What the Coaches said before
Pic: (left to right) Zapevalo Alexander, Stanislaw
Gosciniak, Juan Diaz and Miguel Cambero
Head Coach, Kazakhstan
"This tournament will show who is the best team here in Porto. I
would like to thank the Portuguese Volleyball Federation for
their hospitality and for doing such a wonderful job organizing
"Our training went very well before arriving in Portugal, all my
players are fit and well and we are feeling confident after
finishing third in the Asian Championships. I think Poland are
probably the strongest team here this week, and I'd like to
think that we can prove that we are not the weakest.
"Whichever team qualifies for Athens I would like to wish them
the very best of luck in advance."
Head Coach, Poland
"I think all four teams who are here this week can win the
competition and qualify for Athens. We will see who are
favorites after the first round of matches. It is very important
for all teams to win that first game.
"Every player in the Poland team is feeling healthy and ready to
play. Every team has a chance to win the competition this week
and make it to the Olympic Games."
Head Coach, Portugal
"It is very obvious that all the teams will be trying to reach
the Olympics so we will do our best this week to make it to
Athens. All my players are fit and looking forward to playing.
"All the teams in Porto are very equal but I have a lot of
confidence in my players and I think we have a good chance of
qualifying for Athens."
Head Coach, Venezuela
"We have one player who has been slightly injured ' Ronald
Mendez ' but I am confident he will be ready for the competition.
"I do not think there is a favorite team this week, but we will
know more after the first day. We won the gold medal at the Pan
American Games, where we beat Brazil, and we are hoping we can
play to the same standard this week.
"We had 20,000 cheering us on in the sports hall so we feel a
responsibility to the fans back home. If we do qualify for
Athens, then we will be the first team from Venezuela to qualify
for an Olympic Games. But our main responsibility is to repay
our fans back in Venezuela."