LEN’s second-tier cup competition, the men’s Euro Cup kicks off this Thursday at four venues. As the sport’s top powerhouses almost all entered three sides, the first qualification round already promises fierce battles.
Three teams from Italy, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Serbia and France (one from European champions Croatia, their top three clubs are in the Champions League, though) – the ‘quality crowd’ is the guarantee for a series of thrilling contests already in the first qualification round.
Apart from Group A, the other three tournaments feature representatives of five strong nations and only the first four can make the second round, so some excitements are guaranteed during the coming days.
Those missing the cut in this round, can continue in the newly launched LEN Challenger Cup. The 16 qualifying teams will be drawn together with the 11 teams dropped from the second qualification round in the Champions League. This is a pool of 27 sides, drawn into six groups (three with four teams and three with five) and the top two will make the eight-finals. These 12 advancing clubs and the four losing teams in the Champions League play-offs (QR III) will be paired to clash on a home-and-away basis for the quarter-final berths.
For livescoring, results and more, visit https://len-ws.microplustimingservices.com/leneurocup
Live Stream is going to be on the LEN website in the Euro Cup dedicated section https://www.len.eu/disciplines/water-polo/euro-cup/
Euro Cup, QR I (13-16 October)
Group A (Saloniki)
VK Solaris (CRO), Ludwigsburg 08 (GER), Montpellier WP (FRA), CN Echyade (ESP), PAOK Saloniki (GRE), ZV De Zaan (NED)
Group B (Siracusa)
Szolnoki Dozsa (HUN), Partizan Beograd (SRB), CC Ortigia (ITA), Ydraikos NC (GRE), Paix D’aix (FRA)
Group C (Kranj)
CN Terrassa (ESP), Team Strasbourg (FRA), Budapesti Honved (HUN), Telimar Palermo (ITA), VK Valis (SRB), Triglav Kranj (SLO)
Group D (Barcelona)
Trieste Pallanuoto (ITA), Apollon Smyrnis (GRE), CN Mediterrani (ESP), Crvena Zvezda (SRB), BVSC-Zuglo (HUN), SKP Kosice (SVK)