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FACTS AND FIGURES: The last tickets were booked this weekend, now boarding for the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 has been completed. Here are the most interesting numbers of the group phase.
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9,807 goals, a Hungarian top scorer, 6 former winners still in the race

More matches than ever before (184) have been played to decide the participants of the VELUX EHF Champions League Knock-out Phase: 8 qualification matches, 112 matches in Groups A and B, 60 matches in Groups C and D, and 4 play-off matches.

FC Barcelona Lassa from Group A and HC Vardar from Group B have qualified directly for the quarter-finals, which will be carried out between 19 and 30 April.

First, 12 teams will compete in the Last 16: 10 from Groups A and B and 2 (both from France) from the Group C and D play-offs.

Between 22 March and 2 April, 12 matches will decide the six remaining participants for the quarter-finals, which will confirm the teams for the trophy battle at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne on 4-5 June.

So there are just 24 matches left until we know the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/17 champions.

With Paris SG vs Nantes and Kiel vs Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the Last 16, two nations (France and Germany) will definitely be represented in the quarter-finals.

Here are the most important Facts and Figures on the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/17 Group Phase:

0 teams have won or lost all their matches.

0 teams from the qualification tournaments are still in the competition.

1 EHF Champions League debutant has made it through to the knockout stage: HBC Nantes.

1 team - Barcelona - have finished top of their group for the second time in this format, which was implemented prior to the 2015/16 season.

2 points from 14 matches is the lowest points total for any team in the group phase, by Kadetten Schaffhausen.

4 times, 70 or more goals were scored in a group match including the play-offs.

5 former or current EHF Champions League winners – with 14 titles in total – still have a chance to win the trophy again: Vive Tauron Kielce, FC Barcelona (8-time winner), THW Kiel (3), Flensburg and Montpellier (each 1). Also, two former finalists have made it to the knockout stage: Veszprém and Zagreb.

6 coaches still involved in the competition have won the EHF Champions League before: Talant Dujshebaev (Kielce/4 titles), Alfred Gislason (Kiel/4), Xavi Pascual (Barcelona/2), Patrice Canayer (Montpellier), Noka Serdarusic (PSG) and Ljubomir Vranjes (Flensburg/each 1).

6 times, a group phase match ended with less than 45 goals scored.

7 of the 14 teams still involved in the competition have been part of at least one VELUX EHF FINAL4 (inaugurated in 2010): Kiel (6 participations - 2 trophies), Barcelona (5-2), Kielce (3-1), Veszprém (3-0), Flensburg (1-1), PSG and Löwen (each 1-0).

7 defeats have been conceded by THW Kiel, as many as never before in a single Champions League season.

9 matches ended with a margin of 10 or more goals.

9 different nations are being represented by the 14 teams still in the competition – including 3 from both Germany and France, 2 from Hungary, and 1 each from Poland, Spain, Belarus, Croatia, Macedonia and Denmark. There is only one change compared to 2016: Denmark has replaced Ukraine.

10 rounds including 60 matches have been played in Groups C and D to confirm the top four teams, which appeared in the play-offs for the Last 16. In the end, Montpellier and Nantes advanced.

12 of the 14 teams still in the competition have also been part of the knockout stage last season. New are Nantes and Bjerringbro, replacing Zaporozhye and Plock.

14 points on home ground, the maximum from seven matches, were taken by Barcelona and Paris.

16 of the 176 group phase matches (including play-offs) ended in a draw: 3 each in the Groups A, C and D; 6 in Group B; 1 in the play-offs.

17 goals scored by Elverum in their 18:17 defeat at Metalurg Skopje was the lowest number of goals for a team in a single match.

18 goals was the biggest gap in a single match: PSG beat Kiel 42:24.

25 points, earned by Barcelona, was the highest number among all teams, ahead of 24 (PSG), 20 (Vardar) and 18 (Kielce and Veszprém).

28 teams - like last season - were part of the group phase.

35 goals was the lowest number of goals in a single match: Metalurg vs Elverum 18:17.

36 matches (all in Groups A and B) were attended by 5,000 or more spectators: 26 in Group A, 10 in Group B.

42 goals scored by PSG in their 42:24 win over Kiel was the highest number scored by a team in a single match.

