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22. 08. 2019

EUROVOLLEY 2019 W – POOL C: The Dutch girls are the clear-cut favorites

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Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest will welcome these six national teams to compete in Pool C:

 

Hungary, Croatia, Estonia, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands and Romania! The national teams from this Pool will be crossing the teams from POOL A.

The Dutch girls are the absolute favorites for taking the top spot in this Pool. The Netherlands won their only European title in 1995 on home soil. The Netherlands finished runners up at three of the last five European Championships, doing so in 2009, 2015 and 2017. The Netherlands have won their most recent matches against Azerbaijan, Croatia, Hungary and Romania at European Championships. They will face Estonia for the first time in the competition.

Croatia and Azerbaijan will be the toughest rivals for the Dutch girls. Following Croatia's three successive silver medals at the European Championships in 1995, 1997 and 1999, their best result was a fifth place in 2013. Croatia finished 11th in 2017. Azerbaijan have been present at the European Championship since 2005. They posted their best result in 2005 and in 2017, the fourth place in both years.

Hungary are participating at their third successive European Championship following a spell on the sidelines from 1989 to 2013. They had competed at every tournament from 1949 to 1987, except 1951. Their advantage this time will be the home crowd.

Romania will make their third appearance at the European Championships since the 10th place in 2005. They finished 12th in 2011 and 15th in 2015. Romania's best result was third place in 1963.

Estonia will make their debut at the European Championship. The last teams to win their first match on their debut at a European Championship were Croatia, Belarus and Ukraine, all in 1993.

Schedule, POOL C, round 1:

Croatia - Azerbaijan 15:00 CET (Friday, August 23)

Netherlands – Romania 17:30 CET (Friday, August 23)

Hungary – Estonia 20:30 CET (Friday, August 23)

 

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