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Star-studded women’s Superliga set to begin in Russia

Moscow, Russia, September 18, 2020 – With the first two matches scheduled on Friday, the new season in the women’s Superliga of Russia is set get underway. A number of Russian and foreign stars are ready to shine in the battles for the national crown.

Zenovich ends refereeing career, but lends experience to future whistle blowers

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 11, 2020 – Andrei Zenovich may have refereed his final international volleyball match, but the Russian is set to move into the next phase of his career and help ensure the next generation of volleyball referees can match his high standards.

Player of the Week: Egor Kliuka

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 7, 2020 – At the age of 25, Egor Kliuka is already an emblematic player and one of the stars of the Russian national team.

Argentinean coach Ferraro looks to the future

Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 5, 2020 – Argentina’s women’s national team have a big task ahead of them as the South Americans prepare to make their second-ever Olympic appearance next year in Tokyo.

Volleyball TV for free extended until end of 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 1, 2020 - Volleyball fans from across the world will continue to enjoy the greatest moments of the sport through Volleyball TV until the end of the year, as the offer to sign on for free to the service is extended until December 31, 2020.

Player of the Week: Paola Egonu

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 31, 2020 - She's one of the youngest volleyball superstars in the world, but at 21 Paola Egonu already has a cabinet overflowing with medals and trophies and is the most formidable player on the Italian national team and for her club, as of last year, of Imoco Volley Conegliano.

Kentaro Takahashi: Force in the middle

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 29, 2020 – Japanese middle blocker Kentaro Takahashi identified himself more with baseball in his earlier days, but his teacher at Yonezawa Central High School noticed his talent and convinced him he had a better chance in volleyball.

Russian national team to take on Superliga medallists at Kaliningrad invitational

Kaliningrad, Russia, August 26, 2020 – The women’s national team of Russia is about to appear in action for the first time in 2020, as they take on Superliga medallists Dinamo-Ak Bars Kazan, Lokomotiv Kaliningrad and Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg at a much anticipated invitational tournament from Thursday through Saturday.

Martinez sisters together at Praia Clube

Uberlandia, Brazil, August 26, 2020 – Cornerstones of the Dominican Republic’s national team, the Martinez sisters Brayelin and Jineiry will extend their partnership to the club level during the 2020-2021 season by playing for Brazil’s Dentil Praia Clube.

Player of the Week: Wallace de Souza

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 24, 2020 – Being the go-to scoring option for a perennial volleyball contender like Brazil men’s national team may look like a daunting task to many, but Wallace de Souza has embraced his duties in a masterful manner.

Serbian star Tijana Malesevic ends career

Uzice, Serbia, August 20, 2020 – Tijana Malesevic, a member of the stellar squad of reigning world champions Serbia, has announced the end of her professional volleyball career.

Mazzanti set to hit the road

Rome, Italy, August 19, 2020 – Italy women’s coach Davide Mazzanti will be on the road in September as he travels around the country to meet Italy’s volleyball community.

Brazil coach Ze Roberto provides insights on key players for Tokyo Olympics

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 19, 2020 – Brazil’s head coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes still has ten months to decide which 12 players will represent the country at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, but it seems he has already identified some of the athletes who will make the trip to the Japanese capital in 2021.

Player of the Week: Kim Yeon Koung

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 17, 2020 - Kim Yeon Koung has been an integral part of the Korean national team for a good decade and a half, helping keep the side present in all major international competitions and even bringing back to her home country the coveted trophy of MVP from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Anastasi backing Iran to challenge at Tokyo 2020

Rome, Italy, August 14, 2020 – Andrea Anastasi expects Iran to be among the leading sides when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games take place in 2021.

Catching up with... Yacine Louati

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 13, 2020 – France outside hitter Yacine Louati is the first player to be featured in a new series of Facebook Live sessions when we catch up with your favourite players.

National team setter Barakova joins Bulgarian champs Maritza

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, August 13, 2020 – Bulgarian national team setter Petya Barakova has joined the ranks of the country's champions Maritza Plovdiv for the upcoming season. The 26-year-old is back in her home country after transferring from France’s Volero Le Cannet to the CEV Champions League regulars.

Volleyball dominates list of greatest Brazil Olympians

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 11, 2020 - A total of 28 volleyball players feature prominently amongst the top Olympians of Brazil in a poll set up by the Globo news network to celebrate the 100 years since the country's first Olympic medal (by shooter Guilherme Paraense at the Antwerp 1920 Games).

