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Une équipe internationale a identifié plusieurs facteurs qui pourraient augmenter le risque qu’ont les enfants de devenir obèses.

Cette nouvelle étude, menée par des équipes de l’University of Southern California et du Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a pris en compte des données concernant 1.301 enfants âgés de 6 à 11 ans et leurs mères, dans six pays européens (France, Grèce, Lituanie, Norvège, Espagne et Royaume-Uni).Contrairement aux études précédentes, qui s’étaient concentrées sur un ou deux facteurs environnementaux, les chercheurs ont utilisé ces données pour évaluer l’exposition des enfants à 77 facteurs environnementaux in utero et 96 au cours de l’enfance, comme l’exposition à la pollution, au tabac, aux métaux lourds, aux pesticides, et à des espaces verts.“Les sujets ne sont pas exposés uniquement à un seul produit chimique au cours de leur vie”, a expliqué le Dr. Lida Chatzi, responsable de l’étude. “Ils sont exposés à de multiples produits chimiques. Nous essayons de comprendre l’ensemble des expositions environnementales en gardant cela à l’esprit.”Leurs résultats, repris par la revue 

Environmental Health Perspectives, ont montré que le fait de fumer pendant la grossesse était le facteur de risque le plus lié à l’obésité infantile, et aussi le seul facteur prénatal affichant une association significative. L’exposition à la fumée de cigarette au cours de l’enfance était aussi lié à un indice de masse corporelle plus élevé (IMC), suggérant que l’arrêt du tabac serait une manière pour les deux parents de protéger la santé de leurs enfants.“C’est un message très important”, a commenté le Dr. Chatzi. “Les femmes enceintes fumeuses et le tabagisme passif étant des facteurs répandus à travers le monde.”L’exposition à la pollution de l’air, tant dans le domicile qu’à l’extérieur, était un autre facteur liée à un IMC plus élevé, tout comme la localisation des lieux de résidence des enfants. Les enfants qui vivaient dans des zones densément peuplées étaient plus susceptibles d’afficher un IMC plus élevé, mais ceux qui allaient à l’école dans des zones bien équipées avec de nombreux commerces et des établissements éducatifs accessibles à pied étaient plus susceptibles d’afficher un IMC plus faible.Les scientifiques soulignent que l’obésité infantile est un problème de santé en pleine expansion à travers le monde. Elle peut augmenter les risques que les enfants développent de nombreuses autres pathologies comme le diabète de type 2, certains cancers, des maladies cardiaques et mentales.Click Here: Cheap FIJI Rugby Jersey

Sources at the Williams F1 team have responded angrily to reports that its former title sponsor ROKiT is to join up with reigning world championship squad Mercedes with immediate effect.

Williams last month announced that it was ending its partnership with ROKiT with immediate effect, although no specific reason was given at the time.

“I can’t go into detail on the ins and outs,” deputy team principal Claire Williams said about the split in May. “What I can say is that we met all of our contractual obligations to ROKiT.”

For its part, ROKiT insisted that it remained committed to its motorsport activities, including sponsorship of the Venturi Formula E team and all the cars in the W Series.

  • Williams to revamp FW43 livery following ROKiT exit

The Williams team also announced at the time that it was seeking ways of raising additional finance to support the squad’s operation – including considering a potential sale of part of all of the F1 team.

The split with ROKiT can’t have helped the business situation at Grove. ROKiT only came on board at the start of 2019 and had subsequently extended its arrangement through to 2023, thought to be worth $25 million dollars per year.

Today’s reports from sources including Motorsport.com that the mobile telecommunications company is finalising a new deal with Mercedes have not gone down well at Williams.

“We are absolutely shocked that a team with whom we have worked so well for a long time, would make an agreement with a sponsor who knows what happened,” sources told Racefans.net this week.

The reports add that Williams is considering legal action to block the deal and prevent the ROKiT name from appearing on the Silver Arrows as early as next month’s Austrian Grand prix.

It would not be the first time that Williams have lost a major sponsor to a rival team. Unilever were a previous backer until they were poached by McLaren in 2019, while Polish fuel and energy giant PKN ORLEN followed Robert Kubica to Ferrari at the end of the season.

ROKiT is understood to have had discussions with several other teams about a sponsorship deal since splitting with Williams, including Haas and Racing Point.

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Mercedes itself would not confirm holding talks with ROKiT, acknowledging only that it was discussing possible future partnerships with a number of interested parties.

A spokesperson said that the team “can’t offer comment on any confidential commercial discussions, be they with ROKiT or any other brand”.

Current sponsors of Mercedes include Petronas, Bose, Monster Energy and INEOS. Mercedes is seeking to strengthen its own financial situation ahead of the introduction of the new $145 million budget cap coming into effect next year.

Team boss Toto Wolff has previously stated that making the team profitable would be to ensure that Daimler’s decision on whether or not to continue in the sport was effectively a “no-brainer”.

“The marketing is huge and the return on investment should be the icing on the cake,” he explained. “We see that in the American sports leagues that most of them, the NFL or the NBA, are profitable franchises.

“This is my personal aim and my personal contribution with our partners to turn this into such a corporate company.”

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Imola circuit boss Uberto Selvatico Estense is pushing F1 to add his venue to the sport’s 2020 calendar of European events, insisting the race could cap off a “legendary national triple” in Italy.

Imola was buzzing with activity on Wednesday as Scuderia Alpha Tauri conducted a filming day in preparation for next week’s season opening Austrian Grand Prix, with both Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly sharing driving duties.

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And Selvatico Estense took the opportunity to state Imola’s case as an event that should bookend F1’s summer schedule in September, after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and a prospective race at Mugello.

“Imola has F1 in its DNA and on this track the history of F1 has taken place, it must not be forgotten and we must be rightly proud of it,” said the Formula Imola president.

“Looking ahead, and with an eye to the local economy in this serious moment of crisis, our goal is to bring back the top series to Imola’s circuit from this year.”

The Imola boss believes his track has an aura and history that would add value to F1.

“The most logical and most suitable solution for F1 fans from all over the world would be to use circuits with great media impact, as Imola certainly is. [And] perhaps together with Monza and Mugello, for a legendary national triple.

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“We started since April of this year working with great dedication and passion on this hypothesis, together with the local and regional institutions and the FOWC [F1 world championship]

“And we hope that the national sports authority will also support our candidature for this season.”

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From a driver’s point of view, Daniil Kvyat – who drove on Wednesday both the team’s new-spec AT01 and a 2018 Toro Rosso SDTR13 – gave Imola a very positive review.

“Imola is a special track and I am very happy to get back in a F1 car, after this long pause, on this circuit,” said the Russian.

“I’ve known it for some time, because I did one of my first tests here with a single-seater in 2010.

“The track is really fantastic to drive, with some nice fast corners. I am of the opinion that it should absolutely be on the F1 calendar.”

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Les pays où il fait bon d’être une femme

June 24, 2020 | News | No Comments

Basée sur l’interrogation de près de 256 700 femmes, une enquête publiée le 21 juin dans le magazine CEOWORLD a permis d’établir un classement des meilleurs pays pour les femmes en se basant sur plusieurs critères dont l’égalité des sexes, le sentiment de sécurité ou encore leur autonomisation. Si la Suède arrive en tête, la France fait partie du top 10.

Suite à une enquête menée auprès de près de 256 700 femmes dans le monde, le magazine américain CEOWORLD a publié son classement annuel des meilleurs pays pour les femmes. Les 156 pays de la liste ont obtenu des notes sur neuf attributs 

  • L’

    égalité des sexes ;

  • Le pourcentage de sièges législatifs occupés par des femmes ;
  • Le sentiment de sécurité (femmes de 15 ans et plus qui déclarent se sentir en sécurité en marchant seule la nuit) ;
  • Le revenu égalité ;
  • Le respect des droits de l’Homme ;
  • L’autonomisation des femmes ;
  • Le nombre moyen d’années de scolarité parmi les femmes ;
  • Les femmes de 25 ans et plus occupant un emploi rémunéré ;
  • L’inclusion des

    femmes dans la société.

En classant les différentes notes de la meilleure à la moins bonne, voici le top 10 des meilleurs pays pour les femmes

  1. La Suède ;
  2. Le Danemark ; 
  3. Les Pays Bas ; 
  4. La Norvège ; 
  5. Le Canada ; 
  6. La Finlande ; 
  7. La Suisse ; 
  8. La Nouvelle Zélande ;
  9. La France ; 
  10. L’Allemagne. 

