EuroVolley ready to mesmerize Denmark and Poland
The first and second ranked teams of this competition will qualify for the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship 2014 in Poland, with the eventual gold medallists also getting the right to compete at the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan coming up in late November.
The hosts of Denmark, a real underdog in the competition, will open their home campaign playing 2012 Olympic bronze medallists Italy on Friday at Arena Fyn in Odense. That same group – Pool A – also includes the likes of European League winners Belgium and Belarus, a country that is celebrating its first appearance at the final round of the European Champs.
The city of Herning is the second Danish venue for the prelims and there 2011 champions Serbia will be playing Slovenia, the Netherlands, and Finland, as they try to retain the title they claimed two years ago in Vienna. It won’t be that easy for Serbia as the teams assigned to this pool have showed their potential and ambitions throughout this past summer and are all well ready to cause a sensation.
The co-hosts of the Championship, Poland, are debuting on Friday in Gdansk playing Turkey. The splendid ERGO Arena – venue of the 2011 World League Finals – will also host the national teams of Slovakia and France. Though they have gone through ups and downs in recent times, the home heroes of Poland will try to exploit the home advantage to delight the thousands of red-and-white fans who will be crowding the stands right from the opening day of the competition.
The real “group of death” in this Championship, pool D, takes place in Gdynia, a town just nearby Gdansk, and there 2012 Olympic champions Russia – winners of this year’s World League as well – have a very tough job as they cross their ways with Germany, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria while embarking on a quest to add yet another title to their showcase.
For detailed information about the VELUX EuroVolley 2013 see www.cev.lu as well as the official website www.eurovolley2013.dk