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Ben Patch remains in Berlin for third consecutive season

Berlin, Germany, August 7, 2020 – Star opposite Benjamin Patch is set to continue as Berlin Recycling Volleys’ main scorer after the 26-year-old American signed a new contract with the German club that will keep him in the country’s capital during the 2020-2021 club season.

Irina Koroleva - both focused and emotional

Kazan, Russia, August 6, 2020 – One of the most popular members of the Russian women’s volleyball national team, Irina Koroleva, was the third guest of the fun series of online video interviews, called #Sborniki (#Сборники in Russian, which translates to #NationalTeamers), run on the @RUSVolleyTeam social media channels dedicated to the Russian national teams. She was obviously in a great mood and offered a lot of laughs to the viewers.

Fukuzawa renews contract with Paris Volley

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 5, 2020 – Japanese outside spiker Tatsuya Fukuzawa and French club Paris Volley reached an agreement to renew his contract for the 2020-2021 season.

Giannelli sets sights on ultimate prize

Rome, Italy, August 5, 2020 – Simone Giannelli has endured a frustrating few months without volleyball, but the Italian remains resolute in the ambitions for the season ahead.

Russian 2010 world champs on the move

Krasnodar, Russia, August 5, 2020 – Three names from Russia’s gold medal winning 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship squad highlight recent news from the transfer market in the women’s Superliga.

Dominican star Castillo back with SESI Bauru

Bauru, Brazil, August 4, 2020 – SESI Volei Bauru will have a familiar face leading their backcourt efforts in 2020-2021 as the Brazilian club have signed Dominican Republic star libero Brenda Castillo back to their roster.

Player of the Week: Nataliya Goncharova

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 3, 2020 – Nataliya Goncharova is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces in Russian volleyball. Well known for her scoring prowess, leadership skills and charismatic vision, the 31-year-old Russian national team and Dinamo Moscow opposite is Volleyball World's Player of the Week.

Aliasghar Mojarad promoting education

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 1, 2020 – Iran’s Aliasghar Mojarad showed promise in 2019. He now aims to make a big impact with the Iranian team, but also for youth in his country as he continues to establish his role promoting education.

Eli Vasileva happy with chance to play again

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, July 30, 2020 – Some four weeks after joining the training camp of the Bulgarian national team in Plovdiv, Elitsa Vasileva told fivb.com how happy she was with the chance to play volleyball again, after the long pandemic related lockdown.

Britt Herbots: "Super-good to be back in Italy"

Lausanne, July 29, 2020 - Belgium's rising star Britt Herbots opened her heart to all her fans last week, when she featured in a live Facebook session, part of the FIVB Player of the Week series, as she returned to Italy in preparation for the new season.

Player of the Week: Wilfredo Leon

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 27, 2020 - Wilfredo Leon has enjoyed an incredible career from an astonishingly young age - but the 26-year-old Cuba-born outside hitter has embarked since last year on a brand new career, after joining the national team of Poland.

Obstacles in the rear-view mirror as Pereyra targets Tokyo Olympics

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 25, 2020 – Obstacles can get into a volleyball player’s path in different ways. Not getting enough playing time, not being selected for the country’s national teams, changing clubs during a season and dealing with injuries are just some of the possible challenges, and Argentinean Federico Pereyra has had to overcome numerous hurdles over the last few years.

Lucas-Bruno combo ready to go again at Taubate

Taubate, Brazil, July 24, 2020 – Volleyball is a team sport, but partnerships can play a big role in the success of teams. And one of the most popular combos in the sport is set to reunite in the 2020-2021 club season as middle blocker Lucas Saatkamp and setter Bruno Rezende prepare to play for Taubate in the Brazilian Superliga.

Lucarelli excited to join ‘childhood favourites’ Trentino

Contagem, Brazil, July 22, 2020 – Star outside hitter Ricardo Lucarelli is set to have his first experience playing for a club outside of Brazil as the Rio 2016 Olympic champion confirmed he’ll join Italy’s Trentino Volley during the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

Birarelli latest Italian star to bid arrivederci

Rome, Italy, July 21, 2020 – Emanuele Birarelli has announced that he is retiring from volleyball after a career that featured two Olympic medals and three Olympic Games.

Player of the Week: Britt Herbots

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2020 - Despite her young age, Belgium's Britt Herbots has been in the spotlight for a number of years now at home and in Europe - but she's now destined and ready for grander things in the seasons to come.

Walker: Life away from home

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2020 – Australian outside hitter Sam Walker has embraced the challenges of his volleyball voyage to enjoy a rewarding professional career. The 25-year-old talked about his life away from home and the wealth of opportunities that have come with it.

Podrascanin continues his career with Trentino

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 14, 2020 – Trentino Volley is set to have a Serbian pair of middle-blockers to control the net when the 2020-2021 season of the Italian League starts as the club has signed veteran Marko Podrascanin to join Srecko Lisinac in the team.

Kurek signs with Wolfdogs Nagoya

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 13, 2020 – 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship MVP Bartosz Kurek has signed a deal with the Nagoya Wolfdogs of Japan, the team announced.

