EHF Cup countdown, part 3: HCM Constanta (ROU)
Counting on the home advantage
It is a tough group, but Romanian champions HCM Constanta hope to go all the way to Berlin.
Already in the group phase they will see the venue of the upcoming EHF Cup Finals as they – besides Chambery and Hlohovec - will face host Füchse Berlin in Group D.
After failing to qualify for the VELUX EHF Champions League by losing the final of Qualification Tournament 4 against Porto, the internationally experienced club from the Black Sea coast made it to the EHF Cup Group Phase easily by two victories in the qualification matches against Danish side Mors-Thy.
So Constanta set high objectives for this season: Not only defending both trophies (championship and cup) on domestic court, but reaching the EHF Cup Finals.
“We are honoured to play in the Group Phase of the EHF Cup, in a strong group against teams like Füchse Berlin, Chambery Savoie Handball and HC Sporta Hlohovec,” manager Ali Nuhran says about the ambitions of the Romanian champions.
“Even as this group is strong with professional teams, our team will play at a high level and we hope to make a spectacular handball show.”
“I’m very pleased to play in a group against experienced teams like Füchse, Chambery and Hlohovec. I’m sure that we’ll make some good games, and by hard work, experience and devotion we can manage to proceed,” Toma says.
A major advantage for HCM will be that they will have their home matches in Constanta, as they had to move to Buzau last season for hosting their Champions League games.
Three questions to coach Zvonko Shundovski:
What are your expectations for the EHF Cup Group Phase - concerning your objectives and your group opponents?
What does the participation in the EHF Cup Group Phase mean to you and your club?
What teams are your personal favourites to reach the EHF Cup Finals?
HCM Constanta (ROU)
The road to the Group Phase:
Newcomers: Ramon Somlea (Cluj), Alexandru Bucataru (Sighisora), Marius Novanc (Dedeman Bacau)
Coach: Zvonko Shundovski (sinde 2012)
Biggest successes in EHF European club competitions:
VELUX EHF Champions League
Cup Winners’ Cup
Romanian champions: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
TEXT: Björn Pazen / br
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