The Olympic medals were gave out. Russia will exist in glory for the next four years, but volleyball fans cannot forget that there are only few weeks to start the club season. Most of teams have completed their squads, however, some teams are still making transactions with prominent players in the leading roles.
Peter Platenik goes back to his homeland after ten-year adventure with international teams inter alia in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Belgium. The Czech wing-spiker signed a contract with Jihostroj Ceske Budejovice and he will play in the Champions League with this team next season. The player, who was born in Bratislava (Slovakia), spent the last season in Halbank Ankara. What is interesting, Peter Platenik was playing in Beach Volleyball World Tour this summer with another famous indoor player Martin Lebl, but they did not achieve any relevant results.
After that Shakhtar Soligorsk took a place of Stroitel Minsk in Russian Superliga, the champion of Belarus made few strengthens. Managers of the team brought three foreign players. A Polish middle-blocker Lukasz Kadziewicz (ex Casa Modena), a Czech setter Ondrej Boula (ex Maliye Milli Piyango, Turkey) and a wing-spiker from Bulgaria Alexander Simeonov (ex Saipa Karaj, Iran) may help Soligorsk to gain the best possible place in united Superliga.
The Belarusian team will play in Russian league, while Matti Oivanen leaves (Gubernia Nizhny Novgorod) the league signing a contract with Hurrikaani Loimaa the vice-champion of Finland.
In Brazil, there has been a great come back. André Nascimento, the Olympic champion from Athens and the Olympic vice-champion from Beijing, got along with Apav Canoas. The opposite played in Japanese Suntory Sunbirds last season. André is not the first reinforcement of the club from Rio Grande do Sul. Earlier, Apav Canoas employed Gustavo Endres (ex Pinheiros Sao Paolo), Dentinho (ex Volei Futuro) and Luciano Bosko (ex Jastrzebski Wegiel).