Volleyball in The Olympics 2012

vatreni 2012-07-14 • 34819 views • 442
 
Volleyball in The Olympics 2012

It is time for opening this topic. For 2 weeks, Olympic tournament are going to start, and we should discuss about predictions, expectations, news, players... Those are first Olympic Games at this site, so it is gonna be interesting:) 

Group A

1st round (1st match) - 29.07.2012:
Great Britain - Bulgaria 0:3 (18:25, 20:25, 24:26)
Australia - Argentina 0:3 (21:25, 22:25, 20:25)
Italy - Poland 1:3 (25:21, 20:25, 23:25, 14:25)

(2nd match) - 01.08.2012:
Great Britain - Australia 0:3 (15:25, 18:25, 20:25)
Poland - Bulgaria 1:3 (22:25, 27:29, 25:13, 23:25)
Italy - Argentina 3:1 (25:17, 21:25, 25:17, 25:23)

(3rd match) - 02.08.2012:
Australia - Bulgaria 0:3 (23:25, 21:25, 22:25)
Poland - Argentina 3:0 (25:18, 25:20, 25:16)
Great Britain - Italy 0:3 (19:25, 16:25, 20:25)

(4th match) - 04.08.2012:
Great Britain - Poland 0:3 (16:25, 19:25, 18:25)
Australia - Italy 2:3 (25:21, 25:18, 21:25, 14:25, 13:15)
Argentina - Bulgaria 3:1 (25:18, 21:25, 25:19, 25:20)

(5th match) - 06.08.2012:
Australia - Poland 3:1 (25:21, 25:22, 18:25, 25:22)
Italy - Bulgaria 0:3 (30:32, 20:25, 19:25)
Great Britain - Argentina 0:3 (18:25, 18:25, 15:25)

1. Bulgaria 12 points/ 13:4
2. Poland 9 points/ 11:7
3. Argentina 9 points/ 10:7
4. Italy 8 points/ 10:9
5. Australia 7 points/ 8:10
6. Great Britain 0 points/ 0:15

Group B:

1st round (1st match) - 29.07.2012:
Russia - Germany 3:0 (31:29, 25:18, 25:17)
USA - Serbia 3:0 (25:17, 25:22, 25:21)
Brazil - Tunisia 3:0 (25:17, 25:21, 25:18)

(2nd match) - 01.08.2012:
Serbia - Tunisia 3:0 (25:15, 25:21, 20:25, 25:18)
USA - Germany 3:0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:20)
Brazil - Russia 3:0 (25:21, 25:23, 25:21)

(3rd match) - 02.08.2012:
Serbia - Germany 2:3 (25:22, 29:27, 18:25, 20:25, 18:20)
Russia - Tunisia 3:0 (25:21, 25:15, 25:23)
Brazil - USA 1:3 (25:23, 25:27, 19:25, 17:25)

(4th match) - 04.08.2012:
Germany - Tunisia 3:0 (25:15, 25:16, 25:16)
Russia - USA 3:2 (27:29, 19:25, 26:24, 25:16, 15:8)
Brazil - Serbia 3:2 (22:25, 25:15, 20:25, 25:22, 15:9)

(5th match) - 06.08.2012:
Russia - Serbia 3:0 (25:15, 25:20, 25:17)
USA - Tunisia 3:0 (25:15, 25:19, 25:19)
Germany - Brazil 0:3 (25:21, 25:22, 25:19)

1. USA 13 points/ 14:4
2. Brazil 11 points/ 13:5
3. Russia 11 points/ 12:5
4. Germany 5 points/ 6:11
5. Serbia 5 points/ 7:13
6. Tunisia 0 points/ 1:15

Quarterfinals (08.08.2012):

Argentina - Brazil 0:3 (19:25, 17:25, 20:25)
USA - Italy 0:3 (26:28, 20:25, 20:25)
Poland - Russia 0:3 (17:25, 23:25, 21:25)
Bulgaria - Germany 3:0 ((25:20, 25:16, 25:14)

Semifinals (10.08.2012):

Brazil - Italy 3:0 (25:21, 25:12, 25:21)
Bulgaria - Russia 1:3 (21:25, 15:25, 25:23, 23:25)

3rd place match (12.08.2012):

Italy - Bulgaria 3:1 (25:19, 23:25, 25:22, 25:21)

Final (12.08.2012):

