Posts by hakin12

    :down::aww: And not so long ago he was coaching Ana Cleger :gone:

    By the way, does anybody know what that badge on Karpol's jacket in the last matches stands for? I sincerely hope it wasn't something war-related/political, that would make me lose all my respect for him...

    How is it possible to call another human being a "monkey" and get away with it? I assume that he does since I cant find any news to the contrary. Both the federation and the club ought to sanction this behaviour. I mean, the incidence/homophobic scandal which caused an uproar in Brazil last year, with the male player Mauricio Souza, wasnt as serious as this one, I think.

    The symbol par excellence which represents Russian pro-war attitudes is the one featured on this athlete´s shirt in the pic below (letter Z):

    5th and final game coming, VB can thank Tugba and she better be a starter next match lmao. Gabi-Tugba is the hottest short OH duo in volleyball ever! Proving height isn't everything either.

    Hmm, Tugba is 185 cm according to this site . Do u find that information to be accurate? In such a case she isnt really short for an OH, its rather average in most non-Euro teams.

    If the French LNV Budgets are just for players (which I don't know), 16 players for Nantes at a budget of 1.4 million euros would be around 87,500 euros per player.

    LNV Media Guide

    Perhaps half of that budget ought to be reserved for salaries, which is still extremely handsome vis-a-vis many other nations and the general pay there. The rest should be expenses for coaches, managment staff, facilities and travels etc. It is not realistic to assume that the players earn 87.500 euro per player. I mean, the average for a basketball-player in French First League for women is 45.000 euro per player and the French League is much better basketball-wise than volleyball-wise, containing some of the best players in the world from the WNBA. An average of roughly 3000-4000 euro/year is more realistic with regard to the salaries of Nantes.

    No you are not wrong. In Sweden you would make 6000 euros in two months as a PhD candidate (no benefits included though). Maybe that's why Sweden cannot transfer foreigners lol, you are not allowed to employ someone that cheap, they won't issue a visa unless you earn 1300 euros/month.

    Tbh, this is great, albeit not incredible put into context with other hyper-wealthy western nations. In Switzerland, according to this website…eersbycountry/switzerland , the average PhD candidate accumulates an amount of 55.000 dollar per year, i.e exceeding 4500 dollar per month with much lower tax rate than in Sweden (like 20%, somewhat depending on location given their regional tax system).

    Indeed, the reaction in Brazil has been huge. This was probably the main subject in the Internet this week, even outside the bubble. Pretty much everyone has an opinion, or is asked to express it. To give you an example, today Tite, coach of the soccer NT, had to say something because it became a "thing" the fact that his son, who's also a member of the NT staff, liked Maurício's posts. If you go through his latest comments, you'll see the "elite" of the Brazilian government sending encouragement to Maurício: Congress people, Senators, Ministers of State, Secretaries, top influencers... Having said, I wouldn't put past the Bolsonaro band the ability of mobilizing their bots. You just never know.


    Initially I thought he ought to have bought followers, because he had 1.0 mill 5h ago and 1.3 mill now, but without awareness of the scope of his latest scandal. Looking more deeply into how these news about him have exploded in Brazil it might be real. I mean, he has 127k comments and 414k likes on his last post, the reactions are massive. Thus he might genuinely be making these absurd "gains" naturally, ofc.

    Reading that I thought the article must have come from The Onion :aww:

    Well, when reading that one might very well get the sense the pro sport team setting is comparable to the political party environment in Orwell´s dystopian book "1984". And that the relationship dynamic between leaders and pupils is genuinely resembling the one between O´Brien and Winston Smith.

    I remember when O´Brien tells Winston in 1984: "There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. ... Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless."

    In case we re-formulate this into a team sport context, then it might sound like this: "There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Team. There will be no love, except the love of Big Coach. There will no no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy on the court. There will be no art, no literature, no science...Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of spiking a ball over an enemy who is helpless in his or her ability to defend it".

    The documentary "Bad Sport" has been released today by Netflix. This six-part series digs deep into the dark side of the games with match fixing etc, as we see the beauty and pure competition of sports sullied by athletes, officials and shadowy outsiders who are motivated by political self-interest or blind ambition or greed or a deadly blending of two or three of the aforementioned. The producers tell the stories of a number of figures who scurried down the rabbit hole into a world of corruption and paid high prices for their crimes and indiscretions.

    Inflicting psychological/physical pain is not a form of discipline nor is it healthy for any athlete. There are other ways to make one stronger without the need for such toxic behaviour towards another person. If you wanna train robots then pick a different profession. I'm talking in general not specifically about the twins.

    In the article linked to below, one author who pursued a team sport path at an elite-level explains how bullying might be used as a tactic or strategy for team achievement. Here is an excerpt from this former athlete´s writing about the issue:

    Purposes of Bullying in Sports

    Bullying in sports is often done for purposes of socializing team members to behave in ways that enhance team performance in at least three ways. First, sports require a certain level of mental toughness. Enduring an atmosphere of bullying can build mental toughness and enhance performance under pressure. Second, athletes must often consider the goals of the team above individual goals in order for the team to succeed. Bullying in sports can strip an athlete of individuality and rebuild his identity based primarily on being a member of the team. Third, performance is enhanced when athletes know they have the support of teammates in accomplishing a common goal. Bullying can expose those athletes who seek only individual accomplishment and are unwilling to make individual sacrifices for team improvement. Those athletes are faced with the choice of leaving the team or enduring continued bullying.