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Historical Data on each team competition in the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup, including participation and final rankings from World Championships, Olympic Games, Word Cup, World League, World Grand Prix and World Grand Champions Cup


match schedule


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Tue 20 Nov

14:00 KOR BRA
16:00 CUB YUG
19:00 JPN ARG

Wed 21 Nov

14:00 KOR CUB
16:00 BRA ARG
19:00 YUG JPN

Fri 23 Nov

13:00 CUB BRA
15:00 ARG YUG
18:00 JPN KOR

Sat 24 Nov

13:00 CUB JPN
15:00 KOR ARG
18:00  BRA YUG

Sun 25 Nov

13:00  ARG CUB
15:00 YUG KOR
18:00 JPN BRA

WOMEN

Tue 13 Nov

13:00 KOR - USA 15:00 CHN - RUS  19:00 JPN - BRA  Wed 14 Nov 

14:00 USA CHN

16:00 BRA RUS

19:00 JPN KOR

Fri 16 Nov 

14:00 RUS USA

16:00 KOR BRA

19:00 CHN JPN

Sat 17 Nov 

13:30 JPN RUS

15:30 BRA USA

18:30 KOR CHN

Sun 18 Nov 

13:00  RUS KOR

15:00 CHN BRA

18:00 USA JPN




Dates and Venues

Men

Nagoya and Tokyo

20 25 November, 2001

 


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2001 World Grand Champions Cup

 

MEN - DAY 0

 

OLYMPIC CHAMPION VYING FOR SECOND TITLE

Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

PREVIEW

OLYMPIC CHAMPION READY FOR SECOND TITLE

Nagoya, Japan, 19 Nov, 2001 - Olympic champion Yugoslavia leads a star studded field as the men's leg of the US$2 million World Grand Champions Cup that gets underway at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall, Japan Tuesday.

Yugoslavia is one of six teams participating in the tournament that features four continental champions: Asian Champion Korea, European Champion Yugoslavia, NORCECA Champion Cuba, South American Champion Brazil, wild card Argentina and host nation Japan.

 Determined to reaffirm its status as the world's best men's volleyball team, and make up for its disappointing third placing at the 2001 World League in June, won by Brazil, the Yugoslavs will field a full strength squad in Japan.

Qualifying for the World Grand Champions Cup by defeating world champion Italy 3-0 to win its first European title in September, the Yugoslav line-up features brothers Nikola and Vladimir Grbic, stars of the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal win, as well as 1998 world championship best server Goran Vujevic and 2001 European Championship's MVP and best scorer Ivan Miljkovic.

Yugoslavia meet NORCECA champion Cuba in its opening match Tuesday - a match that could determine final placing of the two teams.

"Cuba and Brazil are the rivals, as much as I'm concerned, who could put up some real challenge to our team for the victory here," Yugoslavia's assistant coach Bogdan Sretenovic said on Monday.

The last time the two met, at the World League, Cuba won in five sets. The Cuban line-up is at full strength and features the devastating attacking power of Ivan Ruiz, B. Leonel Marshall and Angel Dennis.

Brazil, playing with seemingly in-extortive offensive options and an overall court speed that bewildered its opponents at the World League, has been weakened by the loss of three of its World League players: star attacker Gilberto Godoy Filho 'Giba', middle blocker Gustavo Endres and libero Sergio Santos.

Wild card Argentina, that is blooding six players from its world junior team, is without its normal captain Marcos Milinkovic and should struggle against the power and experience of the continental champions.

Korea and Japan make up the six teams in the single round robin tournament. Korea is an upcoming squad that qualified by defeating Australia for the Asian title last month, while host Japan is considered the outsider for this event. But as was shown in the women's event, the Japanese women used home ground advantage to claim its highest finish since its bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

At the women's event, that concluded in Fukuoka Sunday, China was the Grand Champion, Russia second, Japan third with Brazil, USA and Korea finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Nagoya will be the venue of the first two rounds of the men's leg, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November. Thursday 22 is a rest day with the final three days to be held in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gym from Friday 23 and Sunday 25 November.

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