2016 CEV Challenge Cup

  • After Joppe Paulides (MB) set an example on Tuesday and played as a receiver against Skra Belchatow in the Champions League, the legendary Robert Szczerbaniuk followed his example and played as an OH for his club CEZ Karlovarsko against Arcada Galati at the Challenge Cup. Both did quite well, I would say.

  • After Joppe Paulides (MB) set an example on Tuesday and played as a receiver against Skra Belchatow in the Champions League, the legendary Robert Szczerbaniuk followed his example and played as an OH for his club CEZ Karlovarsko against Arcada Galati at the Challenge Cup. Both did quite well, I would say.


    I know Paulides is good beach player so can recieve :D

  • Lyon went through to the next round, but I think what brings some food for thought is the way they neglected the first leg in Romania. They traveled without some key players, obviously focusing on the second leg in Lyon. Risky, disrespectful to their opponents and to the tournament, but totally allowed. I am not against the format of the competition actually, we've seen pretty much all alternatives and this one seems the best, perhaps I just think this is not right.

  • Lyon went through to the next round, but I think what brings some food for thought is the way they neglected the first leg in Romania. They traveled without some key players, obviously focusing on the second leg in Lyon. Risky, disrespectful to their opponents and to the tournament, but totally allowed. I am not against the format of the competition actually, we've seen pretty much all alternatives and this one seems the best, perhaps I just think this is not right.


    Only Nikolov was rested while Diachkov and Aranha had problems with visa and couldnt board on flight from Munich to Bucharest :D they supposed to play in 1st leg

  • Expected by few, Benfica with a huge win in Verona. And it comes with some very impressive numbers as well. Ivan Kolev seems to feel quite well in Portugal now, after changing a couple of teams, and even at the age of 28 he might be a worthy candidate for the NT wide roster. Konstantinov hasn't seemed interested till now. There's not a huge diversity of OHs in the Bulgarian NT and Ivan Kolev is among the several ones in a good shape. This may be even his best shape since his junior years with the NT and CSKA.


    Also, Flavio Soares with a monster performance - 23 points, 9 stuff blocks and 74% attack (14/19). Not bad for a MB.

  • I didn't expect Verona to lose the game. I thought that Arago and even Galatasaray were stronger than Benfica. Verona some time ago looked recovered from all the injuries and was founding a good rhythm, now they're down 2-0 against Perugia and lost game 1 of semifinal... :S

  • I was in Verona yesterday and enjoyed an entertaining match I have to say. In the first two sets Verona played well and focused while Fakel didn't find a good rhythm. Then Tyurin and Klouka started to attack strong and above the block, Verona had hard times but eventually closed it 3-2 even if they could have closed it before. Kovacevic is MVP, great match for him while Starovic lost himself along the way.. It's gonna be hard in Siberia on sunday!
    P.s. Volkov you are sooooo annoying :thumbdown:

  • I was in Verona yesterday and enjoyed an entertaining match I have to say. In the first two sets Verona played well and focused while Fakel didn't find a good rhythm. Then Tyurin and Klouka started to attack strong and above the block, Verona had hard times but eventually closed it 3-2 even if they could have closed it before. Kovacevic is MVP, great match for him while Starovic lost himself along the way.. It's gonna be hard in Siberia on sunday!
    P.s. Volkov you are sooooo annoying :thumbdown:

    Sadly, it was only Kluka as Turin can't play high balls. What miraculously changed for the Novy Urengoy Moscow team after the 2nd TTO in set 3 was defense. I don't know if the key was their third MB or second setter but the boys were clearly less stressed in the end of the third set. Kovacevic looked very impressive indeed (80%+ in attack in first two sets) provided what he does doesn't qualify as a carry - hard to see on the screen.

  • Of course it was more Kliuka who spiked hard overcthe block: i think he is a great talent but has a lot of ups and downs! In the second set he served under the net, then he was unstoppable.
    The second setter had a good impact and also the block-defense system worked better and better. If Kliuka goes as in the second part of the match it will be hard, he' s the key player for Fakel in attack.

  • Verona won the cup by beating Fakel 3-2!! So happy for the team, the first european cup ever, at the first partecipation for Verona. Congrats to the players, to the staff and to Giani, he's doing a pretty good job sinche he's coaching. Today Zingel is my personale MVP, he closed everything in attack and made several blocks too. Good match for Sander and Kovacevic (he has improved so much this season).. Congrats to Verona :cup: