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17/11/2012 16:30
Bulgaria/Italy and the Netherlands/Belgium to host next European Championships
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Luxembourg, November 17, 2012. CEV President André Meyer announced on Saturday afternoon – with 48 National Federations in attendance – that Bulgaria and Italy will host the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men as per decision of the CEV Board of Administration. This joint candidature eventually edged the competition that was brought by Finland and Estonia and the Champs will take place in five venues, which are Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia in Bulgaria plus Messina and Catania in Italy. The final stage of the competition will be held in the splendid “Armeec Arena” in Bulgaria’s capital city that this past July also hosted the finals of the FIVB World League.

The Netherlands and Belgium – two great small countries as announced in their bid – will be the hosts of the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women. Venues of the event will be the state of the art facilities available in Rotterdam (venue of the finals), Apeldoorn, Almere and Antwerp. With a long tradition in Volleyball and a long-lasting experience in hosting major events, not to forget the support of the local authorities, these countries promise to contribute a real Volleyball “fiesta”. With Belgium having already hosted the prelims of the Champs in 2007, the European Championship are returning back to the Netherlands after they were held there in 1995. The ultimate goal is to make Volleyball more popular and cool for the young generations with special actions starting in school and colleges already in 2014, with a Volleyball festival for all finally combined with the European Championship.   

Organizers for the 2014 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship were also announced with Finland and Estonia to host the women’s competition whose finals will be played in Tartu (EST) with Tampere (FIN) – a city with a long tradition in Volleyball from World League matches and the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival – to host the second preliminary Pool. Tartu has got modern facilities and is a dynamic university city, whose men’s team has been a multiple national champion. On the other hand, the men’s Championship will be co-hosted by the Czech Republic and neighboring Slovakia, with the venues being Brno (CZE) and Nitra (SVK). The city of Brno, quite a familiar location for Europe’s Volleyball family where the U18 Beach Volleyball European Champs were held this past summer will be hosting the final stage of the competition.

The 2015 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Girls will be held in Varna and Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Varna is seen as Bulgaria’s Volleyball “Mecca” with the local multifunctional arena to be completely renovated up to a capacity of 7,000 seats by late 2014 while the second preliminary Pool will be hosted in Plovdiv, i.e. Bulgaria’s second largest city.    
The Boys Championship is set to take place in Ankara, Turkey, whose Volleyball facilities have already played host to many international events, with the main goal of the Turkish Volleyball Federation being the development of men’s Volleyball to attain results similar to what was done with the very successful women’s national teams in all age groups.

The progress and state of the art of the upcoming Championships was also assessed by the General Assembly. After co-hosting the final round of the 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship – Men this past summer, Denmark and Poland are set to welcome Europe’s premiere event next September 20-29 with a total of six venues to play host to the matches whereby the news kings of European Volleyball will be crowned. Gdansk and Gdynia are the venues selected in Poland, while Aarhus, Odense, Herning and Copenhagen are Denmark’s hosting cities, with the semis and final matches to be played in the magnificent scenario of “Parken” national football arena.
The women’s final round scheduled for September 6-14 will be also hosted by two countries with a very different tradition in the sport, Germany and Switzerland. If Zurich is the sole Swiss venue of the Championship, four cities are set to play host to Europe’s Volleyball elite in Germany, namely Dresden, Schwerin, Halle/Westfalen, and Berlin whose Max-Schmeling-Halle will see the celebration of Europe’s Volleyball queens. A special promotional plan including many actions is being implemented, with a very special activity set to take place in Trier where people will be playing Volleyball for a total of 89 hours thereby breaking a record included in the Guinness book.

As announced a couple of weeks ago, the 2013 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship – Final will take place next July 29-August 4 in Klagenfurt, a very familiar location for the Beach Volleyball family since the splendid venue situated on the banks of the Wörthersee has turned into a sort of “Mecca” for this sport with many FIVB Grand Slam events joined there by thousands of fans in the past few years since its debut as an open tournament in 1997. Some 130’000 fans got together for the 2012 edition of the FIVB Grand Slam plus 5’000 VIPs, so Klagenfurt is certainly going to be the “place to be” for anyone who is fond of this sport and wants to enjoy its unique atmosphere and flavor.  

One of Europe’s Volleyball heavyweights, Serbia, has decided to join forces with a couple of neighboring countries, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, to host the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship thereby involving a couple of nations that did never host a major event in the past. Serbia – with Kladovo and Beograd as venues – will be sharing its organizational skills and knowledge to stage a splendid Volleyball festival and let Europe’s youngsters enjoy a unique atmosphere for what is likely to turn into their international debut and the first step of a hopefully long and successful career. With the qualifying rounds scheduled for early January, the 12 teams participating in the finals will be drawn this coming January 18 to the preliminary Pools whose actions will culminate in the deciding stage of the competition set to take place next April in Bar (MNE) and Laktasi (BIH) for girls and boys respectively.

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