There is something about Jana Matiasovska

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Native of Bratislava, Jana Matiasovska moved to Azerbaijan from Russia where she was playing under legendary coach Nikolai Karpol. Now a member of Azerrail she graciously agreed to answer our questions about her life outside of volleyball.

Have you had any prior information about Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani volleyball?

Yes, I have – I played in Baku in March of this year with Uralochka at the CEV Final Four tournament. Also, in 2004 I participated with the Slovak national team at the qualification tournament for the 2005 European Championships held here in Baku.

What were your first impressions of the city and your new team?

I find the city very beautiful and interesting, there are several marvelous places I have already had a chance to explore and am looking forward to discovering many more new ones. As for my new team, I love it! I’m indeed very happy to find myself in such great environment.

What do you think about the level of competition in Azerbaijan?

I am very excited about the competition level. A lot of great players from both Azerbaijan and abroad have come here, so I expect a tough season. And a tough season is a challenge every player longs for.

How did your family react when you told them that you are going to Azerbaijan?

My parents were highly supportive of me coming here and I can’t thank them enough for their continuous help not only now, but throughout my whole professional career and college life.

How long did it take you to decide on the offer from Azerbaijan?

How long? I made my decision before they finished their pitch!

Have you experienced a language or cultural barrier?

Fortunately I can speak Russian, so I haven’t had any problems getting around. I am also trying to pick up some Azeri, so will see how that goes. As for the culture, I found it a great mixture of European and Asian traditions, yet sometimes I worry a little about causing an unconscious faux-pas.

How do you spend your free time in Baku? Do you have any favorite spots?

Free time… well, I like to explore the city and try out local foods. And then of course, I enjoy hanging out with my teammate friends, listening to music or watching a movie together, simply having a good time.

Is there anyone you credit for helping you to become who you are today?

Anyone? I would say everyone! I’m a very eclectic person and try to take something from everyone I meet. However, people who should be credited the most are definitely my parents and couple good friends I’ve had luck to meet in my life.

Have you already tasted any local dishes?

Yes, I love the local cuisine!

Do you get an extra attention in public?

(laughing) Yes. I guess you don’t find that many 198cm girls walking down the street every day, so my presence indeed attracts attention. So far though I have had only pleasant experiences.

Have you ever thought about what are you going to do after you retire from sport?

Yes, every day – alas you never know when is your last day. I have a degree in finance and international business, so I would like to pursue a career in this field, especially financial markets. Yet, I’m hoping to postpone this path for as long as possible!

What is currently on your iPod playlist?

Dance music, I love to dance and music always pumps me up.

What do you do when you get homesick?

I don’t get homesick – my “home” is where my heart is and in it I keep everything that’s dear to me.

Have you had any chance to experience Baku’s nightlife?

Ha! I wish!


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