Kiel start title mission at Granollers
Two former EHF Cup winners clash in the opening round of the Men’s EHF Cup Group Phase in Granollers on Sunday. THW Kiel, hosts of the EHF Cup Finals, will have to stand their probably biggest test in the group phase.
Group D will be opened in Poland the day before, where Azoty-Pulawy lock horns with GOG.
KS Azoty-Pulawy (POL) vs GOG (DEN)
Saturday, 9 February 17:00 CET, live on ehfTV.com
GOG are back in the group phase after a one-year absence
Last time GOG faced a Polish opponent was in the Last 16 of 1999/2000, beating Warsaw twice
GOG’s right back Niclas Kirkeløkke suffered an ACL injury and it out for the rest of the season
Former player Bartosz Jurecki is the new coach at Azoty-Pulawy, which have their eighth straight appearance in European Cup competitions
Fraikin BM Granollers (ESP) vs THW Kiel (GER)
Sunday, 10 February 19:30 hrs CET, live on ehfTV.com
Despite their long history in European Cup competitions, Kiel and Granollers never faced before
Both sides combined have won the five EHF Cups under the old format: Granollers in 1995 and 1996, Kiel in 1998, 2002 and 2004
After 14 straight seasons in the EHF Champions League (including three titles), Kiel are back in the EHF Cup, which they won in their last appearance in 2004
THW have to replace Icelandic talent Gisli Kristjansson after shoulder surgery