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09/06/2016 22:13
Eight stars, eight hearts all beating for Volleyball!
2016 European Volleyball Gala

Rome, Italy, June 9, 2016. The stage of the 2016 European Volleyball Gala was the perfect place where to honour a number of outstanding players – role models that the young generations can look up to, not only when playing their favourite game, but also in their everyday life. The stars awarded on Thursday night in Rome have an ambitious mission to accomplish as they are now supposed to inspire the next generation of Volleyball players and this way will also play a role in helping grow tomorrow’s citizens.

These eight players all stand out for one or the other trait – but they have a few things in common: they have all helped raise the profile of Volleyball to unprecedented heights, have a striking personality and on top of this Volleyball and its key values – fair play, team spirit, sportsmanship – stand at the very core of their daily life.   

Let’s catch up with our stars and see what they stand out for!

Tine URNAUT (SLO) is the Young Player of the Year!

A child of Volleyball, Urnaut is the evidence that Volleyball is the sport easy to love forever!

Gözde KIRDAR (TUR) is the Team Player of the Year!

Gözde is dedicated to Volleyball as much as her twin sister Özge. A great individual, but even more a brilliant team player!

Margareta Anna KOZUCH (GER) is the Most Spectacular Female Player!

This lady, Margareta Anna Kozuch, wherever she was or wherever she is, turns Volleyball into a spectacle!

Earvin NGAPETH (FRA) is the Most Spectacular Male Player!

His nickname is ‘Le Roi’, aka ‘The King’. Quite enough for all of us who know him! 


The eight Volleyball stars awarded in Rome portrayed together with the CEV President and other members of the Executive Committee

Francesca PICCININI (ITA) is the Female Volleyball Ambassador of the Year!

A lady who has been spreading the spirit of Volleyball throughout Europe and the world since she was 16.

Sergey TETYUKHIN (RUS) is the Male Volleyball Ambassador of the Year!

Three Olympic medals already! The man who managed to get out of each match as a winner. And after a break of three years his return gave hope to his Volleyball team and demonstrated to the world that Volleyball is the eternal game!  

The recipients of this year’s CEV Lifetime Achievement Award are…

Antonella DEL CORE (ITA)
A lady who will this year in Rio crown the end of her playing career. But her life dedicated to Volleyball will surely become an example for generations to come.  

Vladimir NIKOLOV (BUL)

Vladimir, the lion heart. The man who never gives up. The player, coach and teacher. A role model for young people.

Visit the CEV YouTube channel to watch a number of video clips portraying the stars awarded in Rome!

Stay tuned for extended interviews with all awardees that will be published soon and provide you with more sources of inspiration!

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