While the continental qualifiers are over, volleyballers can’t count on a break. The World League is about to start and 16 teams want to qualify for the final six in Sofia, Bulgaria. All the coaches insist they won’t underestimate the World League because of the upcoming Olympic Games. This tournament will be perfect way to prepare for Olympics!
Pool A is full of our FIVB Heroes. The teams start in Hamamatsu, Japan, where Tatsuya Fukuzawa and Kunihiro Shimizu will face Sasa Starovic from Serbia who is getting back to his best shape after a knee injury and Wilfredo Leon who arrived with his team straight from an Olympic qualifier, where he lost in the semi-final against the USA. Russian star Maxim Mikhaylov will join his team later, as the coach has decided to give him some more time to rest.
Meanwhile teams from pool B arrived in Toronto. Polish stars Bartosz Kurek and Zbigniew Bartman are the only FIVB Heroes this weekend in their pool, as their fellow FIVB Heroes Murilo and Giba from Brazil arestill recovering from injuries. They will have a chance to play against each other in next rounds.
Pool C starts in beautiful Florence in Italy. Unfortunately Simone Parodi won’t participate in the tournament this weekend due to calf injury, which picked up in the semi-final against Serbia at the Olympic qualifier. His team will face Antonin Rouzier with team France, captain Clayton Stanley and team USA, who just qualified for London and young Moon Sung-Min with his team Korea.
Pool D will rivalry will kick off a week later. The teams will arrive in Frankfurt, Germany, where libero Ferdinand Tille will face two FIVB Heroes, young Argentinean Facundo Conte and one of the biggest volleyball stars Matey Kaziyski. His team, Bulgaria, has less pressure on them than the others, as they are the hosts of this year’s final six.
Who will get to the final six. Will there be an upset or will favourites like Russia, Brazil and Argentina fulfil their fans’ expectations? Cross your fingers for your FIVB Hero!