The Dutch volleyball players also won their third game of the European Championship qualifying tournament on Friday.

The team of national coach Roberto Piazza defeated Sweden 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 19-25 and 25-17) in Apeldoorn, so that a European Championship ticket is almost in.

Last week in Zadar, Croatia, the Orange did not award the Swedes a single set.

The Netherlands was also too strong for Croatia there (3-1), which will get a second chance in Apeldoorn on Sunday afternoon.

All seven group winners and best five numbers two qualify for the European Championship in September in the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia and Finland.

With three victories, the Orange almost has the European ticket.

At the previous European Championship, which was partly held in the Netherlands in 2019, the Orange finished tenth.

Nimir Abdel-Aziz returned to the Orange squad.

The star player of the national team was given a rest against Sweden last week.

He made 22 points.

National coach Piazza was visibly annoyed by the occasional sloppy game of the Netherlands in the second but especially the third set.

His thunder speech after the lost third set led to a much better fourth set.

Abdel-Aziz acknowledged that the Orange team has sometimes played better.

"I'm not really going to the dressing room with a good feeling now," he said at

Ziggo Sport


"We should have finished earlier. We cannot afford the mistakes we made against Croatia on Sunday. On the other hand, we have only been together for two weeks. We have won all three matches. I think we have sometimes got worse. advocated. "



4th set 25-17.

With a 3-1 victory over Sweden, that European Championship ticket is very close! 😏 #LangeMannen #EuroVolleyM #TeamNL


Avatar AuthorLong_MannenMoment of places19: 16-14 May 2021