The azulón club would add its seventh LF Endesa title, while the taronja entity will fight for the first league championship. The voice of the experience of the Salamanca team will have to demonstrate its potential against a Valencian team that opens full of ambition.
Perfumerías Avenida or Valencia Basket. One of the two will lift the LF Endesa 20/21 title. It will be an unprecedented duel in which a team, the Salamanca, with vast experience in league finals when facing the fifteenth consecutive and a team, the Valencian, will fight for the first time in its history for the championship.
The premiere of Valencia Basket, a double-edged sword
In just two months, the Taronja team has participated in three finals by contesting the Queen’s Cup, lifting the Eurocup Women’s title and being planted in this LF Endesa Playoffs tie. Three great achievements that increase their value when taking into account that the entity ascended to the top category in 2018. The recent experience gained in all these tournaments makes Valencia Basket a team with much more seniority than it seems.
Perfumerías Avenida wants to enter the ‘Top 3’ of champions
With six LF Endesa titles adorning the walls of Würzburg, Perfumerías Avenida seeks to win the seventh championship and enter the Top 3 of teams with the most leagues. The most awarded so far is Ros Casares, with eight cups, followed by CREF Madrid with seven. In addition to fighting for the septet, the charro club celebrates that it disputes its fifteenth final in a row and the sixteenth of its career in the highest division.
A magical season in Europe
These two teams have been the Spanish teams that went the furthest in their respective European competitions. Perfumerías Avenida reached the final of the Euroleague and despite winning the silver medal, it showed a high level that has given it enough morale to face these Playoffs. The same motivation that Valencia Basket won by winning the Eurocup Women and obtaining the first title in their history as a club. These two international experiences will bring security to both groups but also ambition to continue competing at the highest level.
Only five players with experience in finals
Despite the extensive azulón record, only two players from the current squad have played in the LF Endesa final in previous editions. In the case of Silvia Domínguez, her five leagues and ten finals give her enough travel to transfer all that seniority to the rest of the group. The Gran Canaria Leo Rodríguez also has extensive experience and has a title and five finals.
In Valencia Basket, the specialist in finals is Laura Gil, with three titles and four finals to her credit. Queralt Casas adds two participations and a title with Rivas, the same record as his partner María Pina, who achieved it in the ranks of Perfumerías Avenida.
The fact that the vast majority of the players who are going to play this final have not been there before is a sign that the young generations have been stomping, and proof of this will be the presence of Maite Cazorla, Umi Diallo, Leitcia Romero or Raquel Carrera . It is also a sign of the increased competitiveness of LF Endesa, since players such as Cristina Ouviña, Rebecca Allen, Marie Gülich, Tiffany Hayes or the Samuelson sisters have extensive experience and have opted for the national league to continue developing.
The final returns to Valencia
Up to eleven occasions the final of the LF Endesa passed through Valencia thanks to the merits of a Ros Casares who won 8 titles. In fact, two of those finals were against Perfumerías Avenida and on two occasions the azulonas managed to beat the Valencian team. After the disappearance of Ros Casares, Valencia did not have any leading project that would fight for titles but the arrival of the Taronja club has been an injection of enthusiasm for the city.