The next season’s edition of the CEV Champions league is set to feature 36 men’s and 30 women’s teams from 29 countries. The new season will start with the DRAW that will take place in Rome on June 2016!
Twelve seeded men’s teams will go directly to 4th round:
Zenit KAZAN (RUS), Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS), MODENA Volley (ITA), Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (ITA), Halkbank ANKARA (TUR), ISTANBUL BBSK (TUR), Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE (POL), Asseco Resovia RZESZOW (POL), BERLIN Recycling Volleys (GER), Knack ROESELARE (BEL), PARIS Volley (FRA), S.C.M. “U” CRAIOVA (ROU)*
Other 24 teams will start their Champions League campaign from the 2nd and 3rd Round.
“This stage of the competition will consist of home and away matches and feature an impressive number of teams and countries that will be making their first ever appearance in the CEV Volleyball Champions League” explains official website of CEV.
These are another 24 teams – listed as per their national federations’ position in the European Cups ranking list:
Belogorie BELGOROD (RUS), Sir Safety-Sicoma PERUGIA (ITA), Arkas IZMIR (TUR), PGE Skra BELCHATOW (POL), VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (GER), Noliko MAASEIK (BEL), Arago de SETE (FRA), Dukla LIBEREC (CZE), PAOK THESSALONIKI (GRE), Dobrudja 07 DOBRICH (BUL) *, Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK (AUT), Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD (SRB), Volley AMRISWIL (SUI) *, ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO), Tiikerit KOKKOLA (FIN) *, Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA (MNE), Abiant Lycurgus GRONINGEN (NED) *, Stroitel MINSK (BLR) *, Selver TALLINN (EST) *, Hapoel MATE-ASHER AKKO (ISR) *, Mladost Marina KASTELA (CRO) *, Omonia NICOSIA (CYP) *, GENTOFTE Volley (DEN) *, KV Besa PEJA (KOS) *
* – Teams with * are making their debut in the CEV Champions league
“Out of these 24, eight teams will eventually progress to complete the fourth round of 20 teams that will be playing a double round robin as per the already known League Round format” explains CEV!
Twelve teams from the women’s competition will go directly to round 4, as in the men’s CL:
VakifBank ISTANBUL (TUR), Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL (TUR), Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS), Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG (RUS), Chemik POLICE (POL), Azerrail BAKU (AZE), Telekom BAKU (AZE), ST-RAPHAËL Var VB (FRA) , Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO (ITA), DRESDNER SC (GER), Volero ZÜRICH (SUI), CS Volei Alba BLAJ (ROU).
Other 18 teams will start their campaign from the 1st round:
Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL (TUR), Dinamo KRASNODAR (RUS) *, MKS DABROWA GORNICZA (POL), RC CANNES (FRA), Liu Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA (ITA), Agel PROSTEJOV (CZE), Vizura BEOGRAD (SRB), HPK HÄMEENLINNA (FIN) *, Khimik YUZHNY (UKR) *, Calcit LJUBLJANA (SLO), Maccabi XT HAIFA (ISR) *, ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRČKO (BIH) *, Minchanka MINSK (BLR) *, Linamar-BEKESCSABAI RSE (HUN) *, Maritza PLOVDIV (BUL) * Luka BAR (MNE) *, KOHILA VC (EST) *, KV Drita GJILAN (KOS) *
“Out of these 18 teams, four will eventually progress to complete the fourth round of 16 teams that will be playing a double round robin as per the already known League Round format. In another change from recent years, there will be no Playoffs 12 in the women’s competition,” reports CEV!
There are new hashtags for the CEV Champions League as well: #CLVolley, #CLVolleyM and CLVolleyW!
To see complete calendar of European Cups for season 2016/2017 go here.
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