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The Club: Zenit Kazan

Zenit Kazan celebrate the first title of the new season, after their win over Lokomotiv Novosibirsk to claim the 2020 Russian Supercup.
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 9, 2020 - After years of supremacy in world, European and domestic Russian volleyball scene, Zenit Kazan are looking ahead to a renewed dominance, as the sport restarts at the dawn of the new decade.

Based in the city of Kazan, capital of the Tatarstan at the confluence of the mighty Volga with the Kazanka River, Zenit already have an impressive collection of titles, including the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship, six European Champions Leagues and ten national Superleagues.

But despite their incredible runs in the first two decades of the century, they haven't lifted an international trophy since 2018 and were runners-up in the last two editions of the Russian Superleague after five titles on the trot.

With a renewed roster, which includes France's Earvin Ngapeth and Poland's Bartosz Bednorz alongside an amazing lineup of Russian stars such as Artem Volvich, Alexander Butko and Maxim Mikhailov - all under the leadership of legendary coach Vladimir Alekno - they now hope to reverse the trend.

Zenit have already opened the season emphatically - undefeated after three rounds of play in the Superleague.

But the second of their two Superleague wins, a thrilling 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9) affair at Novosibirsk against defending champions local Lokomotiv, counted at the same time as the Russian Supercup, meaning Zenit grabbed the first title of the new season.

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