The official presentation of Maksim Sapozhkov and Aleks Grozdanov


220cm tall, 21 years old. The data on 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.

Name: Maksim

Surname: Sapozhkov

Date of birth: November 15, 2000

Place of birth: Voronezh (Russia)

Role: Opposite

Height: 2.20 m


Sapozhkov began his career in the Lokomotiv Novosibirsk ranks, joining the first team in 2018. 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 returns 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.

Declaration “When I received the offer from WithU Verona, I didn’t hesitate for a moment to accept. For me this represents a unique opportunity for my career as a sport and I am sure that under the guidance of coach Stoytchev I can improve a lot. The SuperLega is the most competitive championship in the world and the very idea of ​​facing the champions who play there is a great honor for me. I believe our team has great potential. We are many young people and eager to learn from the teachings of the most experienced. We can create something important ”.


An important piece for the central 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.

Name: Aleks

Surname: Grozdanov

Date of birth: March 28, 1998

Place of birth: Sofia (Bulgaria)

Role: Central

Height: 2.05 m


After taking his first steps at home with the colors of Dobrudja 07, Grozdanov took the opportunity to land in Italy in 2017, bought by Calzedonia Verona, then coached by coach Grbic. A year later he moved to the Belgian team of Greenyard Maaseik, with which he carves out an important space. In 2019 he returns to Italy to wear the jersey of Consar Ravenna, a militant in the SuperLega. Last season, on the other hand, he had a great satisfaction, winning the CEV Cup as a starter with the Monza jersey. Now he is ready to defend the yellow and blue colors of WithU Verona.

Declaration “From my first adventure in Verona I have made an important growth path, gaining experience in SuperLega, but also outside the Italian borders. I am really happy to be back in this city, which five years ago had given me so much also from a human point of view, since it was my first experience in Italy. I can only get along well with Stoytchev. In addition to being compatriots, we also speak the same sporting language. Together with him, all the staff and the team we can take away great satisfaction, as demonstrated already on the first day of the championship in Piacenza ”.