Posts by samba player

    Thank you all for the congratulations! =)
    We, belgians are really proud and happy with our girl's performance!
    Hopefully it will make a good publicity for our sport so we can get more media attention and more young children who wants to play the game =)
    Now it is time for our men to follow the steps of our yellow tigers! :p

    Congratulations Belgium!! :super:
    They deserved it! And yesterday they could have beaten Germany. They were practically leading, but weren't able to close the match due to their inexperience (it's normal that an unexperienced team become nervous and start making mistakes, when there are just a few points to victory).
    Looking forward to seeing them at next year WGP!

    Germany vs Russia from 2006


    Euro Championship
    2007 RUS - GER = 3-0


    World Championship
    2006 RUS - GER = 3-1


    World Grand Prix
    2009 RUS - GER = 3-1
    2011 RUS - GER = 3-0
    2013 RUS - GER = 3-2


    Olympic Games Qualification
    2008 RUS - GER = 3-0


    World Grand Prix Qualification
    2007 RUS - GER = 3-1
    2008 RUS - GER = 0-3
    2010 RUS - GER = 3-1


    Montreux Volley Masters
    2007 RUS - GER = 1-3
    2010 RUS - GER = 3-0


    TOT = 11
    RUS = 9
    GER = 2

    Turkey deserved the bronze in 2011 and the silver in 2003. There was no luck involved! I don't understand why people always think like that: when teams not perceived as powerhouses by common opinion win is always the work of circumstances, but when a perceived powerhouse team win is because they deserved.

    Russia vs Serbia matches from 2006


    World Championships
    2010 RUS - SRB = 3-0


    Olympic Games
    2008 RUS - SRB = 3-0


    World Grand Prix
    2011 RUS - SRB = 3-2
    2011 RUS - SRB = 1-3
    2011 RUS - SRB = 0-3


    Olympic Games Qualification
    2008 RUS - SRB = 3-1
    2012 RUS - SRB = 3-1 (European tournament)
    2012 RUS - SRB = 3-1 (World tournament)


    World Grand Prix Qualification
    2006 RUS - SRB = 3-2
    2007 RUS - SRB = 2-3
    2008 RUS - SRB = 3-1

    Montreux Volley Masters

    2007 RUS - SRB = 1-3


    TOT = 12
    RUS = 8
    SRB = 4

    Congratulations to Serbia! :obey:


    Italy is really a mess at reception right now. It's impossible for the style Italy plays having such a lousy reception. I'm not sure that Italy could have won France in quarterfinals.


    Croatian coach actions were :thumbdown: I've heard some swear words by Guidetti after croatian coach and Kozlowsky nearly fought. Bad behaviour.


    I enjoyed the match between France and Belgium. Unfortunately France didn't play that well in pool play. IMO it's not a weak team as described.

    Italy vs Serbia


    European Championship
    2007 ITA - SRB = 3-0
    2009 ITA - SRB = 3-0


    World Championship
    2006 ITA - SRB = 1-3
    2006 ITA - SRB = 0-3
    2010 ITA - SRB = 3-0


    Olympic Games
    2008 ITA - SRB = 3-0


    World Cup
    2007 ITA - SRB = 3-2
    2011 ITA - SRB = 3-0


    World Grand Prix
    2012 ITA - SRB = 0-3
    2013 ITA - SRB = 2-3


    World Grand Prix Qualification
    2006 ITA - SRB = 3-0
    2007 ITA - SRB = 3-2
    2008 ITA - SRB = 3-2

    Montreux Volley Masters

    2008 ITA - SRB = 3-0


    TOT = 14
    ITA = 10
    SRB = 4

    Russia vs Turkey in the recent past


    European Championship
    2007 RUS - TUR = 3-0
    2011 RUS - TUR = 0-3


    World Championship
    2010 RUS - TUR = 3-1


    World Grand Prix Qualification
    2006 RUS - TUR = 2-3
    2007 RUS - TUR = 1-3
    2010 RUS - TUR = 3-1


    Olympic Games Qualification
    2012 RUS - TUR = 1-3


    Montreux Volley Masters
    2007 RUS - TUR = 0-3


    TOT = 8
    RUS = 3
    TUR = 5

    At least 12 good teams in Europe??
    Are you kidding me? :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy:
    Right now only Russia, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Germany and Bulgaria can fight against strong teams from other continents.


    Poland and Netherlands are flopping a lot. They can win the very weak team but cannot win other stronger teams.
    Even Germany quite often would lose to the strong teams and struggle against middle-level teams.


    You can win other European teams doesn't mean you can cope with styles from other continents.

    Probably I didn't explain well what I mean. I didn't say that all the 12 teams are on the same level and that all of them can win against strong teams of the other continents. NO!
    What I wanted to say is that the differences of level among those 12 teams is much less big than among the teams of other continents. The difference between let's say Germany and Belgium is not that big as with Brazil and any other South American team or between China and any other Asian team that is not Japan, Thailand or S.Korea. The gaps in the other continents are huge.
    Another point is that these 12 teams play a good volleyball (it ranges from very good to average good), while other teams of Asia, S.America and N.America do not.
    I'm sure France can beat Honduras, Colombia or Vietnam and Belgium can beat Taipei, Argentina or Puerto Rico.


    This year WGP is a good example:
    Czech Republic - Puerto Rico = 3-0
    Czech Republic - Argentina = 3-1
    Bulgaria - Cuba = 3-0
    Bulgaria - Puerto Rico = 3-0
    Poland - Argentina = 3-2
    Poland - Kazakhstan = 3-0
    Netherland - Kazakhstan = 3-0
    Netherland - Cuba = 3-0

    Let's face it, after many years that the same teams in Europe dominated (in no particular order: Italy, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Netherlands, Turkey and Germany), new teams catched them. The hierarchies are not the same anymore.
    Europe has at least 12 good teams, while other continents have few excellent or good teams (North America = 2, South America = 1, Asia = 4) and the rest are low level teams.

    Samba player, It has been 6 years and you guess well about Serbia, China and Turkish NTs. They did quite well in last years. However, it is sad to see that Croatia and Ukraine are still not more than mediocre teams :down:

    Hi serdar!! :) My goodness, 6 years has already passed! Really sad about Ukraine, which at that time had yet the Goncharova's sisters. It's a pity not to have predicted Belgium. I remember the final between it and Turkey at youth level at that time. I mean they have yet to show everything, but I feel they will be a good team in the near future!

    I mean that Aguero could limit the conflicts between the players. She was very much respected and when she was in the team all seemed in harmony. But I may be wrong. It is just my perception.