The CEV Women’s Champions League starts again this week after a long break. After missing the first two weeks of the men’s tournament I cannot wait to get back to watching some games this week.




As expected will be showing all of the matches for free and they announced this week that there will be a match of the week each week as well. From what I understand this means the “best” match will be chosen as the one we should really watch.

This week it is Dinamo Kazan vs Modranska Prostejov. It looks set be an interesting match, but it Volley BERGAMO vs Vakifbank TTelekom ISTANBUL is the one I am looking forward to, but I am really interested in seeing how Kazan do this season. We all know how good the men’s team is, but the women are very much an unknown quantity at this level. Check out their website if you want to find out more about them, they also have an English version. Prostejov are old hats in this tournament but have never really been able to impress, will this year be different?

I have been trying to decide who my favourite for this year’s tournament is, and I am still undecided. There are so many good teams in the tournament this year that it really is up for grabs of course the Italians teams are strong and after last year’s performances it would be dangerous to right-off the Turkish sides. Maybe Rabita Baku can go one further than last season and take the gold? Lots of questions and it is going to be exciting to see the answers out there on the court.

Here is the link to the official press release from  and check out the CEV homepage for some detailed previews of the matches.

As a closing note, if you missed the pre-qualification tournaments in France and Croatia last week then all the matches are hereto watch. Congratualations to Germany and Finland who secured their places in the European Olympic Qualification tournament scheduled for May 2012 in Sofia. I have said before that I have a special place in my volleyball heart for Finland, and it was great to see them win!

I will leave this post on a funny note with Taras Khtey being taken for a ride in this Japanese restaurant here, that man has got skills! (thanks to Volley Russia for posting this link)