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The EHF Champions League is the most important club handball competition for men's teams in Europe and involves the leading teams from the top European nations. The competition is organised every year by EHF. The official name for the men's competition is the VELUX EHF Champions League, since the VELUX Group began their title sponsorship of the competition in the 2010/11 season.

VELUX EHF Champions League
Current season, competition or edition:
2019–20 EHF Champions League
EHF Champions League logo.svg
CountriesEHF members
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
Founded1956 (1993 in its new format)
Number of teams28 (Group stage)
Level on pyramidLevel 1
Current championsNorth Macedonia RK Vardar
(2nd title)
Most championshipsSpain FC Barcelona
(9 titles)
Websiteehfcl.com

The EHF coefficient rank decides which teams have access and in which stage they enter.

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Eligibility and qualifyingEdit

 
Former logo

Each year, the EHF publishes a ranking list of its member federations. The first 27 nations are allowed to participate in the tournament with their national champion. The national federations are allowed to request extra places or upgrades from the EHF Cup.

The EHF Champions League is divided into five stages. Depending on the ranking of their national federation and of the criteria list, teams can enter the competition in either qualification or the group phase.

The current playing system will change in 2020/21.

Qualification tournamentEdit

Groups of four teams are formed. The number of groups can vary each season. Teams from each group play semi-finals and finals, in a single venue over a weekend. The winning team from each group advance to the group phase, while teams from lower ranks continue in the Men's EHF Cup.

Tournament formatEdit

Group phaseEdit

Since the 2015/16 season, the format sees four groups formed, with eight teams each in Group A and B and six each in Group C and D. All the teams in each group play each other twice, in home and away matches. The first teams in Groups A and B advance directly to the quarter-finals, while teams from positions two to six in each of these groups proceed to the Last 16. Only the two best teams in Group C and D continue in the C+D elimination knockout round, played in a home and away format, where the winner of Group C meets the second-ranked team from Group D and vice versa. The six winners of the Last 16 stage join the Group A and B winners in the quarter-finals.

Knockout roundsEdit

The pairings for the Last 16 are decided by the placement of the teams at the end of the group phase. The two winners of the C+D knockout round face the second-ranked teams from Group A and B in the Last 16. Each pairing is decided via a home and away format, with the aggregate winners over the two legs advancing to the quarter-finals.

The pairings for the quarter-finals are also decided by the placement in the group phase. The ties are decided through a home and away format, with the four winners over the two legs played in each pairing advancing to the EHF FINAL4. The official name for the men's EHF FINAL4 is the VELUX EHF FINAL4.

The participating VELUX EHF FINAL4 teams are paired for the semi-finals through a draw and play the last two matches of the season over a single weekend at one venue. The two semi-finals are played on a Saturday, with the third-place game and final on the Sunday.

AnthemEdit

The current anthem for the EHF Champions League is "Hymn of the Champions", exclusively written by Austrian film composer Roman Kariolou in 2007. The recording played during the entry ceremony before every game was performed by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Hernando.[1]

WinnersEdit

European Champions Cup (organised by IHF)

Year Final Semi-final losers
Champion Score Second place Third place
1956–57
Details
 
Dukla Prague
21–13  
Örebro SK
 
HG Kopenhagen
 
Paris UC
1958–59
Details
 
Redbergslids IK
18–13  
Frisch Auf Göppingen
 
Helsingør IF
 
Dinamo București
1959–60
Details
 
Frisch Auf Göppingen
18–13  
Aarhus GF
 
Dinamo București
 
Paris UC
1961–62
Details
 
Frisch Auf Göppingen
13–11  
Partizan Bjelovar
 
Dukla Prague
 
IK Skovbakken
1962–63
Details
 
Dukla Prague
15–13  
Dinamo București
 
Frisch Auf Göppingen
 
Ajax København
1964–65
Details
 
Dinamo București
13–11  
Medveščak Zagreb
 
Grasshopper
 
Ajax København
1965–66
Details
 
SC DHfK Leipzig
16–14  
Budapest Honvéd
 
Dukla Prague
 
Aarhus GF
1966–67
Details
 
VfL Gummersbach
17–13  
Dukla Prague
 
SK Cuncevo
 
Dinamo București
1967–68
Details
 
Steaua București
13–11  
Dukla Prague
 
Dynamo Berlin
 
Partizan Bjelovar
1969–70
Details
 
VfL Gummersbach
14–11  
Dynamo Berlin
 
Steaua București
 
RK Crvenka
1970–71
Details
 
VfL Gummersbach
17–16  
Steaua București
 
Sporting CP
 
Partizan Bjelovar
1971–72
Details
 
Partizan Bjelovar
19–14  
VfL Gummersbach
 
MAI Moskva
 
Tatran Prešov
1972–73
Details
 
MAI Moskva
26–23  
Partizan Bjelovar
 
SC Leipzig
 
SoIK Hellas
1973–74
Details
 
VfL Gummersbach
19–17  
MAI Moskva
 
Oppsal IF Oslo
 
Ruda Hvezda Bratislava
1974–75
Details
 
ASK Frankfurt/Oder
19–17  
Borac Banja Luka
 
VfL Gummersbach
 
Steaua București
1975–76
Details
 
Borac Banja Luka
17–15  
Fredericia KFUM
 
VfL Gummersbach
 
Fredensborg/Ski
1976–77
Details
 
Steaua București
21–20  
CSKA Moscow
 
Fredericia KFUM
 
VfL Gummersbach
1977–78
Details
 
Magdeburg
28–22  
Śląsk Wrocław
 
Honvéd
 
Calpisa
1978–79
Details
 
TV Großwallstadt
30–28
(14-10 / 18-16)
 
