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Spartakiad at a low start

11 Spartakiad starts in August, brought together under the flags of the subjects of the Federation eight of the strongest clubs in the country following the results of the past season. Tatarstan will meet in Kazan ("Zenit-Kazan"), Moscow ("Dynamo"), St. Petersburg ("Zenith") and Belgorod region ("Belogorye"), Novosibirsk region will measure strength («Lokomotiv»), Kemerovo region ("Kuzbass"), KhMAO-Yugra (Samotlor) and Leningrad region ("Dinamo-LO"). Opponents will play in one round, after which they will go together Read more »

Practice has begun

In St. Petersburg, another Platonov Memorial started, sorry for the tautology, season of pre-season friendly tournaments. The early start of the traditional competition is explained by the Spartakiad scheduled for August, in which the first eight clubs of the Superleague will take part. true, only two of them will play in St. Petersburg, local "Zenith" and Sosnovy Bor "Dynamo-LO". St. Petersburg in the group will compete with the Belarusian "Shakhtar" (Soligorsk) and the Russian national team U-19. Read more »

Goran Stamenkovic: "Russia is the pinnacle"

He is called the coolest fan of Kuzbass, Siberia and even all of Russia. They, who does not know Goran Stamenkovic personally, probably repeatedly seen in the stands of the Kemerovo "Arena" this bright personality in a helmet)). This is what he is, Siberian Serb and ardent fan of volleyball and sports in general, cheerful and open Goran. In Surgut, he was "brought" to the World Championship in Read more »

To be epic. Around the new Super League format

The decision to expand the Superleague to 16 commands suggested themselves in the context of the collapse of the international calendar - 30 regular season rounds will fill four weekends, no matter how much it costs clubs to fly to new points on the map. Here, basically, everything is comfortable: Samara is conveniently located in the center of the country, and Soligorsk Shakhtar (if not "Builder") will play in Minsk - hour of summer Read more »

Two words about the championship after the finish

When we were naughty with Final Six predictions, did not leave the feeling, that one way or another something must go wrong. the, what we have identified as the weak point of the Kazan "Zenith", in the end it worked - the so-called winner syndrome affected. “The unbeaten streak in all tournaments has exceeded the fourth ten games, and such chains are purely mathematical Read more »

"Ural" is approaching the "Yenisei"

Attempts to extract intrigue from the confrontation between Yenisei and Ural were unsuccessful - Ural did not really want to invest, and Enisey simply could not do it after the difficult matches the day before. Ural responded to Brazhnyuk's ace in the debut with shots right through from Gutsalyuk (3:3), Feoktistova (6:6), Rybakova (14:13), and again Feoktistova (18:14) and Gutsalyuk (23:19). The scales have tipped Read more »

Nobody wanted to win

commands, not used to playing two days in a row (and there is still a third day!), came to the site in a rather lethargic state. Didn't feel at all, that for "Neftyanik" the game can be fateful - apparently, in Orenburg have already come to terms with the last place. Instead of Dmitry Yakovlev, Ilnur Rakhmatullin appeared in the diagonal, and the first set went with an overwhelming advantage of "Ural". Read more »

Thriller at the start

The first play-out match in Surgut turned into a volleyball thriller. Yenisei, ahead of Neftyanik by five wins, barely got a win over an underdog in a tie-break. In the first game, the "rise-coup" "Oilman" made from the account 11:13. He threw gliders at Todor Skrimov, the Orenburgers achieved a knocked-out reception from the opponent and waited, when the Bulgarian legionnaire also falls under the block, 16:13. Then Read more »

Five Patterns of the Playoffs

We already had five paradoxes - it's time for patterns. Pattern one: everything according to plan The playoffs came out as short as possible - only eight matches, six ended dry, not a single tie-break. They won, which is typical, those commands, which were higher in the regular season. Without much stress. Intrigue, supposedly laid down in St. Petersburg, did not find continuation in Nizhny Novgorod. Chance Read more »

After 26: top six

Playoffs are on, and we are just finishing the summing up of the regular season. It's okay - sometimes it's good to look at an event with a slight delay. And our seven-month-long event requires unhurried reflection, unlike fleeting and emotional knockout games. This is where you will find answers to many questions., that may arise along the way Read more »