Posts by mosi

    I also just read an article says that Iran probably has about 500000 to 2000000 infected people, just insane.

    wow and that was 10 days ago, what's the number now in new articles ? 15 millions ? I guess in next 10 days it will be 80 millions, unfortunately the total population is 80m and they can't go higher when they guess


    the situation is of course very bad though

    well unfortunately mismanagement is a common thing in Iran. (obviously not only in sports) they get hot and cold about things. once they use exactly the same team for so many years and then all of a sudden they decide to change the whole team ! both are stupid. because changes should happen slowly and all the time.


    and you are right that coaches should not believe such promises . when Zoran Gajic came to Iran in 2007 they told him the same, he completely changed the team, if I'm not wrong he invited only 2 players from 2006 WCH squad and instead tried to invite new players like young Marouf and Mousavi. at the time Iran was 3rd/4th team in Asia but then with all those changes Iran had to battle Thailand and Indonesia for 6th/7th place ! and they fired him !


    after the Rio Olympics the general idea was this group of players can't achieve more and if Iran wants to go one level higher we need some revolutionary changes !! turned out to be a terrible idea. yes it's easy to improve when you are weak, but when you reach certain level, improving from there is really hard and won't happen overnight.


    and you are exactly right about Slobodan Kovac, replacing him was a mistake (another reason why they don't replace Kolakovic now and few months before the Olympics) but the same group of "experts" said exactly the same thing about him and somehow lowered his position in eyes of the players. and then when Kovac won the Euro with Serbia they were like "see, Kovac is doing great but we have this shit guy" and it's more like whoever is NOT coaching Iran is better than our current coach. they were even criticizing Velasco when he had the job. they consider him a great coach now because he is gone.


    and it's kind of amazing Kolakovic still has the respect of his players after all this. or maybe these players are also getting matured !?

    Good grace. And you wonder why team Iran is so full of diva attitudes.


    I hope he sends Iran federation a middle finger the day after the Olympic tournament is over. At this point his only reason to stay is to go to the games, after that he can let the entire place rot.


    well they didn't fire him already (specially after the 2018 WCH) only because they don't have the money to pay him and hire another coach. there is no way they want to renew his contract after the Olympics. (unless he pulls of a miracle and win a medal or something) while I said he wasn't bad, he wasn't great either. yes he is a nice guy and apparently players like him but it's not like anybody is going to miss him. he is no Julio Velasco.


    actually Iran had 4 different volleyball federation presidents in past 3 years. almost nobody in charge for a year until couple months ago. I don't know where the current guy stands who is actually the same guy who hired Kolakovic in first place.

    What’s that gesture for?

    That's a long story but he was treated like a very very bad coach here by media and some so called "experts"


    I know he probably didn't do anything super great with Iran but he wasn't that bad. I totally understand his reaction. some of those bad results weren't really his fault, when he came 3 years ago he was told to change the generation and use younger players without being worried about the results, he did that and used so many under 20 players but then the head of volleyball federation changed and told him to go another path. beside that he was told to completely change his plans for 2018 World Championship and send the A team to the Asian Games only few days before the WCH.


    just to give you a better idea, according to those experts whenever Iran wins, that's because our players are good and whenever we lose, that's because our coach is bad ! the first thing TV commentator said before the final was "we beat Korea yesterday only because of that smart move from Marouf, our coach did nothing"

    I wonder if the crowd knows Chile is already eliminated ?!


    I didn't see the first match between VEN-CHI. but watched the rest from what I saw both Chile and Colombia are better than Venezuela. it will be funny if Venezuela qualifies at the end.

    well that was too easy, but I was expecting only "one tough match" which happened yesterday. I knew they will play 100% today.


    I think if you consider the whole Olympic cycle, Iran was better than other Asian teams and deserved the quota without any doubt.


    but I hope Ghafour fully recovers for the Olympics, the opposite position was the weak link in this tournament, even though I really can't understand why Kolakovic played with Mahmoudi in last 2 matches, he used to be a very good player, but he is overweight and out of shape, I know experience matters in crucial matches but he was really bad, Yali couldn't be any worse.

    pfff, Korea took risks on serves and it paid off for them most of the time. yes they had lots of serve errors but that was their only option.


    I knew there will be at least one "tough" match for Iran here, I was hoping for preliminary round match vs China but then it happened here. hopefully they learned their lesson.


    it was a bad idea to play with Mahmoudi, he is far from his best days but beside that I really can't say Iran had a bad day, it was mostly Korea playing really good.

    Qatar only benched one of its starter for the tie break and the reserve guy Mubarak Dhahi got blocked 2-3 times. but well Australia can't complain, they lost 3-0 to this Qatar !


    hopefully Iranian players don't feel relaxed now that Australia is out. none of the remaining teams look dangerous to me but you never know, weird things happen.

    Chinese Taipei even had 3pts lead somewhere in the 4th set for a 3-1 win but China somehow survived.


    Kolakovic benched almost all of his starters today which means Iran will play seriously tomorrow. not sure what China will do, they probably need some rest after today.


    China was weak today, if they play like this there is no chance for them to go further.

    Seeing match between KOR vs IRN, Asian OQ would be enough with just 4 teams.

    So much class difference between the teams, so the opponents of korea, thailand have a hard time just scoring 20 point each set.

    1st set was 25-15, now 19-6 even without kyk🤣🤣 They can't barely receive a ball, and have no attack skill in avoiding blocks.

    This is a junior team from Iran, not that even the main team of Iran can take a set from Korea and Thailand but still.

    well, Australia is indeed the most unpredictable team in Asia (or maybe the world ?!) now their fate is not in their hands anymore. Qatar losing to Korea will eliminate them. and Qatar only needs 2 sets to win the group.


    and in a normal day, Korea is the favorite against Qatar.


    Qatar is 100% in the semifinal

    Ghaemi is injured and will be out for a long time. nobody mentioned it because that's an old news.


    Manavinejad was with the team just didn't get selected. didn't even make it to last 16. Esfandiar was the last OH Kolakovic dropped.

    How did Ghafour get injured? I know he couldn’t play most of the matches during the world club championship.

    That's a back injury, Lube claims it was Iran NT's fault. in Iran they say the opposite, but I think I believe what Lube doctors say. he needs 6-8 weeks of rest.


    they called up Shahram Mahmoudi. who announced retirement in summer after an unsuccessful try to join the team again for the OQT in Russia. it seems Mahmoudi has no intention to play at the Olympic itself, he just joined them to help the team for this tournament. at least that's what he claims.


    in Iran they stopped the league couple weeks ago to be more prepared this time, unlike the World Cup when the team was broken. but Ghafour's injury makes things dangerous because we know Australia can play very good in its best day. (personally I'm not afraid of any other team) I think Yali will be the starter, Mahmoudi is just there to help if necessary. and I won't be surprised if Kolakovic even decides to play Mirzajanpour or Manavinejad in this position. they are both having a good season in the local league and they played as Opposite before.


    and yes Iran federation contacted FIVB already about possible Russia's disqualification, the answer was "no comment until CAS decision"