2012–13 EHF Cup

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2012–13 EHF Cup
The Palais des Sports de Beaulieu in Nantes, France, hosted the Final 4 tournament
Tournament details
Dates 9 February 2013 – 19 May 2013 (competition proper)
8 September 2012 – 2 December 2012 (qualifying)
Teams 16 (competition proper)
75 (total)
Final positions
Champions Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen (1st title)
Runners-up France Nantes
Tournament statistics
Matches played 58
Goals scored 3155 (54.4 per match)
Attendance 140,197 (2,417 per match)
Top scorer(s) Serbia Momir Rnić
(59 goals)

The 2012–13 EHF Cup was the 32nd edition of the EHF Cup and the first edition since the merger of the EHF Cup with the EHF Cup Winners' Cup.[1] The EHF Cup final four tournament was played in Nantes, France, between 18 and 19 May 2013.[2]

Qualification stage[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The table below shows the results of the first round. Teams listed first played at home during the first leg and away during the second leg. Some teams agreed to play both matches in one venue (see: Notes). Highlighted teams qualified into the second round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sporting Portugal 53–59 Sweden Ystads IF 27–22 26–37
Borac Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina 63–44 Kosovo Besa Famiglia Pejä 31–22 32–22
Haukar Hafnarfjördur Iceland 57–31 Montenegro HC Mojkovac 32–12 25–19
Winterthur Switzerland 48–55 Portugal Benfica 21–28 27–27
Maribor Branik Slovenia 66–52 Luxembourg Dudelange 39–24 27–28
Lovosice Czech Republic 59–56 Croatia Zamet 27–23 32–33
Medvedi Perm Russia 80–49 Moldova Tiraspol 37–20 43–291
European University Cyprus Cyprus 43–61 Romania Odorheiu Secuiesc 28–30 15–31
HIT medalp Tirol Austria 48–57 Croatia Siscia 26–25 22–32
Meshkov Brest Belarus 72–42 Italy Conversano 38–19 34–232
Diomidis Argous Greece 60–47 Greece AEK Athens 30–18 30–29
Tongeren Belgium 54–66 Norway Elverum 25–26 29–40
Balatonfüred Hungary 51–47 Estonia Kehra 24–22 27–223
Kristianstad Sweden 59–49 Slovakia Sporta Hlovec 31–24 28–21
Nilüfer Belediyespor Turkey 50–84 Poland Tauron Stal Mielec 29–424 21–42
Kumanovo Republic of Macedonia 65–46 Bulgaria Dobrudja 30–20 35–265
KRAS/Volendam Netherlands 51–41 Switzerland BSV Bern Muri 26–23 25–18
London GD United Kingdom 32–88 Denmark Kolding 16–466 16–42
Notes

Round 2[edit]

The table below shows the results of the second round. Teams listed first played at home during the first leg and away during the second leg. Some teams agreed to play both matches in one venue (see: Notes). Highlighted teams qualified into the third round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Odorheiu Secuiesc Romania 69–70 Turkey Beşiktaş 40–33 29–37
Kristianstad Sweden 47–48 Sweden GUIF 24–22 23–26
Kumanovo Republic of Macedonia 58–61 Russia Sungul Snezhinsk 27–26 31–35
KRAS/Volendam Netherlands 56–59 Slovenia Koper 31–32 25–27
Tauron Stal Mielec Poland 53–56 Denmark Tvis Holstebro 29–26 24–30
Tatabánya Hungary 46–59 Norway Elverum 23–27 23–32
Madeira Portugal 51–62 Greece Diomidis Argous 25–307 26–32
Medvedi Perm Russia 66–64 Switzerland Wacker Thun 38–32 28–328
Benfica Portugal 72–45 Italy Loacker Südtirol 32–20 40–259
Kolding Denmark 66–48 Montenegro Lovćen 34–17 31–3210
Našice Croatia 60–66 Belarus Meshkov Brest 30–31 30–35
Siscia Croatia 46–45 Ukraine Dinamo Poltava 23–2411 23–21
Vardar Skopje Republic of Macedonia 60–44 Czech Republic Lovosice 36–19 24–25
Kópavogs Iceland 50–77 Slovenia Maribor Branik 25–4212 25–35
Vojvodina Serbia 53–52 Hungary Balatonfüred 29–25 24–27
Motor Zaporozhye Ukraine 58–47 Iceland Haukar Hafnarfjördur 30–25 28–2213
SMD Bacău Romania 51–46 Sweden Ystads IF 28–24 23–2214
Notes

Round 3[edit]

