2017–18 LEN Champions League

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2017–18 LEN Champions League
LeagueLEN Champions League
SportWater Polo
Number of teams16 (Preliminary round)
Final Eight
ChampionsGreece Olympiacos (2nd title)
  Runners-upItaly Pro Recco
Champions League seasons

The 2017–18 LEN Champions League was the 55th edition of LEN's premier competition for men's water polo clubs.

Overview[edit]

Team allocation[edit]

12 teams are directly qualified for the Preliminary round (TH: Champions League title holders).

Preliminary Round
Croatia Jug CO Germany Waspo 98 Hannover Italy Pro Recco Russia Dynamo Moscow
France Olympic Nice
Hungary ZF Eger
Greece Olympiacos Netherlands AZC Alphen Serbia Partizan
Germany Spandau 04 Hungary Szolnoki VSCTH Romania Steaua București Spain CNA Barceloneta
Qualification round II
Croatia HAVK Mladost Greece NC Vouliagmeni Romania CSM Digi Oradea Serbia Crvena zvezda
France CN Marseille Italy AN Brescia Russia Spartak Volgograd Spain CN Sabadell
Germany ASC Duisburg Netherlands UZSC Utrecht
Qualification round I
Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka Hungary Orvosegyetem SC Montenegro Jadran Carine Spain CN Terrassa
Croatia Mornar Israel ASA Tel Aviv Portugal CF Portuense Turkey Enka SK
France Strasbourg Italy CC Napoli Russia Sintez Kazan Turkey Galatasaray
Greece ANC Glyfada

Phases and rounds dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[1]

Phase Round First leg Second leg
Qualifying rounds Qualification round I 14–17 September 2017
Qualification round II 28 September–1 October 2017
Qualification round III 14 October 2017 18 October 2017
Preliminary round Matchday 1 25 October 2017
Matchday 2 8 November 2017
Matchday 3 29 November 2017
Matchday 4 9 December 2017
Matchday 5 20 December 2017
Matchday 6 13 January 2018
Matchday 7 24 January 2018
Matchday 8 7 February 2018
Matchday 9 28 February 2018
Matchday 10 14 March 2018
Matchday 11 31 March 2018
Matchday 12 18 April 2018
Matchday 13 28 April 2018
Matchday 14 9 May 2018
Final Eight Quarterfinals 7 June 2018
Semifinals 8 June 2018
Final 9 June 2018

Qualifying rounds[edit]

Qualification round I[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Hungary OSC Russia SIN Spain TER Portugal POR Bosnia and Herzegovina BAN
1 Hungary Orvosegyetem SC 4 4 0 0 73 16 +57 12 Round II 10–6 30–2
2 Russia Sintez Kazan 4 3 0 1 58 21 +37 9 21–5
3 Spain CN Terrassa 4 2 0 2 46 27 +19 6 5–11 4–6
4 Portugal CF Portuense 4 1 0 3 21 62 −41 3 3–22 3–14
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka (H) 4 0 0 4 16 88 −72 0 2–25 7–23 5–10
Source: LEN
(H) Host.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Montenegro JAD Italy NAP France STR Turkey ESK
1 Montenegro Jadran Carine 3 3 0 0 42 16 +26 9 Round II 18–7 7–6 17–3
2 Italy CC Napoli 3 2 0 1 33 34 −1 6 9–8 17–8
3 France Strasbourg (H) 3 1 0 2 28 23 +5 3
4 Turkey Enka SK 3 0 0 3 18 48 −30 0 7–14
Source: LEN
(H) Host.

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Croatia MOR Greece GLY Turkey GAL Israel ASA
1 Croatia Mornar 3 3 0 0 31 16 +15 9 Round II 7–5
2 Greece ANC Glyfada 3 2 0 1 35 21 +14 6 9–10 8–6
3 Turkey Galatasaray 3 1 0 2 24 22 +2 3
4 Israel ASA Tel Aviv (H) 3 0 0 3 14 45 −31 0 2–14 5–18 7–13
Source: LEN
(H) Host.

