2016 Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Pool A:


    Brazil (host country)
    Italy (2015 World Cup runner-up)
    USA (2015 World Cup winner)
    France (3rd placed team at the world qualifier)
    Canada (4th placed team at the world qualifier)
    Mexico (Intercontinental qualifier winner)



    Pool B:


    Poland (World qualifier winner)
    Russia (European qualifier winner)
    Argentina (South American qualifier winner)
    Iran (Best Asian team at the world qualifier)
    Cuba (NORCECA qualifier winner)
    Egypt (African qualifier winner)



    Schedule:
    Link


    Preliminary round:


    Sunday August 7th:
    09:30 - ITA 3-0 FRA
    11:35 - BRA 3-1 MEX
    15:00 - POL 3-0 EGY
    17:05 - USA 0-3 CAN
    20:30 - RUS 3-1 CUB
    22:35 - ARG 3-0 IRN


    Tuesday August 9th:
    09:30 - RUS 1-3 ARG
    11:35 - FRA 3-0 MEX
    15:00 - ITA 3-1 USA
    17:05 - POL 3-2 IRN
    20:30 - CUB 0-3 EGY
    22:35 - BRA 3-1 CAN


    Thursday August 11th:
    09:30 - IRN 3-0 CUB
    11:35 - RUS 3-0 EGY
    15:00 - POL 3-0 ARG
    17:05 - CAN 0-3 FRA
    20:30 - ITA 3-0 MEX
    22:35 - BRA 1-3 USA


    Saturday August 13th:
    09:30 - IRN 3-0 EGY
    11:35 - ARG 3-0 CUB
    15:00 - POL 2-3 RUS
    17:05 - USA 3-1 FRA
    20:30 - CAN 3-0 MEX
    22:35 - BRA 1-3 ITA


    Monday August 15th:
    09:30 - ARG 3-0 EGY
    11:35 - USA 3-0 MEX
    15:00 - RUS 3-0 IRN
    17:05 - POL 3-0 CUB
    20:30 - ITA 1-3 CAN
    22:35 - BRA 3-1 FRA


    QuarterFinals:


    Wednesday August 17th:
    10:00 - RUS 3-0 CAN
    14:00 - USA 3-0 POL
    18:00 - ITA 3-0 IRN
    22:15 - BRA 3-1 ARG


    Semifinals:


    Friday August 19th:
    13:00 - ITA 3-2 USA
    22:15 - BRA 3-0 RUS


    Finals:


    Sunday August 21th:
    9:30 - Bronze medal match - USA 3-2 RUS
    13:15 - Gold medal match - ITA 0-3 BRA




    Rosters:
    [[Numbers in () indicate OG appearance. G, S and B stand for Gold, Silver and Bronze]]


    Pool A:


    BRA:


    S: Bruno Rezende (2) (2S), William Arjona
    OPP: Evandro Guera, Wallace De Souza (1) (S)
    OH: Douglas Souza, Maurício Borges, Lipe, Ricardo Lucarelli
    MB: Éder Carborena, Lucão (1) (S), Maurício Souza
    L: Serginho (3) (G 2S)
    Coach: Rezande (5) (G 3S)


    ITA:


    S: Pasquale Sottile, Simone Giannelli
    OH: Oleg Antonov, Osmany Juantorena, Filippo Lanza, Ivan Zaytsev (1) (B)
    MB: Matteo Piano, Simone Buti, Emanuele Birarelli (2) (B)
    Op: Luca Vettori
    L: Massimo Colaci, Salvatore Rossini
    Coach: Blengini


    USA:


    S: Micah Christenson, Kawika Shoji
    OH: Aaron Russell, Taylor Sander, Reid Priddy (3) (G), Thomas Jaeschke
    MB: David Lee (2) (G), Max Holt, David Smith (1)
    Op: Matt Anderson (1), Murphy Troy
    L: Eric Shoji
    Coach: Speraw (2)


    FRA:


    S: Benjamin Toniutti, Pierre Pujol
    OH: Earvin Ngapeth, Kevin Tillie, Nicolas Marechal, Trevor Clevenot
    MB: Kevin Le Roux, Nicolas Le Goff, Franck Lafitte
    Op: Antonin Rouzier, Thibault Rossard
    L: Jenia Grebennikov
    Coach: Tillie (2)


    CAN:


