Group B: FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria (Hungary), Thüringer HC (Germany), HC Podravka Vegeta (Croatia), Fleury Handball (France)
Group B of the CL has on his top Hungarian champions from Ferencváros, team which defeated Győr in the final of the Hungarian League , pushing Győr to play in qualifications this year.
Last year Ferencváros lost the opportunity to take a berth in the Groups, after a thriller match against HC Leipzig, lost in Germany. They managed to qualify into the semifinals of the CWC, where thet were eliminated by FC Midtjylland, the later winner.
One of the most important players of FTC from the last five years has left the club, Zsuzsanna Tomori signed for Győr. Lftwinger Orsolya Vérten has retired, getting a new role now as assistent coach beside head coach of FTC, Gábor Elek.
Left the team: Viktória Soós (Vác), Zsuzsanna Tomori (Győr), Orsolya Vérten (retired), Melinda Tóth (MTK), Ágnes Kocsis (Vasas)
Joined the team: Klára Szekeres (ÉRD), Dóra Hornyák (Vác), Nadine Schatzl (ÉRD), Luca Szekerczés (back from loan from) Siófok, Noémi Háfra (junior team), Hlogyik Petra (Junior team)
ven if Tomori left, the team still has a consistent backcourt, with Spanish backplayer Nerea Pena, Hungarian internationals like Zita Szucsánszki, Dóra Hornyák or Szandra Zácsik, the last one is coming back after she was outside of the court because of matternity leave.
Piroska Szamoránsky, lineplayer of FTC says on fradi.hu:
“Champions League means for me that we are among the best teams, we can compete against them, show what we are able to achieve. In the previous season we were not able to qualify, before that we ere not very succesfull. We have got a new chance and I hope that everybody appreciates that we are directli qualified to the Groups.
Our first match we will play in Dabas, it’s a hall which brings back very good memories about winning CWC twice and having always the strong support of our fans.”
Goalkeepers: Katarina Tomasevic, Melinda Szikora, Petra Hlogyik
Backplayers: Nerea Pena, Zita Szucsánszki, Szandra Zácsik, Dóra Hornyák, Luca Szekerczés, Noémi Háfra, Klára Szekeres
Wingers: Adrienne Szarka, Nadine Schatzl, Mónika Kovasicz, Viktória Lukács, Gréta Márton, Noémi Mód,
Lineplayers: Anira Cifra, Piroska Szamoránnsky, Rea Mészáros