LEN, in agreement with its broadcasting partner EBU and after consulting with the participating clubs, has changed the playing order in the men’s water polo Champions League.
In recent years the ‘mirror-order’ was applied in the main round of the Champions League which means that the order of the respective rounds followed this pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1 – so the teams facing each other in the first round, met again on the last day.
Due to the pandemic situation, LEN decided to stage the main round in three phases at one venue for each group. It means that the teams played three rounds in December, will play four in March and three in April to decide which sides qualify to the Final Eight in June. Using the original playing pattern would have meant that the four-round tournaments saw the same teams facing each other twice.
“Since the fans can only follow the action on TV, LEN and EBU reached the conclusion to change the order of the rounds in order to offer a bit more entertaining match-ups for the March editions” said LEN Operational Manager Marco Birri. So after Round 4 and 5, the fixtures in Round 6 and 7 will be the same as they were in Round 1 and 2 respectively. Also, on demand of the broadcasters, the starting times of the games have also been modified in Ostia.
“What’s remained unchanged is our offer to the water polo family to follow each game live in our free streaming where this time English commentary will also be provided” Marco Birri concluded.
Please see the updated schedule below. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PAGE
GROUP A (Ostia, ITA)
Round 4 – 1 March
15h15 Spandau04 BERLIN vs CN MARSEILLE
17h45 CC Ortigia SIRACUSA vs VK Jug Adriatic Osiguranje DUBROVNIK
20h15 Olympiacos SF PIRAEUS vs Pro RECCO
Round 5 – 2 March
15h15 Spandau04 BERLIN vs CC Ortigia SIRACUSA
17h45 CN MARSEILLE vs Olympiacos SF PIRAEUS
20h15 Pro RECCO vs VK Jug Adriatic Osiguranje DUBROVNIK
Round 6 – 3 March
15h15 CN MARSEILLE vs Pro RECCO
17h45 VK Jug Adriatic Osiguranje DUBROVNIK vs Spandau04 BERLIN
20h15 CC Ortigia SIRACUSA vs Olympiacos SF PIRAEUS
Round 7 – 4 March
15h15 Olympiacos SF PIRAEUS vs Spandau04 BERLIN
17h45 CN MARSEILLE vs VK Jug Adriatic Osiguranje DUBROVNIK
20h15 Pro RECCO vs CC Ortigia SIRACUSA
Group B (Budapest, HUN)
Round 4 – 2 March
14h00 Waspo98 HANNOVER vs Dinamo TBILISI
16h30 FTC BUDAPEST vs Zodiac CNA BARCELONETA
19h00 Jadran HERCEG NOVI vs AN BRESCIA
Round 5 – 3 March
14h00 AN BRESCIA vs Waspo98 HANNOVER
16h30 Dinamo TBILISI vs FTC BUDAPEST
19h00 Jadran HERCEG NOVI vs Zodiac CNA BARCELONETA
Round 6 – 4 March
14h00 AN BRESCIA vs Dinamo TBILISI
16h30 FTC BUDAPEST vs Jadran HERCEG NOVI
19h00 Zodiac CNA BARCELONETA vs Waspo98 HANNOVER
Round 7 – 5 March
14h00 Dinamo TBILISI vs Zodiac CNA BARCELONETA
16h30 AN BRESCIA vs FTC BUDAPEST
19h00 Waspo98 HANNOVER vs Jadran HERCEG NOVI