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Former national team stars change clubs in Russia


Dmitry Ilinykh and his Belogorie Belgorod teammates celebrate at the 2014 Club World Championship

Moscow, Russia, May 16, 2020 – 2012 Olympic gold medallist Dmitry Ilinykh is one of several former members of the men’s national team of Russia who are changing clubs between seasons as confirmed in recent transfer news from the Russian market.

At the age of 33, Ilinykh returns to Belogorie Belgorod, the team with which he won gold at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship. The 2.01m-tall outside spiker, who also earned gold medals at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League and the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship, as well as silver and a spot on the Dream Team at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, returned to the Russian Superliga in February and finished the club season as a player of Ural Ufa, after starting it with Greece’s PAOK Thessaloniki.

Another 2014 club word champion with Belogorie, 35-year-old Artem Smolyar, who played for Russia in the 2014 and 2015 World Leagues, has signed with Zenit Kazan. The 2.09m-tall middle blocker is moving to the 2020 Superliga runners-up from Dinamo-LO Leningrad Oblast.

Dinamo-LO have also announced the departure of two legendary former Russian internationals. One of them is the 2.10m-tall middle blocker Alexander Volkov (35), a three-time Olympian (2012 gold and 2008 bronze), an FIVB Volleyball World Cup gold (2011) and silver (2007) medallist, a five-time World League medallist and a bronze medallist of the 2011 Club World Championship (with Zenit Kazan). The other one is the well-seasoned 1.93m-tall libero Alexander Sokolov (38), who has gold medals from the London Olympics, the 2011 World Cup, the 2011 World League, the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the 1999 FIVB Volleyball U19 World Championship, among others, in his showcase.

Outside spiker Lukas Divis (34), who is a former member of the national teams of both his native Slovakia and adoptive Russia, was announced as an incoming player of Dinamo-LO. The 2.01m-tall athlete, silver medallist and Dream Teamer of the 2013 Club World Championship with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, is coming from Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he spent the last two seasons.

2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship silver medallist and 2008 beach volleyball Olympian Igor Kolodinsky (36), who also played for the Russian indoor national team in the 2015 World League, is also moving from one Superliga club to another. The 1.97m-tall setter has transferred from Fakel Novy Urengoy to Belogorie Belgorod.

Another playmaker, 2.00m-tall Valentin Bezrukov (30), captain of Russia at the 2009 FIVB Volleyball Junior World Championship, has returned to Ugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk, also transferring from Fakel.

Other recent men’s market news from Russia:

2.02m-tall opposite Drazen Luburic (26), reigning European champion and 2016 World League gold medallist with the national team of Serbia, left Belogorie to join newly-crowned champions Lokomotiv Novosibirsk.
1.97-tall Russian setter Roman Zhos (25), four-time world champion at various age categories, extended his contract with Yenisei Krasnoyarsk.
Outside spiker John Gordon Perrin (30) is returning to the Russian Superliga, to compete for Ural. The 2.01m-tall captain of the Canadian national team took 2019 Club World Championship silver with his previous club, Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro Volei Belo Horizonte. [Read more...]

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