Reference: Compiled from Results & Table in 
Group A Results
|Date||Time||Home Team||Away Team|
Group A Table
Finals & Placement Matches
|Date||Time||Team 1||Team 2|
The Men’s Challenge Trophy was the European Handball Federations competition for emerging Nations. Having competed with club sides & countries like Greenland in the mid-1990s, Ireland entered this competition for the first time in 1999.
In Ireland’s fourth time entering the competition in 2005, they lost all their matches for the third time in a row, although this time they only lost 24-21 to Scotland in their final group game, and 23-20 to Malta in the 5th-6th place match. Malta had previously beaten England.
Moldova won the Tournament for the second time in a row, again defeating Azerbaijan in the Final, although this encounter was closer (29-27). Scotland defeated England 24-18 to take bronze.
Olympic Handball, sometimes called Team Handball or European Handball, is a team sport similar to Indoor Soccer or Futsal, except hands are used rather than feet.
The object of the sport is to pass the ball using only the hands in order to get into a semi-circle around the opposing teams goal, where a shot may be taken. Each score counts as one goal, and the court is the exact same as a Futsal court indeed Futsal was invented as an Indoor version of Soccer, using the Olympic Handball court.
The sport was invented in Germany & Northern Europe at the end of the 19th Century & beginning of the 20th Century.
 European Handball Federation (2018) 2005 Men’s Challenge Trophy [Internet] Available from: http://www.eurohandball.com/trophy/men/2005/round/1/Final+Round [Accessed 25 October 2018]
Thanks to Alan Delaney.
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