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FRANCE PREVAIL OVER SERBIA AND CLAIM GOLD MEDAL; USA END WITH THIRD PLACE

  • Written by Victoria Georgieva

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 18, 2015The final day of the FIVB Volleyball World League at the Maracanazinho Arena showed two straight-sets victories. France defeated Serbia 3-0 to claim their first title while USA upset Poland to conquer the Bronze Medal. France’s outside spiker Earvin Ngapeth was nominated the MVP of the competition.

The French team was the last qualified for the Finals round in Rio de Janeiro. On July 11 the team mentored by Laurent Tillie won the Group 2 of World League with a 3-0 victory against Bulgaria and guaranteed their place on Finals.

Laurent Tillie, Head coach, FranceTo be the World League Champion is a great feeling because it was a long run. We started three months ago. We played many matches with tough teams. We succeeded because we stayed focused  on each point. We were concentrated enough to keep the chance in our favor. That is why we won today.

Benjamim Toniutti,captain, France- “We arrived here with less pressure than the other teams, because we were in the Group 2, but we knew that we could win. We won Brazil in
2013 and we knew that we could do it again. I do not know how to explain the way we feel, but I think that we won't think about this for now, maybe tomorrow. But we are very happy, we trained so hard two months and a half and
now we go back now with this trophy for France and words cannot describe this.

Nikola Grbic, Head coach, Serbia - I salut the French team, to lose is part of the sport. Today we did not play as we did on the other matches. Our team did not play as sharp as we could. However, the bottom line is that we did a great season. I am very happy with our performance on this competition. Also was such a pleasure to receive so
much love from the Brazilian fans that supported us all the time. We felt like we were playing at home. 

Aleksandar Atanasijevic, player, Serbia - We did not play very well today. Our team was not so aggressive like yesterday, but we can take lessons with this second place. Our team is young, we will rest one month and we will come back for training and looking for gold. We will focus to get a spot in Rio 2016. It is a hard qualification, but we believe in ourselves. The fans were amazing, when the crowd song my name my heart was full. I expect see this guys again next year. And play here someday, why not? 

2015 World League Dream Team

1st Best Outside Spiker: Earvin Ngapeth (FRA)

2nd Best Outside Spiker: Michal Kubiak (POL)

1st Best Middle Blocker: Maxwell Holt (USA)

2nd Best Middle Blocker: Srecko Lisinac (SRB)

Best Libero - Pawel Zatorski (POL)

Best Setter - Benjamin Toniutti (FRA)

Opposite Spiker - Aleksandar Atanasijevic (SRB)

Most Valuable Player - Earvin Ngapeth (FRA)

 

Final standings:

1) France

2) Serbia

3) USA

4) Poland

5) Brazil

6) Italy

Top scoring performances

• 32 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Italy (June 28)

• 30 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Brazil (July 16)

• 30 - Mitar Tzourits of Greece v China (June 21)

• 30 – Mitar Tzourits of Greece v Slovakia (June 20)

• 30 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Iran (June 5)

• 29 – Dai Xingyao of China v Slovakia (July 5)

• 29 - Giulio Sabbi of Italy v Serbia (June 28)

• 29 – Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v Korea (June 27)

• 28 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v France (July 18)

• 28 - Tom Edgar of Australia v Serbia (July 4)

• 28 – Marouen Garci of Tunisia v Puerto Rico (June 14)

• 28 – Kervin Martin Pinerua Urbina of Venezuela v Spain (June 13)

• 28 - Thomas Edgar of Australia v Italy (May 30)

• 28 - Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Argentina (May 30)

• 27 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Poland (July 17)

• 27 - Olli-Pekka Ojanivsu of Finland v Portugal (July 4)

• 27 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v France (June 27)

• 27 – Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v France (June 27)

• 27 – Zhi Juan of China v Greece (June 21)

• 27 – Kervin Martin Pinerua Urbina of Venezuela v Kazakhstan (June 12)

• 26 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Italy (July 15)

• 26 - Baturalp Burak Gungor of Turkey v Montenegro (June 21)

• 26 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Russia (June 19)

• 26 – Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Bulgaria (June 5)

• 26 - Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v Japan (May 31)

• 26 - Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Bulgaria (May 30)

• 26 - Jae-Duck Seo of Korea v Czech Republic (June 7)

• 25 – Antonin Rouzier of France v Poland (July 18)

• 25 – Antonin Rouzier of France v Brazil (July 15)

