Tuesday January 22nd 2019

Herts Falcons to play either in Moscow or Blagoevgrad in their European Fed Cup Qualifier

Russtar Arena in Moscow

The potential opponents of the Herts Falcons in their 2019 European Federations Cup Qualifier have been announced by the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB). The majority of them are teams from Central and Eastern Europe with several coming from Scandinavia and the Baltic.

This would be the Falcons’ debut in continental club competitions. They booked their European place after finishing as National Baseball League (NBL) runners-up in 2018 losing to the London Mets in the Final. The Mets are also one of the 12 teams who will be competing in this Qualifier.

The games will be played on June 10 to 15, 2019. The teams will have to wait for the draw to find out which of these teams they will be facing and where the games will be played. The two cities which have been awarded the right to host the Federations Cup Qualifiers are Moscow, Russia, and Blagoevgrad in South Western Bulgaria. From financial perspective Blagoevgrad is likely to be the preferred option for Herts, however Moscow would also be an opportunity for the Herts Falcons and their fans to go to one of the host cities of the very successful 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Federations Cup Qualifier Lineup
Pool 1 – Moscow, Russia, June 10 – 15, 2019
Pool 2 – Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 10 – 15, 2019

1) Athletic Sofia (BUL)
2) Sofia Blues (BUL)
3) Utena (LTU)
4) Osieslko (POL)
5) Rybnik (POL)
6) Alexandria (ROM)
7) Russtar (RUS)
8) Bratislava (SVK)
9) Solvesborg (SWE)
10) London Mets (GBR)
11) Herts Falcons (GBR)
12) Kaunas County (LTU)

The home of the Blagoevgrad Buffaloes

If British baseball clubs make progress in these international competitions they can look forward to competing in the Champions Cup and the CEB Cup alongside the highest ranked European clubs.

Champions Cup Lineup
Bologna, Italy, June 4 – 8, 2019

1) Curacao Neptunus (NED)
2) L&D Amsterdam (NED)
3) Unipolsai Fortitudo Bologna (ITA)
4) A.S.D. Rimini (ITA)
5) Bonn Capitals (GER)
6) Ostrava Arrows (CZE)
7) Rouen Huskies (FRA)
8) Deurne Spartans (BEL)

CEB Cup Lineup
Brno, Czech Republic, June 5 – 9, 2019

1) Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (GER)
2) Draci Brno (CZE)
3) Valencia Astros (ESP)
4) Zuerich Challengers (SUI)
5) Montigny Cougars (FRA)
6) KNTU Kropivnytsky
7) Minsk (BLR)
8) Vindija Varazdin (CRO)

Federations Cup Lineup
Karlovac, Croatia, June 10 – 15, 2019

1) Dornbirn Indians (AUT)
2) Vienna Metrostars (AUT)
3) Olimpija Karlovac (CRO)
4) Therwil Flyers (SUI)
5) Leksand (SWE)
6) Borgerhout Squirrels (BEL)

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