The winner of this tournament will advance to the third round scheduled for January 2014 while the runner-up will continue its campaign via the second round coming up in early October.
Sweden’s superstar Marcus Nilsson got back home two weeks ago after spending the past season in Russia and winning the CEV Volleyball Champions League while representing the likes of Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK. Nilsson – who was awarded MVP of the final four – did immediately join his team for a training camp in his hometown Halmstad and also for a couple of friendlies with neighbours Denmark this past weekend. Nilsson will spend the next season in Russia too most probably playing for another Siberian side, Kuzbass KEMEROVO.
“The team has improved a lot since we started working together in late April” Sweden’s head coach Johan Isacsson says. “After beating Denmark twice we got an additional boost of confidence and everything feels good. We nevertheless know that we have strong opponents ahead, especially Greece. We are looking forward to playing them as well as the other teams” he continues.
Leif Nilsson, the Chair of the local Volleyball club, Hylte/Halmstad Volleybollklubb, is proud for his city is playing host to this qualifier. “We would like to have as many people as possible showing up to see the actions of the four teams set to play here in Halmstad” he stresses. “We just can’t wait for the actions to get started”.
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