Women's EHF Champions League

The Women's EHF Champions League is the competition for the top women's handball clubs in Europe, organised annually by the European Handball Federation (EHF). The official name for the competition is the DELO WOMEN'S EHF Champions League. It is the most prestigious tournament for clubs, with the champions of Europe's top national leagues participating.

Women's EHF Champions League
Current season, competition or edition:
2019–20 Women's EHF Champions League
Women's EHF Champions League logo
SportHandball
Founded1961
No. of teams16 (group matches)
22 (total)
CountryEHF members
ContinentEurope
Most recent
champion(s)
Győri Audi ETO KC (5th title)
Most titles Spartak Kiev (13 titles)
Related
competitions
EHF Cup
Official websiteEHF Champions League

Tournament structure

Eligibility

Each year, the EHF publishes a ranking list of its member federations. The first 23 nations are allowed to participate in the tournament with their national champion.

Rounds

The Women's EHF Champions League is divided into five stages. Depending on the ranking of their national federation, teams can enter the competition in either the qualification or the group matches. The defending champions, along with the champions from the highest-ranked nations, start in the group matches, whereas lower-ranked nations need to play the qualification tournaments.

The current playing system will change from 2020/21.

Qualification tournament

Two groups of four teams are formed. Teams from each group play semi-finals and finals in a single venue over one weekend. The winning team from each group advances to the group matches.

Group matches

The teams qualified from the qualification tournament join the defending champions and the national champions of the highest-ranked federations. Four groups of four teams are formed. All the teams in each group play each other twice, in home and away matches. The top three teams from each group advance to the main round. The remaining teams can enter the Women's EHF Cup.

Main round

Two groups of six teams are formed. Teams play those they have not already faced twice, in home and away matches. The top four teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals.

Quarter-finals

The pairings for this round are decided by placement in the two main round groups, with the first-placed team pitted against the fourth in the other group and the second-placed against the third. Each pair plays two matches, home and away. The four winners advance to the DELO WOMEN'S EHF FINAL4.

Women's EHF FINAL4

The four participating teams are paired for the first match at the DELO WOMEN'S EHF FINAL4 with a draw and play the finals over a single weekend at one venue. The two semi-finals are played on a Saturday, with the 3/4 placement and the final on the Sunday.

Summary

European Champions Cup

Year Final Semi-finals losers
Champion Score Runner-up
1961
Details

Știința București
13–5
(8–1 / 5–4)

Dynamo Prague

Žalgiris Kaunas

RSF Mulheim
1961–62
Details

Sparta Prague
11–7
(2–3 / 9–4)

ORK Belgrade

RSF Mulheim

Știința București
1962–63
Details

Trud Moscow
11–8
Frederiksberg IF

Fortschritt Weissenfels

Rapid București
1963–64
Details

Rapid București
14–13
Helsingør IF

Spartacus Budapest

Eimsbütteler TV
1964–65
Details

HG København
21–16
(14–6 / 7–10)

Spartacus Budapest

Swift Roermond

Lokomotiva Zagreb
1965–66
Details

SC Leipzig
17–11
(10–5 / 7–6)

HG København

Spartacus Budapest

Sparta Prague
1966–67
Details

Žalgiris Kaunas
8–7
SC Leipzig

Universitatea Timișoara

Bohemians Prague
1967–68
Details

Žalgiris Kaunas
13–11
Empor Rostock

KS Cracovia

Rapid București
1969–70
Details

Spartak Kiev
9–7
SC Leipzig

Žalgiris Kaunas

HG København
1970–71
Details

Spartak Kiev
11–9
Ferencvárosi TC

1.FC Nürnberg

HG København
1971–72
Details

Spartak Kiev
12–8
SC Leipzig

Bakony Veszprém

Universitatea București
1972–73
Details

Spartak Kiev
17–8
Universitatea Timișoara

NILOC Amsterdam

SC Leipzig
1973–74
Details

SC Leipzig
12–10
Spartak Kiev

Eintracht Minden

Radnički Belgrade
1974–75
Details

Spartak Kiev
14–10
Lokomotiva Zagreb

IEFS București

Vasas Budapest
1975–76
Details

Radnicki Belgrade
22–12
Swift Roermond

Admira Wien

Stockholmspolisens IF
1976–77
Details

Spartak Kiev
15–7
SC Leipzig

Radnicki Belgrade

IL Vestar
1977–78
Details

TSC Berlin
19–14
Vasas Budapest

IL Vestar

Ruch Chorzów
1978–79
Details

Spartak Kiev
27–26
(13–17 / 14–9)

Vasas Budapest

Eintracht Minden

SC Leipzig
1979–80
Details

RK Radnicki Belgrade
45–29
(22–19 / 23–10 )

Inter Bratislava

Stockholmspolisens IF

VIG G. Dimitrov
1980–81
Details

Spartak Kiev
39–26
(17–13 / 22–13)

Radnicki Belgrade

VIG G. Dimitrov

RK Osijek
1981–82
Details

Vasas Budapest
50–43
(29–19 / 21–24)

