Fresh champions in France, Brest Bretagne has qualified for the first time to the DELO EHF FINAL4 in Budapest, where they will meet Győr in the semi-finals.
Facts about Brest:
- Brest have never beaten Győr in an official match, but have come very close multiple times
- Three of the last four clashes between the sides — played since 2019 — ended in draws, while the other was a one-goal victory for Györ.
- The DELO EHF FINAL4 is a historic achievement for Brest, as the French club have never contested the semi-finals. Their best result in the DELO EHF Champions League was the quarter-finals in 2019/20 before the competition was halted due to Covid-19
- Ana Gros will almost certainly claim the season’s top scorer crown. The Slovenian right back enters the DELO EHF FINAL4 with 118 goals, 35 goals clear of her nearest rival still in the competition
- Brest will farewell coach Laurent Bezeau after this season, after eight years with him at the helm
- Ana Gros will leave Brest for CSKA over the summer
- The only absence due to injury from the squad of Brest will be leftback Kalidiatou Niakate. Polish rightback Monika Kobylinska returned to the team in May after a seven month recovery due to an ACL injury
- Brest has only three players who played on one of the previous Final4 in Budapest (Toft, Jaukovic and Gulldén), Gros has experienced only one CL final with two legs (Győr vs Buducnost in 2012).
- Brest has seven foreign players in their squad from seven different countries
- Only Isabelle Gulldén has won the CL trophy in her career, when in 2016 they won with CSM Bucuresti against Győr after extratimes and penalties