Men's competition, Rio de Janeiro
From 21 September To 26 September 2004

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2004 SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR MEN'S "FINAL FOUR" REVIEW
The Brazilian Open is the 15th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event this season after starting the season in March with back-to-back events in Brazil and South Africa.

Led by Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, teams from Brazil have won 10 of the titles with Switzerland capturing two gold medals, and one each for Germany and Spain.

Emanuel and Ricardo have won seven titles this season in Brazil, Serbia Montenegro, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Austria and the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Emanuel and Ricardo now have 11 "final four" placements this season with two seconds, a third and a fourth. Due to Ricardo's sprained right ankle in Mallorca, he and Emanuel placed ninth as they forfeited their final two matches on the Mediterranean island.

Of the 42 medals presented this season, Brazil has collected 21 followed by Switzerland (8), Argentina (4), Germany (5), Norway (2) and Spain (2).

Led by Brazil's 24 "final four" finishes, a total of nine countries have posted "final four" finishes. Other countries with "final four" placements are Switzerland (9), Germany (8), Argentina (5), United States (3), Norway (2), Spain (2), Australia (1), Austria (1) and Estonia (1).

Of the 14 gold medal matches, 10 have featured two different countries.

Brazilians played for the South African, Poland and Austria titles while Swiss teams competed for the gold in Mallorca.

The back-to-back All-European finals in Gstaad and Berlin marked the first-time for the continent. The only other All-European FIVB final was in 1994 at Marseille, France (Norway vs. France).

Brazil, Salvador (3/16-21, $180,000)
1. Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $18,000
3. Mariano Baracetti/Marin Conde, ARGENTINA, $14,000
4. Markus Dieckmann/Jonas Reckermann, GERMANY, $11,000

South Africa, Cape Town (3/23-28, $180,000)
1. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Benjamin Insfran/Harley Marques, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Robert Nowotny/Peter Gartmayer, AUSTRIA, $11,000

China, Lianyungang (5/19-23, $180,000)
1. Javier Bosma/Pablo Herrera, SPAIN, $27,000
2. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Pedro Cunha/Pará Ferreira, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, UNITED STATES, $11,000

Serbia & Montenegro, Budva (5/26-30, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $18,000
4. Kristjan Kais/Rivo Vesik, ESTONIA, $11,000

Portugal, Espinho (6/2-6, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, NORWAY, $18,000
3. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $11,000

Puerto Rico, Carolina (6/9-13, $180,000)
1. Cunha/Pará, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $18,000
3. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger, UNITED STATES, $11,000

Switzerland, Gstaad (6/16-20, $180,000)
1. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $27,000
2. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $11,000

Germany, Berlin (6/23-27, $300,000)
1. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $43,000
2. Martin Laciga/Paul Laciga, SWITZERLAND, $29,500
3. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $23,000
4. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $18,500

Norway, Stavanger (6/30-7/4, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Niklas Rademacher/David Klemperer, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Andreas Scheuerpflug/Christoph Dieckmann, GERMANY, $11,000

Spain, Mallorca (7/7-11, $180,000)
1. M. Laciga/P. Laciga, SWITZERLAND, $27,000
2. Sascha Hayer/Markus Egger, SWITZERLAND, $18,000
3. Paulo Emilio Silva/Fabio Magalhaes, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $11,000

France, Marseille (7/13-18, $280,000)
1. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $41,500
2. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $27,500
3. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $21,500
4. Rogers/Scott, UNITED STATES, $16,900

Poland, Stare Jablonki (7/21-25, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $21,000
2. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Hoidalen/Kjemperud, NORWAY, $14,000
4. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $11,000

Austria, Klagenfurt (7/28-8/1, $270,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $40,500
2. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $27,000
3. Scheuerpflug/C. Dieckmann, GER, $21,000
4. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $16,500

Greece, Athens (8/14-25)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL
2. Bosma/Herrera, SPAIN
3. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND
4. Julien Prosser/Mark Williams, AUSTRALIA