The 7th Men's European Championship took place in Switzerland from 26 January to 5 February 2006.
The championship came to a spectacular finish as France took their first European Championship title with an impressive and clear victory over the reigning champions Spain 31:23, in front of a capacity crowd in the Hallenstadion in Zurich.
Denmark took bronze, beating Croatia 32:27, after taking a commanding seven goal lead in the first half.
Once again, an EHF EURO event broke records in all areas. Over 60 countries followed the event via 56 television and 17 radio broadcasters.
The official euro06 website saw a 60% increase in users, compared to the 2004 event site, with 74.6 million page impressions.
|1. France||9. Serbia & Montenegro|
|2. Spain||10. Poland|
|3. Denmark||11. Norway|
|4. Croatia||12. Ukraine|
|5. Germany||13. Hungary|
|6. Russia||14. Switzerland|
|7. Iceland||15. Portugal|
|8. Slovenia||16. Slovakia|
Gold - France
Yohann Plouqin, Jerome Fernandez, Didier Dinart, Geoffroy Krantz, Guillaume Gille, Bertrand Gille, Daniel Narcisse, Olivier Girault, Daouda Karaboue, Nikola Karabatic, Christophe Kempe, Thierry Omeyer, Joel Abati, Luc Abalo, Michael Guigou, Sebastien Bosquet
Silver - Spain
Ibañez Jose Javier Hombrados, Rodriguez Alberto Entrerrios, Urios Fonseca Rolando, Albert Rocas Comas, Arenas Rubén Garabaya, Ruano Ion Belaustegui, Larumbe Mateo Garralda, Rousseduy Julio Fis, Jarque Demetrio Lozano, Marquez Juan Perez, Camara David Davis, Bofill David Barrufet, Lorenzana Juan Garcia, Fernandez Iker Romero, Martinez Mariano Ortega, Vaquero José MarÃa Rodriguez
Bronze - Denmark
Kasper Hvidt, Lars Møller Madsen, Mikkel H. Aagaard, Rune Ohm, Lars Jörgensen , Jesper Jensen, Lars Rasmussen, Lars Christiansen, Joachim Boldsen, Kristian Asmussen, Bo Spellerberg, Michael V. Knudsen, Henrik Hansen, Søren Stryger, Per Leegaard, Jesper Noddesbo