Posts by mosi

    not sure if people noticed but the Iranian coach did an Alekno :lol: yesterday, after 2 sets when his team was completely helpless he moved the MB Toukhteh to the opposite position (nobody knew he can play as OP) and almost had a comeback but I guess Belgian defenders read our very predictable setter easily in the 5th set and blocked Toukhteh so many times to win the match

    actually Belgium deserved a 3-0 win, they had something like 7 pts lead in the 3rd set but somehow lost it.

    Saadat joined the team last night and I guess he will play today. (which is do or die game for Iran) not sure how useful he will be, arriving very late and without training with these setters.

    Iran in a wide squad submitted for a tournament had Bartia Saadat listed, and he can be a real killer on this level with his size and strength. Iran plays at least on solid level in most of these tournaments past few years, so I guess it will be a case as well here if Saadat plays there, although I know that he had some disciplinary issues after he signed a contract in Korea, and honestly I didn't check out any updates of their friendly games and preparations.

    the Iranian team arrived in Italy with 13 players, they left one spot open for Saadat but as of now it's not clear if he goes to Italy or not. he was supposed to come to Japan and train with the senior team during the Asian Championships but he didn't. based on the official statement even if he shows up it's still up to the coach to let him join the team or not. but I guess that's just an statement to show they are tough guys :lol: he will play if he comes.

    the biggest problem for Iran is that they never trained together, even their coach was in Japan coaching the senior team!! (kind of stupid to have one coach for two teams :aww:) he brought two players from the senior team too, two MBs, Toukhteh and Jelveh.

    it will be a very hard first round for this team with Belgium and Argentina in the same group

    that was a tough match, all 3 sets were close but Iran somehow managed to win all 3 sets.

    I think we somehow got lucky at the end, Kazemi got injured on the match point and things could be different if we had to continue without him (Esmaeilnejad the reserve OP sucks big time) Kazemi deserved the MVP award without doubt. what a great tournament he had.

    while winning the 4th continental title is great but this also means we will continue with this "Behrouz the emperor" :rolll:guy as coach, :aww: we will see what he can do against world level teams.

    also I'm glad that we will see 4 Asian teams in the World Championship. China and Qatar alongside Iran and Japan

    so we will have the most expected final at the end, Iran vs Japan

    Japan really struggled against TPE but won the match eventually 3-1

    Iran also dropped a set for the first time, Mehdi Jelveh made it a bit harder than expected for Iran, and who is this guy ? the reserve MB who didn't play in this tournament but played a major role here by almost breaking Saber Kazemi's noose in prematch training :rolll: forcing Kazemi to sit out for first 2 sets. things got much easier for Iran when he finally came to the court for the 3rd set.

    I believe Qatar and China will qualify for the WCh if they win their matches tomorrow. I don't think TPE can beat China and even if they do they probably need a convincing 3-0 win to qualify.

    Pakistan ruined Korea's World Championship chance completely. they are now 29th in the WR. I don't think this weak military team is capable of beating any team from the other group. they need two convincing wins to stand a chance. anything else won't be enough

    what the hell they were thinking sending this team. they should simply withdraw

    Korea most probably will regret sending this team to the Asian Championship. they would qualify for the WCh by simply withdrawing from this tournament (if their main team is not available)

    I wish Iran was on the other side of the draw, playing back to back very easy matches doesn't help at all. they had something like +20 service errors today :aww: making the scoreline closer than what it really was.

    China missed a big chance today, they were leading Australia 2-1 and 24-22 in the 4th set. now they have to beat Japan to stand a chance OR count on Qatar to beat Australia again. (QAT did that in Asian OQT in 2020) otherwise they will miss the World Championship for the first time since 1990 :what:

    as far Iran, things look easy until the semifinal which will be the big game for the Emperor :rolll: that's the nickname of our not-so-good coach, he knows he has to win the whole thing here (and specifically beat Japan) to have a chance to keep this job. since 2010 Asian Games this is the first time we have a local coach and this is kind of a test.

    Korea sent their Military Team. According to rumor, only Military team are fully vaccinated, so they send them,

    thanks for the information. that's weird though. why they didn't vaccinate the main team? :lol:

    so it's possible for them to lose to weaker teams and ruin KOR's ranking and therefore their chance to qualify for the WCh

    I didn't recognize any of Korean players while watching their match vs KSA. looks like a completely new team compared to South Korea NT in Olympic Qualifiers in China. how come they thought they have to change the entire team ?

    as for Iran, this is probably start of a new era, we will see how far they can go in this tournament but the path looks easy until the semifinal against Japan, China or Australia.

    they announced the final squad for the Asian Championship, exactly the same team minus Bardia Saadat, who won't play for the NT for disciplinary reasons. because of his contract with a Korean club he wanted to just join the team in Japan! (and of course the answer was hell no)
    they may still let him play for the World U21 Championship. (the same person will coach both teams)

    people may call this "B team" but I think this is actually the A team from now on. Marouf once again made it clear that he is not coming back. nobody knows about Mousavi's decision about the future and Ghafour is dealing with endless injuries.

    do continental championships still act as the continental qualifiers? and if yes, is this NORCECA Championship started today in Mexico really a World Championship qualifier? I was checking the rosters and I almost didn't recognized anybody :aww:

    even Guatemala is leading USA 2-1. :rolll:

    I'm still not sure if Marouf's retirement is a 100% thing. but he will rest for a while. that's for sure.

    we will have the Asian Championship in Japan in a month. 7 players from the Olympic squad are being dropped out, some of them are just getting some rest, some of them were not good enough in Tokyo. aside Marouf (which was obvious), both liberos, Mousavi, Ghafour, Sharifi and M. Gholami won't travel to Japan again.

    they invited 15 players

    S; Karimi, Ramezani

    OP: Kazemi, Saadat, Esmaeilnejad

    OH: Ebadipour, Salehi, Esfandiar, Mosafer

    MB: Mojarrad, Toukhteh, Abedini, Jelveh

    L: Hazratpour, Gholipour

    top 2 from the Asian Champs will qualify for the 2022 World Championship. is this team good enough for a top 2 finish? some may say Iran will qualify anyway through the ranking but possible defeats against lower Asian teams will also ruin the ranking, nothing is guaranteed

    How bad is Fayazi's injury?

    he got injured in March (if I'm not wrong) during the Iranian league playoffs which eventually cost his club the title.

    he had a surgery on his knee and he was supposed to be back in 2 months (or something like that) he was in the training camp since the first day. Alekno said in his press conference that Fayazi couldn't even properly walk at first but still tried hard to stay in the team. Alekno said Fayazi needs at least one more month to fully recover. at the moment he is not ready to jump and spike multiple times.

    Iranian sources say that Argentinian Federico Pereyra is going to play for Shahdab Yazad in Iran next season. (actually the club claims it's a done deal now)

    this club is notorious for having the worst translator ever. last year a video involving that translator guy and their Brazilian MB got viral big time here. good luck Pereyra if they still have the same guy. :lol: