Superleague finals are in front of us. Kazan qualified after three straight victories over Dynamo Moscow. Belgorod had to fight with Novosibirsk in five battles.
In the Russian volleyball league finals we will see two best teams of regular championship. Kazan won the regular season and lost only four games in the whole competition, including play-offs. Belgorod had a great season. Before the season nobody would expect that the Belgorod without the "big" stars is going to make it in final.
So who will win the Superleague? Let´s look in team squads… Kazan is the richest Russian team that means the biggest stars are on their list. I do not have to introduce L. Ball, C. Stanley, S. Tetyukhin, A. Verbov. During the regular season opposite A. Cheremisin played more than C. Stanley. In the play-offs U.S opposite is back in great shape.
On the other hand. Head coach (president and manager) of Belgorod G. Shipulin made always good teams. Few years ago it was Belgorod who was the no.1 volleyball team in Russia. It seems that the strong Belgorod is back. This season G. Shipulin made a young powerful team only S. Dyneikin is a veteran.
My conclusion… I would bet on Kazan because they have a big advantage of first two games in their home hall. But in the regular season Kazan won only 3:2 against Belgorod in front of their spectators (Belgorod beat Kazan also 3:2 at home). For sure we can expect great final duels, don´t miss it.