01.12.2015, 12:00
Last season's runners-up head to Estonia

NEWS REPORT: ABC/UMinho will face HC Kehra in the Men's Challenge Cup Last 16 after the Tuesday's draw has determined all eight pairings.

Last season's runners-up head to Estonia

The second to last draw in European club handball in 2015 has defined all eight pairings in the Men's Challenge Cup. The first leg matches are scheduled for 13/14 February and the second leg will follow one week later.



ABC/UMinho reached the Challenge Cup final already twice in the past in 2005 and 2015. The 1993/94 EHF Champions League finalists have to eliminate Estonia's HC Kehra to get one step closer to the final this year.

Ten years ago the Portuguese side (under the name ABC Braga) failed in the final against Wacker Thun from Switzerland, who are also in the Last 16 stage and will meet Handball Team Celik, the Bosnian newcomers in European club competitions.

The second Portuguese team SL Benfica, who were in the Challenge Cup final in 2011, face a Greek opposition from AC Filippos Verias, while their fellow Greek team AO Poseidon Loutrakiou will lock horns with Belgium's KV Sasja.

Another team with the Challenge Cup final experience is Handball Esch and if the Luxembourgish side desire to emulate the success of the 2012/13 season they have to succeed in the Benelux clash against FIQAS Aalsmeer.

Belgium's HC Vise BM will meet Dukla Prague, who can boast the three Champions Cup titles (forerunner of the EHF Champions League), but it has been over 30 years since their last continental trophy (1984).

Find all pairings of the Men's Challenge Cup here



TEXT: EHF / br

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