Győr, Hungary, February 2, 2017. Everything is set for an exciting Final Round of the 2017 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship – Men following the Drawing of Lots that took place on Thursday afternoon at the local City Hall in Győr, one of two cities – together with Puchov in Slovakia – playing host to the tournament scheduled for April 22 to 30. There is a lot of anticipation ahead of this competition that will provide Europe’s rising Volleyball stars with a unique opportunity to shine and lay the foundation for their future careers in the sport. There is plenty to look forward to especially in Pool I with four Volleyball powerhouses – Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and Russia – set to lock horns for a spot in the semis together with hosts Hungary and Belgium.
The composition of the two preliminary pools reads as follows:
Pool I in Győr (HUN): Hungary, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, Russia, Belgium
Pool II in Puchov (SVK): Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, Finland, France, Czech Republic
A detailed match schedule is available here.
Next to hosts Hungary and Slovakia, 10 more teams secured their participation in the Final Round of the U19 Men’s European Championship following the qualification rounds played in mid-January. These are the winners of the eight second-round qualifiers – Poland, Russia, Turkey, France, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Finland – plus the two runners-up with the best score across all pools – Czech Republic and Belgium.
Poland are the defending champions since they won gold two years ago in Kocaeli and Sakarya, where Italy and hosts Turkey completed the podium settling for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The Final Round of the championship first held back in 1995 will feature as usual 12 teams divided into two pools of six each. At the end of a single round robin, the top two from each pool will progress to the semis whereas the third and fourth placed from each pool will contest the classification matches 5-8.
The top six from the 2017 CEV U19 Volleyball European Volleyball Championship – Men will compose the European contingent for the 2017 edition of the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship due to take place from August 18 – 27 in Bahrain. The top seven will join hosts Hungary in the Volleyball competition of the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) that the city of Győr will be hosting in late July.
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CEV Vice President Mr. Lubor HALANDA and Mr Willy BRUNINX conduct the draw
Tibor Tomanoczy (Hungarian U19 Men Coach), Márton Szabó (Hungarian U19 Men Captain)
“The city of Győr is going to welcome a sport, which has improved a lot in the past few years in our country,” said the mayor of the city, Zsolt Borkai. “In Győr every sport is welcomed, especially the ones that are famous in our country, in Europe and also in the world and Volleyball is one of them. It is also hoped that the participants will be satisfied with the conditions available in this beautiful city.”
Zsolt Ludvig, the Hungarian Volleyball Federation’s Secretary General highlighted that it is a pleasure, that after the U19 Women European Championships in 2016, Hungary can host a tournament together with Slovakia again. It is also a good opportunity to prepare for the coming European Youth Olympic Festival.
CEV Vice President Lubor Halanda also participated in the event representing Slovakia and in his speech he said that they are waiting for hosting a well-organised tournament again, as they did last year with the U19 women's championship.
After the draw, Tibor Tomanóczy, the coach of Hungary U19 me’s national team said that Győr’s pool is a very competitive one, but they want to give their best performance against the best teams and they will do everything for a good result. Hungary’s team captain Márton Szabó believes that it can be a good advantage that many players are part of the national team and looks forward to the tournament.
Peter Kalany, Slovakian coach mentioned, that although it may seem that Hungary’s group (Pool I) is stronger, it will not be easy against the other group of six in their Pool either.