The Final-4 draw for the women’s Champions League was made today, and it’s impossible not to get excited by the meeting of two of the continent’s most successful teams in the semi-finals.
The possibility of an all-Spanish final is still on the cards, as Sabadell, the Final-4 hosts, will lock horns with Ekipe Orizzonte, while Mataro will have to get past Dunaujvaros if they want to progress to their first Champions League final.
History and heritage isn’t the only thing at stake for Eight-time European Champions Ekipe Orizzonte, or five-star winner Sabadell. Both reigning champions of their respective national leagues have gone four-years without lifting European titles. For two European giants, continental glory is, by their high standards, long overdue.
The two sides last met in a final back in 2019, in the Super Cup, and it was Ekipe Orizzonte who triumphed 13-11 over David Palma’s team. The Spaniards will be favourites to have their vengeance.
Mataro’s clash with Dunaujvaros is equally as intriguing. Both sides have fought tooth and nail to make it this far, with the Spaniards taking out the reigning champions, and the Hungarians leaving everyone who wrote them off red-faced. While 13 Champions League titles are shared between the first two semi-finalists, Mataro and Dunaujvaros are both yet to get their hands on Europe’s biggest prize.
The two teams have met three times in the past, one of which was also a semi-final encounter, in the LEN Trophy back in 2018. History is on the Hungarian’s side though, with Ujvaros coming out on top in all three.
The all-Spanish final might just be the most probable final match-up we can expect to see, but if this season’s Champions League has taught us anything, it’s that surprises can arise from anywhere.
Women’s Champions League, Final-4, 31st March-1st April, Sabadell
CN Mataro vs Dunaujvaros
Ekipe Orizzonte vs Astralpool Sabadell
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