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2020/21 season: EXEC announced the starting grid

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2020/21 season: EXEC announced the starting grid
Ibolya Szekeres

All 16 teams for the EHF Champions League Men have been detemined as the EHF Executive Committee reached its decision on the teams taking part in the 2020/21 season.

In the 28th edition of Europe’s premier club competition, a new playing system will be adopted with only 16 teams. They will start the group phase in two groups of eight teams, while Wednesdays and Thursdays have been confirmed as playing days.

Ten teams are registered as national champions with fixed places: HC PPD Zagreb, Aalborg Handbold, Barça, Paris Saint-Germain HB, THW Kiel, SG Flensburg-Handewitt, Telekom Veszprém, HC Vardar 1961, PGE VIVE Kielce and FC Porto Sofarma

Wild cards were requested by 14 teams of which only six requests has been approved for an upgrade , based on the criteria catalog with five different fields (venue, TV, spectators, results in past EHF competitions, product management and digital): HC Meshkov Brest, HBC Nantes, MOL-Pick Szeged, Elverum Handball, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and HC Motor

The remaining eight requests were not granted, however the EXEC assigned two teams – Orlen Wisla Plock and Dinamo Bucuresti – as substitution teams for the cases where one or more teams will experience serious difficulties with a proper participation and carrying out of home matches in the group phase due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

source: ehf

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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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