2018–19 EHF Cup

The 2018–19 EHF Cup was the 38th edition of the EHF Cup, the second most important European handball club competition organised by the European Handball Federation (EHF), and the sixth edition since the merger with the EHF Cup Winners' Cup.

EHF Cup
2018–19
EHF Cup logo.svg
Tournament information
SportHandball
Dates1 September 201818 May 2019
Host(s)THW Kiel (Final four)
Venue(s)Sparkassen-Arena (Final four)
Teams59 (Qualification stage)
16 (Group stage)
Websiteeurohandball.com
Final positions
ChampionsGermany THW Kiel
Runner-upGermany Füchse Berlin
Tournament statistics
MVPSweden Niclas Ekberg
Top scorer(s)Denmark Magnus Bramming
(100 goals)

Team allocationEdit

TeamsEdit

Third qualifying round
  RK Nexe   TTH Holstebro   GOG Håndbold   BM Logroño La Rioja
  Fraikin Granollers   Liberbank Cuenca   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball   THW Kiel
  TSV Hannover-Burgdorf   Füchse Berlin   SC Magdeburg   Grundfos Tatabánya KC
  Balatonfüredi KSE   HC Eurofarm Rabotnik   KS Azoty-Puławy   HK Malmö
Second qualifying round
  Alpla HC Hard   Achilles Bocholt   SKA Minsk   HCB Karviná
  Aalborg Håndbold   Drammen HK   Pays d'Aix Université Club   Olympiacos
  Sport36-Komló   IBV Vestmannaeyjar   Maccabi Srugo Rishon LeZion   HC Prolet 62
  HV Aalsmeer   Gwardia Opole   SL Benfica  
  HC Spartak Moscow   HC Dobrogea Sud Constanța   Vojvodina
  Pfadi Winterthur   RD Ribnica   ZTR Zaporizhia
First qualifying round
  SG Handball West Wien   GRK Varaždin   RK Dubrava   Talent Robstav M.A.T. Plzeň
  Põlva Serviti   Glasgow HC   B.S.B. Batumi   FH Hafnarfjordur
  Selfoss   KH BESA Famgas   Klaipėda Dragūnas   Handball Käerjeng
  OCI-Lions   FC Porto   AHC Potaissa Turda   Steaua București
  RD Koper 2013   RK Gorenje Velenje   RK Železničar 1949  
  BSV Bern   Kadetten Schaffhausen   Alingsås HK

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws will be held at the EHF headquarters in Vienna, Austria).[1]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualification First qualifying round 17 July 2018 1-2 September 2018 8-9 September 2018
Second qualifying round 6–7 October 2018 13–14 October 2018
Third qualifying round 16 October 2018 17–18 November 2018 24–25 November 2018
Group stage Matchday 1 29 November 2018 9–10 February 2019
Matchday 2 16–17 February 2019
Matchday 3 23–24 February 2019
Matchday 4 2–3 March 2019
Matchday 5 23–24 March 2019
Matchday 6 30–31 March 2019
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 2 April 2019 20–21 April 2019 27–28 April 2019
Final four 30 April 2019 17–18 May 2019

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. The winners of each pairing (highlighted in bold) qualified for the following round.

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

Round 1Edit

A total of 22 teams entered the draw for the first qualification round, which was held on Tuesday, 17 July 2018. The draw seeding pots were composed as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2

The first legs were played on 1–2 and the second legs were played on 8–9 September 2018.[2]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
SG Handball West Wien   54–55   OCI-Lions 26–25 28–30
B.S.B. Batumi   42–67 1   KH BESA Famgas 20–30 22–37
Põlva Serviti   51–53   BSV Bern 26–26 25–27
Talent Robstav M.A.T. Plzeň   69–24 2   Glasgow HC 39–12 30–12
FC Porto   68–45   AHC Potaissa Turda 41–21 27–24
RK Železničar 1949   56–59   Handball Käerjeng 30–27 26–32
RD Koper 2013   49–56   Kadetten Schaffhausen 25–25 24–31
Selfoss   60–55   Klaipėda Dragūnas 34–28 26–27
Alingsås HK   48–51   RK Gorenje Velenje 26–23 22–28
GRK Varaždin   50–55   Steaua București 25–26 25–29
RK Dubrava   61–63   FH Hafnarfjordur 29–33 32–30
Notes
1 Both legs were hosted by B.S.B. Batumi.
2 Both legs were hosted by Talent Robstav M.A.T. Plzeň.

