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Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Thu 12 August 2021 | 19:29

Well, the Olympics are over and we have reached the last station, and I must say that surprisingly and contrary to all predictions, it was the French volleyball team that won the Olympics. Join us to get to know the best French men's volleyball players at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In international events and friendly matches, France men's national volleyball team represents the country. It has been the reigning European Champion since 2015 and is now rated 4th in the FIVB world rankings.

France has competed in the World League since its inception in 1990 and has done so regularly since 1999. They finished second to Brazil in 2006, but future seasons were marred by failure. They almost missed out on the Final Six in 2009, falling to Argentina at the last hurdle.

They had another setback in 2010 when they finished 12th after missing the finals for the second year in a row. In Rio 2016, France competed in its fourth Olympic Games, finishing ninth. Their greatest ever Olympic result was in Seoul in 1988, when they finished eighth. In 2015, France was the European Championship and World League gold medallist.

France qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo by winning the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Berlin. The French team progressed throughout the tournament, defeating Slovenia in five sets in the semifinals before defeating hosts Germany 3-0 in the final.

France competed in the men's Olympic volleyball category for the fifth time in Tokyo. Up until this time, they have never advanced past the group round. They won two of their five games in Rio in 2016 but were eliminated before the knockout round after losses to Italy, the United States of America, and Brazil.

The French team has only ever won one medal at the world championships, a bronze in Argentina in 2002. France failed to improve on their fourth-place finish in 2014 at the 2018 World Cup, as a decisive loss to Serbia in the second group phase meant they did not advance to the next round.

France won the World League in 2017 but had to settle for silver in the first Nations League in 2018 after losing in the final to the Russian team. They failed to advance to the semifinals of the 2019 edition after losing both games in the final group round against their American and Russian opponents.

Now it's time to learn more about

France's men's national volleyball team

. You can also read the

Everything you need to know about Olympic Volleyball at Tokyo 2020

article to learn more about volleyball at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

France named a 12-player roster to compete in the Volleyball competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics. It was their second Olympic appearance for half of them, Benjamin Toniutti, Earvin Ngapeth, Jenia Grebennikov, Kevin Tillie, Nicolas Le Goff, and Trevor Clevenot, who competed in Rio 2016 five years ago.

Before announcing his final choice to the players on the premises of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, coach Laurent Tillie decided on the last remaining question concerning his selection for the year's biggest event.

He had to limit himself to only four outside hitters. Coach Tillie released Thibault Rossard and kept Ngapeth, Tillie, Clevenot, and Yacine Louati in place of Julien Lyneel, who left for medical reasons. Antoine Brizard, Barthelemy Chinenyeze, Daryl Bulter, Jean Patry, Stephen Boyer, and Yacine Louati are the six players who will make their Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.

Mousse Gueye and Benjamin Diez, in addition to the 12 chosen Olympians, represented France in the VNL matches in Italy. The team flew to Japan on July 4 to complete their preparations and play a friendly match against Iran in Okinawa before arriving in Tokyo on July 19, five days before their tournament opener against the United States.

France’s Olympic roster

  • Setters

    : Antoine Brizard, Benjamin Toniutti

  • Opposites

    : Jean Patry, Stephen Boyer

  • Outside hitters

    : Earvin Ngapeth, Kevin Tillie, Trevor Clevenot, Yacine Louati

  • Middle blockers

    : Barthelemy Chinenyeze, Daryl Bulter, Nicolas Le Goff

  • Libero

    : Jenia Grebennikov

Well, now is the time to get acquainted with the

Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

. Join us to get to know them better. The first name is Earvin Ngapeth.

1- Earvin Ngapeth

Earvin N'Gapeth (born February 12, 1991) is a French volleyball player who plays for Zenit Kazan in Russia. He is a 2015 European Champion, World League gold medalist (2015 and 2017), French Champion (2010), and Italian Champion (2016).

During the World Championship in Italy on October 7, 2010, he was removed from the national team due to disciplinary reasons. At the 2011 European Championships, he returned to the national team.

In 2014, he competed in the World Championships in Poland. France finished fourth after losing the bronze medal match to Germany. In the 2015 World League title campaign, he was one of the most important players.

The French national team, which included N'Gapeth, won the European Champion 2015 title on October 18, 2015 (3–0 against Slovenia in the final). For the second year in a row, Ngapeth was named Most Valuable Player of the FIVB World League and a gold medalist with France. The next player on the list of

France volleyball players

is Antoine Brizard.

2- Antoine Brizard

Antoine Arthur Fabien Brizard (born May 22, 1994) is a French volleyball player who plays for the France men's national team and Gas Sales Piacenza in Italy. He competed in the 2017 European Championships, which were held in Poland.

Antoine, who has been named to European teams, is the

France men's national volleyball team

 second setter. At the age of 27, he has gained valuable experience and hopes to be a good replacement for Benjamin Toniutti and have the best performance for the French national team. The next player on the list of Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics is Barthelemy Chinenyeze.

3- Barthelemy Chinenyeze

Barthélémy Chinenyeze (born February 28, 1998) is a French volleyball player who plays for the France men's national Volleball team and the Volley Callipo club in Italy. In 2017, he became a member of the French national team and competed in the 2017 European Championship and the 2017 World Grand Champions Cup.

In 2017, he won the World League gold medal. Due to the injury of Bartomiej Lemaski, he was transferred to the Polish club Asseco Resovia Rzeszów on March 2, 2018.

During his stint with the national team, he has also won numerous awards, including the French Championship with Spacer's de Toulouse, the French Cup with Tours VB, and the French Championship with Tours VB. The next player on the list of Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics is Jenia Grebennikov.

