The Qatar Handball Association has announced the wild card participant for the IHF Super Globe 2014 carried out in Doha from 7 to 12 September: Al-Ahli Sport Club. The Qatari club side will face European Champions League winners SG Flensburg-Handewitt (Germany), El-Jaish (Qatar/Asian club champions) and Taubate (Brazil), the Pan-American club champions, in group A of the competition.
Al-Ahli is the winner of the prestigious Qatar Handball Cup 2014, beating Al-Lekhwiya in the final by 40:39 (35:35) after a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
Group B of the IHF Super Globe is composed by defending IHF Super Globe champions FC Barcelona (Spain), host Al-Sadd (Qatar), African champions Esperance Tunis (Tunisia) and Oceania representative Sydney University.
The IHF Super Globe will be played in the newly built Qatar Handball Association Complex, one of the four venues of the Men’s World Championship as a test event for Qatar 2015.
The each two best ranked teams of the preliminary round groups make it to the IHF Super semi-finals on 11 September. The final, bronze final and the placement matches will be played on 12 September.
In 2013, FC Barcelona won the final against HSV Hamburg (Germany).