2019 Challenge Cup

  • The strongest teams now confirmed due to new, current CEV+Challenge Cup ranking list of CEV:

    2. Proton SARATOV (RUS)
    3. Ladies in Black AACHEN (GER)
    5. Viteos NEUCHATEL Universite (SUI)
    6. Agroland TIMISOARA (ROM)
    7. VDK Bank GENT (BEL)
    8. Interfreight ANTWERP Ladies (BEL)
    9. Hermes OOSTENDE (BEL)
    10.Volero LE CANNET (FRA)
    13.Vasas BUDAPEST (HUN)
    14.KP BRNO (CZE)
    15.Dukla LIBEREC (CZE)
    18.Olympiacos PIRAEUS (GRE, title defender)
    19. Vero MONZA (ITA)
    24.Calcit KAMNIK (SLO)

    and especially the still unknown Balkan cup winner (maybe again a Turkish team?).

  • First evaluation of the DOL from yesterday, sorted due to quarters:

    in the first quarter already in first round AYDIN BBSK from Turkey will meet Balkan Cup winner, in the last years it was mostly another Turkish team. Both are favourites to become a semi final participant.

    Even more unbalanced it is in the second quarter: I found no single really strong team, so the biggest prospects to get to the semis might have Timisoara (newbies from Romania) and European Cups experienced Kangasala from Finland IMHO - they should took this unique opportunity.

    The third quarter is a different story: Vero MONZA is the clear-cut favourite, they will meet in quarters the winner of Ladies in Black AACHEN (Germany) against Calcit KAMNIK (Slovenia). Monza might be the strongest team aside with Turkish first quarter winner, they can meet only in the finals.

    The fourth quarter is lead by newbies (?) Proton SARATOV from Russia (nearby Caspian sea), but they will face in quarters most likely the winner of second round (for them both first) match of title defenders Olympiacos PIRAEUS (Greeece) and Volero LE CANNET (formerly ZÜRICH), another very unbalanced draw IMHO.