Men’s Euro Cup, Qualification Round II – 27 will enter, only 12 will progress

The LEN Euro Cup, in its new format, reaches a crucial phase with only the top two from each group able to progress from each group in the second qualifying round. This means that only 12 of the 27 teams in action will be able to continue their respective European campaigns after the completion of this weeks fixtures.

All six groups appear pretty balanced and featuring at least three sides which all seem to have a chance to make the eight-finals. However, there are groups where all participants are strong enough to challenge for qualifying spots.

Group A is one such stand out – having three competitive teams from the former Yugoslavia which will ensure a little added spice to the contests. In addition to Jadran (MNE), Solaris (CRO) and host Sabac (SRB), there will also be Italian side Trieste and Pays D’Aix of France in the mix, making the coming four days extremely exciting.

Just a few hundred kilometres away, in Zagreb, another ‘group of death’ is set to offer premium entertainment for the water polo fans.

Three former Champions League winners, host Mladost (CRO), Primorac (MNE) and Honved (HUN), as well as a tough Greek side (PAOK) and a Spanish team (Mediterrani) compose the field here.

The other four groups will not disappoint the fans either as most of the matches scheduled in Strasbourg, Duisburg, Szolnok and Bucharest promise huge battles with teams seeking the top two qualifying spots.

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FIXTURES – Euro Cup, Qualifying Round II – 27-30 October

Group A (Sabac, SRB)

Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE), VK Solaris (CRO), VK Sabac (SRB), Trieste Pallanuoto (ITA), Pays D’Aix Natation (FRA)

Group B (Strasbourg, FRA)

RN Savona (ITA), Team Strasbourg (FRA), ZV De Zaan (NED), VK Partizan (SRB)

Group C (Duisburg, GER)

EN Tourcoing (FRA), CN Barcelona (ESP), Telimar Palermo (ITA), ASC Duisburg (GER)

Group D (Zagreb, CRO)

HAVK Mladost (CRO), VK Primorac Kotor (MNE), Budapesti Honved (HUN), PAOK Thessaloniki (GRE), CN Mediterrani (ESP)

Group E (Szolnok, HUN)

BVK Crvena Zvezda (SRB), EVK Zaibas (LTU), Montpellier WP (FRA), Szolnoki Dozsa (HUN)

Group F (Bucharest, ROU)

CC Ortigia (ITA), Vitoria Guimaraes (POR), Steaua Bucharest (ROU), BVSC Zuglo (HUN), VK Valis (SRB)