Champions League

Buducnost – the title holder, third time in a row in Budapest

photo: Tamás Csonka
Buducnost – the title holder, third time in a row in Budapest

EHF Champions League Women Final Four will be played this weekend in Budapest, Papp László Sportarena and in the next days we will present you the participant teams, those four formations which has qualified to this event, organized third time in this venue.

In the first semifinal last year’s title holder, Buducnost will face the3 host team, Hungarian Győri Audi ETO KC, so these two teams will be presented first.

Buducnost has not changed much since last season, but they lost two goalkeepers, last season’s MVP in the Final Four, German national team keeper, Clara Woltering-she moved back to Germany and Montenegrin national team keeper Marina Rajcic (earlier Vukcevic)has transferred to France, and she plays for Metz this season.

Danish right back, Camilla Dalby left the team as well after two seasons, where she was mostly sitting on the bench. She continuous her career in Randers.

photo: Tamás Csonka

photo: Tamás Csonka

Young players have been signed or transferred from the junior teams of the club, Marta Zderic becomes the first goalkeeper, otherwise no change at all at the backcourt, the same  Neagu, Bulatovic, Rajcevic and Achruk who are the main players of Adzic’s squad. On the line the well known Cvijic and Lazovic duo is still active and they are the main pillars of Buducnost’s defence as well. Petrovic and Mehmedovic made also a good performance  on the wings, but Petrovic got ill before the World Championship  (mononucleosis) and suddenly the team was  without a rightwinger. That’s why the club has transferred Slovenian rightwinger Nelli Irman, who was at big help in the Main Round.

The group phase seemed to be an easy walk, finishing at the first place, but CSM Bucuresti managed to steal a point from Moraca.

In the Main Round Győr and Vardar was waiting, and there came the first defeat in Győr than another one in Skopje.

photo: Tamás Csonka

photo: Tamás Csonka

The team finished the stage at the first place, since they managed to win against Győr in Moraca with one more goal than Hungarians did it earlier.

Quarterfinals brought HCM Baia Mare from the other group, and Adzic’s girls defeated the Romanians twice, qualifying to the Final4 third time in a row.

The draw made that Buducnost has to face Győr again, in the semifinal, in front of thousands of Hungarian fans.

It won’t definitely be an easy task as both teams want eagerly qualify to the big final.

 

 

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