Partille Cup starts
The tournament is played for the first time. The venue is Vallhamra in Partille. Already in 1963 IK Savehof started a tournament under the name Junior Cup -63. Unfortunately all the fields were devastated during the event due to the weather consisting of rain, thunder and hail. In 1970 it started up again when many schoolyards, consisting of asphalt, had been equipped with handball lines. The name ”Partille Cup” was introduced and many consider the tournament as the precursor for all similar tournaments in the world.
140 teams 8 nations
The first non-European team participates. The club is called ESAB and comes from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The women’s team was a success thanks to both its exotic look and handball skills. Brazil’s participation was the start of the successful international marketing that the tournament came to do.
320 teams 11 nations
After a few years it felt like the tournament had come to a standstill and fewer Swedish teams participated. Happily, it was then when Partille got completely invaded by men in Kandura suits when Kuwait and their delegation of nearly 100 persons participated for the first time. It was the beginning of a long and faithful tradition where Kuwait participated every year until 2010. More and more teams from Yugoslavia, Poland and the Czech Republic had also found their way to Partille Cup.
285 teams 14 nations
1982 The first official Leaders Party was held in 1982. The main attractions were a quiz walk and canoeing. It was a way to get the international leaders to get to know each other. The Swedish teams also began to return to the tournament because of the large international participation.
320 teams 16 nations
Girls Team Ching-Hising from Taiwan and Korea’s National Team becomes the first non-European teams to win Partille Cup. The teams participated in the 15-year class. Taiwan has since then 34 victories until 2014, making them the fourth best country ever.
353 teams 16 nations
The Opening Ceremony moves outdoors from Partillebohallen to Vallhamra IP. Still the street parade is one of the most important elements. The song “We Are the World” is played by at a dance band at the end and helicopters are used in the show, dropping of handball profiles.
475 teams 22 nations
Together with the European Handball Federation, a new tournament, Champions Youth Tournament, with the best club teams in Europe, is arranged. At the same time the Young Referee Project starts with the aim to train referees in an international environment. Through the years, more than 300 referees have completed the course.
487 teams 32 nations
Partille Cup grows exponentially and the municipality Partille starts to become too small. There are not enough schools and fields. Then the idea to use two football fields at Heden in central Gothenburg is born. There are long bus transportation for the participants, but to play in Gothenburg is appreciated and necessary to make room for all the matches.
699 teams 41 nations
The tournament is growing further and Partille Cup moves entirely into Gothenburg. Scandinavium becomes the new arena for the Opening Ceremony and Heden becomes our base. The organization is also investing in three artificial turf fields that are rolled out on the gravel surface at Heden just before the tournament starts. In total there will be nearly 40 fields at Heden.
765 teams 32 nations
Partille Cup starts together with the European Handball Federation a tournament called European Open Championship (EOC), a national team tournament for 24 teams. Every second year it´s being held for men (19 years) and every second year for women (18 years). The first year began with the men´s teams and Germany defeated Russia, 30-28, in a crowded Lisebergshallen that was the arena for the finals. Sweden finished in a admirable 3rd place.
785 teams 46 nations
Partille Cup celebrates 40 years, and a new record of over 900 teams. It consolidates our position as the world’s largest youth handball tournament. At the same time Partille Cup gets the attention of IHF’s President Dr. Hassan Mustafa who visits the event. Afterward, the decision is made that Sweden is allowed to stand as organizer for the Mens World Championship in 2011 and Sweden will play their matches in Gothenburg. The city is expanding at Heden with four full-size football fields of artificial grass and two 7-aside fields.
930 teams 45 nations
The Olympic Development Program is started. A project in which countries with development potential in handball are invited for a week of training camp. Seminars and trainings with games and technique are held. The week concludes with participation in Partille Cup. The idea is that these countries will be so inspired that they continue to develop handball in their home countries. The project is implemented in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Handball Federation (IHF).
1052 teams 46 nations
The tournament continues to grow. Therefore Partille Cup extends to Kviberg, a former military area with great training ground which now used as sports fields. Two artificial turf fields are used with a total of 12 handball courts. Heden is still the base with 30 courts, Valhalla IP 6 fields, Överåsvallen 6 fields that gives a total of over 60 fields, including indoors.
