Poland, current two-time world champion; Serbia, fourth in the last European Championship; Iran, Asian champion; and Bulgaria, host of the event. The Brazilian men’s team will not have an easy life in second leg of the League of Nations, which takes place in the city of Sofia. Coach Renan Dal Zotto knows the challenges and has prepared the team for each one. The debut of the Brazilian team will be this Wednesday (22.06), at 11 am (GMT), against Poland, with live broadcast of sportv 2.
“They are four very strong opponents. Poland is a very competitive team, regardless of the formation on the court. She is one of the contenders for the title of any competition. It will be a very balanced match, decided in the details. Serbia has been renewing itself, but it has veterans we know well. They are athletes who play in the main competitions in the world, competitive and experienced. Iran, on the other hand, is undergoing a reformulation, but does not lose the characteristics of playing with speed, defending well, and having a serve that always brings difficulty. Bulgaria is another very tough opponent, who attack a lot in the serve and in the blocking. Play at home and the crowd will be in your favor in a gym that is sure to be full. We have to think one game at a time. Each victory counts for a lot”, says Renan.
Captain of the men’s team, Bruninho leads the statistics of the League of Nations and is one of the references on the court: “We have a very difficult week ahead. We have already started with Poland, a traditional team, one of the strongest in the world. All the teams we will face are traditional. The most important thing is our evolution, our growth, thinking about our team in this construction process. We want to achieve victories, which are very important for our classification”, said Bruninho.
For the second stage of the League of Nations, coach Renan selected lifters Bruninho and Fernando Cachopa; opposites Alan and Darlan; the centrals Isac, Lucão, Flávio and Leandro Aracaju; the hands Lucarelli, Rodriguinho, Leal and Adriano; and the liberos Thales and Maique.
The Nations League brings together the 16 best volleyball teams on the planet. In 2022, the competition will be held in two phases. The first has three steps. In each, teams are divided into two groups and each plays four times. The groups and matches for each week are defined by drawing lots. The best eight of this phase advance to the final phase, which takes place from July 20 to 23, in Bologna (Italy). Brazil closed the first stage of the competition in eighth place.
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