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PAOK men’s volleyball: Significant reinforcement with Van Garderen



PAOK has reached an agreement with international Dutch winger Maarten van Garderen, who has been playing in the top European leagues for several years.

The PAOK men’s volleyball team has found Maarten van Garderen, the player who will form the main winger duo with Rousseau.

The Netherlands international arrives in our country with a full CV, having played in Europe’s top leagues for the past 12 years.

Last year, the 33-year-old (2m tall) played in Siena and scored 203 points with a shot rate of 41.8%. He’s an absolute tight end and a little behind on the receiving end (not that he’s unreliable).

After this move, PAOK completed the foreign winger duo and now the burden is on the foreign passer.

Announcement by PAOK: “PAOK and the Men’s Volleyball Division announce the start of a collaboration with athlete Maarten Van Harderen for the 2023-2024 season.

Maarten Van Harderen was born on January 24th, 1990 in the Netherlands. He plays as a winger and is 200 cm tall.

He started his professional career in the 2006/07 season with Dutch club Langhenkel Doetinchem, where he stayed for five seasons, won a Dutch championship and made his first European appearances when he took part in the CEV Challenge Cup.

In the 2012-13 season he played for Caffè Aiello Corigliano in Italy, in the following season (2013-14) in France at Beauvais Oise UC.

In the 2014-15 season, he took the first big step of his career, playing in Germany for the mighty VfB Friedrichshafen, with whom he won the “Double” while also reaching the “8” of the CEV Champions League.

He played in Italy again in the 2015–16 season, this time for CMC Romagna, while the following year (2016–17) he stayed in Serie A to play for Bunge Ravenna.

In the 2017/18 season he played for Azimut Modena from Italy and in the following season (2018/19) for Itas Trentino, with whom he won the Club World Cup.

In the 2020/21 season, he played outside of Italy for Turkey’s Ziraat Bankası Ankara, with whom he won the championship.

The following year (2021-22) he returned to Italy for Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena, with which he reached the “8” of the CEV Cup. Last season he stayed in the Italian league for Emma Villas Aubay Siena and remained at a high level.

He is an international player of the Netherlands national team whose milestone was conquering the European Golden League in 2012.

He is an athlete with many performances at the highest level, who has played in top-class leagues as well as in the highest cross-club competition, the CEV Champions League.”

Source: sport 24

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Russian volleyball player will continue her career in Italy




Russian volleyball player Anastasia Kapralova has moved to the Italian Novara, the club’s press service reports.

The 19-year-old athlete signed a contract until the summer of 2024; she will compete in the new team under number 18. Previously, the volleyball player played for Lokomotiv Kaliningrad.

— I am inspired by the idea of ​​​​playing in the Italian Championship. Going abroad for the first time is a big challenge, but for me it literally means realizing a dream.

Novara’s offer was somewhat unexpected. “This is a great opportunity for me to grow and learn a lot, playing in a strong team and with many experienced teammates,” said the volleyball player.

Together with the Russian youth team, the player won the U19 World Championship in 2021.

Source: Sportbox

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PASAP’s reaction to the non-granting of the wild card: “We consider the handling of the matter to be inappropriate”




The Panhellenic Association of Paid Volleyball Players commented on ESAP’s decision to host the men’s volleyball league with nine teams this year.

ESAP announced that no free participation card will be granted and that the men’s volleyball league of the 2023/24 season will be played with nine teams. THE The Panhellenic Association of Paid Volleyball Players expressed concern over this development in a statement and called on the organizing authority to decide on a 12-team championship.

Announcement from PASAP:

“It is with particular concern that we informed about ESAP’s decision not to grant a free participation ticket for the men’s volleyball league for the 2023/24 season and thus the hosting of the championship with nine teams.”

A decision that completely contradicts what the organizer had initially announced and spoke of a “ten-team championship with the granting of a wild card”.

In fact, these pastimes fuel a sense of insecurity about the league’s credibility.

All of this, combined with ESAP’s unforgettable assurance that there will be a better and more organized league, raises a number of questions that need to be answered:

– Since the organizing authority was aware of the possibility of a team not participating and there was time for a fair and impartial procedure, why had the manner of granting wildcards and the procedure to be followed not been foreseen long ago? Why was it ultimately decided not to award wildcards even though there were several interested teams?

