The four-time Italian champions Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA take part in the Champions League gold medal match for the third time ever. Lube Volley was founded in 1990 in the town of Treia – though their actual home venue lies in the neighbouring commune of Civitanova Marche.
Their first major international success came in 2002 when they beat Greece’s Olympiacos PIRAEUS 3-1 in the final to win their only Champions League title to date. They made it to the Final Four of the Champions League for the last three years in a row, but they came away with bronze in 2016 and 2017 after losing in the semi-finals to fellow Italian sides. In 2016, they fell to TRENTINO Diatec before beating Poland’s Asseco Resovia RZESZOW in the bronze medal match and in 2017 they lost to Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA before beating Germany’s BERLIN Recycling Volleys in the ‘small final’. In 2018, they moved up a notch, picking up the silver medal after a five-set loss to Zenit KAZAN.
Lube have also won the CEV Cup three times, in 2001, 2005, and 2006 and the Challenge Cup in 2011.
Domestically, Lube have won four Italian championship titles, doing so in 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2017, in addition to five National Cup titles and four Supercups. They finished runners-up to Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA in the last edition of the Italian Superleague, after losing the best-of-five final series in five matches.
“The Champions League Final was our goal since the start of the season and we are so happy to have achieved it with a great streak of ten wins in a row. We will make every effort to seize the European title, especially after losing such a dramatic final last year. The Super Finals will be a great event for the whole Volleyball community and you can be sure that all the players on our team are glad to be a part of this historic day.”Dragan Stankovic - Captain