The table below shows the results of the third round. Teams listed first played at home during the first leg and away during the second leg. Some teams agreed to play both matches in one venue (see: Notes). Highlighted teams qualified into the group stage. The first legs were played on 23–25 November, and the second legs were played on 1 and 2 December 2012.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Frisch Auf Göppingen Germany 58–41 Belarus Meshkov Brest 29–17 29–24
Borac Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina 50–66 Slovakia Tatran Prešov 25–36 25–30
Siscia Croatia 52–64 Slovenia Maribor Branik 30–29 22–35
Diomidis Argous Greece 44–64 Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 27–27 17–37
Koper Slovenia 51–50 Portugal Porto 29–23 22–27
Nantes France 51–49 Portugal Benfica 29–21 22–28
Tvis Holstebro Denmark 67–54 France Saint-Raphaël Var 35–19 32–35
GUIF Sweden 57–57 (a) Spain Aragón 30–26 27–31
Magdeburg Germany 56–55 Republic of Macedonia Vardar Skopje 30–27 26–28
La Rioja Spain 50–45 Serbia Vojvodina 28–19 22–26
SMD Bacău Romania 55–44 Israel Maccabi Rishon LeZion 33–22 22–2215
Haslum Norway 56–57 Turkey Beşiktaş 31–20 25–37
Wisła Płock Poland 66–47 Russia Sungul Snezhinsk 37–23 29–24
Elverum Norway 71–51 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sloga Doboj 34–24 37–27
Motor Zaporozhye Ukraine 60–48 Austria Alpla HC Hard 27–26 33–22
Kolding Denmark 68–54 Russia Medvedi Perm 41–24 27–30
  • Note 15: The second leg was played in Bacău, Romania, with Maccabi Srugo Rishon Lezion being the official hosts.[17]

Group stage[edit]

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Location of teams of the 2012–13 EHF Cup group stage.
Red pog.svg Red: Group A; Green pog.svg Green: Group B; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D.

Draw and format[edit]

The draw of the EHF Cup group phase was carried out on Thursday 6 December 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. The teams were positioned into four pots, with the country protection rule applied: two clubs from the same country may not face each other in the same group.[18] As is standard in EHF club competitions, the seeding is calculated on the basis of the three most recent seasons.[19] Consequently the results of the seasons 2011–12, 2010–11 and 2009–10 was considered to determine the seeding of the teams for the 2012–13 season.[19] As there was the EHF Cup as well as the EHF Cup Winners' Cup parallel in these last three seasons, the results of both competitions of these seasons were added and then divided by two in order to get the points for the seeding for the 2012–13 season.[19]

The group stage features 16 teams, which were allocated four groups of four. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are 9–10 February, 16–17 February, 23–24 February, 9–10 March, 16–17 March, and 23–24 March 2013. The top two teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals, which are scheduled in April 2013.[20]

If Nantes, as the organiser of the Final 4 tournament, win their group or finish among top three second ranked teams, they will receive a direct qualification to the Final 4 tournament.[20] In that case only four group winners and two best second ranked team will qualify for the quarter-finals.[20] If the French side wins their group then the other three group winners and the three best second ranked team will qualify for the quarter-finals. If Nantes finish among the top three second ranked teams, the quarter-finals will consist of four group winners and two best second ranked teams. If Nantes finish as the worst second ranked team, they will have to play the quarter-final match.[20] Should the French club rank on the third or fourth position in their group, they will be out of the competition, but they will still organize the Final 4 tournament.[20]

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):[21]

  1. number of points in matches of all teams directly involved;
  2. goal difference in matches of all teams directly involved;
  3. greater number of plus goals in matches of all teams directly involved;
  4. goal difference in all matches of the group;
  5. greater number of plus goals in all matches of the group;

If no ranking can be determined, a decision shall be obtained by drawing lots. Lots shall be drawn by the EHF, if possible in the presence of a responsible of each club.