45-year-old BSV goalkeeper Tom Jensen is the oldest player still in the competition.

48 times, more than 60 goals were scored in the group matches including play-offs: 13 matches in both Groups A and B; 6 in Group C; 14 in Group D; 2 in the play-offs.

55,72 goals were scored on average per group match including play-offs.

58 of the 176 matches of the group phase (including playoffs) were won by the away teams (1 less than last season): 23 in Group A; 16 in Group B; 9 in Group C; 8 in Group D; 2 in the play-offs.

+68 is the impressive goal difference of PSG after 14 matches, better than any other team.

74 was the highest number of goals in a single match: Vardar vs Kielce 40:34.

84 goals were scored by Kadetten centre back Gabor Csaszar to top the goal scorer ranking. This time last season, eventual top scorer Mikkel Hansen had already been on 107, now the PSG left back is on 65. The best scorer still in the competition is PSG new arrival Uwe Gensheimer (83).

102 of the 176 matches of the group phase (including play-offs) were won by the home teams (3 less compared to last season): 30 in Group A; 34 in Group B; 18 in Group C; 19 in Group D; 1 in the play-offs.

350 goals were conceded by Pick Szeged, less than any other team in the Groups A and B after 14 matches. Metalurg had the best defence in the Groups C and D with 250 goals conceded in 10 matches.

451 goals were scored by PSG to have the best attack of all teams - like last season, when they scored 442 times.

9,807 goals were scored in the group matches including play-offs: 3081 (55,01 in average) in Group A; 3090 (55,17) in Group B; 1625 (54,16) in Group C; 1759 (58,63) in group D; 252 (63,00) in the play-offs.

10,000 or more fans were attending at seven group matches - either at Kiel, Herning or Zagreb.

11,500 spectators for Zagreb vs Celje was the highest attendance of all.

Top rankings:

High score:
- 74 goals: Vardar vs Kielce (40:34)
- 72 goals: Celje vs Brest (36:36)
- 71 goals: La Rioja vs Chekhovski Medvedi (34:37)
- 70 goals: Zaporozhye vs Montpellier (34:36)
- 69 goals: Bjerringbro vs Schaffhausen (37:32)

Low score:
- 35 goals: Metalurg vs Elverum (18:17)
- 40 goals: Veszprém vs Kiel (21:19)
- 42 goals: Flensburg vs Plock (22:20)
- 42 goals: Brest vs Zagreb (21:21)
- 44 goals: Szeged vs Vardar (21.23)
- 44 goals: Zagreb vs Celje (23:21)

Biggest gaps:
- 18 goals: Paris vs Kiel (42:24)
- 15 goals: Barcelona vs Bjerringbro (34:19)
- 14 goals: Nantes vs Besiktas (33:19)
- 13 goals: Barcelona vs Schaffhausen (38:25)
- 13 goals: UMinho vs Zaporozhye (22:35)

Best attack (A/B in 14 matches):
- 451 goals: Paris
- 415 goals: Kielce
- 413 goals: Barcelona
- 412 goals: Vardar
- 392 goals: Rhein-Neckar Löwen

Best defence (A/B in 14 matches):
- 350 goals: Szeged
- 354 goals: Barcelona
- 356 goals: Zagreb
- 365 goals: Veszprem
- 366 goals: Flensburg

Best goal difference:
- +68: Paris
- +59: Barcelona
- +34: Vardar
- +26: Szeged
- +25: Kielce

Top scorers:
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84 goals: Gabor Csaszar (Schaffhausen)
- 83 goals: Uwe Gensheimer (PSG)
- 77 goals: Momir Ilic (Veszprém)
- 77 goals: Blaz Janc (Celje)
- 72 goals: Magnus Bramming (Holstebro)
- 72 goals: Jerry Tollbring (Kristianstad)

Biggest attendance:
- 11,500: Zagreb vs Celje
- 10,285: Kiel vs Flensburg
- 10,285: Kiel vs Veszprém
- 10,285: Kiel vs Bjerringbro
- 10,285: Kiel vs PSG
- 10,204: Bjerringbro vs PSG


TEXT: Björn Pazen / ew / bc

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