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Saturday, December 9th 2017, 9:14pm

Author: YavorD

technical problems/missing posts

Quoted from "sitenoise" Quoted from "theloneracer" I can't get to my inbox. If I press "Private Messages" up above, I get the same error. That's been my experience for several weeks. I am sorry about that I can confirm the problem, I have been unable to use personal messages for over a month now. I contacted both WoltLab and Popelka (he is the license holder) but I have got no news/solution/improvement till now.

Saturday, December 9th 2017, 9:11pm

Author: YavorD

I just realized I never wrote a post here.

Quoted from "Martee" Hey Tim! Thanks for the message! I'm definitely looking forward to contributing to this forum more again. About the match on 24/2... Actually I was hesitating between this game and a Plusliga game but Poland cities are not easy to get to (compared to München which serves tons of US desitinations) and I have a friend in Innsbruck... so there we go. Sebastian Kühner is still on my list, along with Robert Kromm and Steven Marshall. I unfortunately doesn't know anyone on the ho...

Saturday, December 9th 2017, 11:20am

Author: YavorD

2018 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

Quoted from "garbalawal" According to Tunisia Volleyball federation, a new competition will be created in 2018: the "FIVB Men's Challenger League" with 20 teams participating. The latest FIVB news confirms it. FIVB are planning a Challenger Cup for both genders but with only 6 teams each, not 20. How and whether confederations are going to choose the participants is still unclear and rather individual.

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 3:01pm

Author: YavorD

Russian Superleague 2017/2018

After commenting on Serniotti's dismissal in Poland, let's move on to Cretu's resignation in Belgorod. One single game, lost 0-3 at home to Kuzbass in the Cup semifinal, is said to have been the reason for the coach's decision. Is there something more into this story? I downloaded the match and watched it two days ago (next comes the replay of the final, on the to-do list). Well, OK, Belogorie were absent in that semifinal. Shaky reception, non-existent block, self-destructive serves, vague atta...

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 2:12pm

Author: YavorD

Poland - PlusLiga 2017/18

I was also surprised by Serniotti's dismissal. Results may not have been in his favour indeed, but a serious team, unless finding themselves near the bottom of the table in December, won't normally fire a coach in the middle of the season. And Serniotti is a serious name, the least he deserves is some time. I don't know, however, whether there are any problems in the locker room or with him personally. To me, Resovia's squad this season isn't quite impressive and I am certain there are not many ...

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 1:58pm

Author: YavorD

2017 - 2018 transfer news

Viacheslau Charapovich got released by Neftochimik 2010 Burgas. The official reason is an ongoing injury he cannot recover from. Whether this is entirely true is unclear. Evgeniy Bannov (Russia, Universal, 23-year-old, 207 cm, property of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk) has joined Levski Sofia (probably on loan). He started the season on loan at Ugra-Samotlor in the Russian league but terminated his contract due to the club's financial problems.

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 1:51pm

Author: YavorD

CEV Cup Men 2018

Quoted from "TimHH" Schedule: http://www.cev.lu/Competition-Area/compe…D=1034&PID=1548 The competition will start this week. For the upper half of the draw, Belgorod looks like the clear favourite, especially considering Resovia's latest performances. On first view, the lower half looks a bit more balanced with decent teams like Ziraat, Verona, Montpellier, United Volleys or even Neftochemik. Pretty tough first round battle between United Volleys and Montpellier and a nice compairison between f...

Friday, December 1st 2017, 12:48pm

Author: YavorD

Germany - Volleyball Bundesliga (VBL) 2017/18

It feels great to have volleyball on free TV, doesn't it? When you don't have to look for streams or pray for the internet connection to last Especially in Germany this must be some kind of phenomenon Berlin vs. Tirol Haching was an entertaining match. I have watched too little from the Bundesliga so far to make any comparisons or general remarks. But based on their recent results, this might've been Berlin's best game till now. I haven't seen Carroll score that much in a while. Luke Perry seems...

Friday, December 1st 2017, 12:31pm

Author: YavorD

Nice 2 meet you!

Welcome Would you like to tell us where you play? Is it just for fun or do you have ambitions for something more? Enjoy your time here!