Pot 1
Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen
Norway Elverum
Turkey Beşiktaş
Slovakia Tatran Prešov
Pot 2
Denmark Tvis Holstebro
Slovenia Koper
Ukraine Motor Zaporozhye
Romania SMD Bacău
Pot 3
Poland Wisła Płock
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen
Sweden GUIF
Germany Magdeburg
Pot 4
Spain La Rioja
France Nantes
Denmark KIF Kolding
Slovenia Maribor Branik
Key to colours in group tables
Teams that has qualified to the next phase of the competition

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen 6 5 0 1 200 175 +25 10
Spain La Rioja 6 4 0 2 171 155 +16 8
Slovenia Koper 6 3 0 3 181 189 −8 6
Sweden GUIF 6 0 0 6 154 187 −33 0
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Frisch Auf Göppingen 38–32 37–26 32–31
Koper 36–39 30–27 25–21
GUIF 25–31 29–30 24–30
La Rioja 25–23 35–28 29–23

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 6 5 0 1 185 150 +35 10
Denmark KIF Kolding 6 3 0 3 158 145 +13 6
Slovakia Tatran Prešov 6 3 0 3 167 184 −17 6
Ukraine Motor Zaporozhye 6 1 0 5 150 181 −31 2
  TAT ZAP LÖW KOL
Tatran Prešov 36–28 33–34 29–22
Motor Zaporozhye 27–32 25–29 21–24
Rhein-Neckar Löwen 36–20 35–22 28–25
KIF Kolding 37–17 25–27 25–23

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Denmark Tvis Holstebro 6 3 2 1 170 157 +13 8
Slovenia Maribor Branik 6 3 1 2 170 165 +5 7
Poland Wisła Płock 6 3 0 3 164 158 +6 6
Norway Elverum 6 1 1 4 155 179 −24 3
  ELR HOL WIS MAR
Elverum 28–28 25–27 30–27
Tvis Holstebro 33–18 27–26 26–26
Wisła Płock 30–25 28–29 30–26
Maribor Branik 34–29 31–27 26–23

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Magdeburg 6 5 1 0 176 135 +41 11
France Nantes 6 4 1 1 154 143 +11 9
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 1 0 5 129 164 −35 2
Romania SMD Bacău 6 1 0 5 148 165 −17 2
  BEŞ BAC MAG NAN
Beşiktaş 25–23 17–27 21–24
SMD Bacău 26–24 29–30 18–21
Magdeburg 33–18 33–25 26–26
Nantes 31–24 32–27 20–27

Ranking of the second-placed teams[edit]

The ranking of the second-placed teams was carried out on the basis of the team's results in the group stage, against the first and third placed teams. The results against teams which finished last in the group stage did not count in the ranking system.

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
C Slovenia Maribor Branik 4 2 1 1 109 106 3 5
D France Nantes1 4 2 1 1 101 98 3 5
B Denmark Kolding 4 2 0 2 109 97 12 4
A Spain La Rioja 4 2 0 2 112 107 5 4
Notes
  • Note 1: Nantes finished the group stage among the top three second-placed teams and has qualified directly to the final four tournament.

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Draw and format[edit]

Because the hosts of the Final 4 tournament, Nantes, finished the group stage among the top three second-placed teams, they have clinched the direct ticket to the final weekend and decided that only three quarter-finals will be played for the remaining spots in the final tournament.[22] The draw of the EHF Cup quarter-finals was carried out on Tuesday 26 March 2013 at the EHF headquarters in Vienna, Austria.[22] Six teams were positioned into two pots with the country protection rule not applied: two clubs from the same country could face each other in the quarter-finals.[22] However, teams from the same group of the group phase cannot face each other. The first pot contained the four group winners and the second pot contained the top two second-placed teams.[22] In the quarter-finals, teams will play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, the team drawn first will play the first leg on the home court.[22]

Pot 1
Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen
Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen
Denmark Tvis Holstebro
Germany Magdeburg
Pot 2
Slovenia Maribor Branik
Denmark Kolding
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Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
KIF Kolding Denmark 50–51 Denmark Tvis Holstebro 24–24 26–27
Maribor Branik Slovenia 56–57 Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen 26–26 30–31
Magdeburg Germany 51–55 Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 31–28 20–27

Final four[edit]

Semi-finals Final
18 May
 Denmark Tvis Holstebro  20  
 France Nantes  26  
 
19 May
     France Nantes  24
   Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen  26
Third place
18 May 19 May
 Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen  22  Denmark Tvis Holstebro  28
 Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen  28    Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen  27

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Serbia Momir Rnić Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen 59
2 Montenegro Žarko Marković Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen 55
3 Denmark Michael Damgaard Nielsen Denmark Tvis Holstebro 51
Switzerland Andy Schmid Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 51
5 Norway Bjarte Myrhol Germany Rhein-Neckar Löwen 48
6 Croatia Nikola Špelić Slovenia Maribor Branik 47
7 Denmark Mads Christiansen Denmark Tvis Holstebro 43
8 Austria Robert Weber Germany Magdeburg 42
Slovenia Miha Zarabec Slovenia Maribor Branik 42
10 Denmark Patrick Weismach Larsen Denmark Tvis Holstebro 41

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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