    S: Tyler Sanders, Jay Blankenau
    OH: John Gordon Perrin, Nicolas Hoag, Frederic Winters, Steven Marshall
    MB: Justin Duff, Daniel Jansen VanDoorn, Graham Virgrass, Rudy Verhoeff
    Op: Gavin Schmitt
    L: Blair Bann
    Coach: Hoag (1)


    MEX:


    S: Jesús Perales, Pedro Rangel
    OH: Carlos Fernando Guerra, Jorge Barajas, Gonzalo Ruiz, Jorge Quiñones
    MB: Samuel Córdova, Tomás Aguilera, José Martínez
    Op: Daniel Vargas, Néstor Orellana
    L: Jesús Rangel
    Coach: Lopez



    Pool B:

    POL:


    S: Fabian Drzyzga, Grzegorz Łomacz
    OH: Michał Kubiak (1), Mateusz Mika, Rafał Buszek, Bartosz Bednorz
    MB: Mateusz Bieniek, Karol Kłos, Piotr Nowakowski (1)
    OP: Bartosz Kurek (1), Dawid Konarski
    L: Paweł Zatorski
    Coach: Antiga (1)


    RUS:


    S: Sergey Grankin (1) (G), Igor Kobzar
    OH: Egor Kliuka, Sergey Tetyukhin (5) (G S 2B), Dmitry Volkov
    MB: َAndrey Ashchev, Artem Volvich, Alexander Volkov (1) (G)
    OP: Maxim Mikhailov (1) (G), Kostyantin Bakun
    L: Alexy Verbof (2) (2B), Artem Ermakov
    Coach: Alekno (2) (G B)


    ARG:


    S: Luciano De Cecco (1), Demian Gonzalez
    OH: Nicolas Bruno (1), Facundo Conte (1), Ezequiel Palacios, Cristian Poglajen (1)
    MB: Pablo Crer (1), Martin Ramos, Sebastian Sole (1)
    OP: Bruno Lima, Jose Luis Gonzalez
    L: Alexis Gonzalez (1)
    Coach: Velasco (2) (S)


    IRN:


    S: Saeid Marouf, Mehdi Mahdavi
    OH: Hamzeh Zarini, Milad Ebadipour, Farhad Ghaemi, Mojtaba Mirzajanpour
    MB: Mohammad Mousavi, Adel Gholami, Mostafa Sharifat
    Op: Shahram Mahmoudi, Amir Ghafour
    L: Mehdi Marandi
    Coach: Lozano (2)


    CUB:


    S: Yosvani Nicolas, Adrian Goide
    OH: Osniel Hernandez, Javier Jimenez, Mario Sanchez, Miguel Lopez Castro
    MB: Javier Rojas, Livan Rodriguez, Dareinn Delis
    Op: Osniel Gonzalez
    L: Yonder Alvarez, Reinier Rojas Cohimbra
    Coach: Vives (1)


    EGY:


    S: Ashraf Aboulhassan (1), Hossam Youssif
    OH: Mohamed Abdelmoneim (1), Ahmed Youssif, Mohamed Elhosseini, Omar Naguib
    MB: Mamdouh Abdelmoneim, Abdelhalim Ebo, Mohamed Adel
    Op: Ahmed Salah (1), Ahmed Kotb
    L: Ahmed Abdel Aal
    Coach: El Shemrely




    Volleyball - Referees
    Andrey Zenovich (RUS)
    Juraj Mokry (SVK)
    Fabrizio Pasquali (ITA)
    Susana Rodriguez (ESP)
    Piotr Dudek (POL)
    Vladimir Simonovic (SRB)
    Arturo Di Giacomo (BEL)
    Paulo Turci (BRA)
    Rogerio Espicalsky (BRA)
    Nasr Shaaban (EGY)
    Taoufik Boudaya (TUN)
    Denny Cespedes (DOM)
    Hernan Casamiquela (ARG)
    Luis Macias (MEX)
    Heike Kraft (GER)
    Jiang Liu (CHN)
    Joo Hee Kang (KOR)
    Mohammad Shahmiri (IRI)
    Ibrahim Al Naama (QAT)
    Patricia Rolf (USA)

  • Teams that have qualified for the Olympics:


    Brazil (host country)
    United States (2015 World Cup winner)
    Italy (2015 World Cup runner-up)
    Argentina (South American qualifier winner)
    Russia (European qualifier winner)
    Egypt (African qualifier winner)
    Cuba (North American qualifier winner)
    Iran (Asian qualifier)
    Poland (1st World qualifier winner)
    France (1st World qualifier 3rd place)
    Canada (1st World qualifier 4th place)
    Mexico (2nd World qualifier winner)

  • Looking for Groups- 4 Teams in every Group will be enough. After round robin Qs, Ss and Fs.