• 25 – Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Canada (June 20)

• 25 – Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v France (June 20)

• 25 – Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v Korea (June 6)

• 25 - Todor Aleksiev of Bulgaria v Canada (May 31)

• 25 - Vladimir Nikolov of Bulgaria v Canada (May 31)

• 25 - Yuki Ishikawa of Japan v Czech Republic (May 31)

• 25 – Sam Deroo of Belgium v Finland (May 23)

• 25 - Dick Kooy of Netherlands v Portugal (May 17)

• 24 – Bartosz Kurek of Serbia v Poland (July 17)

• 24 – Casey Adam Schouten of Canada v Argentina (June 27)

• 24 – Urpo Sivula of Finland v Netherlands (June 27)

• 24 – Dick Kooy of Netherlands v Finland (June 27)

• 24 – Pavel Moroz of Russia v Poland (June 20)

• 24 – Ricardo Lucarelli of Brazil v Serbia (June 14)

• 24 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v USA (June 12)

• 24 – Wallace de Souza of Brazil v Serbia (June 12)

• 24 - Hugo Gaspar of Portugal v Netherlands (May 17)

 

Top scoring performances by team

• 124 - Kazakhstan v Venezuela (June 12)

• 117 – Italy v Brazil (July 3)

• 117 - Belgium v Portugal (June 14)

• 117 - Venezuela v Kazakhstan (June 12)

• 117 - Belgium v Finland (May 24)

• 116 – Greece v China (June 21)

• 115 - Brazil v Italy (July 3)

• 115 - Brazil v Serbia (May 29)

• 114 – Argentina v Bulgaria (June 20)

• 113 – China v Slovakia (July 5)

• 113 - Serbia v Italy (June 28)

• 113 - Italy v Serbia (June 28)

• 113 – China v Greece (June 21)

• 113 – Greece v China (June 13)

• 113 – Belgium v Finland (May 23)

• 112 – Slovakia v China (July 5)

• 112 - Spain v Egypt (June 12)

• 112 - Poland v Russia (May 29)

• 111 – Poland v France (July 18)

• 111 – Argentina v Canada (June 27)

• 111 – Turkey v Montenegro (June 21)

• 111 - Finland v Portugal (July 4)

• 110 – Serbia v USA (July 18)

• 110 – France v Japan (June 27)

• 110 - China v Slovakia (June 12)

• 110 - Turkey v Puerto Rico (June 12)

 

Top blocking performances

• 8 – Georgi Manshev of Bulgaria v Cuba (June 6)

• 8 - Konstantin Shumov of Finland v Belgium (May 30)

• 7 - Emanuele Birarelli of Italy v Serbia (July 15)

• 7 - Viktor Yosifov of Bulgaria v Canada (May 31)

• 6 – Michal Kubiak of Poland v Italy (July 16)

• 6 - Srecko Lisinac of Serbia v Italy (July 15) 

• 6 – Jacob Ross Guymer of Australia v Serbia (July 5)

• 6 - Franck Lafitte of France v Korea (July 4)

• 6 - Shin Yung-Suk of Korea v France (July 4)

• 6 – Shin Yung-Suk of Korea v Czech Republic (June 27)

• 6 – Antonin Rouzier of France v Japan (June 27)

• 6 – Jasper Diefenbach of Netherlands v Finland (June 26)

• 6 – Pablo Crer of Argentina v Bulgaria (June 20)

• 6 – Emanuel Kohut of Slovakia v China (June 19)

• 6 – Jakub Vesely of Czech Republic v France (June 14)

• 6 – Jorge Fernandez of Spain v Serbia (June 14)

• 6 - Simone Anzani of Italy v Serbia (June 7)

• 6 – Seyed Mousavi Eraghi of Iran v Poland (June 6)

• 6 – Matti Oivanen of Finland v Portugal (June 6)

• 6 - Kevin Le Roux of France v Korea (May 31)

• 5 - Maxwell Holt of USA v Serbia (July 18)

• 5 - Piotr Nowakowski of Poland v Italy (July 16)

• 5 – Milos Culafic of Montenegro v Egypt (July 5)

• 5 – Simone Anzani of Italy v Brazil (July 3)

• 5 - Teodor Todorov of Bulgaria v Cuba (June 28)

• 5 – Filip Habr of Czech Republic v Korea (June 27)

• 5 – Teodor Todorov of Bulgaria v Cuba (June 27)

• 5 – Miguel Angel Fornes of Spain v Egypt (June 21)

• 5 - Mohamed Masoud of Egypt v Spain (June 21)

• 5 - Baturalp Burak Gungor of Turkey v Montenegro (June 21)

• 5 – Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi of Iran v USA (June 21)

• 5 – Anton Kuznetzov of Kazakhstan v Spain (June 20)

• 5 – Andrey Ashchev of Russia v Poland (June 20)

• 5 – Marko Bojic of Montenegro v Puerto Rico (June 20)

• 5 – Georgios Tzioumakas of Greece v Mexico (June 19)

• 5 – Micah Christenson of USA v Poland (June 13)

• 5 – Maxwell Holt of USA v Poland (June 13)

• 5 – Seyed Mousavi Eraghi of Iran v Russia (June 13)

• 5 – Teodor Todorov of Bulgaria v Canada (June 12)

• 5 - Viktor Yosifov of Bulgaria v Canada (June 12)

• 5 - Mannix Roman of Puerto Rico v Turkey (June 12)

• 5 - Marko Podrascanin of Serbia v Italy (June 7)

• 5 – Martin Ramos of Argentina v Canada (June 6)

• 5 – Jasper Diefenbach of Netherlands v Belgium (June 6)

• 5 – Adam Bartos of Czech Republic v Korea (June 6)

• 5 – Shin Yung-Suk of Korea v Czech Republic (June 6)

• 5 - Travis Passier of Australia v Italy (May 29)

• 5 – Pieter Coolman of Belgium v Finland (May 24)

• 5 – Sam Deroo of Belgium v Finland (May 23)

• 5 - Cornelius Bontje Johannes of Netherlands v Portugal (May 17)

 

Top blocking performances by team

• 20 – Poland v Italy (July 16)

• 20 – France v Japan (June 27)

• 19 – Italy v Brazil (July 3)

• 18 – Bulgaria v Cuba (June 6)

• 17 – Italy v Serbia (July 15)

• 17 – Kazakhstan v Venezuela (June 12)

• 17 – Belgium v Finland (May 23)

• 16 – Australia v Serbia (July 5)

• 16 - Spain v Kazakhstan (June 14)

• 16 - Cuba v Argentina (June 12)

• 16 - Bulgaria v Canada (May 31)

• 16 - Netherlands v Portugal (May 17)

• 15 – USA v Serbia (July 18)

• 15 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 26)

• 15 – Turkey v Montenegro (June 21)

• 15 – Slovakia v China (June 19)

• 15 – Egypt v Spain (June 12)

• 15 – Poland v Iran (June 6)

• 15 – Belgium v Finland (May 24)

• 14 – Serbia v Australia (July 5)

• 14 – Argentina v Canada (June 27)

• 14 – Egypt v Spain (June 21)

• 14 – Montenegro v Tunisia (June 19)

• 14 – Mexico v Greece (June 12)

• 14 - Bulgaria v Cuba (June 5)

• 14 - Canada v Bulgaria (May 30)

• 14 - Italy v Australia (May 29)

 

Top serving performances

• 7 – Tomas Krisko of Slovakia v China (July 5)

• 7 – Jean Carlos Ortiz of Puerto Rico v Tunisia (June 21)

• 7 – Marko Bojic of Montenegro v Puerto Rico (June 13)

• 6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz of Netherlands v Portugal (June 19)

• 6 – Song Jianwei of China v Slovakia (June 19)

• 6 – Gojko Cuk of Montenegro v Turkey (June 6)

• 6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz of Netherlands v Belgium (June 6)

• 6 – Pieter Coolman of Belgium v Finland (May 23)

• 5 – Kevin Le Roux of France v Brazil (July 15)

• 5 – Daniel Rocamora Blazquez of Spain v Kazakhstan (June 20)

• 5 – Yuan Zhi of China v Slovakia (June 19)

• 5 – Leandro Vissotto of Brazil v Serbia (June 14)

• 5 – Hossam Abdalla of Egypt v Kazakhstan (June 13)

• 5 – Matti Oivanen of Finland v Portugal (June 6)

• 5 - Micah Christenson of USA v Iran (May 30)

• 5 - Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Bulgaria (May 30)

• 5 - Antonin Rouzier of France v Korea (May 30)

 

Top serving performances by team

• 15 – Slovakia v China (July 5)

• 15 - Brazil v Serbia (June 14)

