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Team Guide - the best job in the world?

What two city council employees, a dentist and a student had in common at a LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017? All of them worked as Team Guides to support the four best teams in Europe. As the tournament came to an end on Sunday, the Guides had to say goodbye to their teams after almost two weeks of working together. Unexpected tasks and 24h of availability sounds demanding and difficult, but Justyna, Agnieszka, Magda and Monika find it quite the opposite - as the best job in the world.  

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#EuroVolleyM gold medallists Russia top latest European Ranking together with France

After their gold-medal winning performance at LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017, Russia improved their position in the European Ranking to share first place with this year’s FIVB Volleyball World League winners France. After losing in the quarterfinals to Belgium, Italy had to pack their bags and travel home – and this has resulted in the Italians dropping down to fifth as per the latest European Ranking published following completion of the 2017 men’s EuroVolley.

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Russia net 14th European crown after dramatic ‘grand finale’ with Germany

The winner is only one – and LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 is no exception as Russia, impeccable in their previous five matches in the tournament, played Germany at TAURON Arena in the most anticipated match of the year to crave for the crown of European champions. They had to fight bravely in their matchup with the Germans, who played almost perfectly, but found a way to become European champions again following their 3-2 victory (25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-13) – actually for the fourteenth time in history. Germany, on the other hand, achieved their greatest success in the history of the European Championship with an unprecedented silver medal – their first podium finish ever. 

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Serbia claim tiebreak victory over Red Dragons to crown #EuroVolleyM with bronze

The final day of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 started with the bronze medal match featuring Serbia and Belgium. The Serbians were still heart-broken following their dramatic semi-final loss to Germany whereas Belgium wanted to recover after Russia had thrashed the Red Dragons in Saturday’s second semi-final.  The duel turned out to be a long and exciting battle, with Serbia eventually sealing the bronze medal after coming from behind (3-2; 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-12). As a result, Serbia claimed their 11th medal in the competition and their eighth bronze medal – counting also those won by Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro. Only Russia (22, including 2017) and Italy (13) have bagged more European Championship medals. Serbia’s eight bronze medals are an all-time record in the competition.

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All you need to know about final day of action at #EuroVolleyM

The final day of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY 2017 arrived to Krakow and will reveal the new champions of Europe. On Saturday Serbia received upset at the hands of Germany, who defeated them 3-2 (24-26, 15-25, 25-18, 27-25, 15-13). Russia continue their winning streak without a single set loss, beating Belgium 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-17) and hope to keep the quality of their game when facing Germany in the match for gold medal. 

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Russia thrash Belgium to vie for 14th European crown

Following a five-set showdown between Serbia and Germany, Belgium and Russia were next to play at TAURON Arena in the second semi-final of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017, thus fighting for a spot in the final and a chance to play for gold on Sunday. The game was much more lopsided than the first semi-final, as Belgium never really got a chance to fight for taking at least one set and Russia rallied to a comprehensive 3-0 victory (25-14, 25-17, 25-17) to keep an immaculate record with no sets lost in the tournament so far. On Sunday, Russia will play Germany at 20:30 CET in the gold medal match – where they will try to seize their 14th European crown (including those won by the former Soviet Union).

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Germany come from behind to secure first ever #EuroVolleyM medal

Serbia and Germany opened the programme of the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 semi-finals on Saturday in Krakow, with these two teams trying to add another chapter to their winning streak in the competition. Germany prevailed after a truly dramatic five-set clash (24-26, 15-25, 25-18, 27-25, 15-13) to secure their first #EuroVolleyM medal in history. Serbia could not capitalise on two match points they had at the end of the fourth set and will have to play for bronze on Sunday. Germany have improved on their best result at the men’s European Championship – they finished fourth in 1991 and 1993, while the former East Germany had settled for that same position in 1967 and 1971.

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Semifinalists of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY 2017 prepare for the final countdown

Russia, Serbia, Belgium and Germany reached the final phase of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 and are preparing for the semifinals on Saturday. All of the four top teams in Europe share an immaculate record at #EuroVolleyM so far, after winning their respective pools prior to the quarterfinals. On Friday morning, captains Dragan Stankovic, Lukas Kampa, Sam Deroo and coach Sergey Shlyapnikov discussed the upcoming matches and reflected on their journey at #EuroVolleyM.

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Serbia to meet Germany in EuroVolley semis after sweeping Bulgaria in tight quarter-final

Serbia beat Bulgaria 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 28-26) in a tense LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 quarter-final to set up a semi-final showdown with Germany in Krakow.

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Belgium shut out Italy for historic advancement to EuroVolley semifinals

Belgium achieved a historic success by qualifying for the semifinals of a men’s European Championship for the first time. Coach Vital Heynen’s squad mastered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-23) victory over the 2015 bronze medallists Italy in the late Katowice quarterfinal at LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017. On Saturday in Krakow, Belgium will face Russia in an attempt to continue their fairy tale into Sunday’s final.

