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Gerald Fuchs
Barbara Höflehner-Schnürch

Press Officers Austria

Mobile G. Fuchs:
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Mobile B. Höflehner-Schnürch:
+43-676 38 65 884

Mail: press@eurovolley2011.com

Robert Ullmann
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Press Officer Czech Republic

Miroslav Ejem

Mail: ejem@cvf.cz





The “EuroVolley 2011” at the heart of Europe

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.

“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.”

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.

Presidential patronage for EuroVolley 2011
The presidents of the host nations Austria and the Czech Republic have agreed to patronage the EuroVolley 2011 (10th to 18th September 2011). “I happily patronage the European Championships 2011 in Austria and the Czech Republic and I wish the event a lot of success”, said the president of Austria Heinz Fischer. “Czech president Vaclav Klaus was a Volleyball player himself and now also Heinz Fischer is aboard. It is a big honour for Volleyball sport, that the highest ranking representatives of both countries support the event”, said the president of the Austrian Volleyball Federation Peter Kleinmann.

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 volleyball is a sport of the general public and really moves masses. This is our objective.”

CEV European Championship 2009 in Turkey, Final Standings
1. Poland
2. France
3. Bulgaria
4. Russia
5. Serbia
6. Germany
7. The Netherlands
8. Greece
9. Spain
10. Italy
11. Slovakia
12. Finland
13. Turkey
14. Estonia
15. Slovenia
16. Czech Republic

European Championships – Medal Summary

Nation                        Gold               Silver              Bronze           Total
Russia 12                    3                      5                      20
Italy                               6                      2                      2                      10
Czech Republic  3                      4                      0                       7
Poland                          1                      5                      1                       7
The Netherlands           1                      2                      2                       5
Romania                       1                      2                     2                       5
Serbia  1                      1                      6                       8
Spain                           1                      0                      0                       1
France                          0                      4                      2                       6
Bulgaria                        0                      1                      4                       5
Hungary                       0                     1                      1                       3
Sweden                        0                      1                      0                       1
Greece                         0                     0                      1                       1

The top 3 of the past Men’s European Volleyball Championship
1 1948 Rome: 1. Czechoslovakia, 2. France, 3. Italy
2 1950 Sofia: 1. USSR, 2. Czechoslovakia, 3. Hungary
3 1951 Paris: 1. USSR, 2. Bulgaria, 3. France
4 1955 Bucharest: 1. Czechoslovakia, 2. Romania, 3. Bulgaria
5 1958 Prague: 1. Czechoslovakia, 2. Romania, 3. USSR
6 1963 Romania: 1. Romania, 2. Hungary, 3. USSR
7 1967 Turkey: 1. USSR, 2. Czechoslovakia, 3. Poland
8 1971 Italy: 1. USSR, 2. Czechoslovakia, 3. Romania
9 1975 Yugoslavia: 1. USSR, 2. Poland, 3. Yugoslavia
10 1977 Finland: 1. USSR, 2. Poland, 3. Romania
11 1979 France: 1. USSR, 2. Poland, 3. Yugoslavia
12 1981 Bulgaria: 1. USSR, 2. Poland, 3. Bulgaria
13 1983 GDR: 1. USSR, 2. Poland, 3. Bulgaria
14 1985 The Netherlands: 1. USSR, 2. Czechoslovakia, 3. France
15 1987 Belgium: 1. USSR, 2. France, 3. Greece
16 1989 Sweden: 1. Italy, 2. Sweden, 3. The Netherlands
17 1991 Germany: 1. USSR, 2. Italy, 3. The Netherlands
18 1993 Finland: 1. Italy, 2. The Netherlands, 3. Russia
19 1995 Greece: 1. Italy, 2. The Netherlands, 3. Yugoslavia
20 1997 The Netherlands: 1. The Netherlands, 2. Yugoslavia, 3. Italy
21 1999 Austria: 1. Italy, 2. Russia, 3. Yugoslavia
22 2001 Ostrava: 1. Yugoslavia, 2. Italy, 3. Russia
23 2003 Germany: 1. Italy, 2. France, 3. Russia
24 2005 Rome, Beograd: 1. Italy, 2. Russia, 3. Serbia and Montenegro
25 2007 Russia: 1. Spain, 2. Russia, 3. Serbia
26 2009 Turkey: 1. Poland, 2. France, 3. Bulgaria
27 2011 Austria, Czech Republic