2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • interesting choice by Sammelvuo. not starting with Kliuka, Volkov and Kurkaev, even though two of them came to play in the 3rd set but that was probably too late. Volkov made difference in the match though . I think his decision had something to do with the Olympic qualification and Iran/Russia being in the same group.


    I think Iran will be safe for final six with 2 more wins and we have to play Portugal and Australia at home next week. maybe finally Kolakovic can use his bench players for the last weekend in Bulgaria

  • interesting choice by Sammelvuo. not starting with Kliuka, Volkov and Kurkaev, even though two of them came to play in the 3rd set but that was probably too late. Volkov made difference in the match though . I think his decision had something to do with the Olympic qualification and Iran/Russia being in the same group.


    I think Iran will be safe for final six with 2 more wins and we have to play Portugal and Australia at home next week. maybe finally Kolakovic can use his bench players for the last weekend in Bulgaria

    Yeah I think F6 is already secured but if we want to fight for a trophy Kolakovic MUST send the B team to the bulgaria for the last weekend. The main six players of Iran played nonstopsince the beginning of the VNL

  • hard to predict that. If Iran keeps playing like they did against brazil and russia, they might have a chance

    A lot of the teams aren't taking VNL seriously which makes this season not an accurate gauge for Iran beating Russia's strongest team in the OG qualifier.

    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

  • A lot of the teams aren't taking VNL seriously which makes this season not an accurate gauge for Iran beating Russia's strongest team in the OG qualifier.

    Not true for Brazil they were full-power (except bruno) against Iran. Also Leal had an excellent performance on that match. But I agree we'll see what is the teams performance in F6

  • You know Australia despite the losses seemed to have the most potential among every team in VNL to have a really good new generation if the cards play out well for them. I don't know but I just have a strange great feeling about this lot.

    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 no redeeming qualities for Bulgarian play.


    :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

  • I hate moments like happened during match France-USA. Ball after Patch spike touched net and block, referee whistled and gave point to France so USA took challenge... and this challenge was shown from the backcourt perspective instead of 1st referee perspective. Of course 1st referee doesn’t behave smart and didn’t ask for replay from different point of view because he is paid for waving his hands only, no matter which side... :down:


    But the worst referee of this edition of VNL goes so far to Takeshi Eshida after yesterday’s 9 mistakes and many own interpretation which made everyone headache. Even Polish press wrote about him today.

  • Seems like Bulgaria have no leadership to control their aggression as a team.


    Sokolov is trying but I also think he rolled his eyes on a teammate behind his back. :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

  • Bulgaria is improvising so much. Nothing's wrong with that but hesitation is the fine margin between smooth and rough transition and I don't mean that as everyone have to dive or set the ball when they have to. They just have to know when to do it and execute it properly so the touch is not wasted.

    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

  • It's all cool with Iran, they are playing well, but the schedule has been incredibly lopsided in their favor this year.


    They play all 4 first weekends in Asia and even in a very favorable order (from China to Japan -close by- then two consecutive weekends at home).


    I know distance from Iran to China/Japan is big but in time zone is not that much, just 3/4 hours.

  • Worst Refrees ever since i'm watching the volleyball games. I think he missjudged like 7-8 balls against poland because he was affected by the audience, Also someone needs to control Mousavi everytime he plays against Poland. He wants to explode whenever the conditions are against his will. Overall it was a good game, Poland with his B team (which i think most of them are from Junior world's champion team) did a great performance.

    I watched this game and agree that the referee was awful. Just that I think the wrong calls were not in favor of either team...

  • Bulgaria have severe problems with composure and solidarity as a team. It's just a shame with such talent at their disposal.

    By talent do you mean they have physical advantage?


    I also find it a pity that with a relatively stable squads over the years, Bulgaria's NT performance is getting worse. Absence of a stable OH who can receive well and manage to contribute on the offensive end is the biggest problem. In the past, Konstantinov and Aleksiev played this role well.

  • Yeah I think F6 is already secured but if we want to fight for a trophy Kolakovic MUST send the B team to the bulgaria for the last weekend. The main six players of Iran played nonstopsince the beginning of the VNL


    interesting choice by Sammelvuo. not starting with Kliuka, Volkov and Kurkaev, even though two of them came to play in the 3rd set but that was probably too late. Volkov made difference in the match though . I think his decision had something to do with the Olympic qualification and Iran/Russia being in the same group.


    I think Iran will be safe for final six with 2 more wins and we have to play Portugal and Australia at home next week. maybe finally Kolakovic can use his bench players for the last weekend in Bulgaria

    Not enough with only 2 more wins.


    Mathematically, even if Iran takes 3 wins next week with 3-0 including 3-0 France, there is still a remote chance Iran may miss F6 if they get 0-9 in the last week --


    Imagine if Poland takes all 3-0 in the last 6 matches (including 3-0 Italy), Russia loses to Brazil with whatever score, Brazil loses 0-3 to both Italy and France, and Italy loses 1-3 to France in addition to the 0-3 Poland. Then Russia and Brazil will both have one more win than Iran, France will have same wins but one more point than Iran, Poland will have same wins and points but slightly better set ratio (38/17 vs 35/16), and Italy will have same wins, points, set ratio with Iran, and comparing point ratio, anything can happen...


    Well, that's an extreme case just for mathematical exercise which would hardly happen. So if Iran really gets 3 3-0 next week, Iran is >99.9% in F6.


    But 3 3-0 is not easy especially considering the match against France. A more realistic result might be 3-0 Australia and Portugal, and 3-2 France, then as long as Poland takes 6 wins with 3-0 or 3-1, Poland will be over Iran with 1 more point if Iran lose all 3 matches in the last week with 0-3 or 1-3. After all, Poland 3-1 Italy is not impossible, and 3-1 other remaining 5 are more possible. And the room for other teams is larger.


    If Iran loses to France, and Poland beats Italy with whatever score, the door will be widely open, and Iran will have to send the regular starters to Bulgaria to fight for more wins and points to secure F6, since without them, Iran is a totally different team, hard to beat USA, Serbia, and even Bulgaria.


    So, too early to say secured F6 and rest the regular 6 starters yet.

  • It's all cool with Iran, they are playing well, but the schedule has been incredibly lopsided in their favor this year.


    They play all 4 first weekends in Asia and even in a very favorable order (from China to Japan -close by- then two consecutive weekends at home).


    I know distance from Iran to China/Japan is big but in time zone is not that much, just 3/4 hours.

    Actually that good schedule was the reason Iran decided to take VNL seriously. last year they had to travel between continents but this year they knew they can use the main players for most of the matches because the traveling schedule isn't that hard.


    in fact because of USA hosting the final six, they had that question in mind if it's worth to even try it or not. (the original decision was to give up trying) because the US visa process is very long and costly. (players had to travel at least twice to another country for the visa process) they already did that few days before the first week, they don't want that to get wasted . :lol: