Györ bidding to reclaim title in new campaign
Although Györi Audi ETO KC returned to the Hungarian championship throne in the 2021/22 season, their main focus was to take the EHF Champions League Women crown for the first time since 2018/19.
Györ were consistent throughout the season. However, in only seven days, the squad finished as runners-up in the EHF FINAL4 Women and the Hungarian Cup. As Ambros Martin returned as head coach in 2021, Györ's playing style is being reshaped more and more by his ideas.
- after the 2021/22 season, the club hopes that the four newcomers who arrived are the final pieces required to win the title again
- Amandine Leynaud, who won the EHF Champions League title in 2019, retired after spending four seasons with Györ
- among the newcomers are Yvette Broch and Ana Gros. Both players wore Györ's green-and-white jersey during previous spells with the team
- club legend Anita Görbicz became the new club president
Most important question: Are Győr still able to return to the top with the current set up?
Ambros Martin has won four EHF Champions League titles with Györ. His huge reputation, as well as his experience, can put the team on the path to success. The star-studded squad is full of hungry and experienced players with a winning mind-set. However, Europe's other top clubs may have understood the secret to Györ's accomplishments.
Managing director Péter Endrődi highlighted Györ facing tough competition this season: "In recent years, Györi Audi ETO KC has always fought for the top goals on the international level. However, we know that we are in a tough group with strong teams that have the same ambitions like us."
Yet bringing back the architects of the club's previous EHF Champions League wins could easily end up with Györ winning in Budapest at the EHF FINAL4 Women 2023.
Under the spotlight: Stine Bredal Oftedal
The Norwegian centre back is the alfa and omega in the attacks of Györ. She is responsible for the key passes, the rhythm and sometimes even the goals. Györ's world-class defence does not rely on Oftedal. However, she is usually the main character responsible for their counter attacks and quick goals.
As Györ start the season with eight Scandinavian players in their squad — including Oftedal — the Nordic handball game plan can be one of the side's strengths.
How they rate themselves
"The biggest honour for a handball club is participation in the most prestigious international cup tournament. We are proud of the fact that our club has been a key member of the competition for years. International matches have a special atmosphere, and it is also important that we can compete with the best teams in Europe from match to match," said Péter Endrődi.
To be the best known promoters of women's handball, Györ need trophies. For trophies, they continuously need to evolve, as left back Anne Mette Hansen highlights. "She said: "My motivation is to be even better than last season — both individually and as a team. And not to focus only on the results but also on the journey we're on."
Györ's opponents in group B all want to beat one of the best teams in the competition. Therefore, it is likely that Györ will meet highly motivated teams.
Did you know?
Just as when she was an player, Anita Görbicz has quickly stepped up on the ladder of sports management. Only one year after retiring, Görbicz became the president of Györi Audi ETO KC, where spent her whole career and won the EHF Champions League five times. She is also the board member of the Hungarian Handball Federation. Regarding good news, the cherry on top is that Görbicz is expecting her second child.
However, this season is also very special for the whole club as they enter their 20th season in the EHF Champions League Women.
Newcomers and departures
Newcomers: Ana Gros (Krim Mercator Ljubljana), Line Haugsted (Viborg HK), Sandra Toft (Brest Bretagne Handball), Yvette Broch (CSM Bucuresti)
Departures: Amandine Leynaud (retired), Crina Pintea (CSM Bucuresti), Laura Glauser (CSM Bucuresti), Noémi Háfra (on loan to Odense Håndbold), Laura Kürthi (Váci NKSE), Fanni Gerencsér (Érd HC), Tamara Pál (MTK Budapest), Johanna Farkas (Dunaújvárosi Kohász KA)
EHF Champions League
Participations (including 2022/23 season): 20
Winners (5): 2012/13, 2013/14, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Runners-up (4): 2008/09, 2011/12, 2015/16, 2021/22
Semi-finals (5): 2006/07, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2020/21
Quarter-finals (2): 2014/15, 2019/20*
Group matches (2): 2000/01, 2005/06
Qualification (1): 2004/05
EHF Cup: Runners-up (1998/99, 2001/02, 2003/04, 2004/05)
Cup Winners' Cup: Runners-up (2005/06), Semi-finals (2002/03)
Hungarian league: 16 titles (1957, 1959, 2005-06, 2008-14, 2016-19, 2022)
Hungarian Cup: 15 titles (2005-16, 2018-19, 2021)
*The 2019/20 season was not completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic
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