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YavorD

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Friday, January 12th 2018, 12:07pm

2018 CEV U18 European Championship

The Czech Republic and Slovakia will host the finals of the U18 ECH this year. Over the weekend we've had the qualifiers and the complete list of participants.

Greece, Turkey, Italy, Belarus, Bulgaria, Russia, and Belgium qualified as group winners, whereas France and Germany advanced as best runner-ups. Despite the straight-set defeat to Bulgaria, France got the best points ratio (beating both the Netherlands and Sweden 3-0) among the runner-ups. Germany were lucky to have won a set at home versus the strong Belgians and thus qualified actually as the best second-placed team overall.

It might seem weird at first that Serbia and Poland, two brilliant volleyball schools, won't make it to the finals. However, they seem to have weaker teams in that generation. Serbia were a bit unlucky during this gen's inaugural U17 ECH last year in Turkey and now, although a bit surprisingly, lost 0-3 to Belarus in Romania. Still, Belarus is no weak team, having finished 6th (above Serbia) at the tournament in Turkey. Poland, on the other side, failed to qualify for the finals last year and did the same this year. Belgium knocked them out in 2017 in a qualifier played in Belgium, the hosts Russia prevailed this time versus the Poles. I haven't had the chance to watch this Polish team, maybe they are really unlucky with the qualifying draws and that could be a reason for the missed finals.

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Friday, January 12th 2018, 3:11pm

It might seem weird at first that Serbia and Poland, two brilliant volleyball schools, won't make it to the finals.

Indeed it did seemed weird to me, so thanks a lot for the explanation!

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Friday, January 12th 2018, 9:56pm

Turkey has three very promising players from this generation: Opposite Kaan Gürbüz (MVP of last year's U17), Setter Berkün Eber Üstündağ and MB Ahmet Tümer (He is already playing as starter in Turkish league with Beşiktaş). Curious if they will manage to beat other favourites Italy and Belgium this year :box:

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Friday, February 9th 2018, 3:53pm

Zlin (Czech Rep.) and Puchov (Slovakia) will host the finals in April 7 - 15.

The draw:

Pool A

Zlin

Czech Republic
Turkey
Bulgaria
Greece
Belarus
Germany

Pool B

Puchov

Slovakia
Russia
Italy
Belgium
France
Ukraine

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