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16 teams ready to battle for the crown
CEV Men’s European Championships 2009

Izmir, Turkey, September 3, 2009. The 26th edition of the Men’s European Championships is ready to unfold from today on to September 13 in the beautiful Turkish hosting cities Izmir and Istanbul. For the second time in CEV history, 16 European teams will have the privilege to challenge for their place on the podium. Turkey will have the honor of organizing this prestigious event on its territory; as well as the 2009 CEV General Assembly which will take place on 11th September in Izmir.

The Minister of Sports in Turkey, Mr. Faruk Nafiz Özak underlined the great importance of this organization: “While the interest for volleyball is rapidly increasing both in the World and in Turkey, we are living the joy of hosting the CEV Men’s European Championships 2009. In our hosting cities Izmir and Istanbul, we had overcome a successful preparation period for these Championships. I would like to thank International Olympic Committee, CEV, Turkish Volleyball Federation as well as General Directorate of Youth and Sport for their precious efforts. Fundamentals of sport; cooperation, sharing, fraternal, friendship and peace, assists for the social development of individuals and the affiliation of nations. For this reason Men’s European Championships are going to develop the relations between Turkey and other European countries.”

For the second time in the history of this competition, 16 teams will participate in this event: Turkey as organizer, Spain, Russia, Serbia, Finland, Germany and Italy were directly qualified through their ranking in the last European Championships in Moscow (RUS) in 2007.

The list of participants who will shine light on this final phase in Turkey is completed by the teams of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia who booked their ticket to Turkey during the qualifications Rounds played in May and September 2008.

The final Round shall consist of the preliminary pools, the playoff pools, the semi-final matches, the final and the classification matches. The teams allocated to the 4 preliminary Pools (A, B, C and D) shall compete following the principle “one against each other” in one single round. The teams classified 4th in each pool shall be automatically eliminated from the Final Round. The teams classified 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be qualified to the Playoff Pools E and F.
In the Playoff Pools (E and F), the teams will again compete “one against each other” in a single round, taking into account the fact that the results of the matches already played between the qualifications in the previous Pool will be counted towards the final ranking. The teams classified 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd in each playoff pool will be automatically eliminated from the Final Round. The first two teams classified in each Playoff Pool will qualify for the semi-finals.
The semi-finals and finals matches will then designate the new European champion.

The competition in Turkey will benefit from wide television coverage, established in close collaboration with the media partner of the European Volleyball Confederation, In front Sports in Italy.

All head coaches confirmed their privilege to take part in the Final Round of the CEV Men’s European Championships 1009. In particular Turkish head coach, Italian-born Fausto Polidori (pictured), said: “Our team is a mixture of young and experienced players and I am sure this is going to bring in the right energy on the court. The friendship among the players is commendable and this will be one of our strengths during the Championships. During our preparations we had the chance to check out our strengths and weaknesses and we will be well ready before the start of the Championships. Our desire is to be the best team to be seen on court in front of our fans. I have been attending several tournaments as a coach and I believe the support of the spectators has a great impact on the players. For this reason, the home audience that will fight with us might support my guys in turning the score around. We invite all volleyball lovers to the Halkapinar Sports Hall to support the Turkish team for such an important and ambitious goal”.

German head coach Raul Lozano added that “it’s very difficult to determine the favorites. For sure Serbia as well as Russia belong to the strongest teams here, but almost everything is possible. We’ll focus on our team; try to play at our best level like we did in these past weeks. After Beijing we integrated eight new players, it’ll take some time to find our rhythm.”

French head coach Philippe Blain has to deal with two major injuries of the French setters, what didn’t help for a optimal preparation. “But we know about the importance of such an event, we’ll do our best to survive our Pool A with Poland, Germany as well as host Turkey.”

Slovakian head coach Emanuele Zanini is looking forward to a difficult task here in Izmir. “We’ll need more than one Pool victory to keep a chance of qualifying for the next Round. But my team is ready to do so. Spain is the favorite in Pool C, but Italy Russia, Bulgaria and Serbia are the favorite for the crown.”

Pool A in Izmir: POL, FRA, TUR, GER
Pool B in Istanbul: RUS, EST, NED, FIN
Pool C in Izmir: ESP, SLO, GRE, SVK
Pool D in Istanbul: BUL, SRB, ITA, CZE

Today’s matches (local time):

In Izmir

15:00 Spain vs. Slovenia
17:30 Poland vs. France
20:30 Germany vs. Turkey

In Istanbul

15:00 Estonia vs. Russia
17:30 Bulgaria vs. Serbia
20:00 The Netherlands vs. Finland – the international online sports TV – is ready to fire up a great special for all Volleyball fans: selected matches of the upcoming CEV European Championship 2009 in Turkey will be broadcasted LIVE and for FREE at Watch out for top teams striving for the continental title.
After the Pool matches, the exciting playoffs will take place next September 8-10 where the teams having qualified for the second Round through the preliminary pools will give their best to vie for a ticket in the semi-finals and the finals scheduled for Sunday, September 13.
There is no registration and no login required to watch all LIVE streams. Users are part of the action with only one click. Live-streaming will be available only in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

For more news, please refer to the CEV homepage as well as to the organizer’s webpage

To see the detailed TV coverage, please open the pdf document annexed below.

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