Group B: FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria (Hungary), Thüringer HC (Germany), HC Podravka Vegeta (Croatia), Fleury Handball (France)
Thüringer HC is the German champion, the club keeps tight the title from some years and is a constant participant in the Champions League. Last years they made it to the best eight, there were stopped by Larvik.
A series of important players left the club after previous season, and new one arrived, but if we are analyzing the quality of left players and comparing with the newcomers we can realize that the squad has been weakened.
Nadja Nadgornaja, Franziska Mietzner, Martine Smeets and Yulia Snopova left, Petra Popluharova ended her career , but new interesting players had arrived.
Headcoach Herbert Müller can start to build a new team, six players on the backcourt are newcomers, but they have new lineplayers or wingers as well.
Newcomers: Natalia Reshetnikova (Universitet Izhevsk), Anouk van de Wiel (Göppingen), Lotte Prak (Koblenz), Lucie Satrapova (on loan from Slavia Prag), Eliza Buceschi (Baia Mare), Beate Scheffknecht (Göppingen), Crina Pintea (Zalau),
Team captain Danick Snelder said on ehfcl.com:
“For some of our players it will be their first Champions League experience, and they also will experience the great atmosphere at our home games.
“Each team can make it to the main round. FTC can count on international experience and their speed, Fleury have a stable centre defence, and of course our former teammate Barbosa and Podravka, who we beat twice in the previous season.”
Goalkeepers: Jana Krause, Dina Eckerle, Lucia Satrapova
Backplayers: Kerstin Wohlbold, Iveta Luzumova, Eliza Buceschi, Beate Scheffknecht, Anouk van de Wiel, Lotte Prak, Lucia Hruscakova, Marieke Blase, Katrin Engel,
Wingers: Lidija Jakubisova, Svenja Huber, Linda Back, Natalia Reshetnikova, Sonja Frey, Josephinne Kessler,
Lineplayers: Danick Snelder, Franziska Fruhmann, Meike Schmelzer, Crina Pintea