Russia - Brazil 3:2 (19:25, 20:25, 29:27, 25:22, 15:9)

dreamandhopePL 33 1
7 years ago
0
Well, I think the biggest chances for the final have Russia, Brazil, Italy and Poland. Of cours there are teams like USA or Argentina or Serbia, they can be really strong, especially USA. I don't know what to expect from Russia, cuz they played few matches this year, and during WL they played against Serbia, and I was like what happen with Russia, of course they were prepering to Olimpic and they are one of the favorites to gold. Italy, I have no idea how they will be playing in Olimpic, they let go WL and don't know what to expect. Brazil, they have some problems but always strong. Poland has improved, after winning WL, and what is more important after great matches by poles, I think we can also be one of the favorite. Quarter-finals will be the most important.
bitkaPL 713 10
7 years ago
0
i agree with dreamandhope about teams which might win (Russia, Brazil, Italy, Poland)
but i'm also curious what Germany will show :D it might be interesting
Argentina, Serbia and Bulgaria won't count in the end
USA is unpredictable
nickelbackBG 14 1
7 years ago
0
What? You don't count Argentina? I really hope to see Bulgaria winning some medals and finally make us happy. Although the final four by my opinion is: Russia, Argentina, Poland and USA/Brazil.:)
RenanZBR 1617 15
7 years ago
+1
Guys, don't forget USA. When playing in Olympics, they are a extremely hard opponent!
bitkaPL 713 10
7 years ago
+3
Argentina is very good team but with stronger opponents (Russia, Brazil, Italy, Poland) they won't win
lukasso21PL 55 1
7 years ago
+2
volleyball is one of a few sports with MANY tickets left...

so depressing...
ivolley44BG 116 5
7 years ago
+1
I think that Russia will take a medal,but still don't know what colour.Also Poland will be one of the leading teams, and why not Italy.I don't think Bulgaria will make something big, but I still hope about us
vatreniME 288 13
7 years ago
+2
Favorites for semis: Russia, Brazil, Italy and Poland.
lukass, at last Olympics vball was sport with most spectators with athletics I think. In England sports like vball, handball, even basketball are not popular, and that is the reason.
samuelekeBE 447 8
7 years ago
+1
For sure, Poland will take a medal. I think the team who can be their biggest concurrent is Rusia, but also Argentina, Brazil and USA. I think Italy will be strong at the biggening but when the big games are goming they will be lose their confuence. Germany, with a Belgian trainer and a great opposite (Grozer), will be a great outsider. England will be no match for these teams.. But in the olympics everything is possible ;) I'm looking forward to it :)
BlueDemonUS 5 2
7 years ago
0
Poland has a lot of confidence because they won the World League. I think Poland will take gold, Russia silver, and USA bronze.
volleylifeGB 2 1
7 years ago
+2
USA! USA! USA!

But really, Poland and Russia in the finals, Italy, Brazil, and USA playing for bronze. I'll be there for as many matches as I can living in London.
daniel2224PL 64 5
7 years ago
-2
in my opinion Russia gold, Poland silver, Brazil or USA bronze.
bernardo10cmgcPT 34 3
7 years ago
+1
Hey guys, i think you're forgetting that Brazil in this big competitions are very very strong.. They played the last 2 OG finals, they're world champions... I think that Russia, Poland and Brazil will fight for the medals, the 4th place i hope it's for Argentina, but USA is a strong candidate, for this place!
andyzUS 130 2
7 years ago
0
i don't think russia can win it this year. they had many injures, and serious ones. musergsky, for example, still can't find his serve etc. poland looks really good, anastasi did an excellent job. i totally agree with bernardo10cmgc, you should never ever forget brazil in the important competitions. and as for usa... olympics is that what they live for. my top three brazil, poland, usa
marchstIT 254 2
7 years ago
0
Russia and Brazil for the gold!

