Komjádi uszoda to play host to European Super Cup ties!
Champions League winners Szolnok, Euro Cup winners Ferencváros, LEN Euro League Women champions Kinef Kirishi and Women’s LEN Trophy winners UVSE will take to the water on 4 November in the newly renovated Komjádi uszoda in Budapest as they battle it out for the men’s and women’s Super Cups.
The Hungarian Water Polo Federation and the European Swimming League (LEN) held a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Thermal Hotel on Budapest’s Margitsziget. During the event the schedule for the new, enlarged Champions League for the 2017-18 season was announced, with the preliminary stage consisting of two groups of eight rather than the previous six. From the coming season the Final Six is also being replaced by a Final Eight.
Twelve teams qualify straight for the preliminary Round of sixteen teams, with the other four teams coming through from the qualification rounds.
Hungarian side OSC enter the competition at the Qualification I round, which takes place on 15 September. Eger join the fray in Qualification II round, to be held between 29 September and 1 October. Qualification III round consists of two legged ties which take place on 14 and 18 October.
The draw for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League was also announced at the press conference – in the presence of, among others, LEN Water Polo Manager Marco Birri, LEN Water Polo Technical Committee leader Chairman Gianni Lonzi, FINA and LEN Water Polo Committee member Tamás Molnár, Szolnok manager István Kovács. Reigning champions Szolnok were drawn in Group B alongside Italians Pro Recco.
Hungarian Water Polo Federation General Manager Balázs Nemcsik was also happy to announce that Champions League winners Szolnok, Euro Cup winners Ferencváros, LEN Euro League Women champions Kinef Kirishi and Women’s LEN Trophy winners UVSE will take to the water on 4 November in the newly renovated Komjádi uszoda in Budapest as they battle it out for the men’s and women’s Super Cups.
Men’s Champions League
Qualification I: 15-17 September
Group A, Banja Luka: A-HÍD-OSC-ÚJBUDA, CN Terrassa (ESP), Sintez Kazan (RUS), VK Banja Luka (BOS), CF Portuense (POR)
Group B, Strasbourg: Canottieri Napoli (ITA), Strasbourg ASPTT (FRA), ENKA Sport (TUR), Jadran Herceg Novi (MNT)
Group C, Tel-Aviv: Mornar Split (CRO), ANC Glyfada (GRE), Galatasaray (TUR), ASA Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Qualification II: 29 September – 1 October
Qualification III: 14 and 18 October
Dinamo Moskva (RUS)
Jug Dubrovnik (CRO)
CN Barceloneta (ESP)
Waspo Hannover (GER)
Qualifier match B
Partizan Beograd (SRB)
Qualifier match C
Steaua Bucuresti (ROM)
Olympique Nice (FRA)
Qualifier match D
Qualifier match A
AZC Alphen (NED)
Pro Recco (ITA)
Spandau 04 Berlin (GER)
Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép (HUN)
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