NEWS REPORT: The winners of the past three Challenge Cup seasons face stern tests in the new season of the Women's EHF Cup
Tough draws for Most, Höör and Mios
DHK Banik Most from the Czech Republic, H 65 Höör and Union Mios Biganos Begles have two things in common after the draw at the EHF Office in Vienna has determined all pairings for the first two playing rounds in the Women's EHF Cup.
They won the last three editions of the Challenge Cup and they all will face tough challenges in the early stage of the competition this season.
The 2013 Challenge Cup winners from Most might be considered favourites against Italy's Cassano Magnano in the Round 2, but if they live up to the expectations and proceed to the Round 3, they will face Dinamo-Sinara, the 2008 EHF Cup Winners and the participants of the last MVM EHF FINAL4.
Höör, who won the Challenge Cup one year later, are to lock horns with a French team Nantes Loire Atlantique HB, while the current Challenge Cup holders Union will meet Norwegian side Tertnes Bergen.
As Holstebro are playing in the Cup Winners' Cup in the 2015/16 season there will be a vaccant throne in the EHF Cup. In total there are 15 national champions and taking part in Round 2 and Round 3 and three former winners (1998 Dunaujvarosi KKA, 2008 Dinamo-Sinara, 2010 Randers HK) will also be back in action.
Dunaujvaros, who can also boast the EHF Champions League trophy from 1999, will play against the winner of the Round 2 match between Israeli champions HC Holon and Italian title holders Indeco Conversano. Randers will start their campaign in the Round 3 against the winners of the Round 2 Benelux derby encounter between HC Femina Vise from Belgium and the Dutch club Succes Schoonmak VOC Amsterdam.
Women's EHF Cup
(playing dates - 1st leg: 17/18 October 2015, 2nd leg: 24/25 October 2015)
London GD Handball Club (GBR) vs O.F.N. Ionias (GRE)
(playing dates - 1st leg: 14/15 November 2015, 2nd leg: 21/22 November 2015)
Randers HK (DEN) vs Winner R2 Femina Vise/Succes
TEXT: EHF / br
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