Doha, Qatar, December 21, 2010 – History repeated itself as Trentino BetClic claimed a second consecutive FIVB Men's Club World Championship crown by defeating Poland's PGE Skra Belchatow in the final in Doha, just as they did 13 months ago. The only difference from last year was that the Italian side won in four sets (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15), rather than three.
Radostin Stoytchev's team became the second in history to have won the world title twice, following the example of Misura Milano who did so back in 1990 and 1992, although Trentino's feat of back-to-back triumphs is unique in Volleyball history. Jan Stokr topped the final scoring chart with 18 points while Trentino's Cuban star, Osmany Juantorena, was voted MVP of the tournament.
This latest chapter in the well-established rivalry between these two European powers opened with a closely fought first set. There were rockets flying across court from both ends, with every loud strike of the ball offering some indication of the terrific power the players were putting into their shots. From 16-all, Juantorena went on to serve and his contribution lifted Trentino into a 20-16 lead. Belchatow, driven on by captain Mariusz Wlazly, tried to respond but it was too late as Juantorena paved the way for a 1-0 lead (25-22). Like so many players from Cuba, Juantorena is the kind of athlete every coach would love to have with his ability to spike from an amazing height combined with excellent technical skills.
Not surprisingly Trentino's fans – the 'red crew' – were in good voice and did not stop cheering for their side, who have dominated international Volleyball in the past couple of years, with two crowns in the CEV Champions League as well. The Italians took a quick 8-4 lead in the second set and only a couple of minutes after the first mandatory stop the gap was getting almost embarrassing for Belchatow as they fell 12-5 behind.
Juantorena was again stellar but he was not alone in this incredible show of strength, as Matey Kaziyski, Riad and Stokr were also impossible to stop for the Poles. The Italian express slowed down a little as Belchatow narrowed the deficit at 19-14 but then Juantorena intervened again – he stamped an ace and defended well from the back row before Jakub Novotny sent the ball out for Belchatow. Trentino missed a couple of set balls but Czech giant Stokr then concluded a long rally and, with it, secured the set.
Belchatow improved in the third set, going up 8-5 at the first technical break. Trentino coach Stoytchev stopped the game briefly at 13-10 after the men in red had committed several errors and he got the effect he was looking for as Kaziyski brought his side level at 13-all. However, the set drifted away from Trentino as their efficiency in reception decreased and the Poles got the upper hand thanks to a number of solid serves to finish 25-20.
Trentino got back on track in set four but the tension was rising on court. When Polish libero Pawel Zatorski scored a point by saving, with a little bit of luck, an attack from Juantorena, Belchatow's Bartosz Kurek and Riad exchanged insults and both received yellow cards from the first referee as a result. The respective team captains, Kaziyski and Wlazly, were invited to cool down the atmosphere and after that Trentino restored their supremacy at 12-7. The holders were now on course to finish the job and even if Juantorena served straight into the net with his side leading 20-12, it took only a few more rallies for the Italians to clinch the title. With an error from Novotny the trophy was theirs again.
MVP: Osmany Juantorena (CUB/Trentino BetClic)
Best Scorer: Federico Pereyra (ARG/Drean Bolivar)
Best Spiker: Osmany Juantorena (CUB/Trentino BetClic)
Best Blocker: Mohammad Mousavi (IRI/Paykan)
Best Server: Luciano De Cecco (ARG/Drean Bolivar)
Best Setter: Raphael Vieira de Oliveira (BRA/Trentino BetClic)
Best Libero: Pawel Zatorski (POL/PGE Skra Belchatow)