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

  • DOM are a good team, in the top 10 in the world, but they make dumb mistakes a lot. like today, not killing overpasses, not covering blocks, bad sets out of system, bad reception, bad sets by marte, bad defense. and they really don’t serve well. castillo is really missed.

    At least DOM will get one point from here and the team's dignity for losing to Russian team just in a tight match of tie-break.


    DOM-RUS 2:3 (16-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 5-15)


    "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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  • Busato enjoyed much his TV time, had big smile and spoke at lengthy, more than the interviewer was willing to have :-) hahaha,


    what a blessed man with a great job catering a great, beautiful team... I do guess Busato is much enjoying his stay in the vast land since he speaks good Russian.


    I really wonder how long has he been living there that he's able to speak that difficult Slavic language fluently enough :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

  • Great moment for the South Korean team to grab the full points here from the newcomer, Cameroon squad after ditching yesterday's match against Russian team by resting their main starting line-up (KYK, Lee JY, Yang HJ, et al). A conserving-energy mode.


    A win much needed to improve its position, KOR is supposed to grab full points against the CMR, ARG and KEN in order to stay relevant. Any other win is merely a huge upset.


    "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

  • Let's wait for the day when FIVB makes it clear that the World Cup will no longer hand out the WR points and/or serve as the OG qualification tournament giving out two tickets, supplanted by some newly introduced dedicated OG qualifying event. Until then, we all shall take the World Cup as is and all other news are just rumours! But when FIVB takes out all the honey from the World Cup, basically it kills off that quadrennial tournament, at least gradually :-) so it's up to every one what to believe. But remember, after the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, it will take many decades for Japan to ever host that Earth's largest sport event again :whistle:


    Japan secured the several decade-long deal with the FIVB to host the World Cup sometime in the late 1970's, and the deal was obtained by the Japanese side at cheap due to the cash-strapped situation faced by the FIVB back then. It may be possible that such deal shall come into its end after so long... though I have no idea when is its expiration.

    Several decade long deal? No, FIVB probably had this on a 4-year event contract. FujiTV said, we like the tournament and keep renewing it. Sadly as the Japanese team has not performed as well both men and women, and the JVA losing money on these tournaments, it just made sense to say, we will reduce the number of tournaments Japan completely run. Could Japan still run a tournament or two, yes it can easily? Grand Champions Cup will probably still exist as it is a week long tournament.

  • Brazil's reception is a mess.

    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 must be something with Sheilla's presence in the court that makes Brazil play better. :white:

    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

  • Brazil needs more physicality in the outside position considering they have no good reception but the OHs are all less than 183cm. :white:

    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