Round 2Edit

The first legs were played on 6–7 October and the second legs were played on 13–14 October 2018. Some teams agreed to play both matches in the same venue.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Vojvodina   55–44   HV Aalsmeer 29–21 26–23
RD Ribnica   56–59   Selfoss 30–27 26–32
Handball Käerjeng   64–74   Achilles Bocholt 29–33 35–41
HC Baník Karviná   58–47 1   HC Prolet 62 26–22 32–25
Sport36-Komló   56–56 (a)   Olympiacos 34–29 22–27
RK Gorenje Velenje   47–45   Gwardia Opole 26–22 21–23
Aalborg Håndbold   60–53   Pfadi Winterthur 31–29 29–24
HC Dobrogea Sud Constanța   57–44 2   Talent Robstav M.A.T. Plzeň 28–21 29–23
Drammen HK   57–53   KH BESA Famgas 37–26 20–27
OCI-Lions   52–52 (a)   Alpla HC Hard 23–23 29–29
Steaua București   48–50   Maccabi Srugo Rishon LeZion 25–23 23–27
HC Spartak Moscow   46–47   BSV Bern 28–23 18–24
SL Benfica   71–63 3   FH Hafnarfjordur 37–32 34–31
FC Porto   58–54   SKA Minsk 34–29 24–25
ZTR Zaporizhia   60–68   Kadetten Schaffhausen 27–30 33–38
IBV Vestmannaeyjar   49–59   Pays d'Aix Université Club 24–23 25–36
Notes
1 Both legs were hosted by Karviná.
2 Both legs were hosted by HC Dobrogea Sud Constanța.
3 Both legs were hosted by SL Benfica.

Round 3Edit

A total of 32 teams entered the draw for the third qualification round, which was held on Tuesday, 16 October 2018.[4] The draw seeding pots were composed as follows: [5]

Pot 1 Pot 2

The first legs were played on 17–18 November and the second legs were played on 24–25 November 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
HK Malmö   50–57   HC Dobrogea Sud Constanța 22–23 28–34
SC Magdeburg   53–57   FC Porto 26–23 27–34
Fraikin Granollers   57–49   RK Gorenje Velenje 24–25 33–24
BM Logroño La Rioja   50–50 (a)   Kadetten Schaffhausen 26–22 24–28
KS Azoty-Puławy   60–54   Selfoss 33–26 27–28
THW Kiel   70–41   Drammen HK 34–23 36–18
Aalborg Håndbold   54–57   Füchse Berlin 31–29 23–28
Olympiacos   47–55   RK Nexe 22–25 25–30
HC Eurofarm Rabotnik   59–47   BSV Bern 29–19 30–28
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf   74–69   SL Benfica 41–36 33–33
Achilles Bocholt   54–71   Liberbank Cuenca 29–34 25–37
Grundfos Tatabánya KC   58–45   OCI-Lions 31–18 27–27
HC Baník Karviná   62–66   Balatonfüredi KSE 33–34 29–32
Vojvodina   52–70   GOG Håndbold 27–32 25–38
Pays d'Aix Université Club   50–53   TTH Holstebro 25–25 25–28
Maccabi Srugo Rishon LeZion   59–63   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 29–36 30–27

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2018–19 EHF Cup group stage.
  Red: Group A;   Blue: Group B;   Green: Group C;   Yellow: Group D.

The draw of the EHF Cup group stage took place on Thursday, 29 November 2018. The 16 teams allocated into four pots were drawn into four groups of four teams.

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are 9–10 February, 16–17 February, 23–24 February, 2–3 March, 23–24 March and 30–31 March 2019.

