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Yugoslavia Champion in 15th World University Men's Handball Championship
28th December 1998 - 5th January 1999, Yugoslavia
In the final match the host of the championship defeated the defender of the title, the national team of Hungary, with the result 34:25 (18:10). The curtain is dropped at the 15th World University Men’s Handball Championship, where the host and the organizer triumphed, the national team of Yugoslavia. In an extraordinary beautiful atmosphere, in front of near 5000 spectators, the Yugoslav national team surprised the defenders of the title, the Hungarian national team in all elements.
From the beginning Yugoslavians carried by the frenetic cheering from the crowded, stands played first class, solid and during the most of the game fluttery, so the opponents could not endanger, not even for a moment their constant and solid leadership.
The next Students Championship will take place in Portugal in 2000, and the new World Champions have the reason to be proud of their gold medal and the brilliant organization of this international spectacle.
THE BRONZE TO RUSSIA: RUSSIA – TURKEY 25:23 (16:11)
In this match of 15th World University Men’s Handball Championship the Russian team won over the Turkish team 25:23 (16:11). With this victory they won the 3rd place and bronze medal.

FINAL: YUGOSLAVIA - HUNGARY  34:25 (18:10)
MATCH FOR 3rd PLACE: RUSSIA - TURKEY 25:23 (16:11)
MATCH FOR 5th PLACE: GEORGIA - BRAZIL 23:27 (22:22; 11:13)
MATCH FOR 7th PLACE: JAPAN - UKRAINE 28:27 (24:24; 11:13)

SEMIFINALS:  YUGOSLAVIA - RUSSIA 30:28 (15:17), TURKEY - HUNGARY 27:35 (14:17)
MATCHES FOR THE PLACE: UKRAINE - GEORGIA 25:26 (23:24, 23:23, 9:11), JAPAN - BRAZIL 23:27 (11:16)
FOURTH ROUND TEAM RANKING: Group A: YUGOSLAVIA - TURKEY 27:22 (9:11), Group A: JAPAN - GEORGIA 17:17 (7:12)

THIRD ROUND TEAM RANKING:
Group A: YUGOSLAVIA - JAPAN 30:18 (16:9)
Group A: TURKEY - PORTUGAL  27:22 (13:10)
Group B: HUNGARY - RUSSIA   27:18 (13:8)
Group A: TURKEY - JAPAN 31:22 (16:7)
Group A: PORTUGAL - GEORGIA 14:19 (7:10)
Group B: UKRAINE - BRAZIL 17:18 (10:10)

SECOND ROUND TEAM RANKING:
Group A: YUGOSLAVIA - GEORGIA 35:15 (20:10)
Group B: RUSSIA - UKRAINE 32:31 (14:17)
Group B: HUNGARY - BRAZIL 23:16 (14:9)
Group A: JAPAN - PORTUGAL 20:20 (8:10)

FIRST ROUND TEAM RANKING:
Group A: TURKEY - GEORGIA 27:26 (15:14)
Group B: RUSSIA - BRAZIL 30:26 (14:15)
Group B: HUNGARY - UKRAINE 25:18 (13:7)
Group A: YUGOSLAVIA - PORTUGAL 35:19 (19:8)

FINAL RANKING:
1. YUGOSLAVIA
2. HUNGARY
3. RUSSIA
4. TURKEY
5. BRAZIL
6. GEORGIA
7. JAPAN
8. UKRAINE
9. PORTUGAL

Fair play team: POR
Best goalkeeper: Sterbik Arpad (YUG)
Best goalscorer: Ratko Nikolic (YUG)
Best player: Ratko Nikolic (YUG)
Best referees: Rajko Imbronjev (YUG), Nebojsa Grkovic (YUG)

WINNER TEAM OF YUGOSLAVIA

Name Function
POKRAJAC BRANISLAV CHIEF
ZIVKOVIC ZORAN COACH
KURTES ZORAN COACH
RADULOVIC VLADIMIR MEDICAL STAFF
BABIC MILAN MEDICAL STAFF
BOJIC DRAGOLJUB SECRETARY
5 MILINOVIC DUSKO PLAYER
13 PETRIC VLADIMIR PLAYER
20 GOLIC NEBOJSA PLAYER
10 KOKIR BRANKO PLAYER
18 KRIVOKAPIC MARKO PLAYER
19 LAPCEVIC IVAN PLAYER
4 TOMIC ZORAN PLAYER
11 MATOVIC VLADIMIR PLAYER
6 NIKOLIC RATKO PLAYER
15 SUDZUM DRAGAN PLAYER
12 SARIC DANIJEL PLAYER
1 STERBIK ARPAD PLAYER
2 EKLEMOVIC NIKOLA PLAYER
17 MAKSIC NENAD PLAYER
ZRILIC RAJKO REFEREE
STAKIC ZIVAN REFEREE
IMBRONJEV RAJKO REFEREE
GRKOVIC NEBOJSA REFEREE
TOP GOALSCORER RANKING GOALS
Rank No. Name Team
01 6 NIKOLIC YUG 46
02 5 KOKSHAROV RUS 44
03 7 HARTINAZ TUR 42
04 4 TOTH HUN 37
05 7 KHODKOV RUS 30
06 8 ROSTA HUN 27
07 8 BALYURA UKR 27
08 9 KELANDADZE GEO 26

RESULTS ON THE WORLD UNIVERSITY MEN`S HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS – FISU FROM 1963 UNTIL 1998