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CSKA Moscow arrived in Budapest after they won the Russian championship in two games against Rostov Don.

Facts about CSKA:

  • CSKA Moscow’s handbal team was formed in 2019
  • This seasons CL participation is the club’s first ever in a international competition
  • They are newcomers to the DELO EHF FINAL4
  • Their semifinal opponent, Vipers Kristiansand will play in Budapest for the second time, the first time in 2019 they managed to win the bronze medals
  • CSKA played a regular season in group A alongside Győr and Brest, finishing second behinfld Győr with just one point less
  • In their very first match in the Group A they hosted Győr and the match ended with a draw
  • CSKA were the only team which lost in the first leg 9f the quarter-finals in Ljubljana, against Krim, but they managed to turn around the result and to get the Final4 berth
  • The headcoach Jan Leslie was fired after the loss against Krim in the first leg and Olga Akopian (for Levina) took over the position right from the next match
  • The topscorer of the team in the CL is playmaker Ekaterina Ilina
  • Their young prodigy, Jelena Mikhalichenko suffered an ACL injuries back in November 2021, but she was already back on court in the final against Rostov
  • The club has several foreign players:Brazilian goalkeeper Chana Masson, Danish lineplayer Katrine Heindahl, Swedish leftback Sabine Jacobsen and Macedonian rightwingers Sara Ristovska
  • Sara Ristovska and Ekaterina Ilina has already experience from the previous Final4 events in Budapest. Ristovska played several finals also with Vardar, meanwhile Ilina was in semifinals with Rostov

Sabine Jacobsen about reaching the Final4:

“We had the dream of going all the way to Budapest right in our first Champions League season. We always believed in us and we had high expectations – but in such a long season and with so many injuries we needed some luck besides the strengths you have. We are so proud now, and we aim for more of course.”

Asked about her team’s chances, CSKA captain Darya Dmitrieva said for

“As a team captain I encourage my teammates to believe in themselves because I have seen how far we can get when we believe. CSKA performed very well during the season and I absolutely think we have the chance to get into the final.”

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