If we arrive in the semi-finals, Italy will win the bronze!
BernySK 654 6
7 years ago
0
my prediction is: in F4 - BRA, RUS, POL and the fourth I really dont know who should be there
NightFoxBG 1502 15
7 years ago
-2
Poland are with really strong team. Russia are my favourites number 1 and Brazil has big chances too. One of these 3 teams will be the new olympics champion I think.
SllaveqBG 836 10
7 years ago
+6
I think with medals will be Russia, Poland and Brasil/Italy..
KoobaPL 27 1
7 years ago
-2
#1 Poland
#2 Russia
#3 USA
#4 Brazil
#5 Italy
#6 Bulgaria
#7 Argentina
OyeaHBG 158 3
7 years ago
0
If Poland remain focused they will capture the gold.
bitkaPL 713 10
7 years ago
+4
Andrea Anastasi typed the same as most of us :D
"Who will fight for gold medal- there're 4 teams:Brazil, Russia, Italy and Poland. Except them we should watch out on USA"

http://aktualnosc...iemy-bic-sie-o-zloto
dman99CA 11 1
7 years ago
-1
Russia
Poland
USA
Italy
Brazil eliminated in Quarters
Serbia eliminated in Quarters
Argentina eliminated in Quarters

Too bad Canada didn't qualify I'll cheer for Argentina
Sokolov_74PE 100 3
7 years ago
-4
For me the final four will be:

1 - Poland
2 - Italy
3 - USA
4 - Brazil
5 - Russian
6 - Bulgaria
7 - Serbia
8 - Australia
juantorena95RO 147 5
7 years ago
-4
1-poland
2-russian
3-brazil
4-italy
5-argentina
6-bulgaria
7-serbia
8-usa
KazVA 103 2
7 years ago
0
1.Russia
2.USA
3.Italy
Sokolov_74PE 100 3
7 years ago
-4
Final four:

1 - Poland
2 - Italy
3 - USA
4 - Brazil

However, the following equipment may surprise you, but do not think so:

Russia, Bulgaria or Serbia.

Hopefully see pleasant surprises and good refereeing.
Wilfredo_is_MarshallRS 4490 20
7 years ago
-2
I am willing to bet money that Poland will get first place!
SmaXySI 14 1
7 years ago
-1
Hey!

I don't know what can I expect from Russia. They were really poor in World league and even sent second team on one tournament which is big mistake because being out of competition rhytm can be very dangerous. Musersky is not playing at his best, Volkov didn't play a single game after injury and receivers Tetyukhin and Khtey are too old and I don't know how long they can play on such high level. And so everything is up to Mikhaylov. He is really great but this is team sport and I think Russia will not get medal on these Olympic games.

My favourites are Poland and Brazil. Poland is playing the best volleyball on the world currently and also has great players from the bench. They were impressive in World cup last year and in World league where they easily won. Brazil didn't play at his best but I think they will show their best on Olympic games.

I think teams that ignored World league to prepare for Olympic games (Italy, Argentina, Russia) can not win gold medal. It is hard to tell which team will be in front but I think the finals will be Poland-Brazil, if they won't meet before. Great Britain, Tunisia, Australia and Bolgaria are without any chances. And other good teams will fight for medals (Italy, Argentina, Russia, USA, Germany, Serbia).

Sorry i was so long :)

My conclusion:

1.Brazil
2.Poland
3.Germany

Last edited by SmaXy 7 years ago.

camnowPL 410 5
7 years ago
0
Please, i am very far far away from conclusion that Poland will win the Olympic...why? I'M as cool as a cucumber..
KazVA 103 2
7 years ago
-2
SmaXy
Serbia with this team can never fight for medals. They won't make it to the 1/4 finals.
Stefan-RaphaelRS 36 1
7 years ago
0
What are you talking about? Serbia can go for gold for sure u will see, we deafeated Russia with team of 20 year old players. Only Miljkovic is missing but Atanasijevic and Starovic are good replacment for him.

Last edited by Stefan-Raphael 7 years ago.

KazVA 103 2
7 years ago
0
So what? Korea beat Italy are they better?:p Russia were totally uninterested in the WL. All teams in your group except Tunisia are better at the moment, if you get more than a win, it will come as a huge surprise
AbdielCL 16 1
7 years ago
-1
Brazil gonna win all!
raylightBG 3131 15
7 years ago
0
Let's pray for high quality volleyball and to have all matches uploaded here :) And let everyone play to win, it is Olympic Games :)
reinaPL 3 1
7 years ago
0
Every team has chosen it's own way to prepare for the Olympics. The most possible result would be Poland, Russia, Brasil and Italy in the semifinals but then everything can happen. In the OG every team is really motivated and one or two points can decide about the final result. Polish fans surely remember the 1/4 finals and the match between Poland and Italy... It was a matter of 2 points. So I hope Poland will get a medal - they should be able to do it if they're well motivated.
vatreniME 288 13
7 years ago
0
In this moment I see Poland with medal, because they have great team, and playing very good. Italy too. for other teams I am not sure, we will see... The biggest mystery is Russia. They have potential to win gold without problems, but they are unstable in psychological side. Brazil, probably the best team in vball history, but in this moment, I don't know... for me Poland and Italy:)
Sokolov_74PE 100 3
7 years ago
-3
Final four:

1 - Poland
2 - Italy
3 - USA
4 - Brazil
Sokolov_74PE 100 3
7 years ago
-2
the ninth to last:

9 - Germany
10 - Argentina
11 - Tunez or Great Britain
SmaXySI 14 1
7 years ago
0
Where can I find list of 12 players that will represent each team on Olympic Games?
ivolley44BG 116 5
7 years ago
0
Wow why is Denis Biryukov out of the team for the olympics ?
hps79058TW 3 1
7 years ago
0
someome know that is there any website that is able to watch olympic online?
kasatka39RU 37 6
7 years ago
0
TEAMS ON OLYMPIC GAMES
Men's Volleyball
http://www.london...all/event/men/teams/
Women's Volleyball
http://www.london...l/event/women/teams/

Last edited by kasatka39 7 years ago.

kasatka39RU 37 6
7 years ago
+2
London 2012 - Live Stream - Volleyball
http://livetv.ru/en/allupcomingsports/5/
hps79058TW 3 1
7 years ago
0
THANKS A LOT !!
kristoffPL 162 3
7 years ago
0
Italy and Poland seem to be strongest now. However, we must remember - that's Olympic Games, you can play great, but you have a poor day in the quarterfinal and you dont't take a medal. I don't know what i can except from Russia without Biryukov and Sivozhelez. The next question: is it possible that Brazil will play better than during WL? Serbia - for me they are an average team now, but sometimes they can get an incredible shape, like during EC last year. "Black horse" - Germany :)
EPINEPHRINEableBG 427 8
7 years ago
0
I'm not happy to say it but I think that we are not going to pass the quarter finals (but let's hope we will) .. same thing for Serbia, Germany and Argentina .. As you all said USA are very unpredictable - yes Suxho is not Ball but he is a very expirienced old fox + if Stanley, Priddy and so have a good tournament like the last Olympics the other teams are going to be in big trouble. I haven't watched even 1 match of Russia this year but I expect a really high level of play just like every year. Italy brought back a lot of expirienced players and their power is mainly in the recievers I think, though I can't predict them for sure too. Poland showed a reaaaaaaally high level this year and if they keep up at this level they might catch the gold. Brazil showed really low level of play but let's pray they were really focused on the Olympics and not so much on the World League, though a lot of players will leave the team after the Olympics like Giba, Dante, Ricardo and so on but I don't expect gold from them anyway :) well that was my opinion :)
bitkaPL 713 10
7 years ago
+1
3 DAYS LEFT!!! :D
Wilfredo_is_MarshallRS 4490 20
7 years ago
0
I feel that the podium in London will be shared by Russia, Brazil and Poland but, like in Beijing and at a lot of other important tournaments, there are always surprises!

I think that Germany is a team who can surprise or cause an upset or two because they don't have any pressure, and they won against Bulgaria in Bulgaria in the Olympic qualifying tournament before losing to Italy 3-2 in the finals. They have a young team and an opposite in Georg Grozer who, on his day, can resolve a difficult situation with his serve.

Also Serbia is very interesting. Keep an eye on them. In my eyes the Serbian team is a good mix of players playing in such an important tournament for the first time but lacking experience, and players who have already played at the Olympics and are big names in the international volleyball arena. The good thing is that they don't have any pressure on them to win, so they can play in a more relaxed way.

In terms of star players looking ahead to London, I would pick out (Michal) Winiarski (POL), (Alexander) Volkov (RUS), (Maxim) Mikhailov (RUS) and Grozer. And of course there's a desire to be there, because just to be a part of the Olympic tournament with all those great athletes is a privilege.

Now about Brazil,

Brazil obviously has been through some problems lately. We could say, that the first visible crack on this perfect Brazilian machine appeared just four years ago during the World League Finals 2008 in Rio de Janeiro. As we remember, that is when USA stopped this impressive series of victories. Americans beat Brazil during the one of the most beautiful games in history and later they won the great final with Serbia.
The chance of revenge came real soon - in Beijing. Brazil was defeated once again and even though they came back with a silver medal of Olympic Games, they considered it as a failure.

