Vladimir Alekno won another trophy. Last year coach led the Russian team to victory in the World Cup and the League of the planet, well, the day before helped Kazan "Zenith" to achieve success in the Champions League.
In the "Final Four", who took the Polish city of Lodz, Kazan defeated the powerful Italian first "Trento" — 3:1 (31:33, 25:20, 25:23, 25:17), and then in the final game took precedence over Polish club at the edge of Bełchatów — 3:2 (25:15, 16:25, 22:25, 26:24, 17:15).
The success in the Champions League has allowed our country (including victories in the Soviet period) to beat Italy in the total number of victories in the tournament's strongest teams of the continent — 19 to 18 titles.
Note that for the "Zenith" This victory was the first in the club's history. However, there is one caveat: Volleyball players from Kazan has become the strongest in the Old World. It was in 2008. However, when the club was called differently — "Dinamo-TTG" and directed Viktor Sidelnikov.
4 wins in the Champions League won the Russian clubs. Twice it was done "Locomotives Belogorie" in 2003 and 2004
We also recall that in Russian history than clubs from Kazan title of best team in Europe twice owned the "locomotive Belogorie." Belgorod owns another achievement — the team Gennady Jakovljevic Shipulina able to confirm their finest in Europe twice in a row!
Anyway, getting back to the tournament in Lodz. Traditionally, after the finals were known owners of personal awards.
The most valuable player of the "Final Four" acknowledged Mariusz Vlazhly at the edge of the club. Poles also won in the categories "Best Attack" (they became a favorite of the local public Bartosz Kurek) and the "Best Host" (Michal Viniarski).
As for the "Zenith", the Maxim Mikhailov has received two awards — as the best scorer of the tournament and supply. Nicholas Apalikova no equal among blocking, Valerio Vermiglio — the communication environment, Alexei Obmochaevu — among libero.
According to head coach of "Zenith" Vladimir Alekno, victory in the finals came to his team deservedly so, although it was not easy at first citizens a deal with the nerves:
- You saw how sick room. Play under such pressure was not easy. Well, the guys were able to pull himself together, to reverse the course of the match and eventually achieved victory. Win any final — it's a big celebration. I want to congratulate everyone who played and all who suffered for us!
Meanwhile, another Russian club has a good chance of winning the European Cup.
Moscow "Dynamo" in the CEV Cup semi-final won a hard-fought victory over the "Monza". In the first match, "blue and white" lost to the Italians — 2:3, the second has been stronger — 3:1. All agreed to the "golden set", which were stronger than the Russians — 15:13.
Thus, capital volleyball players will compete for the trophy with another Polish club — "Resovia." The first match will be on the road 27 or 28 March, and the second leg in Moscow scheduled for April 1.