Group C: HC Vardar, Larvik HK, FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria, Thüringer HC
Thüringer HC did not manage to win the German domestic league last season, and as runner-up, they had to go through qualification tournament in order to grab a spot in the groups of Women’s EHF Champions League. Herbert Müller and his team took this challenge without struggling, winning their group comfortable in front of Mecalia Atletico Guardes, Hypo NÖ and H 65 Höörs HK.
From last year’s squad left some important players as Manon Houette, Svenja Huber, Crina Pintea or Ivetta Luzumova, but the Czech player came back after just a short break as her contract with her so-called “new club” seemed to not be in order. In addition, Austrian right-back Katrin Engel announced her retirement right before the beginning of the season. On the new signings side, THC managed to sign players who left the undergoing HC Leipzig, Saskia Lang, Alexandra Mazzuco and Anne Hubbinger arrived from Leipzig.
Goalkeepers: Jana Krause, Dinah Eckerle
Backplayers: Macarena Aguilar Diaz (ESP), Kerstin Wohlbold, Anne Hubbinger, Beate Scheffknecht (AUT), Saskia Lang, Gordana Mitrovic, Anika Niederwiser (ITA), Iveta Luzumova (CZE), Tyra Bessert (THC junior), Julia Redder, Antonia Westland
Rightwing: Lidia Jakubisova (SVK), Alexandra Mazzuco
Leftwing: Lara-Sophie Fichtner, Nina Schilk
Lineplayers: Franziska Fuhrmann, Maike Schmelzer, Josephine Huber (AUT)
Left the club: Manon Houette (Metz), Crina Pintea (Issy Paris), Szimonetta Planéta (Chambray Touraine Handball), Maria Kiedrowski (?), Katrin Engel (retired)
Newcomers: Anne Hubbinger, Saskia Lang and Alexandra Mazzuco (HC Leipzig), Gordana Mitrovic (HSG Blomberg-Lippe), Josephine Huber (HSG Blomberg-Lippe), Nina Schilk (TSV Bayer Leverkusen); Tyra Bessert , Julia Redder, Antonia Westland, Lara-Sophie Fichtner (all THC junior)
Injuries: Anne Hubbinger got injured during the match Turkey-Germany, she suffered an ankle injury, we don’t have any exact information about how long her recovery will take.