French champions from Metz Handball is a team which had several participations during years in Champions League group phase and Main Round (totally seventeen times before this season), but their biggest success was an EHF-Cup final qualification in 2013.
Last year the lost the title in France and ended up behind Fleury which competed in the Champions League representing France. This season Metz are back, with a new head coach, Emmanuel Mayonnade (he overtook the bench of Metz in January 2016), his plan is to lead the team into the Main Round which he has all possibilities for.
On the transfer market, Metz was not so active, that also means that the club managed to keep together the core of the team and as we know continuity is important to perform well in all kind of competitions.
The icon of Metz, lineplayer Nina Kamto finished her career and the management of the club has brought as a replacement the present national team lineplayer Beatrice Edwige, who just won silver medals at Olympic Games in Rio. Another three players from the Olympic silver medalist team is part of the squad: playmaker Grace Zaadi, Backplayer Tamara Horacek and goalkeeper Laura Glauser.
Left the club: Nina Kanto (stop) et Alice Leveque (Besancon)
Newcomers: Béatrice Edwige (OGC Nice)
Goalkeepers: Laura Glauser, Marina Raicic (MNE), Ophelie Tonds
Leftback: Tamara Horacek, Xenia Smits (GER), Ornella Dos Reis, Orlane Kanor, Laura Kanor
Rightback: Ana Gros (SLO), Lindsay Burlet, Helene Sajka
Playmakers: Grace Zaadi, Meline Nocandy,
Lineplayers: Béatrice Edwige (OGC Nice), Sladana Pop-Lazic (SRB), Hawa NDiaye
Leftwings: Camille Aoustin, Maubon Marion
Rightwings: Jurswailly Luciano (NED), Laura Flippes
Metz Handball will play in group A against Thuringer HC, Buducnost and Glasseverket as opponents.