2020–21 EHF Champions League

The 2020–21 EHF Champions League is the 61st edition of Europe's premier club handball tournament and the 28th edition under the current EHF Champions League format.

EHF Champions League
2020–21
EHF Champions League Logo 2020.svg
Tournament information
SportHandball
Dates16 September 2020–13 June 2021
Teams16
Websiteehfcl.com
Tournament statistics
Matches played115
Goals scored6927 (60.23 per match)
Attendance47,393 (412 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Alex Dujshebaev
(90 goals)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each local health department will dictate the number of spectators allowed at a given match.

FormatEdit

The competition begins with a group stage featuring 16 teams divided in two groups. Matches are played in a double round-robin system with home-and-away fixtures. In Groups A and B, originally the top two teams qualify for the quarterfinals, with teams ranked 3rd to 6th entering the playoffs. After a decision by the EHF, all teams advanced.

The knockout stage includes four rounds: the round of 16, quarterfinals, and a final-four tournament comprising two semifinals and the final. The teams are paired against each other in two-legged home-and-away matches, with the aggregate winners qualifying to the next round.

In the final four tournament, the semifinals and the final are played as single matches at a pre-selected host venue.[1]

TeamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2020–21 EHF Champions League group stage.
  Red: Group A;   Blue: Group B.

A total of 24 teams from 16 countries submitted their application for a place in the competition's group stage before the deadline of 10 June 2020.[2] The final list of 16 participants was revealed by the EHF Executive Committee on 19 June. Ten teams were registered according to fixed places, while six were granted wild cards.[3]

Participating teams
  Paris Saint-Germain (1st)   THW Kiel (1st)   Vardar 1961 (1st)   Telekom Veszprém (1st)
  Barça (1st)   Łomża Vive Kielce (1st)   Aalborg Handbold (1st)   PPD Zagreb (1st)
  FC Porto (1st)   SG Flensburg-Handewitt (2nd)   Meshkov Brest (WC)   HBC Nantes (WC)
  MOL-Pick Szeged (WC)   Elverum Håndball (WC)   Celje Pivovarna Laško (WC)   Motor (WC)

Group stageEdit

The draw was held on 1 July 2020 at the EHF headquarters in Vienna, Austria.[3][4] The 16 teams were drawn into two groups of eight, with the restriction that teams from the same national association could not be drawn into the same group.[5]

In each group, teams play against each other in a double round-robin format, with home and away matches. After completion of the group stage matches, the top two teams from each group would have qualified directly for the quarterfinals, and the four teams ranked 3rd–6th advance to the playoffs, but on 10 February 2021, it was announced that all 16 teams advance from the group stage.[6]

Matches will be played on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with starting times at 18:45 and 20:45 (CET/CEST).

TiebreakersEdit

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 FLE PAR KIE BRE POR SZE VAR ELV
1   SG Flensburg-Handewitt 14 10 1 3 341 336 +5 21 Play-offs 28–27 31–30 29–29 36–29 26–24 0–10 37–35
2   Paris Saint-Germain 14 9 1 4 388 327 +61 19[a] 28–29 37–26 33–26 29–28 10–0 5–5 35–29
3   Łomża Vive Kielce 14 9 1 4 442 414 +28 19[a] 28–31 35–33 34–27 32–30 26–23 36–29 39–29
4   Meshkov Brest 14 7 1 6 383 380 +3 15 26–28 32–31 35–30 10–0 26–24 24–22 29–27
5   FC Porto 14 5 2 7 361 352 +9 12[b] 10–0 31–34 32–32 27–25 25–19 27–24 28–30
6   MOL-Pick Szeged 14 6 0 8 318 329 −11 12[b] 0–10 29–32 26–30 30–27 35–31 34–33 36–27
7   Vardar 1961 14 3 3 8 335 350 −15 9 31–26 0–10 29–33 32–36 25–25 26–28 34–34
8   Elverum Håndball 14 2 1 11 387 457 −70 5 29–30 29–44 22–31 33–31 31–38 0–10 32–35
Source: EHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Paris 70–61 Kielce
  2. ^ a b Porto 56–54 Pick Szeged


Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR VES KIE ALB ZAP NAN CEL ZAG
1   Barça 14 14 0 0 505 412 +93 28 Play-offs 37–30 29–25 42–33 42–34 30–29 42–28 45–27
2   Telekom Veszprém 14 9 2 3 443 392 +51 20 34–37 41–33 30–32 34–30 5–5 39–24 37–25
3   THW Kiel 14 7 2 5 394 378 +16 16 26–32 31–31 28–26 34–23 27–35 33–29 36–30
4   Aalborg Håndbold 14 7 0 7 397 411 −14 14[a] 32–35 27–33 23–31 38–29 32–24 0–10 38–29
5   Motor 14 7 0 7 389 411 −22 14[a] 25–30 34–37 10–0 27–29 29–28 31–29 29–25
6   HBC Nantes 14 5 2 7 388 378 +10 12 27–35 24–28 24–24 38–29 31–32 28–30 30–28
7   Celje Pivovarna Laško 14 4 0 10 372 413 −41 8 29–32 25–29 24–35 29–31 31–32 25–31 29–28
8   PPD Zagreb 14 0 0 14 369 462 −93 0 33–37 28–35 21–31 26–27 23–24 24–34 22–30
Source: EHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Aalborg 67–56 Motor

Note All matches ending with a 10–0 (or 5–5) results were assessed by the EHF.[7]

Knockout stageEdit

Originally, the top six teams advanced but on 10 February 2021, after a decision by the EHF Executive Committee, it was announced that all 16 teams advance from the group stage.[6]

Play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
HBC Nantes   58–56   Łomża Vive Kielce 24–25 34–31
MOL-Pick Szeged   56–66   THW Kiel 28–33 28–33
Motor   55–60   Meshkov Brest 32–30 23–30
FC Porto   56–56 (a)   Aalborg Håndbold 32–29 24–27
PPD Zagreb   0–20[note 1]   SG Flensburg-Handewitt 0–10 0–10
Elverum Håndball   44–76   Barça 25–37 19–39
Celje Pivovarna Laško   47–68   Paris Saint-Germain 24–37 23–31
Vardar 1961   57–80   Telekom Veszprém 27–41 30–39
  1. ^ The matches, scheduled for 7 and 8 April 2021, were assessed by the EHF after Zagreb had several cases of positive COVID-19 tests.[8]

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Telekom Veszprém     HBC Nantes 13 May 20 May
Paris Saint-Germain     THW Kiel 12 May 19 May
Barça     Meshkov Brest 12 May 20 May
SG Flensburg-Handewitt     Aalborg Håndbold 13 May 19 May

Final fourEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
12 June
 
 
 
 
13 June
 
 
 
 
 
12 June
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third place
 
 
13 June
 
 
 
 
 
 

FinalEdit

13 June 2021 WSF1 v WSF2 Lanxess Arena, Cologne
Report

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 8 April 2021
Rank Player Club Goals[9]
1   Alex Dujshebaev   Łomża Vive Kielce 90
2   Valero Rivera Folch   HBC Nantes 76
3   Mikita Vailupau   Meshkov Brest 75
4   Mikkel Hansen   Paris Saint-Germain 72
5   Viachaslau Bokhan   Motor 71
  Niclas Ekberg   THW Kiel
  Dika Mem   Barça
8   Timur Dibirov   Vardar 1961 69
9   Aidenas Malašinskas   Motor 68
  Marko Panić   Meshkov Brest

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Competition system
  2. ^ "24 clubs submit registration for the new season". ehfcl.com. 10 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "2020/21 season: EXEC announced the starting grid season". timeoutmag.com. 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Elite 16 teams learn their group phase fate". ehfcl.com. 1 July 2020.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Pots for the group phase draw revealed". ehfcl.com. 22 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "EHF adapts playing schedule for EHF Champions League". eurohandball.com. 10 February 2021.
  7. ^ "EHF assesses non-played matches in top men's competitions". eurohandball.com. 26 February 2021.
  8. ^ "EHF calls off Flensburg vs Zagreb play-off tie". eurohandball.com. EHF. 6 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Goalscorers

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