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Yesterday, 6:36pm

Author: samsara

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "JoanaBG" Oh God, trust the FIVB to make the most convoluted and needlesly drawn out competition format possible. I shudder to think how many dead matches there are going to be in the second round. So great that we now have the "blink and you miss it" ECh where the eventual winner may only play 6 matches on their way to the title and the neverending WCh where the finalists will have played 15 matches each in total, with nothing in between. That's WHY the World Championship is the tr...

Yesterday, 4:39pm

Author: samsara

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "serdar" If FIVB will use serpentine system for first 12 teams as they did in last editions, pools will be as following; Pool-A: JPN-NED-DOM Pool-B: CHN-ITA-KOR Pool-C: USA-RUS-ARG Pool-D: SRB-BRA-TUR Quite bad draw for Turkey If we will get BUL also drawn in that group, it will be the group of death We have a ridiculous tournament formula anyway, it really doesn't make much difference in which group you are for the first phase Is it arranged based on the current WR? Pool-A: JPN-NED...

Yesterday, 4:11pm

Author: samsara

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "ossubtus" it seems DOM, PUR, MEX and TRI have now all qualified to the WCh next year. they are all 2-0 in their pools and cannot be surpassed by the other teams. in s. america, it seems ARG has clinched its slot as well. congrats, corrupt dumb fivb. next year we'll have such wonderful powers as MEX, TRI and CAN in the WCh, but not POL, BEL, CZE, UKR, or even COL, which is a stronger team than those 3. And from the Asian Continent you missed out the North Korean team... in an ideal ...

Yesterday, 3:59pm

Author: samsara

Chinese NT 2017

Quoted from "ballisround" Thank you, Samsara..for your latest insight into the Chinese Team 's Rio preparations. Well, maybe it's a bit far fetched..but I believe China actually wanted to meet Brazil in the QF. Their ultimate target is GOLD and nothing else. Their top players stayed away from the Grand Prix Finals in BKK, says a lot. Their loss to the Dutch in the opening game may have changed some of their plans. They have done a lot of research and groundwork on their opponents. At that stage...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 7:55pm

Author: samsara

Women's World Grand Champions Cup 2017

Just be aware of this fact. From VolleyMob.com: "China, however, is playing to avoid becoming the first-ever Grand Champions cup winner to lose a match. Surprisingly, even in a tournament that pits the best-of-the-best in the world against one another, there has never been enough parity that a team has lost a match and still won the tournament." A winner cannot lose any match. A loser cannot be the eventual winner. Weird enough, what a speciality from the WGCC, knowing what happened in other eve...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 1:21pm

Author: samsara

Chinese NT 2017

Lang Ping's public lecture at the Beijing Normal University Lang Ping delivered a public lecture at the Beijing Normal University (one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China), talked about her early careers, incl. coached in Italian club(s) (might have something to do why Chun-lei plays in Italy), the difficult years of the NT and so forth... yet of course the main, the most interesting part was her team stories and struggles behind the scenes, the off-court stories. This most ...

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 11:14am

Author: samsara

Chinese NT 2017

The Mid-Autumn Festival set foot on the journey: Lang Ping and An Jiajie to see off Zhu Ting and Zeng Chun-lei A small intimate farewell lunch (I guess), Lang & An jointly presented the Chinese-English dictionary set to Zhu Ting (and expect her to improve her English skill) in addition to the safety tokens to both players. Daily Sports: Zeng Chun-lei is about to start her trip to Italy, she sends out her blessings Beijing time on the evening of October 9, 2017, Beijing TV Sports channel "Daily S...

Sunday, October 1st 2017, 7:36pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "USAvolleyfan" Sloetjes best OPP? Rahimova was robbed! Exactly!! Moreover to think that AZE is the host... just look at the Japanese team in the recent WGCC for such award My Poor Polina Rahimova.... she should have gotten that award!!

