In just a couple of days, the Champions Cup 2020 will be played in Ostrava, Czech Republic. It is, in fact, the most prestigious floorball tournament on club-level and gathers four of the best teams in the world.
I promise that when you have finished reading this guide, you will know everything there is to know about the 4 teams that will be playing for the most prestigious club prize in the world of floorball. And it will also make watching the games much more fun 😉 I will do this by answering the most important questions, in-depth. Enjoy!
If you are in a hurry, you can jump directly to the question you want to see answered. After reading the answers to all the questions, you will have in-depth knowledge about all the teams and their current form, which players to look for, etc.
Table of contents
- What is the Champions Cup?
- Which teams will be participating?
- What are the biggest changes for each team?
- What is the current form of the teams?
- Which players to watch?
- Who will win the Champions Cup 2020?
In this article, I will offer you a thorough look at the teams so you will have all the background information behind the matches which will be played on Saturday 11 (semifinals) and Sunday 12 January (bronze and gold finals).
But let’s first start with the basics, what is the Champions Cup?
What is the Champions Cup?
The Champions Cup is an official annual floorball event for clubs hosted by the International Floorball Federation and I will let them explain what the tournament is exactly:
“The IFF Floorball Champions Cup is a tournament for the elite European clubs organised by the International Floorball Federation (IFF). […] Currently, the tournament is played in January each year as a Final Four event with 4 teams for both men and women (8 teams in total).
Currently, the four teams involved, for both the men´s & women´s competition, are the national club champions of Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden & Switzerland. The winner of the Champions Cup, in both men’s & women’s categories, receives prize money of 10,000 CHF and the runner-up receives 5,000 CHF.”
An added bonus of having the IFF as the organizer is that the matches are streamed on their Youtube channel and can be watched for free around the globe.
Which teams will be participating?
For reasons I will explain later in the article, this Champions Cup edition is filled with an intense rivalry, rich history and is likely the tightest and most exciting edition so far. But before I will lay out why the match-ups are so exciting, let’s introduce our guests of honor.
Storvreta IBK (Sweden)
The reigning champion of Sweden is a recurring party to this floorball fest. With a long history and an impressive track record, the Uppsala-based team will try to set things straight after last year’s disappointing finals of which you can find the highlights here. The team qualified for the Champions Cup by defeating arch-rivals Falun with 6-3.
The Finnish powerhouse Classic returns to the Champions Cup with the gold medal of last edition hanging proudly on their necks. The team holds many Finnish national team players and has their home stadium in Tampere. The team qualified for the Champions Cup by defeating TPS in a best-of-7 series which granted them the Finnish gold medal (and some obnoxiously kooky white hats).
SV Wiler-Ersigen (Switzerland)
Wiler-Ersigen became Swiss champions on 27 April 2019 by defeating Grasshopper Zurich in a surprising one-sided finals.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=”” font_style=”italic”]”Matthias Hofbauer — Can you believe this legend is 38 years old and still playing in Swiss highest league? No, not just still playing but actually LEADING his team in the number of points scored?”[/penci_blockquote]
Vitkovice (Czech Republic)
Vitkovice is the host club of the Champions Cup 2020 and will bring a big army of spectators as a back-up. The team earned their spot by defeating Mlada Boleslav in an exhilarating final with 4-3 on 14 April 2019.
What are the biggest changes for each team?
Let’s start with Storvreta, the Swedish masters who set aside arch-rivals Falun in the SSL finals last season. The core of the team has stayed very much the same with two lines that deliver time-and-time again. However, there have been a couple of setbacks for the team.The biggest problem the team is facing at the moment happened a couple of weeks ago when the club laid off head coach Andreas Harnesk. Although the team can thrive on experience alone in the SSL, the Champions Cup is another class of floorball which may expose weaknesses which wouldn’t happen with Harnesk in charge (more about current form below). Furthermore, Alexander Rudd (sick) and Mattias Samuelsson (light concussion) are still question marks in this weekend’s line-up.
Classic, the current titleholder, let go of a number of incredible players during the transfer season (how this affected them you’ll read below when I discuss current form). However, in May
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