Les pays nordiques arrivent donc en tête, et excepté le Canada et la Nouvelle-Zélande, les pays du top 10 sont majoritairement européens. Arrivent ensuite dans le classement, le Luxembourg, l’Autriche, l’Italie, l’Espagne, le Japon et l’Australie. Les Etats-Unis sont placés à la 20ème place derrière le Royaume-Unis, le Portugal et Singapour. Parmi les mauvais élèves se trouvent l’Afghanistan, la Guinée-Bissau, le Lesotho, le Niger, la Syrie, le Chad et la Somalie. La République centrafricaine arrive tout en bas de la liste.Click Here: cheap all stars rugby jersey

European Council President Charles Michel attends an European summit in video conference format, in Brussels, on June 19, 2020

EU leaders to meet next month as budget talks intensify, says Charles Michel

Member countries will get down to details on plan to revive economy, European Council president says.

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EU leaders are now shifting to “real negotiations” over the long-term budget and recovery plan, and aim to confer in person next month, European Council President Charles Michel said after they met via videoconference on Friday.

Leaders spent about four hours on the video call, with officials saying that countries mostly repeated their existing positions on the European Commission’s proposal for a €1.1 trillion core EU budget and associated €750 billion recovery fund.

“Now we shift to another phase. We will negotiate,” Michel told reporters, adding that he is “committed to start immediately real negotiations with the member states.”

The Council chief plans to “put on the table some concrete proposals” and then convene a summit in Brussels in the middle of next month. Michel acknowledged a range of issues remains unresolved, including how recovery money should be allocated.

Both Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged leaders to move quickly to take a decision.

It is “essential that we lose no time,” von der Leyen said, adding that she was “glad to hear that many leaders stress that we must do everything in our power to reach an agreement soon in the European Council before the summer break.”

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L’Organisation mondiale de la santé a espéré jeudi que quelques centaines de millions de vaccins contre le Covid-19 pourraient être produits avant la fin de l’année, et même deux milliards en 2021.

Alors que la course aux vaccins s’accélère, la directrice scientifique de l’OMS, Soumya Swaminathan, a indiqué que plus de 200 candidats vaccins sont à l’étude à travers le monde, et une dizaine d’essais cliniques en cours.”Si nous avons beaucoup de chance, il y aura un ou deux candidats avant la fin de cette année“, a-t-elle déclaré lors d’une conférence de presse virtuelle.La haute responsable de l’OMS a identifié trois groupes de population qui devraient être prioritairement vaccinés : les travailleurs en première ligne comme les médecins et les policiers, les personnes les plus vulnérables telles que les personnes âgées, les personnes vivant dans un environnement à transmission élevée comme les bidonvilles urbains et les maisons de santé.”Nous partons de l’hypothèse que nous pourrions avoir quelques centaines de millions de doses à la fin de cette année, de façon très optimiste“, a déclaré Mme Swaminathan, ajoutant: “Nous espérons qu’en 2021, nous aurons deux milliards de doses de un, deux ou trois vaccins efficaces“.

Fin mai, les patrons de l’industrie pharmaceutique ont aussi dit croire à un vaccin avant 2021, mais souligné que les défis seraient considérables car le monde va avoir besoin de deux doses de vaccin par personne, soit 15 milliards selon certaines estimations.Mme Swaminathan a expliqué que les scientifiques analysent 40.000 séquences du génome du nouveau coronavirus, qui a fait plus de 450.000 morts dans le monde, et indiqué qu’il n’avait pas muté dans les domaines clés qui modifieraient notamment la gravité de la maladie.La dexaméthasone, un stéroïde, est à ce stade le seul médicament qui semble améliorer la survie chez des malades du Covid-19.

Vanté par le président américain Donald Trump et le chercheur français controversé Didier Raoult, l’hydroxychloroquine n’a pas confirmé les espoirs placés en lui. L’OMS a renoncé aux essais sur ce traitement, arrivant à la conclusion que cet antipaludéen ne réduisait pas le taux de mortalité des malades du Covid-19 hospitalisés.Mme Swaminathan a indiqué que des essais qui n’étaient pas menés par l’OMS se poursuivaient dans le monde pour savoir si l’hydroxychloroquine pouvait avoir un rôle préventif face au virus.”L’hydroxychloroquine n’a pas d’impact – nous en sommes sûrs maintenant – sur la maladie en termes de mortalité chez les patients hospitalisés du Covid-19“, a-t-elle déclaré, soulignant que l’on ne savait en revanche pas encore si le traitement pouvait avoir un effet préventif ou réduisait la gravité de l’infection s’il est pris dès le début de l’infection.Click Here: West Coast Eagles Guernsey

Hossam Abdel Aziz, coach of Egyptian men’s national team has selected 12 players, who will play in first round of Playoff 2 in the World League 2013 Qualifications.

