The CEV didn’t officialize the names of the participants nor the seeding pots for the men’s and women’s 2021 Champions League, but only the calendar and ways of allocating spots according to the Ranking. However, numerous media in the Old Continent made a complete picture of it. The Drawing of Lots, which is expected to take place in the second half of August, will include clubs from the following seeding pots from which, of course, each team will be put in a different pool.
Pot 1: Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA), Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL), Leo Shoes Modena (ITA), Zenit-Kazan (RUS), Lokomotiv (RUS).
Pot 2: VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa (POL), Arkas Spor (TUR), United Volleys Frankfurt (GER), Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER), Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta (TUR).
Pot 3: Lindemans Aalst (BEL), Tours (FRA), ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO), ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE), Knack Roeselare (BEL).
Pot 4: Sir Safety Conad Perugia (ITA), PGE Skra Bełchatów (POL), Kuzbass (RUS), qualifier 1, qualifier 2
Pot 1: VakıfBank (TUR), Dinamo-Kazan (RUS), Eczacibasi VitrA (TUR), Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio (ITA), Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA).
Pot 2: Grupa Azoty Chemik Police (POL), Lokomotiv (RUS), DevelopRes SkyRes Rzeszów (POL), Nantes (FRA), Mulhouse (FRA).
Pot 3: CS Volei Alba-Blaj (ROU), Pölkky Kuusamo (FIN), VK Šelmy Brno (CZE), Maritza Plovdiv (BUL), SSC Palmberg Schwerin (GER).
Pot 4: Fenerbahçe Opet (TUR), Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA), Uralochka-NTMK (RUS), qualifier 1, qualifier 2.
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If these well-known volleyball sites would show a genuine interest in more than a handful of leagues, they would know that Brno and Kuusamo won’t participate. It’s Olomouc and Salo for CZE and FIN… and everyone just copies and paste instead of doing own research… sad.