First RefereeLászló ADLERHUNSecond RefereeAtanas VARBANOVBUL
Saku Suurhall is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Opened in November 2001, it is the largest multi-purpose hall in the country and holds slightly more than 7000 seats. It generally hosts basketball games, as well as other sport competitions, trade fairs, corporate events and concerts. In 2002 Saku Suurhall hosted Eurvision Song Contest. Over the years many international pop and rockstars have performed there. Just to name few - Sting, Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, Biffy Clyro, R.E.M., Metallica etc. 2019 Men’s European Golden League Final Four also took place in this hall. Capacity: 5000
How To Attend
Paldiski mnt. 104 B, TALLINN, Capacity: 5000
Visitors coming by car have more comfortable possibilities for parking on the sides and in front of the hall. The parking lots of the adjacent shopping centres remain also nearby. Eurovolley FanZone is located in Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square). From September 1st to 9th free shuttle buses are operating en route Vabaduse väljak - Saku Suurhall - Vabaduse väljak. Exact timetables and further details will be available at FanZone information booth. The public transport bring visitors right to Haabersti bus stop located just in front of Suurhall. The buses no 22 (from Vabaduse väljak), 42 (from Kaubamaja) and 43 (from Balti jaam) drive regularly from the city centre to the hall. Get directions
Ardo Kreek was born in Tallinn and first got involved with basketball but then was lured over to volleyball. He is the current captain of team Estonia, with Kert Toobal being injured. Kreek is the only active player who has been playing in all 6 EuroVolley tournaments with Estonia. Together with team Estonia has won 2 European League trophies and also World League group 3.
The host Estonia, will try to improve 11th place, the best in their history in the European Championship. Although achieving 24th place out of 24 teams by losing all five games played at EuroVolley 2019, Estonia proved that this year will be better.
In the 2021 CEV European Golden League, the team reached the Final Four by defeating Latvia in the group stage and also won the bronze medal. The outside hitter Robert Taht, who was named Estonian Volleyball Player of the Year between 2016-2019, and others in the team will make a significant effort to qualify from the group in front of their fans.
Latvia are the team with the least EuroVolley experience in the pool. They will participate in this tournament for the second time in their history after 1995. Their job seems a little more difficult, but the opposite Hermans Egleskalns, who won the championship with Olympiacos in Greece, will continue to score for the team and try to push the limits.
AddressTondi 84 TALLINN
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Latvia win their first match ever at the European Championship
On the opening day of EuroVolley 2021 Men, pool D was kicked off with a fierce battle between hosting Estonia and Latvia. Lead by former head coach of Estonian men’s team Avo Keel, Latvia managed to start off with surprising confidence, taking a 2-0 lead. Supported by the amazing atmosphere of the home crowd in Saku Suurhall, Estonia managed to bounce back from the rocky start to take the third set. However, Latvia continued strong in the fourth set, taking 3-1 win and leaving the home team extremely disappointed. Opposites Oliver Venno and Hermas Egleskalns top-scored for their teams, with both gaining 21 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 ESTONIA compared to LATVIA.
ESTONIA number of service aces compared to LATVIA
Errors leading to points of ESTONIA, next to those from LATVIA
"I would like to thank Estonian Federation and all the organisers for the great job done. We hope the spectators are satisfied. It is important that the players have positive energy and can make the best performance ever. Good luck and keep healthy and always support volleyball!"
"We have this kind of tournament here for the first time! In these days – when you have a cold, watch the matches on tv, but when healthy – be in the hall! Because this is our city, these are our boys and now it's your time!“
President of the Republic of Estonia
“Today we were bad at every element. It is hard to move on from here, but we really need a win against Slovakia. We are playing at European Championships and we need to show a lot of character moving forward”
“It was a tough game, we didn’t know what to expect from the Estonian team. Our goal was to keep the serve and keep them far from the net and today it worked great. We have been waiting for this win for a long time and we finally reached it. It is always a pleasure to play in front of Estonian fans, and today the atmosphere was again really amazing"