The Croatian men’s volleyball national team defeated the Dutch national team 3:2 (27-25, 25-23, 18-25, 24-26, 15-13) in Apeldoorn and won the European championship on September 1st Until the 19th, it will be held in Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland.
For Croatian volleyball players, this will be their first European Championship after 2015, when they will defeat three Italian matches in the group stage and end the game.
The game in Apeldoorn was a tense game, a difficult psychological encounter, but the physical requirements were not reduced at all, because the Croatian volleyball player defeated the Swedes in five games the day before. , And the Dutch have one day to rest.
Ivan Raič, the national team’s corrector, won the final of the game. Together with Filip Šestan, he performed the best in our team with 17 points. After the game, it was revealed:
“We knew before the start of the game that there was a set that would make us one of the best second-placed teams in the Eurozone, but we started very nervously from the beginning. However, we proved that we were in the first game. The end is very distinctive. When we win the game, our game is easier. “In fact, until then, we started to play more freely. I think this is an excellent, high-quality, and interesting game that deserves our celebration at the end. “
The captain of our national team and Ivan Raič’s longest-serving member, Tsimafei Zhukuoski, did not hide his happiness after the game.
“I want to congratulate my team, all the professionals, and everyone who believes in us. After our long-awaited successful victory, it is difficult to describe the current feelings. We will prepare for the euro and believe that we will not let you Disappointed.”
The Netherlands finished first with 10 points in Group A of the qualifiers, while Croatia scored 7 points and ranked fifth among the runner-ups in the European Championships.
24 national teams will participate in this year’s European Cup. The host countries Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland, as well as the eight best national teams of the last European Championship (Serbia, Slovenia, France, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Germany and Belgium) are directly entitled to participate in the competition. In the qualifying round, 12 passengers were asked to buy euros. In addition to Croatia, there are the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey, Latvia, Slovakia, Greece, Portugal, North Macedonia, Spain, Belarus and Montenegro.
Starting next weekend, Croatian volleyball players will re-enter the competition, this time in the silver medal group of the European League, which will make a great preparation for the European Champions Cup.