 

Egypt representation: Ahmed Abdalla, Ashraf Aboulhassan and Hossam Youssef (Setters); Ahmed Abdelatif, Rashad Attia, Mohamed Ketat and Mohamed Ali Seifelnasr (Centers); Mohamed Badawy, Ahmed Youssef, Mohamed Moustafa and Saleh Youssef (Attackers); Ahmed Abdelhay and Reda Heikal (Opposites); and Wael Alaydy (Libero).

The biggest problem of their team is a lack of friendly matches. Since Olympic Qualification they didn’t play any of them. This situation means that Hossam Abdel Aziz has decided to include Egyptian volleyball veterans to the squad. Their young players haven’t experience in international competitions, so they’re needful in the team.

– We worked very hard in the last three weeks to get the team into top performance shape before the first match against Iran. We will depend on some tactical matches between the players to make up for lack of friendly matches. We also followed the Iranian team’s last matches to study their players – especially their last match against Egypt in the 2011 World Cup where the Iranians won in straight sets. – said Hossam Abdel Aziz.

 

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Dinamo Moscow was beaten in three straight sets by Gubernia Nizhny Novgorod in the 7th round of the Russian Superlaegue. The team of the capital of Russia won only three matches this season. In the game of the week, Lokomotiv Novosibirsk claimed a convincing victory over Ural Ufa. Lokomotiv is leading in the blue group along with Zenit Kazan.

Gubernia Nizhny Novgorod defeated Dinamo in Moscow (25-23, 25-16, 26-24) and confirmed a good disposition after elimination Zenit Kazan and Fakel Novy Urengoy in the Cup of Russia. Dinamo Moscow played again without three primary receivers- Bartosz Kurek, Peter Veres and Semen Poltavskiy. Kurek and Veres will come back soon while Poltavski can be forced to stop his career by his solder joint injury. The main gun of Novgorod was Nikolay Pavlov. He scored 18 points reaching 57% of efficiency. A Finn setter, Mikko Esko, finally presented the level expected of him. Among Dinamo players just Pavel Kruglov was able to face his opponents. He collected 17 points with 54 % of efficiency.

 

All results of the 7th leg

Group of Blue
Kuzbass Kemerovo – Belogorie Belgorod 2:3 (29:27, 22:25, 25:18, 14:25, 13:15)
Top Scorers: Tuia 23, Moroz 20, Andrae 17, Poroshin 5; Grozer 24, Muserskiy 19, Khtey 13, Khanipov 5

Ural Ufa – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 0:3 (19:25, 26:28, 16:25)
Top Scorers: Spiridonov 14, Ashchev 11, Maksimov 10, Abramov 3; Nilsson 22, Divis 10, Biryukov 8,

Grozny – Gazprom Yugra Surgut 1:3 (16:25, 19:25, 34:32, 15:25)
Top Scorers: Rykov 17, Bestuzhev 13, Shipotko 10, Tokhtash 7; Rodichev 19, Todorov 16, Leontiev 13, Mysin 13

Zenit Kazan – Yaroslavich Yaroslavl 3:0 (25:20, 30:28, 25:20)
Top Scorers: Mikhaylov 19, Anderson 15, Berezhko 10, Demakov 6, Vermiglio 5; Pluzhnikov 9, Kulikovskiy 8, Filippov 5, Logunov 5, Kolesnik 5

 

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Group of Red
Prikam Perm – Fakel Novy Urengoy
1:3 (21:25, 25:22, 23:25, 25:27)
Top Scorers: Karpenko 14, Likhosherstov 13, Yakimov 11, Konnov 11; Bakun 30, Melnik 15, Kritskiy 11, Titich 5, Zygadlo 5.

Dinamo Krasnodar – Lokomotiv Kharkhiv 3:1 (25:22, 25:17, 21:25, 25:17)
Top Scorers: Mochalov 18, Conte 17, Nosenko 15, Khilchenko 5, Botin 5; Tyutlin 13, V.Ivanov 13, Kapaev 9, Teryomenko 7, Rudnitskiy 7.

