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Alireza
#20 Posted : Friday, June 21, 2013 2:14:33 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: frida Go to Quoted Post
So after this? Is Iran outed?


Iran has very little chance to reach from group!


These matches will be really beneficial for players skill, be sure that next time at other important tournaments Iran will be one of the top teams!


And also Iran has a really tough group! Iran plays with top-5 teams in world!

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Thanks for explaining :)
But however, It was a great experience for team :) Of course it will affect their performance in future :) Everything is OK ;)
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Originally Posted by: frida Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for explaining :)
But however, It was a great experience for team :) Of course it will affect their performance in future :) Everything is OK ;)


Definitely! It will affect.


I'm optimistic that Iran will beat Serbia on Sunday! Today Iran lost 3-2 with very close scores in the fifth set, 18-16!

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We fought well, says victorious Italian coach Berruto Mauro

Surgut, Russia, June 21, 2013 – Italy's coach and captain have spoken of their delight after defeating the world no.2 side 3-1 in the 2013 FIVB World League match on Friday.

"We expected the game would be very difficult and it proved to be so. We had ups and downs, but we managed to give a good fight and to win," said Italy captain Cristian Savani.

"I’m very happy with the result," added coach Berruto Mauro. "We were determined to fight today and we fought well. Tomorrow the game will be different, but we hope the result will be the same."

"Italy played with high speed and were strong in attack, it was difficult to overcome," said Russia captain Sergey Makarov. "We look forward to the match tomorrow and we will do our best to play better."

Russia coach Andrey Voronkov said: "Italy have strong players who have known each other for a long time, and have a good team cooperation. We didn’t manage to break their rhythm, but we will analyse the game and will work on our mistakes."

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Russia beat Italy 3-2 in dramatic World League clash

Surgut, Russia, June 22, 2013 – Russia beat Italy 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 26-28, 23-25, 15-12) in a dramatic five-set match in Surgut on Saturday.

Russia started well, with strong serves from Nikolay Pavlov, and the hosts went 8-3 ahead at the first technical timeout. The visiting team fought back to level the score 11-11, but Russia had the slight edge, and some good services and attacks brought the hosts a 25-23 set win.

Spectacular blocking and efficient attack allowed Russia to stay ahead in the second set. The nerves of the visiting team began to show, and Russia stretched the margin to 17-11. Italy coach Mauro Berruto called for a timeout, but it didn’t help much: Russia closed the set out 25-23 to lead 2-0.

The hosts gained control of the third set, too, and with Russia leading 16-11, the contest seemed almost over. But Italy fought back furiously, showing real spirit as they saved seven match points. They tied the score 24-24, and finally clinched the set 26-28.

Italy had rediscovered their rhythm, and their well-balanced offence gave them a narrow two-point advantage early on. Russia levelled at 12-12, but with the help of Travica Dragan’s powerful services the visiting team took the set 23-25 to force a decider.

Russia gave the final set everything, leading 10-9 and 13-10, before finally shutting out the set 15-12. Italy will be disappointed, but their win over Russia on Friday, combined with a point from this 3-2 loss, means captain Cristian Savani's team will probably be satisfied with their weekend's work.

Nikolay Pavlov was the match's top scorer with 26 points for the home side. Italy's Ivan Zaytsev scored 25.

5,280 spectators saw the match.


The result closes the gap at the top of pool B. Italy are still top with 15 points, Russia remain second, just one behind on 14.

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Iran gets first World League win by beating Serbia 

Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2013 – Iran got its first victory 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 23-25,25-22,15-12) in their second FIVB World League home encounter against Serbia on Sunday evening.

Loyal fans packed Tehran at Azadi hall to watch the Pool B match while others tuned into sports radio and TV, which has helped awaken national sense and enthusiast Iran’s volleyball team, creating support for the team’s ability to defeat their rivals.

Iran reduced personal mistakes and improved its ability for Sunday’s defeat over Serbia.

In the first set, Iran took command of the game immediately and assembled a solid lead by 8-4, as Serbia’s Nikola Kovacevic narrowed the gap. Iran made substitution and made the next points to lead and16-13. Serbia had problems passing Iran’s blocking, and were behind five points by 18-13, but Iran gained points even from a few triple blocks. Despite a time out and substations by Serbia, Iran finished the set victory 25-20.

