After last week’s overview of the Men Champions League, today we will give you our thoughts of what one can expect from the ladies’ competition.
It will definitely be a hard task for Gyor to retain the cup for the second year running. They are a very good and experienced team who have been playing together for some time now. They do not buy a lot of players during the summer just a couple to strengthen their already stable squad. They depend a bit on the leadership of their long-time captain Anita Gorbitz who on the other hand seems a bit volatile and prone to injuries. Gyor confirmed their objective of retaining the cup by winning the PwC Handball Fiesta, a pre-season friendly tournament that saw other 5 participants of the Champions league taking part. Unfortunately for Gyor, Gorbitz got injured during this tournament. Gyor, placed in group A have the hardest group in the group matches with Thuringer and Hypo Niederosterrich.
Larvik of Norway who was last year’s finalists has great hunger to regain the lost title. Larvik’s team is composed mainly of the Norwegian national team who in the past years have been synonymous with success winning all the possible titles. They are in group D and should not have any difficulty to make it to the main group. Budocnost of Montenegro and FTC Cargo Hungaria are other contenders and will make it to the semi-final.
In the ladies tournament I do not see a lot of surprises although I fancy one of the Danish teams to take a spot in the semi-final. Budocnost are in group B but I see little challenge for them while FTC Cargo Hungaria has to go through the qualification tournament. They are in group 2 of the qualifications and if they pass they will be in Budocnost’s group but since two will progress I do not see it difficult for them to go through.
From these pages we would also like to say well done to Alan Grima who was the EHF delegate for the qualification tournament of the Men Champions League in Porto who saw HBM Costanta, HV Kras Volendam, Elverum and Porto.