Kazan, Russia, May 14, 2018. The city of Kazan lived up to its reputation as the sports capital of Russia as the capital of Tatarstan delivered a truly memorable Final Four of the 2018 men’s CEV Volleyball Champions League. CEV President Aleksandar Boričić acknowledged the outstanding job done by the local organisers and, at the same time, Russia’s Volleyball family deserved an appreciation to his work at the helm of European Volleyball and commitment to growing the sport.
Monday 14th of May 2018
Kazan, Russia, May 13, 2018. Zenit KAZAN came back from a scary deficit in the fourth set as well as in the tiebreak to cancel a match point for Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA and cash their second opportunity for an eventual 3-2 victory (29-27, 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15) to add a record overall sixth and fourth straight CEV Volleyball Champions League crown to their resume. This accounts for Russia’s seventh consecutive title in Europe’s elite club competition – a reign that has been lasting since Zenit KAZAN claimed another just as dramatic final with PGE Skra BELCHATOW back in 2012 in Lodz. A sell-out crowd of 7,000 fans celebrated yet another triumph for the team coached by Vladimir Alekno – as Wilfredo Leon and Maxim Mikhailov scored together as many as 57 points for the Russian side in the title-deciding match at Basket-Hall. Cucine Lube had to be content with silver, which is nevertheless their best result in the competition since they won the title in 2002.
Monday 14th of May 2018
Kazan, Russia, May 10, 2018. With their record of 10 titles in the Russian national league and five CEV Champions League crowns, Zenit KAZAN are definitely the most successful men’s Volleyball team of the past decade. The invincible ‘armada’ from the capital of Tatarstan added earlier this season the only accolade that was still missing from their resume when claiming top honours from the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship in Poland. The pressure is slowly mounting as Zenit are hosting the Final Four tournament of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League at home – and the preparations are up and running at Basket-Hall, where 7,000 fans will be following the ‘ultimate Volleyball part of the year’.
Thursday 10th of May 2018
Minsk, Belarus, May 10, 2018. The annual General Assembly of the Eastern European Volleyball Zonal Association (EEVZA) took place on Thursday, May 10 in Minsk. With the only exceptions of Armenia and Poland, representatives from all member National Federations attended the meeting. Mr Vladimir Vashchenko, Minister of Emergency Situations and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Belarusian Volleyball Federation opened the meeting held in Minsk
Wednesday 9th of May 2018
Luxembourg, May 8, 2018. Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE will be carrying Poland’s dreams of glory this coming weekend when they return to the Final Four of the CEV Champions League for the first time since 2013. Four years ago, they finished fourth – and interestingly enough, the Final Four took place in Russia on that occasion as well, namely in the Siberian city of Omsk.