In the second set, Iran found a lead 7-6 with good service and spikes of Hamzeh Zarrini, but excellent spiking by Serbian players brought a one point margin for them by 8-7 in first technical time-out. Serbia, however, was determined not to give up, and fought hard to close the set 26-24.

The third set was running in favor of host team as they showed high keen in gaining scores , by 8-5 got the first technical time-out. Milos Nikic of Serbia tied the score 9-9 and forced Julio Velasco take his time-out. Serbia got use from weak dig of Iran by sharp spikes and made gap wider by 19-16. Iran’s solid blocks and hard spikes narrowed the scores gap 23-24. But after a timeout by Serbia, the team secured the win at 25-23.

Set four started with effective Spiking of Serbia, and in minutes they lead 8-6. Iran’s players gained spirit, and with spikes made the score 15-13. Serbia made substations and cut the difference 19-20, as Celasco asked for a time out to bring down the heath of opponent team. Moments were passing slowly for home fans as Iran led 23-22. A service by Mousavi after touching the net came down in Serb ground at 25-22, and Iran won the set.

Iran was motivated in fifth set after improving their service and spike to lead 5-2. Serbian used the personal weakness of Iran players to made scores tie at 10. But spikes by Fayazi and two blocks by Gholami made the scores 13-10 for Iran. Three substations by Serbia was not effective, and Iran won the set and game at 15-12.

Iran’s top scorer was Hamzeh Zarini with 18 win points from 54 attempts. Serbia’s Nikola Kovacevic made 17 points from 58 total attempts. Mobasheri and Aleksandar Atanasijevic both had 13 points, making them the third best scores. Iran also surpassed Serbia in other skills such as service, blocks, digs and sets.

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Poland's head coach Andrea Anastasi during the official press conference before the matches against Argentina




Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 27, 2013 – In the fifth week of the 2013 FIVB World League, Poland and Argentina battle for survival at Bydgoszcz, Poland on Friday.
Poland, the defending champions of the FIVB World League, are currently at the bottom of Pool A, with three points and no victories, while Argentina is ranked one step higher, with three points and one win.

Despite their rough start to this year’s World League, the White-Reds have not lost hope.

“This is volleyball, sometimes you lose, especially when you play against the best teams in the world,” said Poland's head coach Andrea Anastasi. “I still believe in my players, because I see in their eyes that they fight and want to win.”

The Argentinians also have their minds set on victory.

“We played badly last week,” said Argentina's captain, Luciano De Cecco. “But we're still improving.”

“We have the finals in three weeks,” added Javer Weber, the head coach of Argentina. “I use this time to test different players, different strategies.”

Poland will face Argentina on Friday and Sunday in Bydgoszcz at 20:15 local time.

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Iran beats Italy to gain second World League victory

Italy and Iran battle for a win at the FIVB World League

Modena, Italy, June 28, 2013 - Iran outscored Italy to get their second consecutive win in the World League 2013 in an extraordinary game that ended 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 32-30).

The teams fought until the end, but Iran’s coach Julio Velasco, who previously coached Italy’s men’s and women’s national volleyball teams, lead his team to victory.

Fans showed great enthusiasm at Palasport G. Panini in Modena, welcoming a loud, lively and joyful crowd of Irani fans coming from Italy and abroad. Italian supporters paid a tribute to the coach of the visiting team, Julio Velasco, who started off his career in Modena, where he won four championships from 1986 to 1989 with Panini Modena team.

Italy began the match with a shortfall, with player Ivan Zaytsev out of the starting six, due to an injury to his left ankle. Young Vettori replaced him in the role of opposite.

Iran’s starting team included settr Marouflakrani, opposite Ghafour, spikers Davvodi and Mobasheri, middle blockers Tashakori and Mousavi, and libero Zarif.

Iran kicked off the match well, and at the first technical time out the host team lead 5-8. Italy managed to tie the score (16-16) with an ace by Travica. However, Iran’s effective serving and allowed the team to continue its run to 23-20 before clinching the set with a positive attack by Mousavi.

In the second set, Italy’s coach Mauro Berruto replaced middle blocker Beretta for Piano. The set proved more balanced than the previous, but Iran is still prevailed 6-8. Two winning spikes by Parodi level the score 8-8. Iran became more consistent, especially at the service and at the blocking to remain ahead 11-15. Travica trusted Vettori and Savani, to allow Italy to come back to tie the score 16-16. Italian supporters lit up the crowd, but the host team took the lead again 17-19 thanks to two consecutive aces by Davood. Iran shut out the match with a spike by Mahmoudi (22-25).

