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02. 11. 2018

Champions League Draw (M): Lube and Modena in the same Pool, Zaksa join them!

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The Pool B of the CEV Champions League 2018/2019 is the most interesting one, as three powerhouses will play in it.

 

Lube Civitanova, Zaksa and Modena will battle for two tickets, while the Czech side is a complete underdog here.

The reigning champions Zenit Kaza is playing in Pool A with Halkbank, Knack Roeselare and the winner of the clash PAOK – United Volleys.

These are the Pools for the CEV Champions League season 2018/2019:

POOL A: Zenit Kazan (RUS), Halkbank (TUR), Knack Roeselare (BEL), PAOK (GRE)/Frankfurt (GER)

POOL B: Lube Civitanova (ITA), Zaksa (POL), VK Karlovarsko (CZE), Modena (ITA)

POOL C: Zenit ST. Petersburg (RUS), Friedrichshafen (GER), ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO), Chaumont (FRA)/Vojvodina (SRB)

POOL D: PGE Skra Belchatow (POL), BR Volleys (GER), Maaseik (BEL), Trefl Gdansk (POL)

POOL E: Perugia (ITA), Arkas (TUR), Tours (FRA), Dinamo Moscow (RUS)

 

Check out the women's Champions League draw.

 

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