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Mail: press@eurovolley2011.com

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Miroslav Ejem

Mail: ejem@cvf.cz





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 own 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 wan 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.

Legendary AS Roma goalkeeper Michael Konsel wants to be an ambassador of the EuroVolley 2011. “He’s been voted AS Roma’s goalkeeper of the century and when he was active in Italy he was one of the best players. He’s well known in Italy“, says Peter Kleinmann happily about the prominent supporter.

Euro Volley 2011: All 16 places allocated
All 16 places in the EuroVolley 2011 have been allocated. Belgium, Estonia and Turkey were the last nations to qualify at the beginnign of September.

2000 spectators in Antwerp saw Belgium defeat Spain in the return game of the 3rd leg of the qualification with 3:2 (25:18, 28:26, 19:25, 23:25,15:6). But Spain’s chances to qualify were already quite slim after the1:3 defeat also in their home match.

Also Estonia’s players could celebrate: after a 3:1 victory in the home match the team also remained victorious in the return match in Rotterdam. The Estonian team secured a clear 3:0 (25:21, 25:16 und 25:23) victory against the Netherlands in front of 1600 spectators. The encounter took only 71 minutes.

Turkey was the last team to book the ticket for the EuroVolley 2011. In Iraklion in front of 6000 spectators Turkey defeated Greece with 3:2 (25:15, 25:21, 20:25, 18:25, 15:11). Also the first match went to Turkey with 3:1. (Both teams were opponents of Austria in the European League competition).

Before Estonia, Belgium and Turkey the teams of the two host countries Austria and Czech Republic as well as Bulgaria, France, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Finland, Slovakia, Germany, Italy and Portugal were already qualified.

Participants EuroVolley 2011:

Austria Czech Republic (host countries)
Bulgaria, France, Poland, Russia, Serbia (Top-5, EC 2009)
Slovenia, Finland, Slovakia, Germany, Italy and Portugal (winners of qualification groups)
Belgium, Turkey, Estonia (winners of the 3rd qualification leg)

EuroVolley Hosts
Besides Austria and the Czech Republic also Denmark and the Netherlands, France and Greece together with Bulgaria put forward bids to host the European Championship 2011, but Austria and the Czech Republic were designated as organizers.

The venues of the EuroVolley 2011
Olympiaworld Innsbruck
8,000 seats

The Olympiaworld sports hall in Innsbruck is a top venue for sports competitions at the heart of the Alps. It offers modern sports facilities, attractive service and perfect conditions.

9,589 seats

The Stadthalle in Vienna is the biggest venue for all sorts of events in Austria. It is located quite centrally in Vienna near the Gürtel (literally ‘belt’), a ring road that encompasses the inner city districts. The largest of the overall 6 halls is Hall D which will offer ideal conditions for the EuroVolley 2011. It serves as venue for concerts, show acts and sports competitions (like a traditional football tournament, Holiday on Ice, Fest der Pferde); overall it has seen about 80 European and World Championships.

KV Arena
Karlovy Vary/Czech Republic
6,000 seats

The KV Arena is one of the most modern multifunctional complexes in central Europe. It was completed and inaugurated in 2009. The town of Karlovy Vary, which was founded in 1350, is a popular destination for tourists and health spa guests.

Prague/Czech Republic
17,000 seats

The O2 Arena is the most modern facility for events in the Czech Republic. It is a venue for sports, culture, entertainment, exhibitions, trade fairs and other events. The Arena’s most distinguishing features are its modern technology, its multi-purpose infrastructure, its sophisticated marketing, its comfort and the comprehensive service offered to all visitors.

Austria’s volleyball – striving for the top
With 25,408 members in 364 clubs (as of 01.01.2010) the Austrian volleyball Federation (ÖVV) is one of the biggest sports organizations in Austria. A milestone in the history of volleyball in Austria was the participation of the team of the Vienna hotVolleys in the CEV Champions League Final Four in 2000. Since the year 2005 the best clubs of six nations (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria) are participating in the strong Middle European League (MEL) which is only open for tams who are qualified for a European cup competition.

The high quality of the League was underlined last year through the Champions League Final Four qualification of MEL Champion Ach Volley BLED (SLO). In addition Austria’s Champion HYPO Tirol finished 5th in the CEV Champions League, while HAOK Mladost Zagreb reached the final of the CEV Challenge Cup. Like in recent years three Austrian top teams participate in the MEL also in this season: Hypo Tirol, hotVolleys and SK Posojilnica AICH/DOB. As preparation for the EuroVolley 2011 also the Austrian Men’s national team will take part in the MEL as Team Club Asutira.

Austria’s National Team in the MEL
The participation of the Austrian Men’s national team in the Middle European League (MEL) offers an extraordinary possibility for the players to prepare for the big event in Austria and the Czech Republic.

The President of the Austrian Volleyball Federation Peter Kleinmann is very happy about this arrangement: “CEV European Championship 2011 will have a competition format, where the teams will have to play on three consecutive days. Our national team will have to play the 18 MEL encounters also in six “sets of three“. Plus, all opponents waived their home rights. Our dream and slogan “Imagine the EuroVolley 2011 and everybody wants to be there” is getting more and more real. In addition, the national team shows a positive development. The guys have already proven that they can keep up with nations who have the standard of teams competing in the European Championship.

Also Austria’s Coach Michael Warm is enthusiastic about the work with the team: “During the last five months I had a lot of fun with the team. The individual players have developed excellently. On the one hand they’ve got talent and on the other hand they have the ambition to make progress. That we were able to defeat four seemingly stronger opponents (Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and Puerto Rico) is just the cherry on top and only shows that we are on the right track. Even the self-perception of the team has changed because the players now feel that they are being taken seriously as opponents. I am very content with the development. However, it has to be pointed out that we get every necessary support of the national Federation. In particular the MEL matches will be a great benefit for the national team.”

Campaign to boost the image of volleyball in Austria
In the run-up to the EuroVolley 2011 innovative measures are implemented not only in the field of sports but also in the field of marketing: The advertising agency “Wahrheit” created the probably first image campaign for a particular sport in Austria. "Volleyball - Stark. Unterschätzt." (“Volleyball – Strong(ly). Underestimated” is the slogan for the campaign. The goal is to eliminate prevailing clichés. The communication strategy is to draw the people’s attention to the strengths of the sport in a credible and authentic way and in a next step to put volleyball in the spotlight. Kleinmann: “In other countries