League of Nations. When will the Blues play the final phase of the VNL? The complete program

League of Nations. When will the Blues play the final phase of the VNL? The complete program
League of Nations. When will the Blues play the final phase of the VNL? The complete program

Andrea Giani’s men must be in top form to hope to beat Italy in the quarter-final. They made up for the disappointment suffered during the match against Japan by defeating Brazil (25-23, 27-29, 13-25, 25-19, 18-16) this Sunday, June 23. They finished 6th in the general ranking of the preliminaries, behind Canada and Japan.

Just physically?

The French team delivered very physical performances during the last two matches in five sets. However, she must face Italy in five days, this Friday June 28, which leaves little time for recovery.

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Blues star Earvin Ngapeth, still absent due to injury, should make his return during the final phase this week, in Lodz, Poland.

Slovenia reigns, the host is hot on its heels

To lift the trophy, the Blues will have to beat the Slovenian team. It’s simple, they only lost one match in the entire competition (against Japan). However, she was completely absent from the 20 world championships. We had to wait until 2022 to see her climb to the third step of the podium. Since then, Slovenia has ranked 7th in the International Volleyball Federation. And that is rather unexpected.

Outsider is the surprise group in volleyball. The national team participated in its first competitions in 2007 but only obtained a first title in 2015, for its 4th participation in the European League. 4 coaches took turns in 6 years, which slowed down the progress of the Slovenes. The Blues coach, Andrea Giani, knows them particularly well. He was at their head between 2015 and 2017. Now led by Gheorghe Crețu, the men of “the little Switzerland of the Balkans” want to bite into gold. And they have the appetite for it.

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But Poland could well play spoilsport at home. The defending champion will face Brazil in the quarters, ranked 3e world by the International Volleyball Federation. Having progressed for several years, it has confirmed its top status in this League of Nations (2nd). There is no doubt that it will aim for the top step as Host Nation.

The complete program for the final phase

The quarter-finals: Japan, 4th, will face Canada (5th) this Thursday, June 27 at 5 p.m. Second in the general ranking, Poland will face in-form Brazilians, with a monstrous Ricardo Lucarelli, this Thursday June 27 at 8 p.m.

The French team will have to overthrow Italy, third in the standings with three defeats, this Friday June 28 at 5 p.m. The Argentines will have to achieve the impossible by overthrowing Slovenia, the undisputed leader of the tournament, this Friday June 28 at 8 p.m. Only Japan achieved this feat on June 8 (3-1, 25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21).

The semi-finals : They will take place on Saturday June 25 at 5 p.m. (1st VS 4th) and 8 p.m. (2nd VS 3rd).

The finale and small finale: Two finals are planned. The small final will see its winner recomposed in bronze at 5 p.m. The 2024 Nations League grand final will be held at 8 p.m.

The final ranking of the group stage

Position Pays
1 Slovenia
2 Poland
3 Italy
4 Japan
5 Canada
6 France
7 Brazil
8 Argentine
9 Cuba
10 Serbia
11 Germany
12 UNITED STATES
13 The Netherlands
14 Bulgaria
15 Iran
16 Türkiye
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