    Canada, Mexico, Cuba or Egypt in Qs will be earthquake in Volleyball World.

  • What those stupid people at the FIVB are doing? Polsatsport has published a schedule for itself which doesn't contain times of the matches. link
    One brand-new innovation that it suggests is that in the quarter it will be a draw but for A2-B3 or A3. that means teams of the same group can face each other.

  • What those stupid people at the FIVB are doing? Polsatsport has published a schedule for itself which doesn't contain times of the matches. link
    One brand-new innovation that it suggests is that in the quarter it will be a draw but for A2-B3 or A3. that means teams of the same group can face each other.


    They did the A2 or B2-B3, A2 or B2-A3 matches as a way to prevent teams from losing their final match to get a "favorable" match in the quarterfinal in London. This way teams would not know their opponent until the draw after all of the matches had been played.

  • They did the A2 or B2-B3, A2 or B2-A3 matches as a way to prevent teams from losing their final match to get a "favorable" match in the quarterfinal in London. This way teams would not know their opponent until the draw after all of the matches had been played.


    But this new system will cause some result fixing.


  • But this new system will cause some result fixing.


    No it will not create result fixing. Both the 2nd and 3rd positions are drawn separately. So neither side will know until the draw after all of group play is finished. The only reason that B3 or A3 is listed is because of the time schedules.


  • No it will not create result fixing. Both the 2nd and 3rd positions are drawn separately. So neither side will know until the draw after all of group play is finished. The only reason that B3 or A3 is listed is because of the time schedules.


    It will, unike 2012 edition.


    Imagine we have 2.USA and 3.France in pool A. at the final day we have match Russia Iran in Pool B. Imagine Poland has beaten both and is first. in the 2012 edition, Russia and Iran knew that this match wont change anything because draw will decide for them to play against US or Fra and they wont try to lose or win! (the only difference would be to choose semi-final opponent).


    But in this year's rule, for a example Iran or both dont like to encounter Fra so they will try to lose and become 3rd in the group. (in this edition they can choose semi-final opponent too)

  • And to add sth: the positions cant be drawn seperately because once one of the matches is determined the other is so. if we have A2-A3 draw, the other match will be B2-B3. and in 2012 edition if we have A2-B2 match the other match will be A3-B3 match

  • USA announced their 12 player roster:


    U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team Roster
    No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
    1. Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
    2. Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State)
    3. Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
    4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
    7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
    8. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
    9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
    10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-7, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
    11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)
    17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
    20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
    22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

  • Polish wide roster for Olympic Games (20 players):


    Setters: Grzegorz Łomacz, Fabian Drzyzga, Paweł Woicki
    Opposites: Bartosz Kurek, Dawid Konarski, Maciej Muzaj
    Outside Hitters: Michał Kubiak, Rafał Buszek, Mateusz Mika, Artur Szalpuk, Bartosz Bednorz, Aleksander Śliwka, Wojciech Żaliński
    Middle Blockers: Mateusz Bieniek, Piotr Nowakowski, Karol Kłos, Marcin Możdżonek, Andrzej Wrona
    Liberos: Paweł Zatorski, Damian Wojtaszek


    it's easy to choose S, OP and L to be out unless any serious injury appears - Woicki, Muzaj and Wojtaszek are out


    from OHs - Śliwka and Żaliński out, 4th one probably will be Szalpuk like in Japan and Bednorz will rather stay at home


    from MBs - the toughest battle is here :whistle: IMHO Wrona is out and I hope he won't be in Brazil because there are better players, it's hard to choose 1 to be out :whistle: probably either Możdżonek or Bieniek, but it can be each of this group :wavy: maybe Kłos, Bieniek and Nowakowski will go ?(

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    Bronze medal - World League 2012 Prediction Game

  • Bieniek out? No way. He`s their best Blocker and also a great server...

  • coming back to Polish roster: it seems that Artur Szalpuk is out because he didnt make to Final Six World League roster, then only 1 MB is to cut, maybe Nowakowski or Możdżonek ?(

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    Bronze medal - World League 2012 Prediction Game