Lavarini, the head coach of Korean women's national volleyball team, interviewed at a press conference today and watched GS and Hyundai's match. I translated today's interview.
I can also join the Korean national team in January 2020 (the Asian qualifying round for the Olympic Games)."
The Korean women's volleyball team's first foreign head coach, Stefano Lavarini, has expressed his strong ambition.
Lavarini arrived at Incheon International Airport on 28th, Feb and held a press conference at the Seoul Rivera Hotel at 1 p.m. on 1st, March.
He said, "Thank you for giving me the first big responsibility. It's a big opportunity. The biggest goal is to win tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I know that expectations are high. I also want to make good results in the Olympics. I'm excited about my great journey. I'm in the part of the process of realizing my dream. But I am Italian, and have coached in Europe. I am aware of the differences in culture and values, and I must learn about them a lot."
He said about players, "I'm still in the process of catching their abilities. On average, however, Korean players have excellent technical skills. I will make good results by combining my volleyball philosophy and familiar play with my players."
He also mentioned 'Speed Volleyball' about his volleyball philosophy. He also said, "My volleyball style is aggressive in a word. This is the style of starting attacks from the serve. According to the video clip which KVA provided to me, Korean players are also good. Furthermore, he explained "Also, I prefer that all four attackers to participate actively in the attack process. And I pursue simple volleyball rather than complex strategies." At the same time, he also emphasized Quick hit play.
Currently Lavarini has coached the Brazilian women's volleyball club, Minas from 2017 and made remarkable results and drew attention. Minas' players and fans trust him a lot. This year, he's going to try to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the coach of the Korean women's volleyball team.
Korean women's volleyball team is also aiming to advance to the Tokyo Olympics for the third consecutive time following the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics. Moreover, it may be the last Olympics of Captain Kim Yeonkoung.
There's not much time. Lavarini will go back to Brazil after spending four days in Korea. He will not be able to join the national team until April.
Starting with the VNL, Korean national team will participate in the Olympics World Qualifier, the Asian Championship, the World Cup and the Olympics Asian Qualifier.
Lavarini also mentioned "I, KVA, and my agency are also aware of the Asian qualifiers in January next year. I'm on the Brazilian team now, but I might go to Italy next season." So, he can join the national team without any problems in January next year.
Meanwhile, he's going to watch GS&Hyundai's game on 1st, March, KGC&Heungkook's game on 2nd, and Hi-pass&GS game on 3rd. And He's going to leave for Brazil on the night of 3rd, March.