AHC Potaissa Turda

AHC Potaissa Turda is a men's handball club from Turda, Romania, that plays in the Romanian Handball League. Potaissa Turda is a notable Romanian team in the last decade. In the last four years, is the only team that have qualified to the Final 4 of the national championships, in every season. Potaissa Turda won the EHF Challenge Cup in 2018, after a final against AEK Athens.

Potaissa Turda
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Full nameAHC Potaissa Turda
Short namePotaissa
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
PresidentRomania Flaviu Sâsâeac
Head coachRomania Horațiu Gal
LeagueLiga Națională
2018–19Liga Națională, 2nd
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Official site

Turda was promoted to the first division in 2011.

Potaissa Turda's fairytail story began back in 2007, when their home sports hall, Gheorghe Baritiu, was inaugurated and the team's players could play finally in Turda. For example, one of the squad's members was the actual team president, Flaviu Constantin Sâsâeac, who used to play for Turda, and also being the team president, since 2003.

Another reason why Potaissa's early success is not that surprising, can be that the club has more youth squads, around 220 children and young players representing Turda in national competitions.[1]



European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2014–15 EHF Cup Q1   Maccabi Tel Aviv 32–25 35-30 67–55
Q2   Junior Fasano 28-27 39-26 67–53
Q3   RK Nexe 20-35 26-23 46–58
2016–17 EHF Challenge Cup R3   HC Dobrudja 32–23 43–19 75–42
1/8   Handball Esch 31–27 28–29 59–56
QF   HB Dudelange 32–29 36–35 68–64
SF   Valur 22–30 32–23 54–53
F   Sporting CP 28–37 24–30 52–67

For the first time in their short history, AHC Potaissa Turda have reached the Challenge Cup finals for the second year running. After the loss from a year before, against Sporting CP, Turda had the power to come back stronger, winning the first major trophy for the city from Cluj county. By beating AEK H.C. with 59-49 on aggregate, Potaissa Turda became the fourth team from Romania to ever lift the Challenge Cup, after Steaua Bucharest,[1] UCM Reșița (three times between 2007-2009[2]) and HC Odorhei.[2]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2017–18 EHF Challenge Cup R3   KH Trepca 35-19 40-30 75–49
1/8   Handball Club Visé Basse Meuse 44-24 24-29 68–53
QF   FyllingenBergen 29-24 30-32 59–56
SF   IBV Vestmannaeyjar 28-31 28-24 56–55
F   AEK H.C. 33-22 26-27 59–49
2018–19 EHF Cup Q1   FC Porto 21-41 24-27 45-68
2019–20 EHF Challenge Cup R3   TENAX Dobele 38-35 32-32 70-67
1/8   BSV Bern 36-33 33-35 69-68
2020–21 EHF European League Q1   HRK Gorica 24-26 32-27 56-53
2020–21 EHF European League Q2   Fenix Toulouse Handball 35-35 27-31 62-66

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2020–21 season

Technical staffEdit

Staff for the 2019–20 season


  1. ^ "UCM Resita a câştigat Challenge Cup! Cea mai mare performanţă sportivă pe echipe din Banat! Handbalul reşiţean a mâncat elanul norvegian!".
  2. ^ www.his.ro. "UCM Resita - Experience the difference". www.ucmr.ro. Retrieved 2018-05-21.

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