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Osaka and Sendai to host the World Cup 2007

The Head Coaches of Brazil, Cuba, Kenya, Poland, USA and Peru

Osaka, Sendai, 5th November 2007 – The FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2007 will start tomorrow its 4th day of competition in Osaka and Sendai. The Head Coaches hade their press conference today to introduce the 2nd Round. Beato Miguel Cruz (Dominican Republic), Massimo Barbolini (Italy), Lee Jung-Chul (Korea), Zoran Terzic (Serbia), Nataphon Srisamutnak (Thailand), Shoichi Yanagimoto (Japan), Jenny Lang Ping (United States), Marco Bonitta (Poland), Ze Roberto (Brazil), Antonio Perdomo (Cuba), Enio De Figueiredo (Peru) and Sammy Kirongo (Kenya) answered to the questions of the media.


Press Conference in Osaka

Beato Miguel Cruz (Dominican Republic)

“Overall we had good games in Tokyo. Many of our players are young, so our goal for this World Cup is for those young players to have a lot more good experience. I think they had this in Tokyo. There are still some problems and some goals to achieve, but we could win one game in Tokyo so that was good. Now in Osaka we will play Korea and Serbia. We have to take these games very seriously and try to improve and get good experience for the young players.”


Massimo Barbolini (Italy)

“About the match against Serbia, first of all we have to forget the last match when we won against them the European Championship, because we won but it was one month ago. Tomorrow is for sure another match. It will be a very difficult match because we know that the Serbia team is a very strong team, a team at the same level as us. We know this match will be very, very important for the final ranking.” (On what he learned about Serbia from their 3-1 victory over Japan on Sunday) “Serbia's match against Japan told me nothing knew about them. It confirmed my impression that they are a very strong team. For European teams, at some moments it is a little bit difficult to play against Japan, Korea or Thailand, but if you can play little by little, with patience, do not make mistakes and try to defend one more ball than the other team you can win -- as Serbia did yesterday.” (On his squad rotation) “We are fortunate to have a good group of players. We have our basic team but we have to try and improve by playing all the players in this tournament, so yesterday I played Anzanello, Guiggi and Ortolani. It is important in a tournament with 11 matches that you have all 12 players ready to play on the court or on the bench, and I will try and maintain this situation.”


Lee Jung-Chul (Korea)

“These World Cup games are very difficult for us because of the strength of the other teams. In our team there are some players who are injured and the games are constant, almost every day, so to keep playing these players is very difficult for us. In Tokyo we lost three games but we had a good opportunity for our young players to learn and improve more, so we will continue to make a big effort to win. The atmosphere in our team is not so bad, so that is encouraging.”


Zoran Terzic (Serbia)

“(On the after-effects of Serbia's epic win over Japan on Sunday night) This game was almost the same as one year ago in the World Championship. We played very well in the first two sets but after the break the Japan team started to play excellently. Maybe they drink something very good in the 10 minutes, I don't know! We have a very young team and we are playing this tournament without three or four very important players. We are playing with some new and young players and it is normal from time to time not to play very well, because you must play in front of 10,000 people for the first time in your life. It is not so easy. The young players played very well at the end of the game, especially Nesovic and Veljkovic. Tomorrow we play also a very important game against Italy. In the last year, Serbia and Italy played for the bronze medal at the World Championship and for the gold medal at the European Championship. I hope for a ticket to Beijing tomorrow.”


Nataphon Srisamutnak (Thailand)

“We have to improve from our games in Tokyo. We gained some experience from these three games and now we have to win some games if we can. Still, the most important factor is that the other teams are the strongest in the world, especially tomorrow against Japan because it is very important. Japan is one of the best teams in the world, very good in defence, so we will have to play at our best. We will try to do as much as we can.”


Shoichi Yanagimoto (Japan)

“In the Tokyo series we did our best and the results went accordingly. This has gone and there is nothing we can do about it. I have to think about how we can play from now on. We must utilise our experience for the future. Every night we really appreciated having 10,000 spectators in the hall, and I have to thank them very much.”


