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Record participants clash in their second ever Semi-Final duel

Since 2013, PPD Zagreb and Meshkov Brest had     Both sides have (quite) new coaches: while
been part of all SEHA – Gazprom League Final     Ivica Obrvan became PPD coach in February
4 tournaments. On Friday, Zadar will see the     2021 as successor of Vlado Sola, Daniel Gordo
second ever Semi-Final duel of both traditional  took over Meshkov Brest in July, following in
SEHA - Gazprom League participants.              Raul Alonso’s footsteps. PPD signed some big
                                                 names, including Filip Ivic, Sandro Obranovic
Semi-Final 1:                                    and Jakov Gojun, who returned to the Croatian
3 September, 18.00 hrs CET:                      capital, or three-time CL winner Ivan Cupic and
Meshkov Brest (BLR) vs PPD Zagreb (CRO)          current European League winner Zeljko Musa.
Meshkov play their ninth season in the SEHA      On their way to their so far only trophy, Zagreb
– Gazprom League and booked the ticket to        beat Brest in the 2013 Semi-Final at Skopje
the Final 4 for the ninth time, while Zagreb     31:29. Besides, both sides clashed three times
replaced Vardar 1961 and will play their tenth   in third place matches, with different outcome:
Final 4. That will leave them as the only team   in 2016 in Varazdin, Zagreb won 24:23, but then
now with ten participations at the pinnacle      lost in 2017 in Brest (19:23) and one year ago at
event. Zagreb had originally missed the final    Zadar (24:29).
tournament by an aggregate Quarter-Final         Funny enough, the recent years of Meshkov
defeat against Vardar, but after the decision    were imprinted by Spanish coaches - first it
of the SEHA – Gazprom League Executive           was Manolo Cadenas, followed by his former
Committee, the Skopje-based team will not be     assistant Raul Alonso, who steered Brest to
eligible to play at Zadar.                       the EHF Champions League Quarter-Final in
Zagreb had won the trophy in 2013 and            April 2021 for the first time in club history. As
additionally were finalists in 2018 and 2019     Alonso left to his ‘second home’ in Germany,
(losing twice against Vardar), while Meshkov     Meshkov signed another assistant of Manolo
Brest were finalists twice, but lost both -      Cadenas, but when he was coach at Ademar
in 2014 against Vardar and in 2015 against       Leon, Daniel Gordo. He had been Ademar’s
Veszprem.                                        head coach later, then worked at Faroe Islands,
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