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The 2014–15 LEN Champions League is the 52nd edition of LEN's premier competition for men's water polo clubs. It ran from 26 September 2014 to 30 May 2015, and it is contested by 26 teams from 13 countries. The Final Six (quarterfinals, semifinals, final, and third place game) took place on May 28 and May 30 in Barcelona.

2014-15 LEN Champions League
LeagueLEN Champions League
SportWater Polo
Duration26 September 2014 to
30 May 2015
Number of teams12 (Preliminary Round)
26 (total)
Final Six
Finals championsItaly Pro Recco (8th title)
  Runners-upCroatia Primorje
Champions League seasons

Contents

OverviewEdit

Team allocationEdit

8 teams are directly qualified for the Preliminary Round.

Preliminary Round
  Jug   Spandau 04   Eger   Partizan
  Atlètic-BarcelonetaTH   Olympiacos   Brescia   Galatasaray
Qualification round II
  Primorje   Szolnok   Crvena Zvezda   İstanbul YİK
  Duisburg   Pro Recco
Qualification round I
  Mladost   Ligamus Tbilisi   Posillipo   Spartak Volgograd
  Montpellier   Waspo 98 Hannover   Jadran   Sintez Kazan
  Marseille   Orvosegyetem   Oradea   Radnički Kragujevac

Round and draw datesEdit

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

Phase Round First leg Second leg
Qualifying Qualification round I 26–28 September 2014
Qualification round II 17–19 October 2014
Qualification round III
(Play-off round)
29 October 2014 12 November 2014
Preliminary Round Matchday 1 29 November 2014
Matchday 2 17 December 2014
Matchday 3 14 January 2015
Matchday 4 28 January 2015
Matchday 5 11 February 2015
Matchday 6 4 March 2015
Matchday 7 25 March 2015
Matchday 8 8 April 2015
Matchday 9 18 April 2015
Matchday 10 2 May 2015
Final 6
(Barcelona)
Quarter-finals 28 May 2015 at Piscines Picornell
Semi-finals 29 May 2015 at Piscines Picornell
Final 30 May 2015 at Piscines Picornell

Qualifying roundsEdit

Qualification round IEdit

  • 26-28 September

Twelve teams will take part in the Qualification round I. They will be drawn into two groups of six teams, whose played on 26–28 September 2014. Top 5 teams of each group advance to qualification round II. Teams finishing 6th continue in 2014–15 LEN Euro Cup qualification.

Key to colors in group tables
Progress to the Round II

Group AEdit

CN Marseille has the right to organize the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Orvosegyetem 5 4 1 0 61 29 +32 13
  Spartak Volgograd 5 4 1 0 68 46 +22 13
  Radnički Kragujevac 5 3 0 2 47 37 +10 9
  Marseille 5 2 0 3 55 51 +4 6
  Posillipo 5 1 0 4 40 51 −11 3
  Ligamus Tbilisi 5 0 0 5 28 85 −57 0

Group BEdit

Jadran Herceg Novi has the right to organize the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Mladost 5 5 0 0 57 35 +22 15
  Sintez Kazan 5 4 0 1 53 43 +10 12
  Jadran 5 2 1 2 40 40 0 7
  Waspo 98 Hannover 5 1 1 3 46 56 −10 4
  Oradea 5 0 3 2 36 44 −8 3
  Montpellier 5 0 1 4 40 54 −14 1

Qualification round IIEdit

  • 17–19 October

Sixteen teams will take part in the Qualification round II. These clubs will form four groups of four and will have round robin tournaments at four host cities on 17–19 October. Top 2 of these groups advance to play-off (qualification round 3), Teams finishing 3rd, 4th continue in 2014–15 LEN Euro Cup qualification.

Key to colors in group tables
Progress to the Round III

Group CEdit

Waspo Hannover has the right to organize the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Pro Recco 3 3 0 0 45 19 +26 9
  Crvena Zvezda 3 1 0 2 30 32 −2 3
  Spartak Volgograd 3 1 0 2 26 38 −12 3
  Waspo Hannover 3 1 0 2 26 38 −12 3

Group DEdit

Orvosegyetem SC has the right to organize the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Orvosegyetem 3 3 0 0 36 27 +9 9
  Oradea 3 2 0 1 36 32 +4 6
  Sintez Kazan 3 1 0 2 38 37 +1 3
  Duisburg 3 0 0 3 29 43 −14 0

Group EEdit

HAVK Mladost has the right to organize the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Primorje 3 3 0 0 35 18 +17 9
  Mladost 3 1 1 1 24 24 0 4
  Jadran 3 1 1 1 20 24 −4 4
  Marseille 3 0 0 3 24 37 −13 0

Group FEdit

Radnički Kragujevac has the right to organize the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Radnički Kragujevac 3 3 0 0 39 18 +21 9
  Szolnok 3 2 0 1 41 27 +14 6
  Posillipo 3 1 0 2 23 29 −6 3
  İstanbul YİK 3 0 0 3 20 49 −29 0

Qualification round IIIEdit

  • 29 October 2014 1st match
  • 12 November 2014 2nd match
Key to colors
Seeded in qualification round III draw
Unseeded in qualification round III draw
Group Winners Runners-up
C   Pro Recco   Crvena Zvezda
D   Orvosegyetem   Oradea
E   Primorje   Mladost
F   Radnički Kragujevac   Szolnok

Eight teams will take part in the Qualification round III. These teams played against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis. The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follow:

  • In the draw for the Qualification round III, the four group winners were seeded, and the four group runners-up were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group could not be drawn against each other.

