Millions tuned in for EHF EURO 2014

NEWS REPORT: There was satisfaction all around and even the time for jokes at the EHF EURO's closing press conference on Sunday

Photo: Uros Hocevar

The mood was a happy one as representatives of the European Handball Federation, the Hungarian Handball Federation and the Croatian Handball Federation gathered for the event's closing press conference at the Papp Laszlo Sportarena in Budapest.

EHF President Jean Brihault started by thanking the two local organisers, Croatia and Hungary, for a good event and their good cooperation.

"Arranging a championship in six venues in two countries is always a challenge.

"I would like to thank the local organisers for a good cooperation during the preparation phase as well as at the event itself", said Jean Brihault before continuing with a humorous note on the performances from the teams of the hosting nations.

"It obviously influenced the attendance figures that the home teams were so modest," he said with a smile.

"The Croatians were so polite and bowed out already after the preliminary round, leaving the court to the other teams, while the Hungarians had to think a bit longer before they decided to follow the example of Croatia."

Brihault then continued with a similaly humurous advice to all future hosts: "Do not do that again."

Sandi Sola, President of the Croatian Handball Federation, continued the light-hearted mood. "I'm afraid that our girls took the slogan ´Handball, I love you´ a little too literally," he said.

It was back to hard facts and serious numbers afterwards with Ivan Vetesi, President of the Hungarian Handball Federation, praising the efforts of the tournament's hundreds of volunteers.

"We could not have made this happen without you," Vetesi said to all of them.

Vetesi also pointed out that TV figures were very good, with up 1,3 million people tuning in for Hungary's matches. Figures around or above the one-million mark were also reached in Denmark and Norway.

It was then up to EHF Secretary General Michael Wiederer to also thank the EHF's partners such as adidas, Gerflor, Infront Sports & Media as well Sport Transfer for their contributions and support of the tournament.

EHF Head of Media and Communications JJ Rowland concluded the press conference by pointing out some media figures.

Visitors on the official website increased compared to the EHF EURO 2012, video clips produced for the EHF by Infront for social media and the EHF EURO Youtube channel proved a hit with fans and international broadcasters alike and the matches which were streamed for the first time on ehfTV.com were watched by more than 100,000 people.

written by Peter Bruun / ts


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