25,000 tickets already sold for mens Olympic qualifier in Berlin

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The eight teams participating in the much anticipated mens European Olympic qualification tournament starting on Tuesday, January 5, at the iconic Max-Schmeling-Halle which has become known as Germanys Volleyball temple are just about to travel to Berlin for the first major Volleyball highlight of the year 2016. With three days still to go, as many as 25,000 tickets have been sold with the largest contingent unsurprisingly going to fans from Europes Volleyball Mecca, Poland.

The organisers expect also a large group of Finnish and French fans, with the latter ones reckoning with their heroes promotion to the semis as they have planned to stay in Berlin up until the final weekend January 9 and 10 where the sole ticket to Rio 2016 will be up for grabs.

Fans from as many as 24 countries are set to attend the event in Berlin including Volleyball enthusiasts from as far as Brazil, USA, China and Japan.

The preparation phase has been extremely short for all teams with most of their players still busy with their respective clubs up until Christmas. However, they all used the days between Christmas and the New Years Eve to play some friendly matches where to test their skills and find back their rhythm.

Hosts Germany (pictured) played two matches with 2012 Olympic champions Russia in Kienbaum and ended up losing both by 1:3. The gold medallists from the Baku 2015 European Games are nevertheless confident there is still room for improvement as their superstar Gyrgy Grozer returned back from Korea only on December 30 after playing his last match with DAEJEON Samsung Bluefangs in the Asian countrys national league.

Their first opponent on Tuesday will be Belgiums Red Dragons who a few days ago stunned 2015 European champions France with a 3:0 victory in Tours before a second matchup behind closed doors finished with the two teams winning two sets apiece. As for Germanys other opponents in Pool A, Serbia recorded two wins in their friendlies with Bulgaria and the same did 2014 world champions Poland in their matchups with Canada.

As for Finland, the underdogs in Pool B which also includes Russia, Bulgaria and France claimed two wins in their friendly matches with Egypt contested at the Olympic Training Centre in Kuortane.

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Hinweis: Dies ist ein aktueller Bericht vom 04.01.2016!



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