Group D: Buducnost, CSM Bucuresti, IK Savehof, MKS Selgros Lublin
CSM Bucuresti is a debutant in Champions League, the ambitious team from Bucharest has won for the first time the title of champion in Romania defeating Baia Mare and qualifie directly to the Groups of CL.
The Romanian champion supported by the mayor’s office of the capital has managed to bring international stars for almost every position, in some of the positions even two high quality players.
Not many changes has been made on the rooster, Talida Tolnai, Patricia Vizitiu left and some younger players, but solid reinforceents has signes such as Maria Fisker, Isabelle Gulldén orLine Jörgensen, all of them from the Danish League. At the start od this season after some inner problems Danish head-coah Mette Klit was released of her contract and another Dane, Kim Rasmussen took over the lead of the team.
Team captain Oana Manea said:
“We had a strong team last season, and now that Bella Gullden, Line Jorgensen, Maria Fisker, Aurelia Bradeanu and Jelena Grubisic have joined our side, we are confident we can go far in the competition. We all want to qualify for the FINAL4!
“We will work hard to secure a decent amount of points to take with us into the main round. But it’s the Champions League, so there are no easy games.”
Isabelle Gulldén about the Group and chances of her team:
“It is an okay group, I think. Buducnost will probably be favourites, especially as we may not have our team playing completely together at that time, but I am sure we will still be strong enough to proceed after all.
“We will obviously need some time to make our team tick, but I am sure we will be stronger as the tournament proceeds. Actually, I believe we can reach the FINAL4 in our first season!
Left the club: Talida Tolnai (retired), Iulia Zaremba (Rapid Bucharest), Iryna Glibko (HCM Roman), Patricia Vizitiu (HCM Baia Mare), Mihaela Tivadar (CSM Ploiesti)
Newcomers: Line Jrgensen (FC Midtjylland), Isabelle Gulldén (Viborg HK), Maria Fisker (Viborg HK), Jelena Grubisic ( ), Aurelia Bradeanu (ASS Corona Brasov)
Goalkeepers: Maysa Pessoa, Jelena Grubisic, Alina Iordache, Madalina Ion
Backpayers: Linnea Torstenson, Aurelia Bradeanu, Ana Paula Rodriguez, Deonise Cavaleiro, Line Jörgensen, Isabelle Gulldén, Bianca Bazaliu, Elena Niculae
Wingers: Iulia Curea, Maria Fisker, Fernanda Franca de Silva, Carmen Martin, Cristina Varzaru
Lineplayers: Oana Manea, Ekaterina Vetkova, Cristina Nan,