2018–19 EHF Champions League

The 2018–19 EHF Champions League was the 59th edition of Europe's premier club handball tournament and the 26th edition under the current EHF Champions League format.

RK Vardar defeated Telekom Veszprém 27–24 in the final to win their second title.

Competition format

Twenty-eight teams, divided into four groups, participated in the competition. Groups A and B were played with eight teams each, in a round robin, home and away format. The top team in each group qualified directly for the quarter-finals, while the bottom two in each group dropped out of the competition. The remaining 10 teams qualified for the first knockout phase.

In Groups C and D, six teams played in each group in a round robin format, with both home and away games. The top two teams in each group then met in an elimination play-off, with the two winners proceeding to the first knockout phase. The remaining teams were eliminated from the competition.

Knockout Phase 1 (Last 16)

12 teams played home and away in the first knockout phase, with the 10 teams qualified from Groups A and B and the two teams qualified from Groups C and D.

Knockout Phase 2 (Quarter-finals)

The six winners of the matches in the first knockout phase were joined by the winners of Groups A and B to play home and away for the right to contest the VELUX EHF FINAL4.

VELUX EHF FINAL4

The culmination of the season, the VELUX EHF FINAL4, continued in its existing format, with the four top teams from the competition competing for the title over one weekend in LANXESS arena, Cologne.

Team allocation

28 teams were directly qualified for the group stage.

Round and draw dates

Group stage

The draw for the group stage was held on 29 June 2018 at 12:30 at the Erste Campus in Vienna, Austria. The 28 teams were drawn into four groups, two containing eight teams (Groups A and B) and two containing six teams (Groups C and D). The only restriction was that teams from the same national association could not face each other in the same group. The only exception was HBC Nantes, who play against one of the two French rivals in the group.

In each group, teams will play against each other in a double round-robin format, with home and away matches.

After completion of the group stage matches, the teams advancing to the knockout stage will be determined in the following manner:

  • Groups A and B – the top team will qualify directly for the quarterfinals, and the five teams ranked 2nd–6th will advance to the first knockout round.
  • Groups C and D – the top two teams from both groups contest a playoff to determine the last two sides joining the 10 teams from Groups A and B in the first knockout round.

Playoffs

The top two teams from Groups C and D contested a playoff to determine the two sides advancing to the knockout phase. The winners of each group will face the runners-up of the other group in a two-legged tie.

Knockout stage

The first-placed team from the preliminary groups A and B advanced to the quarterfinals, while the 2–6th placed teams advanced to the round of 16 alongside the playoff winners.

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

Final four

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
1 June
 
 
HungaryTelekom Veszprém33
 
2 June
 
PolandPGE Vive Kielce30
 
HungaryTelekom Veszprém24
 
1 June
 
North MacedoniaRK Vardar27
 
SpainBarcelona Lassa27
 
 
North MacedoniaRK Vardar29
 
Third place
 
 
2 June
 
 
PolandPGE Vive Kielce35
 
 
SpainBarcelona Lassa40

Final

2 June 2019
18:00
RK Vardar North Macedonia27–24HungaryTelekom VeszprémLanxess Arena, Cologne
Attendance: 19,250
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Ferreira 6(16–11)Mahé 6
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Statistics and awards

Top goalscorers

Awards

The all-star team was announced on 31 May 2019.

Other awards

External links

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