giovedì 4 settembre 2014

Barceloneta to meet Brescia in prelims - Champions League draw

© Marcel ter Bals

With the teams set to battle in the first qualification round the draw for the preliminary phase of the upcoming 2014-2015 Champions League was held in Rome on the occasion of a meeting between LEN and the wild card holders regarding marketing and tv broadcasts. The results learned that defending champions Atletic-Barceloneta will meet Italian runners-up Brescia who they defeated in last year's Final Six opening day match-up 6-4, ambitious Greek champs Olympiacos and last year's best in Hungary, ZF-Eger in the 10-round prelims. Group B consists of an improved Jug Dubrovnik squad who is set to face the young Partizan team, German champions Spandau and Turkish best Galatasaray. Each group will be completed by winners of two respective qualification play-off match-ups, yet to be determined.

Champions League 2014-2015
Preliminary round draw

Group A
C.N. Atletic-Barceloneta (ESP)*
AN Brescia (ITA)
Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE)
ZF-Eger (HUN)
Winner qualification play-off D
Winner qualification play-off B

Group B

VK Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (SRB)
VK Jug Dubrovnik (CRO)
Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin (GER)
Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR)
Winner qualification play-off A
Winner qualification play-off C

Top 3 of each group advances to Champions League Final Six (28-30 May, 2015) in Barcelona.

* C.N. Atletic-Barceloneta as host is qualified for the Final Six.

Playing dates

29 November, 2014 - round 1
17 December, 2014 - round 2
14 January, 2015 - round 3
28 January, 2015 - round 4
11 February, 2015 - round 5
4 March, 2015 - round 6
25 March, 2015 - round 7
8 April, 2015 - round 8
18 April, 2015 - round 9
2 May, 2015 - round 10

Champions League Final Six (Barcelona)
28-30 May, 2015

Qualification round 1

26-28 September, 2014

Group A (to be played in Marseille, France)

VK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB)
C.N. Posillipo (ITA)
Orvosegyetem Sport Club (OSC) Budapest (HUN)
Spartak Volgograd (RUS)
C.N. Marseille (FRA)
Ligamus Tbilisi (GEO)

Group B (to be played in Herceg Novi, Montenegro)

HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO)
Waspo Hanover (GER)
CSM Digi Oradea (ROU)
Montpellier Waterpolo (FRA)
Sintez Kazan (RUS)
Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE)

*top 5 teams of each group advance to qualification round 2. Teams finishing 6th continue in Euro Cup qualification.

Directly qualified for qualification round 2

- Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO)
- ASC Duisburg (GER)
- Szolnok (HUN)
- Pro Recco (ITA)
- Crvena zvezda Belgrade (SRB)
- Yumze Istanbul (TUR)

These clubs will form four groups of four and will have round robin tournaments at four host cities on 17-19 October. Top 2 of these groups advance to play-off qualification round 3.

Season dates

Qualification Round 1

26-28 September, 2014

Qualification Round 2

17-19 October, 2014

Qualification Round 3

29 October, 2014 (leg 1)
12 November, 2014 (leg 2

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