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Friday, February 25th 2011, 1:09pm

Finnish NT Season 2011

I decided to open topic of the Finnish NT, although there is only one certain name at the moment in the team. As most of you know Daniel Castellani replaces Mauro Berruto as the head coach. Assisting coach will probably be Finnish.
Tuomas Sammelvuo announced this week that he will try to make it back to the NT. He is optimistic about recovery from the knee injury and he should be allowed to jump again in March. He said that he aims to participate World League as well as well Euro Ch'ships. Of course coach Castellani has not yet released his list of players taking part in the World League preparations, so we will see if Sammelvuo can make it. Sammelvuo said that originally Castellani called hi and asked him to his coaching staff, but he said that he still wants to play.

Also at the moment 250 Finnish fans 250 have confirmed their attendance the Euro Ch'ships.

So, probably the next news from Finnish NT are regarding the coaching team composition and the World League squad.

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Friday, February 25th 2011, 3:30pm

Thank you for this topic. In my opinion Finnish NT has increased a lot last years. There are quite many Finnish players in strong clubs/leagues nowadays!

I think Castellani can push to team to even higher level. He is a topcoach!

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Sunday, February 27th 2011, 6:15pm

Good luck to Finnish NT. Castelani were a great choise.

Wilsu, what can u tell about finnish league?? is there any good young player who can play in NT this year??

Castelani likes to have young players in NT so i think Sammeulvuo will not have a chance. And i think there r some good options as OH like Kunnari, Siltala and Sivula. MBs is a problem in my opinion.

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Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 11:54am

In my opinion Sammelvuo could be among the four OHs, if he gets back to form. But let's see what are the choices of Castellani.
About Finnish league:


Competition in the league is very even; e.g. top-6 teams are within 6 points and top-9 teams are within 17 points. It is going to be tough competition for the last playoffs place. I think it is ok quality league, maybe similar to Dutch league, not any higher
Young players in the league:

It seems that currently the most talented youngsters are foreign. Two very promising opposites are Latvian Hermans Egleskalns (profile, stats) and Colombian Roland Jimenez (profile, stats).
OHs there are some promising young guys such as Ossi Rumpunen, Antti Poikela and 17-year-old Niklas Seppänen (still playing in 1st division). But these guys are not yet the NT level, so we'll have to wait for at least year or two to see what kind of players they develop into.
MBs we don't have many young guys coming at the moment. Also starting setters are mostly rather old or foreign, but the most promising setters are Petteri Penttinen (too short?) and Kalle Määttä (has not developing much in recent years).

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Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 7:03pm

In my opinion Sammelvuo could be among the four OHs, if he gets back to form. But let's see what are the choices of Castellani.
About Finnish league:


Competition in the league is very even; e.g. top-6 teams are within 6 points and top-9 teams are within 17 points. It is going to be tough competition for the last playoffs place. I think it is ok quality league, maybe similar to Dutch league, not any higher
Young players in the league:

It seems that currently the most talented youngsters are foreign. Two very promising opposites are Latvian Hermans Egleskalns (profile, stats) and Colombian Roland Jimenez (profile, stats).
OHs there are some promising young guys such as Ossi Rumpunen, Antti Poikela and 17-year-old Niklas Seppänen (still playing in 1st division). But these guys are not yet the NT level, so we'll have to wait for at least year or two to see what kind of players they develop into.
MBs we don't have many young guys coming at the moment. Also starting setters are mostly rather old or foreign, but the most promising setters are Petteri Penttinen (too short?) and Kalle Määttä (has not developing much in recent years).
Thanks wilsu for the info. :drink:

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Friday, April 1st 2011, 2:29pm

Finnish Volleyball Association have appointed Jussi Heino as the assistant coach to Daniel Castellani. He is rather new as a coach, but especially this year he has done good work with Isku-Volley. They are currently playing in semifinals of Finnish Championship League. Heino is also a former pro player and he played many years abroad in Germany (Vfb Friedrichschafen), Belgium (Noliko Maaseik) and Austria (Hot Wolleys Wien). In the season 2004-2005 he was selected as the best libero of the CEV Champions' League.

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Daniel Castellani has selected the group for summer's World League:


Setters:

Mikko Esko
Eemi Tervaportti
Jani Sippola
Kalle Määttä

Middleblockers:
Konstantin Shumov
Matti Oivanen
Jukka Lehtonen
Henri Tuomi
Anssi Vesanen
Sauli Sinkkonen

Outsidehitters:
Olli Kunnari
Antti Siltala
Urpo Sivula
Tuomas Sammelvuo
Matti Hietanen
Tuomas Tihinen
Jari Tuominen
Joni Savimäki
Tomi Mutka

Opposites:
Mikko Oivanen
Joni Mikkonen

Liberos:
Tommi Roininen
Lauri Hakala
Jarmo Korhonen
Pasi Hyvärinen


The group is much like expected. Ojansivu is missing due to injury, but Esko is included and hopefully he will recover before summer from the hand injury. Kunnari and Sammelvuo are both making comeback to the NT after last year's hiatus. Also Lauri Hakala is interesting choice for libero, since he is still playing semifinals as an outside hitter, although there are rumours that his knee is bad condition and ready to be operated. He is also quite active volleyball blogger and member of board of administration in the Finnish Volleyball Association.

