PRESS RELEASE 05.09.2003


Venezuela secures spot in World Cup

Rio de Janiero, Brazil, September 5, 2003 - Venezuela booked themselves a ticket to the 2003 World Cup after recording their third win at the South American Men's Continental Championship beating Paraguay 3-0 (25-05, 25-18, 25-14) in 1h04 on Friday in the Miécimo Da Silva gymnasium, in Campo Grande.

The win guaranteed them of a top two finish in the tournament which automatically qualifies a team for the prestigous end of year tournament in Japan.

Venezuela will strive to be the competition winner when they take on another unbeaten side Brazil, who are also heading to Japan in November, on Saturday in a match where Brazil will be out for revenge following their loss to Venezuela in the Panamerican Games finals last month in Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic.

"The first goal was reached, classification for World Cup," said attacker Thomas Ereu. "Now we go to face Brazil, where we want revenge for the Panamerican Games. We know that Brazil is the best team in the world, therefore we respect them very much.

"If we have the chance to be successful again, we will be very happy. If not, we will try to make a good performance."

In other match of the day, Argentina got its first win of the tournament beating Chile 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-14) in 57 minutes.