In everyone’s eyes they still exist 37 ground balls Sunday afternoon at Castellana Grotte, in a truly eye-catching “Monster” performance. However, in his eyes you can find a typical Nordic blue, but also such a delicate face Grottazzolina everyone calls him “the baby-faced Viking“.
Rasmus Breuning Nielsen He is a volleyball champion, but he is also a champion off the court. An “atypical” boy compared to today’s glittering world of professional sports, an exemplary athlete (as is often the case with northern Europeans) who is never seen outside the queues: he never stays long at the disco until dawn, never from Misled by excesses. He loves to hit the lines or better yet stay in them as he uses his very powerful arm to hit the ball at star heights to throw it to the other side of the net and score a point.
After finishing last season with the beauty of Scored 605 points (without playing playoffs or playouts), complete with Kutznetsov Prize As the best striker in Serie A2, he delivered it straight from his hands in the opening game against Cuneo on October 15th Federico Buffa“Ras” started again this year with equally impressive numbers, which currently place him in second place in the league’s bomber rankings 142 points in just five games played, only six points behind the leader Marks, who, however, played four sets more than the Dane. Incredible figures for an exceptional athlete who, despite the numerous offers he received, decided last summer to stay in Grottazzolina to continue his career and life.
“I have decided to stay in Grottazzolina – Breuning Nielsen tells us – As this is an ideal club, with a very prepared and attentive coach, a highly qualified staff and an extremely competitive team, we have an excellent idea of how things should proceed here. I think it’s a very professional club, but I also really like the family approach of the club. I always feel comfortable there and am very glad that I stayed. That was probably one of the main reasons that made me make this decision.”
For the Dane, who is also favored by others, he is really in top form at the momentaffection that surrounds him every day in Grottazzolina and the surrounding area. “The fans here are incredible, I love going on the pitch and playing for them. You are fantastic. They give us a lot of energy on the pitch and you can always hear the cheers, no matter where you are, they fill you with affection. Some may say that this can be a bit distracting at times, but I think on the contrary, it allows us to concentrate better. It gives us motivation and more desire to win and perform well because we are a great unit. It’s not just the 14 players on the field, it’s the whole building that wants to win against the other team.”
Shy and reserved off the pitch, he tells us in fluent English that since his stay in Grottazzolina he has never been able to pay for a coffee if there is someone nearby who follows the team and recognizes him. “Ras” is surprised by this, less so those who know the fifty-year history of volleyball in Grotese and know the affection with which the boys are always surrounded, especially when they give everything on the court regardless of the results.
Rasmus Breuning Nielsen could have gone for big positions, but he chose Grottazzolina again. For the reasons already explained in the previous lines and for others. Firstly, because he trusted the club more than ever. He had expressed his desire to fight for the important positions with a strong team: said and done.
But what motivated Rasmus to stay in Grottazzolina is also the lifestyle that it is able to guarantee its athletes: a welcoming area but at a human level. No metropolis, no concentration of excitement and life. A limit for some types of athletes who are more exuberant and hungry. An interesting attraction for those who decide to devote themselves carefully and constructively to their profession or field. And Breuning Nielsen is exactly that type of athlete: at home and in the gym, always under pressure when playing, good food and video games when he’s not in the Taraflex. Healthy distractions that allow him to feel less the absence of his family and his girlfriend, who, however, are not afraid to fly to Grottazzolina whenever allowed. From Glamsbjerg, a small village in the southern Danish region whose demographic size (3,350 inhabitants) is incredibly similar to Grottazzolina. That means over 1900 kilometers away, and Still feel at home.
The Yuasa Battery is happy to have its champion in the week that separates them from the big game against Prata di Pordenone, which has now become a classic. First against second and a Breuning Nielsen ready: “On Saturday evening we will play against one of our big rivals, Prata, who we have been since A3. We are motivated because these are also the games that are the most fun and the ones we want to win the most. When there is this rivalry, I think it is the ideal situation to give 110% and in these cases I believe that those who want more will prevail. It will be the same this Saturday. I hope the group is united and plays an exceptional game and of course we hope to bring home this win too.”
(Source: press release)