History of previous Final 4 eventsAuthor: SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE, Published: 02.04.2017.
Short SEHA history
After the idea of
forming the League was introduced in Belgrade back in February 2011, it was
established later that year (25th of May) with its first president Sandi Sola
and with regional competition starting in August. In its first season 12 clubs
were in and it has, despite of some problems, managed to survive its first
season. After the end of regular part of the season, top positioned team was
Croatian champion Zagreb.
Zagreb Arena was later on chosen to host League's first Final tournament, Final Four with two Macedonian representative participants and with Vardar being crowned after the clash against Metalurg.
Vardar vs. Metalurg21:18 (10:12)
Second season was a
new step forward. Although number of participating clubs has been reduced to 10
and although Serbia has decided to 'freeze' its status everything worked better
and looked more professional as a proof that League is doing great. Belarus
representative Meshkov was a rookie and Mihajlo Mihajlovski has become League's
Interesting is that team from Brest has in its premier season managed to finish first after the regular part of the season but they were not able to confirm the regular season corn on Final Four in Skopje. Champions from the first season, Vardar, were in final match beaten by Zagreb which was in semi-final better than Belarus team.
CO Zagreb vs. Vardar PRO 25:24 (21:21) - extra time
Champion VARDAR PRO
giant Gazprom has with its entrance brought League's best season so far as well
as new name - South Stream. For the first time, League was made out of clubs
from 7 countries with Serbia deciding to come back in. Number of clubs however
remained 10 and League has once again showed big progress.
Slovak champions Tatran have managed to finish first after the regular part of the season but were not able to confirm the first place on Final Four in Novi Sad. For the first time Meshkov from Brest have managed to reach final but Vardar Skopje were better winning second SEHA crown.
Vardar PRO vs. Meshkov Brest 29:27 (14:15)
Champion MKB MVM Veszprem
Fourth season was
advanced version of the season before it. Biggest news was Hungarian champion
MKB MVM Veszprem deciding to join the League with Hungary becoming eight
country to have a representative in SEHA GSS League. Difference from the
earlier season was Montenegro deciding to 'freeze' its status resulting with
SEHA once again having participants from 7 countries.
In their first season MKB MVM Veszprem has even managed to reach regular season title losing only one match in the whole season.
Final tournament was for the first time played with 6 participating clubs, with so called little semis for teams positioned 3-6 and traditional Final Four which Veszprem and Vardar have managed to reach directly finishing on top after the regular part of the season. Veszprem has managed to go all the way and take their first title.
MKB MVM Veszprem vs. Meshkov Brest 3
Champion MVM Veszprem
Fifth season of SEHA - Gazprom League has brought us some changes considering participant clubs.
Instead of Radnički from Kragujevac, Spartak Vojout from Subotica became
Serbian second representative and on the other side Maks from Strumica has
after four years replaced Metalurg as second representative from Macedonia.
European schedule was also quite changed but League was played until the end with favored teams reaching top spots in the end. MVM Veszprem, reigning champions, are on top with Vardar, PPD Zagreb and Meshkov behind them which has in the end brought us to same clubs participating on Final Four but with different semi-final pairs and with Varaždin as a host-city.
That means that last season' finalists MVM Veszprem and Meshkov will meet in semis as well as two other SEHA title holders from the past - PPD Zagreb and Vardar. Tatran and NEXE were really close and interesting is that Maks from Strumica have finished the season without a victory and that Veszprem did not experience losing in the season behind us.
MVM Veszprem vs. Vardar 28:26