March 27, 2004 - With the support from the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) announced on Saturday the creation of a new competition starting in 2004: the European League.
Developed for the Men's European national teams, the European League will in its first edition bring together the best eight European teams between May 21 and July 11.
In collaboration with the National Federations, the CEV wished to create a new playing field for those wishing to compete in European competitions. The European League will offer men's European Volleyball a new annual competition, supporting the National Federations to improve its yearly planning.
Mr. André Meyer, CEV President, declared himself extremely satisfied with this new opportunity offered to the National Federations. "The ever increasing success of men's Volleyball in Europe and the fact that the European qualifications will from now on be played over just one year were key factors in the establishment of this competition," he said. "Today, with the unconditional support of several National Federations, the CEV has the privilege of launching a new competition formula with a quality of competition and a guaranteed attractiveness for TV media which will certainly contribute to the promotion of our sport in Europe."
The eight teams selected for the first tournament in 2004 based on their official candidatures are: Pool 1: Russia, Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia. Pool 2: Germany, The Netherlands, Finland and Slovakia.
The league will be played with six matches in each pool. Each tie will be played on a home and away basis with two matches over two consecutive competition days.
After the 48 matches have been played, the four best teams will participate in a 'Final Four' taking place from July 9-11 in Opava, in the Czech Republic.
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