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- This will be the 61st match for the Macedonian volleyball players in 7m seasons of the CEV European league, before and after the "silver" era. Team MKD has won 41 matches, and lost 19.


- This is the seventh semifinal for the Macedonian team in the CEV European League, the current balance is 4-2, wins against Estonia, Austria (2016), Denmark (2017) and Croatia (2021), and defeats by Montenegro (2014) and Croatia (2018).


- The Macedonian national team won four silver medals, the last one last year at home court in Strumica, and has one bronze. Since the maiden appearance in 2014, the red-yellows only once failed to be on the pedestal (they finished 4th in 2018).


- The Macedonian team played twice against Finland at CEV EuroVolley in 2019 in Ljubljana and in 2021 in Tampere. The Finns were better after four sets, so the team led by captain Nikola Gjorgjiev wants a rematch for those two losses.


- Compared to the previous duel last year at the continental summit, the Macedonian team has two new opposite hitters, and the Finns only kept the players in that position and changed all others from the first line-up.

Team

Team Profile
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FINLAND

Address

Valimotie 10 Helsinki

Contacts

phone +358 40 754 5109 email office@lentopalloliitto.fi
Team Schedule

Previous Games

19/06/2022 vs. 2 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
18/06/2022 vs. 3 - 1 W play circle Go to Match Centre
12/06/2022 vs. 3 - 1 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 2
    Competitions Played
  • 0
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 4
    Matches Played
  • 3
    Matches Won
  • 75%
    Win %
  • 11
    Sets Won
  • 375
    Points Won
  • 52%
    Attack %
  • 50%
    Reception %

Team

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3
RONKAINEN Antti
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/11/1996
  • Height: 191 cm
1
HÄNNINEN Jiri
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 5/12/1998
  • Height: 193 cm
2
MARTTILA Luka
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 6/30/2003
  • Height: 180 cm
8
SAVONSALMI Severi
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 8/21/2000
  • Height: 208 cm
8
KÖYKKÄ Voitto
Libero
  • Birth Date: 6/3/1999
  • Height: 179 cm
11
NIKULA Aaro
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 3/23/1999
  • Height: 212 cm
11
LANKINEN Akseli
Setter
  • Birth Date: 8/31/1997
  • Birth Place: Vantaa
  • Height: 194 cm
13
JOKELA Joonas
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 12/12/1998
  • Birth Place: Hollola
  • Height: 201 cm
19
BREILIN Niklas
Libero
  • Birth Date: 9/8/1999
  • Height: 178 cm
21
IVANOV Fedor
Setter
  • Birth Date: 12/1/2000
  • Height: 193 cm
23
MÄKINEN Antti Sakari
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/19/1995
  • Birth Place: Äetsä (Sastamala)
  • Height: 190 cm
24
NIINIVAARA Nuutti
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/29/1998
  • Height: 198 cm
0
PORKKA Henrik
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 1/14/1998
  • Height: 201 cm
0
LEINONEN Miro
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 11/29/2000
  • Height: 205 cm

Staff

Head Coach
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach 2

Recent Results

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FINLAND

Overview

NORTH MACEDONIA

Player Statistics

Match Report

FINLAND defeat NORTH MACEDONIA to play for the Silver #EuroLeagueM title

Article

The battle between Finland and North Macedonia opened the rivalry in the CEV Volleyball European European Silver League - Men in Budapest. Finland prevailed and proved better on block (14-7), but the player who made a difference was a 23-year-old Aaro Nikula, who was an ace drawn out of coach Joel Banks' sleeve. On Sunday, Finland will play in the gold medal match, once North Macedonia will battle for bronze.


Runners-up of the 2021 Silver League, North Macedonia opened the match with more confidence, quickly taking a lead 8-5 and improving it to 13-9. Once they thought that the situation is under control, Finland woke up, making block their main asset (5 winning blocks). The team under the guidance of the coach Joel Banks not only caught up the score (14-14), but stepped up front, being led by Jiri Hanninen (8 points) and Joonas Jokala (7 points, including 3 block stuffs) who closed the set.

 

North Macedonia quickly shook it off, they learnt their lesson from the first set and after taking an early lead they didn't let Finland to come closer than two points. Although they struggled in reception (24%), this time block became North Macedonia's weapon (4 points in this skill). Captain Nikola Gjorgiev and Luka Kostikj were the most prominent players, delivering their team 6 and 5 points, respectively.

 

The third set delivered another unexpected twist. After a very competitive beginning, Finland jumped to a 16-10 lead. Even if Gjorgiev scored as many as nine points, his teammates were not able to step in, once Finland played flawlessly. Aaro Nikula, who came as a substitute in the previous set, in the 3rd part, became the best scorer of Finland (8 points), recording 100% of success in attack - 6 out of 6 - he also added one block and one ace to his name. Joel Banks' team didn't look back and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

 

Being only a step from a spot in the final, Finland was motivated to complete their mission in the fourth set. They reached the maximum advantage of seven points at 15-8 and although North Macedonia tried to shorten the distance, the Finnish team sealed the victory 25-16 after Nikula's spike.

 

23-year-old Nikula became the best scorer of Finland with 17 points to his name and 94% success in attack (15 kills). However, the top scorer of the match honour went to Nikola Gjorgiev, who tallied 23 points.

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The match in numbers

135
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

108
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

150
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

212
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

41%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

14-7
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of FINLAND compared to NORTH MACEDONIA.

4-4
Ace Count

FINLAND number of service aces compared to NORTH MACEDONIA

39-35
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of FINLAND, next to those from NORTH MACEDONIA