4- Jenia Grebennikov 

Jenia Grebennikov (born 13 August 1990) is a Russian-born French volleyball player who plays for the France men's national team and Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg. She is the 2015 European Champion and World League gold medalist (2015, 2017).

In 2011, Jenia Grebennikov made her debut for the French national team. He competed in the 2014 World Championship, which was held in Poland. France finished fourth after losing the bronze medal match to Germany.

Grebennikov got an individual prize for the tournament's Best Libero. The French national team, which included Grebennikov, won the European Champion 2015 title on October 18, 2015 (3–0 against Slovenia in the final). He was named the championships' Best Libero. The next player on the list of

Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

is Jean Patry.

5- Jean Patry

Jean Patry (born December 27, 1996) is a volleyball player for the French national team and Allianz Milano in Italy. He competed in the European Championships in 2017.

Jean Patry, the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League Cup Surprise, was able to play for the French national team at the age of 24 and found a special place in the team, but he still needs more experience to pay more for the team. The next player on the list of France volleyball players is Benjamin Toniutti.

6- Benjamin Toniutti

Benjamin Toniutti (born October 30, 1989) is a French volleyball player who plays for Jastrzebski Wegiel in Poland. He is the 2015 European Champion, World League gold medalist (2015, 2017), Champions League winner (2021), German Champion (2015), and three-time Polish Champion (2016, 2017, 2019).

Toniutti signed a contract with Polish club ZAKSA Kdzierzyn-Kole on April 13, 2015. On October 18, 2015, he and the French national volleyball team won the European Champions title (3–0 against Slovenia in the final).

He won his first title of Polish Champion on April 26, 2016. Toniutti won the Most Valuable Player award for the entire season, as well as ten individual MVP awards throughout the league. Toniutti's contract was extended for the next two seasons on the 2nd of May 2016.

France won the World League on July 9, 2017, after defeating Brazil in the final. Toniutti's contract was extended until 2019 by ZAKSA Kdzierzyn-Kole on January 1, 2018. The next player in the list of Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics is Kevin Tillie.

7- Kevin Tillie

Kévin Tillie (born November 2, 1990) is a French volleyball player who plays for the France men's national team and the Italian club Top Volley Cisterna. He is a 2015 European Champion, 2015 World League gold medalist, and Polish Champion (2016, 2017).

Tillie made her senior French national team debut at the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League, where the French team finished in seventh place, after many appearances with the junior and youth national teams.

Tillie began his collegiate career at Thompson Rivers University in Canada, where he spent two years while waiting for his papers to be processed to move to the United States. With an average of 4.41 kills per set, he was named to the All-Canadian Team.

Tillie transferred to the University of California, Irvine Anteaters for the 2012 and 2013 seasons after completing his paperwork. Tillie was a key member of UC Irvine's back-to-back NCAA championship team in those two years. Tillie was named to the AVCA All-American team both years.

In 2015, he joined ZAKSA Kdzierzyn-Kole, a Polish club. On October 18, 2015, he and the rest of the French national team were crowned European Champions 2015 (3–0 against Slovenia in the final).

He won the 2016 Polish Champion title with ZAKSA Kdzierzyn-Kole on April 26, 2016. He extended his contract until 2017 May 2016. Tillie signed a contract with another Polish team, Jastrzebski Wegiel, in May 2017 and expressed his desire to continue his career in PlusLiga. Kevin Tillie alerted Jastrzebski Wegiel of his plans to move to the Chinese league in early August 2017, despite the fact that he had a contract with them.

The club did not want to withdraw their contract, so they filed a complaint with the FIVB to prevent unprofessional situations when a player wants to nullify a contract that has already been signed but has not been fulfilled. The next player on the list of

Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

is

Stephen Boyer

.

8- Stephen Boyer

Pierre Jean Stéphen Boyer (born 10 April 1996) is a French volleyball player who plays for the France men's national team and the Polish club Jastrzebski Wegiel. He won the 2017 World League gold medal and is the current French champion (2017).

Laurent Tillie, the head coach of the French national volleyball team, named Boyer to the FIVB World League squad in 2017. After defeating Brazil in the final on July 9, 2017, France, including Stéphen Boyer, won the 2017 World League. The next player on the list of Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics is Nicolas Le Goff.

9- Nicolas Le Goff

Nicolas Le Goff (born February 15, 1992) is a French volleyball player who plays for the France men's national team and Montpellier UC. He is a 2015 European Champion, World League gold medalist (2015, 2017), and two–time German Champion (2016, 2019). 

Nicolas has an undeniable position in the French national team and has gained a lot of experience at the age of 29, which is why he has become one of the most experienced players on the national team.

During his playing career, he has won numerous awards, including the German Cup with Berlin Recycling Volleys, the German Championship with Berlin Recycling Volleys, the German Cup with Berlin Recycling Volleys, the German Cup with Berlin Recycling Volleys, and the German SuperCup with Berlin Recycling Volleys. In 2017, he competed in the Men's European Volleyball Championship. The next player on the list of Best France men's Volleyball players of Tokyo 2020 Olympics is Trévor Clévenot.

10- Trévor Clévenot

Trévor Clévenot is a French male volleyball player who was born on June 28, 1994. He is a member of the France men's national volleyball team of France. He competed in the European Games in Baku in 2015, the FIVB Volleyball World League in Rio de Janeiro in 2015, and the FIVB Volleyball World League in Krakow in 2016.

He is presently a member of Volley Piacenza and was named Best Outside Spiker in Ligue A for the 2015-2016 season. He is the son of former French volleyball player Alain Clévenot.

Volleyball at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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