Overview

Team profile

Estonia

Estonia are one of the two sides making their FIVB World League debut this year, after topping the 2016 European League with a 3-0 win over the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the final. That was the team’s first and only title in a major international competition. Estonia had previously made it to the Final Four of the 2015 European League, but lost to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the semifinals before going down to Poland in the bronze medal match. Estonia have never qualified for the FIVB World Championships, but made it four times to the European Championships. They made the playoffs of the continental event twice, but were knocked out by Bulgaria 3-0 in 2011 and by Serbia 3-2 in 2015. They have again qualified to participate in the 2017 European Championship in Poland.


Coach

Gheorghe Cretu

Gheorghe Cretu

The 49-year-old Romanian will lead Estonia in their FIVB World League debut this year. Since embarking on his coaching career in the late 1990s, Gheore Cretu has worked for several clubs in Austria, before taking up coaching positions in Belgium, Italy, Poland and Qatar. Since 2014 he has been in charge of the men’s national team of Estonia in parallel with Cuprum Lubin volleyball club in Poland’s PlusLiga. He led Estonia to the 2016 European League title, which earned the team a spot at the 2017 FIVB World League.

  • Team Manager Robin Ristmäe
  • Assistant coach Rainer Vassiljev
  • Second Assistant Coach Mirko Fasini
  • Physiotherapist Siret Kalbus

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank 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
Germany
6 5 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 15 16 5 3.200 522 439 1.189
2
Spain
6 5 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 14 15 7 2.142 516 474 1.088
3
Estonia
6 5 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 13 16 7 2.285 526 441 1.192
4
Austria
6 4 2 1 2 1 0 1 1 11 13 10 1.300 536 455 1.178
5
Tunisia
6 4 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 11 15 12 1.250 596 561 1.062
6
Montenegro
6 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 12 12 1.000 507 511 0.992
7
Qatar
6 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 9 10 10 1.000 464 484 0.958
8
Chinese Taipei
6 2 4 0 2 0 2 2 0 8 12 14 0.857 555 584 0.950
9
Mexico
6 2 4 1 1 0 2 0 2 8 10 13 0.769 498 513 0.970
10
Venezuela
6 2 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 6 8 13 0.615 408 519 0.786
11
Kazakhstan
6 1 5 0 1 0 0 3 2 3 6 16 0.375 452 531 0.851
12
Greece
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 4 18 0.222 468 536 0.873

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