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  Rimini  2005  Challenger
15.07.2005 -  17.07.2005

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Rimini consists of an extensive sea-beach side and an old heart, the town centre, an open, hospitable and people-friendly city. In the centre, the ancient narrow streets and squares such as Corso díAugusto, Via Gambalunga, Piazza Cavour, Piazza Tre Martiri and Piazza Ferrari are pedestrian zones and some parts, like the 'old fish market square', are popular meeting places for young people in particular, who have become even more numerous now that Rimini is an important university centre with over 5,000 students. Near the old stone counters where fish was once sold, trendy bars and pubs have opened turning this charming 'little square' into the heart of 'nightlife' in Romagna.

The most important monuments are Tiberius Bridge, the Arch of Augustus and harmonious Pigna fountain that so enchanted Leonardo da Vinci. Important ethnographical, art and photographic exhibitions are held throughout the year in historic palaces such as Palazzo Arengo, in the Municipal Museum, in the Dinz Rialto Museum of Extra-European Cultures (its new premises will open shortly at Villa Alvarado in Covignano di Rimini) and within the ancient walls of Castel Sismondo.

For those who love shopping, Corso díAugusto and the surrounding area are a must and offer everything from craft shops selling traditional, rust-printed cloth to top boutiques selling famous designer labels. A blue line of sea and 15 kilometres of beach from Torre Pedrera to Miramare - this is the visiting card of the 10 districts of the Municipality of Rimini that overlook the coast.






Rimini, one of Italy's most popular international getaways and the host of numerous sporting events each year, stages the fourth of 16 scheduled stops on the menís SWATCH-FIVB World Tourís challenger and satellite schedule for 2005.  Prior to the Rimini stop, Roseto degli Abruzzi (July 7-10) will be hosting the second of six Italian challenger and/or challenger events. Other Italian challenger/satellite stops will be in Alba Adriatica (July 22-24, Men & Women), Palinuro (July 29-31, Men & Women) and Vasto (August 5-7, Men & Women).


Teams from Latvia and Germany have captured the gold medals in the first two events with Brazilís Ian Borges and Pedro Solberg Salgado capturing the bronze medal winners at the Finland and Italy stops.


Finland, Turku (6/17-19, 2005, $10,000)

1.       Martins Plavins/Aleksandrs Samoilous, Latvia, $2,000

2.       Andris Krumins/Ruslas Sorokins, Latvia, $1,500

3.       Ian Borges/Pedro Solberg Salgado, Brazil, $1,200

4.       Leonid Kalinine/Pavel Karpukhin, Russia, $800

Gold Medal - Plavins/Samoilous def. Krumins/Sorokins, 19-21, 21-18, 15-12 (54 minutes)

Bronze Medal - Solberg Salgado/Borges def. Karpukhin/Kalinine, 21-15, 19-21, 15-12 (52)


Turku - Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Samoilous captured the men's first satellite event of the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour by defeating Andris Krumins and Rusias Sorokins 19-21, 21-18 and 15-12 in the 54-minute title match Sunday (June 19) in Turku, Finland.  Ian Borges and Pedro Solberg Salgado of Brazil claimed the bronze medal by defeating Leonid Kalinine and Pavel Karpukhin of Russia 21-15, 19-21 and 15-12 in the 52-minute fourth-place match.


Itay, Cagliari (7/1-3, 2005, $30,000)

1.       Kay Matysik/Markus Popp, Germany, $4,800

2.       Eugenio Amore/Riccardo Fenili, Italy, $3,900

3.       Ian Borges/Pedro Solberg Salgado, Brazil, $3,000

4.       Daniel Krug/Mischa Urbatzka, Germany, $2,300

Gold Medal - Matysik/Popp Germany def. Amore, 21-17, 21-19 (40)

Bronze Medal - Solberg Salgado/Borges won by forfeit over Krug/Urbatzka


Cagliari - Germanyís Kay Matysik and Markus Popp won nine of 10 matches here this week to capture the US$30,000 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Italian Challenger by defeating a team from host Italy for the gold medal.  After winning a pair of qualifying matches, the 24th-seeded Matysik and Popp split their first two matches in the winnerís bracket before capturing their next six matches to claim the $4,800 first-place prize.  The Germans defeated 19th-seeded Eugenio Amore and Riccardo Fenili of Italy 21-17 and 21-19 in 40 minutes to win the title.  While Amore and Feili shared $3,900 for second-place, Solberg Salgado and Borges split $3,000 for the bronze medal as Krug and Urbatzka forfeited the third-place match.  For Solberg Salgado and Borges, it was their second challenger/satellite bronze medal this season after placing two weeks ago in Finland.




Dates, Tournament, Gender, Gold Medal Team/Purse


February 24-27, Thailand Satellite, Bangkok, Women, Whenhui You/Linjun Ji, China


June 16-19, Finland Satellite, Turku, Men, Martins Plavins/Aleksandrs Samoilous, Latvia


July 1-3, Italy Challenger, Cagliari, , Kay Matysik/Markus Popp, Germany

July 7-10, Italy Challenger, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Men, $30,000

July 15-17, Italy Challenger, Rimini, Men, $30,000

July 20-24, Morocco Satellite, Casablanca, Men, $15,000

July 22-24, France Satellite, St. Jean de Monts, Men & Women, $20,000

July 22-24, Italy Satellite, Alba Adriatica, Men & Women, $20,000

July 27-31, Ukraine Challenger, Kiev, Men, $30,000

July 29-31, Italy Satellite, Palinuro, Men & Women, $20,000

July 29-31, Korea Challenger, Seoul, Women, $50,000


August 5-7, Italy Satellite, Vasto, Men & Women, $20,000

August 10-14, Switzerland Satellite, Lausanne, Men & Women, $30,000

August 18-21, Liechtenstein Satellite, Vaduz, Men & Women, $20,000

August 19-21, France Satellite, Le Lavandou, Men & Women, $20,000

August 31-September 4, Holland Satellite, Vaals, Netherlands, Men & Women, $20,000


October 13-16, Argentina Satellite, Buenos Aires, Men & Women, $20,000


November 10-13, Cuba Satellite, Varadero, Women, $10,000

November 17-20, Cuba Satellite, Varadero, Men, $10,000

*Event still be confirmed


Challenger Events - The top 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams in the FIVB World Ranking (as per the standings 30 days before the start of the competition) are not allowed to take part in Challenger events.  Exceptions will be made for host country players as well as for 2 wild cards.


Satellite Events - The top 48 men's teams and 32 women's teams in the FIVB World Ranking (as per the standings 30 days before the start of the competition) are not allowed to take part in Satellite events.  Exceptions will be made for host country players as well as for 2 wild cards.


Challenger & Satellite Events Generalities Ė Players, who enter in both a Challenger/Satellite and World Tour event to be played on the same dates will not be sanctioned for not participating in the Challenger and Satellite events in case qualification to the main draw of the clashing World Tour event arises.  In order to enter teams in Challenger and/or Satellite events, players must contact their respective National Volleyball Federation for further instructions as the entry system has changed from 2004.