Bulgaria to Face Germany in Men's Volleyball European Championship QuarterfinalSports | October 14, 2015, Wednesday // 11:00| views
Bulgarian players celebrate during the pool A match between Bulgaria and Germany of the men`s 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, 09 October 2015. Photo: EPA
The Bulgarian men's national volleyball team will face Germany in one of the quarterfinals of the 2015 Volleyball European Championship.
The 29th edition of the tournament, which is co-hosted by two Bulgarian and two Italian cities, began on October 9 and will last until October 18.
The matches from the group stage, which were played in Sofia, Varna, Turin and Busto Arsizio, have been completed and the best eight teams are facing each other in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Bulgaria and Germany already played against each other in the opening match of Pool A, with the co-host recording a convincing 3:0 victory over their opponent (25:20, 25:17, 25:20).
After achieving two 3:2 victories over the other two teams in Pool A - the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, Bulgaria occupied the first place in the final standing and proceeded directly to the quarterfinals.
Germany finished third in Pool A and had to go through the play-offs in order to secure a place in the quarterfinals.
In one of the play-offs, which was played in Sofia on Tuesday, Germany defeated Belgium 3:0 (25:16, 31:29, 25:17).
Thus one of the quarterfinals in Sofia will pit against each other Bulgaria and Germany for the third time in the past several months.
Apart from their Pool A encounter, the two teams also played against each other in the final of the First European Games in Baku in June, which the Germans won 3:1.
The quarterfinal between Bulgaria and Germany starts at 20:45 EET and will be broadcasted live on BNT 1.
In the other quarterfinal in Sofia, the reigning world champion Poland will face Slovenia in a repetition of their Pool C encounter which was won by the Poles 3:1.
One of the quarterfinals, which will be played in the Italian city of Busto Arsizio, pits against each other the teams of France and Serbia.
The two teams met each other at the final of this year's edition of the World League, which was won by the French 3:0.
In the other quarterfinal in Busto Arsizio, reigning European champion Russia will face the other co-host Italy in repetition of their encounter at the final of the 2013 European Championship, which the Russians won 3:1.
The semifinals, the third place match and the final will all take place at the Arena Armeec hall in the Bulgarian capital.
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