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Friday, September 15th 2017, 11:51pm

Author: Richard

Belgian Euro Millions Volley League 2017-2018

Last week, Top Volley Antwerp announced that they will withdraw from this year's competition in the Belgian Volley League (http://www.euromillionsvolleyleague.be/). It was already clear last May that the club was struggling to survive, because of financial issues. In an official announcement, they state the club only withdraws for the coming year and hope to re-enter the pro league in the following season. Now there is a debate going on whether that is even possible, legally. In any case, this i...

Thursday, August 31st 2017, 9:34pm

Author: Richard

Men's European Championship 2017

Everybody agrees this 10' break is a stupid idea, i hope.

Thursday, August 31st 2017, 9:11pm

Author: Richard

Men's European Championship 2017

Looking good, so far, looking very good!!

Sunday, August 27th 2017, 11:25pm

Author: Richard

Men's European Championship 2017

Quoted from "Kk15" Quoted from "SHAME" BTW, what is wrong with this ECH? Winning the lottery is easier than finding a live streaming! Or easier than betting on the results of the matches xD I actually though you were about to close your comment with this statement, I was already like 'yeah, I agree, such an unpredictable ECh' ! But I agree on the streaming too, still not able to watch Ned-Fra Laola, were are you? Nice live stream via: https://www.lequipe.fr/lachainelequipe/

Sunday, August 20th 2017, 10:50am

Author: Richard

Germany-Belgium (friendly)

Germany - Belgium: 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 28-26) Grözer (30), Fromm (15), Krick (12) http://www.volleyball-verband.de/de/reda…-gegen-belgien/ This indicates how important Grözer is for this team. Remember, Belgium blew away Germany, without Grözer, in the WC qual in July (-16,-16,-17) http://www.cev.lu/Competition-Area/Match…ID=30647&ID=976 If anybody knows where to find complete stats of this game, I'd be very interested. Tonight, they play a second friendly game.

Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 12:15am

Author: Richard

Belgium - Germany

Heynen, in a post-match interview, was especially pleased with the (Belgian) team's block defense. He added they managed to "fatigue" the German team with the tournament's schedule and still considers the German team to have to the most individual talent. I saw the game "live" and have to say I've never seen the Belgian team play a better game (16 blocks in 3 sets, 2 main attackers scoring over 70%). Indeed, block-defense was way better than in last World League campaign (in part thanks to liber...

Tuesday, January 5th 2016, 9:00pm

Author: Richard

Olympic Games - Brazil 2016 (qualification process)

Quoted from "TimHH" Wow, Belgium. I have hardly seen this in male volleyball. From 21:15 to 24:26. That was even worse than the first set.... This is indeed very frustrating (as a Belgian fan), we should have got at least 2 sets out of this match and gain us some confidence for the remainder of the tournament. All frustration aside, I've seen some great block-defense (Van de Voorde finally in great shape again), good tacktical serving, good stats in attack by Rousseaux (if only he could lower h...

Saturday, January 2nd 2016, 4:39pm

Author: Richard

Olympic Games - Brazil 2016 (qualification process)

Interesting results from the Belgian team: they played the French team twice (28/12, 29/12) and remained undefeated. Apparently, a lot of errors in serve an attack by the French team. I like the fact that Belgian coach Bayens keeps his preference for Rousseaux as 2nd outside hitter. The Belgian team misses Depestele (injury), Verhanneman (just turned father of twin son and daughter), Dejonckheere and Colson (cancelled out of fear for injury, much to coach Baeyens' dissatisfaction). 1st game, Tou...

Monday, October 19th 2015, 11:04pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "ravens#7" To me Grebennikov and Tillie were so far the most consistent players from France aling the way. Never a weak match from them. Never! For once at least Rouzier played well. I still find him inconsistent anyway... I agree on consistent performance by Grebennikov and Tillie. I would add Le Roux as well: big difference between French team a few years ago and the current team is their solid middle compartiment (Le Roux - Le Goff <=> Hardy-Dessourses - Vadeleux). Rouzier usuall...

Saturday, October 17th 2015, 9:25pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "B. Moreira" I thougth France was going to lose this 3rd set. Bulgaria is playing really well. The longer this game takes, the higher the chances of Slovenia tomorrow.

Saturday, October 17th 2015, 9:18pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "vabo" Quoted from "Richard" Quoted from "vabo" Kick Belgium out. Either by moral standards (yeah, FIVB morals) of having the ECH champion competing. Or simply by giving priority to the biggest CEV result, a team that won 100 points from winning a tournament over another who never won anything. In the case of two tied teams it makes sense to rank them based on the best result, right? Keep your hands of Belgium, they've deserved these points fair and square: European League 2013 over...

