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European Men's Olympic Qualification: explosive Volleyball in Izmir

German team celebrating
Luxembourg, 10th January 2007 - Spain, Germany and the Netherlands all were remarkably successful on the 3rd day of the preliminaries in the qualification tournament for the Olympic Games in Beijing and therefore once again opens all bets to determine which teams might qualify for the semi-finals.  

In Pool A, Spain qualified for the semi-finals by barely beating Italy 3 to 2. After having won the first set 25-21, the Spanish team lost some of its motivation and superb game and lost the following two sets to the Italian team which proved more concentrated and performing in its attacks. In the fourth set however, the Italian team commits several mistakes and gives the advantage to Spain which wins 25-19 before showing a very strong determination in the decisive set and thus winning the match 3-2.

Poland, which had clearly beat Italy 3-0 the previous day, lost against the Netherlands in a challenging and bouncing match. After winning the first set 25-19, the Polish players lost some of their energy in the second and third sets against the more determined and vindictive team of Peter Blange. But Poland wasnít about to lose its chance to qualify for the semi-finals and easily took the fourth set on the score of 25-16. Both teams then fought harshly in the tie-break, and thanks to a well organized and highly efficient block, it is finally the Dutch team which wins the match 3 to 2.

Italy which played its 3 matches got 4 points (two matches lost and 1 match won) but with a set ratio of 1.079 is definitively out of the competition. Poland, with 4 points (two matches lost and 1 match won) played also all its matches in the pool and is therefore directly dependent on the outcome of the last match to be played between Spain, already qualified even if it loses, and the Netherlands which would rank second with 5 points in front of Poland in case of a victory against Spain.

In pool B, Germany also achieved a significant victory against Serbia in 5 sets. The two teams, very close in all aspects of their game, fought for each point in every set to win the match. For a while, Serbia seemed to lead after winning the second and third sets, but that was without counting on the strong determination and perfect concentration of the German players who took the fourth set on a score of 25-19. The two teams were then again at a tie and entered the tie break to conclude the match. Right along with the performance level which proved excellent for both teams, the pressure built with each point played, always leaving all chances to both teams. But the German players finally managed to take the lead just a few points away from the end of the set, and with a difference of 3 points, Serbia could no longer catch up and conceded the victory to the Germans who won the tie-break 15-11.

The results of tonightís matches in Pool B could lead to a tie between Serbia, Germany and Finland with 5 points each. The matches between Germany and Finland, and Serbia against Turkey will therefore be highly important and decisive.


Pool A

ITA Ė ESP                     2 : 3 21:25 25:13 25:19 19:25 12:15

NED Ė POL                      3 : 2 19:25 25:23 25:19 16:25 15:13

Ranking as per 10.01.2008:

1. ESP 4 points (2-0), 2. POL 4 points(1-2,), 3. ITA points(1-2,), 4. NED 3 points (1-1)


Pool B

SRB Ė GER                    2 : 3 22:25 26:24 25:22 19:25 11:15


Ranking as per 10.01.2008:

1. GER  4 points (2-0), 2. SRB 3 points (1-1), 3. FIN 3 points (1-1). 4. TUR 2 points (0-2)


Matches to be played today:

15.:30 FIN - GER

18:00 ESP - NED

20:30 TUR - SRB



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