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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Press Conference

Portugal beat Australia 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 29-27) - duration 2:01
30-Sep, start time: 18:40, end time: 20:41 - Attendance: 3,500
Howard Daniel, Australian Captain: "Things were natural but I don't think we were nervous. Our team is as young as Portugal but they play with more energy. Against Argentina we played a very good match but not today. We felt we could win and we lost the chance."


Pereira Ubirajara, Portuguese Captain: "I think the expectation was bigger but from the beginning it was difficult. We trained a lot for many months for this championship."


Juan Diaz, Portuguese Head Coach: "I think the goal we had was to be within the first 16 teams. And we got it. Tomorrow we will play with more freedom, with less pressure, and this will be favourable for our team but there is no less responsibility. We want to be the first in the pool and give a good show to the Argentine public. Today we were prepared for this match because Portugal is an aggressive group of players. In reference to the injured player, I think it is a serious injury. I could not confirm it but I suspect he will not be able to play the rest of the matches."


Jon Uriarte, Australian Head Coach: "We have some very young players. I think all coaches get nervous in some moments of the match. I'm sure we'll play at a higher level against China tomorrow. Our goal is to qualify for the next Olympic Games. The adjustment was not so good for this world championship. I hope we can recover and reach the level we had against Argentina. The match we will play tomorrow is very important."