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2009 FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup
Osaka - Nagoya, Japan
18 - 23 November 2009

 
 Match info | Press Conference
‘Wonderful’ Brazil can still improve

Brazil

Coach Bernardinho: We had one of our best moments in the first set. I think Brazil played wonderful, but Japan fought back and it was a tough second and third set. It was a wonderful match for the spectators with some nice rallies and good exchanges of the ball. In the tournament as a whole Brazil had our ups and downs but when we needed to be stable in the big matches we played better. That is the most important thing. Right now we are going to party tonight but from tomorrow I must start thinking how to build a stronger team for next year’s World League and World Championship.

(On his son Bruno Rezende winning the best setter award): As a father I am very proud. It is a huge emotion. As a coach I am very worried because now he is under pressure and he has to be more consistent. He is looking for the continuity in his game and that comes with time. But he has the personality and strength to fight at the big moments and he is getting the trust and confidence of the whole group.

Captain Giba: Brazil played one of the best matches today because it was like a final and I know what happens in the head of the Brazilian players. They were very concentrated and played a great match in every fundamental. Japan played very good in the second and third sets but we have a little bit more experience in taking the moments in the set to win the game.

Japan

Coach Tatsuya Ueta: I am very satisfied with this result. We were able to find what it takes to get a win in Asia and in the world. I am happy because the players attained all four goals of this year – qualifying for the World Championship in first place, to form a good team for the home games in the World League, to win the Asian Championship and the fourth and last to get better results in this Grand Champions Cup than the last time.

Tatsuya Fukuzawa: At the end of this season we achieved good results and I am happy to win the bronze medal together with the 14 team members. I really felt the big difference between our team and the top levels teams like Brazil and Cuba. We have not had a medal for 32 years and this is the first step towards the London Olympics.

Kunihiro Shimizu: It was a tough game. We got together as a team and the whole tournament did us good. We have gained a lot from the last two games.

  

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