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    Ostravar Arena is a multifunctional hall in Ostrava, located in the Ostrava-South district. It was completed in 1986 and at the time, it was the largest and most modern hall in Europe. First reconstruction took place between 2003 and 2004, the other in the year 2012. The capacity of this Aren is 10 157 seats. Ostravar Arena is the home stadium of the extra-league hockey club Vítkovice. Various sports and cultural events, European Championships and World Championships are held here: - Ice Hockey World Championship (2004, 2015) - Women's Floorball World Championship (2013) - European Figure Skating Championships (2017) - Tennis tournament J&T Banka Ostrava Open – part of the WTA Tour (2020) Capacity: 9631
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    Ruská 3077/135, OSTRAVA, 700 30 Capacity: 9631

    TRAVELLING BY CAR In the direction from the D1 motorway it is exit 354. It is best to drive along Rudná Street, then along Závodní Street. SPORT ARENA signs guide visitors to the arena from all directions. The car parks by the OSTRAVAR ARENA are accessible from Závodní Street. GPS coordinates: 49.8044550N, 18.2512036E TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT From Ostrava main train station by tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. From Ostrava bus station walk to the Náměstí republiky (or Dr. Malý) stop and then take tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. Get directions

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12/09/2021 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
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  • 31
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  • 10
    Matches Played
  • 7
    Matches Won
  • 70%
    Win %
  • 23
    Sets Won
  • 817
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  • 50%
    Attack %
  • 46%
    Reception %

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SOKOLOV Tsvetan
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 12/31/1989
  • Birth Place: Dupnitsa
  • Height: 206 cm
  • Weight: 113 kg
1
CHERNOKOZHEV Velizar
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 4/23/1995
  • Birth Place: Tryavna
  • Height: 215 cm
  • Weight: 119 kg
2
CHAVDAROV Stefan
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/26/1995
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 101 kg
3
KOLEV Nikolay
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 12/16/1997
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
4
ATANASOV Martin
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 9/27/1996
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 196 cm
  • Weight: 88 kg
5
GOTSEV Svetoslav
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 8/31/1990
  • Birth Place: Pernik
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 103 kg
6
STANKOV Vladimir
Setter
  • Birth Date: 8/9/1996
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 78 kg
8
SKRIMOV Todor
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/9/1990
  • Birth Place: Pernik
  • Height: 191 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
9
SEGANOV Georgi
Setter
  • Birth Date: 6/10/1993
  • Birth Place: Razlog
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
11
GROZDANOV Aleks
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 3/28/1998
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 206 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
14
ASPARUHOV Asparuh
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 7/28/2000
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
15
LYUTSKANOV Gordan
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 4/11/1997
  • Height: 197 cm
  • Weight: 85 kg
16
IVANOV Vladislav
Libero
  • Birth Date: 3/14/1987
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 81 kg
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IVANOV Martin
Libero
  • Birth Date: 2/4/1992
  • Birth Place: Sofia
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Weight: 86 kg

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BULGARIA v ITALY

Article 6 September 2021

The favorite of the Ostrava Group B Italy lost their first set in the tournament. Against Bulgaria they led 2:0 and after they struggled in the third, game won 3:1 (25:19, 25:18, 17:25, 25:12).

 

The beginning of the game was careful from both sides. Even though Bulgaria led (7:5), Italy‘s quality serve followed by their opponent’s mistakes meant a quick turnaround (7:9). As expected, the Italian attacks were directed by opposite Giulio Pinali and spiker Alessandro Michieletto. The Bulgarians mostly relied on opposite Tsvetan Sokolov but it was not enough. The team from the Apennine Peninsula was better in reception and its attacks were more effective. They gradually created a six point advantage which they held until the end of the opening set (19:25).

 

Even in the second part of the game, it was equal for a long time. Later, the fans gave a huge applause to an amazing 35 seconds rally which was finished by Italian block (7:9). However, the Bulgarians had an answer as they took the lead (12:11). Italy concentrated once again, improved their receiving, and thanks to quick attacks in cooperation with quality serves turned the game around. They successfully eliminated spiker Martin Atanasov and often attacked into an unprepared defence, grabbed seven points lead (16:23) and finished the second set.

 

The fans in Ostrava were witnessing an unexpected third set. Italy hoped to finish the match though the Bulgarians had other idea. Aleks Grozdanov’s and Todor Skrimov’s service was amazing and suddenly they led 7:2. Aggressive play resulted in points as the Italians started making mistakes. They were losing by eight points (3:11) and even though they reduced Bulgaria’s lead, lost this set.

 

This Italian squad may be young, but they are very talented and play quality volleyball. After another change of sides they concentrated and took the lead. During Alessandro Michieletto’s serve Italy scored five points in a row (11:3) and broke Bulgaria’s effort. Thanks to that their coach gave opportunities to other players and saved his biggest stars for the next game.

 

Tsvetan Sokolov, opposite: “This game didn’t go well for us. You can clearly see if we play like in the third set, we can win everything. But after that our performance got worse. We must believe in ourselves even when we play against Italy. They have young team and play uninhibited. That is the way we want to play, so now it is important to forget the defeat and get ready for the next match.”

 

Simone Anzani, middle blocker: “This game was very tough, our opponent was tough but we were very good. During the third part of the game Bulgarians served really well and also we lost some easy points. In the fourth set we came angry and focused. That was very important for us because we must increase our level match by match.”

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The match in numbers

118
Points

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

98
Duration

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

285
Spectators

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

199
Match Spikes

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

46%
Reception Level

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

8-6
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of BULGARIA compared to ITALY.

5-9
Ace Count

BULGARIA number of service aces compared to ITALY

54-41
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from ITALY