Sunday, October 1st 2017, 7:14pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Congratulations to Serbian team for the Gold! Both my predictions for Gold and Silver go right... the Netherlands team gave very good fight, and I think set #2 just slipped away from the Dutch grip... but the Slavic girls are the better team, at least in today's match. Only the RUS failed the Bronze. Boskovic is the MVP Wonder how did the TUR team fare if they faced NED in SF i/o SRB? Both RUS & ITA teams are doubtful now to be in the World's Top-7... think the TUR team has good chance to up its...

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 9:13pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "Insider" a team may look perfect until its weakness is found. Ex: Serbia before Olympic final. My opinion is that Serbia's weakness is mihajlovic, as a spiker she is not as dominant as Boskovic or Zhu Ting. her reception is mediocre, and she is often out of energy after 2 or 3 sets. So, just target Maha on the serves and blocks. Of course no single team is perfect, flawless... there's always some deficiency with every team. But to be able to exploit the said weakness of Mihajlovic ...

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 8:55pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "rbdfabio" Quoted from "crovolley" Quoted from "saishuu" Quoted from "crovolley" Quoted from "saishuu" Quoted from "crovolley" My God you have Boskovic-Rasic-Mihajlovic on the net. How can you fight against that. Ask China or Brazil. China yeah, Brazil no. If you say so... China gold at Rio, Serbia silver, Brazil ? What I have to say more ? Brazil beat Serbia 2x in the GP this year... In the semi-final Boskovic scored 28 points ( 12 points in the 1st set) but it was not enough to be...

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 6:31pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Congratulations to the NED team. Respect for AZE team for the great fight.

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 6:10pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

So suddenly AZE becomes good in reception... what a fantastic comeback by AZE assisted by some gifts from NED serving out. GO AZE GO.... now you should get everything back incl the vigor n fighting spirit to win the tie!!

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 5:18pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Suddenly AZE cannot receive.... infected by the RUS team ... my gosh!!

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 5:12pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

GO AZE GO ... both the Twin Towers are also attractive Get your team the FAME!!! Wake up from the long sleep! The Dutch team already got its fame from the Rio 2016.

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 4:18pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Among above links, only this low res one works for Asian IP: https://www.canlitv.plus/trt-spor-canli-izle better than nothing slightly better than betting site quality AZE Twin Towers #17 Polina & #9 Natalya are the bread winners for AZE squad... both attacking & blocking

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 3:26pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "beri" I shared it a 1000 times but I will share it one more time just for clarity. You can watch both semi matches on TRT SPOR @samsara your link is good too but an immediate link to the stream is maybe easier for you guys I thought since you don't know Turkish and this link is better quality. Ha ha... how considerate you are thanks... ofc I'm blind with the Turkish... good that some keywords at TRT site are obvious even w/o translator... Voleybol WebTV Spor and so on...

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 3:12pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "harboboy" TRT Spor will broadcast both semi finals live. The link was posted previously and it doesn‘t have any block and it is in good quality. Quoted from "ossubtus" something else about AZE, they also used the 2-woman passing system (bayramova & libero) because zhidkova and rahimova couldn't pass. but now they're using both the mammadovas & samadova for reception. can someone post TRT link again? thanks. i wonder why organizers want the hosts to play first ... Thanks harboboy fo...

Saturday, September 30th 2017, 1:50pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

SEMIFINALS: The Netherlands vs Azerbaijan 30/09 18:00 (GMT +4 hours) Serbia vs Turkey 30/09 20:30 (GMT +4 hours) http://www.cev.lu/Competition-Area/Compe…ID=841&PID=1538 Still awaiting the CEV - European Volleyball youtube links but seems it won't live stream the SF matches via youtube or very aggressively geoblock them !?... I could see its QF links days in advance but until this hour still no links for SF :-( <sigh> must seek other ways to watch... hope some to relay the live stream After all ...

Friday, September 29th 2017, 8:15pm

Author: samsara

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Guidetti, the only coach who comes into court joins the celebration with players :-) he has a "cool hand" every team that he touches brings good results Congratulations to Turkish team... winning straight vs Russian team is beyond one's imagination, definitely not mine. As for RUS team perhaps needs to go back to the drawing board for the 2018 WCh, rethink the team lineup, improves reception and passing. Kosheleva just wanes in her effectiveness... age, fitness, injury or what? Goncharova remain...