Press conference in Sendai

Jenny Lang Ping (United States)

“For the last two matches (vs. Cuba and Poland) I think for both teams involved the level of competition was very high. Our team especially fought very hard and all the players worked as a team, so I'm happy for them. But it's only the beginning. We will have more difficult matches in the future, especially on these two days against Kenya and Brazil. It will be especially tough against Brazil; they are one of the best three teams in the world and we haven't won against them in three years. Hopefully, we can use our experience and improve our matchplay and improve our teamwork.” (Re. travel) “All the teams travel; it's part of the competition. It's more a question of who can get used to the new gym faster. But it's not only the Volleyball; it's the culture, the jetlag, the travel, the food. You just try to get used to it, but it's especially hard on the teams from North American, South American and Europe.”


Marco Bonitta (Poland)

“In this competition, we have really been stuck with tough games from the beginning, against strong opponents. Against the USA, we were up against a team with players with experience and strength and height advantage, but we feel that we started to find our rhythm in the last set but we couldn't get the win. We will play Cuba here and they have a powerful style of attack, but what we want to do is keep showing our style of play and believe in ourselves and hopefully that will lead us to victory. Travels? It's true that we had to travel a lot, but that's part of playing when you are at this level top level. Some teams have an advantage when it comes to travel, but it's difficult for us. We just keep playing and we try to get used to it. We just have to go with it.”


Ze Roberto (Brazil)

“We are happy to be here in Sendai for the second time. I have to say we will be looking at this more in terms of getting a ticket to Peking than winning the World Cup. We will have another match against a South American team (Peru), which we know will be difficult. We must also play against the USA, who are a very experienced team and have three wins. Both those matches will be very difficult but we will just go with our rhythm and hopefully that will work for us.


Antonio Perdomo (Cuba)

In Hamamatsu, we had one win and two losses, with both losses going to full sets. Against Brazil in particular, we showed better form and I have to say that until the end of the competition, I hope we don't lose any more games.” (Re. travel) “First, I don't think have any thing to say about travel in terms of winning or losing. It affects everyone the same. What I think it is a factor is as an economic factor because it costs a lot of money, but again we just have to accept it as it is.”


Enio De Figueiredo (Peru)

“It's a pleasure to come here with the Peru team. To be honest, we've been having a tough time, but we are coming through it and growing as a team. We didn't have much practice before the tournament, but we are gradually getting stronger. We are looking for some good results in order to clinch a ticket to the Olympics, but also as a form of practice that will help our team get stronger and stronger.” (Re. travel) “It's difficult to deal with so much travel and winning teams must keep their rhythm. As we go into the last phase, we must not lose our rhythm and hope everything works out for the best.”


Sammy Kirongo (Kenya)

Kenya is a small country and our people are learning slowly by slowly. We are up against some of the best countries in the world and I think most of their players are professional players who play outside their country and when they return to their countries they join together and form good national teams. But as the matches continue, the coaches and players are learning more and more. We will go back to Kenya knowing that the 2007 World Cup Japan was very, very difficult. But for somebody to do their best, they must go through very hard work. I must emphasize how difficult the World Cup is, especially for the games coming up. In many years to come, things will be different; we will learn more as the World Cup continues and find out what what we have. In each match, you learn, in the second match you learn; by the fifth match things will be more different. Thanks very much and God bless you.” (Re. travel) “It's a difficult part of the competition. As you go from venue to venue, it's like playing a match. But playing in the World Cup, you must be prepared for this. It affects us, but you must do it. Some of the other teams in Hamamatsu had good spectators, so it is now good to show volleyball to other people in other parts of Japan.”



Italy, Brazil, Serbia and U.S.A. 6 points; Japan 5; Cuba, Poland, Peru and Dominican Republic 4; Thailand, Korea and Kenya 3.

(2 points for victory, 1 for loss)



City                          date             Loc. time     GMT time

Osaka                      06 Nov        12,35           3,35       Italy - Serbia

Osaka                      06 Nov        15,05           6,05       Dominican Rep. - Korea

Osaka                      06 Nov        18,00           9,00       Japan - Thailand

Sendai                    06 Nov        12,35           3,35       Kenya – U.S.A.

Sendai                    06 Nov        15,05           6,05       Cuba - Poland

Sendai                    06 Nov        18,05           9,05       Brazil - Peru

Osaka                      07 Nov        12,35           3,35       Korea - Thailand

Osaka                      07 Nov        15,05           6,05       Dominican Rep. - Serbia

Osaka                      07 Nov        18,00           9,00       Japan - Italy

Sendai                    07 Nov        12,35           3,35       Kenya - Poland

Sendai                    07 Nov        15,05           6,05       Cuba - Peru

Sendai                    07 Nov        18,05           9,05       BrazilU.S.A.



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