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February 28, 2021

Champions League – Oltchim join Buducnost, Itxako and Krim in group 1

Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea women’s handball team learned yesterday who their opponents are in the Main Round of the Champions League. Last year’s runner-ups Oltchim are in group 1, alongside Montenegro’s Budu­cnost, including the incredible Bojana Popovic, Spain’s Itxako, and Krim of Slovenia. Main Round fixtures will be played February 5 through March 20, 2011, with the top team in each group advancing into the semis of the top European competition.

Oltchim met Budocnost in the 2007-2008 Champions League group stage season, when Oltchim were victorious twice, 35-22 and 32-21 respectively. In the next season, Oltchim played opposite the Montenegro team in the Main Round, with Valcea players beaten away 22-23, yet victorious at home, 31-22. Buducnost has two Cup Winners Cup under their belt, in the seasons 2005/2006 and 2009/2010. However, in the past edition of the Champions League, when Oltchim reached the finals, the Montenegrins did not advance beyond the Main Round.

Oltchim played opposite Itxako in the past Champions League season, when the two teams played in group C. Oltchim won both legs, 27-24 and 27-26. Itxako won the EHF Cup once, in 2008/2009.

During that same season, Slovenia’s Krim joined Oltchim in the Main Round, with the Romanians winning at home, 36-30, yet losing away, 34-35. In the past season, the Slovenians did not go beyond the Main Round.
Krim are Oltchim’s only opponents in the group who won the Champions League trophy, a deed they succeeded doing twice, in 2000/2001 and 2002/2003, and also made it into the finals thrice: in 1998/1999, when they came second to Dunaferr SE, in 2003/2004, to Slagelse FH, and in 2005/2006, when defeated by Viborg. Also on Tuesday, Duna­rea Galati and Tomis Constanta learned that their opponents in the EHF Cup and the Cups’ Cup are Denmark’s Team Esbjerg and Russia’s Rostov-Don respectively.

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