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  Marseille  2007   Men's Open
19.07.2007 -  22.07.2007



A return to the South of France

MARSEILLE 2007 - The Mediterranean port of Marseille welcomes back the SWATCH FIVB World Tour for a second consecutive year after hosting the world’s best Beach Volleyball players for 11-straight years from 1994 through 2004. While the men will be competing in Marseille for the 13th time, the women’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour will be competing on the Plage of Prado for the 10th time. One of the largest ports in Europe, Marseille is also regarded as France's 'second' city.  It is a melting pot of commerce, culture and tourism and serves as the gateway to Provence.  Marseille is also the oldest city in France, having been founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, and today boasts one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan populations in Europe.  Many visit the area for its natural beauty and spectacular climate, although the Mistral - a strong wind that funnels down the Rhone Valley - can often make itself felt.


Men - Jan Kvalheim and Bjorn Maaseide of Norway defeated Christian Penigaud and Jean-Philippe Jodard of France in the first Marseille final that became the first All-European final on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  South American tandems won the next 10, including nine by teams from Brazil.  Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina broke the Brazilian winning streak in 2001, but the South Americans have topped the podium uninterrupted since then.




Brazilians (left to right) Fabio, Marcio Araujo, Emanuel, Ricardo, Pedro and Franco



Year - Marseille Gold Medal / Marseille Silver Medal / Marseille Bronze Medal

1994 - Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide, Norway / Christian Penigaud/Jean-Philippe Jodard, France / Carlos Briceno/Jeff Williams, USA
1995 - Emanuel Rego/Ze Marco de Melo, Brazil / Kvalheim/Maaseide, Norway / Andre Gomes/Carlos Loss, Brazil
1996 - Franco Neto/Roberto Lopes, Brazil / Carl Henkel/Sinjin Smith, USA, Eduardo Martinez/Martin Conde, Argentina
1997 - Guilherme Marques/Para Ferreira, Brazil / Emanuel/Ze Marco, Brazil / Julie Prosser/Lee Zahner, Australia
1998 - Ze Marco/Ricardo Santos, Brazil / Jorg Ahmann/Axel Hager, Germany / Bill Boullianne/Ian Clark, USA
1999* - Jose Loiola/Emanuel, Brazil / Martin Laciga/Paul Laciga, Switzerland / Guilherme/Para, Brazil
2000 - Ze Marco/Ricardo, Brazil / Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, Norway / Loiola/Emanuel, Brazil
2001 - Mariano Baracetti/Conde, Argentina / Emanuel/Tande Ramos, Brazil Stein Metzger/Kevin Wong, USA
2002 - Loiola/Ricardo, Brazil / Francisco Alvarez/Juan Rossell, Cuba / Emanuel/Tande, Brazil
2003 - Emanuel/Ricardo, Brazil / M. Laciga/P. Laciga, Switzerland / Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, USA
2004 - Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran, Brazil / Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel, Switzerland / Baracetti/Conde, Argentina

2006 - Ricardo/Emanuel, Brazil / Fabio-Luiz/Marcio Araujo, Brazil / Pedro Cunha/Franco Neto, Brazil
*FIVB World Championships




Total Medals - Brazil 27, USA 8, Norway 4, Switzerland 4, Argentina 3, Germany 2, Australia 1, Canada 1, Cuba 1, France 1, Italy 1




Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal



Andre Lima/Guilherme Marques, BRA

John Eddo/Sean Fallowfield, USA

Roberto Lopes/Franco Neto, BRA

Cap d Agde


Eddo/Leif Hanson, USA

Andrea Ghiurghi/Dionisio Lequaglie, ITA

Andre Lima/Guilherme Marques, BRA



Jan Kvalheim/Bjorn Maaseide, NOR

Christian Penigaud/J-P Jodard, FRA

Carlos Briceno/Jeff Williams, USA



Emanuel Rego/Ze Marco de Melo, BRA

Kvalheim/Maaseide, NOR

Andre Gomes/Carlos Loss, BRA

La Baule


Roberto Lopes/Franco, BRA

Emanuel/Ze Marco, BRA

John Child/Mark Heese, CAN



Roberto Lopes/Franco, BRA

Carl Henkel/Sinjin Smith, USA

Eduardo Martinez/Martin Conde, ARG



Emanuel/Ricardo, BRA

Guilherme/Para Ferreira, BRA

Kvalheim/Maaseide, NOR



Guilherme/Para, BRA

Emanuel/Ze Marco, BRA

Julie Prosser/Lee Zahner, AUS



Ze Marco/Ricardo Santos, BRA

Jorg Ahmann/Axel Hager, GER

Bill Boullianne/Ian Clark, USA



Jose Loiola/Emanuel, BRA

Martin Laciga/Paul Laciga, SUI

Guilherme/Para, BRA



Ze Marco/Ricardo, BRA

Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, NOR

Loiola/Emanuel, BRA



Mariano Baracetti.Conde, ARG

Emanuel/Tande Ramos, BRA

Stein Metzger/Kevin Wong, USA



Loiola/Ricardo, BRA

Francisco Alvarez/Juan Rossell, CUB

Emanuel/Tande, BRA



Emanuel/Ricardo, BRA

M. Laciga/P. Laciga, SUI

Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, USA



Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran, BRA

Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel, SUI

Baracetti/Conde, ARG



Heuscher/Kobel, SUI

Jake Gibb/Metzger, USA

Julius Brink/Kjell Schneider, GER



Ricardo/Emanuel, BRA Fabio-Luiz/Marcio Araujo, BRA Pedro Cunha/Franco Neto, BRA
Paris 2006 Fabio/Marcio, BRA Gibb/Rosenthal, USA Ricardo/Emanuel, BRA


Brazil 14 Golds, Argentina 1, Norway 1, Switzerland 1, USA 1

Brazil 5 Silvers, Switzerland 3, USA 4, Norway 2, Cuba 1, France 1, Germany 1, Italy 1

Brazil 8 Bronzes, USA 4, Argentina 2, Australia 1, Canada 1, Germany 1, Norway 1

*FIVB World Championships


Women – Highlighted by the 1999 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships where Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede captured their first of two world titles, Marseille ranks behind Osaka, Japan in staging SWATCH-FIVB World Tour women’s events and is tied with Espinho, Portugal.  Osaka, which is not on the 2006 women’s schedule, hosted the SWATCH Tour 12 times (1994-2004).  Adriana and Shelda competed in the first seven Marseille events and never finished lower than fourth with six medal placements and $180,100 in earnings.  The United States’ Elaine Youngs (2001 and 2002) and Kerri Walsh (2003 and 2004) won back-to-back Marseille gold medals with different partners.  Ethel-Julie Arjona and Virginie Kadjo posted ninths (2003 and 2004) for the best finishes by a French team in Marseille.


2006 Brazilian medal winners (left to right) Adriana, Leila, Shelda, Larissa, Ana Paula and Juliana




Year - Marseille Gold Medal / Marseille Silver Medal / Marseille Bronze Medal

1997 - Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar / Lisa Arce/Holly McPeak, USA / Monica RodriguesAdriana Samuel, Brazil

1998 - Sandra Pires/Samuel, Brazil / Shelda/Adriana, Brazil Jackie Silva/Monica, Brazil

1999* - Shelda/Adriana, Brazil / Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, USA / Liz Masakayan/Elaine Youngs, USA

2000 - Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA / Shelda/Adriana, Brazil / Ana Paula Connelly/Monica Rodrigues, Brazil

2001 - Barbra Fontana/Youngs, USA / Shelda/Adriana Behar, Brazil / Arce/McPeak, USA

2002 - McPeak/Youngs, USA / Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA / Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, Australia

2003 - May-Treanor/Walsh, USA / Ana Paula/Pires, Brazil / Shelda/Adriana, Brazil

2004 - Rachel Wacholder/Walsh, USA / Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA / Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil

2006 - Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil / Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede, Brazil / Ana Paula Connelly/Leila Barros, Brazil

*FIVB World Championships




Total Medals - Brazil 18, USA 13, Australia 1, China 1


Site Year   Gold Medal   Silver Medal   Bronze Medal
Marseille 1997 Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede, BRA Lisa Arce/Holly McPeak, USA Monica Rodrigues/Adriana Samuel, BRA
Marseille 1998 Sandra Pires/Adriana, BRA Adriana/Shelda, BRA Monica/Jackie Silva, BRA
Marseille 1999*  Adriana/Shelda, BRA Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, USA Liz Masakayan/Elaine Youngs, USA
Marseille 2000 Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA Adriana/Shelda, BRA Ana Paula Connelly/Monica, BRA
Marseille 2001 Barbra Fontana/Youngs, USA Adriana/Shelda, BRA Arce/McPeak, USA
Marseille 2002 McPeak/Youngs, USA Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS
Marseille 2003 May-Treanor/Walsh, USA Ana Paula/Sandra, BRA Adriana/Shelda, BRA
Marseille 2004 Rachel Wacholder/Walsh, USA Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA
Paris 2005 May-Treanor/Walsh, USA Juliana/Larissa, BRA Tian Jia/Wang Fei, CHN
Marseille 2006 Juliana/Larissa, BRA Adriana/Shelda, BRA Leila Barros/Ana Paula, BRA
Paris 2006 Juliana/Larissa, BRA May-Treanor/Walsh, USA Leila/Ana Paula, BRA



USA 6 Golds, Brazil 5

Brazil 6 Silvers, USA 5

Brazil 7 Bronzes, USA 2, Australia 1, China 1

*FIVB World Championships