European powerhouses head down the home stretch to Final Four

Tuesday, 08 Mar 2016
Zuzanna Dulnik - @ZetDe04
Dinamo Moscow dominated the match against Dresdner SC in Play-Off 12 Photo: CEV

As the CEV DenizBank Champions League Play-Off Six phase kicks off on Wednesday, it is down to six teams to win remaining three spots in the Final Four in Italy. Who will win the last duels? Get your vote!

Only few weeks are left until the most important phase of the CEV DenizBank Champions League… the Final Four. Hosted by Italian rookie Pomì Casalmaggiore in Montichiari, the final roster will be joined by three winners of the Play-Off Six. Who managed to get through the previous round? Two Turkish powerhouses from Istanbul, VakifBank and Fenerbahce Grundig, everlasting Russian giants Dinamo Moscow and Dinamo Kazan, Swiss champion Volero Zurich and Italian Nordmeccanica Piacenza.
Who will head down the home stretch and finish among the best four teams of the CEV DenizBank Champions League? We want to know your opinion! Get your vote and tell us who you think will get to the Final Four in Montichiari.

The battle of bronze medalists

VakifBank Istanbul celebrates victory over Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul
Photo: CEV

2015 CEV DenizBank Champions League bronze medalist Vakifbank Istanbul begin the phase hosting Swiss champion and 2015 FIVB Club World Championship bronze medalist Volero Zurich with Foluke Akinradewo and our columnist Natalie Hagglund in the squad. After sending home last year’s winner Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, the Turkish powerhouse stands in a strong position ahead of their match against Volero Zurich. The Swiss team started off the previous phase with a lost tie-breaker to Lokomotiv Baku, but made a comeback 3-1 at home court in the next game. Will the Swiss team be strong enough  against a star-studded Vakifbank?

The second match will kick off on Thursday at 8:00pm local time. You can watch it live here.

To forget the last year’s disappointment

Dinamo Moscow dominated the match against Dresdner SC in Play-Off 12
Photo: CEV

Neither of the teams managed to reach the 2015 CEV DenizBank Champions League Final Four and one of them will lose that chance again. Fenerbahce went through Play-Off 12 defeating Chemik Police without losing a set, while Dinamo Moscow lost only one in their duel against German Dresdner SC. With their bombers Kim Yeon-koung and Nataliia Obmochaeva on the opposite sides of the net, it will be down to their teammates to make a difference. Who will beat the result of the last year’s edition?

The second match, aired on Laola1.tv, is scheduled for Tuesday 5:00pm local time.

Is one phase further enough?

Piacenza celebrates their promotion to Play-Off 6
Photo:CEV

Both Dinamo Kazan and Nordmeccanica Piacenza already achieved bigger success than in 2015 CEV DenizBank Champions League. But will being one step away from Final Four be enough? For the Italians this will be a chance to play almost at home. For the Russians this will be a chance to come back to the finals to claim the crown won back in 2014 edition…

Follow the live action on Wednesday 8:30pm local time here!