Solvable tasks for the THW Kiel, heavy caliber for the SG Flensburg-Handewitt: That brought about the draw for the Champions League group stage on Friday.
While the reigning German champions can look forward to the group stage in the Champions League relatively calmly, the runner-up faces a tricky and certainly again enormously exhausting preliminary round.
In Group B, Flensburg will meet defending champions FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, the Polish top club Vive Kielce with national goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, Portugal champions FC Porto, Telekom Veszprem, Dinamo Bucharest and Motor Saporoschje from Ukraine. That was the result of the draw on Friday in Vienna.
Zebras are one of the favorites in Group A.
The Killers, who won the premier class in December 2020, are among the favorites in Group A. The most formidable rival is likely to be the Danish champions and this year’s finalist Aalborg HB. Other opponents are Vardar Skopje, Pick Szeged, Meschkow Brest, Montpellier HB, HC PPD Zagreb and Elverum HH from Norway.
The first two teams in both groups qualify directly for the quarter-finals. The third to sixth-placed reach the round of 16. The group stage starts on 16./17. September.