Ruling champion even stronger

Much to the surprise of (almost) the entire world of handball, CSM Bucuresti won the Women´s Champions League in 2016.  Not nearly as many people will be astonished, if they repeat the triumph this season. By Peter Bruun CSM Bucuresti took everyone by surprise last season, as they came from behind to win the Women´s EHF Champions League.  Only the most die-hard CSM fans had seen this coming after… »

The Don does not flow as quiet anymore

After a disappointing 2015/16 season, Rostov-Don are ready for revenge with a team that has strengthened considerably.  Even in a killer group like Group C of the 2016/17 Women´s Champions League, Jan… »

Vardar and the curse of third place

HC Vardar have been extremely consistent over the past three years – more consistent than they like.  By Peter Bruun For the past three years, the Women´s Champions League has finished the season with… »

Will FTC ever get out of Gyor’s shadow?

FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria will continue their struggle as number two in Hungary and they will have to watch their archrival become the only Hungarian representative at the 2016/17 FINAL4 once again. By Peter Bruun FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria – will we ever take the time to say the full name, and will it ever become natural to us? Probably not.  We still know the organization under its old name – Ferencv… »

Lyudmila Postnova

Depleted Russian champion with modest chances

Having lost 14 players of the team that won the Russian championship back in spring, Astrakhanochka can only have modest hopes ahead of their Champions League debut. By Peter Bruun Ana Vyakhireva, Pol… »

Will Leipzig reach the main round for a fourth time?

We conclude our look at Group B with German wild card team HC Leipzig, a club that will have difficulties reaching the main round for the fourth time. By Peter Bruun HC Leipzig are in for their 12th C… »

Macarena Aguilar

Not even Herbert Müller can take THC to Budapest

By Peter Bruun Taking the temperature of the Champions League teams of the 2016/17 season – we are still in Group A – German champions Thueringer HC´s best chance to play in Budapest will be meeting FTC on the road during the main round. The FINAL4 – once again – will be out of reach. Two things are certain every spring:  The weather gets warmer and Thueringer HC become German champions in women´s… »

Pia Narvesen

Optimistic newcomers with nothing to lose

By Peter Bruun Having overcome the qualifiers in their second attempt, Glassverket are finally ready for the Champions League group phase. The Norwegian debutants can play freely in Group A, where the… »

The girls in skirts are back

By Peter Bruun We take a closer look at Metz Handball who are back in the Champions League after a one year break. The club from France may be heading for their best result yet. Over the years, Metz H… »

Will Buducnost miss the FINAL4 for the first time?

By Peter Bruun Taking the temperature on the teams in Women´s EHF Champions League, we start with the 2012 and 2015 winner, Buducnost, who have been participating in the FINAL4 ever since the event moved to Budapest. But is the Montenegrin powerhouse a contender again this season? If we look back at Montenegro´s most recent performance at the Rio Olympics – the core of the team consisted of player… »