27 October 2021

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VNL 2021: Brazil wins first-ever title in competition, France third

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Brazil turned over the final match against Poland and became the champion of the 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League in Rimini (Italy), being one set behind against world champions in the final: 3-1 (22:25, 25:23, 25:16, 25:14).
In the confrontation between the current Olympic and world champion, the former suffered from Kubiak and León in the opening set but later managed to neutralize their attacks. Thus, Brazil took the first trophy in the competition that succeeded the FIVB World League in which it was the most-titled team with nine titles.
This victory was devoted to Brazil’s head coach Renan Dal Zotto, who was unable to command the team as he was hospitalized after coronavirus infection right at the beginning of preparations.
The coaching staff members appeared on the podium holding his photo and a jersey. Upon returning to the country of the Brazil National Team, Renan will take over the reins from Carlos Schawnke, who did a great job in the VNL. Wallace Souza made 22 points and was recognized MVP of the match, after attacking for 58% (18/31) and adding three blocks and an ace, Maurício Souza made 4 blocks, while Bartosz Kurek scored 17 points for Poland.
Brazil overpowered Poland in both blocking (9-7) and serving (6-3), but in the end it was their attacking efficiency that made the difference: 52% (54/102) to 44% (44/101).

Bartosz Kurek (Poland): “I was very surprised, but I think that the Most Valuable Player should be only a player of the winning team, so I really don’t consider myself that way. Congrats to Brazil and Wallace – amazing player, amazing team. I hope that we are going to meet in the final this season again in another competition and hopefully then we will be a little bit better opponent and hopefully we can get a win then. I think they played amazing in passing, they kept all our hard serves up, they finished every ball after. In the third and fourth set our efficiency in spike dropped and we couldn’t find our game. It’s a lesson, painful lesson, but hopefully we can get something good out of it.

Bruno Rezende (Brazil): “It’s amazing. This month was so tough for us to be focused and to be in the bubble – it was something new for everybody. It was a really high-level tournament, but our team deserved it. We have 18 players and staff who every day give 100% of their dedication and that’s the main thing of this team. We hope that we make people in Brazil proud of us. Now we have three days of rest and we start to think about Tokyo.”

Wallace De Souza (Brazil): “I’m very happy, but I’m a part of the team and I am just happy to contribute and do my job for the team. It’s the first time for us to win the VNL, so it makes me even happier. We served very well and our pass worked very well, even if Poland served strong – it was a key to success. But also, we didn’t make too many own mistakes and it was also very important.

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In fial fot third place France swept Slovenia in straight sets (25:20, 25:18, 25:19) in just an hour and a half to claim the bronze medal.
It is the second medal for France at the VNL, after their silver when they lost to Russia in the final of the inaugural edition in 2018.
Earvin Ngpeth was the man of the match with 18 points (14/17 and 83% in attack), incouding three aces, while Antoine Brizard and Nicolas Le Goff set up three blocks each as France outblocked Slovenia 11 to 6.

Tine Urnaut (Slovenia): “First of all, I think we were missing our energy in the last two games. We didn’t have such a power like we had during the preliminary round. After that we had a few of problems in sideout and our level went down in all elements. We were still fighting, we wanted to come back in the 3rd set. We played a good third set, but we had problems with scoring in sideout again, and point by point and then three or four points in a row and it was already too much. France played well, they put a lot of pressure with their serve, we struggled in sideout and this gave the result of the match. Before the Final Four we were satisfied with being in the top four. Before the finals we did a great tournament and I’m really happy about this, because it’s the first time – not only at the VNL, but also when we had an opportunity to play so many strong matches in a row. This is a big experience for us and I’m happy about it. Regarding the Final Four, we can learn something from this, improve – we could have played a bit different and more aggressive, but I hope it will be an important lesson and experience for us in the future.

Earvin Ngapeth (France): “We are very happy. It’s very important to finish as the 3rd team in this competition. It was a very long and hard tournament. With this result we can go and prepare for the Olympics with a smile, because it’s always important to go home with a medal. Also when it’s hard, like yesterday against Brazil when they played a lot better than us and we couldn’t find a solution, but we kept playing with a smile and good energy. We said it would be difficult with Slovenia. We have to enjoy the game like we did, today was very good. The energy that we put on the court made a difference, in addition Jenia [Grebennikov] played very good in defence. We saved a lot of balls, our service was very good today, too and it all made a difference.

