Julia Schäfer stays as fifth player in Stuttgart.
Regarding Wiesbaden: they have considerably less money as last season and will be likely much weaker, so they should indeed pose no threat to defending cup winner Schwerin this time.
Schwerin and Potsdam from Germany are both confirmed to participate in this CEV Cup 2020 competition.
Remark to Stuttgart/Porsche hall: with just 1.052 people in the hall (capacity 6.100!) this was yesterday evening totally embarassing against the DomRep for our German team indeed. This is a combined failure of FIVB and DVV in my view, because our club did more than enough to advertise this event, what is not the major responsibility of Allianz MTV Stuttgart. There were even no helpers to make noise, so I will bring a clap today from our club into the hall, to make a little more noise... I fear, disappointment from last year was a reason, that even less people were there this time. I can only hope, this will improve today and/or tomorrow. The afternoons match BEL vs. NED was certainly below 1.000 in attendance.
Lara Berger from VCO Berlin (still 17 years young) to Allianz MTV Stuttgart, at VCO she was labeled as opposite, Stuttgart declares her OH (?).
After knowing a possible starting line up of Stuttgart I think, it will be not too easy for Schwerin to regain the championship, despite they have a considerable financial advantage this season (about half a million Euro, 2.2 for Schwerin and just 1.7 for Stuttgart, this is a considerable difference).
Honestly, I have no high opinion now of Spaniard players - the whole NT of them looks fairly weak and no one stands out.
Celine van Gestel, Yellow Tiger and OH, changes from Asterix/BEL to Stuttgart.
hanke replaces kostner
poll replaces bock
pogany replaces lohman
drewniok is added as the 14th player
So mainly Jennifer Geerties is still missing, and Kästner at rest (will return next week). But against this B team of Russia they may have a chance to stun the favourites after the usual long series of defeats...
I want to see Poland in F6 this time but they have to take these key points go girls, don't wake up at the end of the tournament.
And Germany won't achieve anything here anyway.
Germany is still missing some important players due to long final series Stuttgart vs. Schwerin in VBL. Only in third week they will be all there, of course it may be too late, to get a solid result then.
According to an interview with Stuttgart's management, there won't be a foreign player limit in Bundesliga until 2024 for sure.
Besides that, they say they have completed most of their transfers, they lack just two players. Paige Tapp leaves because "she gambled for too long in the negotiations", whatever that means. And it looks like MB position is where Stuttgart still is looking for strong replacements.
With Molly McCage retiring and Paige Tapp leaving (as expected) it will be no easy task, to find adequate replacements for the middle.
i hear that Dresden Schwerin and Stuttgart are intersting abut her. We will see what she choose.
She will be most likely second choice for all three teams, I think (but with the chance to turn things around, if she does well, of course).
A special clinic for eyes is now partner of the VBL - while this is nice and a real issue in sports, it reveals the failure to find a financial helpful deal with a league sponsor again. As long as they don't succeed there, the league will not make big general progress...
Olympiakos can apply for Champions League but so far no info
Yes, there are some more teams, which could apply for CL qualification too. This is generally possible for every national champion, which is not blocked by fixed berths for that league. Especially Olympiacos was never doing more as Challenge Cup in the last years anyway, despite they could have played CEV Cup or even CL (qualification), so it seems unlikely to me, it is also a financial issue...
The following teams in the CEV Cup+Challenge Cup order are eligible to participate in the competition:
1. Galatasaray ISTANBUL (TUR)
2. Dynamo KAZAN (RUS)
3. SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN (GER)
4. SC POTSDAM (GER)
5. Viteos NEUCHATEL * (SUI, Neuenburg)
6. Sm'Aesch PFEFFINGEN (SUI)
7. CSM BUKAREST (ROU)
8. CSM TARGOVISTE (ROU)
9. Asterix AVO BEVEREN * (BEL, Kieldrecht)
10. Hermes OOSTENDE (BEL)
11. St. RAPHAEL (FRA)
12. Vasas Obuda BUDAPEST * (HUN)
13. OLOMOUC * (CZE)
14. Olympiacos PIRAEUS * (GRE)
15. Saugella MONZA (ITA)
16. LP Viesti SALO * (FIN)
17. Zeleznicar LAJKOVAC * (SRB)
18. Lokomotiv PRIBUZHE ? (BLR)
19. Khimik YUZHNY * (UKR)
20. Gen-I NOVA GORICA (SLO)
21. HAIFA * (ISR)
22. Chemik POLICE (POL)
23. Lokomotiv BAKU * (AZE)
24. Jedinstvo BRCKO * (BIH)
An * means, that the team could apply for CL qualification instead, what seems unlikely though, because the last time those champions didn't (in their respective leagues). Potsdam may decide against participation, because they never did despite being eligible for European Cups several times already, but I read, this time they will be with it. I Belorus either the decisive duel for CL vs. CEV cup berth wasn't played yet or I didn't recognize, anyway, Minsk (playing Russian superleague) should win and go to CL, so the national champions are listed here. I have now also added some national champions, which could actively apply for CL qualification of these...
Poor Imoudu. She needs all my positive vibes. I know she will feel them all.
Positive vibes for Imoudu. Positive vibes for Imoudu. Positive vibes for Imoudu.
Denise Imoudo had very little time to adapt to many players of the team - and the pressure is high for her in absence of Hanke and Kästner, because Corinna Glaab is hardly an option. So we should not blame her this way indeed.