Myslowice  Hosts 2006 SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships

 

The SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under 21 years old returns Europe for the fourth-time as Poland hosts the sixth annual event August 23-27 in Myslowice, Poland.  A main draw will determine the 24 teams that will be spread across six pools to battle it out for the title in a pool-play competition format.  “There has always been considerable interest for the SWATCH-FIVB World Championships Under 21,” said FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta, “since it is the tournament that produces the stars of tomorrow and helps to maintain the dynamic young image that Beach Volleyball enjoys.”  Located in the Upper Silesia region of Poland, Myslowice was a crossroads in the era of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires.  Myslowice has a population of around 75,000, is home to various international companies and has excellent international transport connections by road, rail and air.  The first four SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships were held in France at Le Lavandou (2001) and Saint Quay Portrieux (2003), Catania, Italy (2002) and Porto Santo, Portugal (2004).  Brazil's world famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships where Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs captured the gold medal as Latvia became the third country to win a U-21 men's title.  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 before claiming a fourth-place in 2005.  Spain has three podium placements followed by two each for Germany, Latvia and Russia, and one each for the Czech Republic and Venezuela.  Two past men's SWATCH-FIVB U-21 Champions from Brazil have claimed titles on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  Pablo Herrera (pictured left), 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 (pictured right), 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.


Martins Plavins (left) and Aleksandrs Samoilovs celebrate victory

 

PAST MEN’S SWATCH-FIVB U-21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS “FINAL FOURS”

 

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (September 7-11, 2005)

1. Martins Plavins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs, Latvia

2. Jackson Henriquez/Jesus Villafane, Venezuela

3. Serguei Prokopiev/Yaroslav Koshkarev, Russia

4. Pedro Solberg Salgado/Tiago Santos, Brazil

Gold - Plavins/Samoilovs def. Henriquez/Villafane, 21-15 and 21-9 (39 minutes)

Bronze - Prokopiev/Koshkarev def. Salgado/Tiago, 21-16 and 29-27 (48)

 

Portugal, Porto Santo (September 16-19, 2004)

1. Miguel Angel Amo/Inocencio Lario, Spain

2. Valters Ramma/Toms Smedins, Latvia

3. Moisés Santos/ Solberg Salgado, Brazil

4. Tom Götz/Stefan Uhmann, Germany

Gold - Amo/Lario def. Ramma/Smedins, 21-19 and 21-12 (32)

Bronze - Santos/Salgado def. Götz/Uhmann, 21-17 and 25-23 (39)

 

France, Saint Quay Portrieux (August 7-10, 2003)

1. Pedro Cunha/Pedro Solberg Salgado, Brazil

2. Daniel Krug/Mischa Urbatzka, Germany

3. Ravel Rotreki/Pavel Kolar, Czech Republic

4. Gregoire Capitaine/Damien Quoirin, France

Gold - Cunha/Salgado def. Krug/Urbatzka , 21-12 and 21-18 (34)

Bronze - Rotreki/Kolar, def. Capitaine/Quoirin, 21-15 and 21-16 (39)

 

Italy, Catania (July 10-14, 2002)

1. Pablo Herrera/Raul Mesa, Spain

2. Cunha/Adriano Fonseca, Brazil

3. Matthias Karger/Maarten Lammens, Germany

4. Andreas Gortsianouk/Georgios Knapek, Greece

Gold - Herrera/Mesa def. Cunha/Fonseca, 21-21-11 and 21-19 (29)

Bronze - Karger/Lammens def. Gortsianouk/Knapek, 17-21, 21-19 and 15-11 (53)

 

France, Le Lavandou (August 24-26, 2001)

1. Cunha/Anselmo Sigoli, Brazil

2. Herrera/Mesa, Spain

3. Anton Koulinovski/Alexei Verbov, Russia

4. Alfredo Tabarini/Francesco Tabarini, San Marino

Gold - Cunha/Sigoli def. Herrera/Mesa, 17-21, 21-17 and 15-13 (55)

Bronze - Koulinovski/Verbov def. Tabarini/Tabarini, 22-20 and 21-17 (37)

 

Men’s Final 4s

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Medals

4ths

Final 4s

Brazil

2

1

1

4

1

5

Spain 

2

1

0

3

0

3

Germany 

0

1

1

2

1

3

Latvia

1

1

0

2

0

2

Russia

0

0

2

2

0

2

Czech Republic 

0

0

1

1

0

1

Venezuela

0

1

0

1

0

1

France 

0

0

0

0

1

1

Greece 

0

0

0

0

1

1

San Marino 

0

0

0

0

1

1