Author: Yavor Dimitrov

Beach news: Rio calling

Days before the beginning of the greatest sports event in 2016 our attention is gradually turning to the forthcoming beach volleyball tournament at the heart of Brazil. Rio 2016 draw The Swiss village of Gstaad was the stage for the Olympic draw at the beginning of July. This is how the six men’s pools look like: Pool A – Alison-Bruno (Brazil), Ranghieri-Carambula (Italy), Doppler-Horst (Austria), Binstock-Schachter (Canada)Pool B – Brouwer-Meeuwsen (Netherlands), Losiak-Kantor (Poland), Böckermann-Flüggen (Germany), Barsouk-Lyamin (Russia)Pool C – Lucena-Dalhausser (USA), Nicolai-Lupo (Italy), Virgen-Ontiveros (Mexico), Belhaj-Naceur (Tunisia)Pool D – Pedro-Evandro (Brazil), Samoilovs-Smedins (Latvia), Schalk-Saxton (Canada), Gonzalez-Nivaldo (Cuba)Pool E –...

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Talents: Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad

“With a name as long as his potential” – this is how FIVB first introduced the Iranian teenager in 2013 during the Boys’ U19 World Championship. Three years later the outside attacker is part of the senior team and has been one of the revelations in 2016 so far. Manavinezhad’s path across Iran’s junior and youth formations have been a great success. The Persians dominated in a series of Asian championships and Paykan’s outside attacker often starred in those. The player helped his country win the 2012 Asian Youth Championship, then the 2014 Asian Junior Championship, followed by gold...

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Talents: Pierre Jean Stephen Boyer

One of the two pleasant surprises in the French league this season came from the country’s eastern part. The small club Chaumont, coached by the experienced Italian volleyball “professor” Silvano Prandi (his Italian nickname), was among the title contenders throughout the entire campaign. The French championship is one of the several worldwide where top players are recruited and it is often challenging for youngsters to shine. But it wasn’t quite the case in this year’s Silvano Prandi’s side. With a very interesting mixture between experience and some raw talent in their roster, Chaumont enjoyed probably the best season in...

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Talents: Martin Atanasov

Our next member of the Talents series is one of Bulgaria’s new national team players. Although no Best Youngster award is granted in the Bulgarian Sami-M Superliga, Martin Atanasov would’ve certainly been the favourite of the 2015-2016 season. The 19-year-old outside attacker had been relatively unknown to a lot of specialists even in the domestic league before he won the gold medals with his team a month ago. Product of Levski Sofia’s volleyball school, Atanasov played for the ‘blues’ last season when he and his teammates, composing one of the youngest teams in the league’s history, fought to avoid...

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Ranghieri-Carambula approaching the Olympics

The Italians Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula have moved up in the provisional Olympic ranking following their first gold medal in 2016 at the Doha Open in Qatar. The World Tour arrived in the Qatari capital just six months after the Open’s 2015 edition took place on the same location. Due to the new Olympic format, however, both events will be counted towards the 2016 season. The Germans Markus Böckermann and Lars Flüggen took the title in November, thus making it two in a row for their country in Qatar, following the surprising triumph of Holler-Schröder back in 2014....

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