FIVB - Volleyball World League

Press release

Andrea Zorzi: Pavlov and Muserskiy combo will be key for Russia

Italy legend Andrea Zorzi is looking forward to the action

Florence, Italy, July 16, 2014 – As the 2014 FIVB World League gets underway on Wednesday, former Italian volleyball star Andrea Zorzi provides his thoughts on the day's games. 

"Russia will start the game against Iran as favourites. I thought Iran might struggle as a team after they changed their coach, but they continued to perform at a very high level and qualified well.

"Dmitriy Muserskiy is obviously a key player, but I'd also point out how well that the setter combines with Nikolay Pavlov, who can be very effective. If he feeds those two players well, Iran have no chance.

"For Iran, the setter Marouflakrani is crucial. He is a very good player, and I'd point to his relationship with Amir Ghafour as very important. If those two combine well, they will compete. 

"The USA vs Italy game is difficult to call. Italy are playing at home, and that doesn't always help you – look at Brazil in the football World Cup! Being at home is an amplifier – if they do well, the crowd will help them, if they start to struggle, it could make things worse.

"Italy perhaps have the most balanced team of any side at the competition. Jiri Kovar, Simone Parodi and Ivan Zaytsev are all very good players. Zaytsev gets the big points but I'd also watch out for Kovar.

"USA have Matt Anderson, who is one of the best players in the world. He has switched position and is now playing as an opposite, where he is very good. They have a new spiker, Taylor Sander, and he will need to perform, because the USA need more than Anderson to win."
Andrea Zorzi is a former Italian volleyball star who won two FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship crowns in 1990 and 1994 as well as three World League titles from 1990-1992 where he also won the Most Valuable Player award at both the 1990 and 1991 editions. He was also a silver medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and won the 1989 European Championship in a career which spanned 325 matches. After retiring in 1998, he collaborated with a number of important Italian TV networks as well as international newspapers as a journalist.

Download highresolution


| More

More press releases

18.12.2014 15:00:05
Year in review: Second World League triumph for USA
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 18, 2014 – The FIVB Volleyball World League provided thrills and spills across nine weeks of exciting action, celebrat... More...
24.07.2014 10:52:10
World League's top four USA, Brazil, Italy and Iran contribute to Dream Team
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2014 – USA outside hitter Taylor Sander topped the statistical charts to receive the highest individual honour in the ... More...
22.07.2014 16:16:30
Andrea Zorzi: Speed is at the heart of modern volleyball
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2014 - After the end of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League, former Italian champion Andrea Zorzi talked about the d... More...
22.07.2014 15:00:52
World League performances reshuffle world ranking
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2014 – The 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League has resulted in a reshuffle of the senior men’s world ranking, with Serbi... More...
21.07.2014 01:09:50
Talking Stats: USA join World League’s multiple gold medal club; Italy win back-to-back bronze
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2014 – USA secured their second gold medal in the competition and became the fourth nation to earn multiple gold medal... More...
21.07.2014 00:07:58
USA upset Brazil to claim second World League title
Florence, Italy, July 20, 2014 – USA, ranked fourth in the world, beat world No. 1 Brazil in four outstanding sets 3-1 (31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) to... More...
20.07.2014 23:04:47
Lee hails 'unbelievable' team after USA scoop gold medal
Florence, Italy, July 20, 2014 - USA's players hailed an "unbelievable" 3-1 win (31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) over world no.1 ranked Brazil in the Worl... More...
20.07.2014 22:58:12
Dynamic USA power past Brazil to grab World League gold
Florence, Italy, July 20, 2014 – USA stunned Brazil 3-1 (31-29, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) to claim the gold medal at the FIVB World League Finals in Floren... More...
20.07.2014 19:19:49
We will go for gold soon, says Italy's Travica
Florence, Italy, July 20, 2014 – Italian setter Dragan Travica said that Italy can win a future tournament soon, after they claimed the bronze medal i... More...
20.07.2014 19:12:13
Italy claim second consecutive World League Finals bronze
Florence, Italy, July 20, 2014 - Italy claimed the bronze medal of the 2014 FIVB World League Finals, beating Iran 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) in a sold... More...