Player of the Week: Jenia Grebennikov

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 10, 2020 - The apple didn't fall far from the tree in the case of Jenia Grebennikov, who lifts the legacy of his father to further heights as he continues to keep fans thrilled with the national team of France and in the Italian top flight A1 League, where as of this year he'll be looking at new inroads with his third club in the country.

Olympic champion William to lead Minas talent

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, August 10, 2020 – Minas Tenis Clube is expected to field a fairly young roster in the 2020-2021 edition of the Brazilian Superliga, but the team will be led by a very experienced player as the Belo Horizonte side has signed veteran setter William Arjona.

Fresco proud to be a reference for young Argentineans

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 8, 2020 – Lucia Fresco is part of a generation that has changed the course of women’s volleyball in Argentina. A key member of the country’s national team since 2009, the 29-year-old opposite has helped Las Panteras (The Panthers, in Spanish) to some of their most meaningful results to date.

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.

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.

Christenson named Modena skipper

Rome, Italy, July 29, 2020 – Micah Christenson will be leading from the front when his team Modena return to action in Italy’s SuperLega after he was named club captain by coach Andrea Giani.

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.

New one-year countdown to Tokyo Olympics begins

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2020 - With the new schedule of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 confirmed last week for the new dates in 2021, the clock resets today, with exactly one year to go until the Opening Ceremony.

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.

Tokyo 2020 schedule confirmed for 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 17, 2020 - The full match schedule for the men's and women's volleyball tournaments at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic date, now replanned for 2021, has been confirmed, ahead of the ultimate sporting event of the planet due to be held in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8.

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.

Kubiak not ruling out Paris 2024

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2020 – Michal Kubiak has admitted that he is tempted to extend his playing to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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.

Olympians recall first encounter with volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 3, 2020 – We asked the people on Instagram to share the first time they played volleyball, and the fans and some players responded with great enthusiasm.

Vicky Mayer ready to be Argentina’s young leader

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 30, 2020 – Anyone watching Argentina’s women’s national team during the 2019 international season probably imagined setter Victoria ‘Vicky’ Mayer had been with the South Americans for a while despite her obvious young age.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Captain Lazcano says Argentina will be stronger in Tokyo

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 1, 2020 – Julieta Lazcano was already an experienced player when she represented Argentina at the Rio 2016 Olympics. At the age of 27 at the time, she had played professionally in Italy and France and had appeared in some major international tournaments, such as the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships, the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup and the Pan-American Games. But it was still hard for her and her teammates to control their emotions during their time in Brazil.

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.

Argentinean setter Galiano back after gastronomic adventure

Santa Fe, Argentina, May 21, 2020 – Argentina’s women’s national team head coach Hernan Ferraro could soon be able to call up setter Valentina Galiano who is set to resume her career at Spanish side Barcelona after not playing professionally during the last club 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.

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.

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.

Nizetich pleased to be back

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2020 – Being part of the Argentinean national team has been a constant in Yamila Nizetich’s life - since 2002 - but a couple of years ago the outside hitter thought it was all about to change.

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.

Startseva aspires to highest awards at Tokyo Games

Kazan, Russia, May 13, 2020 – Evgeniya Startseva, the Best Setter of the London 2012 Games, looks forward to her second Olympic participation next year in Tokyo and hopes Russia will be strong enough to collect some of the top honours in the Japanese capital.

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.

Watch thousands of hours of Volleyball TV for free with 'FREEPASS' promo code

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 11, 2020 - While volleyball competitions worldwide remain on hold, the FIVB extends the opportunity for fans to enjoy the greatest moments of the sport by providing the content of Volleyball TV for free. Simply use the FREEPASS promotional code to subscribe.

Third time's the charm for Venezuelan captain Carrasco

Caracas, Venezuela, May 11, 2020 – Hard work and persistence can take people a long way and Venezuela’s national team captain Jose ‘Chema’ Carrasco is a great example of that theory. After taking on a number of hurdles, the 30-year-old setter is ready to lead the South Americans at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021.

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.

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.

