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  1. Volleyball 2017 Discussion Thread

    Yet another moronic step backward by the FIVB Instead of adding a normal Division II with 16 teams, and amongst them the teams from this year's division II in World League, they now decided that the lower division will have only 6 teams, and we do not even understand how the qualification works. Only in Europe there is a tournament which may serve as a qualification. I have no doubt that in case of Africa or even Asia money will decide the participant.
  2. Volleyball 2017 Discussion Thread

    FIVB Executive Committee embraces digital transformation Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2017 – The FIVB’s Executive Committee has approved plans to push forward with a brand new digital transformation project for 2018, ensuring that fan experience remains the key driver in the organisation’s vision to become the world’s number one family sport. The project, which will be unveiled in the new year, will put fans at the heart of the volleyball experience when the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) makes its debut in May 2018. “We are making history in our sport. The digital transformation is not only irreversible and unavoidable, but it is essential in helping us grow,” said FIVB President, Dr. Ary S. Graça F°. “This digital transformation project will bring the action even closer to the fans, wherever they are in the world.” FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° addresses the FIVB Executive Committee Innovation has been a key part of the agenda since President Graça began his first term in 2012. In recent years, the FIVB has become a leader in utilising technology for fan engagement, for both spectators in stadium and those watching around the world. Members of the Committee also had the opportunity to learn about other potential technological developments for the sport relating to 1) the standardisation of national and international team rankings and 2) the optimisation of volleyball and beach volleyball calendars. The meeting was an opportunity for the Executive Committee to agree on the format of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup, a competition for both men and women which will run in concurrence with the VNL. The Challenger Cup will consist of teams not participating in the current edition of the Volleyball Nations League and will feature one host team and five teams from the five continental confederations as follows: The Continental Confederations, responsible for determining the teams that will qualify for the FIVB Challenger Cup, are free to organise their Continental Qualification Tournament or use an existing competition to define the qualified team(s). The FIVB Challenger Cup will be held before the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals and the winner will earn the right to participate in the FIVB Promotion Playoff, competing against the fourth ranked challenger team at the end of the round robin phase of the VNL. The winner of that playoff will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIVB VNL. It was also announced that the bidding process for the 2022 Volleyball World Championship will open in February 2018. Members of the Executive Committee also discussed possible changes to the FIVB Constitution and regulations as President Graça emphasised the importance of good governance and transparency in the running of the sport: “Together we have talked about transparency and the need for good governance. We are launching a new FIVB, and this will make us even stronger throughout the sports world.” The FIVB is now part of the ASOIF Governance Task Force, the group that is mandated with helping International Federations to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within their structures. President Graça pointed out the different aspects of good governance that can be improved at the FIVB. All proposals that imply changes to the Constitution must be presented to the Congress next year.
  3. Men's Volleyball FIVB World Championship 2018

    This is how the groups will look in 2nd in 3rd group stage ( in the first stage, from groups A-D, 4 national teams will advance) GROUP E GROUP F GROUP G GROUP H A-1 B-1 C-1 D-1 B-2 A-2 D-2 B-2 C-3 A-3 D-3 C-3 D-4 C-4 B-4 A-4 From Round 2, all group winners and two best second placed teams qualify The Groups in 3rd round will be decided by a draw, so each team may again draw the same opponent they played against before, BUT the 2nd placed teams can not be in the same group GROUP I GROUP J E/F-1/2 E/F-1/2 G/H-1/2 E/F-1/2 2nd placed team 2nd placed team Then of course there will be 5th place match, semifinals and medal matches.
  4. Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

    Awful, disgusting incident took place yesterday during the Challenge cup game between Olympiacos Piraeus and Tours VB . Whenever the Cameroonian player of the French Club, Nathan Wounembaina made contact with the ball, especially when he was serving, some Greek fans were insulting him and making monkey noises What's worse when the player wanted to talk with a CEV official after the game, he was ignored More details http://www.volleywood.net/leagues/greece-leagues/greek-fans-versus-cameroons-nathan-wounembaina/
  5. Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

    Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK storm to comprehensive victory in Russian derby Luxembourg, December 7, 2017. The gold medal winners from the 2013 edition, Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK started their journey with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Dinamo MOSCOW in an eagerly anticipated Russian derby. The first Lokomotiv’s victory over the Muscovites in three years. The Belgian reigning national champions of Knack ROESELARE caught a flying start to their campaign in Pool A as they stormed to a 3-1 away victory over Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL in Turkey. Later VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN hosted Turkey’s national champions Halkbank ANKARA and the home team strode to a 3-1 win (99 points to 88). Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL (TUR) vs. Knack ROESELARE (BEL) 1-3 (20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 16-25) • Despite an early lead for Fenerbahce (8-6), Knack ROESELARE edged ahead at the second technical break (16-13) and won the opening set 25-20. • Knack ROESELARE set the pace of the game from start to finish in the second set (8-4, 16-11, 25-19). • Despite enjoying a small lead at both technical timeouts, Knack ROESELARE could not hold on to it and Fenerbahce won the third set 25-21. • Knack ROESELARE were the dominant force in the fourth set where their supremacy was never in danger (8-3, 16-7, 25-16). Veljko Basic, head coach of Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL: “This is not a good start to our Champions League campaign but Knack ROESELARE played very well, especially with their serve, and we had some real problems with that. I think the second match will be a completely different story, since we know what we have to do and how to prepare for this match. They surprised us with their aggressiveness and serve. They won because they were the better team this evening.” Emile Rousseaux, head coach of Knack ROESELARE: “I think everybody knows that we play differently than any other team and this makes us stand out in many ways. We do use float serves without too much spin, and often resort to jump float serves. This is rather unusual and one of our main assets, also when playing at home in Belgium. We do not have particularly good players from a physical standpoint; actually, we have rather normal qualities but certainly not outstanding and as a result we have to play with speed too. I think that today we showed that we have a good team and that we have developed a good system of play. I want to congratulate my players. I think that tonight you could see some big difference between these two teams.” VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (GER) vs. Halkbank ANKARA (TUR) 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 28-26) • VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN won their first opening match in the group phase of the CEV Volleyball Champions League since 2013 when they won in five sets against Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK. While the last time they had the lead in their group after the opening match was back in 2010. • Challenge-challenge in the second set. Vital Heynen kept FRIEDRICHSHAFEN’s lead of 21-19 instead of 20-20 alive by a successful challenge, a key moment in the match. • It was a statistically amazing first set for FRIEDRICHSHAFEN with 83% kills after positive reception, five blocks and three service winners. • Cheers. Vital Heynen delivered on his promise “beer-bet” again providing all attending fans with some beer. Vital Heynen, head coach of VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN said: “ANKARA is no bad playing team, but we are in a good shape at the moment. Last year we needed one more point to make it to the next round. I think we are on a good way." Slobodan Kovac, head coach of Halkbank ANKARA commented: “Congratulations to FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. They were the more consequent team tonight. We made too many mistakes and this is not enough against a strong team like this.” Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK (RUS) vs. Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS) 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-22) • Roman Martynyuk, the starting libero of Lokomotiv, suffered an injury before the match – as a result, Valentin Golubev replaced him. • This was the first CEV Volleyball Champions League match this season for Dinamo MOSCOW, whereas Lokomotiv had previously played ACH Volley LJUBLJANA twice in the 3rd Round. • Last weekend Dinamo MOSCOW did not participate in the final stage of the Russian national cup and therefore had a little more time to focus on the match with Lokomotiv. • Lokomotiv claimed their first victory over Dinamo in three years. • György Grozer immediately set the tone of the game for the hosts before Dinamo responded with a series of points scored by Alexey Ostapenko. However, Lokomotiv were able to claim the first set by virtue of their strong defence game. • Dinamo did not pose any real threat to Lokomotiv in the second set – with Sergey Savin being especially effective and NOVOSIBIRSK claiming a landslide 25-17 win. • Grozer paved the way towards a massive 10-4 lead for the home side in the third set but Ostapenko helped Dinamo almost level the score. However, Lokomotiv’s block and defence made the difference, thus resulting in a 3-0 victory for the hosts. • Grozer top scored in the match with 21 points. Plamen Konstantinov, head coach of Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK: “I am pleased with today’s performance and the result, and the quality of our game of course, which is the most important thing. It was important to start with a victory in the group stage, especially at home. The second game will also take place in front of our spectators, and we hope to achieve further success. A 3-0 victory over Dinamo is a great success, and this result can only please us. However, we must think about the next matches and quickly refocus, because in two days we will play again in the Russian national league. It is very important not to lose the spirit.” Boris Kolchin, head coach of Dinamo MOSCOW: “Lokomotiv looked more solid and deserved this victory. They played some tough matches in the final stages of the national cup and this was some kind of an advantage for them. Yes, they did not make it to the final, but it is clear that compared to the beginning of the season, they have developed enormously. We did not manage at the beginning of each set to cope with their spikes, and this somehow affected us. Although we prepared for this match very carefully, we did not execute our plan. In all the decisive moments, Grozer made the difference for Lokomotiv. This is a player, whom I have been lucky to work with in Belgorod. I know all of his strengths and he truly is a great player. We still lack the right attitude and quality but tonight we did everything we could.”
  6. Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

    CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS after LEG 1 out of 6 Best 2 teams in each group and the best 2 3-rd placed teams will qualify to the play-offs round mw = matches won ml = matches lost pts = points sets = sets won:lost GROUP A Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets 1 Knack Roeslare 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:1 2 Sir Safety Perugia 1 (1) 0 (0) 2 3:2 3 Cucine Lube Civitanova 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 2:3 4 Fenerbahce Istanbul 0 (0) 1 (0) 0 1:3 GROUP B Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets 1 VFB Friedrichshafen 1 (0) 0(0) 3 3:1 2 Ford Store Levoranta Sastamala 1 (1) 0 (0) 2 3:2 3 PAOK Thesalloniki 0 (0) 1 (1) 1 2:3 4 Halkbank Ankara 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 1:3 GROUP C Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets 1 Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:0 2 Chaumont VB 52 Haute Marne 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:1 3 PGE Skra Belchatow 0 (0) 1 (0) 0 1:3 4 Dinamo Moscow 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0:3 GROUP D Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets 1 Jastrzebski Wegiel 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:0 2 Zenit Kazan 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:1 3 Spacers Toulouse 0 (0) 1 (0) 0 1:3 4 Berlin Recycling Volleys 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0:3 GROUP E Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets 1 Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:0 2 Diatec Trentino 1 (0) 0 (0) 3 3:1 3 Noliko Maaseik 0 (0) 1 (0) 0 1:3 4 Arkas Izmir 0 (0) 1 (0) 0 0:3
  7. Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

    YESTERDAY'S RESULTS LEG 1 GROUP A Fenerbahce Istanbul 1:3 Knack Roeselare GROUP B VFB Friedrichshafen 3:1 Halkbank Ankara GROUP C Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 3:0 Dinamo Moscow ROUND 1/16, 1st LEG CSKA Sofia 0:3 Belogorie Belgorod Hapoel Mate Asher Akko 2:3 Jihostroi Ceske Budejovice Kladno Volejbal 3:2 Arcada Galati Perungan Pojat Rovaniemi 0:3 Asseco Resovia Rzeszow Drasma Dynamo Apeldoorn 0:3 Lindemans Aalst Hurrikani Loima 0:3 Shakhter Soligorsk VK Dukla Liberec 3:2 Neftiochimik 2010 Burgas ROUND 1/16, 1st LEG Volley Schoenwerd 1:3 Prefaxis Menen Lokomotiv Baku 3:1 Fonte Bastardo VKP Bystrina SPU Nitra 1:3 Maliye Pyango SK Ankara
  8. [OFF TOPIC] General Chat

    Oh right, I keep mistaking them
  9. [OFF TOPIC] General Chat

    Hard to say - Morawiecki's personal opinions are generally more open minded and less anti EU, but he still is a PIS sympathizer, so I do not think many changes will follow, if any at all.
  10. [OFF TOPIC] General Chat

    Our Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has announced her resignation tonight. She will be replaced most probably by PiS politician Mateusz Morawiecki. Edit - Ok, Morawiecki is not a PiS politician, but expresses sympathy for the party.
  11. Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

