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.
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)