EHL knockout rounds to be in Eindhoven at Easter

[img_assist|nid=8680|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=99]The Euro Hockey League (EHL) and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) have announced Oranje Zwart MHC as the host club of the KO16-Final Four double event at Easter 2014. 

Between Wednesday April 16 and Monday April 21, 2014, the Eindhoven-based club will host 16 of Europe’s finest teams for a six-day knock-out tournament which will eventually lead to the crowning of the new European champions. 

It is the first time in EHL history that the KO16 and Final Four events have merged, a decision which was taken to aid player preparations for the 2014 Hockey World Cup which takes place in The Hague later in the year.

The joint event promises to be a magical and memorable week in the history of the world’s greatest club competition, where some of the finest players on the planet will be giving it their all to win the much-coveted Alain Danet Trophy. 

“We are proud the Oranje Zwart and Eindhoven have been chosen to host the EHLKO16- Final Four’” said Oranje Zwart President Simon van den Boomen. “

“Eindhoven and the EHL both have always stood for innovation and I am convinced Oranje Zwart will host a memorable event in this tradition.”

Oranje Zwart is one of 16 qualifiers that will compete in this event, with compatriots H.C. Rotterdam and Kampong also ensuring that there will be a strong Dutch contingent. They will be joined by Reading HC (ENG), Rot-Weiss Köln (GER), Waterloo Ducks (BEL), Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER), Harvestehuder THC (GER), Beeston HC (ENG), Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP), Surbiton HC (ENG), Club de Campo de Madrid (ESP), KHC Dragons (BEL), WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL),RC Bruxelles (BEL) and St Germain HC (FRA).

All 16 clubs secured their place at KO16 thanks to top two finishes in their respective pools during October’s Round 1 tournaments in Barcelona and Lille.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in February, with full details being released by the Euro Hockey League as soon as they are available. For those of you who cannot make it in person, the Euro Hockey League will be live streaming all of the action so you will not miss a thing.