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20/12/2018 21:00
EuroVolley 2019 Men officially launched in Paris!
CEV EuroVolley 2019 Men

Paris, France, December 20, 2018. On Thursday, a number of high-ranking officials and dignitaries attended a press conference held in Paris about the historic EuroVolley 2019 Men, which will run from September 12 to 29 in four countries – i.e. France, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Belgium. Tickets for the competition featuring for the first time in history as many as 24 teams went on sale on Wednesday (click here for further info).

Venez Vibrez Volley! This is the French slogan of the EuroVolley 2019 Men. Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports, Denis Masseglia, President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, Eric Tanguy, President of the French Volleyball Federation, Özkan Mutlugil, CEV Vice-President and Jury President, Laurent Tillie, coach of Team France, and Barthélémy Chinenyeze, middle blocker of ‘Les Bleus’, did all attend the event in the French capital.

A historic event


EuroVolley 2019 will be one of a kind. It is the very first time in 70 years of this competition that the final phase will be taking place in four countries and nine cities, namely France (Montpellier, Nantes and Paris), Slovenia (Ljubljana), the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Apeldoorn) and Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp). The number of participating teams has increased from 16 to 24, divided into four pools of six each. Each country will host one pool (15 games), two 8th Finals and a quarterfinal, while Slovenia will also have one semi-final; the other semi-final, the bronze and gold medal matches will all take place at the iconic AccorHotels Arena in Paris.


Team France coach Laurent Tillie addressing the media in Paris.

Tickets for the matches in France, Belgium and the Netherlands went on sale on Wednesday, in conjunction with the launch of the official event website eurovolley.cev.eu.

All of the 24 countries participating in the continental competition will be known on January 10, at the end of the qualifying phase, knowing that, in addition to the four organising countries, Russia, Germany, Serbia, Italy, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, Romania, Greece and Estonia have all qualified already. The draw for the group stage will take place on January 16 in Brussels. The formula is simple: four pools of six teams, with the top four qualifying for the 8th Finals, the starting point of the knockout phase that will end with the final on Sunday, September 29 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

Quotes


Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports: “I am very happy that France is hosting the EuroVolley 2019. This is a further recognition of our long tradition of hosting major sports events in France and of our knowhow, especially knowing that Paris will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. I am proud to be here, at the first step of the launch of this competition.”

Denis Masseglia, President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee:
“It is a real pleasure to welcome one of the major events of the year 2019 to France. It is important to stress the desire of our country to be part of this type of organisations and to move forward together. Volleyball did the right thing to show that we could count on it in terms of excellence, and I am sure that Team France will live up to the expectations.”

Özkan Mutlugil, CEV Vice-President and Jury President:
“Two years ago, we decided to organise this EuroVolley 2019 in four European countries, while increasing the number of participating teams from 16 to 24. I would like to thank France for their readiness to host this very high-level event, the European Confederation being today the most successful one in the world.”


CEV Vice-President and Jury President Özkan Mutlugil together with French Volleyball Federation President Eric Tanguy

Eric Tanguy, President of the French Volleyball Federation:
“France had not organised an event of this magnitude for a very long time, and therefore it was about time that Volleyball hosts a major competition as many other sports have done in our country. This is a great way to make sure that our sport is in the spotlight; at the same time, our national team deserves to have this competition in front of their own fans, especially if you look at the results they have achieved in the last few years.”

Laurent Tillie, coach of the French team: “When we saw the women’s handball team win European gold on Sunday, we surely thought that in nine months it should be our turn to do the same. We also hope to be up there on the top step of the podium, before thousands of fans. This EuroVolley 2019 is an opportunity to talk about our sport and our team in France, but also to join a great series of events that ultimately leads to Paris 2024. The EuroVolley is a fantastic opportunity and a very important one to share our sport and our ambitions.”

Barthélémy Chinenyeze, middle blocker of Team France: “We fight all year to be part of the French team, it will be my first goal; the second will be to perform on the stage of EuroVolley. It is super important to our sport, as we want to show everyone that Volleyball is a great sport in France.”


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