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CEB awards European Cup-tournaments to Amsterdam, Parma
FRANKFURT AM MAIN (Germany) - During a meeting in Frankfurt on Saturday, the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has awarded the organization for the two European Cup-tournaments for next year to L&D Amstedam Pirates in the Netherlands and Parma Angels in Italy.
The events will be held either May 31 through June 4 (Tuesday-Saturday) or June 1-5 (Wednesday-Sunday).

Each tournament will have a field of six participating teams, with the top two of them qualifying for the European Champions Cup (or Final Four), which will be held September 24-25 in Brno (Czech Republic). The previous two editions of the Final Four were held in Barcelona (Spain).

The compilations for the two each pools were established by draw.

...Sportpark Ookmeer during the 2009 World Cup...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Participating in Amsterdam are:

L&D Amsterdam Pirates (Netherlands),
Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium),
Sant Boi de Llobregat (Spain),
Tornados Balashikha (Russia),
Legionäre Regensburg (Germany)
Fortitudo Bologna (Italy).

Amsterdam Pirates, which was the vice-champion this year, opens the tournament vs. Regensburg, to be followed by games vs. Sant Boi, Balashikha, Hoboken and Bologna.

All games will be played at Sportpark Ookmeer, which is the home site of Amsterdam Pirates since 2000, which also was used during the World Championhips of 2005 and 2009, as well as the European Championship 2003.

...The new baseball-stadium of Parma Angels...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Participating in Parma are:

Tenerife Marlins (Spain),
T&A San Marino (San Marino),
Rouen Huskies (France),
Neptunus (Netherlands),
Parma Angels (Italy)
Draci Brno (Czech Republic).

Dutch champion Neptunus opens vs. San Marino, then meets Brno, Tenerife, Rouen and Parma respectively.

...Aldo Notari...
(© Photo: Marco
All games will be played the Centro Sportivo Quadrifoglio 'Aldo Notari', which became the new home site of Parma Angels this season. Last year, the team played their last games in the older Stadio Europeo. The new complex was named after Aldo Notari, who played for Parma (1950-1964) and was the club-president (1969-1985). Hereafter, Notari went on to become the President of the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS, 1984-2000), the European Baseball Federation (CEB, 1987-2005) and International BAseball Federation (IBAF, 1993-2006). Notari passed away on July 25, 2006 at the age of 73.

This year, both DOOR Neptunus and Konica Minolta Pioniers were eliminated in the two European Cup-tournaments. Playing at home, Neptunus suffered some unexpected, but very important losses vs. Tenerife and Hoboken to finish in fourth place.
At Brno (Czech Republic), Pioniers also was unsuccessful, losing three of its five games, including the confrontations vs. Brno and Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany). Despite the losses, Pioniers ended up in a 3-way tie for third place and finished in third place based on the run-against rule.

Fortitudo Bologna, Telemarket Rimini (both Italy), T&A San Marino (San Marino) and Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany) qualified for the Final Four, which was this year held in Barcelona (Spain). Bologna won the European Cup by winning 2-1 in 10 innings in the final vs. Heidenheim.

(November 20)

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