“I have come all the way from Japan because I know that Europe is leading the way on the international Volleyball scene,” he says. “And this is absolutely true because today I got to see some real world-class teams, playing at the highest level you can get to see all over the world. Though their players come from many different countries and have an extremely diverse background, you can see that they do play and work together as a team. They are individually extremely strong, but all pieces of that puzzle fit together and what you get in the end is a truly exceptional, world-class team,” he stresses.
However, Masunari was particularly impressed by the ambiance surrounding the matches.
“The day got started with a very spectacular opening ceremony, something that we can describe as a real show. And after that the fans went just crazy all day long, supporting their favourite team with so much passion and enthusiasm, this is something we are definitely not used to back home in Japan. Of course, in Japan we also get full houses, but the fans remain fairly quiet, the way they support their favourite team is totally different than here and therefore the players end up feeling less pressure.”
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