1086 teams 40 nations
Wheelchair Handball is growing in the world. Yet, it is very small and is played only in six countries but the EHF has made some efforts to make it grow. In Sweden there are three-four clubs and those was invited to this year’s tournament to face each other. Wheelchair Handball makes its debut in Partille Cup.
1107 teams 44 nations
The 45-year anniversary includes several major news. The Opening Ceremony, which attracted 13,900 spectators to Scandinavium (the second biggest event of all time in the stadium’s history, beaten only by Whitney Houston) are no longer sufficient. The show therefore moved outdoors to Gamla Ullevi. The finals moved to Heden where Partille Cup built a temporary arena for 11,000 spectators. Girl and boy-classes are played simultaneously in a glorious sunny and warm Gothenburg while Partille Cup has become a pure outdoor tournament.
1023 teams 41 nations
Partille Cup goes digital! Everything becomes more digital and this year we launched the app called Team World of Handball. An app where participants collect player cards digitally by scanning the code of the participant bracelet. Our online playing schedule has also been developed and for the first time the program was not printed on paper at all. Taste The World made their first appearance. A food concept where food from selected exotic countries was offered at Heden Center. It was much appreciated to taste food from Mali, Nigeria or the Seychelles. Georgia and Peru participates for the first time.
1014 teams 43 nations
The Opening Festival Ceremony makes its first appearance. The Opening Ceremony at the Scandinavium Arena with a standing crowd in front of the stage offered a fresh and new show. The 3000 standing and 10000 seated people in the audience experienced a giant big screen integrated in a show of song, dance and the highlight of all nations. Our new service with Live Streaming of selected matches was also a success. We filmed over 200 matches from four playing fields including all the finals. Through a subscription at our website viewers from around the world could follow the tournament. The venue where the finals was played had a make over making a better atmosphere and allowing more spectators. This year was the last of the European Open where Sweden won the womens 18 over Denmark.
1055 teams 41 nations
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Participating Nations1. Algeria 2. Argentina 3. Armenia 4. Australia 5. Austria 6. Azerbaijan 7. Bahrain 8. Bangladesh 9. Belarus 10. Belgium 11.Benin 12. Bosnia Hercegovina 13. Brazil 14. Bulgaria 15. Canada 16. Chile 17. China 18. Colombia 19. Cook Islands 20. Croatia 21. Cyprus 22. Czech Rep. 23. Czechoslovakia* 24. Denmark 25. East Germany* 26. Egypt 27. England 28. Estonia 29. Faroe Islands 30. Finland 31. France 32. FYR Macedonia33. Gabon 34. Georgien 35. Germany 36. Greece 37. Greenland 38. Guatemala 39. Holland 40. Hong Kong 41. Hungary 42. Iceland 43. India 44. Iraq 45. Ireland 46. Israel 47. Italy 48. Japan 49. Jordan 50. Kenya 51. Kosovo 52. Kuwait 53. Latvia 54. Libya 55. Liechtenstein 56. Lithuania 57. Luxemburg 58. Malta 59. Mexico 60. Moldova 61. Monaco 62. Mongolia 63. Montenegro 64. Morocco65. Nepal 66. New Zealand 67. Nigeria 68. Norway 69. Peru 70. Poland 71. Portugal 72. Qatar 73. Romania 74. Russia 75. Saudi Arabia 76. Scotland 77. Serbia 78. Singapore 79. Slovakia 80. Slovenia 81. South Africa 82. South Korea 83. Soviet Union* 84. Spain 85. Sweden 86. Switzerland 87. Taiwan 88. Thailand 89. Tunisia 90. Turkey 91. UAE 92. Ukraine 93. USA 94. West Germany* 95. Yugoslavia* 96. Zimbabwe
Most succesful countries
Most successful nations Place Country Victories 1 Sweden 231 2 Denmark 78 3 Norway 49 4 Taiwan 37 5 Croatia 20 6 Nigeria 15 7 Hungary 11 Germany 11 8 South Korea 10 9 Egypt 8 10 Czech Republic 7 Yugoslavia 7 11 Poland 6 12 Iceland 5 13 Lithuania 4 Slovakia 4 14 Austria 3 Belgium 3 Bulgaria 3 Estonia 3 Russia 3 Slovenia 3 15 Czechoslovakia 2 Latvia 2 Spain 2 Farao Islands 2 16 Italy 1 Japan 1 Korea 1 Kuwait 1 Moldova 1 Soviet Union 1