2016–17 EHF Cup

The 2016–17 EHF Cup is the 36th edition of the EHF Cup, the second most important European handball club competition organised by the European Handball Federation (EHF), and the fifth edition since the merger with the EHF Cup Winners' Cup.

EHF Cup
2016–17
EHF Cup logo.svg
Tournament information
SportHandball
Dates2 September 201621 May 2017
Host(s)Frisch Auf Göppingen (Final four)
Venue(s)EWS Arena (Final four)
Teams57+6 (Qualification stage)
16 (Group stage)
Final positions
ChampionsGermany Frisch Auf Göppingen
Runner-upGermany Füchse Berlin
Tournament statistics
MVPSlovenia Primož Prošt
Top scorer(s)Denmark Hans Lindberg
(92 goals)

Team allocationEdit

Federation rankingEdit

For the 2016–17 EHF Cup, the national federations were allocated places according to their 2016–17 EHF country ranking, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2012–13 to 2014–15.[1]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, federations may have more or less teams participating in the EHF Cup,[2] as noted below:

DistributionEdit

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(30 teams)
  • 1 sixth-placed team from federation 4
  • 2 fifth-placed teams from federations 3, 4
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from federations 8, 11, 12
  • 5 third-placed teams from federations 9, 11, 13, 15, 26
  • 8 runner-up teams from federations 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 32
  • 10 champions from federations 18, 23, 29, 32, 34, 36–40
  • 1 domestic cup winner from federation 17
Second qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 3 fifth-placed teams from federations 1, 6, 17
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from federations 3, 5, 7
  • 1 third-placed team from federation 12
  • 7 runner-up teams from federations 9–11, 13–15, 19
  • 1 champion from federation 27
  • 2 fourth-placed teams from Champions League qualification stage
  • 15 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • Title holders
  • 2 fourth-placed teams from federations 1, 2
  • 5 third-placed teams from federations 2, 3, 5–7
  • 1 runner-up team from federation 4
  • 3 domestic cup winners/runners-up from federations 1, 2, 5
  • 2 third-placed teams from Champions League qualification stage
  • 2 runners-up from Champions League qualification stage
  • 16 winners from the second qualifying round
Group stage
(16 teams)
  • 16 winners from the third qualifying round
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the group stage
  • 4 group runners-up from the group stage

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:[3]

