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21/04/2017 16:00
Puchov teams’ coaches already looking forward to playing in Győr
2017 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Men

Puchov, Slovakia, April 21, 2017.  One day before the start of the final round of the 2017 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Men, the head coaches of the six teams playing in Pool II in Puchov, Slovakia shared their thoughts about the upcoming continental competition. They are ready for their first games on Saturday with one first goal in mind – to make it among the eight teams that will remain in contention during the last two competition days in Győr next week.

Jiri Zach, coach of the Czech Republic: “Our goal in this tournament is to qualify among the best eight teams. We want to advance to the final stage in Győr. Our preparation was very good. We only had some problems with the release of players who are in teams from the top division, because the season is not over yet. Finally we found a solution and we are here with the best team. I think this pool will be very tough.”

Pertti Honkanen, coach of Finland: “We started preparing for this tournament five years ago and now we are here at the finals. We want to enjoy this tournament and learn something new every day. For sure our goal is also to go to Győr. It would be very nice for the players, and for me too. For the players this tournament is one of the best experiences in their Volleyball lives. We really want to enjoy it here.”

Slimane Belmadi, coach of France: “We are very happy to be here, because our qualification tournament was difficult. It is very important for our young players to play high-level games and this championship will be a high-level tournament. We expect to finish in the top six, because our goal is to qualify for the World Championship. It is the next level for us. We practiced very hard and we are ready for this tournament.”

Stelian Ghitun, coach of Romania: “We are pleased to take part in this championship. It is a very important tournament, because the first six teams will also qualify for the World Championship. We will try to do our best. We wish all participants good luck and we are looking forward to the competition.”

Peter Kalny, coach of Slovakia: “As an organising country we did not take part in the qualifications. We will see if this was an advantage or a disadvantage. Like all the other teams, we also want to continue playing in the final days in Győr. I know that all of the games will be difficult. Each team, which is going to play in this tournament, is strong.”

Ali Ümit Hizal, coach of Turkey: “Both pools in this tournament are very strong. I am sure that all of the matches will be very tough. I hope for the best result of our team and I wish all the best to all the teams.”

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