Becoming a father for the first time and qualifying for an Olympics - Kevin Tillie looks back on the craziest week of his life!
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 24, 2020 - Almost two weeks ago France qualified for their fifth Olympic Games in Berlin and capped off what Kevin Tillie is calling the craziest week of his life. The 29-year-old French outside hitter not only played a pivotal role in his nation's qualification for Tokyo 2020, he also managed to attend the birth of his first child.
Successful Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 across the globe
Success stories from the qualification events across five Continental Confederation
Patry calls on France to maintain form after booking Tokyo 2020 spot
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 13, 2020 – Jean Patry says that France will need to maintain top form after they secured their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by winning the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament.
Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification 2020 - Results
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 13, 2020 - The Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification took place from January 5 to 12 in Egypt, China, Germany, Canada and Chile.
France, Tunisia earn right to play at Tokyo 2020
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 10, 2020 – Tunisia became the first team to book one of the five tickets to Tokyo 2020, available through the continental Olympic qualification tournaments, by topping the standings at the event in Cairo. Shortly after, on Friday evening, France followed suit by winning the final of the European qualifier in Berlin.
Laurent Tillie: It was perfect
Berlin, Germany, January 10, 2020 - France booked the ticket to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo with a stunning 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-23) win against host Germany in the final of the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Berlin. It was the second time in a row that the French Team will go to the Olympics while Germany miss the biggest sports event in the world for the second consecutive time.
France and Germany to battle it out for Europe’s Olympic ticket
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 9, 2020 – France will play against hosts Germany in the crucial final of the men’s European continental Olympic qualifier in Berlin on Friday. The French mounted a furious comeback from two sets behind in their semifinal against Slovenia. Germany knocked Bulgaria out in four sets.
Toniutti: Crazy. I don't know how we won today.
Berlin, Germany, January 9, 2020 - France are the first team to book a place in the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification final in Berlin. The French team came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat vice-European champions Slovenia 3-2 (13-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-9) on Thursday.
Kampa: We can be optimistic
Berlin, Germany, January 9, 2020 - Germany captain Lukas Kampa and head coach Andrea Giani speak in an interview ahead of their match against Bulgaria later today in the semifinals of the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament.
Bulgaria, France, Qatar, Iran, China on to continental qualifier semifinals
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 8 2020 – Bulgaria outplayed European champions Serbia to register their third win in as many matches in the CEV continental Olympic qualification tournament in Berlin and progress to Thursday’s semifinal against hosts Germany. France finished second in Pool B to meet Pool A winners Slovenia for a spot in Friday’s final.
Prandi: It's one more good, good match for us
Berlin, Germany, January 8, 2020 - Bulgaria claimed a five-set victory 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13) against Serbia to win their third match at the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Tournament.
Germany and Slovenia advance to Europe’s qualifier semis
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 7 2020 – Germany and Slovenia became the first two teams to advance to the semifinals of Europe’s continental Olympic qualification tournament in Berlin, after Tuesday’s two five-setters in Pool A polarized the standings ahead of the last match on Wednesday.
Urnaut: It was important to win today
Berlin, Germany, January 7, 2020 - In an intense match, hosts Germany were defeated by the European vice-champions Slovenia in five sets 3-2 (32-34, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12). Germany and Slovenia qualify for the semifinals in Berlin.
Yosifov: We stopped Abdel-Aziz
Berlin, Germany, January 7, 2020 - Bulgaria continued their run in Berlin on Tuesday celebrating an easy 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-15) victory against the Netherlands at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. The Bulgarian team now top Pool B with two victories and are almost set for the semis while the Dutch team are no longer able to progress to the next round.
Sokolov drives Bulgaria to spectacular tiebreak win over France
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 6, 2020 – Tsvetan Sokolov powered Bulgaria to a tiebreak victory over France in the first five-setter of the continental Olympic qualifiers on the road to Tokyo 2020. Serbia and hosts Germany were also victorious on the second competition day of the CEV tournament in Berlin, recording straight-set wins over the Netherlands and Belgium, respectively.
Kampa: We want to reward our fans
Berlin, Germany, January 6, 2020 - Germany celebrated their second victory in a row at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin by defeating Belgium in straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 26-24) on Monday. Coach Andrea Giani's team now top CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Pool A with six points and a first victory against the Czech Republic on Sunday, while Belgium are still to claim their first victory. The top scorer of the match was again Georg Grozer, who contributed 22 points to the win.
Yosifov: It was a crazy and tough match
Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - Bulgaria survived a roller coaster in Berlin as they beat France in five sets 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-8).
Serbia captain Petric: We had great concentration
Berlin, Germany, January 6, 2020 - Serbia celebrated victory in Berlin to gain their first points in Pool B against the Netherlands. Serbian captain Nemanja Petric topped the scoring with 15 points and an average of 79 per cent successful attacks. Serbia now have three points after two matches while the Netherlands have to win their next games to stay in the run for the semis.
Toniutti fuels France towards shutout of European champs; Grozer hammers eight aces
Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 – Continental Olympic qualification men’s action got underway with France shutting out reigning EuroVolley champions Serbia in the first of Sunday’s three games at the CEV tournament in Berlin.
Kampa: Overall we have to do even better
Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - German opposite György Grozer led the home team to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) shutout of the Czech Republic, inspired by a home crowd of over four thousand on the stands of the Max-Schmeling-Halle on Sunday for the first day of the CEV Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament.
Urnaut: We will do our best
Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - Vice-champions of Europe, Slovenia celebrated their first win on the #RoadtoTokyo as they defeated Belgium in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-20) on Sunday.
Laurent Tillie: It´s a miracle
Berlin, Germany, January 5, 2020 - The CEV Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Berlin started with a clash of the giants as France flew to a stunning 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) win against the European champions from Serbia.
Olympic hopefuls back in action
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 4, 2020 - Christmas and New Year celebrations are different when a place at the Olympics is on the line.
Five Olympic vacancies at stake as five continental qualifiers set to begin
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 3, 2020 – The five vacancies in the men’s volleyball tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games that are still available are about to be contested at various venues on all five continents over the next few days and the line-up for Tokyo 2020 should be finalized by January 12.
2019 Review: Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Russia, USA secure spots at 2020 Olympics
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 23, 2019 – Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Russia and USA are the national teams that topped the final standings of the six qualification tournaments in August and, hence, claimed the first six vacancies, alongside hosts Japan, in the men’s volleyball tournament at the Tokyo Olympic Games from July 24 through August 9, 2020.
Focus on Tokyo 2020 as last tickets in sight
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 12, 2019 - As focus now shifts back from club action to national teams, 29 men's squads are all lined up to make the final push for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, through the last qualification process in the very first week of the new year.
Last stop on Road to Tokyo 2020 all set up
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 8, 2019 - The last ten tickets (five per gender) for the volleyball tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be punched in January at the continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournaments - and these tournaments are now all set and confirmed.
Germany coach Giani calls up squad for Olympic qualifier
Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2019 - Returnees included captain Lukas Kampa, Georg Grozer and libero Markus Steuerwald as Germany coach Andrea Giani announced his provisional squad for the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Olympic Qualification tournament in Berlin on Tuesday.