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16/01/2017 14:30
PalaLottomatica, Rome, Italy – The place to be in late April 2017!
2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, January 16, 2017. One of the most iconic sport venues in Europe, the PalaLottomatica in Rome, will be playing host to the Final Four of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men! The Volleyball party of the year will be taking place on April 29-30, 2017 with the Italian Volleyball Federation and one of their standout teams, Sir Sicoma Colussi PERUGIA, playing host to the final act of Europe’s elite club competition.

The men’s Final Four returns to Italy for the first time since 2011 when TRENTINO Volley fully used the home-court advantage at PalaOnda in Bolzano to claim their third straight title in the competition. As for Sir Sicoma Colussi PERUGIA, the star-studded team coached by ‘Mr Volleyball’ Lorenzo Bernardi are making this season their second appearance in the CEV Volleyball Champions League after two years ago they reached the Playoffs 6 before losing to Poland’s PGE Skra BELCHATOW.

Volleyball fans can already start planning their visit to the ‘eternal city’ in late April and PalaLottomatica will surely provide the perfect stage for a ‘total event experience’ capitalising on Italy’s Volleyball history and experience in organising major Volleyball events. This iconic sports hall has already played host to many high-profile competitions, including the 2010 and 2014 FIVB Men’s and Women’s Volleyball World Championships, the 2005 CEV Men’s European Championship, many FIVB World League matches, to name only a few.

With a roster including the likes of Luciano De Cecco, Ivan Zaytsev, and Aleksandar Atanasijevic, PERUGIA are a major force to be reckoned with and will be trying to seize the opportunity to claim a historic Champions League title. If they do so, they would follow in the footsteps of the women’s team from that same town, Colussi Sirio, which claimed Europe’s most-coveted Volleyball crown in 2006 and 2008.

Zaytsev & Co. will be trying to put an end to Russia’s reign in the competition since teams from that country have swept the last five editions in a row – Zenit KAZAN stood on top of the podium in 2012 before celebrating back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016, Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK in 2013, and Belogorie BELGOROD in 2014.

The 2017 edition of the men’s CEV Volleyball Champions League features as many as 36 teams following the decision made by the CEV leadership to revamp its format and open participation to the national champions of all 56 National Federations. The group stage is currently up and running and will be followed by the Playoffs 12 and 6, which will eventually determine the three teams that will be challenging Sir Sicoma Colussi PERUGIA for the final crown. As per changes introduced to the competitions regulations, if two teams from the same country qualify to the Final Four, they will not have to play each other in the semis unless this results from the relevant Drawing of Lots.

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