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2011 IHF/EHF Men’s Challenge Trophy

Since 1999 the IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy competitions have been a unique occasion for smaller handball nations to take part in an international handball competition with a final match in the subsequent EHF EURO event.

The Men’s last edition hosted by the National Federations of Malta and Moldova in 2009 has shown once again the success of the IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy via the professionalism of its organisers and the performance of its participants; the EHF has therefore decided to keep on promoting and organising this competition.  The IHF/EHF Men’s Challenge Trophy will take place between the 4 and 6 of November 4 2011.

The 2011 IHF/EHF Men’s Challenge Trophy will be played in two (2) groups of four (4) National Teams.  Upon reception of National Federations final applications to host the competition this year, the EHF will decide whether two regional tournaments will be organised in two different countries or whether one National Federation will host the two groups. Another competition system may be decided if the number of final applications does not allow the aforementioned
groups to be formed.  If regional tournaments are organised a final match between the winners of the two groups
will then be organised during the 2012 EHF Men’s European Championship (January 17, 2012 – January 29, 2012) to determine the 2011 IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy winner. The exact date and venue of this final match will be determined at a later stage.

Players’ Age Limitation: Based on a decision of the EHF Executive Committee, the National Federations participating in the 2011 IHF/EHF Men’s Challenge Trophy may only register players borne 1988 or later.

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EHF Men’s European Cups Fixtures

The Men’s European Cup competitions have reached the semi-final stage. The draw on 05 April 2011 in the EHF Headquarters, Vienna, gave us the following fixtures:

Challenge Cup

RK Cimos Koper (SLO) vs. Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau (ROU)

Partizan Dunav Osiguranje (SRB) vs. S.L. Benfica (POR)

Cup Winners’ Cup

Amaya Sport San Antonio (ESP) vs. Tremblay en France (FRA)

VfL Gummersbach (GER) vs. HC Vardar PRO – Skopje (MKD)

EHF Cup

TBV Lemgo (GER) vs. TV Grosswallstadt (GER)

Frisch Auf Göppingen (GER) vs. Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)

The first leg matches will be carried out on 23 – 24 April 2011, the second leg games follow one week later, on 30 April – 01 May 2011. The finals will be drawn on 03 May 2011.

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EHF Men’s Champions League

Quarterfinals match schedule
The draw on 04 April 2011 gave us four fixtures for the Quarterfinals stage in the 2010/11 VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League, and now the playing schedule has been finished.

All four first leg matches as well as all four second leg matches will be broadcast as a live web stream on ehfTV.com, which is the official Internet TV platform of the European Handball Federation that offers free live streaming as well as a video on demand service.

First leg fixtures
Thursday 21 April, 20:00 hrs (local time)
SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) vs. Renovalia Ciudad Real (ESP)

Saturday 23 April, 15:45 hrs (local time)
HSV Hamburg (GER) vs. Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)

Sunday 24 April, 17:45 hrs (local time)
Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER) vs. Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA)
This game is our featured “Match of the Week” on ehfTV.com, including English commentary.

Sunday 24 April, 19:30 hrs (local time)
F.C. Barcelona Borges (ESP) vs. THW Kiel (GER)

Second leg fixtures
Saturday 30 April, 17:00 hrs (local time)
Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA) vs. Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)

Saturday 30 April, 17:30 hrs (local time)
Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS) vs. HSV Hamburg (GER)

Saturday 1 May, 17:00 hrs (local time)
Renovalia Ciudad Real (ESP) vs. SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)

Saturday 1 May, 18:30 hrs (local time)
THW Kiel (GER) vs. F.C. Barcelona Borges (ESP)
This game is our featured “Match of the Week” on ehfTV.com, including English commentary.

The VELUX EHF FINAL4 draw will take place on Monday 02 May 2011.

Find out more on www.ehfFINAL4.com

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