EHF Champions League

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Created in 1956, the EHF Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in European men’s handball and is contested by the best teams on the continent.

EHF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

FC Barcelona are the only club in the history of the competition to have won it nine times, five of those wins coming consecutively between 1996 and 2000. Among the five players to have lifted the trophy with three different clubs is Nikola Karabatic, who achieved the feat with Montpellier Handball, THW Kiel and FC Barcelona. The Paris Saint-Germain centre back has made the third-highest number of appearances in the EHF Champions League and is also the competition’s second-highest scorer. In 2018, Montpellier Handball and HBC Nantes met in the tournament’s first all-French final, a match Montpellier won 32-27 to claim a second title to go with the one they won in 2003. Veteran France wing Michaël Guigou played in both those cup-winning teams.

PSG’S BEST RESULT IN EHF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

1 Final

Year

-2017

FORMAT

The competition involves a group phase followed by a knockout phase in which teams play each other home and away in two-legged ties. The group phase comprises two pools of eight teams, with teams in each pool playing each other twice, home and away. In this new formula, in addition to the winners of each pool, the runners-up also qualify directly for the quarter-finals. The third, fourth and fifth-placed teams compete in the play-offs. The Final Four is the high point of the season and is held over a single weekend at one venue. Paris staged the inaugural Final Four, though it has been held since 2010 at the impressive Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

EHF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE STAKES FOR PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN HANDBALL

 Runners-up in 2017, when they lost to Vardar Skopje of North Macedonia, Paris-Saint Germain have assembled a squad full of players with experience of big European matches and a desire to win the club’s first EHF Champions League title. In 2018, PSG topped their group and beat KS Kielce in the quarter-finals before losing in the semis to an HBC Nantes side inspired by Cyril Dumoulin. Then in 2019, a side spearheaded by Nikola Karabatic and Nedim Remili went down in the last eight to KS Kielce, despite an outstanding 35-26 win in the return leg at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. On 2019-20 season, the Red and Blue were defeated by FC Barcelone on Final4 semi-finals.