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VNL 2019: Wrona summoned to Poland’s squad, Russell on USA’s roster for first time in 2019, Brazil the favorite. This is Final Six!


The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Final Six in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is just around the corner with the opening match, Brazil-Poland, coming up tonight at 23:30 C.E.T. Here are all of the rosters of the participating national teams.

Brazil had the most outstanding preliminary round campaign, suffering only one defeat: 14-1 and 39 points. Other teams lined up behind them in this exact order: Iran, Russia (defending champions), France, Poland, and the hosts United States. There was a little incident just before the start of the Final Six as Iran national team was detained at the Chicago airport for questioning for a few hours before.


Brazil will definitely be deprived of the help from the middle blocker Maurício Souza, who has not yet recovered from an ankle injury which he sustained in October last year.
France head coach Laurent Tillie decided to take only 13 players, although a minimum of 14 is allowed for the Finals. Among the roster there are only one opposite and one libero.
On the other hand, Iran and Poland will have as much as 3 players on the opposite’s position registered for the tournament.
Speaking of Poland, they will not play the Final Six with the strongest squad, which was also the case in the preliminary round. The only major change compared to the roster that competed in the preliminary round is the entrance of Andrzej Wrona in the team instead of an injured Michał Szalacha.
Aaron Russell found himself in the USA’s roster for the first time this season. The head coach John Speraw decided to register 3 setters for the tournament and assigned the opposite’s position to Matt Anderson, whose proper position is an outside hitter, but this was something that has been happening for a while.

These are all the rosters of the teams participating in the F6 of the 2019 VNL, listed according to the placement in the preliminary round:

Brazil 🇧🇷
Setters: Bruno Rezende, Fernando Kreling
Opposites: Wallace Souza, Alan Souza
Outside hitters: Yoandy Leal, Douglas Souza, Ricardo Lucarelli, Maurício Borges
Middle blockers: Isac Santos, Éder Carbonera, Lucas Saatkamp, Flávio Gualberto
Liberos: Thales Hoss, Maique Nascimento

Iran 🇮🇷
Setters: Saeid Marouf, Javad Karimi
Opposites: Amir Ghafour, Mohammadjavad Manavinejad, Pourya Yali
Outside hitters: Milad Ebadipour, Farhad Ghaemi, Pourya Fayazi
Middle blockers: Seyed Mousavi, Masoud Gholami, Aliasghar Mojarad, Ali Shafiei
Liberos: Mohammadreza Hazratpour, Mohammadreza Moazzen

Russia 🇷🇺
Setters: Igor Kobzar, Dmitriy Kovalev
Opposites: Denis Zemchenok, Viktor Poletaev
Outside hitters: Dmitriy Volkov, Egor Kliuka, Fedor Voronkov, Yaroslav Podlesnykh, Anton Semyshev
Middle blockers: Ilyas Kurkaev, Igor Filippov, Ivan Yakovlev
Liberos: Roman Martyniuk, Valentin Golubev

France 🇫🇷
Setters: Benjamin Toniutti, Antoine Brizard
Opposite: Jean Patry
Outside hitters: Trévor Clévenot, Thibault Rossard, Julien Lyneel, Kévin Tillie, Yacine Louati
Middle blockers: Kévin Le Roux, Barthélémy Chinenyeze, Daryl Bultor, Jonas Aguenier
Libero: Nicolas Rossard

Poland 🇵🇱
Setters: Marcin Komenda, Marcin Janusz
Opposites: Maciej Muzaj, Łukasz Kaczmarek, Bartłomiej Bołądź
Outside hitters: Bartosz Kwolek, Tomasz Fornal, Bartosz Bednorz, Piotr Łukasik
Middle blockers: Karol Kłos, Andrzej Wrona, Norbert Huber
Liberos: Jędrzej Gruszczyński, Jakub Popiwczak

USA 🇺🇸
Setters: Kawika Shoji, Micah Christenson, Micah Ma’a
Opposites: Matthew Anderson, Benjamin Patch
Outside hitters: Aaron Russell, Taylor Sander, Thomas Jaeschke, Garrett Muagututia
Middle blockers: Jeffrey Jendryk, Maxwell Holt, David Smith, George Huhmann
Libero: Erik Shoji

Check out the schedule for Final Six!

A curiosity? Bookmakers have announced Brazil are the favorites for gold! According to the bookmakers, taking the average odd form the popular betting sites, Brazil are the favorite number one with 2,75, while the host of the Final Six has 3,5 odd:

Brazil – 2,75
USA – 3,5
Russia – 4,75
France – 7,00
Iran – 10,00
Poland – 17,00

The Final Six is starting tonight and here are the schedule:

POOL A:
USA – France 02:00 CET
Russia free in the first round

POOL B:
Brazil – Poland 23:30 CET
Iran free in the first round

Source: volleyball.world. Photos: randomvolley.com

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