EHF Cup club countdown, part 6: Chambery Savoie Handball (FRA)
Obrvan back to his best and with clear goals
Nine straight years from the 2005/06 to the 2013/14 season, Chambery Savoie had been part of the European Cup competitions - mostly the EHF Champions League.
After a year absence from the international stage, the team of Croatian born coach Ivica Obrvan is back - and how! In qualification for the group phase of the EHF Cup the team from the Alps eliminated defending EHF Cup champions Füchse Berlin and caused the biggest surprise in this competition so far.
After the 2013/14 season, when they came up short against Berlin in the EHF Cup Group Phase, making it to the knock-out stage is the goal of the nine-time French runners-up and 2001 champions. And in Group D they come up against Ystad, CSM Bucuresti and Anaitasuna, Chambery will be favourites to top the group.
Only one of the famous Gille brothers - team captain Benjamin - is still on court for Chambery after Bertrande finished his career last season with Guillaume being assistant coach.
Chambery have a huge number of French talents in their squad, who were part of the U21 and U19 World Champions of 2015, like Melvyn Richardson, son of former handball legend Jackson Richardson. And they are all cheered on by Chambery’s new mountain-typical mascot “Alpy le Yéti”.
What are your expectations for the group phase of the EHF Cup - regarding your objectives and your group opponents?
What does the participation in the group phase of the EHF Cup mean to you and your club?
What teams are your personal favourites to reach the EHF Cup Finals?
Newcomers: Joao Pedro Francisco Da Silva (Ademar Leon), Johannes Marescot (Valence), Danilo Brestovac (Skopje), Alexandre Tritta, Queido Traore (both Chambery Youth Centre)
EHF Cup Winners’ Cup records:
French champions: 2001 (runners-up: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
TEXT: Björn Pazen / bc
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