FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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FIVB Men’s World Cup moves to Tokyo for final three days of play


Fans in Japan will be treated to several top-notch matches as teams battle for three Olympic Games berths in the last three days of the FIVB World Cup

Tokyo, Japan, December 1, 2011 – The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Japan 2011 comes to the final three days of competition with lots at stake in Tokyo – three 2012 Olympic Games bids are up for grabs with a handful of teams still in the hunt.

Yoyogi National Stadium, Site A for the fourth round, starts with Brazil versus Iran at 11.00, followed by Poland against Italy at 15.00 and Russia challenging host Japan at 18.20. Across town at Site B’s Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the fourth round begins with Serbia playing Egypt at 11.00, followed by Cuba versus China at 15.00 and Argentina against United States at 18.20.

Poland (7-1, 22 points) rank atop the World Cup standings through eight matches, but must face the top three teams in the world – No. 1 Brazil; No. 2 Russia and No. 3 Italy. Russia (7-1, 21 points) are on Poland’s heels, trailing by just one point in the standings. Brazil (5-3, 16 points) hold on to fourth place and one point out of the medal standings with three matches left. Cuba (5-3, 14 points) are fifth in the standings, followed by Iran (5-3, 12 points) and USA (5-3, 12 points) in sixth and seventh place. Argentina (3-5, 9 points) are in eighth place, followed by host Japan (2-6, 8 points). Serbia (2-6, 6 points) are in 10th place, while China (1-7, 4 points) and Egypt (1-7, 3 points) round out the standings.

All told, the 12 World Cup teams will play 11 matches each over a 15-day schedule with the top three teams earning a berth into the 2012 Olympic Games.

Men’s World Cup Results/Standings, Match Info, Photos or Live Scoring

Fourth Round Pool A at Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium

Brazil versus Iran
Brazil entered the third round with a 4-1 record, but absorbed losses to Cuba (3-2) and Serbia (3-1) at Hamamatsu to fall to 5-3 overall and 16 points. Earlier in the tournament Brazil have defeated Egypt (3-0), USA (3-1), Russia (3-0), China (3-2) and Argentina (3-0), but also took a first-round loss to Italy in a five-set marathon (22-20 in the fifth set). Like Brazil, Iran started the third round with a 4-1 record, but did not fare as well in the third round with two losses in three matches including a 3-0 setback to previously winless China. Iran, 5-3 overall with 12 points, hold wins over tournament leader Poland (3-2), Argentina (3-2), Serbia (3-2), Egypt (3-0) and host Japan (3-0) with losses other losses to Cuba (3-0) and USA (3-0).

Brazil’s Murilo has scored 102 points in the tournament with a fourth-best 50.3 attack percent, while Leandro Vissotto Neves has charted 89 points and Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba) 88 points.Brazil libero holds a 57.63 efficiency percent for second in Best Receiver as part of being the top-rated libero. Seyed Mehdi Bazargarde leads Iran with 87 points, while Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi has contributed 73 points. Alirza Nadi ranks second in Best Blocker with 0.87 per set.

Brazil have won the only two meetings with Iran, the Asia Confederation champions. The South American champions topped Iran in four sets during the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup in Osaka. The first meeting was during the 1991 FIVB World Cup in with the Brazilians won in straight sets.

Poland versus Italy
Poland, winners of three straight matches and with an overall 7-1 record and 22 points, have continued to hold pace atop the FIVB World Cup standings having won seven of eight matches heading into the final round. Poland have also defeated Cuba, Argentina, Japan, Serbia, China and Egypt, while their only loss is to Iran on the fourth day of competition.

Italy improved to 6-2 with 17 points for fourth place following consecutive wins over Serbia and Argentina in four sets to end the third round in Hamamatsu. After a tournament-opening four-set loss to Russia, Italy came back to defeat Egypt (3-0), Brazil (3-2), China (3-0) and USA (3-1) before a four-set loss to Cuba.

“We’re tired but we still expect a top three finish and an Olympic ticket,” Italy captain Cristian Savani said. “Our goal is to do as well as we can now in the final round.”

Poland have used a balanced offense with Zbigniew Bartman and Bartosz Kurek scoring 106 and 105 points, respectively, while Michal Winiarski has contributed 87 points and Piotr Nowakowski 81 points. Marcin Mozdzonek leads the tournament in block average at 1.00 per set. Michal Winiarski leads the Best Receiver list with 58.08 efficiency percent. Italy’s Michal Lasko continues to lead the tournament in scoring with 165 points. He also ranks atop the Best Spiker category with a 54.4 spike percent. Italian captain Cristian Savani has added 108 points through the first eight matches, followed by Ivan Zaytsev’s 90 points.

