rankings - Top six remain unchanged
Switzerland, July 14, 2005 Ė Following the completion of the
2005 World League, which was won by Brazil last Sunday, the
world rankings for menís Volleyball have been updated, with the
top six positions remaining unchanged.
With the 2005 World League results replacing those of 2004 in
the world ranking calculations, Olympic and world champions
Brazil have increased their lead in the number one position
following their third successive World League triumph after
world number two Italy followed up their 2004 silver medal with
a seventh-place finish.
Pic: Brazil on their way to their fifth World League title
and fourth in five years
Serbia and Montenegro, Russia, USA and France fill positions
three to six respectively while Argentina, who finished 10th in
the World League following a two-year absence, swapped places
with Poland, who finished fourth, moving from eighth to seventh.
Greece and Venezuela round out the top 10.
The big movers following excellent World League performances
have seen Venezuela move from 13th to 10th, Cuba 16th to 12th
and Portugal 18th to 14th.
The menís and womenís world rankings are updated after every
major competition and take in to consideration a teamís
performance in all major FIVB tournaments.