Qualification round II[edit]

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Russia SPA Montenegro JAD Croatia MLA Germany DUI
1 Russia Spartak Volgograd 3 2 1 0 27 16 +11 7 Round III 7–5 14–5
2 Montenegro Jadran Carine 3 2 0 1 36 19 +17 6 19–5
3 Croatia HAVK Mladost (H) 3 1 1 1 34 22 +12 4 6–6 7–12 21–4
4 Germany ASC Duisburg 3 0 0 3 14 54 −40 0
Source: LEN
(H) Host.

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France MAR Hungary OSC Italy NAP Greece GLY
1 France CN Marseille 3 2 1 0 27 16 +11 7 Round III 13–10
2 Hungary Orvosegyetem SC (H) 3 2 0 1 36 19 +17 6 7–8 19–7
3 Italy CC Napoli 3 1 1 1 34 22 +12 4 11–11 7–11
4 Greece ANC Glyfada 3 0 0 3 14 54 −40 0 8–11
Source: LEN
(H) Host.

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy BRE Spain SAB Croatia MOR Netherlands UTR
1 Italy AN Brescia 3 3 0 0 46 22 +24 9 Round III 23–2
2 Spain CN Sabadell (H) 3 2 0 1 33 23 +10 6 12–13 8–3 13–7
3 Croatia Mornar 3 1 0 2 22 25 −3 3 8–10
4 Netherlands UZSC Utrecht 3 0 0 3 16 47 −31 0 7–11
Source: LEN
(H) Host.

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Serbia CZV Russia SIN Greece VOU Romania ORA
1 Serbia Crvena zvezda 3 2 0 1 19 19 0 6[a] Round III 6–5
2 Russia Sintez Kazan 3 2 0 1 27 25 +2 6[a] 8–10
3 Greece NC Vouliagmeni 3 1 0 2 20 21 −1 3[b] 7–10
4 Romania CSM Digi Oradea (H) 3 1 0 2 19 20 −1 3[b] 6–3 8–9 5–8
Source: LEN
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Crvena zvezda 10–8 Sintez Kazan
  2. ^ a b NC Vouliagmeni 8–5 CSM Digi Oradea

Qualification round III[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
CN Marseille France 13–16 Montenegro Jadran Carine 6–7 7–9
Spartak Volgograd Russia 14–26 Hungary Orvosegyetem SC 7–14 7–12
AN Brescia Italy 18–17 Russia Sintez Kazan 11–9 7–8
Crvena zvezda Serbia 14–17 Spain CN Sabadell 6–6 8–11

Preliminary round[edit]

Location of teams of the 2017–18 LEN Champions League group stage.
Red pog.svg Red: Group A; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group B.

The draw for the group stage was held on 29 August 2017 in Budapest.[2] The 16 teams were drawn into two groups of eight.

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners, runners-ups, third and fourth placed teams advance to the Final 8. The matchdays are 25 October, 8 and 29 November, 9 and 20 December 2017, 13 and 24 January, 7 and 28 February, 14 and 31 March, 18 and 28 April, 9 May 2018.

A total of 11 national associations are represented in the group stage.

Key to colors
Advance to the Final Eight Home team win Draw Away team win

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Greece OLY Croatia JUG Spain BAR Italy BRE Russia DYN Germany HAN Hungary OSC Serbia PAR
1 Greece Olympiacos 14 12 1 1 153 102 +51 37 Final Eight 8–6 14–10 13–6 17–9 11–7 10–7 16–8
2 Croatia Jug CO 14 9 1 4 147 113 +34 28 10–8 9–9 10–7 15–10 14–9 12–10 16–5
3 Spain CNA Barceloneta 14 8 3 3 137 102 +35 27 7–7 8–6 5–7 7–7 13–12 12–6 16–5
4 Italy AN Brescia 14 8 2 4 114 106 +8 26 6–7 9–8 6–5 9–9 11–9 9–5 13–9
5 Russia Dynamo Moscow 14 6 4 4 141 133 +8 22 9–13 12–11 5–9 9–9 9–6 7–7 16–4
6 Germany Waspo 98 Hannover 14 4 0 10 133 150 −17 12 7–12 6–13 7–13 8–6 11–15 13–8 16–6
7 Hungary Orvosegyetem SC 14 3 1 10 103 126 −23 10 6–10 4–7 6–8 6–8 5–10 8–7 14–6
8 Serbia Partizan 14 0 0 14 91 187 −96 0 4–7 8–10 5–15 3–8 10–14 11–15 7–11
Source: LEN

