Brazilians are invading the live chat.
IMO the hottest nerd looking players out there are (in no particular order)
1. Luciano Palonsky- He reminds me a bit of Grant Gustin of The Flash and Glee.
2. Tommi Siirila- imagine him wearing a horn rimmed glasses and you'll see why.
3. Antoine Brizard- well he looks really cute and a little awkward but when he smiles...
Another strange thing I've noticed
is how easy it is for Shaw to just accept a bench role like that when he knows he's going to play alongside Russell.
I don't have the time for ships but they make it difficult not to.
It's a very strange decision but I also expected that Shaw's going to be there because he followed Piacenza's IG page too.
I just find it strange because Grozer's have few flaws(well there's age and sometimes that's just a number) so he'll have to go the extra mile and train hard to even make the court as an opposite.
Oleg Antonov goes to Gas Sales Piacenza. Source is the club's Instagram page announcing his arrival.
Russell's also following Piacenza's IG account so while it's still unofficial, he's probably already signed to the team.
I'm not a follower of Men's Volleyball, but I watched some of Slovenia matches in EuroVolley.. I was rooting so bad for them... I hope they can win something in the near future... Do you think it is possible? Are they a group of young players or it is the end of a good generation?
I don't really think Toncek Stern is good enough against the better teams and Gasparini just doesn't seem like he can handle a full match anymore so they definitely need a new opposite.
For everything else, they have atleast two to four years to fight for some titles atleast in Europe with the squad that they got.
In my mind this will be Anderson's last Olympics. It will be his third, and he just had a son. From his postings it looks like he will be ready to really start his life with his family.
I know that Dave Smith will more than likely be done after this. I was classmates with his wife, and now that his children are getting school-aged, it will be advantageous to stay in the USA.
K. Shoji might not make the team in Paris as Micah Ma'a has been stepping up. If Shoji makes the team in 2021, I assume it will be his last.
For some reason I think Holt will probably get another Olympics under his belt before hanging it up, but I could be wrong.
I think the Jaeschke, Sander, and Aaron Russell could still all be on the team on the left side for the USA in Tokyo and Paris.
There's still De Falco as the other OH.
For Anderson, if Patch couldn't take the next step, it's probable that Russell will begin his transition to opposite after Tokyo Olympics.
L'Equipe and Gazetta are both saying that Anderson has officially signed with Shanghai.
Modena picked up Petric, Lavia, and Stankovic.
Vibo Valentia signing Saitta and Rossard. They are linked with Chinenyeze and Cester in the middle.
This is going to be a good team if De Falco remains in Vibo Valentia.
Plotnytskyi is supposed to be a starter next season. I'd rather have Russell back instead.
I still think they are a more balanced team now that it is Travica who is the main italian player instead so we could see the Plotnyitskyi who played in Monza rather than player who was benched by Lanza to keep the italian numbers or if they need Podrascanin to play.
Per GLP, Perugia is trying to trade Lanza for Jaeschke to Verona.
Jaeschke had some terrible injuries in the past but that's a little risk when they have Plotnytskyi to start or come off the bench.
Just making this thread to discuss how unlucky this team is.
First, missing 2018 VNL despite qualifying in world league first group because FIVB decided to call it VNL and locked it to only teams that could provide money and now, 2020 VNL getting cancelled because of Coronavirus.
It's just crazy how this can happen to a very good team without the gods blinking twice.
Belogorie announced Gabriele Nelli.
Strange transfer. Nelli's situation sucks but he's not ideally the opposite any russian team would consider first.
It seems almost all the top and up-and-coming Opposites will play in Russia next season: Mikhaylov, Poletaev, Sokolov, Muzaj, Nelli and not sure if Zaytsev transfer to Russia is still in the picture?
Nelli's too inexperienced as a top opposite and too old as an up-coming player though.
Sassa used to have a powerful serve so Jaque's role is only reception(questionable atm) and defense.
Amanda's currently a better option because she can do all of that.
Can someone explain to me the intense and targeted hatred I'm reading online on Bill Gates?
I don't think he deserves any of it and I don't even want to deal with it on twitter because the conspiracy theories are just bonkers so I would rather want to discuss this with more sane people on this forum.