The Italy-Poland series seems to have been very balanced with the Italians holding an 11-10, but Italy have won the last five matches and Poland captured the first eight matches in the series. Italy scored 3-0 wins at the European Championship and FIVB World League Final Round preliminary pool earlier this year. Poland’s last victory over Italy was a five-setter during the 2002 FIVB World Championship first round.

Japan versus Russia
Russia continue to be on a roll with four straight victories, improving to 7-1 in the tournament with 21 points following a four-set win over Cuba after wins over Serbia (3-0) and Argentina (3-0) in the third round. Russia have only lost to No. 1 Brazil (3-0) on the fourth day of competition. Other Russia victories include Italy (3-1) on the opening day, China (3-0), USA (3-0) and Egypt (3-1). Japan had their two-match win streak snapped by the USA to end the third round with a 2-6 record and eight points.

Russia are paced by star Maxim Mikhaylov, who has 141 points for third-most in the tournament and a second-best 53.5 spike best percent. The rest of the team has experienced balanced scoring with Sergey Tetyukhin next on the squad in scoring 66 points. Alexander Butko holds 7.74 running sets average for third in Best Setter. Japan’s Kunihiro Shimizu paces the host country with 115 points for seventh in Best Scorer. Takeshi Nagano paces Japan with a tournament-best 2.16 digs per set and is rated as the second-best libero.

“Japan has their home crowd behind them, and they have lots of support,” Russia coach Vladimir Alekno said. “We need to prepare well for them. It won’t be an easy game, but we’ll do our best.”

Japan and Russia have a long history of international competition, but the series has been one-sided with Russia leading 51-10. Russia won all four FIVB World League matches earlier this year and have won the last five matches in the series and 24 of the last 25 matches dating back to the 1993 FIVB World League. Japan’s last victory was during the 2009 FIVB World League.

Fourth Round Pool B at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Serbia versus Egypt
Serbia improved to 2-6 in the tournament with six points after ending the third set with an impressive four-set win over No. 1 Brazil. Serbia had entered the match with only one other win – a five-set win over host Japan. Egypt are currently 1-7 in the FIVB World Cup with three points, their only win against No. 10 China.

Ivan Miljkovic has scored a Serbia high 108 points through the first eight matches ninth place, while Milos Nikic has provided 63 points despite missing action during the tournament. Nikola Rosic has provided Serbia with 2.16 digs per set for second in Best Digger. Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay has pocketed 121 points in the first eight days of competition to lead his team and rank fifth among all players, while also converting 52.4 percent of his attacks for third-best in the tournament. Teammate Mohamed Badawy follows with 69 points.

Serbia have won all seven meetings with Egypt with last previous meeting taking place at the 2008 Olympic Games. Serbia won all four matches played during the 2007 FIVB World League in straight sets. The series started in 1995 with Serbia, playing under the Yugoslavia flag.

Cuba versus China
Following the third round in which they defeated No. 1 Brazil and No. 3 Italy before falling to No. 2 Russia, Cuba are 5-3 in the tournament with 14 points and still in the chase for one of the three Olympic Games tickets awarded at the FIVB World Cup. Earlier in the tournament Cuba defeated Iran (3-0), Japan (3-0) and Serbia (3-1) with losses to Poland (3-0) and Argentina (3-1). China, 1-7 and four points, head to Tokyo on the heels of their first win of the tournament, a three-set victory over Iran on November 29 in Fukuoka. Prior to the victory, China had earned only one point – a five-set loss to No. 1 Brazil, which showed they could play with the top teams at the FIVB World Cup.

Cuban Fernando Hernandez Ramos has piled up 152 points, second most in the tournament during the first eight matches heading into the final round. He has been supported by Cuba captain Wilfredo Leon Venero, who has 120 points for sixth place. Isbel Mesa Sandobal ranks fourth in blocks with 0.83 per set. China are led by Weijun Zhong’s 83 points, while Chen Zhang has scored 66 points. China’s Runming Li ranks second in Best Setter with 8.19 running sets average.

“As for the third round games in Hamamatsu, we’re satisfied with the result,” Cuba captain Wilfredo Leon Venero said. “We had two wins and a loss. For the final Tokyo round, we’ll do our best to play better there.”

Cuba and China have played 14 times and Cuba winning 11 of those matches. The last four matches occurred during the 2004 FIVB World League with the two teams splitting the matches winning on their home court. Cuba have won all three previous FIVB World Cup matches from 1977, 1981 and 1999.

Argentina versus USA
Argentina have dropped four straight matches to Iran, Brazil, Russia and Italy after a four-set win over Cuba. Argentina are now 3-5 with nine points in the World Cup with other wins over Serbia (3-0) and Japan (3-2). USA evened their record at 4-4 with 12 points after defeating Japan 3-0 to end the third round in Fukuoka. The North Americans have also beat Egypt (3-0), China (3-0) and Iran (3-0) in the World Cup, but have fallen to Poland (3-0), Russia (3-0), Italy (3-1) and Brazil (3-1).

