Luxembourg volleyball wants to beat Iceland in European Championship qualifiers – Portugal and Montenegro are out of attain.

The Red Lions will compete in the 2023 European Championship qualifiers, which kicks off tonight and runs till August 21. In the identical group as Portugal, Montenegro and Iceland, the group coached by Pompiliu Dascalou and Ranguel Krivov is wanting ahead. The recreation is performed in the primary and second phases.

If you flip to the European rankings, you’ll rapidly understand that passing is an inconceivable activity. Portugal is in fifteenth place and the third strongest group in the qualifiers. Montenegro is ten locations behind, however stronger than their rating. Luxembourg is 5 locations behind, and the Icelanders are one other 9 locations behind Luxembourg. “Portugal and Montenegro are past our attain,” Daskalu stated. “Both are very formidable and need prime spot in the desk, which is able to put them one spherical forward. Our instant aim is to present Iceland that we are not in useless. We have to plan for 2 wins right here.” Dascalu believes that Portugal is the group to beat, “however Montenegro mustn’t underestimate them as a result of a bodily group could play poorly in opposition to the favorites.”

Toughness take a look at for a younger group

Luxembourg will first play three away video games earlier than the house video games start on August 13. It shall be held at Koke at 7 p.m. “The first week will certainly be very troublesome for the group. We left for Montenegro on Monday and will spend many hours in airports and planes till August eleventh. “Unfortunately, direct connections are so inconceivable that we’d solely be again in Luxembourg for a really brief time.” This, of course, shouldn’t be a great premise, however the coach sees a optimistic side right here. “Since we will not do something about it anyway, we see it as a troublesome problem the place the group wants to be stronger.”

Dascalu does not take a nasty time both, with half of Luxembourg on trip and the attendant scarcity of servants. “I’ve full confidence in my group that they’ll outdo themselves, even with out the help of their fan group. If you add help from the followers, we would not surrender that help.”

Men, like girls, are underneath stress. After final yr’s Silver League, Tim Laevaert, Sharel Hoffman and Paul Bollendorf drew the road. “It’s not so dangerous as a result of we’ve till 2025 when the JPEE shall be held in Andorra.” Volleyball has been excluded from the 2023 Games in Malta. “Until then, we will restore our group to its earlier energy. Anyone of any age may be on board with none issues.” The longest-serving Gilles Brass would have been 33 on the time. “The common age is 22 years. My gamers ought to study from sturdy opponents and take a look at their present abilities in Iceland. This is the one method we shall be prepared to play to win in 2025 and proceed to develop.”

August 3:
18.00: Montenegro – Luxembourg
21.00: Portugal – Iceland
August 7:
15.00: Iceland – Luxembourg
17.30: Montenegro – Portugal
August 10:
18.00: Montenegro – Iceland
21.00: Portugal – Luxembourg
August 13:
19.00: Luxembourg – Portugal
August 14:
15.00 Iceland-Montenegro
August 17:
19.00: Luxembourg – Iceland
21.00: Portugal-Montenegro
August 20:
19.00 Luxembourg-Montenegro
August 21:
15.00: Iceland – Portugal

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