FIVB World Cup 2019 - Sept. 14 to 29, Japan

  • Startseva with the presence of mind to keep on playing the ball until the ref officially ended the rally.

    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

  • Koroleva is flying high at the moment... the very Russo Wall!


    "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

  • Koroleva is a beast. :obey:

    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

  • tie-break request is granted!


    Busato speaks a functional Russian, no need for interpreter! He blends well with the Russians, providing much better atmosphere for the teams, warm-hearted, fatherly, compared to both Marichev and Pankov... now there are more smiles among the Russian players on court.


    Does anyone notice that Startseva is beautiful? Must say it out and aloud :-) <3

    I agree. I guess we'll have to see what's going to happen with his reign as russia's head honcho.

    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

  • Koroleva in Thaisa Menesez mode.


    Goncharova is still reaching 30 pts even if shes past prime.


    She just needs to make a pipe attack! ^^

  • Russia is playing free as a bird. No ifs, just play.

    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

  • There's a couple brain farts in this set you usually don't see Japan make

  • I still don't understand the setter and libero choices by Nakada. Japan has so many athletes at the same level and Nakada probably makes her decision based on who is better at the camp. She should invest the potential.

  • anyone knows where is kimura Saori??

    Also the great opposite of japan, nagaoka??

    Saori retired, Nagaoka torn ACL, twice, has missed the last two seasons

  • Parubets subbed off by Lazareva was like a cold water poured on her head moment for her. Like she's an opposite and Busato still put her in for Parubets. It should be eye opening reminder to her to keep on improving to overcome more difficulties.

    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

  • Awww, that's pretty cute Voronkova in the post match interview :)

  • anyone knows where is kimura Saori??

    Also the great opposite of japan, nagaoka??

    Kimura has retired a couple of years ago and is enjoying life as a fan. Nagaoka had a big injury in the Italian League after the World Champs last year, so she is recovering.