Almeria, Spain, January 21, 2005 - Following the ten League Rounds of the Men's Indesit European Champions' League 2004/05, 12 teams have qualified for the first home & away play-off round.
Following the thorough analysis of the five applicant candidatures for the IECL Men's Final Four, namely from Iraklis THESSALONIKI (GRE), Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS), AonhotVolleys VIENNA (AUT), Unicaja ALMERIA (ESP) and Copra Volley PIACENZA (ITA), in terms of technical, sportive, as well as marketing and communications aspects, the CEV Executive Committee have finally decided to reward the organisation to Thessaloniki, Greece.
Hence, Iraklis THESSALONIKI (GRE), winner of pool A in the IECL League Round, is directly qualified for the Final Four, and does therefore not have to participate in the two preceding play-off rounds. In presence of the President of the Spanish National Federation, Mr. Augustin Martin Santos, the CEV Executive Committee proceeded with the drawing of lots for the 12-team play-off round with the following result:
Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS) vs. Lokomotiv BELGOROD (RUS)
Aon hotVolleys VIENNA (AUT) vs. Sisley TREVISO (ITA)
JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel (POL) vs. Noliko MAASEIK (BEL)
VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (GER) vs. Panathinaikos ATHENS (GRE)
TOURS VB (FRA) vs. Copra Volley PIACENZA (ITA)
SCC BERLIN (GER) vs. PARIS Volley (FRA)
Wednesday 9 February 2005 (+/- 1 day): 1st play-off round home matches
Wednesday 16 February 2005 (+/- 1 day): 1st play-off round away matches
Wednesday 2 March 2005 (+/- 1 day): 2nd play-off round home matches
Wednesday 9 March 2005 (+/- 1 day): 2nd play-off round away matches
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 2005: FINAL FOUR