The Slovenian men’s national volleyball team gathered again after a short break. On Wednesday, in Ljubljana, they started preparing for the EuroVolley, which begins at the end of the month.
This year’s European Championship (August 28 – September 16) will be held in four countries for the third time. This time Italy, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Israel will host it.
Slovenia will begin their matches in Varna, Bulgaria where they will face Ukraine at first on Wednesday, August 30, at 5:30 p.m. In the Group B They will also have matches with Finland, Spain, Croatia, and Bulgaria. The Slovenian national team will remain with competition in the same place if they qualify for the playoffs until the last four matches, which will take place in Rome.
“Our goals will always be the highest – the first place we have not yet achieved. The road to get there is still very long, the EuroVolley will feature some top European national teams, and even the others that did not play in the League of Nations can surprise. The matches in Bulgaria and we hope also in Rome will be a good starting point also for the Olympic qualifiers,” said Jani Kova?i?, one of the best liberos in the last season of the Volleyball Nations League.
In preparation for the new big competition, in which they will defend the silver medal from two years ago, the Slovenians will also play five preparatory matches. Already next week, the first two are waiting for them in Maribor’s Tabor hall. On Thursday, at 20:15, they will face Egypt. A day later, at 18:35 they will play against Cameroon.
After the end of the European Championship, they will have to compete in the qualification tournament for the Olympic Games, where they will play eight matches in ten days (September 30 – October 8) in Tokyo.