Match schedule published for the 2017 IBSA Goalball European Championships

Turkey is a strong candidate for gold in women's tournament (photo: Antero Aaltonen)

Finland hosts the 2017 IBSA Goalball European Championships on 18–22 of September in the Pajulahti Sports Institute. The top ten European national teams, both male and female, will compete in the Games.

All 20 teams have confirmed their participation to the European Championships which means that the match schedule can now be published.

In men’s tournament, the host team Finland will play in a same pool with Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden and Lithuania, a reigning Paralympic gold medallist. Finland’s first match on Monday 18th of September at 13pm will be against Belgium who finished sixth in the previous European Championships two years ago.

– All five teams in our pool have gone through some changes – new coaches and some player retirements – which is quite typical after the Paralympic Games. Lithuania is a big favourite in this pool, but they are definitely not unbeatable, says Erkki Miinala, one of the key players in the Finnish squad.

– Belgium has been in good shape lately so that will be a good test for us in the beginning of the tournament. We’ll meet Lithuania in our last match and hopefully that will decide the pool winner, Miinala says.

Finnish women’s team finished seventh in the 2015 European Championships in Lithuania. In pool stage they will meet Denmark, Ukraine, Greece and Russia in Pajulahti. Finland will play against Ukraine in their opening match on Monday 18th of September at 14.10pm.

– Russia is a clear favourite to win our pool, although we played rather well against them in the Pajulahti Games in January (2–4 loss). Behind them it’s going to be a very even battle for the second place between four teams, said Heikki Juvonen, a head coach of Finnish women’s team.

Turkey is the strongest candidate for gold in women’s tournament. They have won two previous big titles: 2015 European Championships and 2016 Paralympic Games.

Tournament websitewww.pajulahti2017.fi

European Championships in Facebookwww.facebook.com/Pajulahti2017

Match schedule (Finnish time, UTC+2)

Men

Matches are played in the Pajulahti Sports Hall

Pool A: Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine, Great Britain

Pool B: Finland, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Slovenia

Monday 18.9.

  • 09.30 Pool A: Ukraine– Czech Republic
  • 10.40 Pool B: Slovenia–Lithuania
  • 11.50 Pool A: Germany–Turkey
  • 13.00 Pool B: Finland–Belgium
  • 14.10 Pool A: Great Britain–Ukraine
  • 15.20 Pool B: Lithuania–Sweden
  • 16.30 Pool A: Czech Republic–Germany
  • 17.40 Pool B: Belgium–Slovenia
  • 18.50 Pool A: Turkey–Great Britain
  • 20.00 Pool B: Sweden–Finland

Tuesday 19.9.

  • 09.30 Pool A: Germany–Ukraine
  • 10.40 Pool B: Belgium–Lithuania
  • 11.50 Pool A: Turkey–Czech Republic
  • 13.00 Pool B: Finland–Slovenia
  • 14.10 Pool A: Great Britain–Germany
  • 15.20 Pool B: Sweden–Belgium
  • 16.30 Pool A: Ukraine–Turkey
  • 17.40 Pool B: Lithuania–Finland
  • 18.50 Pool A: Czech Republic–Great Britain
  • 20.00 Pool B: Slovenia–Sweden

Wednesday 20.9.

  • 11.00 Placement match, places 9–10
  • 13.00 Quarter final: A1–B4
  • 15.00 Quarter final: B2–A3
  • 17.00 Quarter final: A2–B3
  • 19.00 Quarter final: B1–A4

Thursday 21.9.

  • 10.00 Placement match, places 5–8: loser QF–loser QF
  • 11.15 Placement match, places 5–8: loser QF–loser QF
  • 13.30 Semi final: winner A1/B4–winner B2/A3
  • 15.30 Semi final: winner A2/B3–winner B1/A4
  • 17.00 Placement match, places 5–6
  • 18.15 Placement match, places 7–8 

Friday 22.9.

  • 12.30 Bronze match
  • 15.30 Gold match

 

Women

Matches are played in the Ball Game hall of the Pajulahti main building

Pool X: Turkey, Israel, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany

Pool Y: Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Finland, Greece

Monday 18.9.

  • 09.30 Pool Y: Ukraine–Greece
  • 10.40 Pool X: Great Britain–Israel
  • 11.50 Pool Y: Denmark–Russia
  • 13.00 Pool X: Sweden–Turkey
  • 14.10 Pool Y: Finland–Ukraine
  • 15.20 Pool X: Germany–Great Britain
  • 16.30 Pool Y: Greece–Denmark
  • 17.40 Pool X: Israel–Sweden
  • 18.50 Pool Y: Russia–Finland
  • 20.00 Pool X: Turkey–Germany

Tuesday 19.9.

  • 09.30 Pool Y: Denmark–Ukraine
  • 10.40 Pool X: Sweden–Great Britain
  • 11.50 Pool Y: Russia–Greece
  • 13.00 Pool X: Turkey–Israel
  • 14.10 Pool Y: Finland–Denmark
  • 15.20 Pool X: Germany–Sweden
  • 16.30 Pool Y: Ukraine–Russia
  • 17.40 Pool X: Great Britain–Turkey
  • 18.50 Pool Y: Greece–Finland
  • 20.00 Pool X: Israel–Germany 

Wednesday 20.9.

  • 10.00 Placement match, places 9–10
  • 12.00 Quarter final: X1–Y4
  • 14.00 Quarter final: Y2–X3
  • 16.00 Quarter final: X2–Y3
  • 18.00 Quarter final: Y1–X4

Thursday 21.9.

  • 10.00 Placement match, places 5–8: loser QF–loser QF
  • 11.15 Placement match, places 5–8: loser QF–loser QF
  • 12.30 Semi final: winner X1/Y4–winner Y2/X3
  • 14.30 Semi final: winner X2/Y3–winner Y1/X4
  • 17.00 Placement match, places 5–6
  • 18.15 Placement match, places 7–8

Friday 22.9.

  • 11.00 Bronze match
  • 14.00 Gold match