The line up for the 2012/13 EHF Champions League is now known …

And so after a weekend of some predictability and some drama the final entrants into this season’s EHF Champions League are known: the long road to Cologne and the Velux Final 4 can begin.

The three qualification tournaments didn’t produce close finals: HCM Constanta (Romania), HC Metalurg (Macedonia) and RK Partizan (Serbia) saw off their opponents by an average of ten points.  The fourth event, the Wild Card Tournment, did produce a decent contest though as home side Saint-Raphaël Var (France) were pipped in extra time by HSV Hamburg of the Bundesliga.  It was tough on the French side, in particular their goalkeeper Yohann Ploquin, who blocked well at crucial moments only to see his outfielders not drill home the advantage.  Saint-Raphaël Var had a lead of up to 4 at various points in the second half of normal play and Hamburg were only actually in the lead for the final seconds – taking the game 32:31 with Blazenko Lackovic scoring the winner with his only goal of the match.

There are full details of the groups here and British Eurosport 2 should be showing some games live from late September, in addition to which you should be able to find regular live matches at the EHF’s own site and on Bet365.




  1. Brian Salmon

    Not only can you watch via your computer, the draw also offers up a number of opportunities to combine an autumn city break with seeing some live Champions league action such as Barcelona, Madrid, Montpelier, Belgrade, St Petersburg, Berlin, Hamburg and Gothenburg (IK Savehof). Fixtures are played between Thursady and Sunday of each game week, so check the EHFcl website for precise days, but it does mean that it is possible to see a top team at the weekend, without having to take any time off work.

  2. Brian Salmon

    Also included on the EHFCL website are the first seven games featured as Match of the Week, with live English commentary and in depth features and interviews . They include not one but two rematches of this year’s final Kiel v Atletico Madrid, a North German derby and coverage of a Nikola Karabatic inspired Montpelier.

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