At dinner time, well at night – so that the players do not leak it before, it was said -, the Argentine Volleyball Federation reported which are the players that coach Marcelo Méndez will take to the World Cup in Poland and Slovenia, which starts on the 27th of August.
Regarding the group that got the historical bronze last year in Tokyo there are changes. The most striking is by last name, but that marks the honesty of the coach, who had taken his son (the only one who did not enter the court) to Japan and now leaves him out to go to Europe.
The departure of Nicolás Méndez leaves the place for a return, that of Jan Martínez, son of Mono, bronze in Seoul 88 and later a figure in beach volleyball. The striker-receiver will go as the second libero in case something happens with Santiago Danani.
Another surprise is the inclusion of Pablo Kukartsev, the last to join the team that played in the League of Nations this season, with less than a month on campus. Its advantage is that it is the opposite, a place that only had one born player, Bruno Lima. The former Bolívar -MVP of the final of the Spanish Super League, champion with Guaguas and Almería- he was summoned on July 12 and with some training he won the shirt.
Kukartsev also returns.
Regarding the third team in the Games, the captain Luciano De Cecco, Matías Sánchez, the aforementioned Lima, Martín Ramos, Agustín Loser, Facundo Conte, Ezequiel Palacios and the libero Danani repeated.
Those who join are Kukartsev, Joaquín Gallego Gallego, Nicolás Zerba, Luciano Palonsky, Luciano Vicentin and Martínez. Argentina (7th in the FIVB ranking) will face Iran (8th), the Netherlands (13th) and Egypt (20th) in the first round of the World Cup.
The National Team will leave for Poland on August 15 as it will previously play the Memorial of Hubert Wagner, a home run with the locals, Iran and Serbia.
Conte, Danani and De Cecco, key pieces.
Those who entered and remained outside
Luciano De Cecco and Matías Sánchez are the owners; Matías Giraudo was left out. The opposites, Bruno Lima and Pablo Kukartsev. As for the central defenders, there are Martín Ramos, Joaquín Gallego, Agustín Loser and Nicolás Zerba, who would come to replace the historic Sebastián Solé, who adopted Italian nationality.
Manuel Armoa was left out for a bit.
Regarding the tips, Facundo Conte and Ezequiel Palacios fixed, Luciano Palonsky and Luciano Vicentin joined, who comes in for Cristian Poglajen, who went to Tokyo but, due to injury, later lost ground. Manuel Armoa, the MVP of the Argentine League, could also have attended that was left out by a nail. Santiago Danani is the natural libero and Jan Martínez, his substitute or striker-receiver (his original position).