  • TH: Title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
  • CW: Domestic cup winners
  • CR: Domestic cup runners-up
  • CL QS: Losers from the Champions League qualification stage.
Third qualifying round
  Frisch Auf Göppingen (TH)   Fraikin Granollers (4th)   GOG (3rd)   RK Gorenje Velenje (CL QS)
  MT Melsungen (4th)[Note GER]   Helvetia Anaitasuna (CR)[Note ESP]   HC Midtjylland (CW)   Riihimäki Cocks (CL QS)
  SC Magdeburg (CW)   Grundfos Tatabánya KC (3rd)   KS Azoty-Puławy (3rd)   Maccabi Tel Aviv (CL QS)
  CB Ademar León (3rd)   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball (2nd)[Note FRA]   RD Ribnica (3rd)   Bregenz Handball (CL QS)
Second qualifying round
  Füchse Berlin (5th)[Note GER]   CSM București (2nd)   SKA Minsk (2nd)   Red Boys Differdange (CL QS)
  Balatonfüredi KSE (4th)   Alingsås HK (2nd)   Wacker Thun (2nd)   HC Achilles Bocholt (CL QS)
  KIF Kolding København (4th)   RK Nexe Našice (2nd)   ØIF Arendal (5th)  
  NMC Górnik Zabrze (5th)   Saint Petersburg HC (3rd)   HC Sporta Hlohovec (2nd)
  RD Koper 2013 (4th)   S.L. Benfica (2nd)   Talent M.A.T. Plzeň (1st)
First qualifying round
  Csurgói KK (5th)   FC Porto (3rd)   AC Filippos Veria (1st)   Põlva Serviti (1st)
  Chambéry Savoie Handball (5th)[Note FRA]   Pfadi Winterthur (3rd)   AC Diomidis Argous (2nd)   Haukar Handball (1st)
  US Créteil Handball (6th)[Note FRA]   ZTR Zaporizhia (2nd)   Maccabi Rishon LeZion (2nd)   RK Budvanska Rivijera (1st)
  RK Prilep 2010 (4th)   Bodø HK (CW)   Alpla HC Hard (3rd)   HC Olimpus-85 USEFS (1st)
  SCM Politehnica Timișoara (3rd)   RK Vojvodina (1st)   HC Dukla Prague (2nd)   London GD HC (1st)
  GRK Varaždin 1930 (3rd)   RK Metaloplastika (2nd)   KH BESA Famiglia (1st)   B.S.B. Batumi (1st)
  RK Zamet (4th)   B.B. Ankaraspor (2nd)   OCI-Lions (1st)  
  Dinamo Astrakhan (4th)   Handball Käerjeng (2nd)   KRAS/Volendam (2nd)
Notes
  1. ^ a b
    France (FRA):
    • Saint-Raphaël, the runners-up of the 2015–16 LNH Division 1, earned the right to participate in the EHF Cup third qualifying round. They applied for participation in EHF Champions League group stage, but their request was rejected by the EHF.[4]
    • Nantes and Montpellier, respectively the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2015–16 LNH Division 1, earned the right to participate in the EHF Cup, but were granted berths in the EHF Champions League group stage. As a result, the fifth-placed team Chambéry and the sixth-placed team Créteil were awarded wildcard entries to the EHF Cup first qualifying round.[5]
  2. ^
    Germany (GER): Kiel, the third-placed team of the 2015–16 Handball-Bundesliga, would have participated in the EHF Cup third qualifying round, but was granted a berth into the EHF Champions League group stage.[6] As a result, the fourth-placed team Melsungen was promoted to the third qualifying round, and the fifth-placed team Füchse Berlin was given a berth in the second qualifying round.[7]
  3. ^
    Spain (ESP): Barcelona, the winners of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey de Balonmano, earned the right to participate in the EHF Cup third qualifying round. However, since they also qualified for the EHF Champions League group stage as the winners of the 2015–16 Liga ASOBAL, their EHF Cup berth was given to the cup runners-up Helvetia Anaitasuna.[8]

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the EHF headquarters in Vienna, Austria):[9]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualification First qualifying round 19 July 2016 3–4 September 2016 10–11 September 2016
Second qualifying round 8–9 October 2016 15–16 October 2016
Third qualifying round 18 October 2016 19–20 November 2016 26–27 November 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 1 December 2016 11–12 February 2017
Matchday 2 17–19 February 2017
Matchday 3 4–5 March 2017
Matchday 4 11–12 March 2017
Matchday 5 25–26 March 2017
Matchday 6 1–2 April 2017
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 4 April 2017 22–23 April 2017 29–30 April 2017
Final four 2 May 2017 20–21 May 2017

Qualification stageEdit

The qualification stage consists of three rounds, which are played as two-legged ties using a home-and-away system. In the draws for each round, teams are allocated into two pots, with teams from Pot 1 facing teams from Pot 2.[3] The winners of each pairing (highlighted in bold) qualify for the following round.

For each round, teams listed first played the first leg at home. In some cases, teams agreed to play both matches at the same venue.

Round 1Edit

A total of 30 teams entered the draw for the first qualification round, which was held on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. The draw seeding pots were composed as follows:[3]

Pot 1 Pot 2


The first legs were played on 2–3 September and the second legs were played on 4 and 10–11 September 2015.[10]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Handball Käerjeng   58–561   RK Vojvodina 30–31 28–25
US Créteil Handball   56–56 (a)   RK Zamet 29–32 27–24
Alpla HC Hard   55–43   OCI-Lions 28–17 27–26
Maccabi Rishon LeZion   79–362   London GD HC 38–14 41–22
Chambéry Savoie Handball   67–39   KRAS/Volendam 31–23 36–16
GRK Varaždin 1930   51–583   B.B. Ankaraspor 24–32 27–26
Haukar Handball   61–464   AC Diomidis Argous 33–26 28–20
KH BESA Famiglia   58–62   HC Dukla Prague 35–31 23–31
B.S.B. Batumi   32–935   FC Porto 16–49 16–44
Csurgói KK   47–44   Bodø HK 28–21 19–23
SCM Politehnica Timișoara   51–43   Põlva Serviti 26–22 25–21
HC Olimpus-85 USEFS   49–77   ZTR Zaporizhia 28–37 21–40
RK Prilep 2010   34–846   Pfadi Winterthur 19–42 15–42
RK Metaloplastika   44–47   Dinamo Astrakhan 24–30 20–17
AC Filippos Veria   58–50   RK Budvanska Rivijera 30–24 28–26
Notes
1 Both legs were hosted by Handball Käerjeng.
2 Both legs were hosted by Maccabi Rishon LeZion.
3 Both legs were hosted by B.B. Ankaraspor.
4 Both legs were hosted by AC Diomidis Argous.
5 Both legs were hosted by FC Porto.
6 Both legs were hosted by RK Prilep 2010.

