First RefereeSinisa OVUKABIHSecond RefereeKanstantsin ASIPCHYKBLR
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
Technical and charismatic leader of the French team, Earvin Ngapeth is a key player for Laurent Tillie. Regularly awarded MVP in international competitions, he embodies an instinctive style of play and is capable of improbable technical gestures. He is a true music fan, with already a few rap albums to his name.
The newly crowned Olympic champions, France enter their first #EuroVolleyM match as the clear favouirtes against Slovakia. This is their 30th participation at the European Championship.
History says it all. Of the previous seven European winners of the Olympic gold medal, six won the title at the first European Championships held after those Olympic Games. Soviet Union achieved this in 1967, 1971 and 1981, Netherlands in 1997, Yugoslavia in 2001 and Russia in 2013. Only Poland, who won the Olympic title in 1976, failed to achieve this feat when they lost to Soviet Union in the final of the 1977 European Championships.
At the 2019 European Championships, France finished in fourth place after losing in straight sets to Poland in the match for third place.
Slovakia, on the other hand, will make their 11th appearance in the European Championships. Since their debut in 1997, they only missed out on the 1999 and 2005 editions.
Slovakia's best result in the competition was a fifth place in 2011. They finished 19th at the 2019 European Championships.
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Slovakia entering the arena
A set by Toniutti
One vs one: a duel among Macuha and Bultor
Bernardo Rezende's debut as France's coach
And the winner is...
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France off to a flying start
In the second match of the day in Pool D, the reigning Olympic champions France met Slovakia. Slovakia put up a good fight. However France left no chances in their first official game coached by Bernardo Rocha De Rezende and took a confident 3-0 win.
• France started good and secured a comfortable lead by the middle of the first set. Slovakia were prepared to fight and after some great rallies managed to come as close as 22-24. However, an attack point by Trevor Clevenot got France 25-22 set win. France’s Earvin Ngapeth and Peter Michalovic of Slovakia both hammered seven points for their respective teams.
• Slovakia had a better start in the second set and quickly took a 7-3 lead. By mid-set, the Olympic champions had evened out the score and started to take the lead. Strong performance by Jean Patry with six attack points and one block helped France to emerged victorious.
• The third set started with France taking the lead. Slovakia fought hard to get close to the score and kept up until 16-16, but France still took what they were looking for. Earvin Ngapeth scored seven points in third set and 17 points in total, and shared the top-scorer position of the team with opposite Jean Patry. Peter Michalovic recorded 16 points for his Slovakia.
“We were fighting, we had some good moments, but it was not enough. We were not stable and had problems with side-out in some rotations. It was the basic reason of why we couldn’t manage to finish the sets.”
Opposite of Slovakia
"It was a good game, it was important for us to win and to play well. We really enjoyed the game, this is how we play: we enjoy Volleyball. Even though we are Olympic winners, we still try to win the European Championship, too. But it's difficult both mentally and physically. We have a new staff and we want to prove and push ourselves.”
Libero of France
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 FRANCE compared to SLOVAKIA.
FRANCE number of service aces compared to SLOVAKIA
Errors leading to points of FRANCE, next to those from SLOVAKIA