Champions League

Group A: a new adventure for Vistal Gdynia

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Group A: a new adventure for Vistal Gdynia
Eszti Kiss

Not only Nykobing FH is a newcomer in Group A: this is Vistal Gdynia’s first ever participation in the EHF Champions League as well. Gdynia won the Polish championship for the second time in the club’s history which sent them directly to the Group Stage. In the season 2012/13, they have tried themselves in the qualification but they failed to reach the group matches which sent them to the Cup Winners’ Cup. Besides this, they only have two more international participations on their account.

The squad of Vistal Gdynia didn’t go through major changes during the summer break, but they lost one of their most important players, the Polish national team player Monika Kobylinska who left the club and transferred to Metzingen. The Polish team’s squad is almost completely Polish: 18 of the 19 players are from the same country and this can be a big advantage for them. Playing in Europe’s most prestigious club competition is a dream coming true for the club and their main goal is to show themselves on the biggest stage. The players and the staff of Vistal Gdynia have a completely new adventure ahead of them and even though they aren’t aiming to win the Champions League, they can definitely add a color to this season’s edition. And who knows, maybe their youthful dynamism and enthusiasm can bring them above their own expectations…

Joining: Alicja Pekala (MKS Kwidzyn – POL)

Leaving: Monika Kobylinska (TuS Metzingen – GER), Aleksandra Dorsz, Gabriela Urbaniak

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Malgorzata Gapska (POL), Oliwia Kaminska (POL), Weronika Kordowiecka (POL)
Right wings: Alicja Pekala (POL)
Right backs: Aleksandra Zych (POL), Aneta Labuda (POL), Kornelia Malecka (POL), Katarzyna Janiszewska (POL)
Centre backs: Patricia Matieli Machado (BRA), Marta Slwinska (POL), Natalia Kowalczyk (POL)
Left backs: Joanna Kozlowska (POL), Kinga Gutkowska (POL), Martyna Boryslawska (POL), Paulina Uscinowicz (POL)
Left wings: Magdalena Stanulewicz (POL), Jagoda Blaszkowska (POL)
Pivots: Patrycja Kulwinska (POL), Joanna Szarawaga (POL)
Head coach: Agnieszka Truszynska

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Eszti Kiss

Hungarian, handball and travel addict. Always hungry for information about handball and always ready to share these with others.

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