Brussels, November 4, 2014 – The draw for this season’s KO16/FINAL4 double event at Easter in Bloemendaal, has set up some potentially enthralling encounters in the battle to become the eighth Euro Hockey League (EHL) champion.
The EHL and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) are pleased to reveal the draw today for the KO16 round of the competition. KO16/FINAL4 marks the start of an intense, action-packed five-day knock-out phase, with 16 teams toughing it out until only the new EHL champion is left standing.
In the new format of the competition, the KO16 sees a number of big dogs make their tournament bow this season including the return of three-time champions UHC Hamburg, hosts and two-time winners Bloemendaal as well as reigning champions Harvestehuder THC.
The so-called KO16 is the jewel in the crown of the EHL, being an event that witnesses 16 of the finest club teams in Europe going head-to-head in knock-out action. Just four teams will remain in the competition at the end of this three day event that encompasses the last 16 and quarter-final stages, building the line-up for the grand finale: EHL FINAL4. The knock-out format ensures that every game has meaning, with each team knowing that defeat will result in elimination from the world’s greatest club hockey competition. The KO16 rounds start from April 1 and end on April 2. Then, four quarter finals will be played on April 4.
Grand finale: FINAL 4
The final stage of the EHL tournament is the thrilling FINAL4. This will be the grand finale. During Easter, the four best teams will challenge each other and fight for the prestigious EHL 2015 title and win the much-coveted Alain Danet Trophy. These finals will be played on Sunday, April 5 and Monday April 6.
Players that make a difference
The EHL tournament is always a showcase for some of the world’s greatest players, giving their all to achieve the dream of winning the greatest prize in club hockey. This year is no different with Dutch masters Robbert Kemperman (SV Kampong), Robert van der Horst (Oranje Zwart) and Jaap Stockmann (Bloemendaal) German legends Christopher Zeller (Rot-Weiss Köln) and Mortiz Fürste (UHC Hamburg); Belgian poster boys Felix Denayer (KHC Dragons) and Tanguy Cosyns (Royal Daring), English superstar Adam Dixon (Beeston) as well as many, many more.
This year’s KO16 sees Austria’s SV Arminen, KS Pomorzanin Torun, from Poland, and Royal Daring – the Belgian third place qualifiers – taking part in the knock-out phases of the competition for the first time.
Arminen were the fairytale story of Round 1 in Barcelona, winning a group that featured Atlètic Terrassa. Torun received their ticket due to their victory in the Polish championship last season while Daring showed serious confidence in Barcelona in their EHL debut, beating Irish and French opposition.
The complete draw can be found below. Please note that the full match schedule will be released in due course.
We look forward to meeting you on Bloemendaal in 2015!
Round 2: April 1st/2nd
M.H.C. Oranje Zwart (NED) v SV Arminen (AUT) (KO16 -1)
Saint Germain HC (FRA) v Club Egara (ESP) (KO16 -2)
Beeston HC (ENG) v Royal Daring (BEL) (KO16 -3)
Real Club de Polo Barcelona (ESP) v Rot Weiss Koln (GER) (KO16 -4)
Harvestehuder THC (GER) v KHC Dragons (BEL) (KO16 -5)
KS Pomorzanin Torun (POL) v HC Bloemendaal (NED) (KO16 -6)
Dinamo- Kazan (RUS) v UHC Hamburg (GER) (KO16 -7)
Waterloo Ducks (BEL) v SV Kampong (NED) (KO16 -8)
Round 3 (Quarter Finals): April 4th
KO16 -1 v KO16 -2 (QF 1)
KO16 -3 v KO16 -4 (QF 2)
KO16-5 v KO16-6 (QF 3)
KO16 -7 v KO16 -8 (QF 4)
Round 4 (FINAL4): April 5th
Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (SF 1)
Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4 (SF 2)
Round 5 (Final): April 6th
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by EHL.
EHF / November 2014.