CEV Men’s European Championship 2019 - hosts France, Slovenia, Belgium and the Netherlands

  • Lmao it's a Eurobasket final rematch except it's not basketball but volleyball. :lol:

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • France was just unrecognizably bad and serbian block did it's job tonight.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • I won't blame NG. Without him, France can not drag the game into set #5. But NG's errors in set #5 were crucial. It's not his first time choking in clutch time. Boyer is so-so. He did not support team as good as AA did for Serbia. Toniutti was disappointing. His setting was too obvious for Serbia's blocking. Everyone knows he will pass the ball to pos 2 or pos 4. I'd rather watching Brizard do a change, at least Brizard's pass to pos 3 was great in last a few games.


    Serbia was a scary team if Jovovic did not choke. Both AA and monkey were great today. Lisinac, as one of best active MBs, did very well, both at serve and attack. Congrats to Serbia.

  • And this two teams plus Slovenia is still not Olympic bound. Can you believe it?

    Only one of them will qualify.

    FIVB should use 24 teams format (with 6 groups consisting of 4 teams, like how FIFA do it in football WC). This way more quality European teams will be qualified for Olympics and there will also be teams from all around the world.

  • Serbian block is simply astonishing :obey: Atanasijević and Uroš playing great, especially Bata. If they have good setter match would be finished long time ago. Kovač did incredible work in just month and a half :whistle::obey:


    France disappointment, completely missed tactics, they didn't used Serbian weak spot - reception. Toniutti predictable today, no combinations at all, Brizard deserved chance.

    True, they need to start Brizard. Toniutti is now in the twilight of his career.

  • It's a travesty for European volleyball really :white:

    To be fair, Bulgaria had their chance and wasted it. :gone:

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • You're saying only the winner of the finals between Serbia and Slovenia will qualify for the Olympics? Aren't there further qualifications at the end of this year for the remaining spots?

    No it's not. This tournament is not an olympic qualifier.


    The Continental Qualification tournament will start on January 2020 and it'll be the last qualifier for Tokyo Olympics. The 8 european top ranked teams(besides the qualified nations) are going to participate for a sole continental olympic slot. It's going to be a sad month for the other 7 teams.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • True, they need to start Brizard. Toniutti is now in the twilight of his career.

    Well all tactics were based pass to Boyer and N'Gapeth. That worked well so far, vs Italy serving was great but one thing either Tille or Toniutti have forgotten, Lisinac - Podraščanin are one of the best MB duo's in the world and on simple tactics like today they are becoming beasts.


    In addition with huge motivation Serbia just couldn't lose this one.

  • FIVB should use 24 teams format (with 6 groups consisting of 4 teams, like how FIFA do it in football WC). This way more quality European teams will be qualified for Olympics and there will also be teams from all around the world.

    24 teams at OG is unrealistic, the Games last for two weeks, it would be unrealistic to have so many matches within that time.