Player of the Week: Matt Anderson

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 13, 2020 – Very few players are able to play multiple positions at the highest level in international volleyball but American star Matt Anderson is one of them.

Argentineans Lima and Poglajen to be teammates at Afyon

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 11, 2020 – Bruno Lima and Cristian Poglajen have been teammates on the Argentinean national team for the last four years, but during the 2020-2021 season they will carry that bond to their club careers too after both players signed with Turkey’s Afyon Belediye Yuntas.

Micah Christenson and Kawika Shoji: A game day routine that sets them up for success

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9, 2020 – Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallists Micah Christenson and Kawika Shoji talked about their typical game day and how their routine sets them up for success on Facebook Live.

Tandara returns home for fourth stint with Osasco

Osasco, Brazil, July 9, 2020 – Tandara Caixeta has played in 11 different clubs during her career, but there’s just one place she learned to call home during that time. And the 31-year-old opposite will be back with the club during the 2020-2021 season after returning to Osasco for a fourth stint with the team.

Setter Niverka Marte believes in communication

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 9, 2020 – Good communication is one of the most indispensable tools for a setter to be successful in the game of volleyball, and Dominican Republic star Niverka Marte has taken that fact very seriously ... literally.

Lang Ping hoping to say golden farewell at Tokyo Games

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9, 2020 – China coach Lang Ping has confirmed that she will be stepping down from her role once China’s attempt to win back-to-back Olympic titles at Tokyo 2020 concludes.

Canadian men back to training in Quebec

Gatineau, Canada, July 8, 2020 – Canada’s men’s national team are back in motion as 13 members of the country’s squad are reunited for the first time in 2020 at their training centre in Gatineau, Quebec.

Patry pens deal with Powervolley Milano

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2020 – French opposite Jean Patry confirmed that signed a two-year contract with Italian club Powervolley Milano, following last season’s stint with Top Volley Cisterna.

Gaila Gonzalez working on her potential

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 7, 2020 – Step by step Gaila Gonzalez is making her way into the starting lineup of the Dominican Republic women’s national team now and has become an important piece of the squad.

Player of the Week: Ding Xia

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2020 - Ding Xia has been setting up China for triumphs for over half a decade, helping her team's top scorers bring the points and keeping opponents guessing where the next attack is coming from.

Williams’ work-life balancing act

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 3, 2020 – Juggling a sports career and family life can be challenging, but being able to balance both has been a great accomplishment for Australian opposite spiker Lincoln Williams who has a great support system of family, friends and co-workers at the federation.

Bulgaria embark on quest for successful 2021 season

Sofia, Bulgaria, July 1, 2020 – The players of the Bulgarian men’s national team are excited to be back in the gym and resume training for the 2021 season, which is set to start as early as January.

Zenit Saint Petersburg confirm Egor Kliuka for next season

Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 30, 2020 – Next season’s squad of Zenit Saint Petersburg keeps getting stronger and stronger. After securing the services of top-level international players, such as Russian opposite Victor Poletaev and French setter Antoine Brizard, the fifth-placed team of the 2019-2020 Superliga season officially confirmed their contract with one more key member of the Russian national team, Egor Kliuka.

Player of the Week: Facundo Conte

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2020 – Facundo Conte is the face of a generation of Argentinean players who have the ambition of taking the country’s men’s national team to the next level on the international scene.

Sander joins SKRA Belchatow

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 27, 2020 – After missing the 2019-2020 club season due to a shoulder injury, American star Taylor Sander is set to resume his career in Poland as the 28-year-old outside hitter has signed a contract with PGE SKRA Belchatow.

Japan superstar Nishida set to leap even higher with new ASICS shoes

Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2020 - Yuji Nishida has joined ASICS in an exciting new partnership set to help him improve his performance on court, while promoting the sporting goods brand around the world.

Kseniia Parubets: We just need a little more patience

Ekaterinburg, Russia, June 26, 2020 – Volleyball international Kseniia Parubets, outside hitter of the Russian national team and of Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg, was the first guest in a series of fun online video interviews called #Sborniki.

Bricio aiming to lead young Mexican generation to glory

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 23, 2020 – Every young volleyball player in Mexico has a role model in Samantha Bricio. The most successful player in the country, the 25-year-old outside hitter also hopes to be the driving force as her country chases positive results in the future.

Player of the Week: Louisa Lippmann

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 22, 2020 - Louisa Lippmann, Germany's reigning Player of the Year, is the country's biggest asset and regular 'scoring machine' as she continues to make defenders and blockers of her opponents struggle to keep her in check during a thrilling international career.

American star Russell strengthens Piacenza

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2020 – Star outside hitter Aaron Russell is set to play for a third Italian team after signing with Gas Sales Piacenza for the 2020-2021 club season.

Slow-mo Ishikawa still too quick!

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2020 – Japanese outside hitter Yuki Ishikawa is known for his lightning fast attacks.

Sokolov discusses an unforgettable match and the perfect team

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 16, 2020 – Here are some of the highlights from Bulgaria and Dynamo Moscow star Tsvetan Sokolov's Facebook Live session last week.

