Noon draw at a familiar place
Just some three weeks before the four participating teams at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 2018 check in to the Radisson BLU Hotel in Cologne, the clubs representatives will make an early visit to the official team hotel as they come to witness how the semi-final pairings will be determined on Wednesday 2 May.
The event at the Radisson BLU Hotel, which has been the official team hotel at every VELUX EHF FINAL4 since 2013, will start at noon - one hour after in Magdeburg the draw for the Ottostadt Magdeburg EHF Cup Finals 2018 Draw (live on ehfTV.com) will have taken place.
As a special guest Cologne mayor Henriette Reker will carry out the VELUX EHF FINAL4 Draw.
All four teams will be drawn from the same pot and the draw will be completely open, which means that two teams from the same country or from the same group of the group phase can play against each other in the semi-final.
Fans will have the possibility to follow the draw on different EHF channels. The event will be streamed live on ehfTV.com as well as on the EHF Champions League Facebook page.
Playing times for the VELUX EHF FINAL4 have been already setm sticking to the tradition of the previous years as on both days the matches will start at 15:15 hrs and 18:00 hrs local time.
Eight teams still in the race for VELUX EHF FINAL4
Before all eyes focus on the draw, the quarter-finals’ return legs are going to be intense. The first participant for the VELUX EHF FINAL4 will already be found on Saturday, when last season’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain Handball will try to make the best out of their commanding 34:28 away win against the 2016 trophy holders PGE Vive Kielce.
On Sunday the remaining three clashes follow. A VELUX EHF FINAL4 newcomer will emerge from the tie between HBC Nantes and Skjern Håndbold with the French club having built a six-goal lead in the first leg. Defending champions HC Vardar play hosts to three-time winners THW Kiel after they won by one goal in Northern Germany, while Montpellier Handball take on SG Flensburg-Handewitt following a draw in the opening leg.