2019 FIVB Men's Club World Championship | Betim, Brazil

  • Is there a confirmation on the supposed new format?

    Brazilian press is saying that the championship might be held in Brazil from Dec 3rd to Dec 8th. Wasn't it supposed to be a one-match thing?

  • fivb confirmed on its site the tournment will take place in Betim (BRA) with just 4 teams (Sada Cruzeiro, Zenit Kazan, Civitanova and Al-rayyan)


    1st phase round robin system

    2nd phase semi-final and final (1st x 4th ; 2nd x 3rd )

  • I am opening a new thread for the men's Club World Championship. Unfortunately, due to the format, the tournament probably won't be as exciting as it was in most of its previous editions.


    The 4 participants to play in a round-robin format before setting up the semifinals are:


    Brazil Sada Cruzeiro

    Qatar Al-Rayyan

    Italy Cucine Lube Civitanova

    Russia Zenit Kazan


    Apparently, the Asian champions Shahrdari Varamin from Iran have been banned by FIVB, whereas the runner-ups Panasonic Panthers from Japan have declined the invitation, hence leaving us with the well-known Qatari Al-Rayyan.

  • Sada 2:0 Kazan


    Kazan played an ugly match so far. Kazan had better OH/OPPs than Sada, but Sada's reception and serves outplayed Kazan in every way. This season Maxim's position was awkward. His reception was shaky, and his attack at pos 4 was not convincing too, partially because of bad pass from Butko. I did not know what NG is doing so far. Looks like he's invisible on court quite often. Only Soko is a solid attacker.


    After Verbov retired, Kazan still can not find a good libero to cover the back row. Golu's reception was a nightmare. Sada had 6-round jump serves, while Kazan only had 3-4 (Soko's jump serves did no count. His jump serve has been a joke since 2018). NG's showoff in clutch time failed not only once, but many times. I really doubt how far Kazan can achieve this season, both at Russia League and CL.

  • I can't believe how a team with Ngapeth, Mikhailov and Sokolov manages to lose 3:0 to a team with Perrin, Conte and Evandro :what:

  • I can't believe how a team with Ngapeth, Mikhailov and Sokolov manages to lose 3:0 to a team with Perrin, Conte and Evandro :what:

    Isn't it the first game? Changing 2 continents; Asia to Europe to South America hurts them. Maybe still jetlag. (At least 2 transfer flights, 30-35 h on the plane)

  • I can't believe how a team with Ngapeth, Mikhailov and Sokolov manages to lose 3:0 to a team with Perrin, Conte and Evandro :what:

    Last season Kazan had NG, Anderson and Verbov to cover reception. This season the reception line was NG, Golu and Maxim. You can imagine the level of reception dropped dramatically.

  • Kazan 3:1 Al-Rayyan


    Kazan even lost one set to a team that literally visited Brazil as a tour trip. Look at Kazan's starting OH/OPPs, horrible.

    Maxim 5/13

    Soko 7/17

    NG 4/10


    It's time for Butko to take a long break. After the injury, Butko never came back to his peak. Loran should take his chance to step up.

    Maxim still can not find his rhythm this season. NG must go.

  • Lube is such in another level. I think they will finally win this time.

  • I am trying to become morr excited with this tournament but this a big step down from last year.

    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 are already lucky that the tournament still exists. FIVB wanted to make a single-match with the champion of South American and the European champion.

  • I really don't understand why they didn't invite more teams.

    It's ultimately FIVB's fault. We had too many NT competitions this year and the men's world cup in Japan started way too late that most players only came back to their associated clubs in Mid-october. There's also another roadblock with the continental olympic qualifications that I guess played into strong clubs like Perugia and the defending champion, Trentino into missing this year's CWC.

    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