    TODAY'S SCHEDULE LEG 1 GROUP A Fenerbahce Istanbul - Knack Roeselare GROUP B VFB Friedrichshafen - Halkbank Ankara GROUP C Lokomotiv Novosibirsk - Dinamo Moscow ROUND 1/16, 1st LEG CSKA Sofia - Belogorie Belgorod Hapoel Mate-Asher Akko - Jihostroi Ceske Budeiovice Kladno Volejbal - Arcada Galati Perungan Pojat Rovaniemi - Asseco Resovia Rzeszów Drasma Dynamoo Apeldoorn - Lindemans Aalst Hurrikaani Loima - Shakhtor Soligorsk Dukla Liberec - Neftochimic 2010 Burgas ROUND 1/16, 1st LEG Volley Schonenwerd - Par Ky Menen Lokomotiv Baku - Fonte Bastardo Azores VKP Bystrina SPU Nitra - Maliye Piyango SK Ankara Watch games at : https://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball
  12. Women's Volleyball FIVB World Championship 2018

    Well, Group C is definitely the weakest. The rest are pretty balanced.
  13. Volleyball 2017 Discussion Thread

    I do not know how I could miss it. Take a look - absolutely amazing play by some of the best players in today's volley
  14. Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

    ‘Block Devils’ claim remake of 2017 semi-final in dramatic ‘Match of the Week’ Luxembourg, December 6, 2017. The eagerly anticipated Italian derby featuring Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA and Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA lived up to the expectations with the ‘Match of the Week’ producing a real drama – and ending in a come-from-behind victory for the ‘Block Devils’ of PERUGIA in a replay of the 2017 semi-final. Zenit KAZAN surprisingly lost one set to rookies Spacer’s TOULOUSE VB but eventually swept the following three to start their quest for a fourth straight CEV Volleyball Champions League crown in style. Newcomers CHAUMONT VB 52 Haute Marne produced the sensation of the night with their 3-1 away victory over PGE Skra BELCHATOW but JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel promptly restored Poland’s honour as they stormed to a 3-0 home victory over the BR Volleys. Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE pulled out a 3-0 victory over Arkas IZMIR to open the second night of play in the group stage of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men. The visitors from Poland claimed three almost equally close sets to take the top spot in the current standing of Pool E. Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA (ITA) vs. Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (ITA) 3-2 (28-30, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9) • In the first set, PERUGIA had an extraordinary winning streak thanks to Atanasijevic. During the second set, Atanasjievic scored three times in a row, including an ace measured at 119 km/h. • Cucine Lube changed the course of the game in the second set moving the score from 13-16 to 21-17 in their favour. • In the third set, Atanasijevic scored three consecutive aces, finishing this section of the game with 10 points of his own and a 90% success rate in attack. • PERUGIA won the fourth set without making any mistakes in attack. • MVP Atanasijevic scored 34 points, with a 67% rate of successful attacks. Aleksandar Atanasijevic, player of Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA: “This evening we demonstrated our character, we showed that we are a big team and that we can play as a real collective. This win is extremely important for us because it allows us to keep working with the right spirit and focus. We will have a long way to go in this competition, but we are determined to achieve further success and we want to win again.” Giampaolo Medei, head coach of Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA: “This was an extremely important match. We had to show more determination and concentration. It is important to maintain our concentration also during the second part of a match. This evening we paid a high price as we failed to do so and because of our own mistakes. All of my congratulations to PERUGIA.” PGE Skra BELCHATOW (POL) vs. CHAUMONT VB 52 Haute Marne (FRA) 1-3 (25-19, 18-25, 19-25, 27-29) • The clear favourite of this game eventually lost it despite winning the opening set in emphatic style. The French rookies making their first ever appearance in the CEV Champions League showed great determination and they caught a perfect start to their campaign in the very competitive Pool C. • The match reached its climax in the fourth set, when Stephen Boyer failed to cash a match point for the visitors and the challenge after the next rally resulted in a set point for PGE Skra. Boyer finished a difficult point and it was the last chance for PGE Skra to come back into the game. The last point for the visitors came from a great serve of Javier Augusto Gonzalez Panton. • The Hala Energia in Bełchatów serves as the venue for Skra’s Champions League home matches only from time to time, as the Polish powerhouse usually play their most important games in Atlas Arena in Łódź, some 50 km from Bełchatów. However, it