Empor Rostock
 
Budapest Honvéd
 
Dinamo București
1979–80
Details
 
TV Großwallstadt
21–12  
Valur
 
Dukla Prague
 
Atlético de Madrid
1980–81
Details
 
Magdeburg
52–43
(25-23 / 29-18)
 
Slovan Ljubljana
 
LUGI HF
 
CSKA Moscow
1981–82
Details
 
Budapest Honvéd
49–34
(25-16 / 18-24)
 
TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen
 
Helsingør IF
 
TV Großwallstadt
1982–83
Details
 
VfL Gummersbach
32–29
(15-19 / 13-14)
 
CSKA Moscow
 
Barcelona
 
Metaloplastika
1983–84
Details
 
Dukla Prague
38–38
(21-17 / 21-17)
 
Metaloplastika
 
VfL Gummersbach
 
Budapest Honvéd
1984–85
Details
 
Metaloplastika
49–32
(19-12 / 20-30)
 
Atlético de Madrid
 
FH
 
Dukla Prague
1985–86
Details
 
Metaloplastika
54–52
(29-24 / 30-23)
 
Wybrzeże Gdańsk
 
Steaua București
 
Atlético de Madrid
1986–87
Details
 
SKA Minsk
62–49
(32-24 / 25-30)
 
Wybrzeże Gdańsk
 
TUSEM Essen
 
Metaloplastika
1987–88
Details
 
CSKA Moscow
36–36
(18-15 / 21-18)
 
TUSEM Essen
 
Metaloplastika
 
Elgorriaga Bidasoa
1988–89
Details
 
SKA Minsk
61–53
(30-24 / 37-23)
 
Steaua București
 
SC Magdeburg
 
HK Drott
1989–90
Details
 
SKA Minsk
53–50
(26-21 / 29-27)
 
Barcelona
 
TUSEM Essen
 
US Créteil Handball
1990–91
Details
 
Barcelona
41–40
(23-21 / 20-17)
 
Proleter Zrenjanin
 
ETİ Bisküvi
 
Dinamo Astrakhan
1991–92
Details
 
Zagreb
50–38
(22-20 / 18-28)
 
TEKA Santander
 
Kolding IF
 
Barcelona
1992–93
Details
 
Zagreb
40–39
(22-17 / 22-18)
 
SG Wallau-Massenheim
 
Vénissieux handball
 
Barcelona

EHF Champions League

Year Final Semi-final losers
Champion Score Second place Third place
1993–94
Details
 
TEKA Santander
45–43
(22-22 / 23-21)
 
ABC Braga
 
UHK West Wien
 
USAM Nîmes
1994–95
Details
 
Elgorriaga Bidasoa
56–47
(30-20 / 27-26)
 
Zagreb
 
THW Kiel
 
Cantabria Santander
1995–96
Details
 
Barcelona
46–38
(23-15 / 23-23)
 
Elgorriaga Bidasoa
 
Pfadi Winterthur
 
THW Kiel
1996–97
Details
 
Barcelona
61–45
(31-22 / 23-30)
 
Zagreb
 
Celje
 
THW Kiel
1997–98
Details
 
Barcelona
56–40
(28-18 / 22-28)
 
Zagreb
 
TBV Lemgo
 
Celje
1998–99
Details
 
Barcelona
51–40
(22-22 / 29-18)
 
Zagreb
 
Celje
 
Portland San Antonio
1999–00
Details
 
Barcelona
54–52
(28-25 / 29-24)
 
THW Kiel
 
Celje
 
Zagreb
2000–01
Details
 
Portland San Antonio
52–49
(30-24 / 25-22)
 
Barcelona
 
Celje
 
THW Kiel
2001–02
Details
 
Magdeburg
51–48
(23-21 / 30-25)
 
Veszprém
 
Kolding IF
 
Portland San Antonio
2002–03
Details
 
Montpellier
50–46
(27-19 / 31-19)
 
Portland San Antonio
 
Prule 67
 
Veszprém
2003–04
Details
 
Celje
62–58
(34-28 / 30-28)
 
Flensburg-Handewitt
 
Ciudad Real
 
Magdeburg
2004–05
Details
 
Barcelona
56–55
(28-27 / 29-27)
 
Ciudad Real
 
Celje
 
Montpellier
2005–06
Details
 
Ciudad Real
62–47
(19-25 / 37-28)
 
