DRAW PREVIEW: The 16 teams will be divided to four teams on Thursday through a draw event streamed live on Facebook and youtube.

Defending champions in the top bud before the group phase draw

S EHF Cup all is set for the group stage draw of this seventh edition because its merging with the Cup Winners’ Cup.

The draw will take place in the EHF headquarters at Vienna on Thursday 29 November at 11:00 hrs local time and will be streamed live on ehfTV’s YouTube channel and EHF’s facebook page. In addition the draw will be coated with a live ticker and reports about europeancup.eurohandball.com in addition to reside tweets on @ehf.

According to the regulations the teams in the same country can’t play at the group. There will be ten countries represented by their own teams at the group stage with Germany and Spain leading with three teams each.

The defending champions Füchse Berlin are seeded in Pot 1 with their bundesliga rivals TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, Portugal’s FC Porto Sofarma, who eliminated another German group SC Magdeburg, also Spain’s Fraikin BM Granollers, who are a part of this group phase for the record fifth time exactly as Füchse.

The three-time EHF Champions League winners THW Kiel will be drawn from Pot 3 from France together with the EHF Cup runners-up Saint-Raphael Var Handball of last season.

February the initial round of this group stage is scheduled for 9/10 and the round will take place on 30/31 March.

Men’s EHF Cup 2018/19 Group Phase attraction:

Granollers (ESP)
Füchse Berlin (GER)
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (GER)
FC Porto Sofarma (POR)

POT2
TTH Holstebro (DEN)
BM Logroño La Rioja (ESP)
Grundfos Tatabanya KC (HUN)
KS Azoty-Pulawy SA (POL)

POT4
RK Nexe (CRO)
GOG (DEN)
Balatonfüredi KSE (HUN)
HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta (ROU)

DRAW PROCEDURE

STEP 1
Teams from Pot 1 are attracted to Row 1 in Groups A to D
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STEP 2
Back in Pot 2, BM Logrono La Rioja are attracted to a potential group in Row 2 avoiding a group together with Fraikin BM Granollers
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STEP 3
Other teams from Pot two are attracted to Row 2 at the rest of the teams
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STEP 4
In Pot 3, THW Kiel and also Liberbank Cuenca are attracted to potential groups in Row 3 avoiding a group with another group in their specific country.
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STEP 5
Other teams in Pot 3 are attracted to Row 3 in the rest groups
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Step 6
In Pot 4, GOG and Balatonfüredi KSE are attracted to potential groups in Row 4 avoiding a group with another group in their particular country
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STEP 7
Other teams from Pot 4 are attracted to Row 2 at the remaining teams

TEXT: EHF / br