Dinamo Moscow – Gubernia Nizhny Novgorod 0:3 (23:25, 16:25, 24:26)
Top Scorers: Kruglov 17, Markin 12, Krivets 8, Shchadilov 6; Pavlov 18, Savin 12, Ostapenko 9, Nikic 6, O.Sychev 6.

Iskra Odintsovo – Shakhtar Soligorsk 3:1 (25:16, 17:25, 26:24, 26:24)
Top Scorers: Schmitt 23, Kalinin 11, Kozlov 10, Redwitz 7; Simeonov 19, Ashlei Nemer 9, Miklashevich 9, Audochanka 8.

Standings
Group of Blue:

  1. Zenit Kazan 18
  2. Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 18
  3. Gazprom Yugra Surgut 15
  4. Ural Ufa 14
  5. Belogorie Belgorod 12
  6. Kuzbass Kemerovo 11
  7. Yaroslavich Yaroslavl 7
  8. Grozny 4

 

Group of Red:

  1. Fakel Novy Urengoy 13
  2. Iskra Odintsovo 12
  3. Dinamo Krasnodar 12
  4. Lokomotiv Kharkhiv 9
  5. Gubernia Nizhny Novgorod 9
  6. Dinamo Moscow 8
  7. Prikam Perm 3
  8. Shakhtar Soligorsk 3

RJX Champion in Brazil!

June 22, 2020 | News | No Comments

RJX won the Brazilian title for the first time in history of club. Theo and Thiago Alves were the main weapons in the RJX victory this Sunday. Theo was the highest scorer with 19 points, and Thiago Alves was voted the MVP of the match. The coach of the winning team, Marcelo Fronckowiak, highlighted the strength of the group as the main factor in achieving a victory.

RJX – Sada Cruzeiro 3:1 (16:25, 25:18, 25:18, 25:14)

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World League 2013: Group Stage summary

June 22, 2020 | News | No Comments

World League Group Stage came to an end. Which player deserved to be nominated to top 7 of the phase and which played below their potential? Which teams should be praised or disappointed? Check it out!

 

 

 

POOL A

Brazil (25 points, 8/1)

Arguably not so strong, not so impressive and attractive like several years ago, but Brazil is still Brazil. Despite “Canarinhos” has already played without Giba, Sergio or Murilo, they easily reached the summit of Pool A. Perhaps, Brazil was not playing thrilling games and making many unforced mistakes, but it was always enough to claim three points. Only France made problems for vice-Olympic champions. This season confirms so far that Bernardo Rezende does not have to worry because he is bringing up a new generation of stars. It is meant Ricardo Lucarelli, who has already become a leader of Brazil and one of the best in World League.

Bulgaria (19 points, 7/3)

Not complicated way of play, two guns on the left and right wing and good block can be a recipe for World League Final Six advance. Bulgaria mastered the style which is not nice, more is frequently ugly, but very effective. However, if you have such a player like Tsvetan Sokolov, you must take advantage his skills and potential. This player exactly took Poland away three points in the first match on Friday and booked tickets to Argentina. What prospect for the finals? Bulgaria will face Argentina and Italy and as the host are not in great shape, they can be located in top 4.  

France (15 points, 5/5)

“I wish we did not played well at the beginning” – this statement may be articulated by majority of French players and the head-coach Faurent Tillie. France was one of the most elegant and pleasant for watching of all World League 2013 participants. Multiplicity of digs, various counterattacks system , spectacular and technical solutions in attack could really impress. However, “Les Bleues” fell very poor start with four failures in a row what influenced greatly on the final Pool A layout. Especially, a defeat in the United States turned out to be fateful and closed the door to the top 6, because they led 1-2 and 19-22  to lose finally in tie-break. The French, after several years of stagnation, finally stood up and for sure will be extremely dangerous for everyone during the European Championships. Under the leadership of Ervin Ngapeth or Jenia Grebennikov, France may come back to the successes of the beginning of the 21st century or even shine brighter.