Player of the Week: Sarina Koga

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2020 - In a country famous for exceptional and often spectacular defending, Sarina Koga stands out as one of the leading attackers of Japan's national team and of her club of NEC Red Rockets. Wherever she plays, she creates havoc in opponents' defences and just keeps on bringing in the points.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Nootsara Tomkom

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 13, 2020 – The Fab Five have inspired a lasting revolution in Thailand bringing volleyball culture to the forefront of their country’s consciousness and raising their profile further on the world stage with their distinctive style and game.

2019/20 Russian Superliga's foreign players - Top 10

Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2020 – Who were the best foreign players of the 2019-2020 men's Russian Superliga?

Conte stays with Sada Cruzeiro

Contagem, Brazil, June 12, 2020 – Argentinean star Facundo Conte is set for his third-straight season playing in Brazil after the 30-year-old outside hitter agreed on an extension of his contract with reigning South American champions Sada Cruzeiro Volei until the end of the 2020-2021 club season.

Yuki Ishikawa continues club career in Italy with Powervolley Milano

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 12, 2020 – Japanese outside hitter Yuki Ishikawa will be returning to Italy for the sixth year, this time playing for Allianz Powervolley Milano in the 2020/2021 season.

‘I’m back’: Kim confirms return to Korean League

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 11, 2020 – “I’m back,” Korean volleyball superstar Kim Yeon-Koung announced at a press conference on Wednesday to confirm she will rejoin her former club Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders in the Korean League as she continues to pursue her ultimate dream of winning an Olympic medal.

Antoine Brizard to Zenit SP and more market news from Russia

Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 11, 2020 – French national team setter Antoine Brizard has joined the ranks of Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Antonov signs on with Piacenza

Rome, Italy, June 12, 2020 – Oleg Antonov will return to Italy’s SuperLega in time for the start of the 2020-21 season after signing with Gas Sales Piacenza.

USA veteran Smith preaches continuity during forced break

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9, 2020 – Over the last 11 years, David Smith has grown accustomed to spending his summers practising and playing around the world with the United States men’s national team.

Canadian rising star Van Ryk eager for improvement

Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2020 – New experiences are an important element in the development process of any professional athlete and Canadian opposite Kiera Van Ryk is trying to make the most of the opportunities she has had and will continue to have in the early years of her young career.

Player of the Week: Tsvetan Sokolov

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2020 – Tsvetan Sokolov is arguably the biggest star on the Bulgarian national team. The great potential of the young talent from the village of Resilovo was noticed early and Tsetso received his first call to the men’s squad when he was only 15. Fifteen years later, the 2.06m-tall opposite is the true leader of the Lions.

Poletaev in transfer news from Russia!

Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 8, 2020 – Russian international Victor Poletaev is moving from 2020 Superliga bronze medallists Kuzbass Kemerovo to Zenit Saint Petersburg. The transfer of the 24-year-old rising star, which had been a rumour in the media for a while, was officially confirmed by both clubs.

World champs Serbia stoked to be in training again

Belgrade, Serbia, June 5, 2020 – After a long break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the reigning world and European champions are back in training. The national federation of Serbia has called up 40 players to give them a chance to get together, work on fitness and prepare for the next club season.

Grankin dreams of ending national team career with Tokyo medal

Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2020 – Two-time Olympic medallist Sergey Grankin is keen to step on the podium at the Tokyo Games one last time before bidding farewell to the national team of Russia.

Iranian up-and-coming star Javad Karimi awaits time to shine

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 3, 2020 – Javad Karimisouchelmaei is a promising young setter from the Iranian men’s national team waiting for his turn to shine.

Zaytsev and Krsmanovic off to Kuzbass

Kemerovo, Russia, June 2, 2020 – The 2020 bronze medallists of the men’s Superliga, Kuzbass Kemerovo, announced two big international names as new incoming transfers. Italian star Ivan Zaytsev and reigning European champion with Serbia Petar Krsmanovic highlight recently confirmed news from the Russian market.

Player of the week: Eda Erdem

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2020 - Turkey's formidable middle blocker Eda Erdem has been leading her country's national team and her club of Fenerbahce Istanbul for a decade now, playing a critical role in both teams' international and domestic successes.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Malika Kanthong

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 30, 2020 – The Fab Five have inspired a lasting revolution in Thailand bringing the volleyball culture to the forefront of their country’s consciousness and raising their profile further on the world stage with their distinctive style and game.

Hard work and commitment the keys to success for Uros Kovacevic

Trento, Italy, May 29, 2020 – Hard work and commitment in training are the keys to success according to 2018 club world champion Uros Kovacevic.

The Iron Hammer - A documentary on Lang Ping’s success story

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 2020 – Look out for The Iron Hammer, a documentary about Lang Ping’s amazing success story in volleyball.

Canadian blocker Van Doorn targeting Tokyo medal

British Columbia, Canada, May 28, 2020 – Ambition is a typical trait of successful volleyball teams and Canada has no shortage of it as the country’s men’s national team aims to compete on an equal footing with the top squads in the world during next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Live with Lauren Carlini: Watch all five sessions

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini gave us the lowdown on different aspects of volleyball and answered questions from fans in five Facebook Live sessions in April and May.