In the third set, Berruto chose Zaytsev over Vettori. Italy played more intensely and found valuable points in Zaytsev and Savani at the service, fighting back for the set. Travica served the middle blockers, Birarelli and Piano, and Italy did not slow the pace, getting the lead 19-14 and closeing the third set at the fourth set point thanks to a good spike by Zaytsev.

In the fourth set, Velasco replaced the opposite Mahmoudi for Ghafour. After an even start, two consecutive aces by Mousavi, Iran the lead (5-8). Italy tied the score (12-12) thanks to Zaytsev, but at the second technical time out Iran found itself ahead 14-16. Italy reacted and attempted to defend with Zaytsev, and overturned the situation (19-16). Iran tied the set 23-23 and reaches the set point, and after a streak of tight, exciting spiked clinched the victory at 30-32.

The win is Iran’s second-ever World League win in its inaugural FIVB World League Season. Iran secured their first ever World League win at home against Serbia: 3-2. Iran is the first team to win a match in their World League debut season since the Czech Republic in 2003.

The loss is a blow to Italy, whose unbeaten run came to an end last week after five matches, when the team lost to Russia 3-2.

Friday’s match was the first meeting for the two countries in the FIVB World League. Iran and Italy face off again on Sunday at 19:00 local time.

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Woow, what a match! Iran betas Italy, winner of World League for many times and bronze winner in Olympic 2012, in Italy, 25,23  25,22  22-25  32-30!  


Even in Italy Iran fans were more than Italy fans and you could hear Iranian fans screaming easily!


Go Go Iran Lions 


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USA hands Bulgaria first pool play loss in World League

Reno, USA, June 25, 2013 – The United States handed Bulgaria its first loss of the 2013 FIVB World League on Friday, defeating the European side 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-21) at the Reno Events Center.
The teams now have twin records of 4-1 in Pool A. They will play again on Saturday at the same venue.

Matt Anderson, who was named Player of the Match, led the United States in scoring with 15 points on 13 kills and two blocks. Carson Clark added 11 points on nine spikes and two aces.

Bulgaria’s Tsvetan Sokolo led all scorers with 19 points on 18 attacks and one ace.

The teams were tied in spikes (38-38), but the U.S. led in blocks 15-4. Bulgaria led in aces (3-2).

The U.S. opened up a 5-0 lead in the first set behind the serving of David Smith and led 8-3 at the first technical timeout (TTO). With the U.S. leading 13-8, the Americans scored two straight points on a Kyle Caldwell dump and block to lead 15-8. USA were leading 18-12 when Viktor Yosifov scored on two straight aces to pull to within four and the U.S. called timeout. Yosifov’s next serve went out of bounds. The United States reached set point at 24-19 and Valentin Bratoev served into the net to give USA the set.

Bulgaria seemed to find new life to open the second set and took an 8-4 lead at the first TTO, getting three points on kills by Sokolov. However, the U.S. came out of the break and scored four straight points, including a kill and ace from Clark, and tied the score at 8-8. The teams battled back and forth until the score was tied 12-12 and Team USA scored on a Maxwell Holt block and Clark kill to lead 14-12. With Team USA leading 19-18, Holt scored with a kill and block to put the North American side up by three and Bulgaria called timeout. The United States reached set point at 24-20. The European side held off the loss with kills from Sokolov and Yosifov and the U.S. called timeout. Sokolov’s next serve attempt went long to give the U.S. the victory.

The score was tied 6-6 in the third set when the U.S. scored on Bulgaria’s service error and Smith’s kill off Bulgaria’s block to lead 8-6 at the first TTO. Coming out of the break, Bulgaria scored four straight points behind the serving of Bratoev, who had an ace on the run as Bulgaria took a 10-8 lead. With Bulgaria leading 13-10, Team USA scored on two Anderson spikes and Bulgaria’s hitting error to tie the score at 13-13, and Bulgaria called timeout. Bulgaria came back to lead 16-14 at the second TTO. The U.S. came back to tie the score at 19-19 and reached match point first at 24-21. Clark scored the final point on a kill off the block.

