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Can Metz repeat last season’s result in Champions League?

Beatrice Edwige remains an important brick of Metz's defense/photo: győriaudietokc
Can Metz repeat last season’s result in Champions League?
Ibolya Szekeres

Group D: Buducnost (MNE), Metz Handball (FRA), SG BBG Bietigheim (GER), Vipers Kristiansand (NOR)

Metz Handball finished first once again in the French championship in the previous season and has directly qualified to the Women’s EHF Champions League. The squad has changed somehow, the best line-player of last season’s French League, Serbian Sladana Pop-Lazic changed clubs and moved to Brest, leftwinger Manon Houette moved home from Germany, leaving THC and Laurisa Landre has also been transferred by Metz, the strong line player is back from Romania.

The most important news about the players came some days earlier when Laura Glauser’s pregnancy has been announced. The French goalkeeper is waiting for her first child and will miss the whole season.

Despite the changes, Metz has a consistent squad and should qualify to the Main Round and even reach one of the best eight spots of the competition.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Marina Rajcic (MNE), Laura Portes, Ophelie Tonds, Manuela Dos Reis

Backplayers: Ana Gros (SLO), Xenia Smits (GER), Grace Zaadi, Laura Flippes, Ilona Di Rocco, Ornella Dos Reis, Daphne Gautschi (SUI), Orlane Kanor, Charlotte Kieffer, Meline Nocandy, Helene Saika,

Left wing: Manon Houette, Laura Kanor, Marion Maubon,

Right wing: Jurswailly Luciano (NED), Ilya Bel-Gareh (NED)

Lineplayers: Beatrice Edwige, Laurisa Landre, Anna Seguin

Left the club: Tamara Horacek (Issy Paris), Sladana Pop-Lazic (Brest Bretagne), Camille Aoustin (Siófok KC), Lindsay Burlet (Brest), Hawa N’Diaye (Chambray)

Newcomers: Manon Houette (THC, GER), Laurisa Landre (CSM Craiova, ROU), Ilya Bel-Gareh (Geelen, NED)

 

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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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