Saturday, October 17th 2015, 8:30pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "vabo" Kick Belgium out. Either by moral standards (yeah, FIVB morals) of having the ECH champion competing. Or simply by giving priority to the biggest CEV result, a team that won 100 points from winning a tournament over another who never won anything. In the case of two tied teams it makes sense to rank them based on the best result, right? Keep your hands of Belgium, they've deserved these points fair and square: European League 2013 overall win (against Croatia, Turkey, Czeck R...

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 10:43pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "scarpetta" Physical decline of Italian players are evident.I can't see them beating Russia,Poland and France/Serbia/Bulgaria in a row. Reception is in comical level right now. Perhaps Halkbank adventure destroyed Juantorena's reception. Decline of Giannelli's pass quality must be a worrying sign. Finland needs change its coach. This is the worst Finland I've seen. Finnish team lacks influx of young talent, imo. They're retiring a great generation: Esko, Konnari, Oivanen brothers, ....

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 9:37pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "vabo" Being a Belgian fan must be the most difficult and frustrating task in the world True, there's a recurring theme in 3 of the last 4 games: first let your opponent walk all over you and give a set away for freethen, finally find some consistency and (almost) take a set from your opponent that's trying to wake up from the nap he slipt into In 4 games, we lose 5 sets by 7 points or more. This lack of consistency is terrible. First set against Germany tonight again was an embarra...

Sunday, October 11th 2015, 6:13pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Quoted from "Kaziyski" Verhanneman was injured for a long time and Baeyens thought he lacks match rythm. Then he scored 17 pts for Roeselare vs Belgium Yep, that was remarkable. Just the week before, I saw a friendly game against Estonia in which Verhanneman very clearly was not in optimal shape. But apparently, that can change very quickly. I think he will regain his spot in the final 12, probably at the expense of Klinkenberg. (Today, small appearance at the end of set 2 to miss a serve recep...

Sunday, October 11th 2015, 4:50pm

Author: Richard

European Championships 2015 - hosts Italy and Bulgaria

Great win by Belgian Team! 3-1 (27-25,14-25,27-25,28-26) 3th game of Belgium against Slovenia was first important value indication, IMO(Poland too strong, Belarus too weak in previous games). Before the EC-start, I would have been sceptic about our chances, but the Belgium team is growing in this tournament after a difficult preparation period. In this particular game, Deroo finally reached his best level. Van den Dries, Coolman and Baetens entered the game in a later stage, but each had importa...

Friday, September 25th 2015, 9:17pm

Author: Richard

Belgium - Finland: 0-3

24/09 - Belgium - Finland: 0 - 3 (15-25,23-25,23-25)25/09 - Belgium - Finland: 0 - 3 (25-27, 20-25, 18-25) line-ups on thursday Tervaportii - Ojansivu | Kunnari - Sivula | Siirila - SinkkonenValkiers - Van den Dries | Klinkenberg - Deroo | Verhees - Van de Voorde - on Friday Tervaportii - Seppanen | Siltala - Lehtonen | M.Oivanen - ShumovDepestele - Van Walle | Baetens - Deroo | Verhees - Coolman This is getting very worrying: Belgium team barely manages to win 1 out of 3 games against Estland l...

Saturday, September 19th 2015, 3:39pm

Author: Richard

Belgium - Estonia: 2-3

Belgium - Estonia: 2-3 (27-25,22-25,20-25,27-17,13-15) Belgium lost its first of three consecutive friendly games against Estonia. Belgian starting line-up: Depestele-Van Walle, Verhees-Van de voorde, Deroo-Klinkenberg Estonia: Toobal-Venno, Tammemaa-Aganits,Puppart-Taht A few observations: - Van de voorde seems to be recovering fine from his injury (got injured in Italian PO last season): dominating in block, efficient and attack - Van Walle had good and bad moments: surprisingly, not the best ...

Tuesday, May 5th 2015, 9:18pm

Author: Richard

2015 / 2016 Transfer News

After 15 years playing abroad, Wout Wijsmans returns to Noliko Maaseik, to finish his career. At age 37, he signs a 2 year contract: http://sporza.be/permalink/1.2329364 Also, Gijs Jorna, signed a contract with Noliko Maaseik and will fill the libero-position. Maaseik had 3 mediocre seasons and finally is committed to starting the next season with renewed ambition.

Sunday, March 22nd 2015, 9:35pm

Author: Richard

Coupe de France

So Tours wins Cup final against Beauvais: 3-1 (20-25,25-19, 25-19, 25-18 ) Can anybody point out where to find the stats of this game? Thanks