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Registration deadline for the 2010 World Championships


The CEV reminds all affiliated National Federations that the deadline for the submission of the entry forms for the 2010 World Championships Qualification Tournaments is quickly approaching.

Entry forms have to be sent to the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne no later than next 1rst of May, 2008.

Even though some National Federations affiliated to the CEV already registered for these tournaments, the European Volleyball Confederation would like to draw the attention on the importance of such a competition which represents – along with the Olympic Games – the top event our discipline may offer to the fans as well as to the media and sponsors.

The Qualification Tournaments leading to the 2010 World Championships play therefore a key role in ensuring a proper representation of the European volleyball community within such a prestigious context, where teams coming from our continent have got the chance to prove their abilities in front of the very best players coming from all over the world.

For the entry forms as well as for more detailed information about the registration and the Qualification Tournaments please contact: [email protected]



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Default Impressive female line-up for the Austrian Masters

The Austrian Masters, featuring a 100,000 € prize money, will be staged in St. Pölten, about 100 km from Vienna, within the Event Arena Lake Ratzersdorf on May 8-12. The Austrian tournament served traditionally as the opening event of the European season, but this year’s calendar was developed in order to take into consideration the qualification process to the Beijing Olympics and therefore its kick-off was predated in April with the upcoming Spanish Masters on Grand Canary (April 17-20).

The women’s tournament is going to feature a series of very renowned names within the European beach volleyball community, such as defending European Champions Arvanity/Karadassiou from Greece, all top-ranked German duos such as Goller/Ludwig, Pohl/Rau and Holtwick/Semmler, along with Norwegians Hakedal/Toerlen, who are also already qualified for next August’s Olympic Games in China. The German duos – as well as many other European top teams – started their season quite convincingly a couple of weeks ago in Adelaide (Australia) within the frame of the opening leg of the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour, with Goller and Ludwig eventually taking a respectable fifth place in the middle of an impressive Brazilian domination.

As for the men, even if the first European stop of the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour is going to be staged almost contemporarily in Prague, the Austrian audience will be delighted by local favorites Doppler/Gartmayer, 2007 European champions, as well as by a few more German highly competitive duos, such as Brink/Dieckmann, Reckermann/Urbatzka and Klemperer/Koreng.

Both the men’s and women’s main draw consists of 16 teams; a qualification tournament entered by 32 teams for men and women respectively will be played in advance as well as the quota play-off matches for those countries that have been enrolling more teams than are allowed to participate in the main draw.

As for the competition schedule, this sounds as follows:

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Country Quota Play-Off

Friday, May 9, 2008
Qualification Tournament Men and Women

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Main Draw Women and Qualification Tournament Men

Sunday, May 11, 2008
Semi Finals/Finals Women and Main Draw Men


Monday, May 12, 2008
Semi Finals/Finals Men



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Old 04-15-2008, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default New sponsorship agreement for the Danish Volleyball Federation

The sponsorship agreement includes a focus on promoting the Danish Kidsvolley program which aims at promoting volleyball among children.

Kidsvolley has been developed for children aged from 6 to 12. The program aims at counteracting the myth that volleyball is a difficult game to be therefore played only by older children in schools and clubs. As of today, the Kidsvolley program has been a successful story in Denmark: there are namely 3,500 children playing organized Kidsvolley in a club structure and 30,000 school children are participating every year in school tournaments promoted by the Danish Volleyball Federation. As of 2008, Kidsvolley is the most popular tournament sport among Danish schools.

This successful development was noted by Novo Nordic and therefore the company decided to team up with the Danish Volleyball Federation in order to jointly promote a healthier and more active lifestyle for children and thereby prevent the increase of diabetes among children. This new co-operation lays the ground for an even bigger promotion of volleyball in Danish schools and across the local communities.

Eric Jacobsen, President of the Danish Volleyball Federation, states: “This co-operation marks the major development Danish Volleyball has seen in the last years. We are among the fastest growing sports in our country and the professional management of our development programs and our popularity among kids and youth is now being confirmed even by the business community”.



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Old 04-15-2008, 01:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Local star Raul Mesa eager to play at the Spanish Masters

It is always special to play in front of your home fans. As you know the location, the conditions, the fans, basically everything, you are in the right mood to capitalize on that home court advantage. Spanish teams have not been able to benefit from all that so far in the history of the NESTEA European Championship Tour, even last year as Spain hosted the European Championship final in Valencia. Spanish teams have enjoyed their greatest achievements abroad, i.e. Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera won a prestigious silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. One year later Herrera and new partner Raul Mesa took the European Championship title in Moscow. Now the Spanish duo has got the chance to delight the local fans at the Spanish Masters, which is going to kick-off next Thursday on Grand Canary and will serve as the first leg of the 2008 NESTEA European Championship Tour.

Raul Mesa granted an interview to GSM, CEV’s promoter for the European Beach Volleyball Tour, and revealed he feels time is ripe for succeeding in that purpose.

How did your training program go last winter?

My partner Pablo (Herrera) was forced to miss the beginning of our training camp because of an ankle surgery. But we have been working together consistently and diligently since last November and we made up for the time we lost.

Many European teams spend winter in Brazil or Australia because of the better training conditions they can enjoy there. Is that true also for Spanish beach volleyball players?

We never had to travel that far. The weather in Spain is always good enough to allow us to stay here, especially in Tenerife.

You finished 13th at the kick-off event of the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour, which was staged in Adelaide. Are you happy with your start for this season?

If you consider whom we played against, the result is ok. We defeated the defending European champions, Doppler/Gartmayer from Austria, and the fifth-seeded German duo Reckermann/Urbatzka. We were eliminated by Brazil’s Marcio Araujo/Fabio and they are not exactly the worst team among those entering the World Tour. All in all we left Australia with a very good feeling concerning our prospects for the rest of the season.

Will that be enough to finally get back on the road to a further success within the frame of the NESTEA European Championship Tour?

We definitely hope so. The time is ripe for success. After taking the European crown in 2005, we have not played according to our full potential. Our goal is to finally step onto the podium once again.

Has there ever been such a high-class and lucrative tournament than the Spanish Masters here on Grand Canary? You are among a bunch of top teams which are going to fight for a 100,000 € prize money…

No, and that’s why we are so looking forward to that. The Playa del Ingles beach means fun, parties and good weather and that makes it one of the best locations to play and organize a tournament of the European Tour.

Who are your personal favorites for the title?

As this is the first tournament of the European season, any prognosis is very difficult. The German and Swiss teams are always very dangerous and highly competitive. But this is beach volleyball and anything may happen.

The schedule of the upcoming Spanish Masters sounds as follows:


Wednesday, 16 April:

Country Quota Play-Off Men/Women


Thursday, 17 April:

Qualification tournament Men/Women (Start: 8 a.m.)


Friday, 18 April:

Main Draw Men/Women (Start: 9 a.m.)


Saturday, 19 April:

Main Draw Men/Women (Start: 9 a.m.)

Semi-Finals Women (Start: 3 p.m.)

Semi-Finals Men (Start: 5 p.m.)


Sunday, 20 April:
Medal Matches Women (Start: 11 a.m.)

Medal Matches Men (Start: 1 p.m.)



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Default Malta: Marsascala Mapei takes the Men's National League

Fleur de Lys FEB started the match well by winning the first set (25-18) with good attacks from Paul Tonna. Setter Patrick Bonett was instrumental during this set giving his attackers good opportunities to win points. Mapei seemed unable to react and gave Fleur de Lys a glimpse of a rematch in a week time. However this was not to be as Mapei, coached by Mark Hili, stepped up their game in the second set and levelled the set score.

Mapei’s Ron Stivala and Paul Vella had a good outing together with setter Owen Spiteri. Mapei kept up the pressure and won the remaining two sets beating a discouraged Fleur de Lys FEB.

Senior volleyball matches will resume on the 26th and 27th April with the semi finals and finals of the women’s knockout competition. In the semis, defending champions Paola Hibs Candy will meet Playvolley Reds whilst X-Sel is going to play Flyers.

National Team Commitments
Both the men’s and women’s senior national teams will be travelling to Salerno (Italy) at the end of this week for a week-long training camp allowing the national squads to focus on the up-coming Qualification Tournaments to the European Championships – Small Countries Division that will be held in Malta in May and June. The women’s qualification round will take place at the Cottonera Sports Complex between the 16th and the 18th of May with Malta facing Iceland, San Marino and Cyprus. The Men’s Tournament will be held between the 6th and the 8th June with the national team playing against Scotland, Cyprus and Iceland.



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