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Iran coach: I told my players to enjoy the moment and the victory came

Havana, Cuba, July 5, 2013 – Iran beat Cuba in five sets (24-26, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 16-14) in a thrilling match at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum in Havana on Friday.
Argentinean Julio Velasco, coach of Iran, was very pleased with his players’ dramatic comeback: “It was a tough game, as we expected. We could barely defend ourselves from Cuba’s attack in the first half, but we recovered step by step. I think this match was a huge experience for both teams. I told my players they will face a legendary team so they had to enjoy the moment. They were nervous at first, but they got loose and won a match that will inspire them a lot. This victory was an injection of confidence.”

Cuban attacker Rolando Cepeda believes his team lost the match in the third set: “We tied the score, but we didn’t make the most of the moment. It was more of the same in the fourth set. I felt powerful tonight, but I got very tired in the tie-break. Iran is a strong team. They never gave up and fought bravely. I believe we will play better tomorrow; our fans deserve it.”

Cuba coach Orlando Samuels praised Iran’s game: “We both played very hard, but we failed to score the final points. I think we lost because of our poor receiving. We couldn’t get the ball closer to the net. We couldn’t combine our attack, as they did.”

Iran captain Saeid Marouflakrani said it was great being in Cuba and beating one of the world most famous teams: “We focused on stopping Cepeda and everyone helped on defence. We worked as a team, and that’s something very important.”

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USA's coach: 'In bad moments I tell my players to keep their heads high'

Katowice, Poland, July 5, 2013 – On Friday evening Poland beat USA in five sets (25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28 and 18-16) in the sixth week of the 2013 FIVB World League in Katowice, Poland.

“It was a great match for both teams,” said the USA captain Matthew Anderson during the press conference after the match. “We played very well as a team, we played together. Unfortunately they came out on top in the end, but I think what cost us to lose was our lack of control.”

“We made another small step, step that I talk about a lot – to play better an better every day,” said Poland’s captain Marcin Mozdzonek. “There were very bad moments in our play, but we managed to overcome them. I am glad that the fans who came tonight supported us very strongly and had an opportunity to watch an exciting match. It was definitely a match full of nerves and emotions.”

“Poland showed some great resolve when they came out after that third set,” said USA’s head coach John Speraw. “What I take from this match is how happy I am with where we are as a team. It is great for my young players, who are unexperienced, to come and play in this environment. We had some great contribution from our young players. As for now, we're moving to many of our issues, which I think come from the servise line and I think if we can keep control and continue to improve, then we have a chance to be a great team. We lost, but I am not discouraged. In bad moments I tell my players to keep their heads high and keep fighting for the next point.”

“We had a lot of problems in the middle of the match, but what I love about these guys is that they don't stop fighting,” said Poland head coach Andrea Anastasi. "We did not play perfectly, we have many things to work on.”


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No happy end for Cuba: Iran wins for second night in a row

Havana, Cuba, July 6, 2013 – Iran beat Cuba in four sets (22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22) in the FIVB World League on Saturday, leaving the home crowd frustrated and the home team at the bottom of Pool B with just one win from 10 games. Iran are now 4-4 after eight games.
Amir Ghafour was the top scorer of the match with 19 points, followed by Cubans David Fiel and Yordan Bisset, with 16 points each. Fiel scored 10 blocking points, the best in the World League this year.

It was a balanced match with both teams knowing what to expect after Iran’s five-set win on Friday. After trading points, Iran took the lead in the first set, making the most of Cuba’s poor receiving and naïve spikes. The Asian champions were three points ahead at the first technical time-out on the back of better blocking. Nevertheless, Cuba gave them a taste of their own medicine, winning two points in a row by stopping Iranian spikes. Thousands of voices started chanting “Cuba, Cuba” in Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum, which rose to a roar when the home team went ahead at the second TTO (16-15). Cuba then won the first set with Fiel’s fifth block.

The second set began with a couple of Cuban setting errors, but compensation came in the form of some powerful spikes by Yordan Bisset. The home team were two points ahead at the first TTO, but Iran settled down and led 16-13 at the second break. Iran Coach Julio Velasco regrouped his players and they held on to their lead to take the second set 25-20.

In the third set, Iran were two points ahead at the first TTO and four at the second. Rahman Davoodi – who finished with five aces – troubled the Cuban receivers. Unlike Friday, Cuba was superior in blocking, but the passers couldn’t settle down enough to set up strong spikes, and Iran won the set by seven points.

The Iranians started the fourth set ready to finish the match, and they didn’t waste any time. They were ahead at both TTOs and held off a Cuban come-back attempt.

Cuba finished with 17 blocking points but no service points. Iran had 15 blocking points and eight service points.

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