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  Men's 2003 World Cup

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Inaugural World Cup win for Brazil
November 29, 2003, Tokyo, Japan - World champions Brazil finished an excellent 2003 by claiming their first World Cup title here on Sunday and finished the tournament in style with their 11th successive victory, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 over Japan in Yoyogi Stadium on Sunday. With the South Americans already confirmed as gold medalists after Italy had lost to Serbia and Montenegro earlier in the day, Bernardo Rezende's men just had to complete the formalities against Japan and did so in great artistic style to silence the 12,000 screaming local fans and walk away with the honour of having won the World League, the South American championship and the World Cup in the same year. More Spanish
Pic: Brazil celebrate their first World Cup victory


Final Rankings (win-loss ratio in parenthesis)
Brazil, (11-0); 2, Italy, (9-2); 3, Serbia and Montenegro (9-2) – all qualified for Athens 2004 Olympic Games ;
4, USA (8-3); 5, France (7-4); 6, Korea (5-6); 7, Canada (5-6); 8, Venezuela (4-7); 9, Japan (3-8); 10, China (2-9);11, Tunisia (2-9);12, Egypt (1-10).

World Cup Magnificent Seven
Best Scorer/MVP: Takahiro Yamamoto, Japan
Best Spiker: Giovane, Brazil
Best Blocker: Andrija Geric, Serbia and Montenegro
Best Server: Andrea Sartoretti, Italy
Best Setter: Nikola Grbic, Serbia and Montenegro
Best Libero:
Sergio, Brazil
Special award to Japan’s Daisuke Usami
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2003 World Cups in Japan
World Cups a huge success - President
Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2003 - The Men's and Women's 2003 World Cup tournaments, which have been hosted by Japan throughout the month of November, have been called "a truly remarkable success" by FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta in Tokyo on Thursday. More
Pic: FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta with the victorious Chinese women's team in Osaka

Drawing of lots completed; World Cup match schedule announced
October 03, 2003 - Korea and USA launch the FIVB Women's World Cup tournament on November 1 when they clash in Tokyo at 12:00 (local time) to kick off the quest for a fast track entry into the Olympic Games in Athens, 2004. The full match schedules for the 2003 Women's and Men's World Cups were confirmed on Friday following the drawing of lots in Tokyo. The 12 teams in the men's and women's tournaments play a round robin format in two groups in which all teams meet each other. More Men's World Cup schedule Pic: Action from the Drawing of Lots


Wild Cards announced for first Olympic qualifier;
teams now complete

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 1, 2003 - The International Volleyball Federation on Wednesday announced the allocation of two wild cards for each of the Men's and Women's World Cup tournament to take place in Japan in November. The top three teams qualify directly for the Athens 2004 Olympic tournament. In the women's tournament Italy and Dominican Republic were granted the wild card entries to complete the 12 competing teams, and in the men's tournament they went to Serbia and Montenegro and Egypt. The awarding of wild cards was made jointly by the FIVB and hosts of the World Cup tournaments, the Japan Volleyball Federation. More French Spanish
Pic: Serbia and Montenegro takes on Italy during the 2003 World League


Pic: Life size cardboard cut outs of the
Japanese star players as
part of the Fuji TV's promotion!


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About the tournament
Twelve women’s and men’s national teams play off in cities all over Japan for the right to a fast lane ticket into the Olympic tournament in Athens 2004.
Teams are made up as follows: Hosts Japan, continental champions and vice champions from Europe, Asia, Norceca and South America, continental champion from Africa plus two wild card teams nominated jointly by FIVB and the Japan Volleyball Association. Teams play a single-round robin format, in two parallel groups (Site A and Site B). The women play in Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Osaka, Kagoshima, Sendai and Toyama and the men’s tournament in Tokyo, Horoshima, Fukuoka, Nagano, Hamamatsu and Okayama.
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About the Hosts
Japan is the traditional host of this tournament since it began with the first edition in 1970. Japan brings to the tournament some of the finest state-of-the art sports complexes in the world, as well as the world-renowned Japanese hospitality and an enthusiasm for the sport of Volleyball that spans decades. Host broadcasters FUJI TV bring with them a wealth of technical expertise and experience and will deliver the excitement and action of the 2003 World Cups into the living rooms of Volleyball enthusiasts around the world.







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