In the Volleyball Champions League, the explosive duel between the two German industry leaders BR Volleys and VfL Friedrichshafen will take place in the round of the top twelve teams.
The special aspect: coach Stelian Moculescu, who led the club from Lake Constance to 27 titles from 1997 to 2016, has been head coach of the arch-rival from Berlin for almost three weeks. The news burst in the middle of Moculescu’s relaxed day off. “You could almost expect it to happen now,” said the new head coach of the BR Volleys after the draw at the European Volleyball Federation in Luxembourg.
“The duel electrifies volleyball Germany,” said the Romanian. “And now there is this in the Champions League, again something new – and now with me on the other side, I’m just looking forward to it.”
Berlin’s manager Kaweh Niroomand is enthusiastic about the novelty. “It could have made us worse, especially when you see who else was in the pot,” said Niroomand. In addition, the exceptional situation guarantees a large audience response: “Economically, that will certainly pay off for us.”
The winner of the duel definitely meets a Polish team
The first leg will take place in Berlin on 14th March and the second match will take place in Friedrichshafen between 20th and 22nd March. In between, the two clubs duel on 18 March still in the Bundesliga.
Last week, German champions BR Volleys qualified for the knockout round with a 3-2 win over Jastrzebski Wegiel (Poland) as one of the best third-placed teams from the five preliminary rounds. Runners-up and cup winner VfB Friedrichshafen prevailed in Group B as a group first with 17 out of 18 possible points sovereign.
The winner of the German Superduell gets it then in the round of the best six with the winner from the purely Polish duel between Wegiel and Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle to do. Zenit Kazan (Russia) is the organizer of the Final Four. The reigning club world champion will automatically qualify for the final tournament on 12 and 13 May. Kazan was unbeaten in the first place in Group D, which also belonged to Berlin.