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28/12/2016 17:49
8 teams – 4 days – 12 matches – Follow the 2017 Novotel Cup!
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Luxembourg, December 28, 2016. The 30th edition of the annual Novotel Cup will be taking place from Thursday, December 29 to Sunday, January 1 at the iconic d’Coque in Luxembourg City. Azerbaijan and Albania will be making their debut in the annual competition hosted by the Luxembourg Volleyball Federation (FLVB). In the men’s competition the home ‘Lions’ of Luxembourg will be taking on Azerbaijan, Iceland and Germany’s U21 national team with Luxembourg playing Albania, Norway and Liechtenstein in the women’s tournament.

The outstanding and historic results achieved by the national teams of the Grand Duchy have helped raise the profile of the Novotel Cup from year to year and as a result, the competition is entering a totally new era, since it does not feature only teams from the so-called Small Countries or the youth / junior teams of more established Volleyball powers.

The Organising Committee has also worked hard to establish the Novotel Cup as a ‘must-see’ event offering fans a ‘total experience’, which goes beyond the Volleyball matches – this year live streaming will be available for all of the matches involving the home teams and a contest is being organised with a car being the most coveted prize at stake.

The tournament will start on Thursday, December 29 with two matches before the schedule becomes a lot tighter with four matches on Friday and three matches a day on Saturday and Sunday. Further details are available on the official, brand-new website

“The tournament features a few very competitive and interesting opponents and it won’t be easy for us to retain the title we won in 2016,” said Luxembourg men’s national team’s coach Dieter Scholl. “We will see which players next to Kamil Rychlicki and Chris Zuidberg will be taking centre stage and take responsibility on the court. Their performance will have a lot of influence on who will be called up for the next competitions coming up in 2017.”

In 2017 Luxembourg will be trying to retain their gold medals in the Small Countries Division Final in Iceland as well as at the Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino. However, the greatest challenge will come up in May when Luxembourg contest the second round of qualifications to the 2018 FIVB World Championship in the Netherlands – playing the hosts plus the national teams of Austria, Greece, Republic of Moldova and Slovakia.

Detlev Schönberg, head coach of the women’s national team of Luxembourg, said: “The 2017 Novotel Cup will be a real challenge for us taking into account all circumstances and the kind of opponents we play, but it is only by playing this kind of matches that we can test ourselves and further develop.”

Click here for a detailed match programme

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