Portland San Antonio
 
Flensburg-Handewitt
 
Veszprém
2006–07
Details
 
THW Kiel
57–55
(28-28 / 29-27)
 
Flensburg-Handewitt
 
Portland San Antonio
 
Valladolid
2007–08
Details
 
Ciudad Real
58–54
(27-29 / 25-31)
 
THW Kiel
 
HSV Hamburg
 
Barcelona
2008–09
Details
 
Ciudad Real
67–66
(39-34 / 33-27)
 
THW Kiel
 
HSV Hamburg
 
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
2009–10
Details
 
THW Kiel
36–34  
Barcelona
 
Ciudad Real
 
Chekhovskiye Medvedi
2010–11
Details
 
Barcelona
27–24  
Ciudad Real
 
Rhein-Neckar Löwen
 
HSV Hamburg
2011–12
Details
 
THW Kiel
26–21  
Atlético de Madrid
 
AG København
 
Füchse Berlin
2012–13
Details
 
HSV Hamburg
30–29  
Barcelona
 
Vive Targi Kielce
 
THW Kiel
2013–14
Details
 
Flensburg-Handewitt
30–28  
THW Kiel
 
Barcelona
 
Veszprém
2014–15
Details
 
Barcelona
28–23  
Veszprém
 
Vive Targi Kielce
 
THW Kiel
2015–16
Details
 
Vive Tauron Kielce
39–38 (pen.)  
Veszprém
 
Paris Saint-Germain
 
THW Kiel
2016–17
Details
 
RK Vardar
24–23  
Paris Saint-Germain
 
Veszprém
 
Barcelona
2017–18
Details
 
Montpellier
32–26  
HBC Nantes
 
Paris Saint-Germain
 
RK Vardar
2018–19
Details
 
RK Vardar
27–24  
Telekom Veszprém
 
Barcelona
 
Vive Targi Kielce
2019–20
Details
       

Records and statisticsEdit

Winning clubsEdit

Performance in the European Cup/EHF Champions League by club
Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
  Barcelona 9 4 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
2000, 2005, 2011, 2015
1990, 2001, 2010, 2013
  VfL Gummersbach 5 1 1967, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1983 1972
  THW Kiel 3 4 2007, 2010, 2012 2000, 2008, 2009, 2014
  Dukla Prague 3 2 1957, 1963, 1984 1967, 1968
  Ciudad Real 3 2 2006, 2008, 2009 2005, 2011
  Magdeburg 3 0 1978, 1981, 2002
  SKA Minsk 3 0 1987, 1989, 1990
  Zagreb 2 4 1992, 1993 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999
  Steaua Bucureşti 2 2 1968, 1977 1971, 1989
  Frisch Auf Göppingen 2 1 1960, 1962 1959
  Metaloplastika 2 1 1985, 1986 1984
  TV Großwallstadt 2 0 1979, 1980
  Montpellier 2 0 2003, 2018
  RK Vardar 2 0 2017, 2019
  Bjelovar 1 2 1972 1962, 1973
  CSKA Moscow 1 2 1988 1977, 1983
  Portland San Antonio 1 2 2001 2003, 2006
  Flensburg-Handewitt 1 2 2014 2004, 2007
  Dinamo Bucureşti 1 1 1965 1963
  MAI Moscow 1 1 1973 1974
  Borac Banja Luka 1 1 1976 1975
  Honvéd 1 1 1982 1966
  CB Cantabria 1 1 1994 1992
  Bidasoa Irún 1 1 1995 1996
  Redbergslids IK 1 0 1959
  DHfK Leipzig 1 0 1966
  ASK Frankfurt/Oder 1 0 1975
  Celje 1 0 2004
  HSV Hamburg 1 0 2013
  Vive Targi Kielce 1 0 2016
  Veszprém KC 0 4 2002, 2015, 2016, 2019
  Wybrzeże Gdańsk 0 2 1986, 1987
  Örebro SK 0 1 1957
  Aarhus GF 0 1 1960
  Medveščak Zagreb 0 1 1965
  Dynamo Berlin 0 1 1970
  Fredericia KFUM 0 1 1976
  Śląsk Wrocław 0 1 1978
  Empor Rostock 0 1 1979
  Valur 0 1 1980
  Slovan Ljubljana 0 1 1981
  TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen 0 1 1982
  Atlético Madrid 0 1 1985
  TUSEM Essen 0 1 1988
  Proleter Zrenjanin 0 1 1991
  Wallau-Massenheim 0 1 1993
  ABC Braga 0 1 1994
  Atlético de Madrid 0 1 2012
  Paris Saint-Germain 0 1 2017
  HBC Nantes 0 1 2018

All-time top scorersEdit

Goals Ssn pld Players
1256 18 Kiril Lazarov
932 16 Nikola Karabatić
861 12 Momir Ilić
838 13 Siarhei Rutenka
654 9 Mikkel Hansen
633 9 Filip Jicha
608 8 Marko Vujin

SponsorshipEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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