In the group stage, teams are ranked according to points (2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). After completion of the group stage, if two or more teams have scored the same number of points, the ranking will be determined as follows:

  1. Highest number of points in matches between the teams directly involved;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches between the teams directly involved;
  3. Highest number of goals scored in matches between the teams directly involved (or in the away match in case of a two-team tie);
  4. Superior goal difference in all matches of the group;
  5. Highest number of plus goals in all matches of the group;

If the ranking of one of these teams is determined, the above criteria are consecutively followed until the ranking of all teams is determined. If no ranking can be determined, a decision shall be obtained by EHF through drawing of lots.

During the group stage, only criteria 4–5 apply to determine the provisional ranking of teams.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FÜC SRH LOG BAL
1   Füchse Berlin 6 5 0 1 192 166 +26 10 Knockout stage 33–29 29–27 36–23
2   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 6 4 0 2 180 169 +11 8 Ranking of the second-placed teams 34–31 30–26 27–23
3   Logroño La Rioja 6 2 0 4 174 180 −6 4 29–34 29–28 29–24
4   Balatonfüredi 6 1 0 5 156 187 −31 2 24–29 27–32 35–34
Source: EHF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TAT HAN NEX RAB
1   Tatabánya 6 4 1 1 172 154 +18 9 Knockout stage 28–25 27–28 30–27
2   TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 6 3 1 2 162 144 +18 7 Ranking of the second-placed teams 27–27 32–22 24–21
3   Nexe 6 3 0 3 156 160 −4 6 26–29 29–25 23–18
4   Eurofarm Rabotnik 6 1 0 5 133 165 −32 2 21–31 17–29 29–28
Source: EHF

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification POR HOL DOB LIB
1   FC Porto 6 6 0 0 196 168 +28 12 Knockout stage 32–29 30–27 37–26
2   TTH Holstebro 6 3 0 3 175 160 +15 6 Ranking of the second-placed teams 31–33 29–25 34–22
3   Dobrogea Sud Constanța 6 2 0 4 165 174 −9 4 29–35 22–28 34–26
4   Liberbank Cuenca 6 1 0 5 152 186 −34 2 26–29 26–24 26–28
Source: EHF

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KIE GOG GRA AZO
1   THW Kiel 6 6 0 0 191 144 +47 12 Knockout stage 37–23 34–28 26–23
2   GOG Håndbold 6 3 0 3 182 180 +2 6 Ranking of the second-placed teams 22–26 34–26 41–29
3   Fraikin Granollers 6 2 1 3 174 195 −21 5 22–33 34–31 30–29
4   Azoty-Puławy 6 0 1 5 169 197 −28 1 26–35 28–31 34–34
Source: EHF

Ranking of the second-placed teamsEdit

The top three second-placed teams will qualify to the quarter-finals. The ranking of the second-placed teams will be determined on the basis of the team's results in the group stage.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 6 4 0 2 180 169 +11 8 Knockout stage
2 B   TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 6 3 1 2 162 144 +18 7
3 C   TTH Holstebro 6 3 0 3 175 160 +15 6
4 D   GOG Håndbold 6 3 0 3 182 180 +2 6
Source: EHF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Knockout stageEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Since THW Kiel won their group, they qualified directly for the EHF Cup Finals and will not have to play the quarter-finals. In this case, the quarter-finals will consist of only three two-legged fixtures. The draw for the quarter-final pairings was held on Tuesday, 2 April, at 11:00 CET in the EHF headquarters in Vienna.[6] The three group winners were placed in Pot 1, and the three best second-ranked teams were placed in Pot 2. The group winners started the quarter-finals with an away match on 20 and 21 April, and played the second leg at home on 27 and 28 April.[7]

Pot 1
  Füchse Berlin
  Tatabánya
  FC Porto
Pot 2
  Saint-Raphaël Var Handball
  TSV Hannover-Burgdorf
  TTH Holstebro
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf   54–64   Füchse Berlin 26–34 28–30
TTH Holstebro   52–50   Tatabánya 29–24 23–26
Saint-Raphaël Var Handball   60–64   FC Porto 30–30 30–34

MatchesEdit

21 April 2019
15:00
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf   26–34   Füchse Berlin Swiss Life Hall, Hanover
Attendance: 3,937
Referees: Andorka, Hucker (HUN)
Olsen 11 (14–15) Lindberg 6
 4×  Report   6× 
28 April 2019
15:00
Füchse Berlin   30–28   TSV Hannover-Burgdorf Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin
Attendance: 7,165
Referees: Gasmi, Gasmi (FRA)
Lindberg 8 (18–11) Kastening 9
  8×  Report   3× 

Füchse Berlin won 64–54 on aggregate.


