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StefanS

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 8:38am

CEV Champions League 2018

The mode is unchanged, here are the 12 teams formally qualified for the group stage (round 4) of the competition:

Turkey: Galatasaray ISTANBUL, Fenerbahce ISTANBUL
Russia: Dynamo MOSCOW, Dynamo KAZAN
Poland: Chemik POLICE, Budowlani LODZ
Azerbeichan: Telekom BAKU, Azerrail BAKU

Germany: SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN
Switzerland: Volero ZÜRICH
Italy: Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA
France: ASPTT MULHOUSE

Remarks: Schwerin was considering not to participate, but I can't believe they will skip it and embarass both CEV and VBL as well disappoint their players. Others seem to participate so far I know, despite Lodz may have a really hard time there without some key players... But the mode is too hard for most weaker leagues anyway. Should some team not participate, like in the 2017 season Alba BLAJ from Romania will inherit the free slot.

Qualification field is very uncertain, you have to wait, who wants to participate. For sure the power teams of the top nations will be there, i.e. VakifBank ISTANBUL from Turkey, Imoco CONEGLIANO from Italy and Yenisey KRASNOYARSK from Russia.

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 3:50pm

Chemik Police confirmed that they will participate next year.

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 4:20pm

Two teams from Azerbaijan and one team from Italy :rolll:

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 4:42pm

There will be probably 3 Azeri teams (one will play qualifications). Thats almost all their league teams ;)

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 5:12pm

There will be probably 3 Azeri teams (one will play qualifications). Thats almost all their league teams ;)


The clubs of Baku have massive financial issues, I would be surprised, if one plays qualification. That only one Italian team is on board in group phase already, is the outcome ("penalty") for not taking part in CEV cup several years, where Italian league lost points in European cup rankings.

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 5:13pm

Chemik Police confirmed that they will participate next year.


I would have been very surprised, if they would not participate - they are capable and eager to do it.

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 9:01pm

Telekom BAKU, SCHWERIN, MULHOUSE and now VOLERO, all has 0 changes in winning anything. We all know they will finish last in the group, unless 2 of them falls in the same group, but in this case the 2 other teams in the group with them will be automatically in the next round.

I would at the least, replace 2 of them with a Turkish and a Italian Team.

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Monday, May 15th 2017, 9:10pm

Is that true about Volero though? I mean I know they will have a smaller budget and will not be as strong as in previous years and will not have a chance of winning it but I was expecting them to still keep a decent team

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Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 8:20am

Telekom BAKU, SCHWERIN, MULHOUSE and now VOLERO, all has 0 changes in winning anything. We all know they will finish last in the group, unless 2 of them falls in the same group, but in this case the 2 other teams in the group with them will be automatically in the next round.

I would at the least, replace 2 of them with a Turkish and a Italian Team.


I fully agree with that.

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Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 8:49am

Is that true about Volero though? I mean I know they will have a smaller budget and will not be as strong as in previous years and will not have a chance of winning it but I was expecting them to still keep a decent team

TV commentator said that the budget for next season will be around 1.5 million swiss francs (it was over 3 million before). They plan to play with more young players (Popovic stays though). Terzic is supposed to stay.

German artikle:
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/weiter…/story/25942700

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Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 7:55pm

Is that true about Volero though? I mean I know they will have a smaller budget and will not be as strong as in previous years and will not have a chance of winning it but I was expecting them to still keep a decent team

TV commentator said that the budget for next season will be around 1.5 million swiss francs (it was over 3 million before). They plan to play with more young players (Popovic stays though). Terzic is supposed to stay.

German artikle:
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/weiter…/story/25942700


I think they will not be really better than the best three German teams including Schwerin with this budget.

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Sunday, May 21st 2017, 7:09pm

Liu-Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA wants a wildcard from CEV to play CL (qualification, I guess). Because they were vice champions and only via special rule of Italian league Conegliano gets the qualfication slot in CL and considering the CEV cup as not interesting, they decline to play CEV cup, for which they are formally qualified. Now we will see, how much of a favor the CEV will do for an Italian team :lol: .

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Monday, May 22nd 2017, 9:51am

Liu-Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA wants a wildcard from CEV to play CL (qualification, I guess). Because they were vice champions and only via special rule of Italian league Conegliano gets the qualfication slot in CL and considering the CEV cup as not interesting, they decline to play CEV cup, for which they are formally qualified. Now we will see, how much of a favor the CEV will do for an Italian team :lol: .
Conegliano is in CL because they win the regolar season. I think that 1 slot is fair for whom dominates the regular season.
I really hate that italian team does not want to partecipate in CEV or challenge. I hope that Scandicci or Busto can partecipate in CEV and challenge

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Yesterday, 7:38pm

Italian teams dont like playing CEV and Challenge cause its too expensive for what its worth....
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