After three and half year, Andrea Giani said goodbye to his team BluVolley Verona. The Italian coach resigned from his function after a painful defeat in Coppa Italia against Biosi Indexa Sora. For some, it could have been a spontaneous decision, made under negative emotions caused by the surprising defeat, but the truth is that the tension inside the team was growing for at least the past month. – We have started the championship pretty well. We won against teams we had to and we lost just one match in tiebreak, against Piacenza. – admitted Giani. – Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to create the team spirit. This was extremely important. To be able to win or even to try and compete against teams from the top of the table like Modena or Civitanova we needed this kind of connection. After the victory 3:0 against Revivre Milano, the team of Giani faced four games versus the best teams of the Superlega. Unfortunately for the players from Verona, all four finished without them being able to win even a single set. On top of that, the team also was beaten by Vibo Valentia at home 2:3, ending November with a disappointing record of 0 victories and 5 defeats. – My already former team, needed a shock, an inside earthquake, something had to shake them to change the road the team has been on for a while. – said Giani. The situation sparked rumours about the team not being able to find good connection between them. The club reacted immediately by locking the team away for a week, away from families and media, and explaining it is the best way to find the team spirit. – The idea maybe wasn’t so ba. After the defeat against Perugia we moved into a hotel. It looked like a mini camp. We were together 24/7 for a week, practised, ate and tried to build better relations – explains Giani.– The problem in my opinion is that all these kind of movements make sense only if people are actually willing to take part in the change, if they try to improve the relations. I think this was the reason why it didn’t work for us. Giani is not afraid to admit that he feels responsible for the defeats and that recent results have not been a consequence only of the lack of connection between the players. – Of course I’m responsible for the fact that I couldn’t find the identity of this team and bring it to life. I’m not going to deny it. But at the same time my staff and I worked extremely hard to find a solution for this team and none of the ideas worked out. After leaving Verona, Giani returned to his family house in Parma, where as he said, he is going to stay at least until the New Year. – Right now I am going to enjoy the festive time of Christmas together with all my family. After the New Year I will come back to volleyball and to the arenas, not only to watch volleyball, but also to carry on learning and improving myself as a coach. There are many coaches I want to learn from during their practices. The former coach of Verona has never stayed long time without work, but right now is not going to rush into a new challenge. – What I am certain is that I will carry on working with a national and a club team next year. But before I can disclose any particular names I need to make sure that the potential project and my expectations meet in the middle.- concluded Giani. Article by Ania Wiecek Photo...Read More
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Posted by Anna Wiecek | Nov 1, 2015 |
The italian coach of Lotos Trefl Gdansk Andrea Anastasi showed his disagreement about the new system of the polish national league, calling it “the league for the richest”. – They simply killed the possibility of any team that could finish the regular season on 3rd,4th, 5th or 6th place to dream of the final. The new system cancels playoffs and final standing will be set according to the regular season table. First two teams will play for the gold medal, 3rd and 4th for the bronze. The reason why the system has been changed are The Olympic Games 2016....Read More
Posted by Anna Wiecek | Oct 31, 2015 |
Before the new season of the Plusliga really kicked off, the supporters in Gdansk witnessed another historic moment for their club. After securing their participation in the 2016 Champions League by winning the Polish Cup and finishing the last season with silver medal of the Plusliga, Lotos Trefl Gdansk added another trophy to the collection. In front of 5.000 volleyball fans, the team of Andrea Anastasi won the Polish Supercup. Considering the fact that a year ago they were aiming for the 5th position in the national League as the team seasonal goal, the three trophies won within a...Read More
Posted by Anna Wiecek | Apr 20, 2015 |
The team from Gdansk host Asseco Resovia Rzeszow showed an effort to add another chapter to their history. In the breath-taking ambience at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, supporters saw a great volleyball played by both teams with Lotos Trefl Gdansk securing the trophy. There’s not much of a coincidence anymore that the team from Gdansk is currently playing on the top level. Lotos built upon only 7 players finished regular season third and in the play-offs firstly won twice with the team from Bydgoszcz, just to add another spectacular result by throwing out from the big final Skra...Read More
Posted by Anna Wiecek | Apr 19, 2015 |
Lotos Trefl Gdansk and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow will fight for the Cup of Poland in a clash of the giants on Sunday afternoon. Both teams secured their place in the final defeating PGE Skra Belchatow and Jastrzebski Wegiel. The first semifinal played between the hosts Lotos Trefl Gdansk and PGE Skra Belchatow was already the seventh time when both teams met during this season. They knew each other very well recently competing also in the play-off of the Plus Liga. – We are no longer the favourite – said the coach of Skra, Miguel Angel Falasca a day before...Read More
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