Eight teams on the rinks for the first round of the WSE Champions League Women

The first matchday of the WSE Champions League Women, the second of the four phases scheduled for this season, will begin in the next few hours. The first concluded a few weeks ago with the qualifying round which rewarded two teams. Now the second phase which will precede that of the Quarter-finals and the fourth, the Final Four in April
First round coincides with the only round in 2023 and the second round will be played on 13 January 2024. The first European outing always has some curiosities and the first is undoubtedly the match between Esneca Fraga and SL Benfica (starting at 19:30 CET), between a new club facing the European floor and the tradition of multiple-winning Portuguese club. There are six Spanish teams registered for this phase and all six are divided into four points in the OK Liga Iberdrola, a sign of the great balance between them. Benfica have been dominating the Portuguese scene for several years and are looking for the European crown that eluded them in last season’s semi-finals. At 17:00 (CET) two matches will be played: there will be the debut of the new European champions Telecable Gijon who will host the Germans IGR Remscheid, who qualified from the preliminary round. The Germans include the majority of the German national team but Gijon can count many decisive players who are now internationally known, in second place in the Ok Liga Iberdrola. At the same time, the “new” HC Coruña will also make its debut at the Palacio Riazor, which will host the French side Coutras RH, second in the French championship and winners of the French Cup. The Spanish teams, on the other hand, are fighting among the very top positions in the Spanish championship. At 21:00 (CET), Generali HC Palau, two-time winners of the WSE Champions League and still among the top teams in Spain, will make their debut in Vordemwald in Switzerland, winners of the Swiss championship returning to Europe after 5 years of absence

Lea Steinmetz (IGR Remscheid) in action in the qualifying round – Photo Credit: Alberto Bertolani

WSE Champions League Women – Group Phase
Matchday 1 | Saturday 11/11/2023
GROUP A – h 19:30 (CET), 18:30 (GMT) CP Esneca Fraga (SPA) x SL Benfica (POR)
Referees:  Massimiliano Carmazzi (ITA) and Franco Ferrari (ITA)
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GROUP B – h 17:00 (CET) – Telecable HC Gijon  (SPA) x IGR Remscheid (GER)
Referees:Rui Torres (POR) and Carlos Correia (POR)
LIVE Streaming: http://europe.worldskate.tv/live/?liveId=A217BCEBB2594BDF8FE2E65131DBF663022067
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GROUP C – h 17:00 (CET) – HC Coruña (SPA) x Coutras RH (FRA)
Referees: Silvia Coelho (POR) and Porfirio Fernandes (POR)
LIVE Streaming: http://europe.worldskate.tv/live/?liveId=A217BCEBB2594BDF8FE2E65131DBF663022068
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GROUP D – h 21:00 (CET) – RHC Vordemwald (SWI) x Generali HC Palau Plegamans (SPA)
Referees: Torsten Flossel (GER) and Sascha Hager (GER)
LIVE Streaming: http://europe.worldskate.tv/live/?liveId=A217BCEBB2594BDF8FE2E65131DBF663022069
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Next games
Matchday 2 | Saturday 13/01/2024
GROUP A – 13/01/2024 – SL Benfica (POR) x CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA)
GROUP B – h 14:00 (CET) – IGR Remscheid (GER) x Roller Matera (ITA)
GROUP C – h 20:00 (CET) – Coutras RH (FRA) x Martinelia Manlleu (SPA)
GROUP D – 13/01/2024 – Generali HC Palau Plegamanes (SPA) x Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR)

Matchday 3 | Saturday 27/01/2024
GROUP A – 27/01/2024 – CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA) x CP Esneca Fraga (SPA)
GROUP B – 27/01/2024 – Roller Matera (ITA) x Telecable HC Gijon (SPA)
GROUP C – 27/01/2024 – Martinelia Manlleu (SPA) x HC Coruña (SPA)
GROUP D – 27/01/2024 –  Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR) x RHC Vordemwald (SWI)

Matchday 4 | Saturday 10/02/2024
GROUP A – 10/02/2024 – CP Esneca Fraga (SPA) x CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA)
GROUP B – 10/02/2024 – Telecable HC Gijon (SPA) x Roller Matera (ITA)
GROUP C – 10/02/2024 – HC Coruña (SPA) x Martinelia Manlleu (SPA)
GROUP D – 10/02/2024 – RHC Vordemwald (SWI) x  Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR)

Matchday 5 | Saturday 24/02/2024
GROUP A – 24/02/2024 – CP Vila-sana Coop. D’ivars (SPA) x SL Benfica (POR)
GROUP B – 24/02/2024 – Roller Matera (ITA) x IGR Remscheid (GER)
GROUP C – 24/02/2024 – Martinelia Manlleu (SPA) x Coutras RH (FRA)
GROUP D – 24/02/2024 –  Astro Stuart HC Massama (POR) x Generali HC Palau Plegamans (SPA)

Matchday 6 | Saturday 09/03/2024
GROUP A – 09/03/2024 – SL Benfica (POR) x CP Esneca Fraga (SPA)
GROUP B – 09/03/2024 – IGR Remscheid (GER) x Telecable HC Gijon (SPA)
GROUP C – 09/03/2024 – Coutras RH (FRA) x HC Coruña (SPA)
GROUP D – 09/03/2024 – Generali HC Palau Plegamans (SPA) x RHC Vordemwald (SWI)

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