Author: Manu Calabro

Argentina ran over Brazil and claimed Gold medal in Pan American Games

After 20 years of suffering and lack of glory, Argentina finally made it: at the 2015 Panamerican Games held in Toronto, Canada, Julio Velasco and his players defeated Brazil in the gold medal match and gave Argentina its first title since 1995, when Weber, Milinkovic and Elgueta won the Panamerican Games in Mar del Plata. It wasn’t an easy path for Argentina to the finals. Two victories against Cuba and Colombia followed a harsh straight-sets defeat against a ‘star-less’ Brazil in the round robin. As Murilo, Lucarelli and Bruno where playing the World League Finals in Rio, Leonaldo selected...

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San Juan is ready to host the 2015 Southamerican Club Championships

7 days of pure volleyball will take place in San Juan between the 9th and 15th of February. Organized by UPCN San Juan Voley and with Sada Cruzeiro trying to defend the crown won in 2014, the Southamerican Club Championships will give one team the opportunity to participate in the 2015 World Club Championships, to be developed in Brazil.  Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Bolivia will have its representative teams disputing for a place in the most important club tournament in the world. UPCN San Juan Voley will try to imitate their last year’s performance, which made them defeat Sada Cruzeiro...

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Nobody can stop UPCN, 4-time Champion!

The team of San Juan beat Lomas de Zamora in the final series and crowned its fourth title in Argentinean A1 League with a 28-1 record and 86 out if 95 sets won.     UPCN won in their league debut 3-0 over UNTREF and crowned with the same result the third game against Lomas in the final series. Undoubtedly, wins in straight sets were usual to UPCN in an edition in which they accumulated 23 wins in that outcome over 29 games. Until now, Bolívar held the record with a 16 point lead in the regular season and...

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Julio Velasco left Iran and arrived to Argentina

 Wednesday afternoon, in the Marriot Plaza Hotel in Buenos Aires, Julio Velasco was presented as the new Argentinean male volleyball team coach, after the dismissal of Javier Weber in December 2013.   Finally, the prophet returned to its own land. After 32 years of success in European and Asian volleyball, Julio Velasco arranged its departure from Iran and his arrival home: since this Wednesday and until Rio 2016, he will command the male national team. “I’m very proud of being Argentina’s coach. I was very anxious and I am now very thrilled with this opportunity. The main idea is that people feel proud of the team: I can’t promise any results, but I can ensure that a very good work will be done. I want more people to play volleyball” said Velasco, visibly touched and shedding tears. “I also want to agree the Iranian federation and people. They completely understood me and let me go before the end of my contract. I am very thankful to them” he ended. Juan Antonio Gutierrez, president of the Argentinean federation (FeVA) highlighted the importance of Velasco’s arrival and thanked Javier Weber for his services. Velasco’s working group has not been yet made official, but it is known that Julian Alvarez (former U-18 coach) will be one of his main assistants. Official work will start in April, with lots of expectations and a...

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Argentinean federation fired Javier Weber

With an unexpected and sudden turn, the Argentinean Volleyball Federation (FeVA) decided to terminate the contract of Javier Weber, the men’s national team head coach. He was signed through the 2016 Olympics in Rio.    Christmas eve was not happy for Argentinean volleyball. Tuesday morning, the country woke up and found out that the men’s national team head coach, Javier Weber, got displaced from its charge after a number of meetings between Juan Antonio Gutierrez (FeVa’s president) and the directors of the regional federations of Argentina.    Weber took charge of the Team in 2009, after Jon Uriarte’s resignation....

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