Posts by Janko

    I too agree with Joana. Croatia not bad individually, but sucks as team. Not that rare in professional team sports, you know...


    Anyway, Italy still not showing anything noteworthy. :down: If Russians play to their standard level, they will crush them.


    People, we have only seen Netherland in 3 matches...I repeat THREE MATCHES! While they were excellent, lets wait before we all proclaim them the champions, yes? :aww:

    Serbia may suffer soon because of World Cup long tournament.

    If we lose, it certainly will not be because of exhaustion, but because the opponent played better (and maybe with a bit of choking from our side). Yes, World Cup is a very exhausting tournament, especially since we played so many 5-setters, but:


    1)Players had a not unimportant 10 free days
    2)Because there were quite a few weak teams (thank you FIVB! ;) ), our starters did not play some 3 or 4 matches
    3)Our 4 best players (Ognjenovic, Boskovic, Mihajlovic, Rasic) did not play against Romania, so they will have 3 days of rest before the quarters.


    Not to mention that one of our greatest rivals, Russia, is much more likely to be tired, because Marichev apparently does not understand the concept of the word "rest", and because Goncharova played the entire summer, with equal intensity throughout (the fact she is not dead on her feet by now is a testament to what a physical specimen she is).

    Hey guys, I am an ardent fan of this beautiful sport (especially female volleyball), and I am happy to join one of the best volleyball sites on internet. Hope I will enjoy it here. :wavy:

    Day 1


    POOL A Apeldoorn, Netherlands (Omnisport Apeldoorn)


    Netherlands : Slovenia 3:1
    Italy : Poland 3:1


    POOL B Antwerp, Belgium (Lotto Arena)


    Belgium : Hungary 3:0
    Turkey : Azerbaijan 3:1


    POOL C Rotterdam, Netherlands (Topsportcentrum Rotterdam)


    Bulgaria : Russia 0:3
    Croatia : Belarus 3:0


    POOL D Eindhoven, Netherlands (Indoor-Sportcentrum Eindhoven)


    Czech Republic : Romania 3:0
    Germany : Serbia 1:3




    Day 2


    POOL A Apeldoorn, Netherlands (Omnisport Apeldoorn)


    Netherlands : Poland 3:1
    Slovenia : Italy 1:3


    POOL B Antwerp, Belgium (Lotto Arena)


    Belgium : Azerbaijan 3:1
    Hungary : Turkey 0:3


    POOL C Rotterdam, Netherlands (Topsportcentrum Rotterdam)


    Russia : Belarus 3:0
    Bulgaria : Croatia 2:3


    POOL D Eindhoven, Netherlands (Indoor-Sportcentrum Eindhoven)


    Romania : Germany 1:3
    Czech Republic : Serbia 1:3





    Day 3


    POOL A Apeldoorn, Netherlands (Omnisport Apeldoorn)


    Poland : Slovenia 3:1
    Netherlands : Italy 2:3


    POOL B Antwerp, Belgium (Lotto Arena)


    Azerbaijan : Hungary 3:0
    Belgium : Turkey 1:3


    POOL C Rotterdam, Netherlands (Topsportcentrum Rotterdam)


    Belarus : Bulgaria 0:3
    Croatia : Russia 1:3


    POOL D Eindhoven, Netherlands (Indoor-Sportcentrum Eindhoven)


    Germany : Czech Republic 2:3
    Romania : Serbia 0:3

    I have rarely been so optimistic before a competition (a merry pessimist, that's me :lol: ), but our form at the World Cup (minus a few trademark brain-farts), the fact that we play with the same exact team, and my opinion that we have never had a stronger starting lineup* (absence of Brakocevic and Malagurski notwithstanding), make me positively anxious to see our play.


    A bench gives some reason for worry, since, with the exception of Stefana Veljkovic, all of them are noticeably weaker than the starting players.


    Good luck, girls! :heart: :cup: Also good luck to Dutch and Turkish girls. :rose:



    *That is, if you start Malesevic instead of Nikolic, of course. :D