Berlin in Germany has been chosen to host the 2014 Men's EHF Cup Final Tournament, the climax to the second-tier European clubs handball competition, the European Handball Federation announced today.
The games will take place on May 17 and 18 at the 8,700-seat Max Schmeling Halle, home of Füchse Berlin, which compete in the EHF Cup.
Berlin beat off competition from Montpellier in France and Luxembourg, which were all shortlisted by the EHF, the sport's continental governing body, and its marketing arm, EHF Marketing, in late October.
Belarus' HC Meshkov Brest, Greece's AEK Athens and the UK's London Great Dane, all of which are competing in this season's tournament, had failed to make the shortlist as had the city of Stuttgart.
Jean Brihault, president of the EHF, said: "Handball’s profile in Berlin has grown significantly in recent years, and after the EHF Cup Finals’ highly successful premiere in Nantes last season, I am confident that the German capital is the right choice for the second edition of this top-class club event.”
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 after the EHF Champions League.