Last year’s finalists clash in Group A
What better way to get right into action than a rematch of last year’s EHF Cup Final? On Sunday, title holders Füchse Berlin will be up against the team they beat in the 2017/18 final, Saint-Raphael, when the Men's EHF Cup Group Phase gets underway this weekend.
A day before, La Rioja and Balatonfüred open play in this group in a match between two contenders for a quarter-final spot.
BM Logroño La Rioja (ESP) vs Balatonfüredi KSE (HUN)
Saturday 9 February, 21:15 CET, live on ehfTV.com
La Rioja return to the EHF Cup Group Phase after six years, having played in the VELUX EHF Champions League for four seasons
La Rioja lost in Qualification Round 3 last season
Balatonfüred are in the group phase for the second time, after their debut in 2014/15
Both teams have not met before in a European Cup competition
Füchse Berlin (GER) vs Saint-Raphaël Var HB (FRA)
Sunday 10 February, 15:00 CET, live on ehfTV.com
This is a re-match of last season’s final, which Füchse won 28:25
Füchse reached the finals four times in the last five years, Saint-Raphaël both times in the last two years
Both teams also met in the group phase last season, with each team winning the away game
Saint-Raphaël are without injured Spanish playmaker Daniel Sarmiento