• 14 - China v Slovakia (June 19)

• 12 – China v Slovakia (July 5)

• 12 – Egypt v Venezuela (June 20)

• 12 - Finland v Portugal (June 6)

• 12 - France v Korea (May 30)

• 11 – China v Mexico (June 20)

• 11 – Netherlands v Finland (June 14)

• 11 - Serbia v Australia (July 4)

• 10 – Finland v Portugal (July 5)

• 10 – Egypt v Spain (June 21)

• 10 – China v Greece (June 21)

• 10 – Greece v China (June 21)

• 10 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia (June 21)

• 10 – Spain v Kazakhstan (June 20)

• 10 – Netherlands v Finland (June 14)

• 10 – Netherlands v Finland (June 13)

• 10 – Belgium v Finland (May 23)

 

Highest scorer by round

• Day 1: 17 - Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Cuba (May 16)

• Day 2: 25 - Dick Kooy of Netherlands v Portugal (May 17)

• Day 3: 25 - Sam Deroo of Belgium v Finland (May 23)

• Day 5: 15 - Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Russia (May 28)

• Day 6: 23 - Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Russia (May 29)

• Day 7: 28 - Thomas Edgar of Australia v Italy and Rolando Cepeda of Cuba v Argentina (May 30)

• Day 8: 26 - Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v Japan (May 31)

• Day 9: 30 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Iran (June 5)

• Day 10: 25 – Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v Korea (June 6)

• Day 11: 25 - Jae-Duck Seo of Korea v Czech Republic (June 7)

• Day 12: 27 – Kervin Martin Pinerua Urbina of Venezuela v Kazakhstan (June 12)

• Day 13: 28 – Kervin Martin Pinerua Urbina of Venezuela v Spain (June 13)

• Day 14: 28 – Marouen Garci of Tunisia v Puerto Rico (June 14)

• Day 15: 19 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Australia (June 18)

• Day 16: 26 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Russia (June 19)

• Day 17: 30 – Mitar Tzourits of Greece v Slovakia (June 20)

• Day 18: 30 - Mitar Tzourits of Greece v China (June 21)

• Day 19: 17 – Antonin Rouzier of France v Japan (June 25)

• Day 20: 23 – Song Myung Geun of Korea v Czech Republic (June 26)

• Day 21: 23 – Jan Stokr of Czech Republic v Korea (June 27)

• Day 22: 32 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Italy (June 28)

• Day 23: - Jae-Duck Seo of Korea v France (July 2)

• Day 24: - Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Czech Republic (July 3)

• Day 25: 28 - Tom Edgar of Australia v Serbia (July 4)

• Day 26: 28 – Dai Xingyao of China v Slovakia (July 5)

• Day 27: 26 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Italy (July 15)

• Day 28: 30 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Brazil (July 16)

• Day 29: 27 - Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Poland (July 17)

• Day 30: 28 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v France (July 18)

• Day 31: 17 – Antonin Rouzier of France v Serbia (July 19)

 

Highest set score

• Day 1: Canada v Cuba, 26-24 (May 16)

• Day 2: Canada v Cuba and Portugal v Netherlands, 26-24 (May 17)

• Day 3: Belgium v Finland, 30-28 (May 23)

• Day 4: Belgium v Finland, 31-29 (May 24)

• Day 5: Poland v Russia, 25-20 (May 28)

• Day 6: Brazil v Serbia, 26-28 (May 29)

• Day 7: Korea v France, 30-28 (May 30)

• Day 8: Belgium v Finland, 29-27 (May 31)

• Day 9: USA v Russia, 28-26 (June 5)

• Day 10: Portugal v Finland, 30-28 (June 6)

• Day 11: Korea v Czech Republic, 27-29 (June 7)

• Day 12: Kazakhstan v Venezuela, 33-31 (June 12)

• Day 13: China v Greece, 30-28 (June 13)

• Day 14: Belgium v Portugal, 30-28 (June 14)

• Day 15: Serbia v Australia, 31-29 (June 18)

• Day 16: Russia v Poland, 32-30 (June 19)

• Day 17: Puerto Rico v Montenegro, 26-28 (June 20)

• Day 18: China v Greece, 34-32 (June 21)

• Day 19: France v Japan, 25-21 (June 25)

• Day 20: Netherlands v Finland, 28-26 (June 26)

• Day 21: Czech Republic v Korea, 30-28 (June 27)

• Day 22: Portugal v Belgium, 26-28 (June 28)

