NEWS REPORT: The European Handball Federation has released the playing system and seeding lists for its Men's European Cup events in the 2015/16 season
Defending champions Füchse Berlin enter EHF Cup in Round 3
The road to a successful title defence for German side Füchse Berlin in the Men's EHF Cup starts in four months when the competition's third round is played on 21/22 and 28/29 November.
The defending champions are one of 60 teams (including three teams coming from the VELUX EHF Champions League Qualification) that will vie for the title, according to the EHF's playing system and seeding list for the EHF Cup that has been released on Tuesday.
24 teams have to start at the very beginning in Round 1 (Playing dates 5/6 and 12/13 September); the twelve winners will join another 20 teams that have been seeded for Round 2 (10/11 and 17/18 October).
16 teams then make it to Round 3 for which another 16 have been seeded already, which means that 32 clubs overall vie for a place in the competition's group phase.
Besides Füchse Berlin, another two German clubs, SC Magdeburg and Frisch Auf Göppingen, start in Round 3. This year's EHF Cup Finals participants, RK Gorenje Velenje, and 2013 EHF Cup Finals hosts, HBC Nantes, are also part of this group of teams.
The draw for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men's EHF Cup will take place in Vienna on 21 July at the EHF Office.
At the same time the seeding list and playing for the Men's Challenge Cup has been released.
42 teams overall start in the competition. 20 teams play the second round (there are no matches in Round 1); 22 - among them the defending champions of HC Odorheiu - have already been seeded for Round 3.
The playing dates are 10/11 and 17/18 October for Round 2 and 21/22 and 28/29 November for Round 3.
The draw for these two rounds will also take placen on 21 July at the EHF Office in Vienna.
Men's EHF Cup: Playing system and seeding list 2015/16
Men's Challenge Cup: Playing system and seeding list 2015/16
TEXT: EHF / ts
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