2005 Women's U-21
U-21 World Championships
fifth edition of the FIVB’s World Championships for players under 21 years old
will be played outside of Europe for the first-time as the city made famous by
its beautiful Beach Volleyball settings hosts the “next generation” of SWATCH-FIVB
World Tour players.
cooperation of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation, the SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World
Championships will be held September 6-11 with 40 of the best junior teams of
each gender from all five continents competing for the world title, including 24
tandems in each Main Draw.
first four SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships were held in France at
Le Lavandou (2001) and
Saint Quay Portrieux (2003),
Italy (2002) and Porto Santo, Portugal (2004). Brazil (2001 and 2003) and Spain
(2002 and 2004) have each won two gold U-21 gold medals. Overall, Brazil
has four medals with a podium finish in each of the first four events.
Spain has three podium placements followed by two for Germany, and one each for
the Czech Republic, Latvia and Russia.
is immense interest in the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships, because
this competition is a sort of universal training ground at the highest level for
all the young men and women who bolster the ever-increasing popularity and image
of Beach Volleyball. I wish all of these athletes an unforgettable experience
on the sand of Brazil," said Dr Rubén Acosta, the FIVB President.
organising this great competition on another continent, specifically in Brazil,
a nation where there is a very strong Beach Volleyball tradition, the FIVB
programme for young players is taking another step forward this year", stated
Angelo Squeo, Beach Volleyball Director at the FIVB's headquarters in Lausanne.
Two past men's SWATCH-FIVB U-21
Champions from Brazil have claimed titles on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.
Pablo Herrera, the 2003 champion with Raul Mesa, won the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World
Tour event in China with Javier Bosma. The pair also claimed the silver
medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Pedro Cunha, a three-time U-21
medal winner, captured his first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in 2004 with Para
Ferreira at the Puerto Rico stop.
Pictured - Pablo Herrera of Spain
PAST U-21 MEN’S “FINAL
Miguel Angel Amo/Inocencio Lario,
Valters Ramma/Toms Smedins of Latvia
Santos/Pedro Solberg Salgado, Brazil
Götz/Stefan Uhmann, Germany
- Amo/Lario def. Ramma/Smedins, 21-19 and 21-12 (32 minutes)
- Santos/Solberg Salgado def. Götz Uhmann, 21-17 and 25-23 (39)