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Overview

Russia are a European volleyball power, the current European Champions and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League winners. Finland’s best result is a 4th place at the 2007 CEV European Championship. The last duel of these two teams was at the 2018 FIVB World Championship, where Russia emerged victorious with a 3-0 win.

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    First Referee
    Sinisa ISAJLOVIC
    AUT
    Second Referee
    Aleksandar PETROVIC
    SRB
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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 24

KOBZAR Igor

Setter

4

VOLVICH Artem

Middle blocker

6

KARPUKHOV Anton

Outside spiker

7

VOLKOV Dmitrii

Outside spiker

8

SEMYSHEV Anton

Outside spiker

9

IAKOVLEV Ivan

Middle blocker

12

BUTKO Alexander

Setter

13

MUSERSKIY Dmitriy

Middle blocker

15

POLETAEV Victor

Outside spiker

16

ANDREEV Evgenii

Libero

17

MIKHAILOV Maxim

Opposite

18

KLIUKA Egor

Outside spiker

20

KURKAEV Iliyas

Middle blocker

27

GOLUBEV Valentin

Libero

Coaches

4630

SAMMELVUO Tuomas

Head Coach

Player profile

SAMMELVUO Tuomas

Head Coach

45161

RIFELLI Claudio

Assistant Coach

Player profile

RIFELLI Claudio

Assistant Coach

46032

POPOV Denis

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

POPOV Denis

Assistant Coach 2

Recent Results

Team Statistics

RUSSIA

Overview

FINLAND

Player Statistics

Match Report

Russia unstoppable in Pool C

Article 16 September 2019

Russia, already qualified for the next EuroVolley round, started the match without their main superstars Dmitriy Muserskiy and Maxim Mikhailov. This did not reflect on the court, with “Sbornaya Kamanda” easily claiming the first set with their precise attack and solid blocking performance. Finland put on a better show in the second set, leading from the 12th point until 22th. Russia staged a comeback and despite Iliyas Kurkaev’s sprained ankle secured the second set.

Suomi fans believed in their team, supporting them loudly from the stands of Stožice Arena. Finland caught a flying start at the beginning but Russia managed to close the gap at 12-12. In the tight finish it was Russia who emerged victorious. Victor Poletaev was the best scorer with 19 points, the only other player with double digits was Dmitrii Volkov who scored 15 points.

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The match in numbers

92
Points

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

84
Duration

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

3223
Spectators

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

140
Match Spikes

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

44%
Reception Level

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

9-1
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of RUSSIA compared to FINLAND.

6-4
Ace Count

RUSSIA number of service aces compared to FINLAND

45-37
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of RUSSIA, next to those from FINLAND

"We are happy with the result. It was nice to play in front of numerous Finland’s fans. They showed us how important volleyball is there, that is why it is such a beautiful sport."

Maxim Mikhailov
opposite (RUS)

"The atmosphere in the arena was great! We are happy to play in such environment. I forgot that we are playing in Slovenia and thought we are in Finland. We saw that our team is not optimally prepared yet, there is still a lot of space for improvement. We will need to lift our level if we want to win against Slovenia."

Igor Kobzar
setter and team captain (RUS)
Finland's coach Joel Banks

"I think overall in these three games we've given a good account of ourselves. If we don't pass with Turkey then everyone including us will look back at yesterday's match against Belarus. We did not expect to win against Russia. They're the best team in our pool and probably in the top 2 in the tournament. We can be proud of our fighting spirit and mentality, we've played against very good players. It was a big challenge for us and I think we did great."

Joel Banks
head coach (FIN)

"The match was tough, but our eyes are already on team Turkey. I think that today we played really okay. We've had our chances but the game went in the other direction. We will start focusing on Turkey now."

Antti Siltala
outside-spiker (FIN)

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