The Iranians inquired about Alekna’s employment a few days ago and provided the information that the Russian defeated Daniel Castellani and Ferdinando De Giorgi, known from the Polish national team, as well as Andrea Giani and Lorenzo Bernardi. He replaced Igor Kolakovic, who retired from the Iranian squad in March this year.
Alekno will thus lead the Iranian national team during the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will make him a direct rival of the Polish national team in the group stage, where in addition to Poland and Iran, Japan, Italy, Canada and Venezuela will play.
Vladimir Alekno is one of the most successful coaches. With the Russian team he won Olympic gold in London, with which he won bronze four years ago. Together with Zenit, Kazan won the Champions League five times and dominated European volleyball in 2015-2018.