Montenegro - M18 EHF EURO 2022
Montenegro and its capital Podgorica will, for the second year in a row, host a Younger Age Category event. In 2022, sports centres Moraca and Verde will welcome the M18 EHF EURO 2022 from 4-14 August 2022.
GROUPS & SCHEDULE
The 16 teams competing in the Montenegrin capital on 4-14 August know which opponents they are going to face in the preliminary round.
The draw which took place in February at the EHF Office in Vienna divided the participants into four groups of four teams each.
The full schedule of the matches is available here.
Podgorica is the capital and the largest city of Montenegro.
The city was known as Titograd between 1946 and 1992 - in the period that Montenegro formed, as the Socialist Republic of Montenegro, part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY)—in honour of Marshal Josip Broz Tito.
Podgorica's favourable position at the confluence of the Ribnica and Moraca rivers and at the meeting-point of the fertile Zeta Plain and Bjelopavlići Valley has encouraged settlement. The city is close to winter skiing centres in the north and to seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea.
Podgorica Municipality covers 10.4% of Montenegro's territory and is home to 29.9% of the country's population. It is the nation's administrative centre and its economic, cultural, and educational focus.
The most popular sports by far are football, basketball and handball. Budućnost Podgorica is the most important sports club in Podgorica. Its name means „Future“.
Women's handball club Buducnost had significant success in European competition and is the most successful club not only in Podgorica but in the country. Budućnost is the two times winner of the EHF Champions League (2012, 2015), IHF Cup Winner's Cup (1985), IHF Cup (1987) and EHF Cup Winner's Cup (2006, 2010).
MORAČA SPORTS CENTRE
Morača Sports Centre is a multipurpose venue that is located in Podgorica, Montenegro. The venue is located in the new part of Podgorica, on the right bank of the Morača river, after which it got its name. Construction of the sports complex began in 1978, and various sporting facilities are scattered within it, across a five-hectare area. Besides being a sports venue, Morača Sports Centre also hosts various concerts and events.
The new venue was inaugurated in 1978 with a friendly basketball game between the Yugoslav national team and Wichita State University.
The sports complex's main indoor hall serves as the primary multipurpose indoor arena in Podgorica. It is best known as the home arena of Budućnost Podgorica's basketball, volleyball and handball teams. The complex's main indoor hall hosted six preliminary-round games of EuroBasket 2005.
VERDE SPORTS CENTRE
The modernly designed sports hall "Verde" is a special part of the Verde sports complex and is intended for professional and recreational sports.
The area of the hall is 5000 m2 and its capacity is 2,100 seats. On an area of 1,680 m2 (dimensions 47.30 m x 35.50 m), there is a multifunctional field where it is possible to organize basketball, volleyball, handball and futsal games. The hall is designed to respond to the most demanding events.
In March 2021, the Verde sports hall hosted an Olympic handball qualification tournament and numerous other international competitions and matches according to the highest standards.