Of course my list mostly includes Dutch NT matches
1. Olympic Games 2012 Quater Final
Brazil 3-2 Russia
This match made me fall in love with volleyball! What a thrilling match this was, with a great comeback from Brazil thanks to two of the best players ever IMO: Sheilla and Thaisa
2. Olympic Games 2016 preliminary round
The Netherlands 3-2 China
In this match the Dutch team showed they were capable of making an upset in the Olympics.
3. Olympic Games 2016 preliminary round
USA 3-2 The Netherlands
Maybe the best quality the Dutch team ever showed. They played really good and everyone was involved. Unfortunately Balkestein-Grothues got injured in the fourth set IMO the Netherlands could have won the match if this didn't have happened, because she was the best player on court even in offensive play she did a great job.
4. Olympic Games 2016 Semi Final
China 3-1 The Netherlands
This was such a tight match with every set going to the maximum points. #Plakpower and the heavily injured Balkestein-Grothues almost changed the match when they came on court in the fourth set, but Zhu Ting was just to much.
5. World Championship 2018 third round
The Netherlands 3-2 USA
What a comback from the Netherlands after they lost the first 2 sets! Sloëtjes scoring 38 points in that macth!!! Such a shame de Kruijf and Daalderop weren't there, but Lohuis stepped up that tournament.
6. World Grand Prix 2016 Final
Brazil 3-2 USA
So sad that was the last high level match between the rivals Brazil and USA. The middle blockers, Thaisa, Fabiana, Adams and Akinradewo were so good!
7. World Grand Prix 2016 Bronze Medal Match
The Netherlands 3-2 Russia
Great comeback from the Netherlands after they lost the first 2 sets and they finally were able to beat Russia.
8. European Olympic Qualifications 2016
The Netherlands 3-0 Turkey
The Netherlands blew Turkey of the court that day. but they had to after their loss against Germany. The squad was carried by experienced forces Stam - Pilon and Steenbergen. What a fighters
9. World Championship 2014 Semi final
USA 3-0 Brazil
I'm a big fan of Brazil, but USA introduced the fast system that tournament. Glass with her megical hands and her physical strength at the net! She was a big reason why Hill performed so good and became the MVP.
10. Olympic Games 2012 Quater Final
Japan 3-2 China
Japan showed defense can win from offense that match. Sano one of the best libero in the world digged so many balls, Takashita playing such a creative style and Kimura showed what an all-round outside hitter looks like
But what about 1996 Atlanta Men's Olympic Final?
Thoughts on Djokovic's stance against Coronavirus vaccination?
Does anybody know where Micah Ma'a will play next season?
I have a feeling Lube's defense is probably going to suffer with Bruno's departure. De Cecco is a bit slower than Bruno so we could potentially see a less dynamic team next season.
Yes, he is too young. But Kamil was too young as well. I prefer Yant(Kovar) and a world class opp like Wallece to Dzavoronok/Russell+Kamil.
Osmany says he doesn't have contract for next year.
Players don't want to reduce their salary. Elite level players should have accepted offers from Russia before Bedni has done perfect transfer, huge money and perfect level of volleyball. There were rumours that Kazan wanted Leal but he didn't accept.
I guess we will see many superstars in China.
A pos 4 in superlega is more valuable than a 2 unless it's Zaytsev. Playing alongside Juantorena could traumatize Yant so in my opinion, an experienced player would be a better option if they ever lose Leal.
I doubt Juantorena is leaving Italy before the olympics.
Russia's coronavirus situation is also unfolding. There could be problems like long flights and staying at different hotels every match. It's going to be a perfect contagion to contract the disease. I think a lot of players will eventually rethink on playing in Russia even with a higher wage because of the uncertainties they could face if they remove the movement restrictions.
Probably Uros will not go to China. He waiting for an offer from Modena. If he does not get a satisfactory offer(Modena will be the most injured coronavirus pandemic) it he also has offers from the Russian and Polisch league. https://twitter.com/MTrabski/status/1252176180024754179
This could turn bad for Modena. Kovacevic probably have the worst lows and extreme highs in volleyball. He's never consistent and I really doubt Christenson could bring the best in him like Giannelli did with him. His history of injuries can also be daunting during an important moment like the knock out round.
Stijn D'Hulst officialy in Knack
I'm sad about this because Stijn complimented Bruno as his back-up.