Player of the Week: Simone Giannelli

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 25, 2020 - Simone Giannelli may be one of the youngest volleyball stars around, but it's already been more than half a decade since he started orchestrating both his club of Trentino and the Italian national team in their numerous achievements.

Get out your pencils, crayons and felt tip pens

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 23, 2020 - Reach for your pencils, crayons, felt tips, water colours or whatever you have at hand. It's time to get creative and add your imagination to this image of one of your favourite volleyball stars.

Agustin Loser continues moving fast on and off the court

Mendoza, Argentina, May 23, 2020 – Agustin Loser might sometimes think his career is moving in fast forward. From representing Argentina at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball U19 World Championships to helping his country qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, the 22-year-old middle blocker has experienced a lot in his very first years playing professionally.

Volkov and Biryukov lead transfers in Russia

Moscow, Russia, May 22, 2020 – Big names of former national team players appeared in confirmed transfer market news in Russia this week. Legendary Alexander Volkov returns to Zenit Kazan, while Denis Biryukov heads back to Dinamo-LO Leningrad Oblast.

Kim's personal take on Haikyu!!

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 21, 2020 - Korea superstar Kim Yeon Koung has taken to YouTube again to present her own personal take on an animated clip of the highly popular Haikyu!!, as she explores the actions featured and explains how things would work in real-life volleyball.

Egonu extends deal at Imoco Volley Conegliano

Conegliano, Italy, May 21, 2020 – Imoco Volley Conegliano fans were given a boost with the news that Paola Egonu has signed a contract extension with the club that guarantees she will wear yellow and blue for the 2020-21 season.

Season's best announced in Russia

Moscow, Russia, May 20, 2020 – The national federation of Russia announced the winners of the fan vote for the best players and coaches of this season's women’s and men’s Superliga.

Poland in first training camp

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 20, 2020 - As countries across Europe start getting back to normality, the men's national team of Poland gets ready for its first training session, after coach Vital Heynen called on 19 players to gather at the start of next month, announced the Polish Volleyball Federation.

Mauricio Borges joins Taubate’s constellation of stars

Taubate, Brazil, May 19, 2020 – EMS Taubate Funvic will look a lot like Brazil’s national team when the 2020-2021 Superliga season starts as the reigning Brazilian Supercup winners now have five members of the Rio 2016 Olympic champion squad in their roster following the addition of outside hitter Mauricio Borges.

Player of the Week: Onuma Sittirak

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2020 - Onuma Sittirak has been leading Thailand's national team for a full decade now, establishing herself as a necessary member of the squad and thrilling fans whenever she takes to the courts.

Former national team stars change clubs in Russia

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.

Sloetjes takes break, aims to come back stronger than ever

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2020 – Two-time club world champion Lonneke Sloetjes has decided to take a break from playing volleyball. The Dutch opposite made the announcement on her Instagram account.

Live with Lauren - Professional volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 15, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini joined us on Facebook Live to discuss professional volleyball and answer your questions. Watch the video and don't miss a surprise visit by Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

Canadian rising star Vernon-Evans joins Perugia

Perugia, Italy, May 14, 2020 – Sir Safety Perugia added another piece to its collection of stars as the Italian giants signed 21-year-old opposite Sharone Vernan-Evans for the 2020-2021 season. The Canadian international played for Consar Ravenna last season.

Alan picks Poland, USA and Russia as Brazil’s top opponents

Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 14, 2020 – Alan de Souza has been with Brazil’s national team for just a couple of international seasons, but it didn’t take long for the 26-year-old opposite to identify which teams would be the top challengers for the South Americans when they defend their Olympic title at the Tokyo Games in the summer of 2021.

FIVB announces updates to 2020-2021 volleyball calendar following cancellation of VNL 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 13, 2020 – Today, the FIVB Board of Administration approved updates to the 2020-2021 volleyball calendar after the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the cancellation of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2020. These updates had been recommended by the FIVB Executive Committee earlier this week.

Gabi: "My big dream is an Olympic medal"

Lausanne, May 12, 2020 - "My big dream is an Olympic medal and every day when I practice I think about this," said Brazil international Gabi Guimaraes in a Facebook Live session on Monday. Last week she had been named 'Player of the Week' and featured across the FIVB's website and social media channels.

Voting for season's best in Russia to be completed on Wednesday

Moscow, Russia, May 12, 2020 – The fan vote for the best players and coaches of the season in the men’s and women’s Russian Superliga, organised by the national federation of Russia, is underway.

Canada captain Perrin joins Ural Ufa

Ufa, Russia, May 11, 2020 – Canada national team captain Gordon Perrin will move back to Europe after one season playing in South America as the 30-year-old outside hitter has signed a one-year contract with Russia’s Ural Ufa.

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Dani Lins targets Brazil national team return

Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 11, 2020 – Dani Lins wasn’t a part of Brazil’s national team roster during the 2019 international season, but the setter is working her way back into it. A London 2012 Olympic champion, the 35-year-old veteran feels ready to help the team again after a year away.

Sylla aiming to maximise break for Tokyo benefit

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2020 – Myriam Sylla may be missing competing and training with her teammates in the Italian national team, and her club Imoco Conegliano, but she is staying resolutely upbeat in the circumstances.

