The Men’s Volleyball Nations League begins on Tuesday, with the participation of 16 teams, including the Argentine national teamwho will bid for the title held by France. All tournament matches will be broadcast live on the Star + digital platform While those of Albiceleste will also be televised on ESPN 2.
The game format is similar to the previous version. In the first phase from June 6 to July 9Teams face off in 12 matches split into three weekends at different venues and add points to the standings. The eight best of them will advance to the quarter-finals and then, respectively, to the semi-finals and induction. Single elimination matches are one game.
In addition to the national and French national teams, Brazil, Italy, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Iran, Canada, Cuba, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Serbia and the United States participate. Among the favorites to win the title of the most important tournament this season are French, Brazilian, Polish and Italianworld champions in 2022 and the first competitors led by Marcelo Mendes on Canadian soil.
The Argentine team played two friendlies before VNL 2023, both against Cuba in Tecnópolis, and collected one defeat and one victory, both 3-0. His debut will be on Tuesday against Italy in the first of four games scheduled for the weekend in Ottawa, Canada. Others will be against Brazil, domestic and the Netherlands. Then he will face four more matches in France and finally in the United States. If they are among the top eight teams, they will advance to the quarter-finals.
Mendez drew a sketch of a team with 15 players including him Luciano DiCiccoAnd Bruno LimaAnd Loser Augustine And libero Santiago DananeThe best defender and receiver in the first phase of the 2022 Nations League, where 117 balls were saved, 24 receptions and 52 fouls. to an efficiency of 60.62%.
Argentine national team squad
Last year, with five wins and seven falls in the three windows he played in Canada, the Philippines and Japan, Argentina finished ninth in the standings and did not advance to the final round because they lacked a win. the total He won 24 sets and lost 26 while collecting 1110 points against 1117.
The latest version of the VNL, the one that many teams have used in preparation for the World Cup. France won it by defeating the United States 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 21-25, 15-10) in the final.
On their way to the coronation team of French representatives He won 12 matches and lost only threeeveryone In the preliminary stage where he finished fourth with a record of nine wins and three falls Against Poland, the United States and the national team. In the quarter-finals they eliminated Japan and in the semi-finals, Italy. In all, they won 39 sets and conceded 13. Nine of the 15 matches they played led them 3-0.