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The EHF-Cup before the final second leg VfL Gummersbach - RK Velenje 2008/09

The EHF-Pokal , also known as EHF-Cup , is a European cup competition for handball club teams organized annually by the European Handball Federation (EHF) . It offers handball clubs from smaller countries and clubs that have not qualified for the EHF Champions League the opportunity to participate in an international competition. The EHF-Pokal is thus behind the Champions League and before the EHF Challenge Cup .

The forerunner of today's competition was introduced in 1982 for both men's and women's teams by the International Handball Federation (IHF) under the name IHF-Pokal . In 1993, the European Handball Federation took over the organization of the competition, which has been called the EHF Cup since then . In the 2012/13 (men) and 2016/17 (women) seasons, the competition was combined with the European Cup Winners' Cup . In 2020, the EHF European League was introduced as the second performance level.


Winner of the EHF Cup
season Men season Women
1981/82 VfL Gummersbach 1981/82 Trešnjevka Zagreb
1982/83 SIL Zaporozhye 1982/83 Awtomobilist Baku
1983/84 TV Großwallstadt 1983/84 Chimistul Râmnicu Vâlcea
1984/85 HC Minaur Baia Mare 1984/85 ASK forward Frankfurt
1985/86 Győri ETO KC 1985/86 SC Leipzig
1986/87 Granitas Kaunas 1986/87 ŽRK Budućnost Titograd
1987/88 HC Minaur Baia Mare 1987/88 Eglė Vilnius
1988/89 TuRU Düsseldorf 1988/89 Chimistul Râmnicu Vâlcea
1989/90 SKIF Krasnodar 1989/90 ASK forward Frankfurt
1990/91 RK Borac Banja Luka 1990/91 RK Lokomotiva Zagreb
1991/92 SG Wallau / Massenheim 1991/92 SC Leipzig
1992/93 CB Santander 1992/93 Rapid Bucharest
1993/94 CBM Alzira Avidesa 1993/94 Viborg HK
1994/95 BM Granollers 1994/95 VSC Debrecen
1995/96 BM Granollers 1995/96 VSC Debrecen
1996/97 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 1996/97 RK Olimpija Ljubljana
1997/98 THW Kiel 1997/98 Dunaferr Sportegyesület
1998/99 SC Magdeburg 1998/99 Viborg HK
1999/00 RK Metković 1999/00 El Ferrobus Mislata
2000/01 SC Magdeburg 2000/01 MKS Montex Lublin
2001/02 THW Kiel 2001/02 Ikast-Bording EH
2002/03 FC Barcelona 2002/03 Slagelse FH
2003/04 THW Kiel 2003/04 Viborg HK
2004/05 TUSEM food 2004/05 Cornexi-Alcoa Székesfehérvár
2005/06 TBV Lemgo 2005/06 FTC Budapest
2006/07 SC Magdeburg 2006/07 Zvezda Zvenigorod
2007/08 HSG Nordhorn 2007/08 GK Dinamo Volgograd
2008/09 VfL Gummersbach 2008/09 SD Itxako Estella
2009/10 TBV Lemgo 2009/10 Randers HK
2010/11 Fresh on Göppingen 2010/11 FC Midtjylland Håndbold
2011/12 Fresh on Göppingen 2011/12 GK Lada Tolyatti
2012/13 Rhine-Neckar lion 2012/13 Team Tvis Holstebro
2013/14 Pick Szeged 2013/14 GK Lada Tolyatti
2014/15 Foxes Berlin 2014/15 Team Tvis Holstebro
2015/16 Fresh on Göppingen 2015/16 Dunaújvárosi Kohász KA
2016/17 Fresh on Göppingen 2016/17 GK Rostov-on-Don
2017/18 Foxes Berlin 2017/18 SCM Craiova
2018/19 THW Kiel 2018/19 Siófok KC
2019/20 Competition canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the merger with the European Cup Winners' Cup in the 2012/13 season, the men have initially played three qualifying rounds in the knockout system with one leg and one leg per round, with stronger teams being added in each round due to their classification . The round of the last 16 teams will be held in a group stage, with the top two in each of the four groups qualifying for the quarter-finals. If the host of the final round is also among them, this is automatically set for the semi-finals; the worst runner-up in the group is eliminated and the quarter-finals consist of three matches. The semi-finals, the final and the game for third place will be played as part of a final four tournament. In 2013 and 2016 it took place in Nantes , 2014 and 2015 in Berlin , 2017 in Göppingen , 2018 in Magdeburg and 2019 in Kiel .

