroeurs maintained the difference and eventually congratulated themselves with a second consecutive title. Faroeurs also triumphed in the first edition of the tournament in Kosovo in 2015.
A great match for the winners made the most valuable player Peter Krogh with 9 goals. Hogni Klein Olsen added 7 hits. For Turkey, over all, was Gorkem Bicer with 6 goals, while Ramadan Done added 5.
Ari Rouch, head coach of Faroe Islands: “We are very happy to be champions of this tournament again. The final was a typical 6th match in such a tournament, it is very difficult. Both teams were tired and did not play their best handball. This game was a matter of endurance, and we were better in this respect. The final was our worst match, but we are very happy. We won all our matches here“.
Peter Krogh, right back of Faroe Islands: “I’m really happy, really. I have no strength, I’m tired, but it’s a final match. We are happy to have won the trophy“.