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TAURON Arena reaches 2,000,000 guests since its opening on great Volleyball night

A woman whose first name is Sabina will surely remember her experience at TAURON Arena for a long time. On Wednesday night, she visited one of the largest multipurpose arenas in Europe to cheer hosts Poland as they fought for a spot in the quarterfinals of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017. There was an extraordinary surprise waiting for her – she indeed took to the court as well to receive a present since her visit made her the guest no. 2,000,000 at TAURON Arena. 

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Germans overpower Czechs to book semifinal spot

Germany secured a spot in the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 semifinals by managing a 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20) victory over the Czech Republic in the first of two quarterfinals, staged at the Spodek in Katowice on Thursday evening. The Germans overcame an inspired Czech performance and will be travelling to Krakow where, on Saturday, they will meet the winner of the Serbia vs. Bulgaria quarterfinal in a race for the gold medal match.

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Russia put on repeat performance as they beat Slovenia 3-0 to secure EuroVolley semi-final spot

Russia cruised past Slovenia 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) to book their place in the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 semi-finals where they will play either Belgium or Italy.

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Four EuroVolley semifinalists coming up!

 The best four teams of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 will emerge on Thursday evening as quarterfinal action unfolds in Katowice and Krakow. Germany and the Czech Republic will open the Spodek for business at 17:30 local time, while Russia and Slovenia measure up to each other again at the Tauron Arena. At 20:30, Belgium will face Italy in Katowice, while Serbia and Bulgaria engage in an all-Balkan clash for a spot in the semifinals in Krakow.

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Sensational Czechs dethrone reigning European champs!

The Czech Republic dropped the biggest sensation of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 so far by knocking out the reigning 2015 European champions from further defending their title. The Czechs played a brilliant game to pull off a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20) upset against France and set up a quarterfinal re-match with Germany on Thursday, at 17:30 local time.

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Poland crash out of EuroVolley as Slovenia sweep hosts to set up quarter-final with Russia

LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 hosts Poland crashed out at the play-off stage after being beaten in straight sets by Slovenia (25-21, 25-21, 25-19). The result means that Slobodan Kovač’s side will face Russia in their quarter-final at 17:30 on Thursday evening.

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Italy “video challenge” their way into quarterfinal encounter with Belgium

Italy became the fifth team with a spot in the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 quarterfinals. In the first playoff fixture in Katowice, Gianlorenzo Blengini’s squad knocked out Turkey with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 31-29) shutout, finalised with a lot of video challenge drama at the end of the match. On Thursday, the Italians will face Belgium in a battle for advancement to the semis.

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Bulgaria set up quarter-final meeting with Serbia after coming from behind to beat Finland

After a pool phase full of emotions, LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 entered the play-off round and Bulgaria were the first team to seal their place in the last eight with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-12).

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All you need to know ahead of opening EuroVolley play-offs - part 2

The last two LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 quarterfinalists will become known late on Wednesday as Poland will play against Slovenia in Krakow and France will face the Czech Republic in Katowice in a race for spots among the best eight teams of this European Championship.

Here are some key facts and stats ahead of these playoff encounters which start at 20:30 local time:

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All you need to know ahead of opening EuroVolley play-offs

Bulgaria will play Finland and Italy will take on Turkey as the play-off phase of LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 gets underway in Krakow and Katowice in less than 24 hours’ time. 

It has also just been announced that from the Play-offs all matches will be live streamed on Facebookand YouTube in countries where no television rights have been sold!

Here are some key facts and stats ahead of the meetings which start at 17:30 CEST on Wednesday:

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Playoff schedule for LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017

The match schedule for LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 play-off phase in Katowice and Krakow has been announced:

Wednesday, August 30 – Katowice:

17.30 Italy – Turkey (the winner will meet Belgium in the quarterfinal)

20.30 France – Czech Republic (the winner will meet Germany in the quarterfinal)

Wednesday, August 30 – Krakow:

17.30 Bulgaria – Finland (the winner will meet Serbia in the quarterfinal)

20.30 Poland – Slovenia (the winner will meet Russiain the quarterfinal)*

* if Poland advances to the quarterfinal, their match will be played at 20.30 CET

Tickets for playoff and quarterfinal matches in Katowice and Krakow are still available. You can purchase them on-line at: https://www.ebilet.pl/en/organizatorzy/polska-siatkowka-sp-z-oo/ and in the ticket offices at Spodek Katowice and TAURON Arena Krakow, everyday, after 12:00.

Poland secure progression after final matches in Gdańsk

Poland secured second place in LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 Pool A by beating Estonia, while Serbia beat Finland to win the pool on the final day of matches at Ergo Arena.

The schedule for the Playoffs has been confirmed as:

   - Katowice 17:30 ITA vs TUR / 20:30 FRA vs CZE
   - Krakow: 17:30 BUL vs FIN / 20:30 POL vs SLO

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