20 April 2019
17:45
TTH Holstebro   29–24   Tatabánya Gråkjær Arena, Holstebro
Attendance: 2,021
Referees: Baumgart, Wild (GER)
Bramming 9 (12–9) Vranković 6
  6×  Report   5× 
27 April 2019
16:00
Tatabánya   26–23   TTH Holstebro Audi Aréna, Győr
Attendance: 2,650
Referees: Brkić, Jusufhodžić (AUT)
Vujović 8 (14–12) Bramming 5
  5×  1×  Report   4× 

TTH Holstebro won 52–50 on aggregate.


20 April 2019
20:00
Saint-Raphaël Var Handball   30–30   FC Porto Palais des Sports JF Krakowski, Saint-Raphaël
Attendance: 2,000
Referees: Boričič, Marković (SRB)
Caucheteux 9 (17–17) Areia, Branquinho 7
  4×  Report   7× 
27 April 2019
18:00
FC Porto   34–30   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball Dragão Caixa, Porto
Attendance: 2,099
Referees: Buache, Meyer (SUI)
Areia 8 (17–15) Caucheteux 10
  4×  1×  Report   2×  1× 

FC Porto won 64–60 on aggregate.

Final fourEdit

The seventh edition of the EHF Cup Finals in 2019 was hosted by THW Kiel after the EHF Executive Committee decided to award the hosting rights to the German club at its meeting on 6 December 2018. The tournament took place at Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, on 17 and 18 May 2019.[8] The draw was held on 30 April 2019.[9][10]

As group winners, THW Kiel avoided playing the quarter-finals and qualified directly for the EHF Cup Finals.[8]

BracketEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
17 May
 
 
  TTH Holstebro26
 
18 May
 
  THW Kiel32
 
  THW Kiel26
 
17 May
 
  Füchse Berlin22
 
  Füchse Berlin24
 
 
  FC Porto20
 
Third place
 
 
18 May
 
 
  TTH Holstebro26
 
 
  FC Porto28

SemifinalsEdit

17 May 2019
18:00
TTH Holstebro   26–32   THW Kiel Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel
Attendance: 10,200
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Bramming 7 (14–16) Ekberg 6
  4×  1×  Report   1× 

17 May 2019
20:45
Füchse Berlin   24–20   FC Porto Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel
Attendance: 10,011
Referees: Jørum, Kleven (NOR)
Drux 6 (12–8) Alves 6
  2×  Report   4× 

Third place gameEdit

18 May 2019
18:00
TTH Holstebro   26–28   FC Porto Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel
Attendance: 10,045
Referees: Brunner, Salah (SUI)
Smits 6 (16–14) Branquinho 7
  3×  Report   3× 

FinalEdit

18 May 2019
20:45
THW Kiel   26–22   Füchse Berlin Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel
Attendance: 10,285
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Ekberg 7 (16–10) Elísson 6
  3×  Report   4× 

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[11]
1   Magnus Bramming   TTH Holstebro 100
2   Hans Lindberg   Füchse Berlin 79
3   Raphaël Caucheteux   Saint-Raphaël Var Handball 62

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New season, new European Cup website". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ "2018/19 EHF Cup – Qualification Round 1". European Handball Federation. Archived from the original on 21 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ "2018/19 EHF Cup – Qualification Round 2". European Handball Federation.
  4. ^ "Füchse start the title defence afainst Alborg, Kiel vs Drammen". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Defending champions Füchse in pot 1 for last qualification draw". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Defending champions Berlin in all-German quarter-final". 2 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Standout scorer Magnus Bramming fears no one". 1 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Kiel to host Men's EHF Cup Finals". European Handball Federation. 6 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Kiel to host finals draw on Tuesday". European Handball Federation. 29 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Hosts Kiel and defending champions Berlin avoid each other in AKQUINET EHF Cup Finals draw". European Handball Federation. 30 April 2019.
  11. ^ Goalscorers

External linksEdit