Seven cities across Europe have expressed an interest in hosting the 2014 Men's EHF Cup Final Tournament, the climax to the second-tier European clubs handball competition.
The European Handball Federation, the sport's continental governing body, and its marketing arm, EHF Marketing, said five clubs competing in the 2013-14 EHF Cup met the September 10 deadline to submit a bid, as did two "external stakeholders."
France's Montpellier Agglomération, Belarus' HC Meshkov Brest, Greece's AEK Athens, Germany's Füchse Berlin and the UK's London GD are all competing in this season's tournament and want to host the semi-finals and final on May 17 and 18.
The city of Stuttgart and the Luxembourgish Handball Federation have also put forward their credentials.
Two of the proposed venues previously held the handball competitions at the Olympic Games: the Olympic Indoor Arena from Athens 2004 and the Copper Box Arena from London 2012.
The 2013-14 EHF Cup begins with three qualification rounds from September to November, followed by a group phase consisting of four groups of four teams in February 2014 and a quarter-final stage.
Nantes in France hosted this year's inaugural EHF Cup Final.
The EHF Cup was formed from the merger of the former EHF Cup and EHF Cup Winners’ Cup and is the most important clubs competition behind the EHF Champions League.
Meanwhile, the EHF has received four bids to host the final tournament of the Women's EHF Champions League in the 2013-14 season.
Three Hungarian bidders - SportConcept, Nexus Communications and a joint bid from Hungarofest and the Hungarian Handball Federation - propose staging the event at the Papp László Sportaréna in the Hungarian capital while Slovenian team RK Krim, a semi-finalist in last year's EHF Champions League, has put forward the Stožice Center in Ljubljana.
Meanwhile, a new EHF task force set up to discuss the future make-up of the EHF European Championships, the national teams' competition, held its first meeting in Vienna, Austria last Friday.
The eight-man group touched on topics such as the feasibility of a playing schedule with 20 and 24 teams, and the impact of a larger tournament on media and advertising sales. Some 16 nations presently compete in the EHF Euros.
Monika Flixeder, the EHF's Euro events co-ordinator, said: "It has to be underlined that the improvement of the EHF Euro events, as the core business of European national team handball, is not only linked to the structure of the event but significantly to preparatory, accompanying and other measures.
"In particular the strengthening of the qualification phases plays a very important role for the substance of the entire Euro system and therefore needs special attention."
A report of the task force's inaugural meeting will be handed to the EHF executive committee at its meeting on September 20 and 21.
The next meeting of the task force is scheduled for November 20.