– Is there a provision on how all the provisions of the respective KYA, which finance professional volleyball through the taxation of the bet, are properly implemented and there is no risk in the financing, since it was already precarious with the ten teams?

– How, if at all, will the grant funds from the games of chance corresponding to twelve teams be divided? They could potentially be awarded to the men’s national team for possible participation in the National League, which would help the rise of men’s volleyball in general (as teams have almost filled their rosters and it is clear that the money is not earmarked for this is given to invigorate potential);

– Are there appropriate contracts and insurance specifically for the young athletes of the teams who are already on the playing fields and training for the new sports season? Since they are on the field, i.e. at work, have they signed their new contracts and have the teams hired them on time?

– Is the solvency (e.g. guarantee) of the groups already participating guaranteed in any way? As we know, last year there was a case of a team that took part and, after being relegated, did not repay debts to its athletes and possibly to third parties, despite having received the state subsidy. And it is likely that this will happen in other cases in the future, leading to, among other things, unfair competition.

– Are all the necessary tasks of coaches, gymnasts, physiotherapists, statisticians and staff in the existing teams covered, as befits a professional team?

– Are actions and activities planned to develop and promote the sport (e.g. All Star Game, mini-show at least from the ESAP channel or ensuring the presence of fans in the stadiums)?

– What will really happen to the television rights?

– Based on what programming can the teams organize their training and travel plans? Will the league begin and end on the dates to be determined?

With this decision by ESAP, we believe that men’s volleyball has lost another opportunity to expand to other parts of the Greek provinces and, after a long time, to give many children the opportunity to follow high-quality games up close and so on Get in touch with our sport.

At the same time, the jobs that would be filled by athletes, coaches and team staff competing and working at the highest levels are decreasing.

Greek volleyball must provide every Greek volleyball player with the foundations and conditions so that they can make a name for themselves and develop our national team with them.

All of this should be a common concern, both on the part of the athletes and the organizers. In contrast, the ESAP announcement only referred to “the increase in foreign athletes.”

Men’s volleyball must be a product of professional organization, long-term planning and fairness so that it promotes extroversion and love of the sport and not the other way around. We want to try to expand the sport of professional volleyball and not shrink it.

We therefore consider the organizer’s handling of the wild card issue to be inappropriate and call on him to IMMEDIATELY make a decision for a league with twelve teams from the new season, even at the last minute, with the number of foreigners as is to give Greek athletes the opportunity to compete and claim the national team.

At the same time, it is unthinkable to discuss an increase in the number of foreigners, since essential issues have not been clarified, such as the insurance of athletes, the minimum wage, the organization and promotion of sport, issues that must be urgently addressed and are a prerequisite for this the championship will actually be “better than any other year”.

Source: sport 24

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No wildcards will be awarded for nine teams in the 2023/24 men’s volleyball league




The Men’s Volley League Championship will be played with nine teams in the 2023/24 season, as no wildcard was awarded.

ESAP announced that no free participation card will be granted and that the men’s volleyball league of the 2023/24 season will be played with nine teams. In fact, the draw is scheduled for September 25th.

The nine teams: Olympiacos, PAOK, Panathinaikos, Milos, Kifissia, Finikas, Pegasos Polichnis, Athlos Orestiadas, AO Kalamata 80.

The announcement:

“ESAP announces that at today’s Extraordinary Board Meeting it has unanimously decided not to grant a free entry card for the period 2023/2024 as recent developments indicate that together with the Association (whom we thank for their support) we are working towards the Attempting to hold the new championship with ten competitive and well-funded teams (and using criteria that are as objective and measurable as possible) was not given due credit.

Together we continue to put all our weight into the smooth running of our new championship, which is set to be drawn on September 25th in Kalamata and which we promise will be better than any other year.

At the same time, we are committed to making all the necessary institutional and regulatory interventions so that the next 2024/2025 championship will be held with twelve teams, provided that they can field up to five foreign athletes.” .

Source: sport 24

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