Group D: Buducnost, CSM Bucuresti, IK Savehof, MKS Selgros Lublin
Buducnost is last years Champions League winner and they aim as high as last season. Seemingly their squad is not very changed after last season, but if we look closer we can observe that Clara Woltering, previous team-captain and number one goalkeeper diseappeared from the rooster, she moved back to Germany. Otherwise coach Dragan Adzic extended his contract until 2020, all key field players stayed in the Montenegrin capital and the goals remained the same.
The only backfire of this squad could be the fact that there are too less experienced players and those have to stay healthy and fit during season long to be able to take it to the final stages.
“Our success from last season will give our team new energy and convince them that they can do it all again. The players will know each other even better than last season and this is a big advantage in the next Champions League season, which, perhaps, will be the strongest in the last five or six seasons,” says Adzic.
“There is no room for relaxation in this group. Sävehof are a young team coming from the excellent Swedish handball school. Bucharest are a team full of stars from several countries, matches against them will be the most difficult in our group. Lublin showed last year that they can cope with all rivals, especially at home,” – Bojana Popovic said.
Left the club: Clara Woltering (Borussia Dortmund), Marina Rajcic (Metz), Zeljka Nikolic (Ringköbing), Camilla Dalby (Randers HK)
Newcomer: Matea Pletikosic (RK Sinj)
Goalkeepers: Marta Zderic, Ljubica Nenezic, Ana Rajkovic
Backplayers: Cristina Neagu, Katarina Bulatovic, Kinga Achruk(Byzdra), Milena Raicevic(Knezevic), Vanesa Agovic, Matea Pletkosic
Wingers: Majda Mehmedovic, Biljana Pavicevic, Radmila Petrovic, Djurdjina Jaukovic, Jovana Kovacevic, Djurdjina Malovic, Ivona Pavicevic, Dijana Ujkic
Lineplayers: ItanaCavlovic, Dragana Cvijic, Susana Lazovic, Ema Ramusovic