Is Natalia expected to come back for play-offs? Without her Unilever's chances to take the title are slim to none, imo.
If Hooker is out for the season things will become very interesting and unpredictable in Brazilian league with no clear favourite.
Finally first win for Pesaro! A clear 3-0 victory over Pavia, with great stats from Klineman.
Urbino played without Djerisilo (why?), but they still beat Foppa on their own court. Jelena Blagojevic stepped up, nice to see.
She was injured last wednesday in return match of CEV cup against VFM Franches-Montagnes (SUI).
Maja Ognjenovic signed with serbian club Dinamo Azotara from Pancevo. She can leave anytime if she finds a club abroad.
Jelena Nikolic is dating Petar Nenadic (Serbian Handball NT).
It's very good that she is not following him all over Europe, cuz in Denmark they don't have very good volleyball league.
He says their long-distance relationship is working out really well.
Yeah, I've just studied the rules regarding ranking points more thoroughly and did the calculations, and I came here to post the same things although my numbers are a bit different, Russia stands at 131.25 points, I think you subtracted too much from their points.
That is quite a relief for us, but Germany needs to finish 4th to overtake Russia.
You are right, Russia stands at 131.25
Not only points from Olympics but also the points from WCH should be removed(25%). At least that's how I understand what's written on FIVB site:
''Olympic Games - included for 4 years -25% reduction each year''
''Senior World Championships - included for 4 years -25% reduction each year''
When everything is calculated Serbia should have 145 points, Germany 138.25, Russia 118.25.
In this case Serbia and Germany are pretty much sure to be in London and Russia must win European qualies to get there.
Serbian newspapers ''Sportski zurnal'' wrote few days ago that Poland got the first wild card.
Any clubs still without setter? I hope Maja Ognjenovic won't be inactive next season. She must be prepared for London Olympics.
The atmosphere in the hall was excellent! I wanted Poland to win 3. set so that we can stay there longer It's a pity everything was finished very fast.
All Serbian players played well, and Maja Ognjenovic is a pleasure to watch when her head is in the game. Unfortunately Poland's performance was disappointing. But Skowronska was amazing, this was the second time I watched her play in Belgrade with Poland NT, she is fantastic player and a real lady.Too bad she didn't have support of her team mates.
Tomorrow I expect very tough match with Turkey.
I watched match and .... agree Germany was much more motivated but please read what said Terzic :
"Maybe it’s good
for us that we lost, because now we can focus on the match versus
Romania and, hopefully, versus Poland in the semifinals; I think we have
a good chance to win."
That's what's written on CEV site. But that's a shortened and not very accurate version of Terzic's speech. Terzic's point was lost in translation and they made it sound like he was making connection between losing to Germany and (possibly) playing against Poland in QF, which is not what he was saying.
What he actually said you can hear here http://www.ossrb.org/main/fono/11/zterzic.WMA
Terzic said that Serbian players were under pressure on and off court, and that maybe the defeat to Germany was good thing, that could help take the pressure off of the players and make them realise that it's all part of sport and that you can lose even if you are a host.
Than he said:"The path we must undergo now is maybe more difficult, maybe not, we must play against Romania and if we win we will meet Poland on our road to SF.On one hand it will be difficult to beat Romania and especially Poland, but on the other hand, these are teams we'we been beating often lately, so I don't see why we couldn't beat them now. ''
I really don't understand the theories about losing on purpose to Germany so that we would get to play against Russia in SF. We are not through to SF yet and Poland is more difficult opponent than Czech Rep. would be in QF.And the way we are playing, we could very well lose to Poland and ''go home'' before semis. I am sure Terzic 's not thinking about SF. He must fathom how to get us through QF first.
Thanks for the answer DEMIR17 and StarNight!
Congrats to VGSTT and now, after having eliminated FB I hope they will win the whole competition!
I like the FB team, all these world stars seem to get along really well, but, like somebody already said , I also don't want them to win everything. I hope their fans are not too disappointed.
Is there a second game or FB is out of Turkish Cup?
Any link for today's match Eczacibasi-Galatasaray? I think it will be interesting and I would especially like to see how Ivana Djerisilo is doing after surgery.
How come Ana Cristina is the captain of the team which has Fabiana and Paula Pequeno? Moreover she is not the starter.
Zoran Terzic is the new coach of Perugia.
Unilever 3x0 Macaé (25/22, 25/22, 25/22)
Just came back from the game....tecnicly speaking it was not a good game over all, well it was a mix of very good ralis, with a lot of defenses, with a lot of mistakes, and bad calls as well. Both teams could have done much better...but its ok, it was the last game of teams in the year...now they will have a break till next year.
It was nice for the party inside the gymm, for the first match of Sheilla in Rio, everytime she made a point the crowd went crazy...hehehe MAri arrived in the middle of the game to watch it. At the end of the match everyone wanted to take a photo with them..of course.
I'm liking the spirit of the team, they seem really happy, and the group very united, they joke with each other all the time..having this confidence with the group is good for future games and decisive moments.
It was the 8th time Unilever won the regional championship (1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) - In 1999 the team still used to play in Curitiba, but was invited to play the Rio's tournament...and since they changed their home to Rio, in 2004, they won all the times.
comments after macth:
Regiane - "I'm happy I could help the group once again. I hope I can conquer more titles with Bernardo, teh staff, and teh girls. This group is spetacular."
Sheilla - "It was really good. but we made the game easier for them. I think we still have a lot to improve. Now the team will have a break. IT's also good to have this time to relax a bit."
Suelle - "It is my first title as a starting player from a team, actually playing. I really enjoyed it. Being chosen to replace Mari in this fase she is passing through it was a surprise. Now, it is to take that repsonsability and play well."
Mari - "It is not good to stay outside, but I'm happy with the title and with my recovering. I'm already jumping, and spiking softly and I must be back in february."
Valeskinha - "It was our first victory with a renewed team. I know that today I didnt play my maximum, but I'm happy. It is really good mood to start the year with a title."
Jucielle - "A title is always a title. Today we made to many mistakes, to many service mistakes, it was something without explanation. Even so, I'm happy with the Carioca title."
Fabi (always likes to thank the supporters) - "Even only few days to Christmas, the supporters came to prestigius us. Playing home is always really good, specially here in Tijuca. We know in what the that has to improve, but this dont stop our happiness for the title."
Dani won her fifth Carioca title - "It is wonderful to be part of this history."
Thanks for the interesting sum-up and congrats to Unilever!
Did you take some photos with Unilever players?
I don't want to comment on Poland receiving Wild cards for various tournaments, because I did it before.
But in this particular case, when we are talking about DOL for EC 2011, I must agree with Konrad. I think Poland was simply lucky. I mean, come on people, you don't believe that DOL was just a farce, do you?
But there is something else that's bothering me. The host countries are given too much power.Not only that they create competition formula(well, at least in that part the power was not misused by the hosts of EC 2011) but they also can directly influence the composition of groups.
Somebody asked why Russia is seeded and not Netherlands(silver medalist from EC 2009). Well, it's because that's what Italy decided. According to rules of CEV, the host countries have the right to choose one team(any team that participate in competition) each, to be seeded in their respective country. So, Serbia chose Poland as a seeded team in group C in Serbia, and Italy chose Russia as a seeded team in group D in Italy. Now, why Italy didn't choose Netherlands?
The answer is simple: Italy don't want to meet Russia before finals.
If Netherlands were seeded, the groups would probably look different.
That's what is bothering me.I wouldn't give this kind of power to the hosts. Seeded teams should be determined by the ranking in the previous EC.
I checked the youtube channel that you recomended and there is written that the game will be uploaded!
And welcome to the forum!
Anybody recorded the third game Pinheiros Mackenzie 3-1 Sollys Osasco?