Round 2Edit

A total of 32 teams entered the draw for the second qualifying round, which was held after the draw for the first qualifying round on Tuesday, 19 July 2016. The draw seeding pots were composed as follows:[3]

Pot 1 Pot 2

The first legs were played on 8–9 October and the second legs were played on 9 and 15–16 October 2016.[11]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
KIF Kolding København   69–43   Talent M.A.T. Plzeň 38–23 31–20
Maccabi Rishon LeZion   56–491   Red Boys Differdange 26–25 30–24
Csurgói KK   58–461   HC Achilles Bocholt 34–23 24–23
S.L. Benfica   64–56   Handball Käerjeng 31–26 33–30
Chambéry Savoie Handball   44–49   Füchse Berlin 22–25 22–24
Balatonfüredi KSE   48–50   Pfadi Winterthur 28–23 20–27
Saint Petersburg HC   57–46   B.B. Ankaraspor 26–19 31–27
ØIF Arendal   49–51   SCM Politehnica Timișoara 23–24 26–27
Haukar Handball   51–55   Alingsås HK 24–24 27–31
ZTR Zaporizhia   45–442   Wacker Thun 23–22 22–22
NMC Górnik Zabrze   50–323   AC Filippos Veria 30–17 20–15
FC Porto   57–46   RD Koper 2013 31–24 26–22
Alpla HC Hard   53–56   SKA Minsk 28–25 25–31
Dinamo Astrakhan   60–49   HC Sporta Hlohovec 33–29 27–20
CSM București   50–50 (a)   RK Zamet 29–23 21–27
HC Dukla Prague   53–59   RK Nexe Našice 30–29 23–30
Notes
1 Order of legs reversed
2 Both legs were hosted by ZTR Zaporizhia.
3 Both legs were hosted by Górnik Zabrze.

Round 3Edit

A total of 32 teams entered the draw for the third qualifying round, which was held on Tuesday, 18 October 2016. The draw seeding pots were composed as follows:[3][12]

Pot 1 Pot 2

The first legs were played on 18–20 and 23 November and the second legs were played on 25–27 November 2016.[13]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
RK Zamet   43–66   MT Melsungen 23–34 20–32
SKA Minsk   55–61   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 30–28 25–33
KS Azoty-Puławy   52–53   S.L. Benfica 34–29 18–24
Dinamo Astrakhan   55–64   HC Midtjylland 29–29 26–35
RK Gorenje Velenje   56–58   Füchse Berlin 24–29 32–29
Fraikin Granollers   57–57 (a)   ZTR Zaporizhia 27–29 30–28
Saint Petersburg HC   48–51   Maccabi Tel Aviv 25–23 23–28
SC Magdeburg   61–49   RK Nexe Našice 31–22 30–27
Helvetia Anaitasuna   53–51   Csurgói KK 27–21 26–30
Alingsås HK   56–58   GOG 29–26 27–32
SCM Politehnica Timișoara   46–52   RD Ribnica 27–22 19–30
Riihimäki Cocks   59–49   NMC Górnik Zabrze 30–19 29–30
Frisch Auf Göppingen   70–621   Pfadi Winterthur 33–30 37–32
CB Ademar León   51–52   KIF Kolding København 24–27 27–25
Bregenz Handball   56–59   FC Porto 27–28 29–31
Grundfos Tatabánya KC   63–49   Maccabi Rishon LeZion 35–23 28–26
Notes
1 Order of legs reversed

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2016–17 EHF Cup group stage.
  Red: Group A;   Blue: Group B;   Green: Group C;   Yellow: Group D.

Draw and formatEdit

The draw of the EHF Cup group stage took place on Thursday, 1 December 2016. The 16 teams allocated into four pots were drawn into four groups of four teams. The country protection rule was applied, i.e. two clubs from the same country could not face each other in the same group.[14]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are 11–12 February, 17–19 February, 4–5 March, 11–12 March, 25–26 March, and 1–2 April 2017.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):

  1. number of points in matches of all teams directly involved;
  2. goal difference in matches of all teams directly involved;
  3. higher number of plus goals in matches of all teams directly involved;
  4. goal difference in all matches of the group;
  5. higher number of plus goals in all matches of the group;

If no ranking can be determined, a decision shall be obtained by drawing lots. Lots shall be drawn by the EHF, if possible in the presence of a responsible of each club.

SeedingEdit

On 28 November 2016, EHF announced the composition of the group stage seeding pots.[15]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  KIF Kolding København
  Saint-Raphaël Var Handball
  Frisch Auf Göppingen
  MT Melsungen

  HC Midtjylland
  Helvetia Anaitasuna
  Grundfos Tatabánya KC
  RD Ribnica

  GOG
  Fraikin Granollers
  SC Magdeburg
  S.L. Benfica

  Riihimäki Cocks
  Füchse Berlin
  Maccabi Tel Aviv
  FC Porto

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts FCH SVH GOG RDR
  Füchse Berlin 6 5 0 1 185 163 +22 10 33–31 37–29 38–30
  Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 6 4 0 2 179 164 +15 8 27–21 32–36 26–22
  GOG 6 3 0 3 187 190 −3 6 26–31 28–32 32–27
  RD Ribnica 6 0 0 6 154 188 −34 0 20–25 24–31 31–36

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts GÖP FGR POR MYD
  Frisch Auf Göppingen 6 6 0 0 181 155 +26 12 29–28 30–28 31–23
  Fraikin Granollers 6 3 0 3 171 165 +6 6 27–35 33–22 34–32
  FC Porto 6 2 0 4 159 170 −11 4 27–31 23–22 33–25
  HC Midtjylland 6 1 0 5 155 176 −21 2 22–25 24–27 29–26

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MAG TAT KOL MAC
  SC Magdeburg 6 5 1 0 200 146 +54 11 30–25 36–24 42–24
  Grundfos Tatabánya KC 6 4 0 2 161 157 +4 8 28–31 28–26 27–24
  KIF Kolding København 6 2 1 3 166 172 −6 5 23–23 26–29 36–31
  Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 0 6 146 198 −52 0 22–38 20–24 25–31

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MEL ANA BEN RCO
  MT Melsungen 6 4 0 2 168 140 +28 8 28–22 32–22 33–19
  Helvetia Anaitasuna 6 4 0 2 171 163 +8 8 23–22 35–28 30–24
  S.L. Benfica 6 4 0 2 158 165 −7 8 26–24 33–28 26–25
  Riihimäki Cocks 6 0 0 6 145 174 −29 0 28–29 28–33 21–23

Ranking of the second-placed teamsEdit

Because the German side Frisch Auf Göppingen, the organizers of the Final 4 tournament, finished on top of their group they qualified directly to the final tournament and only the top three second-placed teams qualified to the quarter-finals. The ranking of the second-placed teams was determined on the basis of the team's results in the group stage.

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
A   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 6 4 0 2 179 164 +15 8
D   Helvetia Anaitasuna 6 4 0 2 171 163 +8 8
C   Grundfos Tatabánya KC 6 4 0 2 161 154 +7 8
B   Fraikin Granollers 6 3 0 3 171 165 +6 6

Knockout stageEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Helvetia Anaitasuna   59–69   SC Magdeburg 27–34 32–35
Grundfos Tatabánya KC   47–58   Füchse Berlin 25–30 22–28
Saint-Raphaël Var Handball   61–49   MT Melsungen 30–26 31–23

Final fourEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
20 May
 
 
  SC Magdeburg29
 
21 May
 
  Frisch Auf Göppingen33
 
  Frisch Auf Göppingen30
 
20 May
 
  Füchse Berlin22
 
  Saint-Raphaël Var Handball24
 
 
  Füchse Berlin35
 
Third place
 
 
21 May
 
 
  SC Magdeburg32
 
 
  Saint-Raphaël Var Handball31

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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