220cm tall, 21 years old. Maksim Sapozhkov’s identity card are impressive, and now they are at the service of coach Rado Stoytchev and the Gialloblù team. The Russian opposite is ready to carve out a leading role in his first year in the SuperLeague, as demonstrated already in the debut race in Piacenza, where he landed 25 points.

Sapozhkov began his career in the Lokomotiv Novosibirsk ranks, joining the first team in 2018. In the following season he plays in the club’s B team, where he begins to prove his worth. This allows him to leave Russia to embark on an adventure in the Bulgarian championship with the SKV Montana jersey. After just a year he returned home to marry at Yugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk. The good performances offered attract the attention of the Gialloblù management, which immediately sets up a negotiation so as not to let it slip away. With the Russian youth selections he won a silver at the U19 World Cup, a gold at the U20 European Championship. He then turned out to be the best opposite and the best scorer of the U20 World Cup played in 2019.

An important piece for the middle package. Aleks Grozdanov brings to Verona an excellent knowledge of the Italian top league, played with the jerseys of Ravenna first and then Monza. Furthermore, at the end of last season, with the Brianza team, the 1998 class raised the CEV Cup, the second most important European competition. He has already entered into the mechanisms of coach Stoytchev, who gave him confidence right from the start.