The first legs were played on 29 October, and the second legs were played on 12 November 2014.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Orvosegyetem   20–22   Szolnok 11–11 9–11
Pro Recco   22–14   Mladost 13–9 9–5
Crvena Zvezda   19–29   Primorje 11–14 8–15
Radnički Kragujevac   22–18   Oradea 13–8 9–10

Preliminary roundEdit

Location of teams of the 2014–15 LEN Champions League group stage.
  Red: Group A;   Blue: Group B.

The regular season was played between 29 November 2014 and 2 May 2015. If teams are level on record at the end of the Preliminary Round, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record.
  2. Head-to-head point differential.
  3. Point differential during the Regular Season.
  4. Points scored during the regular season.
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each Regular Season match.

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays were 29 November, 17 December 2014, 14 January, 28 January, 11 February, 4 March, 25 March, 8 April, 18 April, and 2 May 2015. The top three teams advanced to the final six.

The Final Six (quarterfinals, semifinals, third place game and final) will be played in Barcelona, Spain from 28 to 30 May 2015.

Key to colors
     Top three places in each group advance to Final Six

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts REC EGE OLY BAR RAD BRE
  Pro Recco 10 10 0 0 129 68 +61 30 11–9 17–12 17−7 19–6 8–5
  Eger 10 5 1 4 82 79 +3 16 4–12 10–9 11–6 7–6 10–5
  Olympiacos 10 4 1 5 90 95 −5 13 8–12 8−6 7–9 13–7 8–6
  Atlètic-Barceloneta (H) 10 3 2 5 75 103 −28 11 7–15 7–7 12–8 9–7 7–7
  Radnički Kragujevac 10 3 0 7 81 105 −24 9 5–12 12–11 7–8 12−7 13−10
  Brescia 10 2 2 6 71 78 −7 8 5–6 3−7 9–9 12–4 9–6
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host Final Six.

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PRI SZO JUG PAR SPA GAL
  Primorje 10 8 0 2 114 74 +40 24 9–7 10–5 14−8 11−5 16–11
  Szolnok 10 8 0 2 122 90 +32 24 13–12 8−7 12–7 11–7 15–11
  Jug 10 7 1 2 94 73 +21 22 9–6 11–9 13–6 12–6 11−5
  Partizan 10 3 0 7 76 100 −24 9 7–11 7–13 3–5 8–6 10–7
  Spandau 04 10 2 0 8 70 109 −39 6 5–15 7–17 8–9 8–6 10−9
  Galatasaray 10 1 1 8 93 123 −30 4 4–10 12–17 12–12 11–14 11–8

Final Six (Barcelona)Edit

Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona, Spain

  Quarterfinals
28 May 2015
Semifinals
29 May 2015
Final
30 May 2015
                           
B1   Primorje 10  
A2   Eger 8  
B3   Jug Dubrovnik 9  
B3   Jug Dubrovnik 10  
  B1   Primorje 7
  A1   Pro Recco 8
A1   Pro Recco 12
A3   Atlètic-Barceloneta (pen) 10  
A3   Atlètic-Barceloneta 11  
B2   Szolnok 9  
5th place Third place
A2   Eger 8 A3   Jug Dubrovnik 12
B2   Szolnok 7 B3   Atlètic-Barceloneta 14

Quarter-finals

28 May
18:00
Report Eger   810   Jug Dubrovnik Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Alexandrescu, Naumov
Score by quarters: 1–2, 2–2, 2–3, 3–3
Szívós, Vapenski 2 Goals Bušlje 3

28 May
19:30
Report Atlètic-Barceloneta   109   Szolnok Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Margeta, Schwartz
Score by quarters: 2–1, 2–1, 2–1, 0–3  OT: pen. 4–3
six players 1 Goals Madaras 3

5th place

29 May
16:30
Report Eger   87   Szolnok Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Naumov, Schwartz
Score by quarters: 3–1, 1–3, 3–2, 1–1
three players 2 Goals Dé. Varga 4

Semi-finals

29 May
18:00
Report Jug Dubrovnik   910   Primorje Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Margeta, Alexandrescu
Score by quarters: 2–2, 3–2, 2–4, 2–2
Janović 3 Goals Sukno 4

29 May
19:30
Report Atlètic-Barceloneta   1112   Pro Recco Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Koryzna, Stavridis
Score by quarters: 3–2, 4–3, 3–5, 1–2
Perrone 4 Goals Filipović 5

Third place

30 May
18:00
Report Jug Dubrovnik   1214   Atlètic-Barceloneta Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Naumov, Alexandrescu
Score by quarters: 5–3, 3–5, 1–3, 3–3
Obradović 4 Goals Perrone 4

Final

30 May
19:30
Report Primorje   78   Pro Recco Piscines Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Referees:
Margeta, Stavridis
Score by quarters: 3–1, 0–2, 2–4, 2–1
Sukno 3 Goals three players 2


 2014-15 Champions League
Champions 
  Pro Recco
8th title
Stefano Tempesti, Andrija Prlainović, Maro Joković, Pietro Figlioli, Alex Giorgetti, Duško Pijetlović, Massimo Giacoppo, Matteo Aicardi, Francesco Di Fulvio, Filip Filipović, Aleksandar Ivović, Niccolò Gitto, Giacomo Pastorino
Head Coach
Igor Milanović

Final standingsEdit

Team
    Pro Recco
    Primorje
    Atlètic-Barceloneta
  Jug Dubrovnik
  Eger
  Szolnok

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LEN Club Competition Programme Season 2014/2015" (PDF).[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit