Friday, 19 December 2014
Back to FIVB's homepage
RSS RSS l Contact l 

Organiser website

 Press Release
Atmosphere builds ahead of Women's World Championship

The FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 will start on Friday at 12.30 in Tokyo, then at 13.30 in Matsumoto, Hamamatsu and Osaka

Tokyo, Japan, October 27, 2010 – The 16th edition of the FIVB Women's World Championship is less than two days away and all 24 teams are now installed in their bases in Japan. The action gets under way in Tokyo on Friday at 12.30 (local time) and then at Hamamatsu, Matsumoto and Osaka at 13.30.

A total of 104 matches will be played across five Japanese cities during the tournament, running from October 29- November 14, and Russia, the most successful nation in women’s Volleyball, will be looking to defend their title. The current world No.7, Russia won the title in 2006, finishing on top of the podium for the first time since the fifth of their triumphs as the USSR in 1990.

Looking to push them close will be the Olympic champions and 2006 silver medallists, Brazil. The South Americans are world No.1 and rank among the hot favourites for the title having come off a very successful year in 2009 despite losing to Italy to relinquish their Grand Champions Cup title.

World Grand Prix champions USA are another side who will be in strong contention for the medals, having brought Brazil's successful run of World Grand Prix title triumphs to an end this year. With the victorious Olympic men's coach Hugh McCutcheon in charge, the world No.2 look to have found form at the right time having achieved a run of 11 successive victories to claim their third World Grand Prix title.

Round one of the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 is split into four pools of six teams with the top four from each pool advancing to the second round. Pool A in Tokyo comprises hosts Japan (5), Poland (8), 2006 bronze medallists Serbia (9), Algeria (14), Peru (17) and Costa Rica (31). Peru and Algeria, and Serbia and Costa Rica will play each other on the opening day for the first time in an FIVB tournament.

Pool B in Hamamatsu sees Brazil (1) looking to maintain their unbeaten record against Kenya (35) in their opening match while the Netherlands (10) are in a similar position against the Czech Republic (38), and likewise 2002 world champions and World Grand Champions Cup holders Italy (4) against Puerto Rico (13).

Pool C in Matsumoto features an intriguing-looking clash between World Grand Prix winners USA (2) and Thailand (12), which is preceded by Germany (15) against Kazakhstan (16) and followed by Croatia (45) against three-time champions Cuba (6).

Pool D in Osaka sees defending champions Russia (7) play the Dominican Republic (11) having never lost in five matches against their Central American opponents. Canada (24) will take on Korea (21) seeking a first victory over their Asian rivals in 11 meetings, while China (3) play Turkey (22) looking to repeat the win they recorded at the 2003 World Cup in the countries' only other previous encounter.


Download highresolution

More press releases
8/12/2010 Gamova voted Russian TV's Athlete of the Month
19/11/2010 World champions hosted by Russian President
17/11/2010 Russia President congratulates women's national side following World Champs win
16/11/2010 Russia move up rankings but Brazil stay top
14/11/2010 Russia regain crown, Japan take bronze
13/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 10 - Photo of the Day
13/11/2010 Undefeated Russia and Brazil to play for the 2010 FIVB Women’s title
13/11/2010 Women's World Champs set for thrilling finale
13/11/2010 Referee Rodriguez carries standard for Spain
12/11/2010 China looking to bounce back at Asian Games
12/11/2010 Guidetti wary of Turkey, Italy eye fifth
12/11/2010 Mokry relishing refereeing 'honour'
11/11/2010 All eyes on Tokyo as semifinals loom
11/11/2010 Brazil's Natalia closing on rare hat-trick
10/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 9 - Photo of the Day
10/11/2010 Semis confirmed as US complete quartet
9/11/2010 Italy, US eye semis as second round ends
9/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 8 - Photo of the Day
9/11/2010 Russia, Brazil and Japan confirm progress
8/11/2010 Pressure builds on Day 3 of second round
8/11/2010 Cuba great Ruiz relishing new role
7/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 7 - Photo of the Day
7/11/2010 Make or break as second round enters second day
6/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 6 - Photo of the Day
6/11/2010 Russia, Brazil, USA stretch leads as Japan lose
6/11/2010 Peru's Kim faces 'special' date with home country
6/11/2010 Turkey's Ozsoy sets sights on the top
5/11/2010 Pool F hopefuls gearing up in Nagoya
5/11/2010 Japan eye China as 'tough' second round opens
5/11/2010 Stakes set to rise for world's last 16

  Photo gallery