PRESS RELEASE 19.05.2005


World League 2005: Ready for Take-Off

Lausanne, Switzerland, 19 May, 2005 - On 27 May, the 2005 World League will get under way in what promises to be, once again, a thrilling fight for the title.

As the title-holder two years in a row, Brazil is favoured to win. However, Serbia & Montenegro and Italy, who were edged out in 2003 and 2004, will do their best to beat Brazil and walk away with the 1 million US$ in prize money (out of 13 million in total) awarded to the winner of the Final in Belgrade, from 8 to 10 July, that is sure to be sensational.

But first, they will have to take on Argentina and Venezuela, who were both absent from the World League in 2004, and who will certainly want to show they are back among the best teams. France, Cuba and Poland will be determined to join the race and, who knows, create a sensation. And far from being mere onlookers, Bulgaria, Japan, Portugal and Greece will surely be contenders by giving their all in their respective pools.

The organisers are ready. From Brazil to Japan, from Italy to Cuba, from Greece to Argentina and elsewhere, the host cities are all set to receive these teams that will compete to the delight of Volleyball fans over the course of six weekends.

So join us in following the matches that will be broadcast by numerous TV networks all over the world, or visit our website at www.fivb.org for live scores.

"With such star teams, we will beat all of our records in terms of spectators and television viewers," says a confident FIVB President, Dr. Rubén Acosta H.

Good luck to all the participants in the 2005 World League!