07. 04. 2020

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: The biggest Brazilian tragedy directed by Alekno & Muserskiy (VIDEO)

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Needless to say that volleyball has given us plenty of breathtaking matches on major tournaments. However, some are pure history such as the one in the men’s final of the 2012 London Olympic Games.


Brazil had everything in their hands against Russia, relatively comfortably cruising to a 2-0 lead in the sets. Furthermore, they had two match points in the third set.

However, what changed the course of the match was a brilliant idea of “Zbornaya“ head coach Vladimir Alekno. He moved middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy (finished the match with, until then, the highest number of points ever in the finals of the Olympics: 31) to the position of the opposite hitter in the third set. The rest is history...

The final result: Russia - Brazil 3-2 (19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9) and a gold medal for “Zbornaya“.


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1 Comments about "VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: The biggest Brazilian tragedy directed by Alekno & Muserskiy (VIDEO)"

08.04.2020 | 12:09 |   Steve M [unregistered]

I was at the final as one of the event statisticians and the look on the faces of the Brazillian scoutmen when Muserskiy was moved to opposite was just one of panic! He had never played in that role the whole of the games (but apparently had played at club level occasionally). Just unforgettable the was the match developed. It certainly will always be with me

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