13. 10. 2019

PORTUGUESE SUPER CUP M: Benfica win competition for 8th time

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SL Benfica won the Portuguese Men’s Volleyball Super Cup for the eighth time.


By beating AJ Fonte do Bastardo in the city of Almada by a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-22), SL Benfica won the Supertaça Honda 2019. Thus, the team from Lisbon won the back-to-back trophy in the competition and gained self-confidence for the rest of the season in which they will defend the national championship title as well.

Brazilian outside hitter Raphael Oliveira “Rapha“ top-scored for Benfica with 10 points. The Cuban veteran Sirianis Hernández, who was building his career in the Middle East after being caught using doping in 2010, noted 10 points as well but for the losing side. Benfica lifted the Super Cup trophy for the eighth time (ninth counting the old format), the most in the history of the tournament.

A few days ago, the Women’s edition of this year’s tournament got its winners, too.



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POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

All this because volleyball is not e real professional sport and many clubs are managed with people with (almost) zero experience and knowledge in volleyball. And they manage money from state companies or government directly. Do not expect that that people will think differently. That is why volleyball will never move to another level and will always have some small “make up” in the future Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Many Strength and Conditioning Coaches/Scoutman are trying to get into coaching. Due to their lack of experience and knowledge, at first, they take a major pay cut in comparison to actual volleyball coaches. Currently, coaching jobs are paying very little, even in the top leagues, and some of the experienced coaches are not taking jobs for 25.000-40.000 EUR, knowing that demands are just as high as before when they were making double of this salary. Unfortunately, club leaderships see coaches as a disposable matter and therefore keep dropping salaries because there are candidates that will take these jobs. I am not here to judge, just to describe some of the dynamics around this profession. Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Interesting trend, that some coaches who specialised on physical training, some who never played volleyball on top level, became pretty successful volleyball coaches. It can be observed in some menś and women teams. It reflects a situation that volleyball has become a very physical sport. Even the world champion country, which in past had taught others, needs coaches from abroad who come into this category. Reply