Hosts Bulgaria will be supported by 14,000 fans at the Armeec Arena and FIVB Hero Matey Kaziyski, who is one of the most popular athletes in his country, believes this will help his team in the difficult moments. And these moments will come, because there are no weak teams. Bulgaria prepared for the competition playing friendlies with Iran, Australia and Slovakia, who won with Kaziyski and his teammates at the European Championships 2011.
Serbia lost their chance to qualify at the World Cup 2011 and will participate without their star Ivan Miljkovic. But the Serbs want to show that their 2011 European Championships title was no fluke. It won’t be easy and for FIVB Hero Sasa Starovic this competition will be even harder. The young opposite returns to the field after six months of interruption caused by a knee injury. Sasa was injured in the first match and missed the entire club season in Italy. But coach Igor Kolakovic didn’t want to rush anything and gave his star as much time as he needed to make a full recovery so he can play at the top of his game again.
Italy’s Simone Parodi knows exactly how difficult a knee injury can make life for a volleyballer: his own return to the court cost him a lot of effort. He had sustained his injury at the end of the club season and had to sit out the World League. But Simone didn’t give up and resumed practicing in August, also helping his team at the European Championships. Coach Mauro Berruto called him “a little miracle” – now this “little miracle” is once again part of the starting six in his national team and prepares to fight for the ticket he almost won at the World Cup 2011.
Ferdinand Tille won’t be with the German national team in Sofia, but the libero will be keeping his fingers crossed for his team to achieve what the German ladies unfortunately couldn’t.
Which European team will join Russia, Brazil, Poland, Tunisia and Great Britain in London? Stay tuned and keep those winning vibes coming for your Hero!