Paris Saint-Germain's EHFCL opponents: Dinamo Bucharest

Paris Saint-Germain Handball know the seven opponents they will be facing in the forthcoming EHF Champions League group stage campaign. Today's focus is on Dinamo Bucharest, who are back in Europe's biggest competition.


Founded in 1950, Dinamo Bucharest are considered to be one of the two best Romanian clubs in history, alongside Steaua. Romanian league champions on 20 occasions, the Red and Whites have nonetheless struggled to make an impact in Europe; the club has only once reached the highest European level, winning the European Cup 13-11 against Medvescak Zagreb in 1965.

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As has often been the case in recent years, Bucharest once again won the national championship in the season just past. And they did so in style! Not a single defeat for the team from the capital, and only two draws, and above all a 12-point lead over their rivals CSM Constanta. Coached by Xavi Pascual at the time, the Romanians also won the Romanian Cup, against the same opponents (23-19).

In the EHF European League, Dinamo Bucharest finished third in their group behind Group A opponents Sporting and Fuchse Berlin. With third place qualifying them for the last 16, the Romanians embarked on a long journey to the Final4. In the end, it was Flensburg who ended the Red and Whites' hopes by winning their semi-final 38-32. Dinamo also lost the match for third place to Rhein-Neckar, by just one point (31-32).


Among David Davis's men, right winger Andrii Akimenko, the top scorer in the EHF European League last season with 95 goals, will be a key figure. But he's not the only player to watch out for - Dinamo Bucharest have a competition-high four players in the competition's top 28 scorers! The Parisian defence has been warned. And let's not forget Ali Zein, who shone for Aix and who also played for Barcelona.


Brazilian forward Haniel Langaro (formerly of Dunkerque) has moved to the Romanian capital, leaving FC Barcelona as a free agent. Darko Djukic (Vardar Skopje), Frederik Ladefoged (Bergischer HC) and Ionuț Ciprian Iancu (Steaua) complete the new arrivals. Meanwhile, Lazar Kukic is leaving for Szeged - a major loss for the Red and Whites. The Serbian was the club's second-top scorer on the European stage last season, with 64 goals.


The two sides have already met four times in the Champions League. All four times were in the group phase, and Paris Saint-Germain have never faltered; the Club de la Capitale have won all four encounters by a margin of at least seven goals.

(Credits: J. Azouze/PSG)