FIVB announces cancellation of VNL 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2020 – The FIVB today announced the cancellation of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2020 due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and its impact on host cities being able to deliver safe, accessible and high-quality competitions.

Lauren Carlini on Team USA and the high performance pipeline

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini hosted a Facebook Live session on Friday about Team USA and the high performance pipeline. Watch the video.

Sanders in an uphill battle to be ready for Tokyo

Calgary, Canada, May 5, 2020 – Tyler Sanders has helped Canada to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo, but the journey towards his second appearance at the Games includes dealing with back injuries suffered during his childhood and in 2018. The 28-year-old setter is hoping for good news in the near future.

Player of the Week: Gabi Guimaraes

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2020 - Always smiling, always jumping high with her famous run-up and swing, always a threat to any opponent in attack and defence (including some very fancy footwork on many an occasion), Gabriela 'Gabi' Guimaraes has established herself as a stalwart of any national or club team she has ever joined.

Watch: Facebook Live with Kelsey Robinson

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2020 – Kelsey Robinson, part of the USA gold medal winning team at the Italy 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, joined us on Facebook to answer your questions.

De La Cruz: The best is yet to come

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 2, 2020 – Bethania De La Cruz has a long and storied career with the Dominican Republic national team, but the 32-year-old outside hitter strongly believes the best is yet to come.

Live with Lauren - Recruiting and college volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini joined us on Facebook to discuss recruiting and college volleyball.

Bednorz to fire up Russian league

Kazan, Russia, May 1, 2020 – Two high-level internationals will play in Kazan next season. The transfers of Bartosz Bednorz to Zenit Kazan and of Samantha Bricio to Dinamo Kazan, both officially announced on Thursday, highlight recent news from the Russian market.

Leon ready to make dreams come true with Poland

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 30, 2020 – Winning an Olympic gold medal is the main dream of virtually every volleyball player on the planet, but for Polish outside hitter Wilfredo Leon that’s just one part of all he wants to accomplish at the international level.

Ten years later, Kosheleva reminisces about World Championship title

Kaliningrad, Russia, April 28, 2020 – One of Russia's big volleyball stars, Tatyana Kosheleva, has reminisced about her life-long memories of the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Japan, where she and her teammates won the title.

Player of the Week: Milad Ebadipour

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 27, 2020 - Milad Ebadipour has been leading Iran for the past six years, ever since he was first called to the national team in 2014, ahead of that year's FIVB Volleyball World League. He has been one of the side's driving forces at all the major competitions they have been at since.

Live with Lauren - Fridays at 17.00 GMT

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 24, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini joined us again today on Facebook Live to discuss youth development and club volleyball.

Bisonte firm up squad for next season

Florence, Italy, April 24, 2020 – Sara Alberti has been named the new captain of Bisonte Firenze and the Florence-based team have acted quickly to sign up their leading players since the end of the Italian Serie A1 season was confirmed earlier in April.

Brayelin Martinez answers your questions on Facebook Live

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 23, 2020 - Dominican Republic points machine and Player of the Week Brayelin Martinez joined us on Facebook Live to answer your questions in English and Spanish.

French league set for Argentinean influx

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 22, 2020 – The 2020-2021 season of the French Volleyball League will see a massive influx of Argentinean talent as five members of the South American country’s national team have recently been announced as additions by clubs from the European nation.

Player of the Week: Brayelin Martinez

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 20, 2020 - The Dominican Republic's scoring machine, Brayelin Martinez is on track to fulfill her dream of playing at the Olympic Games, when her team head off to Tokyo next year for Tokyo 2020. It will be the country's third Olympic appearance after Athens 2004 and London 2012.

Argentina coach Ferraro aiming for top 8

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 20, 2020 – Hernan Ferraro knew 2019 would be a season of new experiences. An Argentinean setter who competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, he took over as the head coach of the country’s women’s national team with a number of challenges to take on.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Pleumjit Thinkaow

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 18, 2020 – The Fab Five have inspired a lasting revolution in Thailand bringing volleyball culture to the forefront of their country’s consciousness and raising their profile further on the world stage with their distinctive style and game.

Mambru completes the Dominicans back at home

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 18, 2020 – The long journey is finally over for Gina Mambru as the opposite attacker became the tenth and final member of the Dominican Republic's women's national team to return to her native country after professional leagues were stopped due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

USA setter Lauren Carlini answers your questions

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 17, 2020 - USA setter Lauren Carlini joined us to answer your questions on Facebook Live.

Patch using break to pursue passion for pottery

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 15, 2020 – Ben Patch is putting his time in isolation to good use by using his hidden skills to help raise funds for charities involved in the fight against coronavirus.

Sokolov and Dijkema moves highlight transfer market in Russia

Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2020 – Tsvetan Sokolov moving to Dinamo Moscow and Laura Dijkema transferring to Lokomotiv Kaliningrad are among the major highlights of the transfer market news from Russia over the past several days.

Player of the Week: Klemen Cebulj

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 13, 2020 - It has taken Slovenia's most outstanding volleyball player just a few years to make his mark on the international scene, and Klemen Cebulj is now the star of the show wherever he plays.

Anderson rules out beach switch

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 11, 2020 – Matt Anderson has said that he has no intention of joining the ranks of players who have switched from volleyball to beach volleyball.

Former Argentinean captain Sosa eyeing comeback

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 10, 2020 – The fans of Argentina’s women’s national team could soon see a familiar face back in the traditional blue and white uniform as veteran middle blocker Emilce “Mimi” Sosa hopes to return to the squad after almost two years away.

Mendez proud of past, excited about future

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 9, 2020 – Just a few weeks ago, Marcelo Mendez expected to be starting preparations for his second season at the helm of Argentina’s men’s national team, one that would include the Tokyo Olympics and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The coronavirus pandemic changed his plans, but the coach is looking to the future.

Blengini hopes young guns can take their chance

Rome, Italy, April 8, 2020 – Italy men’s coach Gianlorenzo Blengini has called on Italy’s young players to take advantage of the extra year that they will have to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Player of the Week: Annie Drews

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 6, 2020 - From the heart of USA's Midwest to international stardom, the story of Andrea 'Annie' Drews is what dreams are made of.

Key Russian internationals stay put

Moscow, Russia, April 6, 2020 – Several members of the women’s national team of Russia have extended contracts with their current clubs.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Onuma Sittirak

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 4, 2019 – The Fab Five have inspired a lasting revolution in Thailand bringing the volleyball culture to the forefront of their country's consciousness and raising their profile further on the world stage with their distinctive style and game.

Dominican Prisilla Rivera extends career

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 4, 2020 - Prisilla Rivera has changed her plans to retire from volleyball. The 35-year-old now aims to stay on for an additional year to help the Dominican Republic women's national team to success when they participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

Zhu Ting’s story set to inspire future superstars

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 3, 2020 – China’s Zhu Ting is one of eight international sporting stars to feature in a book aimed at inspiring young children to follow their sporting dream.

Hill aiming for glorious end to international career

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 2, 2020 – USA outside hitter Kimberly Hill is having to extend her international career by a year to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games her national team farewell.

Herrera tops 2019-2020 Argentinean League stats

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 1, 2020 – Opposite Jesus Herrera left his mark in just his second season playing in Argentina as the 24-year-old Cuban topped three statistical categories in the country’s national league as the 2019-2020 season came to an end early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Koroleva, Startseva sign with Russian champs for two more years

Kazan, Russia, March 30, 2020 – Two of Dinamo Kazan’s star players, Evgeniya Startseva and Irina Koroleva, have signed with the club for two more years. A few days earlier, Croatian international Samanta Fabris did too.

Player of the Week: Yuji Nishida

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020 - We are excited to announce that Yuji Nishida is the Player of the Week. Look out for great video on the FIVB's social media channels as we celebrate the first ever #FIVBPOTW.

Brait: “De Gennaro is the best libero in the world”

São Paulo, Brazil, March 28, 2020 – Being recognized for your work is always great, but when the compliments come from a competitor it's even better. Italian Monica De Gennaro can be proud of accomplishing just that after Brazilian Camila Brait called her the best libero in the world.

Maja Aleksic - Tips on blocking

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 26, 2020 - Her country's most efficient blocker during the Preliminary Round of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with an average of 0.89 per set, Serbia captain Maja Aleksic spoke to fivb.com about the art of blocking.

Nwakalor sisters sharing an ambition

Rome, Italy, March 26, 2020 – Linda and Sylvia Nwakalor are two sisters with the same dream, that of competing together for Italy at the very highest level.

Laurent Tillie - What makes a great team

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2020 - What makes a great team? We asked France's long-standing coach Laurent Tillie the question during last year's edition of the VNL.

Lindsey Berg putting her heart into spreading volleyball’s popularity

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2020 – Former USA captain Lindsey Berg has launched a new initiative to ensure that her country’s run of success will continue long after they have competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League this summer.

FIVB announces changes to events calendar

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2020 – The FIVB is continuing to monitor the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) on an hour-by-hour basis, and with the guidance of national and global authorities has determined the following policies will be introduced with immediate effect, to protect the wellbeing of the volleyball family.

Uchikov leads UPCN into Argentinean League semifinals

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2020 - As VakifBank Istanbul sailed into the semifinals of the 2020 Women's European Champions League, it was a Serbian star who pulled the Turkish side through - Milena Rasic, who was named MVP of the game.

Rasic pulls VakifBank through to Champions League semis

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2020 - As VakifBank Istanbul sailed into the semifinals of the 2020 Women's European Champions League, it was a Serbian star who pulled the Turkish side through - Milena Rasic, who was named MVP of the game.

Russian stars Kobzar, Poletaev steer Kuzbass to unexpected turnaround in Champions League

Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland, March 12, 2020 – Igor Kobzar and Victor Poletaev took leading roles in Russian champions Kuzbass Kemerovo’s unexpected quarterfinal comeback on the way to the last four in the men’s CEV Champions League.

Loko Novosibirsk first-time regular season winners in Russia

Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2020 – For the first time in the history of the Russian men’s Superliga, the team of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk won the regular season. Coach Plamen Konstantinov’s squad advanced directly to the Final Six tournament and received the right to host it. Second-placed Zenit Kazan also qualified, while the remaining four participants will be determined in the playoff match-ups - Kuzbass Kemerovo v Dinamo-LO Leningrad Oblast, Dinamo Moscow v Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, Zenit Saint Petersburg v Belogorie Belgorod and Fakel Novy Urengoy v Yenisei Krasnoyarsk.

Parubets shines in Russian quarterfinals

Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2020 – Kseniia Parubets once again proved her worth by helping Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg push through to the semifinals of the women’s Superliga in Russia with fantastic performances over the two five-set quarterfinals against Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as the last four in the race for the title emerged without major surprises.

Glenn Hoag confirmed to coach Canada men's team in 2020

Ottawa, Canada, March 9, 2020 - Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce its men’s programme coaching staff for the 2020 season.

Toniutti guides Zaksa to victory in Poland’s PlusLiga

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 9, 2020 - France's star setter Benjamin Toniutti masterminded a significant win as ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle downed Indykpol AZS Olsztyn 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 25-27, 25-17) on the road, to leapfrog Verva Warsaw Orlen Paliwa for first place in the standings of Poland's PlusLiga over the weekend.

Dominican Republic prepare Olympics with high hopes

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 6, 2020 – The Dominican Republic women’s national team is set to make its return to the Olympics this summer in Tokyo and the Caribbeans already have a plan for the event so that they return home with their best-ever finish.

Lima gives Gigantes a head start in Argentinean playoffs

San Juan, Argentina, March 6, 2020 – Star opposite Bruno Lima pushed Gigantes del Sur to a positive start in the playoffs of the Argentinean Volleyball League as the team secured a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 28-26) away victory over Obras de San Juan at the Aldo Cantoni stadium on Thursday.

Ognjenovic powers VakifBank against former teammates

Moscow, Russia, March 6, 2020 - Serbia setter Maja Ognjenovic powered VakifBank Istanbul to a phenomenal win over Dinamo Moscow in the Russian capital, that has the Turkish side with one foot in the semifinals of the European Champions League - but her MVP performance in the Russian capital had a bit of a twist.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Creating a legacy

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 4, 2020 – Wilavan Apinyapong, Pleumjit Thinkaow, Nootsara Tomkom, Onuma Sittirak and Malika Kanthong are Thailand's Fab Five. Synergy, intuition and creativity define their style of play, which makes them incredibly exciting to watch.

Good Net Project and VNL take home top awards as FIVB continues winning streak in 2020

Paris, France, March 4, 2020 – The FIVB was once again celebrated for its innovative and creative projects in two very different fields, as the Good Net project and Volleyball Nations League (VNL) picked up a total of four awards at the 22nd edition of the TOP/COM Grand Prix Corporate Business 2020 Awards, including the Prix Spécial for Good Net’s impact on the environment.

Egonu sounds warning to rivals

Rome, Italy, March 3, 2020 – Italian superstar Paola Egonu has sent an ominous warning to her rivals for the year ahead by claiming that a visit to Nigeria over the New Year has left her refreshed and ready to challenge for honours over the coming months.

Nowakowski on fire, keeps Warsaw on target in Poland's PlusLiga

Warsaw, Poland, March 2, 2020 - Piotr Nowakowski has been picking up award after award in Poland's PlusLiga, as his most recent performances have helped keep VERVA Warsaw ORLEN Paliwa at the top of the table, one point ahead of ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle, as the competition comes within three rounds of the end of the Regular Season.

Giovanni Caprara and Dutch Volleyball Federation part ways

Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 2, 2020 - Giovanni Caprara will not return to the Netherlands this spring as the head coach of the national women’s team.

Maciej Muzaj’s top five scoring performances in Russia

Surgut, Russia, March 1, 2020 – The opposite of the Polish national team, Maciej Muzaj, is playing his first club season abroad and what a season it has been so far! As a member of Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, the 25-year-old athlete has been by far the best scorer of the Russian Superliga, with one leg to go through the end of the regular season.

Saeid Marouf's magic touch

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 29, 2020 – Saeid Marouf led Iran to its first appearance in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in 2019 with his brilliant playmaking skills that leave fans marvelling and wanting for more.

Birthday girl Kim on her way back

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2020 – She's undoubtedly one of the greatest volleyball players in the world, and although Korea's Kim Yeon-Koung will sadly not be celebrating her birthday on the courts today, it seems she's on her way back.

Araki to lead Japan 2020 women’s national team roster

Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2020 - Celebrating 150 days to go in the countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we examine the players who have been called up to feature in hosts Japan's women's volleyball team this year.

Yanagida captains Japanese men’s national team in Olympic year

Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2020 - With just 150 days to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 we look at hosts Japan's men's volleyball team for the year ahead.

Yasemin Guveli fires up Eczacibasi

Istanbul, Turkey, February 21, 2020 - Yasemin Guveli has been pivotal in this year's aspirations of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, massively helping the Turkish side in advancing to the quarterfinals of the European Champions League, as well as in leading the race in the Turkish League.

FIVB Partners with WSC Sports to Enrich Video Experience for Volleyball Fans

Tel Aviv, Israel and Lausanne, Switzerland, February 20, 2020 - WSC Sports, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven sports video technology, has announced an ongoing partnership with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) to create and distribute AI-powered video content from the FIVB's major men's and women’s events, after a successful launch that included the Volleyball Nations League and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification events.

American stars in early preparation for international season

Anaheim, California, February 19, 2020 – The USA women’s national team wants to waste no time heading into the 2020 international volleyball season as head coach Karch Kiraly is already working with six players at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, California.

Karakurt takes VakifBank to new heights in Turkish League

Istanbul, Turkey, February 17, 2020 - Turkey's 20-year-old sensation Ebrar Karakurt got the opportunity to shine over the weekend, as she helped her club of VakifBank Istanbul to widen the gap separating them from crosstown archrivals Eczacibasi VitrA in the Turkish League.

Russian national team opposites engage in scoring race

Moscow, Russia, February 15, 2020 – Two opposites of the Russian national team engaged in a fierce scoring race as they came face to face in an all-Dinamo clash in the Russian Superliga on Friday, each reaching at least the 30-point mark in a roller-coaster five-set battle.

Dominican Republic star Martínez keeps Praia Clube at the top of the Brazilian Superliga

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 15, 2020 – Dentil Praia Clube entered the road match against SESC RJ on Friday at risk of losing the top spot of the Brazilian Superliga, but Dominican star Brayelin Martínez came up big and delivered the team a come-from-behind 3-1 (31-33, 25-17, 25-19, 31-29) victory in Rio de Janeiro.

Rising Fornal strikes in Champions League

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 - Poland's new rising star, 22-year-old Tomasz Fornal, had his day this week as he led his club Jastrzebskji Wegiel to a monumental win over once mighty Zenit Kazan in the European Champions League and secured his side's advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.

The rise and rise of Annie Drews

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 – What a 2019/2020 season it has been for United States player Annie Drews, as she continues to reach new heights for her national and club teams.

Poletaev back in action after injury

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 – Russian men’s national team points machine Victor Poletaev is back in action after suffering an injury over two months ago.

Canadian UCLA star Daenan Gyimah is also hip-hop artist Kofi

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 - Daenan Gyimah plays NCAA college volleyball in the United States for the UCLA Bruins, under the watchful eye of coach John Speraw. His skills have seen him feature for Canada in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, but he is also the rising hip-hop artist Kofi.

Louisa Lippmann returns to German roots

Schwerin, Germany, February 7, 2020 – German club SSC Palmberg Schwerin earned a 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 16-25, 25-12) win on their homecourt against Finland side Hameenlinna at Palmberg Arena on Thursday, bolstering their CEV Volleyball Cup 2020 campaign as they made their way to the quarterfinal round to face Belgium's Asterix Avo Beveren.

Boskovic dazzles in Champions League

Istanbul, Turkey, February 7, 2020 - Serbia superstar Tijana Boskovic produced a breathtaking performance Thursday night in the European Champions League with her Turkish team of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, raising expectations for when she rejoins her country's national team ahead of this year's FIVB Volleyball Nations League and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Volleyball Nations League Finals: World class volleyball in Turin again

Turin, Italy, January 22, 2020 – After hosting the 2015 Men’s European Volleyball Championship Final and the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Finals, PalaAlpitour is ready to stage more world class volleyball: coach Blengini’s “Azzurri” await their five challengers for the 2020 VNL. Tickets will be available from February.

Turin confirmed to host the 2020 men's VNL Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2019 – The FIVB has announced that Turin was selected as host city of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) men's finals, to be held from 1 to 5 July 2020.

2019 Review: Russia triumph in Chicago for VNL 2 from 2

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 17, 2019 - Just as they had done a year earlier in the inaugural edition against France in Lille, Russia again denied the hosts in the final of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League - this time outplaying USA in Chicago in four sets for back-to-back gold in July.

2019 Review: Down to the wire in thrilling VNL pool play

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2019 - USA wrapped up the second edition of the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in early July with their second gold in as many attempts with an astounding comeback win over Brazil in the final - a thrilling finale to an amazing season that had begun almost a month and a half earlier.

2019 Review: USA amaze with incredible VNL gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 15, 2019 - USA wrapped up the second edition of the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in early July with their second gold in as many attempts with an astounding comeback win over Brazil in the final - a thrilling finale to an amazing season that had begun almost a month and a half earlier.

2019 Review: Exhilarating Women's VNL pools set off FIVB season

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 14, 2019 - One hundred and twenty matches, 443 sets, 19,486 rallies for a net total of 204 hours and 27 minutes of play marked the build up to the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League Finals, which set off the FIVB volleyball season this year, starting in late May.

1.5 billion global audience tune in to watch 2019 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 22, 2019 - The 2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) attracted a cumulative global audience of more than 1.5 billion, according to the official Nielson Report, it was announced earlier today.

FIVB opens bidding process for 2020 VNL Men’s Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 14, 2019 - The FIVB is welcoming bid cities to apply for hosting the 2020 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Men’s Finals.

FIVB announces host countries for 2020 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13, 2019 - The FIVB has today released the host country allocation schedule for the 2020 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.