In 2009 Brazil restored the World League gold title for two years and in 2010 they won the World Championship in Italy. A year ago Brazil lost another World League Final (with Russia) and during this season their game was not enough even for semifinals. They joined Final Six as the best second team of all the groups, but Brazilian quality was seriously damaged. During the international round they lost three times with Poland and once with... Canada! In Sofia they did not win any game (lost games with Cuba and Poland) and Bernardo Rezende had to face a real problem.

Rodrigao said about this bad time: I think all good changes will eventually come. All our difficulties are caused by this transition of generations which we have right now. After the Olympics many of us will step aside for the younger players. The World League was not good for us, but we are still on the top and we hope for some good results in London.For me, this will be the last tournament in the national team of Brazil.

He is not the only one with those plans. Giba also claimed that this is the last season for him as a Brazilian representative and capitan. However, it can be a problem even with lasting that long for this great star of volleyball. Rezende's team has some real health issues. Giba and Murillo are struggling with injuries and Vissotto just came from the long break. Bernardinho had to take some precaution. That is why he took... 13 players to England. The "extra" one is Ricardo Lucarelli, 20 years old most talented boy who may be a kind of "insurance" for the biggest volleyball stars on the planet.

Now Brazil is three day before their first meeting. They have an easy start with Tunisia, but they are in this more difficult group with Russia and USA. How far will they go during this Olympics? How will sound this last accord of international career for Giba, Rodrigao and maybe some other top players? It seems like this great tournament will give us an answer - who is the current king of volleyball? If Brazil gave their crown for good or they suprise the world once again with the Olympic gold? However, even with the bronze medal, it would be the third time in a row for this team to be on the Olympic podium - which would be a historical success

Last edited by Wilfredo_is_Marshall 7 years ago.

SmaXySI 14 1
7 years ago
0
Wilfredo_is_Marshall, you don't have to copy/paste news and interviews from FIVB, we can read them ourselves.

For Brazil I actually think that Dante an Alves on reception are currently better than Murrilo and Giba. Especially Giba will have to end his great career. Even though Vissotto had a long break, I am not worried because there is still Wallace, another great opposite. For me it would be a big surprise Brazil not winning a medal.

I just don't know where Russia is currently standing. With these receivers and Volkov being injured for a long time I just can't see them winning a medal.

So Poland and Brazil in the final it is :)

What do you think about Great Britain? I think they can not score a win on this tournament, do you think they can take a set against Bolgaria or Australia?

Last edited by SmaXy 7 years ago.

ivolley44BG 116 5
7 years ago
+1
Russia has great players, so no matter that someone is injured, they can afford it because they have a lot of players.Still it will make the difference if Volkov doesn't play but the main thing is their mentality.

Last edited by ivolley44 7 years ago.

andyzUS 130 2
7 years ago
0
well, mikhailov got injured during scrimmage with bulgaria.
SmaXySI 14 1
7 years ago
0
Where did you got that info andyz?
Wilfredo_is_MarshallRS 4490 20
7 years ago
+1
The Opening Cermenony of the 2012 London Olympic Games was AWSOME!!!
RenanZBR 1617 15
7 years ago
+1
2012 Oympic Games are ope: May the best win now
Joachim7BE 355 4
7 years ago
0
I also read somewhere that Mikhaylov got injured...If it's true the olympics lost one of her star and Russia probably lost the gold...
dyingflutsmanNL 170 4
7 years ago
0
I hope Mikaylov is fit.. Russia is gonna take te gold if they have complete selection.. if not than Poland will! Brazil will win bronze,,
EPINEPHRINEableBG 427 8
7 years ago
0
Well if Mikhailov misses the first matcches who will play as an opposite? Muserskyi ? :D
SmaXySI 14 1
7 years ago
0
I'm not sure. After the injury of Mikhaylov against Bolgaria yesterday, middleblocker Apalikov played as an opposite but I think that also Ilyinkh and Musersky are option for coach Alekno. But we still don't know how serious is Mikhaylov's injury and when he will be able to play...
chrisonPL 586 16
7 years ago
+3
Mr. Bean was just great!!!

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