Intervista (in inglese per una maggior visibilità dell’atleta, ndr) ad uno dei migliori talenti in Turchia, Neriman Ozsoy, ammirata da tantissimi addetti ai lavori ai recenti Europei. Introduzione di Alessandro Chiappini, ct Atom Sopot, squadra di Neriman. Un grazie anche a Nicola Negro e ovviamente a Neriman. 

“Sin dal mio arrivo in Turchia avevo notato il talento e la forza fisica di questa allora giovanissima atleta. veniva da un club importante,  l’ Eczacibasi di Istanbul dove non trovava spazio per giocare proprio per le caratteristiche del club, con straniere ed obiettivi importanti , per cui lo spazio per le giovani era limitato. Di contro aveva la possibilità di allenarsi ad alto livello nel suo club. Inizialmente giocava in posto 2, ma nella squadra nazionale decisi di spostarla in posto 4 affrontando un percorso peraltro immediatamente compreso e accettato da lei e dal suo club, che prevedeva lo spostamento di ruolo.
Inizialmente le referenze nei suoi confronti non furono positive, ma sin dal primo giorno cominciai ad intuire la grande volontà di emergere di questa ragazza, sempre disponibile a sacrificarsi, a spingere forte in allenamento, una mentalità facilmente modificabile verso il professionismo. Coraggiosa e determinata nelle scelte precedentemente al mio arrivo in Turchia, Neriman lasciò il club per trasferirsi nel club Uralochka di Mr. Karpol proprio per migliorarsi nei fondamentali. Ho dal primo momento iniziato un progetto che prevedeva lei come un punto di forza della nazionale futura, e osservare i suoi miglioramenti nel tempo, vederla maturare progressivamente fino a divenire protagonista nella squadra che ha poi vinto il bronzo al recente europeo Italo-serbo è stata per me una grande soddisfazione, una scommessa vinta.
Dopo il termine del mio mandato alla nazionale turca è stato per me molto semplice portarla nel club per il quale attualmente lavoro, in quanto il rapporto di grande rispetto reciproco che si è instaurato è molto forte. Spero per lei che continui ad essere umile e volenterosa di migliorarsi sempre perchè grazie anche alle sue doti fisiche potrebbe togliersi delle soddisfazioni importanti nella sua carriera, visto che oggi ha solo 22 anni”

– Alessandro Chiappini – (Foto web, Facebook fans club, Sopot)

D – Would you be so kind as to introduce yourself?

Neriman Ozsoy – I am NERIMAN OZSOY, I was born in Bulgaria and I am 23 years old. I started to play volleyball when I was 10 at ECZACIBASI SPORT CLUB. I’m also a undergrade student in BAHCESEHIR UNIVERSITY …I am studying photography.

D – Why did you choose to play volleyball?

Neriman – The reason that I started to play volleyball was because my older sister was also playing voleyball. I was always going to watch her games…volleyball seemed to me so boring till I started to watch men’s voleyball that helped me to realised the POWER ,AMBITION, and SPEED of volleyball. That kind of things were the main reasons of me to start to plaY voleyball.

D – What are for you the basic charactheristics of a good spiker?

Neriman – Having a good thecnique, reading the other court, using your brain and the bad balls. Also having a power.

D – What about your experience in Eczacibasi?

Neriman – I started to play voleyball at Eczacibasi.It was one of the best clubs in Europe and I think they are still one of them.. I had a great times when I was at youth and juniour team . Each year, we were finishing at the first place in our generations. During those years, I learned a lot of good things that I could use on the court and out of the court. I was also going to one of the best schools in Turkey, for my club it was so important to have a very good educated players. When I became a senior for many years I was waiting to have a chance to go in first 6. Eczacibasi was having always good foreigners, for that reason it was so difficult to take a place in the court for me being a very young player.

D – Now you are in Sopot: why did you choose stranger team?

Neriman – One of my dreams was playing abroad. I was thinking to have a different experience, different country, different friends, different culture. I just wanted to know how it feels to play in a different country and I managed to do it. I decided to have a charier plan with my manager. It was the best way to come in Poland. My goal was to work with a very good coach and at the club which has a great organization.

D – Is difficult to be a stranger player?

Neriman – I can say that when you take more responsibility it’s more difficult; however, if you are strong enough for this,its very enjoyable…

D – What about Mr Chiappini as a trainer? Are you satisfied with your achievement?

Neriman – This is my 5th year with Alessandro Chiappini, he is a very good coach. I like to work with him because you gaining a lot in his trainings. Every training he is pushing you to get better and better. He likes to work a lot, I feel that I’ m still improving myself in his practices. I’m so lucky to have a coach like him.

D – What is your opinion about Turkish women’s volleyball?

Neriman – About Turkish Vollleyball,when we started to work with the italian coaches our level went up so much and the players improved theirselves very much by working with the good foreigners. It’ s also about the sponsors. They started to build very good teams. The improvment of turkish players had a big effect on the succes of the national team and our federation had a very good organization for the young girls. They created a team from good young talented girls who are 15-16 years old: in a result of this organizaton they succeded to take 2 gold medals in their categories. Also this year we took the bronz medal from European championship. The last Champions’ League Turkey had a 2 teams on the final 4. So if you compare with the last years we are getting always better results…

D – You are considerate one of the stronger stranger spiker: did you feel pressure?

Neriman – I think the pressure comes inside…only if I want to feel it. Before the game I feel some, but when I go into court I forget all.

D – What about your experience in national team in this years?

Neriman – It was a very good experience for me to play at the all tournaments, I was so happy to have more responsibilties in the court. I felt that our trainer trusted me so much and I’ m so appreciated for this. It was a increadible happiness to take a medal for me, I’m so glad on my performance in the turnament but I tihnk I could do more to get a better results. I will keep working harder to get better and better….and was so important to see my mistakes in the court so I could learn from those mistakes …

D – What is the most important victory in your career?

Neriman – 2011 European championship having a 3rd place

D – You travel around the world: which is you favorite country or city?

Neriman – My favourite country is UNITED KINGDOM but the city is ISTANBUL.

D – Tell us something about the city you were born.

Neriman – I was born in Razgrad which is in Bulgaria, is a small city but is so nice and green. You can spend a great time with your family. People are kindly there…

D – Do you have a model in volley?

Neriman – I like some players but I want to create my example. I like Tom Logan, Simona Rinieri.

D – Dou you like to play in Italy?

Neriman – I wish I would like to play in Italy one day????..I think, every player want this. Itaiy is the heart of the volleyball I think…

D – Who is real Neriman outside the court?

Neriman – Neriman is a little girl who loves her family a lot, gives her life to play volleyball, likes to listen music eveytime, have a great friends outside, likes to struggle with the life…

D – Favorite food, singer, book, film..

Neriman – My favourite food is Pilav (turkish rise). Singer is Rihanna, book is “One day”, film is “Seven pounds”.

D – Are you satisfied about yourself as a player?

Neriman – I think I will never be satisfied with my performance but I know that I’m on the right way. I have to work a lot.

D – Road to London 2012: qualification tournament in Turkey. Is a very good chanche…

Neriman – Yes, I think so it’ s a very important chance for us. We are going to play in Istanbul; f we can play like a team and the players gives their best, we can take a very good result. I belive…

D – What is your dream as a player?

Neriman – My dream is to be remembered as a very good person and the very good player, when I quit from vollleyball..