smart Major Hamburg | 7 - 12 June 2016
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 13, 2016 – Before the first ball was served last week, smart Major Hamburg Promoter Frank Mackerodt toured the grounds of Am Rothenbaum stadium with a bit of a smile and a gleam in his eye.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 12, 2016 - When Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena arrived in Germany after a disappointing 17 th-place finish in the Moscow Grand Slam, they knew something was wrong in their communication.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 12, 2016 - What appeared on paper to be a gold medal showdown between past and present FIVB Beach Volleyball world champions did not materialize here Sunday mid-day at the US$800,000 smart Major Hamburg as Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena posted a two-set win over the reigning “kings of the beach” Alison Cerutti and ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 12, 2016 - Can the men’s Beach Volleyball teams from Brazil, The Netherlands, Russia and the United States produce the same kind of excitement here Sunday at the US$800,000 smart Major Hamburg after a “eye-opening final four” women matches Saturday where a German women’s team won its first-ever gold medal on home sand at a FI... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 11, 2016 - As Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes kept the pressure on Keri Walsh Jennings and April Ross in the smart Major Hamburg bronze medal match, Talita had only one thought.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 11, 2016 - It is unusual for a FIVB World Tour team to have a “day off”, but that was the case for Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov as the Russian pair advanced to the semi-finals of the US$800,000 smart Major Hamburg due to a forfeit while teams from Brazil, The Netherlands and the United States had to win quart... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 11, 2016 - In matches that provide a “perfect” preview of things to come at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it was an “ace” that won the first semi-final confrontation between host Germany and the United States before a crowd of more than 6,000 here Saturday mid-day at Am Rothenbaum stadium.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 11, 2016 - After four hectic days of Beach Volleyball at Am Rothenbaum stadium with 169 matches spread over five courts where more than 1,900 tons of sand were imported into the venerable tennis facility, it is now “showdown” Saturday for 11 remaining teams in the competition.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 10, 2016 - Amazingly, the women’s final four” at the US$800,000 smart Major Hamburg could be a preview of semi-finals contestants at the Rio 2016 Olympics as the top four-ranked pairs on the provisional Summer Games list will be vying for medals here Saturday at the Am Rothenbaum stadium. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 10, 2016 - The belief is still in a bit of suspended animation, so all the two presumptive United States’ Olympic teams can at the moment is play Beach Volleyball. In the quarterfinals of the smart Major Hamburg at Am Rothenbaum stadium, they’ll do it with a little intra-squad workout. Except a lot more remains on the line f... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 10, 2015 - For the first-time in the Olympic history, Mexico will be represented by both a Beach Volleyball and Volleyball team in the Summer Games after Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros won a pair of matches here Friday over teams from Brazil and Latvia to move into the top 15 pairs on the Rio provisional ranking list ahea... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Hamburg, Germany, June 10, 2016 - After two days of pool play to eliminate 16 totals teams from the men’s and women’s competition at the US$800,000 smart Major Hamburg, another 36 pairs will be sent packing here Friday from the FIVB World Tour event at the Am Rothenbaum stadium.... Read full news
Hamburg joins Beach Majors family
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour returns to Germany for the first time in three years from June 7-12 for the double-gender smart Major Hamburg. The 2016 event will be the first German FIVB World Tour event held in Hamburg as all of the previous tournaments were held in Berlin.
The smart Major Hamburg concludes the Road to Rio that lasts until June 13, 2016 with FIVB World Tour events counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine 15 of 24 spots for each gender that will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
While this is the first FIVB World Tour event to be held in Hamburg, the CEV has presented three men’s and three women’s events on the European Federation tour. The most recent one for each gender was 2008.
The 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The highlight of the calendar will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil featuring 24 teams in each gender.
Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. It is also the 13th largest German state. Its population is over 1.7 million people, and the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (including parts of the neighboring Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein) has more than five million inhabitants. The city is situated on the river Elbe.
Hamburg is a transport hub and is an affluent city in Europe. It has become a media and industrial center, with plants and facilities belonging to Airbus, Blohm and Voss and Aurubis. It is also home to the radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk and publishers of several top magazines. Hamburg has been an important financial center for centuries, and is the seat of the world’s second oldest bank, Berenberg Bank.
The city is a notable tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors; it ranked 16th in the world for livability in 2015.
The Speicherstadt was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2015.
The 2016 FIVB World Ranking system will again include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.