The Final Four of WS Europe Cup is ready to start in Lleida for the second consecutive time

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The 39th edition of the WS Europe Cup Final Four will be hosted by the city of Lleida, with the organization of Club Esportiu Lleida i Llista Blava. It is the second consecutive time that a Final Four will be played in the Pavellò Onze de Setembre (1500 seats), in the north-west province of Catalunya, the third organization in a couple of years after the organization from FC Barcelona of Euroleague Final Four (2017) in the Pavellò Barris Nord. Last year the title has been won from the home team of Lleida: they will try to win the second consecutive euro-title ahead of their supporters. A back-to-back happened recently only to the portoguese Barcelos: but they will fight against other three clubs very well-equipped, above all Voltregà, semifinalist last year. Considering the last 7 edition of the former Cers Cup, in four editions (2012, 2013, 2016, 2018) the Final Four’s home team won the competition and in five editions at least reached the Final (2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Two derbies will mark this 39th Final Phase of the competition. The italian derby between Sarzana and Valdagno: Sarzana is the second time in their history in a Final Four of WS Europe Cup, after the defeat in Viareggio’s 2017 F4 after the semifinal against Barcelos. Valdagno returns to play a semifinal after the 2010 Euroleague Final Six and recently the last appearance in Euroleague quarter-final 4 years ago against Barcelona. On 2008 the best results in Cers Cup: second place after Tenerife. Two the match played this season in “Serie A1” championship, where Valdagno won both, 7-3 and 5-4: best scorer for them Gaston De Oro (3 goals), for Sarzana Danilo Rampulla (4 goals).

The second derby (at 20.45) will be played between the home team Lleida and Voltregà. Both have conquered the qualification during last year, but only Lleida reach the final thanks to the victory against the italian Breganze in overtimes and in the final through the penalties after an amazing final against Barcelos. Voltregà has been beaten from Barcelos for 5-2 in the semifinal. In the unique match played this season, Lleida won 6-2 in Ok Lliga Championship (2 goals for Oruste, R. Di Benedetto and Creus, 1 for Vargas and Manrubia for Voltregà). 

In this season the best scorers of the 4 semi-finalist teams, was Massimo Tataranni (Captain of Valdagno) with 14 goals, Dario Gimenez (Valdagno) 10, Danilo Rampulla (Sarzana) 7, Cesar Candanedo (Lleida) 6, Eric Vargas (Voltregà) 5.

2018’s Champion, Lleida – Photo Credit: Marzia Cattini

OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF FINAL FOUR WS EUROPE CUP
On Friday evening (17.30 h) in the Press Room of Pavellò Municipal Onze de Setembre will be the official presentation of the WS Europe Cup Cup Final Four with the four main coaches of the teams.

TRAINING SESSION

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

10.00 – H. Sarzana
10.30 – H. Valdagno 1938
11.00 – CP Voltregà 

REFEREES DESIGNATED

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

           
Paulo Almeida (PT) Miguel Guilherme (PT) Ricardo Leao (PT) Joaquim Pinto (PT) Jose Pinto (PT) Rui Torres (PT)

Jose Pinto and Paulo Almeida are designated for Lleida-Voltregà; Miguel Guilherme and Ricardo Leao for Sarzana-Valdagno; Joaquim Pinto and Rui Torres for the final.

LIVE COVERAGE

Two of three matches (second Semifinal and Final) will be broadcasted live from TV3 Catalunya in the channel Esports3. All the three matches we will transmit live on our WEBTV (www.cers-rinkhockey.tv). The coverage will be extended with the Press Conferences after the match, available in our webtv or in Youtube channel. After the match 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/wseuropecup 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. 

MEDIA ACCREDITATED

Tv3 Catalunya, Lleida TV, Xarxa TV, El 9 Nou, Catalunya Radio, Radio Voltregà, Radio Terra, Ua1 Lleida Radio, La Vanguardia, Diari ARA, Diario La Manana, La Nazione, La Ciutat, lanoiadelesfotosdhoquei, Hockey Catedra

OFFICIAL HASHTAGS -> #f4okeurocup #f4okeuropecup #okeurocup

WS EUROPE CUP – Final Four – 27th and 28th April 2019 in Lleida (Spain)
Semifinal #2 – Sat 27/4/19 – h 18.00 – Match #112 – H. Sarzana (IT) x H. Valdagno 1938 (IT)
Semifinal #1 – Sat 27/4/19 – h 20.45 – Match #111 – CE Lleida (SP) x CP Voltregà (SP)
Final – Sun 28/4/19 – Match #113 – Winner Match 111 x Winner Match 112

HISTORY WS EUROPE CUP (FORMER CERS CUP)
80-81   GD SESIMBRA (PT)
81-82   HC LICEO LA CORUNA (SP)
82-83   AMATORI VERCELLI (IT)
83-84   SPORTING LISBOA (PT)
84-85   HOCKEY NOVARA (IT)
85-86   CP TORDERA (SP)
86-87   AMATORI LODI (IT)
87-88   AMATORI VERCELLI (IT)
88-89   HOCKEY CLUB MONZA (IT)
89-90   HOCKEY SEREGNO (IT)
90-91   SL BENFICA LISBOA (PT)
91-92   HOCKEY NOVARA (IT)
92-93   HOCKEY NOVARA (IT)
93-94   FC PORTO (PT)
94-95   OC BARCELOS (PT)
95-96   FC PORTO (PT)
96-97   UD OLIVEIRENSE (PT)
97-98   CE NOIA (SP)
98-99   HC LICEO LA CORUNA (SP)
99-00   CD PACO D’ARCOS (PT)
00-01   CP VIC (SP)
01-02   CP VOLTREGA’ (SP)
02-03   REUS DEPORTIU (SP)
03-04   REUS DEPORTIU (SP)
04-05   FOLLONICA HOCKEY (IT)
05-06   FC BARCELONA (SP)
06-07   CP VILANOVA (SP)
07-08   CP TENERIFE (SP)
08-09   CH MATARO’ (SP)
09-10   LICEO LA CORUNA (SP)
10-11   BENFICA LISBOA (PT)
11-12   HOCKEY BASSANO (IT)
12-13   CE VENDRELL (SP)
13-14   CE NOIA (SP)
14-15   SPORTING DE PORTUGAL (PT)
15-16   BARCELOS (PT)
16-17   BARCELOS (PT)
17-18   CE LLEIDA LLISTA (SP)

CLUBS RECORDS
3 Cups: OC Barcelos (PT), H. Novara (IT), Liceo A Coruna (SP)
2 Cups: Reus (SP), Noia (SP), Porto (PT), Vercelli (IT), Benfica (PT), Sporting (PT)

NATION RECORDS
16 Cups: Spain, last 2018
12 Cups: Portugal, last 2017
10 Cups: Italy, last 2012