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Olympiacos wins LEN Trophy
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Firenze, Olympiacos in LEN Trophy final
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Women LEN Trophy Final Four Tournament, Florence
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The first title up for grabs (LEN)
The first European club title is at stake in Florence (ITA) where the Women LEN Trophy Final Four Tournament is held. No clear favourites, plenty of excitement, a new winner – a great start for the climax of the continental club season.
The best players of the ever dangerous Russian national team divided into two sides, Kinef and Ugra, the host Florence team with a handful of Italian stars and Olympiacos featuring world champion Greek players and international greats – these four form the field of the LEN Trophy tourney. Good enough for a Euro League Final Four, however, this time they have to fight for the second ranked women’s club title after losing to even stronger sides in the Euro League quarters. (This year’s playing format offered the Quarter Finals losers to go for the LEN Trophy, while the winners will compete in the Euro League Final Four next weekend in Sabadell.)
The first semi final on Friday will see the clash of Olympiacos (GRE) and Kinef (RUS). Both teams have been seeking European glory for a while but neither of them managed to lift a trophy in the past. Kinef came runners-up in last year’s Champions Cup (now Euro League) – that was the 5th time (!) the Russians had to settle for the second place in the hunt for the shiniest trophy. Olympiacos were the closest in 2008 when they lost the LEN Trophy final to Rome (ITA) 10-9. In fact, they are really determined to win something at last as all fellow Greek sides managed to go all the way in the past (Glyfada, Ethnikos, Vouliagmeni), only the shelves of Olympiacos’s treasury don’t feature a European trophy.
2008 also mark the year when the host Italians appeared at the big stage for the first and – till date – the last time: six years ago Firenze reached the Final Four in the Champions Cup and finished third. They waited ever since to return to the final stage, now with the fans behind them they can make history. The semi won’t be an easy ride, though, as Ugra (RUS) have a really strong line-up as well. The Russians played twice in the LEN Trophy final, they were agonisingly close but after winning 13-12 at home (both times!) they lost the return away games by two goals in 2010 and 2012 as well.
So all four sides are looking for their very first continental triumph – and taking their strengths into consideration they all have equal chances before the weekend. By Saturday evening we will know who is going to lift the first European trophy of the season – and for the first time in the winning club’s history.
Women LEN Trophy, Final Four, Florence (ITA)
Friday, 4 April
18.00 Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) vs. Kinef Surgutneftegas Kirishi (RUS)
19.30 NGM Firenze Pallanuoto (ITA) vs. Ugra Khanty Mansiysk (RUS)
Saturday, 5 April
18.00 Bronze medal game
Florence ready for LEN Trophy climax
||||Thursday 03 April 2014, 13:24|||||Tim Hartog|