Posts by Realista

    Padova announced Gardini, best choice for him if he wants to play but now I wonder if all the other rumors for the OH spot are true. After how this season went I don't know if it's the best choice having 4 inexperienced OHs (unless one of them turns out to be Mozic 2.0)

    Yup. And none of Desmet-Gardini-Asparuhov trio receives very well (Zenger neither, but maybe in worse team he'll blossom). I don't think the playoff spot is within a reach (with Verona getting super solid most probably), but I am afraid that Reggio Emilia won't be able to make A1-worthy roster if they advance (and they probably will), so in terms of relegation it may be easier to Padova than this year (considering that even in A2, Vibo Valentia will have really good roster).

    So who's a probable replacement for Semeniuk in Zaksa?

    And they will probably need another strong MB too

    There are rumors about Pashytskiy and Plotnitskiy actually, but I have no idea whether they're legit or not (since Oleh renewed his contract).


    There are rumors as well that Modena will be sold to former scout and statistician, Giuseppe Vinci, perhaps that's the reason why there's no official information about next year's roster from Modena environment.

    This is a good choice for Saadat IMHO - these Turkish teams are highly OPP-oriented, so he'll get many balls, and at the same time the league level is low enough for him to be decent (player on a level of Michał Filip, so okay opposite in Polish league, was among the best scorers there) and score many points, while high enough to get some quality playing time in ~top5 European league.


    Much better choice than going to Italy early.

    Gabi also has valid cantract and they might sign with Lagumdzija.

    Zaytsev can switch to OH, but with Juantorena, Yant and Bottolo, there's no spot for him either way. Theoretically, there's an option that Gabi would be loaned, but the only question marks for now in Civitanova are OH4 and back-up libero, so I don't believe those rumors (although there's an option that Piacenza in fact will hire Nimir, and Lagumdzija will look for the new club most probably, but you may wonder whether these rumors about Nimir in Piacenza/Perugia/Milano have bigger foundations than ,,he exercised his buy-out option, so theoretically he can be bought out without Modena's consent).


    There were gossips about Sokolov as well, but today volleyball.it informed that he'll stay in Dinamo.


    Zaytsev will stay, that's what I wanted to say.

    what is happening with Taylor Sander? I can't even find information where he played this season

    Well :lol: Long story short: he retired from indoor ball, f....d Skra Bełchatów and moved to the beach tour.


    Volleyball.it says that Lanza can be a substitution of Semeniuk in Zaksa, this is wild if true.


    Imagine this level of naivety by Gian Luca Pasini: there's a Polish forum (quite big one, lot of discussions, inside news etc). One guy said (anonymously) that he can make Pasini write whatever we want to, and it will be published. The other guy said: make him write that Szalpuk will join Zaksa. 20 minutes later - on his blog there was an information that Szalpuk will join Zaksa. Considering very limited chances for coincidence - I have no idea who is his Polish source, it wasn't too gentle - but yeah, he publishes anything he's heard.


    The funny part is that Lanza is even worse rumor than Szalpuk himself.

    - Gino Sirci (Perugia owner) confirmed Kamil Semeniuk in Perugia and Anderson in Beijing;

    - Cormio said that Civitanova is interested in Bottolo and Chinenyeze, so that's basically a confirmation about them both in Civitanova next year

    - Flavio is a done deal in Perugia according to GLP

    - Perugia investigates an option to sack Grbic for performance in the playoffs + fact he signed a contract with Poland NT.


    So the only question mark among top Italian teams is potential rotation on opposite position:


    - Sokolov hasn't yet renewed a contract with Dinamo

    - Nimir exercised a buyout option in his contract on February in order to realize his deal to Zenit Saint Petersburg: the deal seems to be dead as for now, but the buyout option (or the option to have his contract bought out regardless of Modena consent) is still valid;

    - Perugia has Rychlicki on valid contract, but he was so-so in the playoffs;

    - Piacenza has Lagumdzija oon valid contract, but he was very streaky throughout the year


    Obviously, immediately all the options (Sokolov to Piacenza/Perugia and Nimir to Piacenza/Perugia) are discussed in the press and among the fans, but with Nimir/Lagumdzija/Rychlicki all having valid deals for the next season, you may wonder whether it is only a media storm.

    Cisterna coach gave lot of trust this season (Fabio Soli) to Tommaso Rinaldi (2001; got loaned from Modena to play his first season as a starter in pro volleyball), who was below average starting OH and yet was getting chance after chance from the coach (even though Raffaelli was IMHO slightly better overall). On the other hand though, it all depends on what type of OH lineup Cisterna plans to have, but we'll see.

    Wasn’t Sokolov rumored to join Piacenza?

    It's far-reaching rumor, member of Piacenza FO said that they plan to hire two big names this offseason (the one is officially Simon, the other most probably Lucarelli), they have Lagumdzija on valid contract and according to Pasini his sub will be Dirlic from Cisterna (who had really good season after Szwarc got injured). I don't think it will happen, but who knows, Piacenza is a male equivalent of Scandicci.

    Pasini says he received two offers from Italy, and if that's a case then it is very probable that one of the teams is in fact Piacenza.

    Weird move for Mika that he decided to leave Poland after several serious injuries, but according to the press he got much better offer financially from Turkey than from 7th team of this year's Plusliga season, so perhaps it's good for him to monetize a fact that he's finally healthy for longer period of time.

    I don’t like Piacenza’s transfers to be honest. I feel like they don’t have the spirit to make a good team even though they get good names. Bedni was rumored to join Piacenza, has this rumor cooled off?

    According to Pasini, he signed pre-contract with Piacenza but then decided to go to China.


    I like the way Piacenza constructed its roster for next season to be honest, young players (Recine, Caneschi, Scanferla, Lagumdzija) and seasoned stars (Brizard, Lucarelli, Simon). I don't know if it's enough for semifinals tho, but you can see some sense in this roster construction, in contrary to past few years.

    Wasn’t Sokolov rumored to join Piacenza?

    It's far-reaching rumor, member of Piacenza FO said that they plan to hire two big names this offseason (the one is officially Simon, the other most probably Lucarelli), they have Lagumdzija on valid contract and according to Pasini his sub will be Dirlic from Cisterna (who had really good season after Szwarc got injured). I don't think it will happen, but who knows, Piacenza is a male equivalent of Scandicci.