NEWS REPORT: Not only the 2013 VELUX EHF Champions League winners learnt their fate in the Men's EHF Cup Group Phase on Thursday after the last club draw in 2014.
Hamburg in group with Haslum, Velenje and Pfadi
HSV Hamburg know all three stops on the way to the Men's EHF Cup quarter-final as one of the heaviest favourites of this season and the 2013 VELUX EHF Champions League winners have been drawn to Group A together with Norway's Haslum Handballklubb, the Slovenian club Gorenje Velenje and Pfadi Winterthur from Switzerland.
The Thursday's Group Phase draw at the EHF Office in Vienna carried out by Michael Wiederer, EHF Secretary General, determined all four groups.
In Group B the Romanian champions HCM Constanta, who made it to the EHF Cup Finals in Berlin last season, will face Fraikin BM Granollers from Spain, Russia's St. Petersburg and the Danish side Team Tvis Holstebro, who ranked third at the first edition of the EHF Cup Finals in 2013 in Nantes.
Futebol Clube do Porto, who eliminated another Champions League regulars from Ademar Leon in the last qualification round will play in Group C alongside Serbia's HC Vojvodina, the Danish club Skjern Handbold and Füchse Berlin, who hosted the last EHF Cup Finals finishing third.
The German newcomers in the European club handball MT Melsungen will take on Hungary's Balatonfüredi KSE, Eskilstuna Guif from Sweden and RK Nexe from Croatia.
The defending champions of the EHF Cup Pick Szeged play the VELUX EHF Champions League this season and they already clinched a knockout berth.
2014/15 Men's EHF Cup Group Phase
Watch the higlight of the draw and reactions of the clubs' representatives here:
First round on 14/15 February
Just two weeks after the gold medal match of the IHF World Championsip in Qatar the EHF Cup Group Phase action will start with the Round 1 matches. The group phase will be played in a round-robin system with six rounds.
Photo: Radovan Stoklasa
TEXT: EHF / br
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