Radnicki Belgrade

Spartak Kiev

Rulmentul Braşov
1982–83
Details

Spartak Kiev
48–36
(23–19 / 25–17)

Radnicki Belgrade

Bayer Leverkusen

Vasas Budapest
1983–84
Details

Radnicki Belgrade
42–35
(22–16 / 20–19)

Bayer Leverkusen

Hypo Niederösterreich

Vasas Budapest
1984–85
Details

Spartak Kiev
41–31
(23–16 / 18–15)

Radnicki Belgrade

SC Leipzig

Hypo Niederösterreich
1985–86
Details

Spartak Kiev
52–45
(29–23 / 23–22)

Ştiinţa Bacău

Vasas Budapest

Budućnost Titograd
1986–87
Details

Spartak Kiev
50–37
(25–17 / 25–20)

Hypo Niederösterreich

Ştiinţa Bacău

ZVL Prešov
1987–88
Details

Spartak Kiev
33–31
(16–14 / 17–17)

Hypo Niederösterreich

Spartacus Budapest

Radnicki Belgrade
1988–89
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
37–33
(16–14 / 21–19)

Spartak Kiev

Debreceni VSC

CS Mureșul
1989–90
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
59–50
(29–24 / 30–26)

Kuban Krasnodar

Chimistul Râmnicu Vâlcea

SC Brühl
1990–91
Details

TV Giessen-Lützellinden
43–40
(21–15 / 22–25)

Hypo Niederösterreich

Rostselmash

Építők SC
1991–92
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
34–32
(15–14 / 19–18)

TV Giessen-Lützellinden

Chimistul Râmnicu Vâlcea

Walle Bremen
1992–93
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
40–25
(17–14 / 23–11)

Vasas Budapest

Mar Valencia

Walle Bremen

EHF Women's Champions League (knockout system)

Year Final Semi-finals losers
Champion Score Runner-up
1993–94
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
45–39
(18–20 / 25–21)

Vasas Budapest

Mar Valencia

TV Giessen-Lützellinden
1994–95
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
40–36
(17–14 / 26–19)

Podravka Koprivnica

Mar Valencia

Walle Bremen
1995–96
Details

Podravka Koprivnica
38–37
(17–13 / 25–20)

Hypo Niederösterreich

Mar Valencia

Ferencvárosi TC
1996–97
Details

Mar Valencia
58–50
(35–26 / 24–23)

Viborg HK

Hypo Niederösterreich

Ferencvárosi TC
1997–98
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
56–47
(28–21 / 26–28)

Mar Valencia

Podravka Koprivnica

Budućnost Podgorica
1998–99
Details

Dunaújvárosi NKS
51–49
(25–23 / 26–26)

Krim Ljubljana

Hypo Niederösterreich

Budućnost Podgorica
1999–00
Details

Hypo Niederösterreich
52–45
(32–23 / 22–20)

Kometal Gjorče Petrov

Buducnost Podgorica

Volgograd Akva
2000–01
Details

Krim Ljubljana
47–41
(22–22 / 25–19)

Viborg HK

Budućnost Podgorica

Ferencvárosi TC
2001–02
Details

Kometal Gjorče Petrov
51–49
(27–25 / 26–22)

Ferencvárosi TC

Larvik HK

Budućnost Podgorica
2002–03
Details

Krim Ljubljana
63–58
(30–27 / 36–28)

Mar Valencia

Ikast EH

Viborg HK
2003–04
Details

Slagelse FH
61–56
(25–24 / 32–36)

Krim Ljubljana

Dunaújvárosi NKS

Larvik HK
2004–05
Details

Slagelse FH
54–43
(27–23 / 20–27)

Kometal Gjorče Petrov

Dunaújvárosi NKS

Hypo Niederösterreich
2005–06
Details

Viborg HK
44–43
(22–24 / 20–21)

Krim Ljubljana

BM Sagunto

Aalborg DH
2006–07
Details

Slagelse FH
61–53
(29–29 / 32–24)

Lada Togliatti

Győri ETO

Hypo Niederösterreich
2007–08
Details

Zvezda Zvenigorod
56–53
(25–24 / 29–31)

Hypo Niederösterreich

Győri ETO

Lada Togliatti
2008–09
Details

Viborg HK
50–49
(24–26 / 23–26)

Győri ETO

Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea

Hypo Niederösterreich
2009–10
Details

Viborg HK
60–52
(28–21 / 32–31)

Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea

Győri ETO

Larvik HK
2010–11
Details

Larvik HK
47–46
(23–21 / 25–24)

SD Itxako

ŽRK Budućnost

Győri ETO
2011–12
Details

ŽRK Budućnost
54–54
(29–27 / 27–25)

Győri Audi ETO KC

Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea

Larvik HK
2012–13
Details

Győri Audi ETO KC
47–43
(21–24 / 23–22)

Larvik HK

Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea

Krim Ljubljana

EHF Women's Champions League (EHF FINAL4 system)

Year Final Semi-finals losers
Champion Score Runner-up Third place Fourth place
2013–14
Details

