Trieste ready to host spectacular Euro Cup Final Four

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The stage is set for a sensational showdown at the Bruno Bianchi complex in Trieste as the Final Four of the women’s Euro Cup takes place this weekend. The action begins on Saturday with the semi-finals, as the hosts take on De Zaan, while Padova face BVSC, with a place in Sunday’s prestigious gold medal game up for grabs.   

Euro Cup Women Final Four fixtures
Saturday, 13th April 2024
(local times shown)
17:30 Pallanuoto Trieste (ITA) v ZV De Zaan (NED)
19:30 Antenore Plebiscito PD (ITA) v BVSC-Zuglo (HUN)

Sunday, 14th April 2024
(local times shown)
15:30 Bronze Medal Game (Loser semi-final 1 v Loser semi-final 2)
17:30 Gold Medal Game (Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2)

Photo: Marco Todaro / European Aquatics

After 24 thrilling matches across the continent, the Final Four of the women’s Euro Cup arrives this weekend, with the two winners and runners-up from the gripping group stage set to meet in Trieste to decide who will be crowned the 2024 Euro Cup women’s champions.

The hosts were the only team to take maximum points from their six group games, so they will be favourites to lift the trophy, especially as both semi-finals and the finals will be played in the club’s impressive Bruno Bianchi pool.

Trieste are also the competition’s leading scorers so far, after firing in 89 goals, which equates to nearly 15 per game.

The first semi-final on Saturday sees Trieste take on Netherlands side De Zaan, who booked their place in the Final Four in dramatic fashion on the last day of the group stage.

De Zaan arrived in northern France to face Lille, with both teams locked on nine points, and their brief was simple but tricky – grab an away win and they would clinch the runners-up spot in Group A and a ticket to the Final Four.

The Dutch side made no mistakes and edged a tight encounter 8-10 in order to progress.

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Ahead of the semi-finals, Trieste head coach Paolo Zizza is fully aware of the dangers the home side will face and said at a recent press conference, “De Zaan boast several experienced players, including ones who have performed well for the Dutch national team in recent years.

“Our players will need the support of the crowd to help us triumph and we hope to have many fans inside the arena.”

Fellow Italian side Padova feature in Saturday’s second semi-final as they face Hungarian giants BVSC, who were runners-up in Group B.

Padova finished top of Group A, winning five of their games and losing one – away to Lille (10-7) on day two back in October.

Photo: Alberto Scomparin / European Aquatics

After that defeat, they won their remaining four games, but two of those games – against Glyfada and De Zaan – they only won by one, so there is some vulnerability in their set-up that BVSC will look to exploit.

The Hungarians scored the second highest amount of goals in the group stage (88), and boast the firepower to cause any team problems, so they will fancy their chances of making the final.

Padova, meanwhile, have the second best defensive record so far, after conceding just 51 goals, meaning that we can expect Saturday’s encounter to be an exciting, tense and dramatic affair.

You can watch all the action from the women’s Euro Cup Final Four live and on catch-up on the European Aquatics YouTube channel and follow all the results by clicking here.

Photo: Marco Todaro / European Aquatics

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