In Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (Spain) a week with the best European Rink Hockey

The 55th Rink Hockey European Championship is now at the starting line at the “Pavellò Olimpic Ateneu” facility in Sant Sadurnì D’Anoia. Tomorrow the eight registered teams will have their 45-minute test on the rink  which will anticipate the debut on the spanish tiles starting from Monday at 13:30. A return to the average number of registered teams recorded in the last 20 years, after the post-covid European championship in Paredes in 2021 where six teams had participated. The formula has not changed compared to the European tradition with two qualifying rounds and complete playoffs, but the allocation of the groups has changed, assimilating the allocation in group A  the best four ranked in the last European championship and the rest in group B. After a qualifying phase in the first three days of the European Championship (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), the cards with the Quarterfinals will be mixed up on Thursday, crossing the two groups. Friday and Saturday will be the decisive moment with the Semifinals and Finals which will assign the European title and the final ranking.

A competition that will see Spain as the natural favorite, in front of the 1.500 fans who will try to push them to the hat-trick of titles, after winning the 2018 and 2021 European Championships, trying to repeat the memorable “seven” consecutive times from 2000 to 2012. 2022 in Argentina, however, showed another hierarchy, with Portugal best European, world championship runner-up, ahead of France, Italy and Spain (5th). All teams confirm most of the athletes of the world event, played only 9 months ago, with some new entries to try to give another depth to their results. In this sense, the two youngest teams France and Italy will try to oust the two Iberian teams, however with an experience that has often made the difference at the highest levels. In terms of titles, Portugal is the leader with 21 championships against 18 Spanish, 12 English and 3 Italian.

The calendar and the live results can also be consulted at
All matches will be broadcast in high definition on WSETV
RTP1 will broadcast the exclusive signal for Portugal.
Teledeporte will broadcast the exclusive signal for Spain.


Schedule: Training Sessions – Sunday 16th July
15:45 (CEST) – Switzerland
16:30 (CEST) – Germany
17:15 (CEST) – Andorra
18:00 (CEST) – England
18:45 (CEST) – France
19:30 (CEST) – Italy
20:15 (CEST) – Portugal
21:00 (CEST) – Spain

1st matchday – Monday 17th July
13:30 (CEST) – Group B – Switzerland x England
16:00 (CEST) – Group B – Andorra x Germany
18:30 (CEST) – Group A – Portugal x Italy
20:00 (CEST) – Opening Ceremony
21:00 (CEST) – Group A – Spain x France

2nd matchday – Tuesday 18th July
13:30 (CEST) – Group B – Andorra x Switzerland
16:00 (CEST) – Group B – England x Germany
18:30 (CEST) – Group A – Spain x Portugal
21:00 (CEST) – Group A – Italy x France

3rd matchday – Wednesday 19th July
13:30 (CEST) – Group B – Switzerland x Germany
16:00 (CEST) – Group B – England x Andorra
18:30 (CEST) – Group A – Portugal x France
21:00 (CEST) – Group A – Italy x Spain

Quarterfinals – Thursday 20th July
13:30 (CEST) – QF4 – 4th Group A x 1st Group B
16:00 (CEST) – QF3 – 3rd Group A x 2nd Group B
18:30 (CEST) – QF2 – 2nd Group A x 3rd Group B
21:00 (CEST) – QF1 – 1st Group A x 4th Group B

Semifinals – Friday 21st July
13:30 (CEST) – SF4 – Looser QF2 x Looser QF3
16:00 (CEST) – SF3 – Looser QF1 x Looser QF4
18:30 (CEST) – SF2 – Winner QF2 x Winner QF3
21:00 (CEST) – SF1 – Winner QF1 x Winner QF4

Finals – Saturday 22nd July
13:30 (CEST) – Final 7th-8th place – Looser SF3 x Looser SF4
16:00 (CEST) – Final 5th-6th place – Winner SF3 x Winner SF4
18:30 (CEST) – Final 3rd-4th place – Looser SF1 x Looser SF2
21:45 (CEST) – Final 1st-2nd place – Winner SF1 x Winner SF4

Note: Timetables may be adjusted according to TV broadcast

Pavellò Olimpic de l’Ateneu during the Final of the WSE Under 17 Euro Championship

A photo of the European Championship in Paredes 2021 

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