European Cup (handball)

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The Handball European Cup is the most important club handball competition for men's teams in Europe and involves the leading teams from the top European nations.

History[edit | edit source]

On the occasion of its sixth congress from August 31 to September 2, 1956 in Stockholm, the International Handball Federation (IHF) approved that the French Handball Federation (FFHB) organize a competition of European clubs, following a proposal from the magazine L'Equipe and Charles Petit-Montgobert, president of the FFHB and first vice-president of the IHF. Previously, national federations (such as those of Hungary and Romania) had officially given their agreement to the French Handball Federation for the creation of this European Intercity Handball Cup at 7. The competition does not take place in the years when the World Championships take place (1958-59, 1960-21, etc...).

This first attempt pitted 12 European clubs against each other in its seven-player version and was won by Sweden's Redbergslids IK, winners of West German Frisch Auf Göppingen, by a score of 21-15 in Paris.

The next 3 years see champions from different countries win the competition while West Germany places a representative in final three times.

Winners[edit | edit source]

Year Final Semi-final losers
Champion Score Second place Third place
1956–57
Details
Sweden
Redbergslids IK
21–15 West Germany
Frisch Auf Göppingen
East Germany
Dynamo Berlin
France
Paris UC
1958–59
Details
West Germany
THW Kiel
16-13 Czechoslovakia
Dukla Praha
Spain
BM Grannolers
Romania
Dinamo București
1959–60
Details
Hungary
Budapest Honvéd
19-18 Denmark
IK Skovbakken
West Germany
VfL Gummersbach
Sweden
IK Heim
1961–62
Details
Romania
Dinamo București
14–11 West Germany
Frisch Auf Göppingen
Sweden
Redbergslids IK
East Germany
DHfK Leipzig
1962–63
Details
Romania
Dinamo București
19–11 Czechoslovakia
Dukla Praha
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
RK Zagreb
Sweden
Vikingarnas IK

External links[edit | edit source]

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