There have also been three qualifying rounds in the knockout system for women since the 2016/17 season, followed by a group stage with four groups of four. The first two in the group qualify for the quarter-finals, from which the knockout system is played again.

Until 2012 and 2016, all game rounds were played in the knockout system. The finals were also played back and forth.

In the event of a tie after both games, the higher number of goals scored in the away game decides in knockout games. If this is also the same, a seven-meter throw is played after the second leg.

National qualification

Which placement in a certain national league is necessary for qualification for the EHF Cup depends on several factors. On the one hand, the number of starting places for the EHF Champions League is different depending on the league; starting with the national champion, this number results in the minimum placement for participation in this competition. A certain number of the teams placed below qualify for the EHF Cup.

In addition, the minimum placement for participation in the EHF Cup could be shifted down if the winner in the national cup competition had qualified for the EHF Cup via his position in the league, but did not exercise this right to start due to participation in the European Cup Winners' Cup . The same applies in the event that the previous year's EHF Cup winner, who is automatically set to participate again, would also qualify via his league placement.

Previous winners

The most successful teams in the men's EHF Cup are, with four wins each, Frisch Auf Göppingen (2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017) and THW Kiel (1998, 2002, 2004 and 2019), which won the title every time it participated, followed by SC Magdeburg (1999, 2001 and 2007) with three titles. The clubs VfL Gummersbach (1982, 2009), TBV Lemgo (2006, 2010), Füchse Berlin (2015, 2018), HC Minaur Baia Mare (1985, 1988) and Balonmano Granollers (1995, 1996) each won the trophy twice. Other teams from Germany with a victory in the men's EHF Cup are TV Großwallstadt (1984), TuRU Düsseldorf (1989), SG Wallau / Massenheim (1992), SG Flensburg-Handewitt (1997), TUSEM Essen (2005), HSG Nordhorn (2008) and Rhein-Neckar Löwen (2013).

Viborg HK has won three women's trophies so far (1994, 1999 and 2004). Chimistul Râmnicu Vâlcea (1984, 1989), ASK Frankfurt / Oder (1985, 1990), SC Leipzig (1986, 1992), VSC Debrecen (1995, 1996), FC Midtjylland Håndbold (2002, 2011), GK Lada achieved two wins each Tolyatti (2012, 2014) and Team Tvis Holstebro (2013, 2015).

Most successful nations


rank nation last title title
1. GermanyGermany Germany 2018/19 24
2. SpainSpain Spain 2002/03 5
3. RomaniaRomania Romania 1987/88 2
HungaryHungary Hungary 2013/14 2
5. UkraineUkraine Ukraine (as USSR ) Soviet UnionSoviet Union 1982/83 1
LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania (as USSR ) Soviet UnionSoviet Union 1986/87 1
RussiaRussia Russia (as USSR ) Soviet UnionSoviet Union 1989/90 1
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (as Yugoslavia ) Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia 1990/91 1
CroatiaCroatia Croatia 1999/00 1


rank nation last title title
1. DenmarkDenmark Denmark 2014/15 9
2. HungaryHungary Hungary 2018/19 7th
3. RussiaRussia Russia 2016/17 5
4th GermanyGermany Germany (including GDR ) Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1991/92 4th
RomaniaRomania Romania 2017/18 4th
6th CroatiaCroatia Croatia (also called Yugoslavia ) Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia 1990/91 2
SpainSpain Spain 2008/09 2
8th. AzerbaijanAzerbaijan Azerbaijan (as USSR ) Soviet UnionSoviet Union 1982/83 1
MontenegroMontenegro Montenegro (as Yugoslavia ) Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia 1986/87 1
LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania (as USSR ) Soviet UnionSoviet Union 1987/88 1
SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia 1996/97 1
PolandPoland Poland 2000/01 1

See also

Web links

Commons : EHF Cup  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ European Club Competitions to Merge. on: , April 9, 2011.