The draw for the eight-finals of the LEN Euro Cup was held in Ostia today.
Sixteen clubs from eight countries will take part in this phase of the competition. France, Serbia, and France will have the most of the representatives in the last 16 (each country has three clubs in this stage).
The eighth-finals will bring two national derbies. Spanish Sabadell will clash with Mediterrani. Two Russian sides Sintez Kazan and Dynamo Moscow, will face off.
Two encounters between former European champions will be played in this stage.
Primorac Kotor (2009 European champion), the most pleasant surprise of the qualifications, will have a challenging task as it will play against 2017 Champions League winner Szolnok, which is one of the favorites for the trophy.
Mladost Zagreb, the seven-time European champion, will meet Barcelona (1982 champion), which advanced to the eight-finals after the unusual and thrilling finish of Group A. The standings in this group were approved after the decision made by the LEN Jury of Appeal. Barcelona – Mladost is one of the derbies of the eight-finals.
Barcelona won the LEN Euro Cup/LEN Trophy twice (1995 and 2003). Mladost was the winner in 2001. Besides these two clubs, two of the teams that reached the last 16, have won the trophy in this competition – Sintez (2007) and Radnicki (2013).
The first leg is on February 27, and the second is scheduled for March 6.
LEN Euro Cup, eight-finals
KVK Radnicki Kragujevac (Serbia)* – Strasbourg (France)
Pays d’Aix (France) – OSC Budapest (Hungary)*
Tourcoing (France)* – Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Primorac Kotor (Montenegro) – Szolnok (Hungary)*
Sabadell (Spain)* – Mediterrani (Spain)
Novi Beograd (Serbia) -Vouliagmeni (Greece)*
Sintez Kazan (Russia)* – Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
Barcelona (Spain) – Mladost Zagreb (Croatia)*
Teams that finished 1st in the groups of the qualifications are marked with *
Schedule until the end of the competition
EIGHT-FINALS: February 27 and March 6, 2021
QUARTERFINALS: March 17 and 24, 2021
SEMIFINALS: April 3 and 10, 2021
FINALS: April 24 and May 8, 2021