It’s do-or-die time in the 2013 Men’s European Volleyball Championships, and it’s down to the last 12 countries to vie for the crown. Four teams have automatically advanced to the quarterfinal round and the remaining eight teams each battle in a one-game playoff to stay alive in the tournament held in Denmark and Poland.
Sixteen nations originally qualified for the 2013 EuroVolley and the field was divided into four groups with four teams each. At the end of the group stages, Slovenia, Turkey, Belarus and Czech Republic placed dead last in their respective groups and got booted out from the tournament. European Volleyball Championship Men 2013 Live Streaming
The top-ranked teams from each group– Belgium, France, Finland and Germany—will enjoy the playoffs bye and advance to the quarterfinals, awaiting the winners of the group’s middle-tiered teams who will battle in the knockout affair.
The playoffs are set on Sept 24, 2013 in two venues, the NR Gi Arena and Hala Ergo Arena in Aarhus, Denmark ,and in Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland, respectively.In Aarhus, Serbia plays Denmark and then Italy takes on the Netherlands. Belgium awaits the winner of the Serbia-Denmark clash and Finland faces the survivor in the Italy-Netherlands match-up.In Gdanski/Sopot, Russia meets Slovakia and Poland battles Bulgaria. France draws with the Russia-Slovakia winner and Germany is paired with either Poland or Bulgaria.
2013 cev volleyball european championship live stream : Curiously, the top four ranked teams in Europe will battle in the playoffs just to get to the quarterfinals. Russia, the most recent Olympic champion is ranked #1, while Poland, Bulgaria and Serbia are ranked 2nd to 4th in the most recent European men’s volleyball rankings.Conversely, automatic quarterfinals qualifiers Germany, France and Finland are ranked 6th to 8th in the same European rankings. The surprise of the tournament so far is Belgium, which is ranked 17th in Europe and yet have joined the teams that have moved on to the last eight.The Men’s European Championship is staged every second year by the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) and the most recent champion is Serbia winning in the championship held in Austria and Czech Republic.
2013 Men’s European Volleyball Championship Live Stream : Russia holds the record for the most medals (20) and most gold medals (12) in the European championships. The last one came in 1991 however when they were still known as the Soviet Union. Italy is second in the all-time medal rankings with 11 total medals, six of which of the gold variety.Professional grade software with Volleyball European Championships TV. Start watching TV seconds after installation. It works on any Computer or Laptop with an internet connection.
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European Volleyball Championship Men 2013 Live Stream : Poland indulged Bulgaria to an absolute 5-set classic, while Denmark couldn’t handle the Serbian hard-hitters and lost in straight sets. It’s down to the final eight of the 2013 Men’s European Volleyball Championships and both host nations Poland and Denmark are booted out of competition.
Despite the homecourt advantage, the Poles and Danes couldn’t get over the hump, although the former had a very good chance to advance to the quarterfinals but had a monumental collapse.
Poland took the first two sets with the same 25-22 scores to put Bulgaria on the brink of elimination. 2013 Men’s European Volleyball Championship Live Stream
However, the Bulgarians fought back and gutted out a hard-earned victory by winning the final three sets. The last two sets ended via tiebreakers in what could very well be the match of the tournament thus far.
The final score was at 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 18-16 for Bulgaria, which took advantage of their opponents’ 36 errors. Tsvetan Sokolov led the winners with 35 points, 30 of which are off attacks.Co-host Denmark couldn’t get their game going against the powerhouse Serbian team, which blanked the Danes three sets to none (25-17, 25-17, 25-22). It was a balanced attack for Serbia as no less than four players scored 7 points or more led by Marko Podrascanin who finished with nine points.
Denmark and Poland 2013 Live Stream Meanwhile, Russia also dominated Slovakia, 25-20, 25-14, 25-21, while Italyneeded four sets to dispatch the fighting The Netherlands squad, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.
European Volleyball Championships 2013 : At the European Volleyball Confederation Executive Committee meeting in October 2010 the decision on the appointment of the host of the Men’s European Volleyball Championships in 2013 was made in favour of a joint Danish-Polish bid. The runner-up in the intense bidding phase was a joint bid from Finland and Estonia.The championships will include two preliminary groups and subsequent quarter finals, which will be played in Poland and Denmark. The semi-finals and the final will then be played in Denmark. Men’s European Volleyball Championship Final 2013 Live Stream