Posts by StefanS

    I know the biggest emergency station in Stuttgart (Klinikum Stuttgart), the INA, it is a very modern unit, but even that capacity is limited. I hope, they can cope with the rapidly rising surge of seriously infected people. The current measures in Germany can be only effective in 10 to 14 days, so the numbers will rise quickly - and most European countries will face the same fate.

    The VBL head declared the 2019/2020 as "no season" (just training matches series, so to speak), therefore no teams of 1. and 2. league can be called champion. ( https://www.volleyball-bundesl…page=0#a_180491_740560815 )

    And they postponed licensing dates and the according dates for financial licensing (to have sufficient firm finances for their tasks) also.

    No decision yet was made regarding European cups, despite the valid rankings were already leaked in two another threads here.

    By the way, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, has banned every training facility use, private fitness clubs and so on from opening now too. I don't know, if this is done all over the state or in whole Germany, but it finishes any sports activity done aside from at home or other strictly private kind.

    This is obviously not related to the Corona virus pandemics, but some clubs may have an huge issue with the economical drawbacks it poses. So we have to wait, how the whole league(s) will proceed. At least having 8 teams with at least 1 million Euro budget in the league incites the hope, that most (maybe not all) will survive. Suhl seems to be the economically weakest of them, and I can't believe, that there can be for more than a few years two teams from the small state Thuringina in the league, to be honest. On the other hand, it might be the right time to increase minimum budget for professional league to 500.000 Euro per year, which is fulfilled by nearly all of them already.

    Parubets... :white:

    I've been following her and been a fan for years but jesus, she only gets better and better.

    She is definitely one of the most complete/all-around OHs in 2020 and one of the only ones at that. Would love to see her abroad sometime :heart:

    She is the absolutely key player of Uralochka - without her, Ekaterinburg quickly collapses against every fairly good opponent.

    I think it's safe to say that this whole situation is unprecedented and right now nobody can make any plans for next season (or even be sure there will be a next season...)

    Usually such a virus crisis should be largely under control until October I think. But every virus pandemic is different, so I'm just guessing.

    An interesting statement by Jung from the VBL: eight teams in the league have at least a 1 million Euro budget, even Straubing still without adequate hall had 750.000 Euro. Which two teams he told have more than 2 million isn't really clear: Schwerin is one of them, but Stuttgart had 1.8 million and Dresden claims to have less than 2 million too. The others are clearly behind so far I know.

    This sounds like Schwerin will be the somewhat lucky CL participant - bad luck for Stuttgart, to lose the chance to turn it around... for the other teams it is no such big deal, i.e. Potsdam is third and will qualify for CEV cup like last season.

    The US professionals are totally screwed: they are banned from returning to USA, if I got it right.

    This total desaster is not unique, many leagues in many teamsports will end like this.

    Anyway, it is a small issue compared to the threat of climate and ecological breakdown, which gets not nearly the reaction required compared to the relatively small, but seemingly more current threat of Corona virus - what use will it be to be sometimes a Champion, when history ends and nobody remembers?

    If the season is finished with the league round finaly match day, the match Schwerin vs. Stuttgart will likely determine, which team will solely play CL next season. Precondition after win of Schwerin against Suhl is as follows: if Schwerin wins at home (with or without spectators?) at least two sets, they will defend the first place, vice versa Stuttgart has to win with three points there to grab it from Schwerin, i.e. must not lose more than one set.

    NRW lost as only German state so far completely the control regarding Corona virus infections, therefore they have to ban spectators in Münster and Aachen now of course.

    The DEL, the daughter of the NHL, ceased already the season, i.e. the playoffs in icehockey, because of the huge spectator numbers there they saw no other escape. In the worst case our league playoffs will also be canceled, so the fight of Schwerin and Stuttgart on Saturday will be even more decisive, because it seems, that still only the best German club will go to CL. This would be the league round winner than...

    Even Schwerin-Stuttgart is discussed now as possibly played without spectators, I have just read. In Stuttgart it could work, if only permanent card holders (between 800 and 900) are now eligible to view the playoffs in our hall... (as long as this maximum 1.000 persons recommandation is kept up). The financial drawbacks are rather obvious (no more tickets sold!).

    It's contradicting decisions in Italy, and the Russians seem not to be very cautious against Corona? Not unusual, I guess (remember (non-Anthropocene) Siberian winters for example).