ZAGREB, 27 June 2021 – Croatia is the European Deaf Handball Champions are claiming the title on Saturday in Zagreb.
Croatia defeated Russia in the final match 34:25 to win the 12th European Deaf Handball Championship. Both sides were unbeaten going into the final game of the tournament and it was the hosts who prevailed.
Tomislav Bošnjak, who is also the top scorer of the championship with 32 goals, led the way for Croatia with 12 goals in the match.
The silver medal went to Russia, while the bronze medal was won by Serbia.
“The European Championship is over. Today the result was tied initially, but we showed higher quality both in defense and attack. Our goalkeeper, Žiga Bedenik, stood out in particular, after a series of saves made. We have shown that we are a better team and that we deservedly won the title of European Champions! I would like to congratulate all the guys and the Russians on a great game, and we are with this gold confirmed our work and effort,” said Tomislav Bošnjak.
“It was a good game, we fought all the time and in the end we showed that we are better and had more quality. We are happy and proud of this great success, and we are especially glad that the tournament took place at home for the first time,” said Marjan Turkovic.
The 12th European Deaf Handball Champions was held for the first time in history in Croatia in Zagreb. The competition took place according to the circular point system in which each team played against each and got two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.
The Croatian men’s deaf handball team s one of the most trophy-winning sports teams in Croatia, having won 7 Olympic medals, of which 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. At the European Championships they now have 5 golds and one silver and one bronze, while at the World Championships they have won 2 golds.