First RefereeAndrii KOVALCHUKUKRSecond RefereeKenneth AROFIN
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
Tsimafei was born in Belarus. His family came in Croatia when he was 6 years old as his parents were working in volleyball club Mladost and he soon started to play and was everyday in the gym. He has a lot of achievements, but his favorite one is the first place on CEV Cup with Berlin. He does not have a lot of free time but he likes to spend what he has with his family and play PlayStation.
In what will be their opening match at the 2021 #EuroVolleyM, Croatia and Germany will lock horns in the first fixture of the day in Saku Suurhall, Tallinn.
Croatia participate in the European Championships for the fourth time, after 2005 (8th), 2007 (14th), and 2015 (15th). In their most recent participation, in 2015, they lost all three of their matches in straight sets, including against France and Estonia. Croatia's two European Championships match wins both came in 2005, against Portugal (3-2) and Ukraine (3-0).
Since reunification, Germany have competed in 13 of the 15 European Championships held, with the only exceptions the 1999 and 2005 editions. Their only podium finish in that period was a second place in 2017. East Germany's best result in the European Championships was a fourth place in 1967 and 1971. West Germany never finished higher than 11th (1981 and 1989).
Germany won their only European Championships meeting with Latvia, in 1995. The Germans have won five of their seven matches against Slovakia in this competition, including their two most recent in 2017 and 2019.
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MFD-02-CROATIA vs GERMANY Coin toss
György Grozer attacking against Croatia's triple block
Leo Andric against Fromm and Krick's double block
Croatia's head coach Emanuele Zanini disappointed
Germany celebrating the win vs Croatia
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Perfect start for Germany on debut vs Croatia
After a day off in pool D, Germany and Croatia started their EuroVolleyM 2021 journey. As an expected favorite of the match, Germany succeeded to start off confidently and never looked back, taking a 3-0 win (20; 13; 19) over Croatia.
Croatia was struggling to find their weapon against Germany’s attacks, who were led by their opposite György Grozer (who has tallied a total of 16 points, 11 on attack (55%), 2 on block and 3 on service).
Opposite Leo Andric was the only one to reach double digits for Croatia, with 12 points on attack and 1 block.
"Today, we didn’t make many mistakes and 3-0 is a good start. I think we can be happy"
"This was not our day, our game. We didn’t show anything today, we just lost 0-3, very quickly, very easy. We lacked energy in our team, because that has always been our biggest weapon. But there is no time to think about this game and we need to forget it. We have to focus on the next one"
Croatia setter and captain
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 CROATIA compared to GERMANY.
CROATIA number of service aces compared to GERMANY
Errors leading to points of CROATIA, next to those from GERMANY