Győri Audi ETO KC
27–21
ŽRK Budućnost

HC Vardar

FC Midtjylland
2014–15
Details

ŽRK Budućnost
26–22
Larvik HK

HC Vardar

Dinamo Volgograd
2015–16
Details

CSM București
29–26
(Pen)

Győri Audi ETO KC

HC Vardar

ŽRK Budućnost
2016–17
Details

Győri Audi ETO KC
31–30
(OT)

HC Vardar

CSM București

ŽRK Budućnost
2017–18
Details

Győri Audi ETO KC
27–26
(OT)

HC Vardar

CSM București

Rostov-Don
2018–19
Details

Győri Audi ETO KC
25–24
Rostov-Don

Vipers Kristiansand

Metz Handball
2019–20
Details

Records and statistics

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Spartak Kiev1321970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 19881974, 1989
Hypo Niederösterreich851989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 20001987, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2008
Győri Audi ETO KC532013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 20192009, 2012, 2016
Radnički Belgrade341976, 1980, 19841981, 1982, 1983, 1985
Viborg HK322006, 2009, 20101997, 2001
Slagelse DT302004, 2005, 2007
SC Leipzig241966, 19741967, 1970, 1972, 1977
Krim Ljubljana232001, 20031999, 2004, 2006
ŽRK Budućnost212012, 20152014
Žalgiris Kaunas201967, 1968
Vasas Budapest1419821978, 1979, 1993, 1994
Sagunto1219971998, 2003
Kometal Skopje1220022000, 2005
Larvik HK1220112013, 2015
HG København1119651966
TV Giessen-Lützellinden1119911992
Podravka Koprivnica1119961995
Știința București101961
Sparta Prague101962
Trud Moscow101963
Rapid București101964
TSC Berlin101978
Dunaferr NK101999
Zvezda Zvenigorod102008
CSM București102016

Performance by country

# Country Winners Runners-up Total finals
1  Soviet Union
16
3
19
2  Austria
8
5
13
3  Hungary
7
10
17
4  Denmark
7
5
12
5  Yugoslavia
3
6
9
6  East Germany
3
5
8
7  Romania
3
3
6
8  Slovenia
2
3
5
9  Montenegro
2
1
3
10  North Macedonia
1
4
5
11  Spain
1
3
4
12  Czech Republic
1
2
3
 Germany
1
2
3
 Norway
1
2
3
 Russia
1
2
3
16  Croatia
1
1
2
17  Netherlands
0
1
1
Total5858116
Notes:
  • 1: Goals from four seasons (1998-2002) are missing. Bojana Popovic's tally is higher than what is written here. [2]

Top scorers by season

Top scorers by season[3]
Season Player Club Goals
1993–94 Natalia Morskova Mar Valencia102
1994–95 Snežana Petika Podravka Koprivnica072
1995–96 Snežana Petika (2) Podravka Koprivnica077
1996–97 Natalia Morskova (2) Mar Valencia150
1997–98 Natalia Morskova (3) Mar Valencia127
1998–99 / Nataliya Derepasko Krim Ljubljana120
1999–00 Ausra Fridrikas Hypo Niederösterreich097
2000–01 Ausra Fridrikas (2) Bækkelagets SK Oslo083
2001–02 Ágnes Farkas Ferencvárosi TC112
2002–03 Nataliya Derepasko (2) RK Krim 081
2003–04 Bojana Popović Slagelse FH 098
2004–05 Tatjana Logvin Hypo Niederösterreich 085
2005–06 Nataliya Derepasko (3) RK Krim 086
2006–07 Bojana Popović (2) Slagelse FH 096
2007–08 Tímea Tóth Hypo Niederösterreich 127
2008–09 Grit Jurack Viborg HK 113
2009–10 Cristina Vărzaru Viborg HK 101
2010–11 Heidi Løke Larvik HK 099
2011–12 Anita Görbicz Győri ETO KC 133
2012–13 Zsuzsanna Tomori Ferencvárosi TC 095
2013–14 Anita Görbicz (2) Győri ETO KC 087
2014–15 Cristina Neagu ŽRK Budućnost 102
Andrea Penezić HC Vardar 102
2015–16 Isabelle Gulldén CSM București 108
2016–17 Andrea Penezić (2) HC Vardar 098
2017–18 Cristina Neagu (2) CSM București 110
2018–19 Linn Jørum Sulland Vipers Kristiansand 089
2019–20

Players with the most Champions League titles

Rank Players Titles Winning years
1 / Zinaida Turchyna 13 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
2 / Nataliya Rusnachenko 10 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000
3 / Marianna Racz 7 1982, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
4 / Ausra Fridrikas 6 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005
Bojana Popović 6 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
6 Eduarda Amorim 5 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
Anita Görbicz 5 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
8 / Edit Matei 4 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
/ Tanja Dshandshagava 4 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000
/ Rima Sypkus 4 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000
Katrine Lunde 4 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
Katarina Bulatović 4 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015
Cristina Vărzaru 4 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016
Heidi Løke 4 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017
Nora Mørk 4 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019
Bernadett Bódi 4 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019

See also

References

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