• Day 23: Brazil v Italy & France v Korea, 26-24 (July 2)

• Day 24: Brazil v Italy & France v Korea, 33-31 (July 3)

• Day 25: Australia v Serbia, 31-29 (July 4)

• Day 26: China v Slovakia, 28-26 (July 5)

• Day 27: France v Brazil, 31-29 (July 15)

• Day 28: Brazil v USA, 28-26 (July 16)

• Day 29: USA v France, 24-26 (July 17)

• Day 30: USA v Serbia, 27-25 (July 18)

• Day 31: USA v Poland and France v Serbia, 25-23 (July 19)

 

Highest scoring matches

• Day 1: Netherlands v Portugal (May 16) (23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20) - 184

• Day 2: Netherlands v Portugal (May 17) (17-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 25-12) - 208

• Day 3: Belgium v Finland (May 23) (25-20, 30-28, 20-25, 23-25, 15-7) - 218

• Day 4: Belgium v Finland (May 24) (29-31, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 15-11) – 225

• Day 5: Poland v Russia (May 28) (25-16, 25-17, 25-20) – 128

• Day 6: Brazil v Serbia (May 29) (24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 26-28, 15-11) - 219

• Day 7: Argentina v Cuba (May 30) (25-17, 17-25, 21-25, 25-16, 9-15) - 195

• Day 8: Japan v Czech Republic (May 31) (25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 23-25, 11-15) – 216

• Day 9: Serbia v Italy (June 5) (22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23) – 193

• Day 10: Argentina v Canada (June 6) (23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 15-10) – 210

• Day 11: Italy v Serbia (June 7) (25-14, 19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12) -198

• Day 12: Kazakhstan v Venezuela (June 12) (25-22, 31-33, 25-23, 30-28, 15-9) – 241 

• Day 13: China v Greece (June 13) (25-22, 20-25, 18-25, 30-28, 15-13) – 221 

• Day 14: Belgium v Portugal (June 14) (25-13, 27-25, 30-28, 23-25, 15-13) – 224 

• Day 15: Serbia v Portugal (June 18) (31-29, 27-25, 25-19) – 156 

• Day 16: Italy v Brazil (June 19) (26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 17-25, 16-14) – 211

• Day 17: Russia v Poland (June 20) (25-19, 21-25, 24-26, 25-20, 14-16) – 217

• Day 18: China v Greece (June 21) (21-25, 25-21, 34-32, 18-25, 15-13) – 229

• Day 19: France v Japan (June 25) (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) – 135

• Day 20: Iran v Poland (June 26) (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-11) - 207

• Day 21: France v Japan (June 27) (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-10) - 213

• Day 22: Serbia v Italy (June 28) (26-24, 21-25, 26-24, 23-25, 17-15) – 226

• Day 23: Brazil v Italy, France v Korea (July 2) (25-20, 26-24, 25-19), (26-24, 25-18, 25-21) -139

• Day 24: Brazil v Italy (July 3) (25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 19-25, 19-21) - 232

• Day 25: Finland v Portugal (July 4) (17-25, 25-22, 17-25, 26-24, 13-15) – 208

• Day 26: China v Slovakia (July 5) (25-17, 28-26, 20-25, 27-29, 13-15) – 225 

• Day 27: France v Brazil (July 15) (27-29, 25-21, 31-29, 25-19) – 206

• Day 28: Brazil v USA (July 16) (28-26, 22-25, 25-22, 27-25)- 200

• Day 29: Serbia v Poland (July 17) (18-15, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13) - 212

• Day 30: France v Poland (July 18) (25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 17-15) - 219 

• Day 31: USA v Poland (July 19) (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) - 143.

 

TEXT, PHOTOS& STATS: FIVB

FIVB World League 2015…Like Game of Thrones!!!

  • Written by Ivan Jimenez

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Do you believe in fairytales?

 Well, this is what we’ve witnessed during the Big Final of this year’s edition of FIVB World League.

The big stars of this great event were France and Serbia. Nobody (and I could repeat it millions of times) thought we would  watch exactly those two teams playing for the title in the most commercial international volleyball tournament. Neither Laurent Tillie, nor Nikola Grbic had expected this successful outcome.

Neither France, nor Serbia had won the title in this tournament  before, although Serbia if had already played final matches (vs.  Brazil in 2008 & 2009).

FIVB World League 2015…The Moment of the Truth!

