2020 Men's Intercontinental Olympics Qualification Tournament

  • I thought Venezuela might be able to handle Chile but haven't watched them in a while.


    Venezuela is rock bottom after Pinerua's death... Chile will cruise to Tokyo, only serious competitior could be Colombia if they gather all the best but still even then Chile is clear cut fav

  • We're (probably) going to Tokyo :drink: Lovely battle with the canadians, both teams are extremely close in level, reflecting what the ranking says.


    I don't know about Chile, Venezuela is difficult to gauge as they don't show up to almost any tournament and usually they are missing players for some reasons.


    NORCECA qualifiers could be tough for Canada seeing that the cuban kids are giving work to Iran + they will have Simon, Hierrezuelo and Sánchez Brozhulev. I feel Canada "needed" today's win more than us in a sense. Still think Canada will make it.

  • Cuba is a team you just can't count out. Iran needs to win this game because I couldn't see Russia getting beaten by Cuba.

    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

  • We're (probably) going to Tokyo :drink:

    Nostradamus can never foresee this happening. :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

  • Cuba is a team you just can't count out. Iran needs to win this game because I couldn't see Russia getting beaten by Cuba.


    Iran doesn't care much about this tournament as they know it will be impossible to beat Russia in St. Petersburg. That's why they played 1000% in VNL and they will seek ticket to Tokyo on Asian qualies.

  • Hoag is a really great coach, but imo Canada was playing better with Antiga. Canada with Antiga used to play with more options in attack.

  • it took two sets for Iran to finally wake up and do something. but obviously they are not that prepared for this competition, they even cancelled friendlies with Bulgaria and came to Russia directly.


    I would be OK with "not taking OGQ seriously" if I knew that's part of a plan but they don't have a plan. their plan is like "let's see what happens today, then we will think about tomorrow" still nobody knows which team they will send to the Asian Championships.

  • it took two sets for Iran to finally wake up and do something. but obviously they are not that prepared for this competition, they even cancelled friendlies with Bulgaria and came to Russia directly.


    I would be OK with "not taking OGQ seriously" if I knew that's part of a plan but they don't have a plan. their plan is like "let's see what happens today, then we will think about tomorrow" still nobody knows which team they will send to the Asian Championships.


    Maybe I used too harsh words but I heard this plan 2 months ago, to focus on VNL and Asian OG qualies rather than on St. Peters pool from person close to a team.