The best European Rink Hockey on air in Lisbon during this weekend

The 54th edition of the Euroleague Final Four will be hosted by the capital of Portugal,  Lisbon, with the organization of Sporting Clube de Portugal. Lisbon host the Final Four for the second time in last 4 years, after the amazing 2016 edition when the home team, SL Benfica, has beaten, ahead of their supporters, Olivereinse (5-2). The Final four will be hosted from the Pavilhão João Rocha for the first time in his young history: builded in 2 years, and inaugurated the 21st June 2017, it will be the first european final phase organized. This 54th edition will be remembered as the most valuable final four ever: for the first time since 1965, the four teams qualified are all multi-sport clubs, four of the most important clubs of the entire european sport. Last year the title has been won from, for the 22nd time, from Barcelona: they will try to win the second consecutive euro-title, trying to repeat the “double” of 2014+2015 and, recently, 2004+2005 and 2001+2002.  Considering the 22th editions of the Euroleague Final Four, in six editions (27%) (1996 Barcelona, 1999 Igualada, 2003 Liceo, 2007 Barcelona, 2014 Barcelona, 2016 Benfica) the Final Four’s home team won the competition and in five editions (22%) at least reached the Final (1998, 2000, 2007, 2013, 2018).

Barça Lassa-Porto (12.00h PT, 13.00h CET): first semifinal of the 54th edition. An infinite meet since the start of the european history. From the 1996 (start of the Final Four formula) they has been met for seven times, only one in Semifinal, in 2006-2007 (3-2 the results for Barça). Also in the other six times, Barcelona won (one on penalties on the first edition). But the infinite Finals continued last year in the Euroleague Final (won of Barcelona 4-2 in Porto); after they met in Continental Cup in Barcelos (3-3 on reg.times,3-2 for Barça on penalties) and Intercontinental Cup in Argentina San Juan (5-4 for the catalans). The last victory in an Euroleague Regular Phase is dated 2015-2016 season when Porto won for 2-1 both matches.

The second semifinal will be a derby (18.00h PT), never played in the complete history of european rink hockey. The two main clubs in Lisbon will meet for a place in the Final: for Sporting unable to reach since 1989, for Benfica since 2016. In the portuguese championship, 1a Divisao, Benfica didn’t win since 1 year and half; in the last months, Sporting won 4-1 in Pavilhao da Luz and they draw 3-3 in the game in Pavilhao Rocha. It will be the most exciting derby of the recent history: in the last 3 seasons, 3 ties, 4 victories for Sporting, 5 for Benfica.

In this season the best scorers of the 4 semi-finalist teams, was Joao Rodrigues (Barcelona) with 17 goals scored, 10 for Miguel Rocha (Benfica), 9 for Gonçalo Alves (Porto), 8 for Matias Pascual (Barcelona), 7 for Raul Marin (Sporting) as Giulio Cocco and Helder Nunes (Porto)

2018’s Champion, FC Barcelona – Photo Credit: Marzia Cattini

OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOUR

On Friday afternoon  (15.00 h) in the Auditorium of Pavilhão João Rocha will be the official presentation of the Euroleague Final Four from the Sporting CP and will follow at 15.30h with the press conference of the four main coaches of the teams.

TRAINING SESSION

On Friday evening will take place the “training sessions” for adaptation to the rink by the following participating teams:

16.00 – FC Porto
17.00 – FC Barcelona
18.00 – SL Benfica 

REFEREES DESIGNATED

For the matches to be played in this event, the designated the following European International Referees:

           
Miguel Diaz (SP) Alessandro Eccelsi (IT) Claudio Ferraro (IT) Ivan Gonzalez (SP) Luca Molli (IT) Joseph Silecchia (IT)

Luca Molli and Claudio Ferraro are designated for Porto-Barcelona; Ivan Gonzalez and Miguel Diaz for Sporting-Benfica; Alessandro Eccelsi and Joseph Silecchia for the final.

LIVE COVERAGE

All the three matches will be broadcasted live from RTP, public television of Portugal: Saturday on RTP2, Sunday on RTP1. The semifinal of FC Barcelona-Porto will be broadcasted live also from Tv3 Catalunya, channel Esport3 and Barça TV. All the matches of Sporting CP will be broadcasted on Sporting TV, too. All the three matches we will transmit live on our WEBTV (www.cers-rinkhockey.tv) with the portuguese commentary of Josè Santos. The coverage will be extended with the Press Conferences after the match, available in our webtv or in Youtube channel. After the matches you will find the Highlights in our youtube channel cersrinkhockeytv

SPECIAL COVERAGE FOR WSEUROPE-RINKHOCKEY WEBSITE

WSE-RH will follow entirely the Final Four with a special coverage in social network and in the section of WS Europe Cup www.wseurope-rinkhockey.org//euroleague with the official photos of Marzia Cattini.

Every Match will be covered from our OFFICIAL LIVESCORING in English and Spanish languages with all the official statistics and event during the game. 

OFFICIAL HASHTAGS -> #f4okeuro #okeuro

EUROLEAGUE – Final Four – May 2019, 11 and 12 in Lisbon (Portugal)
Sat 11/5/19 – h 12.00 – Semifinal – FC Barcelona (SP) x FC Porto (PT) – Live TV on RTP2, Esport3, RTPi, RTPa, BarçaTV
Sat 11/5/19 – h 18.00 – Semifinal – Sporting CP (PT) x SL Benfica (PT) – Live TV on RTP2, RTPi, RTPa, SportingTV
Sun 12/5/19 – h 18.00 – Final – Live TV on RTP1, RTPi, RTPa, Esport3, SportingTV, Barça TV

HISTORY EUROLEAGUE
65-66   CP VOLTREGA’
66-67   REUS DEPORTIU
67-68   REUS DEPORTIU
68-69   REUS DEPORTIU
69-70   REUS DEPORTIU
70-71   REUS DEPORTIU
71-72   REUS DEPORTIU
72-73   FC BARCELONA
73-74   FC BARCELONA
74-75   CP VOLTREGA’
75-76   CP VOLTREGA’
76-77   SPORTING LISBONA
77-78   FC BARCELONA
78-79   FC BARCELONA
79-80   FC BARCELONA
80-81   FC BARCELONA
81-82   FC BARCELONA
82-83   FC BARCELONA
83-84   FC BARCELONA
84-85   FC BARCELONA
85-86   FC PORTO
86-87   HC LICEO LA CORUNA
87-88   HC LICEO LA CORUNA
88-89   CE NOIA
89-90   FC PORTO
90-91   OC BARCELOS
91-92   HC LICEO LA CORUNA
92-93   IGUALADA HC
93-94   IGUALADA HC
94-95   IGUALADA HC
95-96   IGUALADA HC
96-97   FC BARCELONA
97-98   IGUALADA HC
98-99   IGUALADA HC
99-00   FC BARCELONA
00-01   FC BARCELONA
01-02   FC BARCELONA
02-03   HC LICEO LA CORUNA
03-04   FC BARCELONA
04-05   FC BARCELONA
05-06   FOLLONICA HOCKEY
06-07   FC BARCELONA
07-08   FC BARCELONA (SPA)
08-09   REUS DEPORTIVO (SPA)
09-10   FC BARCELONA (SPA)
10-11   LICEO LA CORUNA (SPA)
11-12   LICEO LA CORUNA (SPA)
12-13   BENFICA
13-14   FC BARCELONA
14-15   FC BARCELONA
15-16   BENFICA
16-17   REUS DEPORTIU
17-18   FC BARCELONA

CLUBS RECORDS
22 Cups: FC Barcelona (SP)
8 Cups: Reus (SP)
6 Cups: Liceo (SP), Igualada (SP)
3 Cups: Voltrega (SP)
2 Cups: Porto (PT), Benfica (PT)

NATION RECORDS
46 Cups: Spain, last 2018
6 Cups: Portugal, last 2016
1 Cup: Italy, last 2006