2006 Men’s World Championship - Portugal
Excellent warm-up for Portugal
12, 2005 - The Portuguese national men’s side, coached
by Orlando Samuels, won their second game out of three
in their five-match series with the Russian club team of
VC Neftyanik in Vila do Conde on Thursday.
After winning the first match on Tuesday 3-1 and then
losing the second 3-2 on Wednesday, Portugal fought back
to win the third match 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 28-26).
Pic: Portugal are starting to develop better
combinations says Samuels
With Carlos Teixeira particularly playing well, Portugal
managed to contain the powerful serves from the likes of
Roman Danilov and capitan Vitaly Zhurov and with the
arrival of Eurico Peixoto, the Portuguese selection
looked a better unit on court, improving significantly
in blocking and reception, areas in that Portugal has
been traditionally weak.
Samuels said he was “satisfied with the performance” of
his squad, who he said are “very motivated” for the
opening phase of the 2006 World Championship, which
starts on May 20.
“There is still a lot of work to do, especially in terms
of gaining some cohesion and understanding amongst one
another,” he said. “The block still is a weak point, but
is it improving game by game and there is also some
quality lacking in our reception, we still do not have a
dependable reception. But I’m satisfied with the way we
played against this Russian side, who have a very high
block and a very strong service, that put us under
pressure. I think that there will be adversaries of this
calibre in the World Championship tournament.”
The series, which finishes with two matches (on Friday
and Saturday), is acting as a warm up for the Portuguese
side for the 2006 Men’s World Championship second round
tournament, which will be held from May 20-22 in Vila do
Conde. Portugal will also have their eye on the 2005
World League, which starts on May 27.
Portugal will face Latvia, Austria and Estonia in the
World Championship tournament, with the winner advancing
to the third round where Serbia and Montenegro and
Greece and another second round side will be waiting.
The runner’s up with also advance but to another group,
where Russia, Poland and another unconfirmed second
round team await.