Belgium was one of the hosts of the EuroVolley 2019, finishing the 9th place. Their best performance to date, among their 16 appearances, came in 2017, when they finished 4th losing bronze to Serbia. Currently they are the third best team in Europe in accordance to CEV Men’s ranking. Serbia is leading the ranking and in addition they are the defending champions after beating Slovenia in Paris two years ago. Serbia is one of the most decorated teams at Europe's prime event. Since 1995, They were 10 times on the podium of the EuroVolley, winning only in this period three gold (2001, 2011, 2019), one silver and six bronze medals.
"We are ready, we have trained well and are ready to make a surprise."
“I am approaching this tournament in good shape, the summer has been long but positive."
First RefereeOzan Cagi SARIKAYATURSecond RefereeBogdan Laurentiu STOICAROU
TAURON Arena Krakow has become a cultural, sports and business showcase of Krakow. It is the largest in Poland and one of the world’s most modern sport and entertainment venues. The venue consists of the Main Arena and the Small Hall. The possibility of any configuration of the audience, convenient facilities for athletes and performers, Europe’s largest LED screen installed on the façade, extensive multimedia and stage systems, as well as very good acoustic conditions of the facility, are the features that will meet the requirements for events of any scale and different nature. Capacity: 14978
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Stanisława Lema 7, KRAKÓW, 31-571 Capacity: 14978
TAURON Arena Kraków is located 4 km from the Main Market Square in Kraków, at Lema Street, between Al. Pokoju, Mogilska Street and al. Jana Pawła II, in XIV Czyżyny District. There are road signs all over the city showing the directions to TAURON Arena Kraków. The venue is well connected with the rest of the city. There are bus and tram stops in the nearby, taxi rank and the car park with over 1300 spaces. One can get to TAURON Arena Kraków by bike – the cycle routes connect the rest of the city. There are bicycle racks for over 200 bikes in front of the building. Get directions
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Belgian setter D'Hulst (4) sets the ball
Belgian team after scoring the point
Srecko Lisinac and Uros Kovacevic observing a ball after Tomas Rousseaux's block
Nikola Jovovic (9), Marko Ivovic (8), Nikola Pekovic (6), Drazen Luburic (16) celebrating first win
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Serbia starts on the right foot
Serbia, the defending European champions, opened their EuroVolley campaign winning in four sets with the co-host of the previous tournament – Belgium.
The first set showed a complete domination of the Serbian team over the players led by Fernando Munoz Benitez. It all started with a fantastic serves and attacks performed by Uroš Kovačević, who scored eight points in total in the opening part of the game (11:3). The Belgian team was absolutely unable to stand up against the champions and easily lost the set 13:25.
The second part became more tight right from the beginning (7:6, 13:12), but in the decisive moment of the set Serbian players managed to earn a three-point advantage and close this part.
Third set had proved that Belgium is not powerless against the reigning champions – The Belgian players started very well and almost totally controlled situation on the court (13:6). Closer to the end the Serbian team was about to tie the game (20:19), but finally it was Belgium to triumph in this set (25:21).
The last set was again the show of Serbian power, while Belgium wasn’t able to avoid unforced errors. The match ended with the ace served by the match
Top scorer Uroš Kovačević, who contributed with impressive 27 points.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of BELGIUM compared to SERBIA.
BELGIUM number of service aces compared to SERBIA
Errors leading to points of BELGIUM, next to those from SERBIA
"It was a very important game for us, because we know that these first games against Belgium and Ukraine might be crucial for the pool standings. It was our first goal to win these two matches and then the game against Poland will determine who will get the first place in the pool. Tonight after two good sets we had some down, but the most important is that we rose up as a team and we showed our quality and we gained three important points."
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"I think the difference today was serve and reception. They served a way better than us. You could see in the first set that we had a problem to control this, they won this set easily. After this first set we got a little bit more control, we put a little bit more pressure, but it was still not enough for Serbia."
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