F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 20.05.2003

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Czech Republic after World League improvement

Pavel Rerabek, the coach of the Czech Republic men's team, has said he expects his side to be more competitive against France in their return matches after losing both opening World League Group D games (3-1, 3-0) against the World Championship bronze medalists last weekend. Speaking at the press conference after the second match on Saturday Rerabek, whose side showed some quality touches as they gave France plenty of concern, said he hopes to mould a team, which will prove to be more competitive during the coming weeks and hopes to have a stronger unit by the time his team hosts France in the return matches of the Intercontinental Round at the end of the month. "We are still looking for a starting six, a team that will win and we are looking at every position at the moment," Rerabek said. "We are also looking forward to having another player back Jaroslav Skach, who has been playing in the German and Brazilian leagues. "France were better prepared for this match but I think we will be better prepared for the return matches." Before France, the Czech Republic travel to play Greece in their next set of Group D matches starting on Friday and continueing on Saturday at the Neapolis Municipal Sportshall in the Greek city of Larissa.


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