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Faroese national cup semis account for long day of Volleyball action

In order to create media awareness, the four semi-finals of the men’s and women’s Faroese national cup were played at the same venue in the capital Tórshavn on Saturday in a marathon event lasting for eight and a half hours.

The women of Fleyr Tórshavn secured their place in the cup final in a nail-biting five-setter where they survived four match-balls against KÍF Kollafjørður in the fourth set, before they went on to clinch the tiebreaker 15-7. Fleyr, once a powerhouse in Faroese Volleyball, have never won the national cup competition since its inception back in 2000, and have been in only one final which they lost to SÍ Sørvágur in 2009.

However, Fleyr will get their chance for revenge this time as it’s exactly SÍ they will face in the final again, as SÍ earlier on the day had overcome last year’s runners-up TB Tvøroyri to qualify for the final. It was TB who made the brighter start, winning the opening set 25-19. SÍ went full throttle thereafter though, winning the next three sets comfortably.

Women’s semi-final results:

TB Tvøroyri vs SÍ Sørvágur 1:3 (25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 19-25)
KÍF Kollafjørður vs Fleyr Tórshavn 2:3 (18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 7-15)

For the fourth time in a row it will be ÍF Fuglafjørður and SÍ Sørvágur who will meet in the men’s final. ÍF booked their place in the final with a victory over newcomers Ternan Toftir, who gave stiff opposition, although losing in straight sets against the experienced ÍF team.

SÍ’s semi-final against Fleyr had been predicted as a tricky match for the defending cup winners, but in emphatic style SÍ made short shrift and romped to a 3-0 win, sending a clear message to ÍF that they don’t have any intention of relinquishing the trophy they won last year.

Men’s semi-final results:

SÍ Sørvágur vs Fleyr Tórshavn 3:0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-15)
ÍF Fuglafjørður vs Ternan Toftir 3:0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21)

The Faroese cup finals will be played in Tórshavn on February 20.  

Luxembourg’s Lions set sight on historic Novotel Cup crown

After their quite sensational win in the matchup with Denmark on the opening day of the tournament, on Saturday the hosts of Luxembourg extended their winning streak at the annual Novotel Cup cruising to a commanding 3:0 victory in their clash with Switzerland (25-14, 25-21, 25-22).

It was a real team effort right from the start where the ‘Lions’ opened proceedings with an 8-1 run in the first set which set the tone for what was going to follow. Tim Laevaert, Gilles Braas and Jan Lux imposed their tempo on the opponents from Switzerland and after leading by 15:5 and 21:9, they closed the first stanza with an impressive 25-14 score. The second and third sets were a much closer affair with the teams exchanging the lead back and forth up to 19 all as more than 1,000 fans cheered the home heroes on at d’Coque Gymnase in Luxembourg City. The final section of the third set fully belonged to Luxembourg with Arnaud Maroldt, Chris Zuidberg and Kamil Rychlicki securing the win at 25-22 for the home side. Luxembourg is therefore close to securing their first Novotel Cup title in history with the last match against Iceland determining the eventual winners of the annual tournament held in the Grand Duchy’s capital.

The women’s national team of Luxembourg got back on track after losing their opening match to Denmark on Friday. They did so with a solid performance which contributed to a 3:0 win in the clash with Liechtenstein (26-24, 25-17, 25-11). Only the opening set was some kind of an uphill climb for the Lionesses who drew level at 23 all and after that eased past at 26-24. Annalena Mach and Betty Hoffmann joined forces with their teammates to put more and more pressure on their opponent and this resulted in dominant 25-17 and 25-11 set wins to secure Luxembourg’s first victory in the competition going into the tournament’s final day and the matchup with Iceland.

Denmark are well on course to secure the gold medal following their 3:0 win over Iceland (25-17, 25-12, 25-19) earlier in the day.

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Spectacular win for Luxembourg’s men to open proceedings at Novotel Cup

The annual Novotel Cup started on January 1 at d’Coque in Luxembourg City with the home heroes celebrating a terrific 3:1 win in their home debut with Denmark. The gold medallists from last year’s Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) and from the Small Countries Division of the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship came back from one set down to stamp a 3:1 win (21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18) over a team including players with experience from the CEV Volleyball European League and other international competitions.

As many as 900 fans attended Luxembourg’s home debut and the hosts displayed a very solid performance to make amends for the 2:3 loss they had suffered to the Danes last year in the 2015 edition of the annual Novotel Cup. It was a close race in the opening set up to 18 all but in the end Denmark had the upper hand pocketing it by the score of 21-25. However, Luxembourg stepped up their efforts in the seconds set and Denmark, on the other hand, seemed to lose momentum. Even though Danish mentor Mikael Trolle tried to turn the tide by changing setter, Luxembourg imposed their rule and easily swept set 3 and 4 for a well-deserved 3:1 victory.