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Tuesday, April 5th 2011, 2:03pm

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Thursday, May 5th 2011, 10:43pm

The final 20 player roster for the summer's WL is the following:
Setters:
Mikko Esko

Eemi Tervaportti
Jani Sippola

Middleblockers:
Konstantin Shumov
Matti Oivanen
Jukka Lehtonen
Henri Tuomi
Sauli Sinkkonen

Outsidehitters:
Olli Kunnari
Antti Siltala
Urpo Sivula
Tuomas Sammelvuo
Matti Hietanen
Tuomas Tihinen
Jari Tuominen

Opposites:
Mikko Oivanen
Joni Mikkonen

Liberos:
Tommi Roininen
Jarmo Korhonen
Pasi Hyvärinen

Five players were cut from the roster at the last stage. Interestingly there is only one actual setter (Jani Sippola) in the current training group, since Mikko Esko is away due to hand injury (he should be back quite soon, though) and Eemi Tervaportti is still playing for Avignon Volley in the French B league playoffs.
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Finnish NT will play two practice matches against China in Finland on 21st and 22nd of May.

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Monday, May 23rd 2011, 12:43pm

Here's some info on the Finnish NT:
Friendly matches

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Wednesday, July 20th 2011, 11:37am

Finnish NT starts training camp for the EC on 25th of July. Players for the first two weeks are the following:
Setters: Esko, Tervaportti
Opposites: Oivanen Mi, Sivula, Ojansivu
OHs: Sammelvuo, Siltala, Kunnari, Hietanen, Tuominen, Kankaanpää
MBs: Oivanen Ma, Shumov, Lehtonen, Sinkkonen, Kutinlahti
Liberos: Hyvärinen, Mäntylä



In this group both of the liberos have changed and last year's libero duo Hyvärinen/Mäntylä is back. Also Ojansivu is trying to make comeback after serious back injury.


They will play also many training matches during the preparation period, e.g. in Russia on 5th-7th of Aug, Slovenia (tournament with Slovakia, Iran and the home team) and in Finland (against Netherlands and Estonia)

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Wednesday, July 20th 2011, 7:03pm

Pasi Hyvärinen finally on NT! :woohoo:
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Monday, August 29th 2011, 11:58am

Castellani selected the Finnish team for the ECH:
# Name Born Length Role Club 2011-2012 Caps
2 Eemi Tervaportti 26.7.1989 193 S GFCO Ajaccio (FRA) 37
3 Mikko Esko 3.9.1978 198 S Modena (ITA) 188
5 Antti Siltala 14.3.1984 193 OH Bydgoszcz (POL) 127
6 C Tuomas Sammelvuo 16.2.1976 193 OH - 265
7 Matti Hietanen 3.1.1983 199 OH Gdansk (POL) 162
8 Jari Tuominen 11.9.1986 200 OH Cantu (ITA) 33
10 Urpo Sivula 15.3.1988 195 OPP SCC Berlin (GER) 92
11 Jesse Mäntylä 24.3.1987 176 L Hurrikaani 33
12 Olli Kunnari 2.2.1982 196 OH VaLePa 164
13 Mikko Oivanen 26.5.1986 198 OPP Gdansk (POL) 117
14 Konstantin Shumov 15.2.1985 205 MB Monza (ITA) 119
15 Matti Oivanen 26.5.1986 198 MB Nizhni Novgorod (RUS) 139
18 Jukka Lehtonen 22.2.1982 197 MB Citta di Castello (ITA) 81
19 Pasi Hyvärinen 22.11.1987 184 L - 56

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Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 7:44am

I am curious of their form of ECH. may be the dark horse :D
GO FINNISH :super: :box:

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Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 2:11pm

For those that are more interested in the team there's also a media guide available:
Media guide

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Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 3:00pm

With this terminator Oivanen, brilliant Esko, Kunnari in good shape, Shumov and unbelievable Pasi Hyvärinen for me they are always a dark horse.
I can't wait to see Mikko again :roll:
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Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 9:47pm

Finalnd have good team but they can't play good in row or didn't played like that so far. But if they play like in most matches in WL (forcing Oivanen only) they wont have sucess
Shiva :heart:

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