is worth mentioning that the last team to claim an away victory at Hala Energia was Germany’s VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN back in 2008 and PGE Skra hold an impressive record of 13 wins out of 17 matches contested in this stadium. The reigning French champions are the fifth side to claim a victory there. • Powerful serves were a major asset for CHAUMONT VB 52 and the best example came at the end of the third set, when Nikola Mijailovic closed that part with two aces in a row, and the final point of the match scored by Gonzalez Panton. • PGE Skra made 31 mistakes in this match, including 24 serves. • Stephen Boyer was the true leader of the French champions, killing 8 out of 12 attacks in the second set, 6/8 in the third plus 10/12 in the last. The 21-year old opposite scored 33 points in Bełchatów to crown his CEV Volleyball Champions League debut with success. The rising star of European Volleyball killed 65% of his attacks (26/40) and added four blocks and three aces to his personal tally. Silvano Prandi, head coach of CHAUMONT VB 52: “I could not recognise my team in the first set, we played very negative. Fortunately, in the next sets we started to play our Volleyball – it is not the greatest in the world, but it is a really good one. We are a decent team and showed how to fight for every ball and how to defend. The serves? The serve is an artwork; you cannot know in advance that you will serve perfectly. We practiced a lot and it paid off. We deserved to win.” Mariusz Wlazly, team caprain of PGE Skra: “Their powerful serves helped them come back into the match after they lost the first set. Unfortunately, our serves were one level or two lower than usual and that is why the result is like that. We are disappointed but we will fight in every match of this difficult Pool C.” Spacer’s TOULOUSE VB (FRA) vs. Zenit KAZAN (RUS) 1-3 (31-29, 20-25, 23-25, 19-25) • Spacer’s TOULOUSE VB caused a real sensation by taking the first set of their matchup with Zenit KAZAN (31-29) on a block of their rising star, 19-year-old middle blocker Barthélémy Chinenyeze. • Zenit KAZAN recovered from this early setback and swept three sets in a row to claim their first victory in this year’s Champions League where they are vying for a record sixth title and fourth in a row. • Zenit KAZAN were missing two of their star players, Maxim Mikhailov and Wilfredo Leon. JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel (POL) vs. BERLIN Recycling Volleys (GER) 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24) • As many as 1,700 people came together for this eagerly anticipated match. • A service winner by Salvador Hidalgo Oliva closed the match in favour of the home side. • The Cuban outside hitter with German passport was also the best scorer of the match with 17 points. • In the third set, JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel came back from 13-18 to win it 26-24. • Paul Carroll and Steven Marshall were the best scorers for the BERLIN Recycling Volleys with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Salvador Hidalgo Oliva, outside hitter of JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel: “It was a dream coming true. Actually, it was my first game in the group phase of the Champions League. I was very excited, because I played against my former team. I know these guys very well, and a lot of them are my friends. I have no words to describe how I feel right now.” Luke Perry, libero of the BR Volleys: “We are really disappointed with how we played. We give credit to JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel, but we are not satisfied with our performance. They took all the chances. On the other hand, we couldn’t take our chances in the right moments.” Arkas IZMIR (TUR) vs. Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE (POL) 0-3 (23-25, 28-30, 23-25) • Arkas IZMIR claimed an early lead in the first set (8-7), which they kept for most of the time (16-15) before Zaksa edged ahead towards the end (25-23). • With the help of their Cuban opposite Michael Sanchez Bozhulev, Arkas put up a fight in the second set as well. The hosts claimed a 16-13 lead at the second technical time-out and had a couple of set balls before Zaksa emerged victorious at 30-28. • Arkas attempted a comeback in the third set but Zaksa controlled the game from start to finish (8-5, 16-11, 25-23) with the help of their outstanding libero Pawel Zatorski. • It was a relatively close match but Zaksa used their experience to storm to a 3-0 victory. • Michael Sanchez Bozhulev top scored with 16 points for Arkas IZMIR as Sam Deroo scored 15 times for the visitors. Glenn Hoag, head coach of Arkas IZMIR: “We played ok certain times but we have many young players and when you make several execution errors as we did, it is hard to play against a team like Zaksa. We need to take our lesson from this loss. We will focus on the next match against Noliko MAASEIK.”