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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


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


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


Nagoya and Tokyo

20 – 25 November, 2001


Cuba defeat Brazil

Cuba v Brazil




2001 World Grand Champions Cup



Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

Caribbean sun shines in Tokyo 


A delighted Alain Roca (setter) after he led Cuba to it 

five set victory over Brazil on Saturday

day 3
Tokyo, Japan, 23 November, 2001 - NORCECA champion Cuba all but guaranteed its first Grand Champions Cup title and the US$400,000 winners cheque after defeating South American champions Brazil 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20,15-11) in the top-of-the-table clash on Day 3 of the men’s volleyball tournament at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Gym Friday.

It was Cuba’s third straight victory, and Brazil’s first loss.

In Friday’s second match, Olympic and European champion Yugoslavia had a scare in its match against the spirited and young Argentinean team. It dropped the first set before fighting back to take the second, then dominated the third and fourth in quick succession to take the match 22:25, 25:21 25:11, 25:18.

In the local derby between host Japan and Asian champion Korea, the sold-out stadium did all but join their idols on the court. The calls of ‘Nippon, Nippon’ started well before the start, and then every time the Japanese men scored the roof almost lifted from the screaming and rousing applause. But even the additional 10,000 members could not help, the Koreans overpowering Japan 25:21, 25:21, 27:25.

The much-awaited Cuba v Brazil match could have gone either way. Both teams traded leads throughout the match, but in the end it was the power serving of Cuba’s B. Leonel Marshal and Angel Dennis that won them the all-important match.

“We couldn’t side out when they served so hard,” said Brazil’s coach Bernardo Rezende after the match.

“It was a well balanced game – hard ones always are. We can’t always win. We have won all year (against Cuba) and this time it was Cuba’s time. They deserved it,” Rezende added.

“What is important to me is not this loss, but how the team can come back from such a loss against Yugoslavia tomorrow. It is a new team, we had four new players on the court today, and how they come back is very important. 3-2 defeats are the worst kind of defeats, particularly when you are tied – physically and emotionally,” he said.

Cuba’s captain Ihosvany Hernandez was happy but guarded with the win. “I am happy with the win today, but we should not rest on it. We will try harder in the last two matches to get a good result,” he said

Gilberto Herrara, Cuba’s coach said: “We had some shaky moments but we were able to use player substitutions effectively to win this game. We were more concentrated than the Brazilian players today and we were at our best condition.”.

Cuba now lead the single round robin tournament on 6 points (3-0 win/loss), followed by Brazil and Yugoslavia (2-1 win/loss), Korea and Japan (1-2 win/loss). Argentina is currently winless on 3 points.

Competition continues Saturday when Cuba takes on Japan, Korea meets Argentina and Brazil faces Yugoslavia, a match that will probably determine second and third spot.


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DAY 1 – Cuba outclassed and outplayed Olympic and European champion Yugoslavia in straight sets, Brazil had little difficulty finishing off Asian champion Korea and Japan came from behind twice to defeat a young and spirited Argentinean team Full Story

DAY 2 -Brazil is equal to Cuba on four points after it overpowered its South American neighbour Argentina in straight sets. Cuba's 67-minute demolition of the Asian champion Korea is Cuba's second straight-set victory in as many days, after stunning Olympic gold medallist Yugoslavia 3-0 on Day 1. Full story

DAY 3 - 13:00 CUB – BRA, 15:00 ARG – YUG, 18:00 JPN – KOR 

DAY 4 - 13:00 CUB – JPN, 15:00 KOR – ARG, 18:00 BRA – YUG

DAY 5 - 13:00 ARG – CUB, 15:00 YUG – KOR, 18:00 JPN – BRA