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

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It’s back to Brazil for the men of the Swatch – FIVB World Tour between September 21 – 26 as the last competitive event of the season hits the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Memories of Salvador, where the tour’s opening event took place, will be distant and the thoughts of all competitors will be solely on gaining final victory in front of thousands of Beach Volleyball mad Brazilians.

Some say that Brazil is “the home” of Beach Volleyball, and few who have seen just what this sport means to the locals would argue.

Rio was the venue for last year’s Swatch Beach Volleyball World Championships and the city, as usual, put on a scintillating show for the masses. Going into the final match of the competition, the local fans were determined to shake off the disappointment of having witnessed their female heroines Brandao Behar and Shelda Kelly Bruno just miss out on the women’s title a week earlier. Thus, there was no doubt that when Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and
Emanuel Rego strode onto the golden sands of the Copacabana the pressure was on to produce the correct result. And produce it they did with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) win over Americans Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger.

With its fantastic party atmosphere Brazil is traditionally the final stop on the annual SWATCH FIVB World Tour. The Brazilian teams unsurprisingly live up to their supporters' expectations with consistently strong performances in front of a passionate and exuberant home crowd and one can expect more of the same in Rio in September.