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EuroVolley 2011 presented at World Championships

The “EuroVolley 2011” at the heart of Europe

 While the FIVB World Championship 2010 is entering its final stages the preparations for the next big volleyball event are on track and running full speed: between September 10 and 18, 2011 Europe’s volleyball elite will gather in Austria and the Czech Republic to determine the new European Champion in the course of the EuroVolley 2011. The team of co-host Czech Republic already proved its strength in the course of the current World Championship. Today you will find out the efforts of Austria’s players to cut a good figure at the European Championship in their home country.

“We have to live up to high expectations. Austria hosted the football European Championship in 2008 and the handball European Championship in 2010. In particular the handball players delivered a great performance and a spectacular show. Our goal is to make volleyball even more popular in Europe. Austria and the Czech Republic are two countries at the very heart of Europe – and we want to bring volleyball into the hearts of the European people. Vienna and Innsbruck are two wonderful cities in a beautiful country. We are very pleased to have the possibility to show our neighbours all the beautiful things in Austria. Volleyball is supposed to be also an ambassador for Austria in the world“, explains Peter Kleinmann, President of the Austrian Volleyball Federation.


The President of the Czech volleyball Federation Zdenek Hanik says: “The Czech Republic is a nation with a long tradition in volleyball. However, we have lost our top position (the Czechoslovakian Men’s national team was two times World Champion and three times European Champion) in recent times. We want to take the occasion of the Eurovolley 2011 to revoke our great tradition. In Austria, volleyball has seen a very positive development over the last ten years. It seems that the two host countries are heading towards the European Championship but from opposite directions. What unites our two countries is the cultural heritage. This is the special flavour of the upcoming event in the heart of Europe. At the ongoing World Championship the Czech team made it to the third round and we were able to really challenge the defending Champion Brazil (2:3). Only after the defeat against Germany we had no chance anymore to make it to the semi-finals. I think this was quite a good performance. And the aim is to perform even better at the EuroVolley 2011. I would like to add that I was active as coach in Austria and the Czech Republic and I coached the Austrian national team when the European Championship last took place in Austria in 1999. Thus my wish is that the teams of both host countries will perform well and reach their goals.”


Konsel-artLegendary AS Roma goalkeeper Michael Konsel

Ambassador of the EuroVolley 2011


Michael Konsel, a renowned sports figure in Austria is pleased about being ambassador for the EuroVolley 2011:

“I loved to play volleyball when I was young. My father used to play every week and when I was a child he often took me with him to the training. At the beginning of my football career I used to be a player on the field – by playing volleyball I acquired a taste for “diving” and “jumping”. And volleyball is one of the sports that accompanied me throughout my life. I often played beach volleyball and when I was active as goalkeeper in Rome and Venice I often went to see volleyball matches in the competition halls. The atmosphere there was incredible since the competition halls in Rome and Treviso were always full. I am looking forward to help promoting the Eurovolley 2011 and creating a similar atmosphere in Austria and the Czech Republic.“


Biography of Michael Konsel:

  • Goalkeeper of the century of AS Roma (ITA) and SK Rapid (AUT)
  • Best player of Italy’s Seria A  in 1997/98
  • Called “il pantera“ by his Roman fans
  • 2 participations in World Championships (1990 and 1998)
  • 3 times Austrian Champion
  • 3 times winner of the Austrian Cup
  • 2 European Cup finals with SK Rapid (1984/85 Everton, 1995/96 Paris St. Germain)
  • In the Champions League with SK Rapid in a Pool with Juventus Turin, Manchester United and Fenerbahce Istanbul
  • 12 years active for SK Rapid (395 Austrian league matches, 47 Austrian cup matches, 42 European Cup matches)  - “The panther of Hütteldorf”
  • 13 years active in the Austrian national team (43 encounters)
  • 1997 became goalkeeper of AS Roma
  • 1999/2000 became goalkeeper of AC Venezia
  • Awarded the Gold Medal of Services to the Republic of Austria
  • Organizer of the “Michael Konsel Goalie Camps“ since 1997
  • Organizer of Sport-Incentive- and Adventure journeys in Europe
  • www.konsel.com and www.pro-impuls.at


Other Ambassadors of the EuroVolley 2011

  • Norbert Darabos (Federal Minister of Defence and Sports)
  • Claudia Schmied (Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture)
  • Michael Häupl (Mayor of Vienna)
  • Barbara Wehsely (Executive city councillor of Vienna for health and social affairs)
  • Christian Oxonitsch (Executive city councillor of Vienna for sports)
  • Manfred Wurm (Head of Vienna’s 23rd district)
  • Norbert Scheed (Head of Vienna’s 22nd district)
  • Peter Wittmann (President of the Austrian Federal Sports Organization, BSO)
  • Hans Peter Trost (ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Barbara Stöckl (ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Edi Finger Jun. (TV and radio reporter)
  • Adi Niederkorn (TV and radio reporter)
  • Anja Richter (Federal Ministry of Sports)
  • Wolfgang Gotschke (Federal Ministry of Sports)
  • Andreas Goldberger (Austrian ski jumping legend)
  • Michaela Dorfmeister (Olympic champion, Alpine skiing)
  • Hannes Jagerhofer (Organizer of beach Volleyball Grand Slam, Klagenfurt)
  • Florian Gosch (Beach volleyball player)
  • Sandra Pires (Singer)
  • Franz Klammer (Legendary Austrian skier)
  • Richard Orthmann (businessman)
  • Hans Krankl (legendary Austrian football player)