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Overview

Finland has been a regular participant of the European Championships in the last years. Their best result is the 4th place in 2007. North Macedonia will play at their first ever EuroVolley. Their best result so far is a second place at the European Golden League in years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The two teams have not played each other recently.

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    Milan RAJKOVIC
    CRO
    Second Referee
    Eldar ZULFUGAROV
    AZE
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    The Stožice Arena, which opened the 10th of August 2010, is the biggest multipurpose arena in Slovenia with the full capacity of 12,480 visitors. It is a home to basketball team KK Olimpija Ljubljana, volleyball team ACH Volley Ljubljana and handball team RK Krim Ljubljana, and several national teams, among them the volleyball national teams. It has been also holding many music concerts and manifestations.
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Team

Squad Listing

Team

C 2

TERVAPORTTI Eemi

Setter

3

SILTALA Antti

Outside spiker

4

KERMINEN Lauri

Libero

6

RONKAINEN Antti

Outside spiker

7

SUIHKONEN Niko

Outside spiker

8

KRASTINS Elviss

Outside spiker

9

SIIRILÄ Tommi

Middle blocker

10

SIVULA Urpo

Opposite

11

SINKKONEN Sauli

Middle blocker

12

KAISLASALO Samuli

Opposite

14

KAURTO Markus

Middle blocker

15

PORKKA Henrik

Libero

18

LANKINEN Akseli

Setter

21

IVANOV Fedor

Setter

Coaches

10461

BANKS Joel

Head Coach

Player profile

BANKS Joel

Head Coach

33038

KURTTILA Sami

Assistant Coach

Player profile

KURTTILA Sami

Assistant Coach

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FINLAND

Overview

NORTH MACEDONIA

Player Statistics

Match Report

Finland overcome North Macedonia in front of their own crowd in Arena Stozice

Article 12 September 2019

In the second match of the day at the 2019 CEV Volleyball European Championship played in Slovenian capital Ljubljana spectators followed the match between Finland and North Macedonia. After four sets Finland emerged victorious in front of approximately 1000 loud fans dressed mostly in white and blue for the first three points in the pool C standings.

Finland recorded their first 3-1 (25-23, 25-2, 23-25, 25-21) win of the tournament after a dramatic match against North Macedonia, who proved to be a tough nut to crack. In their EuroVolley debut match of the EurVolley, the Balkan country came close to glory in all sets, but in the end Finnish experience prevailed in first, second and fourth set, while the North Macedonians got their historic moment in part three of the game. Urpo Sivula was the top scorer for Finland with a total of 17 points and Nikola Gjorgiev and Risto Nikolov scored 14 times each for North Macedonia. 

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The match in numbers

135
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

116
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

1150
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

241
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

49%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

15-9
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of FINLAND compared to NORTH MACEDONIA.

5-6
Ace Count

FINLAND number of service aces compared to NORTH MACEDONIA

43-35
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of FINLAND, next to those from NORTH MACEDONIA

"It’s not individuals, it’s the team that is important. We have to improve our block and defence. We have to forget about this match now. We did a lot of elementary and unnecessary mistakes. Next game we have to play better. We have to be confident, raise our heads and move forward."

Risto Nikolov
middle-blocker (MKD)

"Finish team had better tactics than we have. They were better in some elements of the game. They studied us well and that’s why they had the edge today. "

Filip Despotovski
setter (MKD)

"Our fighting spirit was the key. Some guys from the bench helped our team and really made the difference. I am happy with the team performance and over the moon with our first win, I am very pleased with the players, they showed character, heart and team spirit. I'm hoping that the guys will continue to believe in themselves, have the confidence and believe in our fans, We won a game, now we play 3 in the row, We are underdogs against Slovenia but that will be a challenge for us."

Joel Banks
head coach (FIN)

"We started our game with a little bit of panicking because we thought that we really need to win the game against North Macedonia. At the beginnig it was really hard for us but then we started getting into our own rythm which made everything a lot easier. We made some unnessecary mistakes but it was our first game in the tournament, so we will improve for sure. After all we have an amazing support from our fans. Slovenia strong but we will fight, stick to our plan and hope for the win."

Urpo Sivula
opposite (FIN)

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