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2009 European Sevens Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of Germany GER
Dates 11 July – 12 July
No. of nations 13
Champions Gold medal blank Men: Flag of Russia.png Russia
Women: Flag of England.png England
2008
2010

The 2009 European Sevens Championship was a rugby sevens competition, with the final held in Hanover, Germany. It was the eighth edition of the European Sevens championship and was organised by rugby's European governing body, the FIRA – Association of European Rugby (FIRA-AER).[1]

The tournament differed from the previous seasons event as the number of participating men's teams had been reduced from twelve to ten. Instead, a women's tournament was held alongside the men's, also consisting of ten teams. The men's tournament was won by Russia, while England took out the women's title.

Tournament historyEdit

From 2002, FIRA, the governing body of European rugby, has been organising an annual European Sevens Championship tournament. A number of qualifying tournaments lead up to a finals tournament, which functions as the European championship and, in 2008, also as the qualifying stage for the Sevens World Cup.[1]

The first European Championship was held in 2002 in Heidelberg, Germany, and was won by Portugal, the team that won every men's championship since except 2007 and 2009, when Russia won. In 2003, the tournament was again held in Heidelberg and, in 2004, Palma de Mallorca, Spain was the host. From 2005 to 2007, Moscow was the host of the tournament.[1]

Hanover held the tournament for the first time in 2008 and did so again in 2009.[1] In 2010, the tournament will return to Moscow.

Finals stadiumEdit

File:Awdarena.jpg

The 2008 and 2009 finals tournaments were held at the AWD-Arena in Hanover, home ground of the football club Hannover 96. The stadium holds 50.000 spectators, 43,000 of them on seats, the rest standing.[2]

QualifyingEdit

A qualifying competition was held for the men's teams, with points allocated according to final placings in each tournament. Each nation was required to play two qualifying tournaments.[3]

Ten teams qualified through the six qualifying tournaments, held at the following locations:

Location Country Date Winner Runner-up
Sopot Poland 16–17 May Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal 22x20px Poland
Athens Greece 23–24 May Flag of France.png France Flag of Romania.png Romania
Split Croatia 30–31 May Flag of France.png France Flag of Italy.png Italy
Odessa Ukraine 6–7 June Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of Moldova.png Moldova
Ostrava Czech Republic 6–7 June Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
Moscow Russia 20–21 June Flag of Italy.png Italy Flag of Moldova.png Moldova

Final standingsEdit

These are the final standings of the tournament:

Place Men Women
1st Flag of Russia.png Russia Flag of England.png England
2nd Flag of France.png France Flag of Spain.jpg Spain
3rd Flag of Italy.png Italy Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
4th Flag of Spain.jpg Spain Flag of Germany.png Germany
5th Flag of Georgia.png Georgia Flag of France.png France
6th Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal
7th Flag of Portugal.jpg Portugal Flag of Russia.png Russia
8th Flag of Romania.png Romania Flag of Italy.png Italy
9th Flag of Germany.png Germany Template:Country data SWE
10th 22x20px Poland Flag of Moldova.png Moldova

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The 7s European Championship Hannover Sevens website, accessed: 4 June 2010
  2. AWD-Arena - facts Hannover Sevens website - stadium information, accessed: 4 June 2010
  3. Qualifiers for the Hannover Sevens 2009 Hannover Sevens website, accessed: 4 June 2010

External linksEdit

Template:European Sevens Championship

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