PRESS RELEASE 27.10.2004


Successful 12-team formula reintroduced for the 2005 edition
Alessandro Fei (ITA) dreams of victory at the coming World League season

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 27, 2004 - Twelve of the best international men's Volleyball teams have been confirmed and fulfill the conditions to participate in the 2005 World League, the FIVB's major men's Volleyball annual competition.

This year's teams- Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Japan, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, France, Serbia & Montenegro, Greece, and Poland- will begin the Intercontinental round on May 27, 2005 and for the next six weeks will continue their pursuit for a place in the coveted finals in Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro July 8-10 with the final four teams playing in a 3-day tournament.

With USD 13 million in prize money, the World League is the richest and most significant FIVB tournament with the world's elite teams doing battle in a competition that draws thousands of spectators at events and millions more through television coverage.

Olympic, World Champions, World Cup Holders and defending World League Champions Brazil head what promises to be a riveting competition for supremacy with three pools of four teams in a home and away Round Robin tournament. They will be joined in Pool A by Venezuela, Japan and Portugal.

In pool B, 2004 Olympic Games and 2004 World League runners-up Italy will be joined by Cuba, Bulgaria and France.

Pool C will be led by Serbia & Montenegro, together with Greece, Argentina, 5th place in the 2004 Olympic Games, and Poland.

Argentina and Venezuela, the two returning teams after one year's absence, will give their utmost in order to prove that they deserve a place among the crème de la crème of world class Volleyball.

FIVB President, Dr. Rubén Acosta was delighted with the media and television contracts concluded for this elite tournament: "With a greater coverage, the support of increasing numbers of fans will bring the best out of the world's top men's teams. The superb display of skills and the fierce competition will lead the World League to new heights", he said.