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Overview

Greece lost their opening match at EuroVolley 2021 to Ukraine after a tough five-set battle on Thursday. Their outside hitter Athanasios Protopsaltis has already shown his potential and with his teammates they hope to challenge Belgium, being at full strength after one day of rest. Belgium will be even more eager to recover after suffering two losses, as they were beaten by the defending champion Serbia (3-1) on Thursday, and then suffered an unexpected defeat from Portugal in tie-break. But Sam Deroo & co. will definitely try to banish memories from the first two games and show their teeth to grab a first win.

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    First Referee
    Bogdan Laurentiu STOICA
    ROU
    Second Referee
    Salvis KURTISS
    LAT
  • Venue Information
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    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
  • How To Attend
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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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BELGIUM

Address

Avenue Huart Hamoir 48 BRUSSELS

Contacts

phone +32 2 788 21 03 email belgiumvolley@gmail.com
Team Leaders
Outside spiker
Outside spiker
Team Schedule

Previous Games

07/09/2021 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
06/09/2021 vs. 0 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
04/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 27
    Competitions Played
  • 1
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 5
    Matches Played
  • 1
    Matches Won
  • 20%
    Win %
  • 7
    Sets Won
  • 408
    Points Won
  • 46%
    Attack %
  • 44%
    Reception %

Team

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3
DEROO Sam
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 4/29/1992
  • Birth Place: Beveren-Waas
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 105 kg
1
VAN DEN DRIES Bram
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 8/14/1989
  • Birth Place: Leuven
  • Height: 208 cm
  • Weight: 99 kg
2
TUERLINCKX Hendrik
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 12/1/1987
  • Birth Place: BELGIUM
  • Height: 195 cm
  • Weight: 86 kg
4
D'HULST Stijn
Setter
  • Birth Date: 4/24/1991
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Weight: 75 kg
7
VAN ELSEN Lennert
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 4/1/2001
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
8
VAN DE VELDE Arno
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 12/30/1995
  • Birth Place: Aalst
  • Height: 210 cm
  • Weight: 93 kg
9
D'HEER Wout
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 4/26/2001
  • Height: 202 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
12
VERHANNEMAN Matthijs
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 12/8/1988
  • Birth Place: Menen
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 98 kg
13
THYS Elias
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 10/20/1998
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
14
RIBBENS Jelle
Libero
  • Birth Date: 3/17/1992
  • Birth Place: BELGIUM (Brasschaat)
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 79 kg
17
ROUSSEAUX Tomas
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 3/31/1994
  • Birth Place: Jette
  • Height: 199 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
20
DESMET Mathijs
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/28/2000
  • Height: 197 cm
  • Weight: 89 kg
22
MC CLUSKEY Liam
Setter
  • Birth Date: 1/16/2002
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
26
PERIN Martin
Libero
  • Birth Date: 11/22/2002
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Weight: 77 kg

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Assistant Coach 2
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Recent Results

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BELGIUM

Overview

GREECE

Player Statistics

Match Report

Belgium take first win to stay in hunt

Article 4 September 2021

Opening Day 3 in pool A, saw the national team of Greece face the team of Belgium. Until now neither team had won a match after Greece were defeated by Ukraine and Belgium by Portugal and Serbia. They were even equal on ranking points as they had both achieved a single point after taking one match to a tie-break. In this game however they were not quite equal, as Belgium put together a game that proved to be too much for the Greek side in most departments of the game.

The first set of the match was completely dominated by the side in red, push on by their coach Fernando Benitez Munoz. They secured a small advantage quite early (6-3) and throughout the set just built up a more significant lead (15-6). The coach of Greece tried a number of substitutions, but the Belgians seemed to be just unstoppable and easily ended the opening part 25-16.

The second part was completely different from the first one. The score was tied through the early phases (7-7), and this did not change until the twenties (19-19). This was partly due to a good performance from the Greek middle blocker Theodoros Voulkidis, who contributed with an ace and multiple effective attacks. In the end it turned out not to be enough to defeat the players of Belgium, who won also the second set to 22 points.

The Belgians were heavily motivated to finish the match in three sets, which led to immediate securing of a tactical few-points advantage (15-10). The Greeks tried to bring the game back level, especially their best scorer Nikos Zoupani, who contributed with as many as 19 points, but the team of Belgium were fully concentrated on winning its first match of the tournament and finally triumphed in the third 25-22.

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"We made a better start than during the two previous days, we immediately put a lot of pressure with our serve and we had a good reception and then our setter could play everything. There was a lot of pressure, we knew that this was our last chance, because losing this game would mean being out of the tournament."

Wout D'Heer
middle blocker of Belgium

"All the teams here fight to qualify for the next round, we knew that we had to play !00% to win this game, but Belgium played really good today. We had an opportunity to take one set, but they started again to play much better. We missed our power. Tomorrow is another difficult game but we will continue fighting."

Georgios Petreas
captain of Greece

The match in numbers

104
Points

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

85
Duration

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

4994
Spectators

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

182
Match Spikes

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

47%
Reception Level

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

9-4
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of BELGIUM compared to GREECE.

1-4
Ace Count

BELGIUM number of service aces compared to GREECE.

38-39
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of BELGIUM, next to those from GREECE