Group A: Larvik HK (Norway), RK Krim Mercator (Slovenia), Rostov Don (Russia), HCM Baia Mare (Romania)
The fourth participant in the Group A is Romanian silver medalist, HCM Baia Mare, team which was defetaed by rivals from CSM Bucharest on their way to be Romanian Champions again. The fact led to an amount of substantial changes in the team (coach Tone Tiselj and more payers like Arenhart, Herrem, Makeeva, Davydenko, Lobach were released of their ocntracts) and the team had to play CL-qualifications in order to earn the berth for the groups.
The CL-qualification went outstanding as Baia Mare managed to win both matches on their home court against BNTU-BelAZ Minsk Region from Belarus than in the final against Danish Team Esbjerg.
With a new technical staff led by Romanian coach Aurelian Rosca and new players, mostly from the Romanian championship, Baia Mare has as high ambitions as before. They tried to bring reinforcements also fro outside: French Allison Pineau and Croatian Katarina Jezic are clearly strong players to this team.
Newcomers: Allison Pineau (HBC Nimes), Katarina Jezic (HC Lokomotiva Zagreb), Patricia Vizitiu (CSM Bucuresti), Gabriela Preda (HCM Roman), Ionica Munteanu (SCM Craiova), Gabriela Perianu (HC Dunarea Braila), Yuliya Dumanska (CS Marta Baia Mare), Ana Maria Tanasie (back after on loan to SCM Craiova)
Left the club: Eliza Buceschi (Thüringer HC), Ksenia Makeeva (Rostov Don), Ekaterina Davydenko (Rostov Don), Barbara Arenhart (Nykobing Falster HK), Camilla Herrem (Team Tvis Holstebro), Anastasia Lobach (unknown), Aneta Pirvut (on loan to HC Dunarea Braila), Geta Dinis Vartic (CSM Bistrita), Claudia Cetateanu (CSM Bistrita), Adina Tamas (on loan to CSM Bistrita), Alexandra Ciunt (on loan to CSM Bistrita), Madalina Puscas (Kisvarda)
In the last weeks rumours were spreading about the main sponsor of the club, the mayor of Baia Mare, who could besubject to the tax administration procedures. Than the mayor made a statement which suggested that he could withdraw both handball teams (Baia Mare’s men team is also competing in CL) from Champions League, but aftre that he remained quiet and teams seemed to be let to compete anyway.
Goalkeepers: Paula Ungureanu, Ionica Munteanu, Yulia Dumanska
Backplayers: Luciana Marina, Laura Oltean, Allison Pineau, Gabriella Szűcs, Elene Gjeorgjevska, Melinda Geiger, Patricia Vizitiu, Gabriela Perianu, Gabriela Preda, Lois Abbingh
Wingers: Alexandra Do Nascimento, Adriana Nechita, Valentina Ardean Elisei, Ana Maria Tanasie
Lineplayers: Timea Tatar, Katarina Jezic