These contenders are not an ordinary contenders. They are eight best national teams in Europe with the exception of Italy who secured their spot in Rio throughout the 2015 FIVB World Cup in Japan (along with the USA).
Among these eight teams are current world champions Poland, the 2015 World League winners and the 2015 European champions France, bronze medalist from the World Championship Germany, the 2015 World League runners-up Serbia… and they are the favorites in Berlin.
There is also one team that didn’t win a medal at the last four major competitions (World Championship, World League, World Cup and European Championhip), didn’t even manage to qualify for the semifinals, but is one of the main favorites – Russia.
Is now the strength of this tournament in German capital clear enough?
There will be several big names playing in Berlin that might make the difference for their national teams and become the MVP – Earvin Ngapeth (France), Bartosz Kurek (Poland), Aleksandar Atanasijević (Serbia), Maksim Mikhailov (Russia)… but due to injuries or private resons, we will miss a few big names as well – Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria), Robert Kromm (Germany), Piotr Nowakowski (Poland), Dmitriy Muserskiy (Russia)…
The eyes of Europe’s and the world’s volleyball fans will be fixed on Berlin’s Qualification Tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games which will be played in „Max Schmeling“ gymnasium, on January 5-10.
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