05. 01. 2020

FRA M: Tillie about calendar of matches – “It’s form of disrespect for players“

Source: lequipe.fr; Photo: cev.eu

1914 0

Laurent Tillie, the France National Team head coach, could no longer remain silent on the fact that professional volleyball players have too much burden on their shoulders that comes up from an inhumane calendar of matches.


The France National Team has faced numerous problems for the European Olympic Qualification Tournament and it really upset its head coach Laurent Tillie, who left the impression of a bittered man due to all this in the interview for L’Équipe.

“There are a lot of injuries and mental weariness, too. This is why I started with an enlarged group (of 17 players) to test a maximum of possibilities. This international tournament, the only opportunity we have left to go to the Olympics, is particularly complicated to manage: we feel the pressure of the clubs who would prefer their players to rest. Some are also in the negotiation phase for the next season. And then, there’s also the continuous chain of competitions, the pace has become absolutely hellish. It’s a form of disrespect for the players. We don’t take their health enough into account, we push them to the maximum of their limits and this inevitably causes injuries. Earvin (Ngapeth), for example, played a semifinal and a final of the Russian Cup on December 25 and 26. The ’Italians’ were on the court on the evening of the 26th. And we brought them on the 27th to, oh how great it is, spend New Year’s Eve between themselves (laughter) and do an express preparation for a tournament of very high level. I have no answer but I understand that the International Federation is working on it...,“ Tillie stated.

Recall that the FIVB prepared the new calendar for 2020 that has a goal to help players to have more time to rest.



Since you are here…

…we have a small favor to ask. WorldofVolley is one of the most popular volleyball websites in the world that provides many volleyball news daily. We are covering many worldwide competitions, trying to inform all of our fans by publishing the breaking news.

Since we want to keep our future much secure, consider this donate button as a way to support our work and to help us grow.


Choose Amount
Do you find this article useful?
+0   Yes     No   0-

No comments on this topic.

Post a comment


Latest comments

FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

Serbian women had poor results in 2019 vnl (5W-10L) which has cost them to drop the 6th place.

Turkish women had 11W-4L in 2019 vnl. And beat China in final round though later lost to them in semifinal, it's still plus for them because you win more points defeating an opponent above you but lose less points when you are defeated.


FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

This is more laughable :) In 2017 turkey was the 12th country in old ranking list
behind the 11th argentina.Then the turks played eurovolley 2017 semifinal (took
bronze) and then vnl 2018 final, vnl 2019 semifinal, eurovolley 2019 final and won
the 2020 european olympic qualification tournament. After all of these,they were
still the 12th team behind the 11th argentina.:D:D:D

Of course the new rankings are more realistic and fairer,I think,but plz note they are not to tell which NT is stronger but to reflect potentials of countries by taking all their performances in a time span into account.

Well,serbia,world and european champ,but has no vnl / world cup medal so far,
why,if they are so mighty? Ok , we all know/guess why, but the ranking system don't pay attention why and it shouldn't for a healty evaluation of serbia's potential.

I also accept serbia's ideal line-up is presently the strongest NT,but this issue is something different. Reply

By Mark Lebedew: The Best Player You Might Have Heard Of...but have probably forgotten

Older video, records and analyses, editing, research by Mark Lebedew are very interesting. I take his work as priceless.. No one else do such a work...He provides us with many volleyball jewels, observations.. In past we often could not see many top tournaments, or matches on TV ….There was no Internet, no YT. Only very limited TV ... We often did not know the background, problems on some tournaments - see e.g. what happened during Italy vs Netherlands OG 1992, on M.L. YT channel, and how it had influenced a final with Brazil..
In time of pandemic, we can take a lesson from some former activities on courts . In past there was a much more decent behaviour during matches, avoiding useless personal contacts , no so and such intimacy as nowadays, no expressive shouting as is a current rule after killing spike or blocks, ourts... Only at the end of the match, tournaments emotions were same as now... (Now we see on 75 and more the useless, risky, ritual teamś hugging per a match) .. Moreover until 1998, volleyball was for TV fans very friendly - due to of a perfect visible. recognizable white ball. Since this time, the screen fans eyes suffer - volleyball has become a pantomime on screens.
Moreover the game was much more smoothly - no so many and so long interruptions as nowadays.. Majority of referees had a respect..
I suppose, if volleyball wants to survive this pandemic crisis, it will have to return to some above mentioned procedures.. Systematically...