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FACTS AND FIGURES: Here are the numbers you need to know about the EHF EURO Main Round and for the upcoming final weekend

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THW Kiel are the only club handball side that has players playing for each of the four EHF EURO 2016 Semi-finalists.

Croatia have the best attack of all 16 participants so far, and Valero Rivera can become the second consecutive Spaniard who takes the top scorer crown at EHF EURO events.

The four semi-finalists know each other very well. Norway played Croatia in the qualification (27:26/25:31) and also beat them 34:31 in the preliminary round.

The same holds true for Germany vs Spain. They faced in the qualification (29:28/20:26) and in the preliminary round Spain beat Germany 32:29.

And while this was to whet your appetite, here comes the full overview of EHF EURO facts & figures:

1 team will book its ticket to 2016 the Olympic Games in Rio: the EHF EURO champions.

1 of the four semi-finalists has won the EHF EURO before: Germany in 2004.

1 team is a first-timer at the semi-finals: Norway. Their best position to date sixth rank at the EHF EURO 2008.

1 club handball side is respresented with its players at least once in each semi-finalists' squad: THW Kiel. Rune Dahmke play for Germany, Erlend Mamelund for Norway, Joan Canellas for Spain and Domagoj Duvnjak for Croatia.

2 tickets for the Olympic Qualification Tournaments are up for grabs at this EHF EURO. Sweden definitely have one already. If Norway do not win the championship (which would see them qualify directly) for the Olympic Games, they will receive the second ticket.

If Norway go all the way, Russia as ninth ranked team will remain in the race for Rio 2016. If Spain, Germany or Croatia win the EHF EURO, FYR Macedonia, ninth ranked at the World Championship 2015, will take over their spot in one of the qualification tournaments.

2 players of the EHF EURO 2014 All-Star team are on court at final weekend: Croatia's centre back Domagoj Duvnjak and Spain's line player Julen Aguinagalde. 2014 top scorer Joan Canellas is also back and takes to the court for Spain.

3 teams – the three eventual medallists – will be rewarded with the direct qualification to the World Championship 2017 in France.

6 players at the semi-finals play for FC Barcelona. Five take to the court for Vardar; four each for THW Kiel, Rhein-Neckar Löwen, Vive Tauron Kielce and HC PPD Zagreb .

12 years ago it was the last time that neither France (2006, 2010, 2014) or Denmark (2008, 2012) became Men’s EHF EURO champions. Germany won the EHF EURO 2004.

14 goals, scored by Hungary in their 14:22 main round defeat against Sweden, were the lowest amount of goals a team scored at a Men’s EHF EURO, level with the 14 goals Croatia scored against Russia in 1998 in their 14:29 defeat.

18 times did the four current semi-finalists reach that stage before: Germany made it four times, Spain and Croatia seven times each, Norway never before.

18 teams are in two pots on Sunday, when the play-offs for the World Championship 2017 in France will be drawn. Pot 1 consists of the nine teams finishing the EHF EURO ranked 4 to 13 (excluding hosts France), Pot 2 includes Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, the teams ranked 14th to 16th at this tournament and the six winners of the pre-qualification groups.

27 players of the four semi-finalists play German clubs. Six play for Spanish sides, four play for Croatian and three for Norwegian clubs.

36 goals, scored by Sweden and Hungary in their 22:14 main round match, was the lowest score of all EHF EURO 2016 matches to date.

42 goals were scored by Macedonian Kiril Lazarov to top the top scorer list after the main round. As his team is out of competition now, the chances of Valero Rivera (41 goals so far) are there to become the second consecutive Spanish EHF EURO top scorer after Joan Canellas scored 50 goals in 2014.

77 goals scored in the match Belarus vs Iceland (39:38) are the record of goals scored in a Men’s EHF EURO match.

87.2 international matches were played on average by each Spanish player in the present squad to top the 'experience ranking'. Norway (67.4) and Croatia (67.1) are almost level, while Germany's players have only played an average of 36.1 internationals.

142 goals were conceded by Sweden so far in their six matches which makes them top the defence ranking ahead of Germany (150) and Denmark (151).

190 goals were scored by Croatia in their six matches so far, which gives them the best attack ahead of France (181) and Norway (178).

196 centimetres is the average height of all German players which literally ranks them higher than fellow semi-finalists Norway (193) and Croatia (192).

2,299 goals were scored in the 42 matches played at this EHF EURO to date.

written by Björn Pazen / ts