In the other match of the opening day, Switzerland edged Iceland with a 3:1 win (26-24, 23-25, 25-17, 25-11).

In the women’s competition, the home heroines of Luxembourg opened their campaign playing Denmark as well. The start of the match was quite promising for the home side, with Luxembourg leading the way by 8:5 and 16:11 at the first and second technical time-outs. However, the Danes – who had arrived in Luxembourg only a few hours before their debut in the tournament – slowly but surely found their way into the match, levelled the score at 18 all and after that did not slow their pace down anymore. 500 fans in attendance enjoyed a thrilling finish of the opening set where the teams exchanged the lead back and forth before Denmark eventually wrapped it up at 28-26. The shock was too much to stand for the young players of Luxembourg who lost the second set by a landslide 11-25. The ‘Lionesses’ got back on track in the third stanza where they put in a real fight but in the end had to accept a 22-25 set loss to their opponents.

Earlier on Friday Iceland had cruised to a commanding 3:0 victory (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) in their opening matchup with Liechtenstein.

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Eventiser Workshop – Luxembourg

Calling Volleyball Organiser:- The FIVB/CEV Development Centre in Luxembourg will be hosting after the New Year’s Eve the third edition of their ‘Eventizer’ workshop. This will be taking place in conjunction with the annual Novotel Cup, an invitational Volleyball tournament once again at the state-of-the-art premises of d’Coque in Luxembourg City. The workshop and the Novotel Cup will run from January 1 through 3, 2016. more at

#Road to Rio coming to Luxembourg

Only a few weeks away from the most anticipated Volleyball competition of the year 2016, the men’s and women’s European Olympic qualification tournaments which are due to take place in early January, this coming Friday, December 11, starting at 1pm CET the home of European Volleyball in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will be playing host to a special promotional event under the slogan ‘On the #RoadToRio’.

This is a real premiere in many different ways since the state-of-the-art premises where the CEV headquarters are based in Luxembourg City are just about to open their doors for the first time to a number of Volleyball personalities and to host an event which will set the tone for the much anticipated tournaments coming up in early January.

The participants and also those following the event on social media will get to feel the Olympic spirit and the unique aura of the world’s largest sporting event when distinguished members of Europe’s Volleyball family come together on Friday to officially launch the race whereby two teams – one per gender – will eventually secure their participation in the Volleyball competition of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Europe’s contingent for next year’s Olympic Games already includes Serbia’s women’s and Italy’s men’s national teams after these finished as runners-up at the FIVB World Cup held earlier this summer in Japan.

This unique event will be covered extensively also on the CEV social media pages and you will be able to follow it by searching for the hashtag #RoadToRio.

Stay tuned to know more about who is going to take centre stage come Friday…  

Italy & Bulgaria Host Men’s 2018 World Championships

he FIVB is pleased to announce that the 2018 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be co-hosted by Italy and Bulgaria.

In keeping with FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°’s mandate to promote innovation and provide new opportunities, the competition will be co-hosted by two countries for the first time in the history of the event.

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015, hosted by four cities for the first time earlier this year, also announced a new trend to diversify how events are hosted.

Historic moment

Speaking at the announcement at the FIVB Headquarters in Lausanne, Dr Graça said: “This is a landmark moment for the FIVB and international volleyball. It will be the first time co-hosts will organise our signature event the World Championship. We are very impressed by the cooperation between the two countries so far.”

President Graça added: “We are pleased that the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will take place in two countries with a long tradition of volleyball – the semi-finals and finals taking place in Italy. I am sure Italy and Bulgaria, who have both already organised World Championships, will organise a competition to remember in 2018, in the same year Japan will host the Women’s World Championship.”

Bulgarian Minister for Youth and Sport Krassen Kralev said: “We had a very successful European Championship, but this is an even bigger event – one of the biggest in our sporting history. It’s a big challenge but a great opportunity at the same time.”

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić said: “I am sure we will have a very strong Championship with two strong European host countries. With the collaboration of CEV and the FIVB, this is a great opportunity to organise a momentous event for Volleyball and promote our stars of the sport ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

FIPAV President Dr Carlo Magri said: “We are very happy to be able to organise the Men’s World Championship in 2018. Once again, the FIVB has decided to recognise the organisational skills of the Italian Volleyball Federation, highlighted by the recent events organised by the federation. To organise World Championships in 2010, 2014 and 2018 in a difficult economic context is proof of the good work done by FIPAV.”

Bulgarian Volleyball Federation President Dancho Lazarov said: “Thank you very much for this opportunity. We organised a very successful European Championship and now working together with the Italians we will organise an even better World Championship.”

19th edition

The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship will be the 19th edition of the International Volleyball Federation’s top competition for men’s national teams. It will come after the record-breaking FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014, which saw over half a million fans attend the 103 matches in the competition.

Both Italy and Bulgaria have already played hosts to Men’s World Championships. Italy last organised the Men’s World Championship in 2010, when Brazil claimed the title in Rome. Italy also hosted the men’s event in 1978 and organised the highly successful Women’s World Championship in 2014. Bulgaria, on the other hand, hosted both the Men’s and Women’s World Championships in 1970. The East Germans won the men’s competition in Sofia – the USSR were victorious in the women’s competition in Varna.

Eventiser Workshop – Luxembourg

Calling Volleyball Organiser:- The FIVB/CEV Development Centre in Luxembourg will be hosting after the New Year’s Eve the third edition of their ‘Eventizer’ workshop. This will be taking place in conjunction with the annual Novotel Cup, an invitational Volleyball tournament once again at the state-of-the-art premises of d’Coque in Luxembourg City. The workshop and the Novotel Cup will run from January 1 through 3, 2016. more at

Luxembourg seminar success in Rotterdam

19 delegates representing nine European National Federations came together from Friday to Sunday in Rotterdam during the final weekend of the 2015 CEV DELA Volleyball Lux CourseEuropean Championship – Women to participate in a high-performance coaching seminar led by the renowned coach Anton Willert Brams. The seminar focused on actual match preparation for the semi-finals and final

The seminar focused on scouting and the multiple aspects which play a key role in pre-game preparation and post-match performance evaluation.The seminar organised by the FIVB/CEV Development Centre in Luxembourg and supported by both the CEV and the Dutch organising committee of the 2015 women’s EuroVolley was conceived and designed specifically to further grow the quality and consistency of coaching and analysis in European Volleyball. The seminar leader Anton Willert Brams joined USA Volleyball in May 2013 to serve as technical coordinator for the US men’s national Volleyball team. SCD Technical Development Officer Burkhard Disch (DC Luxembourg Director) & Anton Willert Brams opened proceedings by drawing the delegates’ attention to the importance that analysis and interaction have when it comes to professional sport and the necessity to perform at the highest level. This is especially true under circumstances where high-quality data plays a key role. This moved onto an overview of US Volleyball’s organisation, spirit and philosophy, including college Volleyball and the national team. The seminar continued on Saturday with a morning session devoted to the preparation of the two semi-final matches and the role that technology plays in analysis and game preparation. The participants were divided into groups. Each was tasked with analysing one of the semi-finals and presenting their findings supported by data to the Sunday morning session. The final session on Sunday focussed on the video analysis of the two semi-final matches and how that would influence the preparation for the bronze and gold medal matches.<br />“The seminar represents another milestone in our efforts to work and expand the FIVB/CEV Development Centre – Luxembourg’s activity to a professional level. We want to become closer to international organisations. Such a great event like the 2015 CEV DELA Volleyball European Championship – Women represents a unique opportunity to develop our activity and to organise high-performance seminars and educational opportunities. The participants were very motivated and the group spirit around the event was amazing. I would like to thank the #EuroVolleyW organisation team for hosting us in Rotterdam, as well as Anton Willert Brams for the support and the organisation of this seminar,” said Director Disch.

Meyer Leads Volleyball European Olympic Initiative

CEV President André Meyer says: “I am pleased with our extensive cooperation with the EOC and would like to recall that we enthusiastically supported the establishment of the MeyerEuropean Games whose inaugural edition was celebrated last June in Baku where Volleyball and Beach Volleyball contributed to two of the major highlights on the programme. We have also the bi-annual European Youth Olympic Festival

The CEV has become a partner of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) EU Office in Brussels this month. This strategic decision demonstrates the CEV’s strong desire to contribute actively to the European Union’s sport policy. The partnership was announced by EOC President Patrick Hickey and CEV President André Meyer. President Hickey welcomed the new partner enthusiastically: “I am absolutely delighted to have the CEV on board as a partner of the EOC EU Office. Volleyball is one of the most popular team sports worldwide and our relationship with President Meyer and his team is excellent. We really appreciated the outstanding quality of the Volleyball competition at the first European Games in Baku and we are looking forward to working closely with the CEV in the future.” <br />President Meyer added: “The partnership with the EOC EU Office in Brussels represents the next step in our joint efforts to advocate the leading role that sport can play in growing tomorrow’s citizens and in disseminating positive values such as team work, fair play, mutual respect and true friendship across Europe’s youth”