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08/02/2015 10:57
Final Four in Berlin expected to deliver high-fly Volleyball show
2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men

Berlin, Germany, February 8, 2015. When the world’s best Volleyball players travel to Germany’s capital to fight for the most coveted European crown, high-intensity matches, world-class Volleyball and an extra-ordinary event are guaranteed. Traditionally this competition has been dominated by some Volleyball powers such as Russia, Poland, and Italy, where the Final Four tournament took place a few times already. Now, for the first time in history, the CEV Volleyball Champions League Final Four comes to Germany, to Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, where the home heroes of BERLIN Recycling Volleys want to prove themselves as hosts that are up to such demanding task.
 
For further information on the Final Four tournament visit the official website and Facebook page available here below:

http://berlin2015.br-volleys.de/index.php/en/

https://www.facebook.com/CLfinal4

Replacing the former Champions Cup, Europe’s most important club competition, the CEV Volleyball Champions League was established at the dawn of the third millennium. The competition has evolved into a major sporting event and plainly belongs to the greatest accolades to achieve in a sportsman’s career – next to the Olympics, the World Championships and the World League.
 
In 15 years of Final Four history the tournament was mainly hosted by Volleyball strongholds Russia (2004, 2007 and 2014), Poland (2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012) and Italy (2003, 2006 and 2011). Last year the Final Four was held in Ankara, Turkey. Also the winning teams have not varied much, as nine teams so far have claimed the highly desired European title. Italy was represented five times, with the standout team of TRENTINO Volley taking three consecutive crowns from 2009 through 2011. It’s been quite a while for other Italian teams to seize the trophy as Sisley TREVISO made it to the top of the podium back in 2006. The only victory of a German team – VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – dates back to 2007. Russian teams have also played a major role with Belogorie BELGOROD topping the charts in 2003, 2004 and 2014, with another two crowns claimed by Zenit KAZAN (in 2008 and 2012) whilst Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK used the home advantage to win gold in 2013.
 
The Russian giant Belogorie BELGOROD around Germany’s Volleyball star György Grozer could settle the Champions League triple last year after edging their national rivals from KAZAN in the semi-final and eventually defeating the hopes of the home team Halkbank ANKARA after nearly two hours with a 3-1 win in front of 6’800 spectators. Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK managed to make use of the home advantage when playing with 5’400 spectators in their backs, as they edged Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO in an enthralling tie-breaker in the final match of the 2013 edition. Remaining in all Volleyball enthusiasts’ minds as a heart-breaking defeat for the home team, the 2012 CEV Champions League Final Four eventually ended with Zenit KAZAN winning the final match at the tie-break by 17-15 over home heroes PGE Ska BELCHATOW in front of 13’000 spectators at the Atlas Arena in Lodz.
 
Now the world’s most competitive and prestigious club competition will be hosted in Berlin, in the heart of Europe. Known for their ability to turn Volleyball matches into events for the entire family, the side of BERLIN Recycling Volleys wants to prove themselves as dignified hosts of the Champions League Final Four scheduled for March 28-29, 2015. With more than 14,000 spectators in attendance at the team’s preliminary matches in Pool C, the Max-Schmeling-Halle already lived up to the reputation of being Germany’s “Volleyball temple” during the group phase.

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