The development of men’s handball was analyzed using data from the Olympic, World and EuropeanChampionships held within the last eight years. The most obvious change, especially within these last ninetournaments, was that men’s handball was played more dynamically and rapidly, both in attack and defense, especiallyby European teams. The first aim of this study was to conduct a technical analysis of current handball and to determinefactors related to success in this sport discipline. The second aim was to compare the data of European Championshipswith other tournaments, considering the success of European teams in Men’s World Handball. The technical variablesused to compare the tournaments included: the average number of attacks, the efficiency of attacks, the efficiency of goalthrows, fast break goals per game, the efficiency of fast breaks, the efficiency of the goalkeeper, saves by the goalkeeperper game, number of turnovers per game, and the efficiency of position throws (wing, pivot, back court, break-through,fast break, and 7-meter). This technical analysis used cumulative statistics from the European Handball Federation andInternational Handball Federation. ANOVA revealed significant differences between the first eight teams in theEuropean Championships and their counterparts in the other two tournaments (Olympics and World Championships)in terms of several technical variables. The results showed that the efficiency of fast break, pivot position and back courtplayers affected the ranking in favor of the European teams in significant international tournaments.
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