2020 Olympic Games - qualification

  • There's only one ticket to grab, so you have to beat everyone. Group distribution doesn't make a difference indeed

    Minimizing the risk of an early elimination is still important though.


    It only takes two matches to knock you out of the group stage and the olympics. A team under crisis can always regroup during the playoffs so an easier group can be very good for a team stricken with injuries during the winter break of club season or even during the continental OQT itself.

    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

  • Minimizing the risk of an early elimination is still important though.


    It only takes two matches to knock you out of the group stage and the olympics. A team under crisis can always regroup during the playoffs so an easier group can be very good for a team stricken with injuries during the winter break of club season or even during the continental OQT itself.

    China was last in their Pool in Rio, and look how they finished.

  • Heynen taught all of us several times that you only need to win some specific key matches in order to get what you want. A good draw would be putting the most dangerous team in your own pool so you don't meet them again until the final.

  • China was last in their Pool in Rio, and look how they finished.

    THAT Chinese team was an EXCEPTIONAL even fortunate back then… "once upon a time" phenomenon! How defeated the SUPERIOR HOST team, Brazil, was really beyond the expectation of the Chinese team (but once they did, it's an apparent turning point that gave the team the boldness to deal with any other!), no one within the team really had such confidence though they needed to fight back as the only choice!


    And how many teams had successfully attained such outcome in Olympics or its qualification after being at the bottom of the qualified group stage at the history of the modern volleyball? 😄 🙄🤔


    "The majority of men are not capable of thinking, but only of believing and are not accessible to reason but only to authority." -­ Arthur Schopenhauer

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  • THAT Chinese team was an EXCEPTIONAL even fortunate back then… "once upon a time" phenomenon!


    And how many teams had successfully attained such outcome in Olympics or its qualification after being at the bottom of the qualified group stage at the history of the modern volleyball? 😄 🙄🤔


    Brazil did it just 4 years before than China.

  • These powerful CEV teams, if being spread out into all other Confederations for the Olympics qualifying purposes, will easily grab the remaining four spots from the native teams :-)


    But then it won't be a colourful Olympic event but a European extended fest :whistle:


    "The majority of men are not capable of thinking, but only of believing and are not accessible to reason but only to authority." -­ Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Heynen taught all of us several times that you only need to win some specific key matches in order to get what you want. A good draw would be putting the most dangerous team in your own pool so you don't meet them again until the final.

    That's what exactly happened to turkey during ECh and it worked for them

  • Yes sure.

    As well as Brazil is the only team which was just one point away from being eliminated; actually, faced several match points, but still claimed the gold medal in modern vball history.

    don't forget that glaring error from the lineswoman on the 5th set, the garay spike that landed about a foot in but was called out... luckily didn't change the final result...