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy REC Hungary EGE Hungary SZO Germany SPA Montenegro JAD Romania STE Spain SAB Netherlands ALP
1 Italy Pro Recco 14 13 0 1 186 80 +106 39 Final Eight 14–6 8–5 12–4 10–5 15–6 13–5 19–1
2 Hungary ZF Eger 14 10 1 3 134 87 +47 31 4–6 6–3 8–4 8–4 12–9 14–5 15–4
3 Hungary Szolnoki VSC 14 10 0 4 169 99 +70 30 10–9 10–11 9–8 13–10 15–3 14–4 17–4
4 Germany Spandau 04 14 8 1 5 133 125 +8 25 9–10 10–9 10–9 13–13 11–9 11–8 14–8
5 Montenegro Jadran Carine 14 6 2 6 128 126 +2 20 5–15 4–4 6–14 11–5 16–10 7–8 15–7
6 Romania Steaua București 14 4 0 10 109 152 −43 12 6–13 3–8 9–17 5–6 4–8 10–9 9–8
7 Spain CN Sabadell 14 3 0 11 115 174 −59 9 9–18 7–15 5–16 9–11 8–10 10–11 12–10
8 Netherlands AZC Alphen 14 0 0 14 87 218 −131 0 5–24 4–14 6–17 5–17 7–14 4–15 14–16
Source: LEN

Final Eight[edit]

7–9 June 2018—Genoa, Italy

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
7 June
 
 
Greece Olympiacos6
 
8 June
 
Germany Spandau 045
 
Greece Olympiacos6
 
7 June
 
Spain CNA Barceloneta4
 
Hungary ZF Eger4
 
9 June
 
Spain CNA Barceloneta9
 
Greece Olympiacos9
 
7 June
 
Italy Pro Recco7
 
Italy Pro Recco (PSO)12
 
8 June
 
Italy AN Brescia10
 
Italy Pro Recco9
 
7 June
 
Croatia Jug CO8 Third place game
 
Croatia Jug CO9
 
9 June
 
Hungary Szolnoki VSC8
 
Spain CNA Barceloneta14
 
 
Croatia Jug CO8
 
5th–8th place bracket
 
5th–8th place semifinalsFifth place game
 
      
 
8 June
 
 
Germany Spandau 046
 
9 June
 
Hungary ZF Eger10
 
Hungary ZF Eger6
 
8 June
 
Hungary Szolnoki VSC10
 
Italy AN Brescia7
 
 
Hungary Szolnoki VSC8
 
Seventh place game
 
 
9 June
 
 
Germany Spandau 0410
 
 
Italy AN Brescia14


2017–18 LEN Champions League
Champions
Greece
Olympiacos
(2nd title)
Josip Pavić, Emmanouil Mylonakis, Evangelos Delakas, Konstantinos Genidounias, Ioannis Fountoulis, Dimitrios Nikolaidis, Georgios Dervisis, Andro Bušlje, Konstantinos Mourikis, Alexandros Gounas, Stylianos Argyropoulos, Paulo Obradović, Stefanos Galanopoulos, Emmanouil Prekas
Head Coach
Thodoris Vlachos

Final standings[edit]

Team
Coppa dei campioni pallanuoto.svg Greece Olympiacos
Silver medal europe.svg Italy Pro Recco
Bronze medal europe.svg Spain CNA Barceloneta
4 Croatia Jug CO
5 Hungary Szolnoki VSC
6 Hungary ZF Eger
7 Italy AN Brescia
8 Germany Spandau 04

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LEN Club Competition Programme Season 2017–2018" (PDF). LEN.com.
  2. ^ "Preliminary round draw". LEN.com.

External links[edit]