Kuortane, Finland - May 11, 2015 - In the first leg of the
thirty-six day trip and prior to the 2015 World League matches, the Iran
Volleyball Team arrived in Finland Sunday, May 10th, to begin the preparatory
camp in Olympic Training Center of Kuortane, 360 kilometers from Helsinki.
The Iranian squad are scheduled to play three friendly
matches verses Finnish Volleyball Team, on May 14th, 15th and 16th. The last
two matches will be played in Leppävirta.
Iran will continue with another training camp in Czech Republic from May 17-24,
and play two friendly matches before leaving for USA.
"Finland has made remarkable progress over the last 10
years, and it would be good for Iran preparation to play the Finnish
team", Slobodan Kovac stated in an exclusive interview with Hooman
Bagheri, the IRIVF Press Officer. Here is more from the Iran's team Serbian
Coach on the second day of the training camp.
"This is our second day in Finland and we are going to
start the training sessions from today. There is no serious physical problem in
the team. There are small injuries in two opposite players; But we try our best
to reach the maximum power for the World League matches. The condition in
Finland training camp is very good in the Olympic Center. We have everything to
work hard and continue. In general, the journalists and others do not know much
about the quality of the Finnish team. Over the past 10 years, Finland has
played very good volleyball and it is a good opportunity for us, maybe to
change this mentality about other unknown teams."
"We did not play well at the end of the World
Championship in Poland last year, because we did not have enough knowledge
about our opponents, Germany and France. They were not as famous as USA, Italy,
Russia and Brazil. We played very good volleyball against these teams. This is
a good opportunity to understand how it is important to be ready to play every
team and remain strong at every moment."
Slobodan Kovac, known as Boban continued as saying: "I
have some new players that I would like to test them in these friendly matches.
If we want to take new steps forward, we must try more and be fully prepared
and remove the weak points. There are some new faces and young players who
would be very good for Iran team, not only in the future, but also at
present. So, this is good opportunity to
play more friendly matches, and try to have better knowledge about the
strengths of new players as well. Therefore, we are not concerned about the
results, rather, we focus on bringing more consistency among players. So, we
may have some new players for the World League in Iran team."
Iran finished sixth in the 2014 World Championship in Poland
and fourth in 2014 World League competitions. The Iranian squad will line up
against USA, Poland and Russia in Pool B of Group one in 2015 World League.
IRAN VOLLEYBALL SQUAD IN FINLAND