The following days will be busy and exciting for eleven entrants of the Champions
League as the first round of the qualifications is due this weekend – however, since
Group A features five teams, the first games are to be played on Thursday, the
opening encounter features Banja Luka (BIH) and Sintez Kazan (RUS).
Water polo fans in Banja Luka, Strasbourg (FRA) and Tel Aviv (ISR) can already
watch a couple of great sides which produced outstanding results in recent years.
Hungary’s OSC Budapest, a former winner of the trophy, played in the main round in
the last two seasons and always targets to advance to the finals, just as this year.
Sintez was Euro Cup finalist in 2016 (clinched that trophy in 2007), while Jadran
Herceg Novi (MNE) made the semi’s last spring and reached the preliminary round
in the previous season in the Champions League. Mornar Split (CRO) was semi-
finalist in the Euro Cup in 2015 and 2016, while Canottieri Napoli also has a rich
history on the European stage with a 1978 triumph topping the results list (that
time the competition was called Champions Cup).
The top two ranked sides of each group shall advance to the following round. All
matches can be followed on LEN live-scoring page.
Champions League, Qualification, Round I
VK Banja Luka
Jadran Herceg Novi