CEV Women's Champions League Preview & Betting Guide

Updated: 461 Volleyball

The CEV Women's Champions League features the best women's teams in Europe who battle it out to be crowned European Women's Champions, we preview the upcoming tournament and look back at past winners.

CEV Women's Champions League Preview & Betting Guide
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

CEV Women's Champions League

The Women's edition of this tournament was created in 1960, a year after the Men's edition of the CEV Champions League was created.

The tournament from 1960 up until 2000 was known as the CEV Women's Champions Cup but since has been known as the CEV Women's Champions League. In the early years, it was the Soviet Union and Russian clubs who dominated but that has shifted and it's now the Italian and Turkish clubs who have had all the recent success.

CEV Women's Champions League Content

This season's tournament will be the 64th edition of the competition and everyone will be looking to end the dominance of the Italian and Turkish clubs.

If you are new to volleyball or looking to have a bet on this competition this season then read our Best Bookie for Volleyball article before you place your bets to make sure you get the most out of your betting.

CEV Womens Champions League Preview

The Panthers (Imoco Volley) from Conegliano made it third-time lucky in 2021 when landing their first Champions League title having previously been beaten in both the 2017 & 2019 finals but it was back to losing ways in 2022.

Turkish side VakıfBank Istanbul has now won back-to-back titles on two occasions within the last six seasons (2017-18 & 2022-23), they will be looking for a third consecutive win, a feat that has not been achieved since Soviet side Uralochka Sverdlovsk won in 1981, 1982 & 1983.

Most Successful CEV Women's Champions League Nations

  1. Soviet Union (22 Wins / 9 Runners-Up)
  2. Italy (17 Wins / 15 Runners-Up)
  3. Turkey (8 Wins / 8 Runners-Up)

CEV Womens Champions League Past Winners

One thing is plain to see, the dominance of Italian and Turkish volleyball, Dinamo Kazan from Russia won in 2014, however, since 2005 they are the only side to win this tournament who have not been either an Italian or Turkish club!

It has been all Turkey and Italy in recent years, 15 of the last 16 finalists have been from either of those countries, the only exception was Romanian side CSM Volei Alba Blaj in 2018.

Season Champions Score Runners-Up
2022–23 VakıfBank Istanbul 3–1 Eczacıbaşı Dynavit
2021–22 VakıfBank Istanbul 3–1 Imoco Volley Conegliano
2020–21 Imoco Volley Conegliano 3–2 Vakıfbank Istanbul
2019–20 No Tournament
2018–19 Igor Gorgonzola Novara 3–1 Imoco Volley Conegliano
2017–18 VakıfBank Istanbul 3–0 CSM Volei Alba Blaj
2016–17 VakıfBank Istanbul 3–0 Imoco Volley Conegliano
2015–16 Pomì Casalmaggiore 3–0 Vakıfbank Istanbul
2014–15 Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul 3–0 Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio
2013–14 Dinamo Kazan 3–0 Vakıfbank Istanbul

CEV Womens Champions League Betting Tips

As we head into the 2023-24 CEV Womens Champions League, the question is will the OLBG volleyball tipsters be favouring the Italian and Turkish sides given all of their success of late in this tournament, you will find CEV Womens Champions League tips for each round of the tournament on our Volleyball Predictions page, not only will you find tips for this tournament but also for other tournaments taking place too. If you want to see what our profitable volleyball tipsters are backing then head over to the Best Volleyball Tipsters page.

Five-Year Favourite Statistics

Favourites have been pretty solid in the last five seasons with overall 83.62% of them winning, that means the underdog very rarely picks up a win, which then means trying to pick the right underdogs is a tough ask which then has to make you wonder how much value there is when backing the outright winner of the matches, maybe it is better to look at other markets like correct set score below.

  • 2018-19: 58-73 (79.45%)
  • 2019-20: 53-63 (84.13%)
  • 2020-21: 61-73 (83.56%)
  • 2021-22: 59-66 (89.39%)
  • 2022-23: 65-79 (82.28%)

Five-Year Set Score Statistics

More than half of the matches (54.32%) over the last five seasons have ended in a whitewash, either way, meaning either a 3-0 home win or a 3-0 away win. It doesn't look like there are many close-fought games, with the 2-3 & 3-2 scorelines only making up 17.83% of the games which means that 80.78% of the games are either a 3-0 or 3-1 victory to either team.

  • 3-0: 103 Games (28.69%)
  • 0-3: 92 Games (25.63%)
  • 3-1: 53 Games (14.76%)
  • 1-3: 42 Games (11.70%)
  • 2-3: 33 Games (09.19%)
  • 3-2: 31 Games (08.64%)

CEV Womens Champions League Most Wins

The top two most successful teams in this tournament both played under the Soviet Union and then later Russia, WVC Dynamo Moscow top the pile with eleven wins from a total of sixteen final appearances whilst Uralochka Ekaterinburg racked up eight wins from fourteen final appearances, however, the last success for either was back in 1995. The Italian side Volley Bergamo with seven wins has had more recent success when lifting the trophy in 2010 and the Turkish side Vakıfbank SK with six wins since 2011.

Rank Club Champions Runner-Up
1st WVC Dynamo Moscow 11 5
2nd Uralochka Ekaterinburg 8 6
3rd Volley Bergamo 7 1
4th Vakıfbank SK 6 5
5th CSKA Moscow 3 2

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