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Group B: Main Round is the minimum for renewed FCM

Photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud
Group B: Main Round is the minimum for renewed FCM

FC Midtjylland was one of the biggest surprises last season as they made it to the Main Round from a group that was marked by Győri Audi ETO KC, Rostov-Don and CSM Bucuresti. History almost repeated itself in this season’s draw and FCM is hoping that this is not the only similarity between the last and this season. In the 2016/17 edition of the EHF Champions League, FCM was stopped by Vardar in the quarterfinals and reaching the Main Round is the minimum for the Danish regular season winners. In the previous season, FC Midtjylland’s home Ikast-Brande Arena was an invincible castle for even Europe’s top teams: in the Group Stage, Győr, Rostov and CSM were all defeated in Denmark.

The squad of the team went through a renewal during the summer break. Important players left the club: Odense is building up a strong team and to that, they took key players Stine Jorgensen and Trine Ostergaard from FC Midtjylland, and team captain Sabina Jacobsen joined CSM Bucuresti in Romania. On the other hand, Trine Troelsen is back to Ikast and they also managed to keep Veronica Kristiansen who is the new captain of the team after Jacobsen’s departure. Linn Blohm is pregnant so she won’t be able to help the team this season, and besides Kristiansen, the only non-Scandinavian player, Sabine Englert is representing the international experience in the rejuvenated FCM.

Joining: Trine Troelsen (Silkeborg – DEN), Jessica Ryde (H65 Höörs – SWE), Tonje Loseth (TuS Metzingen – GER), Helene Fauske (Stabaek – NOR), Julie Gantzel Pedersen (Ringkobing – DEN), Annika Jakobsen (Skanderborg – DEN), Mathilde Bjerregaard (Silkeborg – DEN), Anne Mette Pedersen (Kobenhavn – DEN)

Leaving: Trine Ostergaard (Odense – DEN), Stine Jorgensen (Odense – DEN), Rut Jonsdottir (Team Esbjerg – DEN), Simone Petersen (Aarhus United – DEN), Sabina Jacobsen (CSM Bucuresti), Elin Lindén (VästeråsIrsta HF – SWE), Martina Thörn (Randers HK – DEN)

Baby break: Linn Blohm (SWE)

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Sabine Englert (GER), Jessica Ryde (SWE), Clara Bak Pedersen (DEN)
Right wings: Anne Mette Pedersen (DEN), Annika Jakobsen (DEN), Frederikke Glavind Hedegaard (DEN)
Right backs: Louise Burgaard (DEN), Helene Kindberg Hansen (DEN)
Playmakers: Veronica Kristiansen (NOR), Laura Cecilie Jensen (DEN), Helene Gigstad Fauske (NOR)
Left backs: Trine Troelsen (DEN), Tonje Loseth (NOR), Louise Hansesgaard Ellebaek (DEN)
Left wings: Mie Augustesen (DEN), Mathilde Bjerregaard (DEN), Emma Cecilie Friis (DEN), Naja Kristensen (DEN)
Pivots: Linn Blohm (SWE), Sabine Pedersen (DEN), Julie Gantzel Pedersen (DEN), Nanna Andersen (DEN)
Head coach: Kristian Kristensen

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