Argentina’s offensive leader has been 22-year-old Facundo Conte and his 110 points for eighth in Best Scorer, while Federico Pereyra has charted 91 points through three rounds. Argentina setter Luciana DeCecco leads the tournament in setting with 9.35 running sets average .USA’s Clayton Stanley has totaled 126 points for fourth most in the tournament, including a tournament-high 17 aces for a 0.65 average per set along with a third-best 0.85 block average. Matthew Anderson has added 102 points for the USA, while Richard Lambourne is third in Best Digger with 1.92 per set.

“They are a very good team with consistent blocking and defense; very organized,” Argentina coach Javier Weber said of the USA. “For us it’s very important to play our style, and we expect too a very hard match against the USA.”

USA have won 12 of 14 matches with Argentina, including a four-set victory during the 2010 FIVB World Championship first round in Reggio Calabria, Italy. USA have won the last two matches with Argentina’s last series victory coming in the 2000 Olympic Games. During the 1999 FIVB World Cup Final Round held in Tokyo, USA won in three sets with a thrilling 38-36 third set.

Day 9 | December 2, 2011

No Phase Date Local
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49 A 02/12 11:00 * 02:00 * IRI-BRA View Tokyo View
52 B 02/12 11:00 * 02:00 * SRB-EGY View Tokyo View
50 A 02/12 15:00 * 06:00 * POL-ITA View Tokyo View
53 B 02/12 15:00 * 06:00 * CUB-CHN View Tokyo View
51 A 02/12 18:20 * 09:20 * JPN-RUS View Tokyo View
54 B 02/12 18:20 * 09:20 * ARG-USA View Tokyo View

* The first whistle for each match will sound 10 minutes after the start time listed

World Cup Standing


Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 POL Poland 22 8 7 1 3 4 1 23 7 3.286 721 627 1.150
2 RUS Russia 21 8 7 1 4 3 1 21 6 3.500 653 541 1.207
3 ITA Italy 17 8 6 2 2 3 1 2 20 11 1.818 752 682 1.103
4 BRA Brazil 16 8 5 3 3 1 1 2 1 20 12 1.667 729 642 1.136
5 CUB Cuba 14 8 5 3 2 2 1 2 1 17 13 1.308 657 664 0.989
6 IRI Iran 12 8 5 3 1 1 3 3 15 16 0.938 640 674 0.950
7 USA USA 12 8 4 4 4 2 2 14 12 1.167 612 594 1.030
8 ARG Argentina 9 8 3 5 1 1 1 1 2 2 13 18 0.722 676 685 0.987
9 JPN Japan 8 8 2 6 1 1 2 2 2 12 19 0.632 682 704 0.969
10 SRB Serbia 6 8 2 6 1 1 1 3 2 11 21 0.524 657 741 0.887
11 CHN China 4 8 1 7 1 1 1 5 6 21 0.286 527 630 0.837
12 EGY Egypt 3 8 1 7 1 2 5 5 21 0.238 512 634 0.808

Team (Record, Points): Matches Remaining
Poland (7-1, 22 points): vs. Italy (December 2); vs. Brazil (December 3); vs. Russia (December 4)
Russia (7-1, 21 points): vs. Japan (December 2); vs. Iran (December 3); vs. Poland (December 4)
Italy (6-2, 17 points): vs. Poland (December 2); vs. Japan (December 3); vs. Iran (December 4)
Brazil (5-3, 16 points): Iran vs. (December 2); vs. Poland (December 3); vs. Japan (December 4)
Cuba (5-3, 14 points): vs. China (December 2); vs. USA (December 3); vs. Egypt (December 4)
Iran (5-3, 12 points): vs. Brazil (December 2); vs. Russia (December 3); vs. Italy (December 4)
USA (4-4, 12 points): vs. Argentina (December 2); vs. Cuba (December 3); vs. Serbia (December 4)
Argentina (3-5, 9 points): vs. USA (December 2); vs. Egypt (December 3); vs. China (December 4)
Japan (2-6, 8 points): vs. Russia (December 2); vs. Italy (December 3); vs. Brazil (December 4)
Serbia (2-6, 6 points): vs. Egypt (December 2); vs. China (December 3); vs. USA (December 4)
China (1-7, 4 points): vs. Cuba (December 2); vs. Serbia (December 3); vs. Argentina (December 4)
Egypt (1-7, 3 points): vs. Serbia (December 2): vs. Argentina (December 3); vs. Cuba (December 4)

FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Highlights
Tournament Leading Scorers
1 Michal Lasko (ITA) 165 points
2 Fernando Hernandez Ramos (CUB) 152 points
3 Maxim Mikhaylov (RUS) 141
4 Clayton Stanley (USA) 126
5 Ahmed Abdelhay (EGY) 121

