On the women’s side, Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller will try to repeat their triumph from 2008 and 2010, when they made it to the top of the podium to capture the title. More than that, the German girls won medals at the last five editions of the most prestigious European beach tournament.

Last year it was another FIVB Heroes team that won the gold medal. Italians Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti did not lose a single match to become well-deserved winners. Unfortunately, Marta had to pull out of The Hague due to muscular problems, leaving Greta to team up with another partner, Laura Giombini.

On the men’s side, our Spanish FIVB Heroes Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira gear up for their first European Championship title together, since winning a bronze medal in 2009. Pablo, the elder memberof the team already knows what it’s like to win here. He won the tournament in 2005 with his former partner. It’s an easy guess how badly he wants to share the same success with Adrian.

Last but not least, the Dutch beach volleyball fans will be excited about the comeback of Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann. The World Champs from 2009 won the European Championship last year in convincing fashion. So far this summer, they’ve been unable to play a single match due to a shoulder injury that Jonas suffered during the preseason training camp.

“Without any tournament practice in 2012 we won’t be able to show our best, and defending the title seems rather unrealistic. But we don’t have to hide for sure”, said Jonas, explaining his expectations of the tournament.

Can our Heroes make it to the top of Europe? Stay tuned to to find out!