It has been about three months since I started teaching Asian volleyball. Still a long way to go and busy. 

On February 18, Heungkuk Life Insurance appointed a European coach for the first time in the V-League women’s division. Of course, the background isn’t very good. In addition to the controversy over the club’s authority, former coach Kwon Soon-chan was suddenly sacked in early January, and the team drifted for about 50 days under the ‘acting manager’ system.

At the end, the team turned its attention to a foreign coach, and finally, coach Marcello Abondanza (Italy) filled the vacant position at the command tower.

Director Abondanza is well known to volleyball fans for his relationship with ‘Volleyball Emperor’ Kim Yeon-kyung. In the 13-14 season, he took charge of Fenerbahce in the Turkiye League and collaborated with Kim Yeon-kyung, who was with him at the time, to win the league. After 10 years, they reunited at Heungkuk Life Insurance and received great attention. 

Head coach Abondanza, who recently met with this magazine at the Yongin training ground, said, “(During the FA period) I spent more time understanding and adapting to the system, club, players and staff,” and reported the off-season status. He also reinforced the midfield by recruiting veteran middle blocker Kim Su-ji through free agency. 

This off-season will be the first full-fledged test bed to install the ‘Abon Danja style’ volleyball. After confirming first place in the regular league at the IBK Industrial Bank match in March, he mentioned “the volleyball I want”. It is foreshadowed that he will melt his guidance method into the team and change it. 

He said, “It seems to be about 20% equipped now,” but “in fact, I think it is difficult for any team to accommodate all the demands of the coach. said. He also added that the most important basic skill is “the ability to control the ball after receiving”.

In the process of asking questions about that part, there was a slight communication barrier (?) with director Abondanza. Earlier last month, when he finished the 5th game of the championship match, he said, “Korean volleyball seems to stay in the past where only two wings attack.” In addition, setter Lee Won-jung, who conducted an interview earlier, also said, “The coach prepares all players except for the libero to attempt a pipe attack.” 

Regarding this, he asked, “Is there any difficulty in equipping the team with a volleyball the way all strikers prepare for the pipe?” However, director Abondanza showed a reaction as if he did not understand the initial question. Soon after, the misunderstanding was cleared up. He thought, “(All strikers’ attack preparations) are taken for granted.” 

Head coach Abondanza said, “I came to Korea to equip that method,” and said, “All teams, not just us, must have five players ready to attack. I am trying to fulfill that role. Personally, I liked the game I played in the 6th round against Hyundai E&C the most out of all the games I have ever played, and it was the game that was closest to my idea.” 

In the match against Hyundai E&C, which was the last game of the regular league at the time, back-up players such as Kim Da-sol, Jung Yun-joo, Park Hyeon-joo, and Kim Da-eun played a game of life, scoring 17 behind-the-scenes points. In particular, Park Hyeon-joo scored 25 points, an attack success rate of 41.51%, and scored 8 points only from the back.  

What was the domestic league style like through his eyes for two months? Regarding this, coach Abondanza said, “I don’t use a lot of back attacks, and I have little power.” , This depends on the team’s inclination rather than national inclination, but if the back attack is used well, you don’t have to rely on the side.”토스카지노

Separately, the whole family is quite satisfied with their life in Korea. On this day, he visited the training ground with his wife and children and said, “Especially, her wife is satisfied with her life in Korea.” However, he showed a sudden excitement (?) about the meal, saying, “Why do the noodles here have so much soup?” and “Pizza xx (specific brand name) doesn’t taste good.” 

The interpreter who was with the episode said, “One day (director Abondanza) went to Maratang’s house, thought it was salad, ate it raw, and then kept calling.” (Soju + beer), and even though pizza xx is not tasty, if you order it, you will enjoy it very well.”

Heungkuk Life Insurance selected Reina Tokoku (Japan), a mixed Japanese-Ghanaian striker, through the Asian quota system for the first time this season. Reina Tokoku, who is 177 cm tall, can handle both Apogee Spiker and Outsider Heater. He has been active in Denso Airy Biz, the first division in Japan, until the 2019-20 season. 

Director Abondanza said, “It’s hard to say that Reina is complete, but it’s a multi-player that can be used as a receiving apposite spiker and also as an outside heater. I like the fact that it becomes a receive first,” he said. I can show a variety of formations,” he concluded the interview. 

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