Volleyball Big Talented
Volleyball Big Talented, Ngapeth, Kurek, Bruno, Simon, and Nimir will be critical to their respective teams’ World Championship efforts.
The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Volleyball Big Talented, which will be held in Poland and Slovenia from August 26 to September 11, is projected to be the highlight of the 2022 international season.
The event will last 17 days and will include the world’s top 24 teams. And in the 20th edition of the tournament, their sides are stacked with the sport’s most popular talents. Here are five athletes who will almost certainly be in the limelight.
Ngapeth, Earvin (France)
The French outside hitter has led his team to victory at the Tokyo Olympics and the Volleyball Nations League in the past year at the Volleyball Big Talented, receiving MVP accolades at both. Ngapeth, 31, is one of the most skillful, clever, and entertaining players in international volleyball, and he is at his best during tournaments. He will be an important player for France as they seek to add a World Championship to their record of victories and complete the “Triple Crown” in international volleyball.
Kurek, Bartosz (Poland)
After beginning his international career as an outside hitter, the Polish opposite has become a key member of his country’s lineup during the past decade. Kurek, 33, was instrumental in Poland’s World Championship win last year, collecting the MVP award and topping the tournament’s top scorers at the Volleyball Big Talented. With renowned outside hitter Wilfredo Leon still recuperating from surgery, Kurek’s offensive and defensive strength will be even more crucial as the Poles compete for their third consecutive global championship in front of their home supporters in Katowice and Gliwice.
Rezende, Bruno (Brazil)
The Brazilian captain is one of only two players to have been in the Volleyball Big Talented Championship gold medal match in each of the previous three editions, capturing gold in 2010 and silver in 2014 and 2018. He is the technical and emotional captain of a Brazilian squad that will be aiming to return from dismal performances at the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 VNL. He is 36 years old. Bruno has distinguished himself during his career for his leadership and all-around game. He will undoubtedly want to win another title in what may be his last World Championship participation.
Simon Robertlandy (Cuba)
The return of the Cuban middle blocker will be one of the Volleyball Big Talented World Championship’s main draws this year. His previous outing in the competition was in 2010, when he led a youthful Cuban team to a second-place finish in Italy. Between 2010 and 2021, Simon, 35, did not play for his country’s national team, but he established himself as one of the top middle blockers in the world while playing club volleyball. The 2.08m-tall Simon, who is very powerful, swift, and prolific, will be the most recognizable face on the Cuban squad. The islanders just won the Volleyball Challenger Cup and are striving hard to reclaim their place among the sport’s elite.
Abdel-Aziz Nimir (The Netherlands)
Few players in the world can match the Dutch opposite’s scoring talent, which has propelled his national team’s offensive performance in competitions throughout the globe at the Volleyball Big Talented. The explosive Nimir is arguably set more than any other player on the globe, and he answers well, scoring at an alarming pace for the Dutch squad. The 30-year-old opposite, who is also their captain, is a powerful server who has found success in several of the world’s finest domestic competitions.