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06/08/2019 21:00
Portugal to continue preparations for #EuroVolleyM with 17 players
CEV EuroVolley 2019 Men

Porto, Portugal, August 6, 2019. Portugal’s head coach Hugo Silva and his staff have revealed the names of the 17 players that will continue the preparations for the much-anticipated CEV EuroVolley 2019 Men due to take place in France, Slovenia, Belgium and the Netherlands from September 12 to 29.

The camp takes place in Vila Flor and the preparations will resume on August 19.  “This is a call up with a clear message that these coming years we are going to focus on renovation, trying, year after year, to inject some fresh blood into our national team,” Silva said. “After the Volleyball Nations League and the Universiade, we are going to give the opportunity to some athletes that have already played for our youth and junior national teams, hoping that they can give their contribution and help grow, with their youth, the next national team.”
 
“It would be good to say that there is a lot of options, but we are going to bet on the safest option, because it is the future of our national team that is at stake,” Silva continued. “It is a sign of course, that we want to change something, but, at the same time, we appreciate those who already gave so much to our team. As for EuroVolley, it is an opportunity for the current generation to justify what they have done in the past years and why they were in the Volleyball elite. We have to confirm that we are the favourites in the matches with Greece and Romania – to make it to the elimination round. It is obvious that it will not be easy, but I believe it is not only my goal but from the whole group as well, since my players have always been ambitious and responsible. If we fail to make it to the next round, I will see it as a bad EuroVolley for us.”

The preparations will resume on August 19, with friendly matches against Czech Republic and Slovakia scheduled to build on the current shape and improve the game.  
 
List of 17 players announced by Silva

 
Outside hitters: Alexandre Ferreira (Aluron Virtu, POL), João Simões (Sporting CP), Lourenço Martins (SC Espinho), Caíque da Silva (AJF Bastardo), Miguel Cunha (VC Viana/Casa Peixoto), André Rosa (Esmoriz GC)
Setters: Miguel Rodrigues (Rennes Volley/FRA), Tiago da Silva Violas (SL Benfica)
Middle Blockers: Filip Cveticanin (SL Benfica), Phelipe Martins (SC Espinho), Guilherme Menezes (SC Espinho), Nuno Teixeira (VC Viana)
Opposite hitters: Marco Evan Ferreira (SC Espinho), Bruno Cunha (VC Viana)
Liberos: Gil Pereira (Esmoriz GC), João Fidalgo (Sporting CP), Januário Alvar (SC Espinho)

For further information, visit the official event website https://eurovolley.cev.eu.


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