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2018 European Water Polo Ch Barcelona LEN Events News Water Polo

Road to Barcelona 2018, first round of the Qualification Tournament

Barcelona, 16 March 2017 – The 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships will officially kick off tomorrow with the first matches corresponding to the first round of the men’s qualification tournament. Prague will be the battlefield where Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic will have to face each other over the course of three days for two spots in the next round.
Only the two best squads of this round-robin tournament (all-play-all tournament) will go through to the next round, held in Poland and Portugal from 6-8 October. The first classified team from Prague will face Poland, Belarus and Israel in a series of matches played in a Polish city, whereas the runner up will travel to Lisbon to play against Lithuania, Ukraine and Portugal. The second round will also be a round-robin tournament.
First round schedule:

17 March
19:15h            Bulgaria – Austria

21:00h            Czech Republic – Switzerland

18 March
18:00h            Switzerland – Bulgaria

20:00h            Czech Republic – Austria

19 March
9:30h              Switzerland – Austria

11:30h            Czech Republic – Bulgaria

The six men’s teams already set to play in the second round are those that did not qualify for the final stage of the latest European Championships held in Belgrade in 2016.

The women’s qualification tournament will start in October. Malta, Israel, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine will face each other in the first round that will take place in Ukraine from 4-8 October.

The 33
rd LEN European Water Polo Championships will be held at the Bernat Picornell Pool in Barcelona from 14-28 July.

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