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29 June 2014
Bursa, Turkey, June 26, 2014- In their first participation at the FIVB World League, Turkey Men's Volleyball National team is seeking a new era in their history when they start the competition at Group 3 final due to start in Bursa, Turkey on Saturday.
With their more famous women's achievements in the last few years at the World level, Turkish Volleyball is now seeking the same emergence at the Men's level in the 2014 edition of the World League.
Although they are the last ranked team in the newly designated finals (No 45), Turkey coach Emmanuelle Zanini is very optimistic to achieve good results in the finals
"We play at the World League for the first time and we feel the importance of the competition here," He said.
"We deserved to qualify to the finals not only as an organizer, but also through our results in the Intercontinental round as we came second of Pool F. Now we are looking forwards to compete here between our spectators, we are now thinking of the semifinal match against Slovakia and then we have to think of the finals. We know that Cuba is big favourites for the gold medal, but we will do our best to capture the first position here in Bursa."
The spectators were key factor when Turkey won their first gold medal at the international level when they hosted the Girls U18 World Championship in Ankara in 2011 and now the Men's team coach is calling their support for a new achievement.
"We have to do our best against the world level teams like Cuba to win this competition. We need to use the individual talents of our players in the team work to serve our goals,"
Zanini was appointed head coach of Turkey in 2013 to use his experience in leading the Turkish men team. Since becoming a coach in 2000, he has performed well with the Italian and Slovak national men’s teams and with club teams in Italy, France and Slovakia. He guided Slovakia to unprecedented success over four seasons, starting in 2008. The team won that year’s European League title and repeated the trick in 2011. Also, under Zanini’s guidance Slovakia came fifth at the 2011 European Championship. As assistant coach to the Italian men, he won World League gold medals in 1999 and 2000, another gold at the 1999 European Championship and Olympic bronze at Sydney 2000.
Volleyball is a famous sport in Bursa, one of the biggest cities in Turkey. One women’s and one men’s teams competed in Acibadem Volleyball League last year but there will be two women’s teams in 2014-2015 season. Volleyball fans, who missed the sport after the last match of the season, are looking forward to hosting the Group 3 Finals of the 2014 FIVB World League.
The matches will be played in Cengiz Göllü Volleyball Hall, which has 5.000 spectators capacity. The hall is named to the biggest heroes in the host country's volleyball, who served 56 years for Turkish sport as a player, coach and manager. The hall opened one year ago and now it will host one of the most prestigious events in sports.
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