History

Goalball was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle, in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans.

The game was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and has been played at every Paralympic since. As well every four years a World Competitions has been held with the first being in Austria in 1978. The first European Championships were held in Grede, Denmark in 1983.

European Championship medallists 1983–2015

1983 Grede, Denmark

  • Male: 1) Austria, 2) Yugoslavia, 3) Netherlands,... 6) Finland
  • Female: 1) Denmark, 2) Finland, 3) Netherlands

1985 Olsztyn, Poland

  • Male: 1) Yugoslavia, 2) Germany, 3) Hungary,... 5) Finland
  • Female: 1) Germany, 2) Denmark, 3) Finland

1987 Milton Keynes, Great Britain

  • Male: 1) Yugoslavia, 2) Netherlands, 3) Israel,... 8) Finland
  • Female: 1) Denmark, 2) Netherlands, 3) Great Britain, 4) Finland

1989 Vejle, Denmark

  • Male: 1) Yugoslavia, 2) Germany, 3) Finland
  • Female: 1) Denmark, 2) Netherlands, 3) Germany, 4) Finland

1991 Lahti, Finland

  • Male: 1) Israel, 2) Italy, 3) Hungary, 4) Finland
  • Female: 1) Sweden, 2) Finland, 3) Denmark

1993 Loughborough, Great Britain

  • Male: 1) Finland, 2) Czech Republic, 3) Italy
  • Female: 1) Finland, 2) Denmark, 3) Germany

1997 Stockholm, Sweden (male), Nottingham, Great Britain (female)

  • Male: 1) Slovenia, 2) Denmark, 3) Sweden,... 10) Finland
  • Female: 1) Finland, 2) Sweden, 3) Netherlands

1999 Walsall, Great Britain (male), Järvenpää, Finland (female)

  • Male: 1) Denmark, 2) Hungary, 3) Sweden,... 9) Finland
  • Female: 1) Finland, 2) Sweden, 3) Netherlands

2001 Budapest, Hungary (male), Neerpelt, Belgium (female)

  • Male: 1) Hungary, 2) Lithuania, 3) Germany,... 6) Finland
  • Female: 1) Netherlands, 2) Finland, 3) Denmark

2005 Neerpelt, Belgium

  • Male: 1) Denmark, 2) Spain, 3) Sweden,... 7) Finland
  • Female: 1) Germany, 2) Denmark, 3) Greece,... 6) Finland

2007 Antalya, Turkey

  • Male: 1) Lithuania, 2) Spain, 3) Germany,... Finland in Division B
  • Female: 1) Finland, 2) Denmark, 3) Ukraine

2009 Munich, Germany

  • Male: 1) Lithuania, 2) Slovenia, 3) Sweden,... Finland in Division B
  • Female: 1) Great Britain, 2) Denmark, 3) Finland

2011 Assens, Denmark

  • Male: 1) Finland, 2) Lithuania, 3) Sweden
  • Female: 1) Denmark, 2) Russia, 3) Sweden,... 6) Finland

2013 Konya, Turkey

  • Male: 1) Lithuania, 2) Spain, 3) Turkey,... 6) Finland
  • Female: 1) Russia, 2) Turkey, 3) Israel, 4) Finland

2015 Kaunas, Lithuania

  • Male: 1) Turkey, 2) Finland, 3) Lithuania
  • Female: 1) Turkey, 3) Russia, 3) Ukraine,... 7) Finland