The Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin will be the battleground for four teams to take one last shot to make their Olympic dream come true. Host Germany welcomes Cuba, the Czech Republik and India.
Favorite to win are the Germans. Even without FIVB Hero Ferdinand Tille, who won’t play, the host is confident to repeat their success from 2008. Back then, Germany seized its last chance and snatched their ticket to Beijing also at home.
Germany’s main competitor is Cuba. The young team from the Carribean around their captain and FIVB Hero Wilfredo Leon wants to smooth out their failure from 2008. Back then at the same point, they let slip a huge chance when they lost to Germany in five sets after leading 2-0.
18-year-old Wilfredo will remember that match, as he was already part of the Cuban team at that time with only 14 years of age.
Wilfredo’s team might be very young and not as experienced as the Germans, but with their outragious athletism and talent they can make anything happen on a good day.
India and the Czech Republik are underdogs, with the Czechs still having several internationally known players in their team. Their German coach Stewart Bernard is Germany’s former national coach and surely wants to demonstrate the quality of his new team.
Can Wilfredo make it happen for Cuba? Will the German team survive without Ferdinand? Stay tuned to www.FIVBheroes.com to find out!