The list of the clubs that will have the wild cards for the Champions League next season is complete.
As we already wrote, the champions of the top 11 countries in the LEN Nations Clubs ranking will have the right to participate in the Group Phase without the qualifications if they meet all required conditions.
Ten of the 11 national leagues finished last week. This week we got the champion of Romania.
Steaua won its 19th trophy in the national league – the 7th in a row.
As expected, Steaua and Oradea played in the final (best-of-five). The Bucharest-based team won the title after three games.
The first two matches were played in Bucharest. Steaua beat Oradea narrowly (11:9) in the opening encounter. The second game was very similar to the first one – three goals separated the rivals (11:8).
This weekend, the series moved to Oradea, but the hosts couldn’t extend the final. Steaua dominated the match. At halftime, the team from the Romanian capital led 9:5. In the next eight minutes, Steaua increased the margin to seven (13:6) and maintained the difference until the end – 15:8.
This season, Steaua won the “double crown”, as it clinched the Romanian Cup in January
The winning team: Dragușin, Mihaluța, Muresan, Vuskovic, Georgescu, Fulea, Dinca, Oanța, Goanța, Moskov, Neamțu, Iudean, Klikovac, Antipa, Matei, Țepeluș, Gheorghe, Armean. Head coach: Bogdan Rath.
2023 Romanian League, final (best of five)
Steaua – Oradea 11:9 (2:3, 1:2, 4:1, 4:3)
Steaua – Oradea 11:8 (3:2, 3:2, 2:2, 3:2)
Oradea – Steaua 8:15 (1:4, 4:5, 1:4, 2:2)