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Silver #EuroLeagueM continues on the way to Final Four in Skopje
2018 CEV Volleyball Silver European League - Men

Luxembourg, May 22, 2018. The 2018 edition of the CEV Volleyball Silver European League – Men continues on Wednesday with the second round of matches. Latvia and three-time silver medal winners, the Former Y.R. of Macedonia, will play for the leadership in Pool A where Kosovo and Austria will vie for their first victory in the competition. The same applies to Pool B – with Belarus and Croatia hoping to add a second straight victory to their tally while Hungary and Albania will be looking to secure their first win. The Final Four is due to take place in Skopje (MKD) on June 15-16, 2018.

Pool A

Latvia vs. Former Y.R. of Macedonia

•    The men’s Latvian national team will contest their first-ever international match at the Olympic Centre in Daugavpils.
•    Three players on the roster are originally from the city – Deniss Petrovs, Andis Cimoska and Aleksandrs Kudrjašovs. They will obviously enjoy much support from the local crowd.
•    Latvia started their campaign with a 3-1 away victory over Austria in Klagenfurt.
•    The Latvian national team now go by the nickname ‘Latvian Wolfs’.
•    The Former Y.R. of Macedonia won their opening match as well – 3-1 at the hands of Kosovo in Ferizaj.

Aleksandrs Kudrjašovs, player of Latvia: “We will take the good vibes from our victory against Austria and do our best in the game against the Former Y.R. of Macedonia. We are looking forward to the match.”

Kosovo vs. Austria

•    The match will be taking place at Bashkim Selishta-Petriti sports hall, which is home to KV Drita GJILAN, i.e. the team that has won the women’s national league of Kosovo for the last three years in a row.
•    Kosovo will not be able to count on the best player from the last two editions of the Kosovo Superleague – Bardhyl Hajdaraj, who is completing his transfer of allegiance from Albania to Kosovo.
•    Kosovo have a relatively young team – the average age stands at 26 years and six months.
•    Kosovo made their historic debut in the European League last Sunday in Ferizaj when they lost 1-3 to the Former Y.R. of Macedonia.
•    Austria lost 1-3 to Latvia in Klagenfurt, so both teams will be looking for their first victory in the pool.

Bahri Gjinovci, head coach of Kosovo: “We are focussing on growing home players through our national league. Kosovo’s Volleyball has a bright future even though we know that competing at this level will be tough at the beginning. However, this is going to be a great experience for the whole team.”

Pool B

Belarus vs. Croatia

Coming soon…

Hungary vs. Albania

•    It is the first home match for the Hungarian team now coached by Bogdan Tanase.
•    The only time Hungary and Albania played each other came in 1947 – with Hungary recording a 3-1 victory.
•    Compared to the match against Croatia from last Saturday, Bálint Magyar and Krisztián Pádár will play against Albania, thus replacing Gábor Bögöly and Bence Bozóki.
•    The former national team player Zoltán Dávid is currently working as an assistant coach of Team Hungary.

Krisztián Pádár, player of Hungary: “The team spirit is very good, and we are very motivated. Of course, the aim is the victory but we should not underestimate the Albanians.”

József Nagy, team captain of Hungary: “We have to make amends for the loss against Croatia. In any case, we have to win in front of the home audience.”

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