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Győri Audi ETO KC – the goal is the same, taking back the trophy

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Győri Audi ETO KC – the goal is the same, taking back the trophy

EHF FINAL4, Budapest 2022

Interesting facts to remember about Győri Audi ETO KC

  • Five times Champions League winners, with totally twenty participations in the competition, three other finals and five semifinals
  • First time in the EHF Final4 without Anita Görbicz on the court as a player (now she is the president of the club)
  • Headcoach Ambros Martin could make it five his number of CL-trophies
  • The team has several rookies who did are rookies when it comes to Finals4: Nadine Schatzl, Noémi Háfra, Linn Blohm, Eun Hee Ryu
  • Kari Brattset Dale is not able to play as she will become a mother
  • There will be the last two handball matches for Amandine Leynaud, the French goalkeeper will retire after this season
  • Győr won their group, losing only one game, the last one against Vipers in Norway
  • In the quarter final Győr eliminated the French side Brest Bretagne with a draw in France and a flawless 35-23 victory
  • The topscorer list in the team is a very balanced one with Oftedal, Ryu, Nze Minko, Hansen and Kristiansen scoring in order 54, 53, 52 and 49-49 goals
  • Both on the defensive and offensive end, Győri Audi ETO KC have slightly better numbers than their competitors for the trophy.
  • Their shooting rate with 66.8%, is by far the best success rate and in defence, the Hungarian side are the best as well. Győr concede just 22.0 goals per 50 possessions.
  • The best goalkeeper performance in the whole competition is Laura Glauser’s with 36.5% of the shots on target saved.
  • Players without CL-trophy win are many in the team: Linn Blohm, Ryu Eun Hee, Noémi Háfra, Nadine Schatzl, Viktória Lukács, Dorottya Faluvégi, Laura Glauser, Silje Solberg, Estelle Nze Minko
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Ambros Martin, headcoach of Győr about his Final4 experiences (source EHF)

“I have some beautiful memories from the EHF FINAL4, it is the peak of the season, where all the great teams in the competition are trying to win the trophy. The environment is very competitive.

“The EHF Champions League is such a difficult competition to grasp, it has various stages and you have to be at full gas in every game. The group phase has 14 games, then you have elimination games, and the winner is decided in only two days in Budapest,”

“You have to be prepared for every challenge, you need to be sharp and never let your guard down, because you could lose a crucial game that derails the season.”

One of the players who will play her first ever Final4, Nadine Schatzl (28) is very excited to be part of this event:

“It is very special to me that I will finally experience the atmosphere of the EHF FINAL4. I needed days after the home game against Brest (in the quarter-finals) to realise that I and we, that the team had made it,” said the 28-year-old Schatzl, who first hope win the Hungarian cup this weekend. I have always watched and followed every little detail about the EHF FINAL4 since I am a pro. I just wanted to participate, to be there as an active player. Even in front of the telly, the atmosphere gave me goosebumps, so I cannot imagine the feelings that are ahead of me,” Schatzl said.

Especially as the tournament will be played in Budapest, in the brand new MVM Dome where I hope that many Györ fans will cheer for us.”

Semifinal: Győri Audi ETO KC will play against Team Esbjerg, the newcomer team of the event

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