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Brazil win South America Men's Championship for 29th time

Sidao led Brazil's scoring with 17 points while Bruno (receiving) was named the tournament's Best Setter
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 11, 2013 – Twenty-eight time champions Brazil won the 30th South American Volleyball Men's Championship beating Argentina 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 24-26 and 15-10) in the final on home soil in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

Brazil, who have won every edition of the tournament apart from one in 1964 when Argentina claimed the honours when Brazil didn’t participate, had to hold off a determined old rival in Argentina who won the first set and then came back to win the fourth as well in a match lasting two hours and two minutes in the Coliseum Alfredo Barreto, in the resort of Cabo Frio.

After both teams had booked their places for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 on Friday by reaching the final, they put on a terrific display worthy of the two best countries in the continent and two of the best in the world. Brazil's win also qualified them for the FIVB Volleyball Grand Champions Cup in November.

Argentina with Federico Pereyra, Pablo Crer, Rodrigo Quiroga, Sebastian Sole and Nicolas Uriarte to the fore, took the lead in the first set and with captain Quiroga on form, Argentina stayed ahead on the scoreboard throughout the first set to win 25-19 in 26 minutes.

World No. 1 Brazil, who came into the tournament off a second place finish in the FIVB Volleyball World League in Mar del Plata, got better and dominated the second set, which was highlighted by the service and the centre points of Sidao, who was back in Brazil’s main team back after three months and a half out following back surgery.

After Argentina, who finished sixth in the World League, won the first set and Brazil the second 25-20, the hosts used the crowd superbly to win the third 25-19 in 26 minutes however in the fourth, Argentina pressed, disputed every pointand lead at the second technical time 16-15. They maintained their slight advantage all the way, with Quiroga still pulling the strings, closing a dramatic fourth set 26-24 in 32 minutes taking the game to a tie-break.

Brazil continued to play at a high level and with the public support showed their class winning 15-10.

Quiroga was the top scorer of the match with 18 points while for Brazil, Sidao led the way with 17.

Brazil have beaten Argentina into second place at the South American Championships 16 times.

It is the 10th time the South American Championships have been held in Brazil, more than any other country, including the first edition in Rio de Janeiro in 1951.

“I’m pleased to claim this title with a good personal performance," Sidao said. "I passed through tough moments because of surgery but I had a lot of people on my side. I had a short time to prepare but I worked hard. Now I can sleep happy, with a feeling that the work has been done.”

“The crowd came to the gymnasium in all the games and gave us full support," Brazil captain Bruno said. "That was really important to win this title.”

“I’m really happy, this is the first title of this new generation," Mario said. "This title is important to this process. We knew that this one as going to be the toughest match, and we had to play hard to win it.”

“I’m not satisfied because we wanted the title but Argentina played very well and showed its level," Quiroga said.

Overall Tournament Ranking:
1 - Brazil
2 - Argentina
3 - Colombia
4 - Chile
5 - Paraguay

Best Players
Best Setter - Bruno Rezende (BRA)
Best Wing Spikers - Ricardo Lucarelli Souza (BRA) and Rodrigo Quiroga (ARG)
Best Opposite - Alexander Moreno (COL)
Best Middle Blockers - Sidao Sidnei dos Santos (BRA) and Sebastian Sole (ARG)
Best Libero - Mario Junior Pedreira (BRA)
MVP - Sidnei do Santos Sidao

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