  • Written by Ivan Jimenez
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On Wednesday the best six teams in FIVB World League 2015 will start their fight for the naming themselves “Winner”.  The  hosts from Brazil, the USA, Italy, France, Serbia and Italy will give their best  to achieve the prestigious first spot. Of course, supporters around the globe expect amazing rallies and a lot of positive volleyball emotions. 

Let’s see how the teams presented till now in FIVB World League …

USA (9-3), last year’s champion is still one of the favorites and has great opportunities  to repeat their success  again. They dominated the most difficult Pool facing Poland, Iran and Russia. Even so, they managed to keep their best players  healthy reaching the final with their optimized squad.

Brazil (9-3), also gained the first place in their Pool. They were the the most consistent team of all. Their three lost games came by result to  the maximum of 5 sets. Additionaly, these lost were decded by a minimum of two points each. Who will coach the finals? Roberley Leonaldo or Bernardo Rezende? Leonaldo is a talented “newborn” and managed Brazil very well in this tournament. I think he obtained the right to coach the finals and that will be a great challenge for him and  for Brazil also…

France came to these finals with a 14-0  (wins-loses) record in Group  2. But now they are in Group One with only four days  to rest and to adapt to  a different time zone for this short Period of time. To make it even  worse for them they will have to face the teams (Brazil & USA) with the best mark in the tournament. I think that their best chance is in the first game because each day that passes the tiredness will  grow bigger for them.

In Pool J Poland (8-4) got the best chances to win because they played  as same as USA in the strongest Pool in regular season. Also Poland had a good path when they came to this tournament with a World Championship as a reference. Bartosz Kurek, one of the world best players also was a key point for TeamPoland.

Serbia (7-5), looked  well in the regular season when the played  great matches against Brazil and dominated Italy (6-6) in three games to one.

 Serbia’s and Italy’s players block and attack very well but they are not very consistent and that will put both out of the best three places.

When talking about Italy…maybe you all know that the head coach Mauro Berruto had expelled some of the key players in the team – Ivan Zaytsev, Dragan Travica, Gulio Sabbi and Luigi Randazzo due to discipline violation. Many were surprised by his decision, but on the other hand many supported the volleyball specialist saying that the volleyball is above all. Ivan Zaytsev apologized for  being disrespectful but now the supporters of Squadra Azzura ask themselves :  Could Italy do it the right way without their stars? Could Vettori and co resist on the pressure?  Now is their time and maybe they could surprise us…

Predictions: Uff!!! Brazil, USA & Poland are my top three. Easy, no? The hard decision is who will win and who -not. Well I think the USA will retain the Title because they commit few errors and play very fast. Poland on second place and Brazil will finish third.

Photo: FIVB 

 

FIVB to let Russia and Bulgaria in Group 1 in World League 2016?

  • Written by Victoria Georgieva

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A new format by which the number of the  teams participating in Group 1 of  FIVB World League increases might be established for the next season 2015/2016. Does it mean that Russia and Bulgaria could play among the best ones again?

At least, this is what many people involved in the volleyball world expect.

What would be the reason for letting Bulgaria, who lost the finals in Group 2 vs.France, and Russia –who had only 1 win this season (3:1 vs. Iran) ?

How would the FIVB World League look like without Russia? Would be fans pleased with seeing their favorites from Sbornaya not competing against the strongest ones?

Russia has one of the strongest Championsips, and on the other hand the the Russian Volleyball Federation has a strong lobby in the volleyball world. The way that FIVB could let Russia play in Group 1 during the next seasons is to increase the number of the teams. Untill now, the teams in Group 1 were 8,divided in two groups of 4. If Russia stay, and France enter as a winner in Group 2, the teams would be 9 which is unacceptable.

FRANCE ROLL ON TO GROUP 2 TITLE AND FINAL SIX IN RIO

  • Written by Victoria Georgieva
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Varna, Bulgaria, July 11, 2015France continued their unprecedented winning streak in the FIVB Volleyball World League on to the Group 2 final against Bulgaria, which they won by 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) despite a totally overpacked with noisy home fans competition hall in Varna and booked the last remaining vacancy at the Finals of Group 1 in Brazil.
 
What was Bulgaria’s main weapon in Friday’s semifinal, now was in the hands of their opponents.  The French scored 9 aces against none from the home team.  Five of them were authored by Kevin Le Roux.  His teammate Antonin Rouzier top scored with 18 points.

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