It turns out Stefana Veljković would have played in Fenerbahce this season had she not got pregnant. Oh well, maybe some other time!
Stefana Veljković is pregnant
She's due to give birth in February, so she's obviously skipping the next season but hasn't given up on playing at the Olympics and hopes to be ready by then.
Yeah, Maja looks almost unrecognizable. I don't think the others changed that much.
Molnar was the true MPV of the final. One of her career best performances and probably the last one on such a high level. Sadly, her body started giving up on her soon.
Nikolić was coming off a rather bad injury and would have certainly skipped this tournament if not for a once in a lifetime chance to play such a major event in her hometown. I remember her talking about how she used to spend a couple of more hours in the gym after each training every day so she chould be fit in time. I think she did well, all things considered.
It was such a nervy, tension filled match. Just thinking back to it makes my stomach react. And it's so depressing to think that what was supposed to be Malagurski's arrival to the big scene and an announcement of her as a future great turned out to be her swan song, as she got that terrible injury literally the next time she played a match and was never the same again.
Lisinac, Podraščanin and Luburić are positive as well now. Ouch.
Aleksandar Atanasijević tested positive for the coronavirus. Fortunately, his symptoms are mild and he doesn't require hospital treatment.
6. Recently, the legendary Vesna Čitaković, in a conversation with Sport Klub, recalled the beginning of the 2006 World Cup, the match against Italy and Maja's persistent cooking in the third set.
"I am grateful to Vesna for everything. She is a specific teammate, she was a leader, a real captain. For example, my teammates often told that I am a good captain, but I am not a leader because that is not in line with my character. I took advice from her. I remember the moment when she approached me and said that she would cut off my hand if I tip another ball. I was young then, maybe that justifies that audacity and courage to cook a few times. If it weren't for her comment, I would definitely do it again. Every point is a story in itself, as is every game and every tournament. Vesna and Terza remember the details, I remember several extremely special matches ".
Vesna's recollection of this event:
It was the opening match of the WCH '06, against Italy. We start so-so, then we take the first set by 25-18. The second set was also easy. You see the Italians are getting nervous, they don't know what hit them. As the third set goes on, the scoreline is close, and then Maja tips a ball and it goes out. We win the following point. Then Maja tips again and once again it goes out. Now the Italians are waking up. I approach her, hold her tight around the belly and say "Tip the ball just once more and I'll cut off your hand!" And that was it for the set, Maja started crying, the Italians turn it around completely and take the set. During the pause, Terzić starts yelling at me for what I did. It was a big mess! But fortunately, it all ended well, we won 3-1 and Maja forgave me!
She was also asked about the controversy regarding her failed comeback in 2011 and she didn't want to go into details, but admitted that her pride got in the way and she would have acted differently now if she could. She also mentions Ivana Đerisilo as the most athletically gifted player of that generation and is a bit embarrassed to admit that Eleonora Lo Bianco (who she respects tremendously) is the setter she has struggled the most to form a good connection with.
I also have to admit that I am very disappointed by some users here. You all seem well educated but it is sad to see that you have this positivist perspective where you see things only black and white. Please read more, try to open up new perspectives for yourself, learn how social issues can be viewed and analysed. This applies to the discussion of Corona virus too. You cannot discuss social, economic, political issues with a positivist view or only with a positivist view. You need to understand that there are hundreds of other dimensions to such problems. Hopefully this can help both to your careers and you personal relations.
THANK YOU! This has put me off posting on this board completely. Although, to be fair, it's more or less the same everywhere you turn to. Thank God for Netflix.
I loved Ana when she played for Cannes and always rooted for her. I always wonder what could have happened if she didn’t have those two horrible injuries. Maja was a bit on slow track those days because of her boyfriend and volleyball didn’t seem her first priority. Maybe we would be watching Ana leading Serbia. Who knows.
The plan was that Maja would retire fron NT (and possibly volleyball in general) after London and Ana would take over. But then the London Olympics ended in a total disaster for Serbia and Maja decided she wasn't going to leave on such a terrible note, Ana got injured and figured she'd rather spend her summers resting than training full time only to sit on the bench, and that was that.
Đerisilo did start as OH but converted to OPP pretty soon, by the following season already if I remember well. That nasty shoulder injury in 2007 really derailed her career and she was never the same after that.
At that time Terzić was sometimes accused of giving preferential treatment to players from Crvena Zvezda, and the "victims" were Vesna Tomašević and Sanja Starović in particular. Back then, Starović was considered a bigger prospect than Đerisilo and I sometimes wonder if her career would have turned out differently had she had a more prominent role on NT.
There are certainly lot more girls playing volleyball, but that produced a lot of new clubs who don't develop talents but instead just give them balls to play with and they never improve technique. And in the clubs who have tradition, they try to gather biggest talents, but financial conditions are bad so some coaches would rather work abroad and they all have good CVs from being a coach of young Boskovic f.e. If they would have a way of keeping good players and coaches for a longer in a league (which is hard with no money) they would have chances for medals after some time.
That's the crucial thing. We have so many girls taking up this sport now, but what we're severely lacking are good coaches. These new clubs that are popping up everywhere are just a way for people to make a quick buck and a lot of the "coaches" are completely inexperienced and frankly disinterested in improving their skills, instead just cashing it in while there's still so much interest.
But I wouldn't start panicking just yet, the real effect of the golden generation will be seen in a few years time, when young girls who started playing volleyball looking up to them grow up a bit. There might be some real talent there.
Also, I'm pretty sure at least some out of Mihajlović, Rašić and Veljković will go on until Paris, although they may skip some competitions in the meantime.
I think Brankica is counting on it - Maja has recently said that she talked to her and told her she'd be in Paris in 2024 watching them from the stands.
Just cancel the whole thing, FFS
I agree, but it depends also on the setter.
Last year with Carlini Veljkovic did not have those results.
She was the highest scoring MB of the league last season, with the least MB-friendly setter.
That said, Danesi is a good replacement, because honestly, an attacking MB as good as Veljković is hard to find and while Danesi is not quite at that level, she's at least comparable and she'll bring some additional strength in blocking.
In the meantime Pomì is losing sponsors (and fans), probably not satisfied by the results of the team
They really need another reliable hitter. Bosetti is doing a very good job, but she's not enough. Cuttino and Carcaces are just way too unreliable. The latter has in particular had some horrendous performances.
Brankica will have to undergo surgery and will be out for at least two months, possibly three.
And the worst thing is that it is was a total freak injury - a teammate accidentally kicked her hand as she was diving for a ball in training.
I'll have to watch the replay to see what the hell happened, because when I left, it looked like Tianjin was cruising towards an easy victory and Novara looked totally hopeless.
Vakifbank vs Praia will also be on Sport Klub 1 tomorrow, Tianjin vs Novara on Sport Klub 2.
On Wednesday, Eczacibasi vs Minas on SK1 and Guangdong vs Conegliano on SK2.
It looks like there won't be live TV games in the next two rounds
Maribor vs Vakifbank is the only match that Sport Klub is showing this week. This is why I hate teams from ex-Yugoslavia playing in the CL.
Poor Popovic, has to play OH once again.. Is Gamma a Croatian surname? Sounds Italian to me
From what I remember, her husband is a basketball player, half-Sudanese (on father's side), half-Croatian. Or something like that.
I bet if USA was banned, everybody would agree that the spot should belong to Bulgaria.
Absolutely not. Nobody should be rewarded for having the luck of draw (or rather, the serpentine system) to be drawn together with a team that got disqualified.
That was probably Finland.