From the 19th until the 24th of August, three different European Cups are being played in Europe: the Women's European Premiere Cup (XLII) in Bollate (ITA), the Women's European Winners Cup (XXVIII) in Prague (CZE) and the Women's European Cup (XXVI) in Dupnitsa (BUL).
Women's European Cup Winners Cup (Prague, the Czech Republic)
For the very first time, Eagles Praha will be hosting a Women's European Cup. At the Winners Cup, National Cup winners compete for the European Cup. In this year's edition, 12 teams from 11 different countries will compete for the gold medal. This edition we may welcome six newcomers: Moscow (RUS), Vienna M-Stars (AUT), Aligators (SRB), New Zealand ISA (NZL), Les Pharaons (FRA) and also this year's host Eagles Praha (CZE). From 2005, the trophy has always been going back and forth between a Dutch and Italian club team. Will one of the new comers be able to change that?
Women's European Cup (Dupnitsa, Bulgaria)
At the European Cup, National Champions not-qualified to the Premiere Cup are competing for the first place in the Women's European Cup to qualify for the Premiere Cup for the next season. Nine club teams from eight different countries will play a total of 38 games to find out who will qualify for next year's Premiere Cup. Over all the years, the trophy has been traveling to a lot of different countries and teams, so it is hard to indicate a dominating country. Gepardy Zory (POL) and host club Angels Dupnitsa are the newcomers of this edition, together with the Beit Shemes (ISR). This is the first time ever that Israel participates in a European Cup. Who's going to qualify for next year's Premiere Cup?
Play-by-play and schedule: HERE
Women's European Premiere Cup (Bollate, Italy)
Just like last year, this year's edition of the Premiere Cup will be held in Italy. While Forlì hosted it last year, it is now Bollate that will host this year's edition with Europe's top 10 club teams. This is the first time since 2006 that Bollate welcomes itself back in the Premiere Cup. The only complete newcomer in this year's edition is Barracudas (SUI). We may also welcome back the Trnava Panthers (SVK) since their last participation in 2000. Who will go home with the title of Club European Champion 2019?
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