FINAL 4 – play-off match 1 Meshkov favorite, NEXE potentially dangerous

Prec conference

Meshkov-NEXE opening League's fourth Final tournament. Ahead of it League's director Siniša Ostoić says:

- I want to express warm welcome to all of participants to thisFinal tournament - Final 4 SEHA Gazprom League. It will be the crown of the good season from all of the views and I hope you will enjoy all six matches. We are happy that, among these six teams, we have three teams in CL's Last 8 which is a clear proof of how good job we're doing. I hope we will be able to say this was a great event after the final match.

Third after the regular part of the season - Meshkov, will open the tournament against sixth placed - NEXE. For the team from Našice this will be first Final tournament participation and on the other side, for Meshkov, this will be third season in a row. Meshkov have had enough time to prepare being kicked out of CL in group phase with NEXE also playing in EHF Cup's group stage. Injuries will determine everything for Belarus champions while Croatian vice-champions are coming to Hungary with full roster.

ZDENKO KORDI, Nexe's coach:

- It is a great pleasure to be a part of the Final tournament. We are playing against Meshkov Brest which is a good team with a lot of great players and the coach who has recently become Croatian national team coach. We will play just as we were playing throughout the whole season - best as we can. Congratulations to teams which have managed to qualify and I hope that Veszprem will see some good games in the following days.

MARKO MRĐENOVIĆ, Nexe's captain:

- We are really happy to be here and we are aware that Meshkov Brest is a favorite. However, we are not afraid of anyone. We will do our best to qualify for the Final Four.

ŽELJKO BABIĆ, Meshkov Brest's coach:

- It is a great pleasure to be here as a coach. Best teams are here in Veszprem and I hope that we will show a great handball. We are playing against Nexe, they are a really good team which plays fast handball. I hope we won't disappoint people in Veszprem, that they will enjoy handball.

LJUBO VUKIĆ, Meshkov Brest's captain:

- We are glad to be here in Veszprem. This is the main part of the season and we want to give our best. Nexe are a good team and I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all teams which have manage to qualify for CL's Last 8.


Previous matches


6       4       1       1       (+8 goal diffrence for Meshkov)



Meshkov - Nexe 30:25

Nexe - Meshkov 36:27



Meshkov - Nexe 26:20

Nexe - Meshkov 29:29



Meshkov - Nexe 29:26

Nexe - Meshkov 25:28