London 2012

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Classy quarterfinals set the tone for deciding stage of men’s competition

Olympic champions USA are one of the challenging teams on Wednesday quarterfinals

London, Great Britain, August 7, 2012 – The men’s tournament gradually reaches its climax as the 1/4 finals are scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, to assign the four tickets for the semi-finals coming up on Friday, August 10. The winners of the preliminary groups are set to play the fourth ranked of the other Pool while the pairings for the remaining matches were determined by a drawing of lots held at the end of the prelims.


Argentina vs. Brazil


The South-American derby will open the competition at 14:00. The young Argentinean side mentored by Javier Weber face the triple world champions of Brazil with good feelings, having being the only team able to beat Bulgaria in their pool. World #1 Brazil, edged only by USA in their group, are eager to get to the semis as they have embarked on a quest to emulate Russia and USA, the sole nations with three Olympic titles in men’s volleyball.


United States vs. Italy


“Go for the gold” was USA project for the 2012 Olympics in London: they started their campaign pretty well by topping the charts of their preliminary group. Their team balance and solid play make them a dangerous opponent for world #6 Italy, who didn’t display their best volleyball at Earls Court up to now. The defence will be a key factor to determine the final outcome of this match with US American libero Richard Lambourne opposed by two Italian specialists in this position, Andrea Bari and Andrea Giovi. The match is scheduled for 16:00 local time.


Poland vs. Russia


At 19:30 the 2012 World League champions of Poland will cross their ways with Russia, winners of the 2011 FIVB World Cup. Russia Maxim Mikhaylov is the best scorer of the tournament so far, having totalled 93 points, including 9 aces and 7 blocks. Poland will be displaying its full potential from the serving line: Bartosz Kurek has already registered 10 aces all alone, being the top ranked player in the special stats worked out for this fundamental.  


Bulgaria vs. Germany


The European derby starring Bulgaria and Germany will close the quarterfinals at 21:30. Spots are on Bulgaria Todor Aleksiev, who is topping the scores among the spikers with a 46.39% of efficiency. However, he certainly knows that Germany Max Günthör is one of the most outstanding blockers of the tournament. He stands like a solid wall for his team and can finish the day as best blocker of the tournament overtaking the 20 killed by Serbia Marko Podrascanin, whose team was already eliminated from the Olympic tournament.

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