Poland (14 points, 4/6)

London’s demons reborn. One of the worst season in history of “Polish “ participation in World League came true. The defending champion lost six matches not playing any good game over the whole competition and is among two teams, that was not able to get a promotion to the Finals a year after winning the trophy. No doubt, Poland was bad prepared for the tournament in particular as far as the physical aspect. All players were jumping lower, striking lighter and wailing in key moments. Polish fans were frustrated by Piotr Nowakowski and his awkwardness. Zbigniew Bartman was making them laughter missing attack without opponents over the net while Bartosz Kurek still did not faced his competitor, but himself. Only Pawel Zatorski, who played just 6 games, is allowed to be   happy with himelf. The young Skra Belchatow player was faultless in reception and added a lot of vital digs, thus, he deserved to be nominated to the best libero title. The head-coach, Andrea Anastasi,  shoved again a lack of taking a risk ability and unreasonable “clinging” to individual player. World League 2013 pointed plenty of weaknesses in Poland’s play. It finally proved that Poland (Andrea Anastasi) needs to change a “preparatore fisico” and call to Mariusz Wlazły to the rescue.
 
USA (12 points, 4/6)

Hey, hey USA! As this is not Olympic season, you could expect USA will not be so competitive like one ago, especially that the U.S. new head-coach, John Speraw, introduced a few new players so far unknown on the international “market” and started up a journey to Rio De Janeiro,  because it is always the main aim for Americans. However, new faces, Carson Clark or Kely Caldwell supported by team leader Matthew Anderson, met the new challenge fighting till the last ball in every game.  Nevertheless, that was not the time or place to think of Final Six promotion, but USA has potential for great play in the future, particularly in 2016.       

Argentina (5 points, 1/9)

Argentina is one of the most disappointing team of this year’s edition. Right, “Albicelestes” have finals on home soil, but it is not any alibi to take the struggle only in three or four games. The South American team suffers from internal troubles and interpersonal conflicts including ex team captain Rodrigo Quiroga, who conspires against the head-coach Javier Weber. All these happenings enhance the impression that Argentina will not be able to reconstruct mental and physical shape in Final Six and will only worsen its matches ratio in World League 2013. What in the future? Until Facundo Conte come back in great shape, Argentina will not be able to fight with top teams.

POOL B

Italy (19 points, 7/3)

“Squadra Azzurra” mercilessly took advantage all problems its opponents claiming the first place in Pool B. A lack of Aleassandro Fei, Luigi Mastrangelo or first of all Michal Lasko was imperceptible, because Mauro Berruto brought up a new team leader Ivan Zaytsev. Italia, based on Lube Banca Macerata players , won seven matches while included only 3 setbacks and seems to the main willing, with Brazil and Russia, to conquer the World League.   

Russia (19 points, 7/3)

In spite of playing without many amazing players like Maxim Mikhalov or Alexander Volkov, Russia exhibited its unlimited potential and is going to Argentina to claim the World League trophy lost one year ago. “Sborna” surprised all experts losing against Cuba, as a results, fought for the advance till the last leg , but finally confirmed its access in finals thanks to Iran’s victory over Germany. Nikolay Pavlov successfully replaced his more titled predecessor and he will power Russia in Argentina being accompanied by spontaneous and uncontrollable Aleksey Spiridonov. Perhaps “Sporna” will not arrive to Mar Del Plata in optimal squad, but certainly with desire to stay to on the top after Olympics.    

Germany (17 points, 5/5)

Germanys were so closed to take a promotion to Final Six. They probably used 100% of their abilities beating i.e. Russia, however, missed a chance to second consecutive advance to finals in Iran last weekend. Nevertheless, Vital Heynen discovered a new team leader on the position number 2. Denys Kaliberda, it is about him, occurred to be one of the most valuable receiver not only in reception, but also in offensive actions. When Gorgy Grozer returns to the national team, they may become very, very strong.

Serbia (16 points, 5/5)

Serbia passed another unsuccessful performance in international tournament. After taking the European Championship in 2011, they are not able to return on the right track and fail every more important exam playing against someone of the top in spite of having a few talented and already experienced players. Aleksandar Atanasijevic in not enough. As long as Nikola Kovacevic comes back to great disposition and Marco Podrascanin or Dragan Stankovic show their best, Serbia will not succeed. However, the most disquieting of Serbia is a setter. Vlado Petkovic is not able to maintain high level even not mentioning about reaching Nikola Grbic.  