We have the best players in the world but volleyball is a team sport - Milena Rasic

Istanbul, Turkey, May 6, 2020 – Arguably the best middle blocker in the world, Milena Rasic has been one of the great contributors to the tremendous success of the Serbian national team in recent years, but thinks it is the team as such that should be credited for the achievements and not the big names in the squad.

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.

Bitok keeps Kenya’s training going through technology

Nairobi, Kenya, May 2, 2020 – Kenya women’s volleyball team coach Paul Bitok has been relying on technology to keep his squad fit as the country is on lockdown because of the coronavirus health situation.

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.

Veljkovic driven by love of volleyball

Trento, Italy, April 29, 2020 – A three-time Olympian and current world champion, Serbia's Stefana Veljkovic is entirely motivated by her love of volleyball.

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.

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.

Boskovic: A privilege to play for Serbia

Bileca, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 21, 2020 – Currently one of the most successful players in women’s volleyball, Tijana Boskovic feels proud of her individual achievements, but also fortunate to be part of the Serbian national team.

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.

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.

Same goal but new plan for Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 16, 2020 – After winning the 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, Brazil entered 2020 with a plan in place to succeed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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.

Zaytsev remains upbeat despite Tokyo 2020 postponement

Rome, Italy, April 13, 2020 – Ivan Zaytsev is staying positive despite missing out on the chance to go after a third Olympic medal this summer due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021.

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.

Plummer dreams of emulating Kiraly

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 10, 2020 – Kathryn Plummer has won FIVB World Championship medals in both indoor and beach volleyball competitions. The 21-year-old is now looking to emulate USA head coach Karch Kiraly, who won Olympic gold in both disciplines as a player, she told Olympic Channel.

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.

Olympian Kana Oyama gives back to volleyball

Tokyo, Japan, April 9, 2020 - Kana Oyama first came onto the international volleyball scene in 2002 with the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Germany. As a high schooler at Seitoku Gakuen (now Shimokita Seitoku High School), she was a reserve for the Japanese women’s national team in that tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Larson on track to lead USA in quest for Olympic gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2020 - Jordan Larson has put her planned retirement on hold until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, now to be held next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, as she still plans to lead USA in their quest for the sole major gold medal that still eludes them, reports 1011 Now broadcaster from her hometown in Nebraska.

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.

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.

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.

Sheilla nearing top form as Tokyo 2020 approaches

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, February 27, 2020 – Brazilian star Sheilla Castro resumed her volleyball career last year after giving birth to twins Liz and Ninna with an eye on representing her country at the Olympics one more time at this year’s Tokyo Games.

Perrin: We will head into Tokyo prepared

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2020 – When Canada qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics, it marked the end of a 24-year wait for the country to see its men’s volleyball national team back on the biggest stage of international sport.

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.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: 150 days to go!

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 25, 2020 - The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are just 150 days away and we can't wait! Featuring the 12 teams per gender qualified for the 2020 Summer Games, watch 150 stunning attacks compiled to celebrate the milestone.

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.

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.

Zé Roberto expects challenging start for Brazil at Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 – Heading to his eighth edition of the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo, Brazil’s women’s volleyball national team coach José Roberto Guimarães knows what it takes to succeed on the biggest stage of international sport after already taking home three gold medals.

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.

Tokyo 2020 match schedule confirmed

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 13, 2020 - The full match schedule for the men's and women's volleyball tournaments at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, ahead of the ultimate sporting event of the planet due to be held in the Japanese capital from July 24 to August 9.

Mazzanti ready for fight in Tokyo 2020 pool

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 11, 2020 – Davide Mazzanti is hoping that being placed in a tough pool at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will set his Italy side up to find their stride in time for the quarterfinals.

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.

Christenson keeps Modena in the hunt for Italian title

Modena, Italy, February 10, 2020 – Micah Christenson helped Modena keep up their chase at the top of the Italian Super League over the weekend and in doing so he celebrated extending his contract with the club from northern Italy.

Brankica Mihajlovic on the road to recovery

Istanbul, Turkey, February 10, 2020 – Fans will be pleased to know that Brankica Mihajlovic’s surgery went well and that the Serbia and Fenerbahce star is on the road to recovery.

Experienced referee squad appointed for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 – The FIVB today announced the highly-experienced volleyball and beach volleyball referee teams that will ensure the highest standards of officiating at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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.

Blengini taking nothing for granted after Olympic pool draw

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2020 – Italy coach Gianlorenzo Blengini has dismissed claims that Italy are in the easier group for the opening stage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 volleyball competition.

Ariake Arena unveiled as volleyball prepares for return to Olympic birthplace

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 4, 2020 – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) staged a grand opening ceremony last weekend to unveil the brand new Ariake Arena, host venue of the Olympic volleyball event at this year’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Pools confirmed for Tokyo 2020 Olympic volleyball tournament

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2020 – The pool composition for the men's and women’s volleyball tournaments at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed. The 12 qualified teams per gender have been split into two single round robin pools of six, with the top four in the standings of each pool to advance to the quarterfinals.

OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020 QUALIFICATION PROCESS - Volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2020 - Find out how the men's and women's volleyball teams reached the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Becoming a father for the first time and qualifying for an Olympics - Kevin Tillie looks back on the craziest week of his life!

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 24, 2020 - Almost two weeks ago France qualified for their fifth Olympic Games in Berlin and capped off what Kevin Tillie is calling the craziest week of his life. The 29-year-old French outside hitter not only played a pivotal role in his nation's qualification for Tokyo 2020, he also managed to attend the birth of his first child.

Does Hancock hold the aces for USA at Tokyo 2020?

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 16, 2020 – Micha Hancock showed the threat she will provide for the USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and FIVB Volleyball Nations League by setting a new Italian Serie A record for most aces scored in a match.

FIVB Senior World Rankings updated ahead of Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 22, 2019 - The Senior World Rankings have been updated following the men's and women's FIVB Volleyball World Cup for their last iteration ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Volleyball ready for Olympic homecoming at Tokyo 2020 #1YearToGo

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2019 - The FIVB has promised a volleyball homecoming party one year from today when the sport returns to its Olympic birthplace at Tokyo 2020.

Women’s volleyball set for historic final day at Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1, 2019 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed last week that the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature the women’s volleyball final, in what will be a historic day for the sport.

Heynen sets Tokyo 2020 qualification goal

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2019 – Poland men’s coach Vital Heynen has one overriding aim for 2019, qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Huge matchups on road to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 5, 2019 - Some immense clashes are coming up this year as the very tight Olympic qualification process begins with the Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournaments set to provide incredible thrills for volleyball fans across the world as teams battle it out to make Tokyo 2020, the ultimate sporting event of the globe.

Sights on Tokyo 2020 as Olympic qualification process is laid out

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 19, 2018 - With the 2018 FIVB Men's and Women's World Championships now behind us, after Poland and Serbia triumphed in Turin and Yokohama, attention shifts to the next huge event in the international volleyball calendar for national teams - the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which are now less than two years away.

Tokyo 2020 to kick off recruitment of Games volunteers

Tokyo, Japan, September 12, 2018 - The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that it will start inviting applications for the Tokyo 2020 Games volunteer programme from September 26, 2018.

Tokyo 2020 unveil Olympic mascots

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2018 – The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were brought into focus today with the unveiling of the mascot for the Olympic Games that runs from July 24-August 9, 2020.

Looking back: Japan claim first-ever Olympic women’s volleyball gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 29, 2018 – The Japanese women’s volleyball team became national heroes after winning gold on home soil at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

1000 days to Tokyo 2020

Tokyo, Japan, October, 28, 2017 – The Japanese capital's Nihonbashi district will come alive as Tokyo celebrates 1,000 days to go to the 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday.

Arakida looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 25, 2017 - A world champion in 1974, an Olympic gold medallist in 1976, and an FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup winner in 1977, Yuko Arakida enjoyed success as a member of the Japanese women’s volleyball team. But her current role as a Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Member is at least as important. In an exclusive interview with fivb.com, Arakida spoke about the next Summer Olympics, volleyball and her time playing the sport.

Ariake Arena the latest in string of iconic Olympic venues

Lausanne, Switzerlands, December 18, 2016 - The Ariake Arena, which was confirmed on Friday to host the volleyball competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, is the latest in a string of iconic volleyball venues since the sport was introduced to the Olympic Programme in 1968 - the last time that the Olympics came to the Japanese capital.

Ariake Arena confirmed as volleyball venue for Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2016 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° looks forward to making volleyball a "true celebration of the sport’s return to its Olympic birthplace" following confirmation on Friday that volleyball will be played at the Ariake Arena at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as per Tokyo 2020's original proposal.

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