Overview

Team profile

Slovakia

Slovakia made their FIVB Volleyball World League debut in 2014 and, after losing three matches and winning three in Pool G, they qualified for Group 3's Final Four. After losing their semifinal in straight sets to Turkey, they lost the third-place match 3-1 to China. Last year, there was less pressure on the team as they hosted the Final Four in Bratislava. However, they lost to eventual Group 3 winners Egypt in the semifinal. They bounced back to finish third in the group with a 3-2 win over China. Now ranked 35th in the FIVB world rankings, they will play the Netherlands, Portugal and Turkey in Group 2’s Pool A.

Since the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Slovakia have not competed at a World Championship or Olympic Games. They have been regular competitors in continental tournaments, steadily improving. They won the European League in 2008 and 2011, and finished third in 2007 and 2014 when the honour was split with Macedonia. At the 2011 European Championship, Slovakia mentored by coach Emanuele Zanini, finished fifth. In 2013 they narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.

Coach

Miroslav Palgut

Miroslav Palgut

Fifty-year-old Miroslav Palgut follows in the footsteps of Italian mentor Alberto Giuliani, who was Slovakia’s coach at the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship. Palgut’s extensive experience with the national team in various roles as second assistant coach and scout was a big consideration when he was appointed. He is the first Slovakian coach appointed at the helm of the national team since 2013, after Stefan Chritiansky. He succeeded two Italian mentors Flavio Gulinelli and Alberto Giuliani. Palgut was the coach of the Slovakian national team at the Baku 2015 European Games, where they finished fifth. He also coached in clubs in Austria, Poland and his native Slovakia.

Staff

  • Team Manager Jan Uhlarik
  • Assistant coach Andrej Kravarik
  • Second Assistant Coach Boris Zbirka
  • Physiotherapist Pawel Baryla

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Canada
9 8 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 24 26 7 3.714 787 677 1.162
2
Turkey
9 8 1 4 1 3 0 1 0 21 25 10 2.500 813 756 1.075
3
Netherlands
9 6 3 1 4 1 2 0 1 19 22 15 1.466 839 768 1.092
4
Finland
9 6 3 1 3 2 2 0 1 18 22 16 1.375 858 826 1.038
5
Czech Republic
9 5 4 1 1 3 1 2 1 13 19 19 1.000 837 850 0.984
6
China
9 4 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 12 13 17 0.764 681 681 1.000
7
Egypt
9 4 5 1 1 2 1 1 3 11 15 20 0.750 781 816 0.957
8
Slovakia
9 3 6 0 2 1 2 2 2 10 15 22 0.681 788 843 0.934
9
Cuba
9 3 6 0 0 3 3 3 0 9 18 24 0.750 891 917 0.971
10
Korea
9 3 6 1 0 2 2 1 3 9 14 22 0.636 804 820 0.980
11
Japan
9 2 7 2 0 0 3 2 2 9 14 21 0.666 763 803 0.950
12
Portugal
9 2 7 1 0 1 2 3 2 7 13 23 0.565 758 843 0.899

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