Iran (15 points, 5/5)

Chapeau bas to Iran and Julio Velasco for their attitude this year. They were generating outstanding volleyball performances many times and were making a progress game by game what consumed in a winning duel against Italy. Plenty of volleyball fans were impressed by Iran’s self-confidence and incredible physical preparation despite it was one of few plays outside of their native continent. World League 2013 ensured great promotion for Iran’s players and some of them really glistened. Mohammad Mousavi occurred to be one of the most valuable middle-blockers in the tournament. Not only, did he become the best blocker, but Mousavi also contributed effective attacks and powerful serves. No one should be astonished, if he will be tempted by European clubs i.e. Turkish.    

Cuba (4 points, 1/9)

Cuba is in a deep crisis which will be very hard to overcame. After discarding such players like Wilfredo Leon, Fernando Hernandez or Yoandry Diaz, there are not any positive news for the future. The actual young players are not as gifted as these previous one, so it seems that Cuba may fall out of the world leaders for more than 2 or even 4 years. In World League 2013, Cuba achieved just one win coming off all remaining team in pool B, however, the team of the “Hot Island” probably would have embarrassing problems with winning even in group C.

POOL C

Canada (23 points, 8/2)

Long-term cooperation with Glenn Hoag yielded results. Canada advanced to the finals by presenting a good and smooth play despite some problems like an injury of the team leader Gavin Schmitt. The “Maple Leaves” are not a miscellany of stars, but a group of players convinced about their value creating a collective. In group stage, they  withstood a pressure exerted by the Netherlands and overtook them to the finish line. For sure, Canada will not a favorite of finals in Argentina, however, they are always self-confident and feels like advance to semis.    

The Netherlands (22 points, 7/3)

The Dutch can be one of the most disappointed team of all. Having won seven games, they were an architect of their own fate in the last round with a need in order to overcome Finland claiming three points and gain tickets to Argentina. Unfortunately, “Oranje” did coped with this work wasting a chance to return to the saloon of world volleyball after about 15 years. In spite of this setback, Wytze Kooistra and all the rest shoved quite attractive way of play with an emphasis on offensive. However, they sometimes need more balance between attack and defense particularly including block and defense relation. Nevertheless, Holland National Team is a mix of youth and experience with great potential and prospects for the future. A setter, Nimir Abdel-Aziz for a long may be one of the best players on his position and the Dutch real play creator, if only he is making progress in Turkey.

Korea (13 points, 4/6)

A setter, Sun-So Han led Korea to the quite good result taking into account their physical potential and a Sung Min Moon’s injury already in the premiere game. First of all, they overtook Japan in standings and it is their great achievement, as internal rivalry between continental opponents is crucial in Asia. What is more, Korea jumped Finland gaining the third palace in pool C. The best impression of Koreans exerted Sun-So Han. He was the best setter of the group stage not only statistically, but also practically due to numerous outputs in the field of competitive middle-blockers.

Finland (12 points, 4/6)

It seems that inevitably comes the decline of the Finn team which could face every single opponent in the world or for instance to beat Brazil. Team leader, Mikko Esko, is older and older what is visible to the naked eye. That is why “Suomi” included a few bloopers inter alia against Japan twice despite they were a major candidate to get a ticket to Argentina from Pool C. They did not find any new offensive player, who would be in charge of ending up high ball. Aforementioned Mikko Esko probably did not manage to combine his play in Russia and the national team, therefore was not a “strong point” of Finland. He simply disappointed.

Portugal (11 points,  4/6)

Portugal was invited to the World League in place of Egypt plunged into political crisis and came up to all expectations. No one probably thought they will involve to the struggle for advance, but they wanted to pick up what can be. Portugal in part promoted Alexandre Ferreira who, has been signed by Trentino Volley. In fact, this player was a machine holding his team to four victories.  

Japan (9 points, 3/7)

Even the American school of volleyball is not enough to pull Japan out of impasse. Perhaps, Gary Sato set up a new way of trainings, but he cannot create a valuable team having just 2 high-level players. No one would do it. Furthermore, if an Asian team gives way its opponents in defense, reception or technical play, the squad cannot dream about any win. This is still characteristic to Japan. Anyway, the team of Country of the Raising Sun made two significant surprises beating Finland twice, but if they had lost these games, there would not be any astonishment. This is the right strength of Japanese volleyball.

 

Group Stage Dream Team:

 

Team of Disappointments: