Champions League

Ferencvaros wins Champions League after thriller in Hannover (VIDEO)

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Hungarian champion Ferencvaros won the 2018/19 Champions League. Today, in the last game of the Final Eight tournament in Hannover, Ferencvaros beat 2018 champion Olympiacos after penalty shootout – 14:13. Pro Recco took the bronze medal, as it edged out Barceloneta in the game for the 3rd place (8:7).

Ferencvaros water polo players started the Champions League season in the Qualification Round 2 and they arrived at the Final Eight from the fourth place in the group A. Their long  Champions League journey was ended with the trophy! They didn’t earn a single point against the top three teams in the group stage (Pro Recco, Barceloneta, Brescia). This weekend in Hannover Ferencvaros downed 2016 champion Jug Dubrovnik in the quarterfinals. The Hungarians defeated 2014 winner Barceloneta in the semis and finally edged out title-holder Olympiacos in a great final game.

Ferencvaros (2017 and 2018 Euro Cup winner) had never played in the Champions League final before Hannover. The Hungarians kicked off the match in style, as they netted three action goals for 3:1. By halftime, the Budapest-based side led 8:5, while Olympiacos’s goalkeeper Josip Pavic, posted just one save in the first two quarters.

Before the last eight minutes, Ferencvaros had a nice 10:7 advantage, but the Hungarians lost their captain Denes Varga, who ended the game in the 26th minute with three fouls.

Olympiacos was able to “come back from the dead” in the 4th quarter.The season’s top scorer Konstantinos Genidounias came up with a great action shot from the first possession in the last period. Fountoulis finally netted for  9:10 with 2:12 remaining on the clock. .Genidounias scored his 5th goal in the evening from an easy man-up (they were 4 on 2 at the end of the counter) so Olympiacos equalized 96 seconds from time. The Magyars had a man-up in their last attack (0:28 seconds before the end) to win the match. But Pavic managed to save Kallay’s shot.

This scenario was well-known for the sides as their Super Cup final in Budapest in December was decided in the penalty shootout (Ferencvaros won 11:9).

Olympiacos 13:14  Ferencvaros
(1:3, 4:5, 2:2, 3:0 – 3:4)

Olympiacos: Pavic (5 saves), Mylonakis, Skoumpakis, Genidounias 5, Fountoulis 2, Kakaris, Dervisis, Buslje, Mourikis 1, Gounas, Argyropoulos 1, Obradovic 1, Zerdevas.

Ferencvaros: Gardonyi, Sedlmayer, Kalay, Pohl, Vamos 2, Mezei 1, Nikic 1, Jaksic, Younger 2, Varga 1, Jansik, Mitrovic 3, Vogel (12 saves).

Penalty shootout
Jansik – Pavic saves, Argyropoulos 1:0 for Olympiacos; Sedlmayer 1:1, Gounas hit the post; Younger 1:2, Mylonakis hit the post; Kallay- post, Dervisis 2:2; Jaksic 2:3, Genidounias 3:3; Jansik 3:4, Argyropoulos hit the post.

Quotes

Zsolt Varga, head coach, Ferencvaros:
At these moments all I could say that I’m so grateful to my players and our fans to have such an end to this season. They never stopped believing, even at the toughest moments and I’m so proud of them. Yes, we had ups and downs in the previous months, didn’t play that well in the Champions League but the plan always was to try to be in the best shape at the end and try to go as far as possible. Maybe few thought we could achieve this, newcomers don’t usually go all the way here, but we played as a team and that gave us the necessary edge.”

Theodoros Vlachos, head coach, Olympiacos:
“First of all, congratulations to Ferencvaros, they are a great team and they did a good job today and if we had to lose this final, better to happen this way. We also tried to do our part, we had to come back from three goals but I felt the power in my team and they proved again their quality. Let me also thank the support of our fans, everyone could see how fantastic they are. Whatever the result was, for me, my players are the best in the world as they played another final, beat great rivals and lost only by penalties.” (LEN PRess Release)

Champions League 2018/19 FInal Eight, Hannover (June 6th – 8th)

Quarterfinals
Jug – Ferencvaros 9:10 (3:5, 2:3, 1:2, 3:0)
Barceloneta – Sport Management 12:7 (2:1, 4:1, 3:3, 3:2)
Pro Recco – Hannover 14:10 (2:2, 4:3, 4:2, 4:3)
Olympiacos – Brescia 8:7 (2:1, 4:2, 0:1, 2:3)

Semifinals
Places 1 – 4
Ferencvaros – Barceloneta 9:7 (2:2, 1:1, 2:3, 4:1)
Pro Recco – Olympiacos 11:12 (3:5, 3:3, 2:3, 3:1)

Places 5 – 8
Hannover – Brescia 8:11 (1:1, 1:2, 3:3, 3:5)
Jug – Sport Management 11:8 (0:1, 5:3, 1:1, 5:3)

For final ranking

Final
Ferencvaros – Olympiacos 14:13 (3:1, 5:4, 2:2, 0:3 –  4:3)

For bronze
Pro Recco – Barceloneta 8:7 (3:3, 2:3, 1:1, 2:0)

For 5th place
Jug – Brescia 13:12 (4:3, 4:4, 2:2, 3:3)

For 7th place
Sport Management – Hannover 10:8 (1:2, 5:1, 2:2, 2:3)

ALL CHAMPIONS

2018/2019: Ferencvaros Telekom (Hungary)
2017 / 2018: Olympiacos Piraeus CFP (Greece)
2016 / 2017: Szolnok VSK (Hungary)
2015 / 2016: VK Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia)
2014 / 2015: Pro Recco (Italy)
2013 / 2014: Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta (Spain)
2012 / 2013: VK Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
2011 / 2012: ASD Pro Recco (Italy)
2010 / 2011: VK Partizan (Serbia)
2009 / 2010: ASD Pro Recco (Italy)
2008 / 2009: VK Primorac Kotor (Montenegro)
2007 / 2008: ASD Pro Recco (Italy)
2006 / 2007: ASD Pro Recco (Italy)
2005 / 2006: VK Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia)
2004 / 2005: CN Posillipo Naples (Italy)
2003 / 2004: Domino BHSE Budapest(Hungary)
2002 / 2003: ASD Pro Recco (Italy)
2001 / 2002: Olympiacos Pireaus CFP (Greece)
2000 / 2001: VK Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia)
1999 / 2000: VK Becej Nis Naftagas (Serbia)
1998 / 1999: Splitska Banka Split (Croatia)
1997 / 1998: CN Posillipo Naples (Italy)
1996 / 1997: CN Posillipo Naples (Italy)
1995 / 1996: HAVK Mladost (Croatia)
1994 / 1995: CN Catalunya (Spain)
1993 / 1994: Újpesti TE (Hungary)
1992 / 1993: Jadran Koteks Split (Croatia)
1991 / 1992: Jadran Koteks Split (Croatia)
1990 / 1991: HAVK Mladost (Yugoslavia)
1989 / 1990: HAVK Mladost(Yugoslavia)
1988 / 1989: Spandau Berlin (West Germany)
1987 / 1988: Sisley Pescara (Italy)
1986 / 1987: Spandau Berlin (West Germany)
1985 / 1986: Spandau Berlin (West Germany)
1984 / 1985: Vasas SC (Hungary)
1983 / 1984: ASD Pro Recco (Italy)
1982 / 1983: Spandau Berlin(West Germany)
1981 / 1982: CN Barcelona (Spain)
1980 / 1981: VK Jug Dubrovnik (Yugoslavia)
1979 / 1980: Vasas SC (Hungary)
1978 / 1979: OSC Budapest (Hungary)
1977 / 1978: Circolo Canottieri Naples (Italy)
1976 / 1977: CSK VMF Moscow (URSS)
1975 / 1976: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
1974 / 1975: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
1976 / 1974: MUG Moscow (URSS)
1972 / 1973: OSC Budapest(Hungary)
1971 / 1972: Mladost Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
1970 / 1971: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
1969 / 1970: Mladost Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
1968 / 1969: Mladost Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
1967 / 1968: Mladost Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
1966 / 1967: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
1965 / 1966: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
1964 / 1965: Recco (Italy)
1963 / 1964: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

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