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15/10/2012 13:00
Gdynia to host "iron group" in prelims of 2013 European Championship
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Men

Copenhagen, Denmark, October 15, 2012. The Drawing of Lots for the final round of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men was completed on Monday afternoon at Parken, the magnificent stadium located in Denmark’s capital city that will be hosting the semis and finals of what is unanimously seen as the Volleyball event of the year. The DOL was chaired by CEV Vice President and Jury President Philip Berben and attended by many prominent guests, including the Mayor of Culture and Sports of Copenhagen, Mrs. Pia Allerslev, and the President of the Danish Olympic Committee, Niels Nygaard. Erik Jacobsen and Miroslaw Przedpelski, i.e. the chairmen of the Danish and Polish Volleyball Federation respectively, were quite evidently also in attendance as their countries are getting ready to host this amazing Volleyball “fiesta”.

The 16 participating teams were assigned to the four preliminary Pools as follows (matches to be played through September 20-22, 2013):    

Pool A in Odense (DEN): Denmark, Italy, Belarus, Greece/Belgium
Pool B in Gdansk (POL): Poland, Slovakia, France, Turkey/Latvia
Pool C in Herning (DEN): Finland, Serbia, Netherlands, Croatia/Slovenia
Pool D in Gdynia (POL): Russia, Bulgaria, Germany and Czech Republic  

The hosting countries, Denmark and Poland, were set as Pool headers together with 2012 Olympic champion Russia and Finland before the start of the draw performed by ESOC Coordinator Willy Bruninx. The starting field of the European Championship will be completed next June via the third qualification round starring a series of home and away matches that will assign the last three spots available for the competition.  

A detailed match schedule is available here; the official starting times will be communicated at a later stage.    

The winners of the four preliminary Pools will advance directly to the 1/4 finals to play there the winners of the Playoffs starring the second and third ranked teams of the various preliminary groups. The Playoffs and 1/4 finals will take place in Aarhus (DEN) and Gdansk (POL) while semis and finals, scheduled for September 28-29, will be hosted in the splendid scenario of the Parken stadium in Copenhagen.    

A short video clip of the DOL is available here

For further information visit also the official website www.eurovolley2013.dk

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