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| 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League – semifinals:
|June 26, 2021
Semifinal 1: Brazil – France 3-0 (25:20, 25:18, 25:19)
Semifinal 2: Poland – Slovenia 3-0 (25:22, 25:21, 25:23)
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June 27, 2021
Final 3/4: France – Slovenia 3-0 (25:20, 25:18, 25:19)
Final 1/2: Brazil – Poland 3-1 (22:25, 25:23, 25:16, 25:14)

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| VNL 2021Previous Matches

May 28, 2021
France – Bulgaria 3-0 (27:25, 25:21, 25:23)
Germany – Australia 3-0 (25:19, 25:18, 25:16)
Japan – Iran 3-0 (25:19, 25:22, 26:24)
Serbia – Slovenia 3-1 (22:25, 25:18, 36:34, 25:18)
The Netherlands – Russia 1-3 (19:25, 22:25, 25:18, 20:25)
USA – Canada 3-0 (25:17, 26:24, 25:20)
Poland – Italy 3-0 (25:19, 25:20, 25:18)
Brazil – Argentina 3-0 (31:29, 26:24, 25:16)
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May 29, 2021
Germany – France 2-3 (25:22, 22:25, 25:22, 16:25, 15:17)
Iran – Russia 1-3 (17:25, 25:20, 20:25, 17:25)
The Netherlands – Japan 2-3 (25:22, 25:23, 22:25, 17:25, 8:15)
Australia – Bulgaria 0:3 (21:25, 20:25, 20:25)
Poland – Serbia 3-1 (26:24, 25:19, 21:25, 25:15)
Italy – Slovenia 0-3 (23:25, 19:25, 15:25)
Argentina – Canada 0-3 (17:25, 21:25, 17:25)
USA – Brazil 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 19:25)
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May 30, 2021
Australia – France 1-3 (26:28, 25:20, 14:25, 23:25)
The Netherlands – Iran 0-3 (18:25 23:25, 28:30)
Germany – Bulgaria 3-2 (19:25, 25:21, 22:25, 30:28, 15:11)
Russia – Japan 2-3 (26:28, 28:26, 25:20, 21:25, 14:16)
USA – Argentina 3-1 (23:25, 25:21, 25:15, 25:19)
Canada – Brazil 1-3 (17:25, 20:25, 25:22, 25:27)
Poland – Slovenia 1-3 (22:25, 25:23, 19:25, 23:25)
Serbia – Italy 3-1 (25:23, 22:25, 25:22, 25:18)
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June 3, 2021
Germany – Argentina 2-3 (19:25, 25:23, 25:17, 23:25, 13:15)
Iran – Canada 3-1 (22:25, 25:22, 25:22, 25:22)
Japan – Serbia 1-3 (25:18, 23:25, 22:25, 13:25)
Brazil – France 0-3 (37:39, 18:25, 28:30)
The Netherlands – Slovenia 0-3 (18:25, 15:25, 18:25)
Australia – Poland 0-3 (16:25, 10:25, 12:25)
Italy – Bulgaria 3-2 (25:19, 20:25, 25:13, 23:25, 15:12)
Russia – USA 3-1 (25:22, 25:19, 17:25, 25:19)
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June 4, 2021
Argentina – Slovenia 0-3 (19:25, 22:25, 18:25)
The Netherlands – Germany 3-2 (25:18, 23:25, 25:20, 23:25, 15:13)
Brazil – Japan 3-0 (25:20, 25:16, 25:20)
Serbia – France 3-2 (22:25, 24:26, 25:22, 25:23, 15:9)
Iran – Italy 3-1 (26:24, 29:27, 21:25, 25:22)
Poland – USA 3-0 (25:17, 28:26, 25:17)
Russia – Australia 3-0 (25:19, 26:24, 25:21)
Canada – Bulgaria 3-0 (28:26, 25:23, 25:16)
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June 5, 2021
The Netherlands – Argentina 0-3 (19:25, 20:25, 23:25)
Slovenia – Germany 1-3 (25:19, 20:25, 21:25, 20:25)
France – Japan 3-2 (21:25, 25:22, 24:26, 25:21, 15:11)
Brazil – Serbia 3-1 (23:25, 25:23, 25:15, 25:22)
Russia – Poland 1-3 (25:21, 19:25, 19:25, 14:25)
USA – Australia 3-0 (25:23, 25:20, 25:17)
Bulgaria – Iran 0-3 (20:25, 31:33, 22:25)
Canada – Italy 2-3 (19:25, 21:25, 25:21, 28:26, 11:15)
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June 9, 2021
Serbia – Germany 3-1 (19:25, 25:22, 25:18, 25:15)
Japan – Australia 3-1 (25:18, 21:25, 28:26, 26:24)
France – Russia 3-1 (22:25, 25:18, 30:28, 25:19)
Slovenia – Canada 3-0 (25:22, 25:19, 25:22)
Argentina – Italy 0-3 (28:30, 21:25, 20:25)
Iran – USA 3-0 (25:19, 25-23, 25:23)
Poland – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:19, 25:15, 25:12)
The Netherlands – Brazil 0-3 (19:25, 22:25, 25:27)
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June 10, 2021
Serbia – Iran 3-2 (21:25, 25:15, 26:28, 25:22, 15:8)
Russia – Canada 3-1 (25:18, 25:18, 23:25, 25:23)
France – Slovenia 2-3 (25:17, 25:19, 23:25, 19:25, 9:15)
Argentina – Australia 3-0 (25:18, 25:19, 25:20)
