After spending most of his career in Italy, Jan decided to move to Russia and more specifically to Krasnodar. The season is now drawing to a close, so which are the pros and cons to take from this decision?
“When I decided to move to Russia, I thought that there were only four teams playing at the highest level here, i.e. those participating in the European Cups. However, I soon had to realize that there are 8-9 excellent teams that can all fight at eye level. I think that the level of the Italian national league is now lower than what you get here in Russia. This is evidenced by the fact that two Russian teams – Zenit KAZAN and Belogorie BELGOROD – played in this year’s Final Four of the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League while no Italian teams qualified for the last act of the competition. I can only say that I am happy with playing in the world’s strongest league. And by the way, there are also many foreign players here right now, including some from Italy” Stokr says.
He has a nickname Terminator, which was given by the Russian fans…
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