We can start looking forward to an exciting week filled up with world-class actions and volleyball stars in the European Olympic Qualification Tournaments coming up for men and women in Berlin and Ankara.
Schedule of matches in Berlin
The Olympic Qualification is not only a battle of the best teams in Europe, it is also a battle of the biggest superstars that the volleyball world has seen in the recent years.
5 volleyball stars in Berlin
Georg Grozer, Opposite (Samsung Bluefangs/KOR)
The ‘Hammerschorsch’ is one of the best opposite players that Germany has ever seen. His way of playing is very emotional and spectacular and his strong service is feared all over the world. The 31-year old Grozer won all important club titles in the recent past but the greatest moment of his career was achieved in 2014 as Germany claimed bronze at the World Championship in Poland. It was the first major international medal in 40 years and Grozer had a large share in the success.
Bartosz Kurek, Opposite (Rzeszow/POL)
The 27year-old and 2.07 meters tall superstar has been dividing Poland’s Volleyball family lately. His fans say that he is the face of Polish Volleyball but the coaching team didn’t nominate him for the 2014 World Championship at home. But now he is back and changed position from outside spiker to opposite. His strengths are a very good service and the attack.
Aleksandar Atanasijevic, Opposite (Perugia/ITA)
All experts agree that Atanasijevic will be one of the world’s best opposite players in the future. The 24-year old guy is known for taking a lot of risks when serving and attacking and for hitting the ball always hard. The Serbian is also known for his curly hair and for being able to score 25 to 30 points during every game, which makes him one of Italy’s national league’s best scorers where he wears the shirt of Sir Safety Perugia.
Earvin Ngapeth, Outside Spiker (Modena/ITA)
You will never find enough words to describe this player in the right way. Ngapeth is capable of delivering unexpected and never-before seen movements at any time. For example during the final match of the 2015 European Championship as he converted the match ball while standing with his back to the net. His strength is a genius attack and a fast service but he is also known for his strong, sometimes controversial personality.
Tsvetan Sokolov, Opposite (Halkbank Ankara/TUR)
All spectators will see a fight between the world’s best opposite players in Berlin and Sokolov definitely is one of these superior guys. But the 2.06 meters powerhouse was forced to miss the 2015 European Championship in his home country due to a shoulder injury. He played his first games at the end of the first half of the season in December and shall celebrate his real comeback at the Olympic qualifier in Berlin.