Group C: FC Midtjylland, HC Vardar, Hypo NÖ, Győri Audi ETO KC
Hypo NÖ is the ever Austrian Champion, having big performances from the past, but nothing to be proud of in the last years in Champions League, even if last season they reached the semifinals of CWC. Due to economical reasons in the past years all the toplevel players left the team, first the Brazilians, then others too and the club is forced to work mostly with Austrian young players.
Hungarian Ferenc Kovács is the headcoach of the team, he’s work is not just an easy task:
“Our squad consists of many young talented players. These players need to perform at many high-level matches to gather more and more experience that they may use in the future at their recent club or in their national teams.
“Qualifying to the Main Round is the goal we are approaching every season and this is also the mid-term plan for the club´s owners. We know that we are in a strong group this season, but last season already showed that after failing in
the Champions League we can go far in the Cup Winners` Cup where we reached the semi-finals.
Hypo’s squad’s team captain Marina Budecevic expects a challenging season:
“We have big respect for all opponents and will fight for the best possible results though we know that we face three potential participants of the FINAL4 already in the group matches.”
Left the club: Gorica Acimovic (end of career), Francielle Gomes da Rocha (destination unknown), Vivien Léránt (maternity leave), Mariana Costa (Nykobing FHK), Sabrina Stumvoll (UHC Stockerau), Maria Eugenia Musalem Araos (destination unknown), Katharina Doppler (UHC Stockerau)
Newcomers: Verena Flöck (DJK/MJC Trier), Kitti Kiss (Mosonmagyaróvár), Ibolya Weiszné Mehlmann (Váci KCSK), Altina Berisha (WAT Atzgersdorf), Sonata Vijunaite (HC BW Feldkirch), Alzbeta Tóthova (HC Zlin)
Goalkeepers: Olga Sanko, Anna Hajgató, Verena Flöck
Backplayers: Marina Budecevic, Gabiela Rotis-Nagy, Ibolya Mehlmann, Alzbeta Tóthova, Altina Berisha, Martina Goricanec, Patricia Kovács, Jennifer Thurner, Claudia Wess
Wingers: Mirela Dedic, Kitti Kiss, Klaudia Kovács, Viktoria Mauler,
Lineplayers: Stefanie Kaiser, Sonata Vijunaite