2012-2013∼2014-2015, Leo who climbed MVP for 3 consecutive years, returns to the V-League after 7 seasons
Sadat is the first Iranian player in the V-League and the youngest foreigner… Samsung Fire & Marine Nominated Russell
Leonardo Leiva Martinez (31, registered name Leo) returns to the V-League in the OK Financial Group uniform after 7 seasons.
Iranian young striker Bardia Sadat, 19, who is the strongest in Asia and has reached the top of the world volleyball, also plays in Korean professional volleyball.
OK Financial Group nominated a Leo after obtaining the “No. 1 nomination right for luck”.
Unfortunately, the last team Leo, who played for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, in the V-League was the OK Financial Group.
OK Financial Group won the No. 1 nomination right through a ball lottery at the 2021 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) Men’s Foreign Players Draft held at the Rivera Hotel in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 4th.
KOVO ranked 7th, Samsung Fire & Marine 35, 6th, Hyundai Capital 30, 5th, KEPCO 25, 4th, KB Insurance 20, 3rd, OK Financial Group 15, 2nd based on final results last season. Each ball was allocated 10 and 5 of the 1st Korean Air, and the nomination order was decided by lottery.
OK Financial Group got the first-ranked nomination right through the low probability of 10.7% (15 out of 140).
OK Financial Group manager Seok Jin-wook on the stage called’Leo’ without hesitation.
Leo from Cuba joined Samsung Fire Insurance as a free agent in the 2012-2013 season and played an active part in a total of 3 seasons from the 2013-2014 season and the 2014-2015 season.
For the first time in the history of the V-League, Leo became the best player in the regular league for three consecutive seasons (MVP).
While Leo played in the V-League, all of the top scorers were Leo’s.
Leo also won the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 season championship MVP awards.
However, in the 2014-2015 season championship match, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance lost to OK Savings Bank (now OK Financial Group), and Leo left the court with regret.
Prior to the 2015-2016 season, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance tried to renew the contract with Leo, but the Leo did not enter Korea for personal reasons and broke up.
After leaving Samsung Fire Insurance, Leo, who played in the Turkish, Chinese, and UAE leagues, applied for the KOVO draft to select foreign players for the 2021-2022 season.
Before the draft was opened, Leo was ranked as the’first priority’, and OK Financial Group, which obtained the nomination right of the first place, nominated a Leo.
KEPCO, which took second place in the nomination right, won the Iranian-born Sadat.
Sadad entered the V-League by making’two progress records’.
A KOVO official said, “Sadat is the first Iranian player to play in the V-League.
Born on August 12, 2002, he is also the youngest foreign player in the history of the V-League.”
Sadat, 207 cm tall, is a destructive attacker who played for Iran’s under-19 and under-21 national teams.
KEPCO appreciated Sadad’s attack.
Samsung Fire & Marine chose Kyle Russell, who played for KEPCO last season.
Woori Card has renewed the contract with Aleksandri Peheira (registered name Alex), and KB Insurance with Kita Noomori (KB Insurance).
Hyundai Capital, who was pushed down to sixth place, chose Boydar Vićsevich (22), a former Serbian national team member, while Korean Air nominated Lincoln Williams (28), a former Australian national team player, who played a long time in the European League.
Leo, who played three seasons in the V-League, only played an active part in the status of a’free contract player’, is classified as a’new player’ and receives an annual salary of $400,000.
KOVO set the annual salary for foreign players based on the 2016-2017 season, when the selection of foreign players changed from free contracts to drafts.
The first player selected for the draft receives $400,000.
If a player who played in the V-League in the past, like Leo, was first selected as a draft, the annual salary is set at $400,000.
The annual salary of a player who has played in the V-League more than once is $550,000.
Russell, who plays at KEPCO last season and at Samsung Fire & Marine in 2021-2022, receives $550,000.
Alex and Keita, who re-signed with the team that played in the 20202-2021 season, signed a contract for $600,000.
A total of 45 people participated in this draft, including Alex and Keita.
47 people were expected to participate, but Yosvani Hernandez and Brendon Sander (USA), who contributed to Korean Air’s combined victory last season, announced their absence just before the draft.