30. 11. 2017

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: This is how Sweden beat 11-time defending champions Soviet Union in 1989 EuroVolley semis (VIDEO)

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One of the most shocking Men’s volleyball results ever occurred on the night of September 30, 1989.

 

The Swedish National Team, the absolute underdogs at the 1989 CEV European Championship, beat the mighty Soviet Union in the semifinals of the tournament!

Sweden, who qualified for the semis as No.2 in their pool but only due to a better set ratio compared to Bulgaria and France, as they all had a 3-2 record, faced the Soviet Union. The mighty Soviet Union. The Soviet Union who won, believe it or not, 11 straight gold medals in European Champs prior to the one in 1989!

But, on the wings of 7,000 fans in a newly built “Globen Arena” in Stockholm, Sweden threw Russians on their knees in the tie-break! How did they do it? Well, they had a mastermind at their bench – the coach Anders Kristiansson, who has been recently inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.

In the finals of the tournament, Sweden succumbed to Italy by a 3-1.

 

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POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

All this because volleyball is not e real professional sport and many clubs are managed with people with (almost) zero experience and knowledge in volleyball. And they manage money from state companies or government directly. Do not expect that that people will think differently. That is why volleyball will never move to another level and will always have some small “make up” in the future Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Many Strength and Conditioning Coaches/Scoutman are trying to get into coaching. Due to their lack of experience and knowledge, at first, they take a major pay cut in comparison to actual volleyball coaches. Currently, coaching jobs are paying very little, even in the top leagues, and some of the experienced coaches are not taking jobs for 25.000-40.000 EUR, knowing that demands are just as high as before when they were making double of this salary. Unfortunately, club leaderships see coaches as a disposable matter and therefore keep dropping salaries because there are candidates that will take these jobs. I am not here to judge, just to describe some of the dynamics around this profession. Reply

POL M: Young Australian coach Reynolds will command Jastrzębski next season

Interesting trend, that some coaches who specialised on physical training, some who never played volleyball on top level, became pretty successful volleyball coaches. It can be observed in some menś and women teams. It reflects a situation that volleyball has become a very physical sport. Even the world champion country, which in past had taught others, needs coaches from abroad who come into this category. Reply

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