Germany – USA 0-3 (12:25, 18:25, 27:29)
Bulgaria – Brazil 0-3 (16:25, 22:25, 12:25)
Japan – Italy 3-2 (21:25, 25:22, 22:25, 25:19, 15:9)
Poland – The Netherlands 3-0 (25:14, 25:17, 25:16)
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June 11, 2021
Iran – Germany 2-3 (25:23, 20:25, 19:25, 25:19, 13:15)
Slovenia – Russia 3-2 (19:25, 25:23, 22:25, 25:20, 15:8)
Japan – Argentina 1-3 (32:30, 16:25, 18:25, 21:25)
The Netherlands – Bulgaria 2-3 (18:25, 25:18, 25:17, 22:25, 13:15)
Australia – Italy 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 14:25)
USA – Serbia 1-3 (23:25, 17:25, 25:19, 25:27)
Canada – France 1-3 (25:20, 21:25, 22:25, 17:25)
Poland – Brazil 0-3 (17:25, 26:28, 19:25)
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June 15, 2021
Russia – Serbia 3-1 (25:23, 25:22, 22:25, 25:21)
Iran – Australia 2-3 (23,25, 22:25, 25:23, 25:18, 12:15)
Argentina – Bulgaria 3-1 (25:20, 16:25, 25:18, 25:18)
Japan – Germany 3-0 (25:18, 25:22, 25:20)
Italy – USA 0-3 (15:25, 18:25, 21:25)
Canada – Poland 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 19:25)
Brazil – Slovenia 3-2 (15:25, 25:22, 19:25, 25:13, 15:12)
The Netherlands – France 3-2 (15:25, 22:25, 28:26, 25:23, 19:17)
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June 16, 2021
Argentina – Russia 1-3 (19:25, 23:25, 25:21, 19:25)
Serbia – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:20, 25:17, 25:17)
Slovenia – Australia 3-1 (18:25, 25:18, 25:18, 25:17)
Japan – Poland 0-3 (14:25, 18:25, 19:25)
The Netherlands – Italy 1-3 (19:25, 23:25, 25:23, 21:25)
Canada – Germany 3-0 (25:17, 26:24, 25:21)
USA – France 1-3 (23:25, 25:22, 29:31, 22:25)
Iran – Brazil 1-3 (19:25, 25:23, 19:25, 21:25)
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June 17, 2021
Argentina – Serbia 3-0 (27:25, 25:20, 26:24)
Bulgaria – Russia 0-3 (17:25, 22:25, 17:25)
Japan – Canada 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 18:25)
Australia – Brazil 0-3 (17:25, 22:25, 12:25)
Iran – Slovenia 1-3 (25:14, 20:25, 19:25, 30:32)
The Netherlands – USA 2-3 (25:21, 17:25, 25:23, 15:25, 13:15)
France – Italy 2-3 (19:25, 25:22, 20:25, 25:21, 12:15)
Germany – Poland 0-3 (22:25, 19:25, 20:25)
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June 21, 2021
Australia – Serbia 1-3 (16:25, 13:25, 25:19, 15:25)
Japan – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:23, 25:18, 25:14)
France – Iran 3-0 (25:21, 25:21, 25:19)
Canada – The Netherlands 3-0 (25:16, 25:16, 25:19)
Brazil – Italy 3-1 (25:19, 32:30, 22:25, 25:20)
Slovenia – USA 3-2 (28:30, 25:19, 21:25, 28:26, 15:13)
Poland – Argentina 3-0 (25:21, 25:22, 25:18)
Germany – Russia 1-3 (18:25, 18:25, 25:23, 15:25)
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June 22, 2021
Canada – Australia 3-0 (25:17, 25:8, 25:20)
Serbia – The Netherlands 3-2 (25:21, 21:25, 25:18, 21:25, 17:15)
Bulgaria – USA 0-3 (19:25, 24:26, 9:25)
Iran – Poland 0-3 (20:25, 20:25, 16:25)
Japan – Slovenia 0-3 (16:25, 16:25, 26:28)
France – Argentina 3-0 (26:24, 25:21, 25:22)
Brazil – Germany 3-0 (25:21, 25:21, 25:23)
Russia – Italy 3-2 (25:21, 16:25, 25:17, 19:25, 15:12)
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June 23, 2021
Australia – The Netherlands 0-3 (23:25, 19:25, 19:25)
Canada – Serbia 3-2 (17:25, 21:25, 25:17, 25:20, 17:15)
USA – Japan 3-0 (25:21, 25:23, 25:20)
France – Poland 3-2 (25:22, 21:25, 22:25, 25:20, 15:11)
Iran – Argentina 1-3 (31:33, 23:25, 32:30, 18:25)
Slovenia – Bulgaria 3-0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:18)
Italy – Germany 3-2 (25:12, 24:26, 25:22, 21:25, 15:13)
Brazil – Russia 0-3 (21:25, 26:28, 20:25)

👉🏼 FINAL STANDINGS: Brazil 38, Poland 37, Slovenia 34, France 34, Russia 34, Serbia 28, USA 24, Canada 21, Argentina 20, Italy 19, Japan 19, Iran 18, Germany 14, The Netherlands 11, Bulgaria 7, Australia 2.
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Source and Photos: FIVB

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