Paris vs Porto

FC Porto Safarma

FC Porto Handball is the handball section of Futebol Clube do Porto, located in Porto, Portugal. Like its football section, the club has a sporting rivalry with SL Benfica and Sporting CP. In the 2013-14 season, the club participated for the first time in its history in the Champions League group stage.

FC Porto were placed in Group B of the 2019-20 Champions League, and despite a tough group including Montpellier Handball, THW Kiel and Veszprem KSE, they did not disappoint, finishing 5th. The team is currently coached by Swedish Magnus Andersson, a former professional player who won three Olympic medals with Sweden. The club has 21 Portuguese Championship titles to date, including 7 consecutive titles between 2009 and 2014, as well as 8 Portuguese Cups.

At the end of the 2019-20 season of Liga LPA, the club finished at the 1st position with 77 points, above Sporting CP Lisbonne.

Gilberto Duarte, one of the best Portuguese handball players, played for FC Porto between 2007 and 2016.

The Parisians against Porto

Opponents within the 2020-21 Champions League group stage, this double-encounter will be the first one between the two clubs. On November 18th, 2020, the Parisians went to Porto as part group stage matchday 5. Thanks to an exceptional match of Mikkel Hansen, with 9 goals and 9 assists, the Red and Blue won 34 - 31.

Prior to the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain had never crossed paths with a Portuguese club.

Players to follow

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Mathieu Grébille

Left wing 06/10/1991
Born on October 6th, 1991, in Paris, Mathieu Grébille is a French player who plays at the back or left winger. Trained at Montpellier Handball, he made his professional debut in the 2010-11 season, with whom he played more than 700 matches in 10 seasons at the club. He played for Montpellier Handball in the 2019-20 season and crossed paths with FC Porto during the group phase of the Champions League. The Hérault club had lost at home in their first meeting, before a draw at Porto.
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Diogo Branquinho

Left wing 25/07/1994
Born on July 25th, 1994, in Coimbra, Portugal, Diogo Branquinho is a Portuguese player playing as a left winger. After playing for ABC Braga between 2013 and 2017, he joined FC Porto in the summer of 2017, where he won the Championship and Cup with the Blue and White the following season. In the 2019-20 edition of the Champions League, he was FC Porto's top scorer in the group stage with 55 goals, including 8 in the opening match against HC Meshkov Brest.

Dragao Arena

The Dragao Arena is the official venue of FC Porto, hosting handball, basketball and roller hockey matches. With a total capacity of almost 2,200 seats, the arena was designed by Manuel Salgado, the architect responsible for the Estadio do Dragao as well.

Via Futebol Clube do Porto
4350419 Porto
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Practical information
Located on the edge of Estadio do Dragao, FC Porto's football stadium, the Dragao Arena is accessible by metro via line F, at Contumil station.