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Slovenia win European League title

Slovenia celebrate during their run to the European League gold medal
Walbrzych, Poland, August 14, 2015 – Slovenia won gold at the 2015 men’s CEV Volleyball European League with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) win over Macedonia in the final of the Final Four. 

Hosts and current FIVB world champions Poland won the bronze medal with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-20) victory over Estonia. 

The win is Slovenia’s first major international title and their victory earns them a place in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball World League. 

“Macedonia are a good team and yesterday they played very well, but today we entered the court with a lot of focus, really wanting to win the match and we did exactly that,” Slovenia coach Andrea Giani said. 

In the final Mitja Gasparini and Tine Urnaut led the way for Giani’s team and their dominance at the net allowed Slovenia to take an early grip on the match that they didn’t relinquish, while Slovenian setter Dejan Vincic was named tournament MVP.

“This is a goal that we have chased for a long time,” Vincic said. “The individual awards were unexpected and I want to thank our coach for this result. The team has made real progress since he took over the squad, and we have a good chemistry with him. Now, this great team that we have will be able to stand its ground in the World League next year.” 

Final standing

1. Slovenia
2. Former Y.R. of Macedonia
3. Poland
4. Estonia

Dream Team of the tournament

MVP: Dejan Vincic (SLO)
Best Setter: Dejan Vincic (SLO)
Best Opposite: Jovica Simovski (MKD)
Best Middle Blocker: Jan Nowakowski (POL)
Second Best Middle Blocker: Ardo Kreek (EST)
Best Outside Spiker: Nikola Gjorgiev (MKD)
Second Best Outside Spiker: Klemen Cebulj (SLO)
Best Libero: Damian Wojtaszek (POL)
Fair Play Award: Team of the Former Y.R. of Macedonia

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