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

 Press Release
Paykan of Iran Defend Title at Asian Men’s Club Championship

Capitan of Paykan club teams holds the trophy after winning the gold medal


Manama Bahrain, June 8, 2007 -- Paykan Club Volleyball Team defended their title at  2007 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship which was held from june 1 to 8 after beating AL-Hilal of Saudi-Arabia 3–0 here on Friday and Qatar's Al Arabi won the bronze medal with 3-1 victory over host Al Najama of Bahrain.


Paykan Club Volleyball Team, with an unbeaten record in the Championship, showed their super technical level in the finals and met little resistence from their opponents, winning the match 25-14, 25-22, 25-17.


In the first set, Paykan dominated the game, leading all the way to take it 25-14.

Al Hilal started well in the second set, leading their opponents 2-0, 4-2 and

then 8-6 in the first techinical timeout. But Iran fought back to level the score at

ten all where Ah Hilal players fell behind and lost the set 23-25. The third set

went almost the same as the second as Al Hilal led at the beginning and then fell

behind. The Iranian players, with good spikes and tight defense, jumped to a

19-15 lead and finally took the third set and the match.


The Championship drew a total of 12 Asian club teams, which were divided

into two groups for the preliminary round, with the top two from each group

entering the semifinals.


In the third place playoff, the Qatarian team came from the first set dificit to take the next three sets in a row to defeat host team Al Najama.


Volleyball teams from Western Asia showed better form and standards as they finished the second, the third, fourth, and eighth, four out of the top eight while Japan and China, traditional powerhorses in Asia, could only finished fifth and seventh. Rahat, vice-champion at last edition, finished a poor ninth.


Japan’ s Suntory Sunbirds lost the first set in their match against Garuda of Indonesia, but the Japanese players did not lose their confidence and clinched the next three sets, beating their opponents 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19), finishing the fifth.

China’s Shanghia Oriental was seventh after they beat Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19) while Rahat defeated Asia World of Myanmar 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-10, 25-17).


AGMK of Uzbekistan placed the 11th after defeating Sang Son of Thailand 3-2 (25-27, 25-23)(19-25, 25-13, 15-5).


The final rankings are as follows:

1. Paykan (Iran), 2. Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia), 3. Al Arabi (Qatar), 4, Al

Najma (Bahrain), 5, Suntory Sunbirds (Japan), 6. Garuda (Indonesia),

7, Shanghai Oriental (China), 8. Al Ahli (UAE), 9. Rahat (Kazakhstan),

10. Asia World (Myanmar), 11. AGMK (Uzbekistan), 12, Sang Son


Best players of the Championship:

MVP: Mohammad Soleimani (Paykan, Iran)

Best Spiker: Jumah Mohamed (AlArabi, Qatar)

Best Blocker: Mohammad Mousavi Era (Paykan, Iran)

Best Server: Mohammad Torkashvand (Paykan, Iran)

Best Scorer: Peyman Akbari (Paykan, Iran)

Best Receiver: Ahmed Al Bakhet (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia)

Best Setter: Khaleel Al-Bahrani (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia)

Best Libero: Farhad Zarif Ahangaran (Paykan, Iran)

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