Friday, December 1st 2017, 12:27pm

Author: YavorD

Men's World Championship 2018

So we didn't actually see the draw, right? Even the officially recorded video on YouTube interrupts the draw in the middle and shows the interviews afterwards. I have to say I feared I would be right when Japan was immediately drawn to Pool A Still, I believe the Italians didn't mess up this time, they got Belgium and Slovenia which will make the group entertaining. The host said that it would be made sure no more than 3 teams from a confederation could be drawn together, yet they first drew th...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 9:25pm

Author: YavorD

Men's World Championship 2018

Quoted from "Kk15" But, I don't understand, are you really suggesting that they can willingly alterate the sorting? I'm not sarcastic, I'm really asking because it would be shameful. [I know you put the joke mode on, but still...] One thing (still shameful, but at least somehow 'legal') is to adjust the rules of the seeding/sorting or adjust the formula to have an easier path as host*, another thing is to deliberately fake the sorting... Anyway, why Bulgaria is seeded with the third of the rank...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 4:28pm

Author: YavorD

Russian Superleague 2017/2018

The Russian Cup semifinals will take place during the weekend in Belgorod. Just 4 teams and no bronze medal game this year. Semifinals: Belogorie vs. Kuzbass Zenit Kazan vs. Lokomotiv Novosibirsk

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 4:20pm

Author: YavorD

Men's World Championship 2018

The draw will take place tomorrow, 30th November, in Florence. We already know the seeded teams, thanks to a not very clearly defined serpentine system, in each of the 4 pools. Pool A (in Italy) Italy (Hosts) Argentina (7) Pool B (in Bulgaria) Brazil (1) Canada (6) Pool C (in italy) United States (2) Russia (5) Pool D (in Bulgaria) Bulgaria (Hosts) Poland (3) Pot 3: Iran (8 ), France (9), Serbia (11), Japan (12) Pot 4: Egypt (13), Belgium (15), Cuba (16), Australia (17) Pot 5: Finland (18 ), Chi...

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 4:06pm

Author: YavorD

2017 - 2018 transfer news

Quoted from "Kaziyski" Burutay is playing as OH as I know, Velizar played whole derby against Ziraat which Halkbank won As you know, Burutay is universal in general, so I was referring to him being the preferred option for opposite. Happy that Chernokozhev played against Ziraatbank, though!

Monday, November 27th 2017, 8:29pm

Author: YavorD

Russian Superleague 2017/2018

Quoted from "powsoff" Quoted from "YavorD" Well, I also won't rule out some backstage games, especially when one company has a few teams in the league, but facts are facts. Zenit's rejects beat Zenit We've discussed Dinamo Moscow's problems, now they seem to have scored some important wins in a row and to approach the top 4 spots. And they still used an OH (Kooy) as a MB until recently! Fakel and Kuzbass are obvious, Nova has been indeed the team to talk about lately. However, I would like to b...

Friday, November 24th 2017, 3:06pm

Author: YavorD

Bulgarian Superliga 2017-2018

I finally found some free time to write a few lines about the situation in the league. I just can't post scores, stats, and rankings, I am sorry Currently placed 4th, Neftochimik are obviously one of the league's disappointments. The team is in a series of 4 consecutive defeats, including the two against Friedrichshafen in the Champions League. In the CL thread I mentioned part of the problems, there are more of those, however. And whereas the first two defeats in the league can easily be explai...

Friday, November 24th 2017, 2:36pm

Author: YavorD

2017 - 2018 transfer news

Quoted from "YavorD" Quoted from "Ozkan Celebi" Velizar Chernokozhev zu Halkbank Ankara. The only official thing here is that he is on a try-out with the team. Halkbank haven't made a decision yet, as far as I know. Now it's official, also confirmed by Halkbank's webpage. Velizar Chernokozhev signed wit Halkbank as a medical joker for the injured Hernandez. Halkbank also have Burutay Subasi, so I guess Chernokozhev will still sit on the bench. Pity, this guy's career could've turned otherwise i...

Thursday, November 23rd 2017, 11:55pm

Author: YavorD

Russian Superleague 2017/2018

Well, I also won't rule out some backstage games, especially when one company has a few teams in the league, but facts are facts. Zenit's rejects beat Zenit We've discussed Dinamo Moscow's problems, now they seem to have scored some important wins in a row and to approach the top 4 spots. And they still used an OH (Kooy) as a MB until recently! Fakel and Kuzbass are obvious, Nova has been indeed the team to talk about lately. However, I would like to briefly discuss Lokomotiv Novosibirsk with po...

Thursday, November 23rd 2017, 11:34pm

Author: YavorD

France - Ligue Nationale de Volley 2017-18

As it often happens when lesser teams reach to finals, championship titles or European participation, they usually suffer the following season. Be it for selling key players or just lacking the experience needed to handle the number of games and expectations. Whereas Chaumont has been a factor in French volleyball for some years now and not just a temporary phenomenon, hence I am really looking forward to their CL performances, Toulouse is obivously suffering from the syndrome. Almost absent in ...

Saturday, November 18th 2017, 2:39pm

Author: YavorD

USA - NVA (National Volleyball Association)

Quoted from "tomen" Quoted from "beri" Yaas, now we need a women's league! I feel that the reason why men's league is first is that USA people prefer women's league to men's one. It is an "experiment". I thought so, too But it doesn't matter right now, it's been in the air for so long that any experiment is worth the try. Let's see how the schedule and the format are going to look like, the website is also under construction. The one thing that bothers me is that it will never be taken seriousl...