Top Scoring Performances
30 – Ahmed Abdelhay (EGY) v JPN on Nov. 27
28 – Maxim Mikhayhov (RUS) v CUB on Nov. 29
27 – Michal Lasko (ITA) v BRA, Nov. 22
26 – Michal Lasko (ITA) v RUS, Nov. 20
26 – Bartosz Kurek (POL) v IRI, Nov. 24

Top Scorers by Day
November 20: 26 – Michal Lasko (Italy) versus Russia
November 21: 21 – Zbigniew Bartman (Poland) versus Serbia; Tatsuya Fukuzaka (Japan) versus Argentina
November 22: 27 – Michal Lasko (Italy) versus Brazil
November 24: 26 – Bartosz Kurek (Poland) versus Iran
November 25: 25 – Michal Lasko (Italy) versus USA
November 27: 30 – Ahmed Abdelhay (Egypt) versus Japan
November 28: 25 – Michal Lasko (Italy) versus Serbia
November 29: 28 – Maxim Mikhaylov (Russia) versus Cuba

Top Blocking Performances
7 – Clayton Stanley (USA) v RUS on Nov. 27
7 – Alexander Volkov (RUS) v ITA on Nov. 20
7 – Michal Lasko (ITA) v BRA on Nov. 22
7 – Marcin Mozdzonek (POL) v JPN on Nov. 25
6 – Piotr Nowakowski (POL) v SRB on Nov. 21
6 – Alexander Butko (RUS) v USA on Nov. 22
6 – Sebastian Sole (ARG) v CUB on Nov. 24
6 – Yusuke Ishijima (JPN) v SRB on Nov. 24
6 – Alireza Nadi (IRI) v EGY on Nov. 28
6 – Isbel Mesa Sandobal (CUB) v BRA on Nov. 28
6 – Piotr Nowakowski (POL) v EGY on Nov. 29 

Top Service Ace Performances
6 – Bartosz Kurek (POL) v IRI on Nov. 24
5 – Clayton Stanley (USA) v IRI on Nov. 27
4 – Maxim Mikyahlov (RUS) v CHN on Nov. 21
4 – Ivan Zaytsev (ITA) v BRA on Nov. 22
4 – Clayton Stanley (USA) v EGY on Nov. 24
4 – Sergey Tetyuhkin (RUS) v BRA on Nov. 24
4 – Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi (IRI) v ARG on Nov. 25
4 – Luciano De Cecco (ARG) v IRI on Nov. 25
4 – Nikolay Apalikov (RUS) v CUB on Nov. 29

Highest Set Score:
41-39 – ITA v USA (Set 1) on Nov. 25 (FIVB Men’s World Cup record)
39-37 – USA v JPN (Set 1) on Nov. 29 (second-highest in FIVB Men’s World Cup history)
36-34 – ARG v USA (Set 1) on Nov. 29

Highest Scoring Matches
220 – Italy beat USA 3-1 (41-39, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21) on Nov. 25
217 – Italy beat Brazil 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 22-20) on Nov. 22
211 – Iran beat Poland 3-2 (23-25, 28-26, 8-25, 26-24, 15-11) on Nov. 24
209 – Cuba beat Brazil 3-2 (17-25, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12) on Nov. 28
204 – Italy beat Argentina 3-1 (34-36, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20) on Nov. 29

For more information contact:
Site A (Tokyo-Yoyogi Gymnasium) - Mr. Federico Ferraro  +81 (0)80 2584 4622
Site B: (Tokyo Metropolitan Stadium) - Mr. Bill Kauffman +81 (0)80 2584 4623

For all non-urgent inquiries concerning the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup please contact the FIVB Press Department at press@fivb.org.


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Cuba deal Serbia another defeat

25.11.2011 08:13:49
Fayazi: Playing with the best players is good for my energy

25.11.2011 06:53:19
Japan-based Iranian fans cheer on their heroes to fulfill Olympic dream

25.11.2011 05:52:26
Velasco credits team for all-around effort

25.11.2011 05:28:51
We were focused and rebounded well, says Russia coach Alekno

25.11.2011 05:19:30
Iran down Argentina for fourth victory

25.11.2011 05:01:39
Russia return to win column, but Egypt score moral victory

25.11.2011 01:16:27
Day five FIVB Men’s World Cup to finalize original round robin groups

24.11.2011 17:11:29
Final Olympic spot will come down to Italy and Poland - Zorzi

24.11.2011 16:06:51
Brazil back on top as Russia and Poland lose aura of invincibility

24.11.2011 13:59:42
Kolakovic says game with Japan was must win for Serbia

24.11.2011 12:51:26
Serbia outlast Japan in dramatic five-setter

24.11.2011 12:24:33
We were overwhelmed, says China coach after loss to Italy

24.11.2011 12:14:51
Italy's serving, super-sub Sabbi beats China in straight sets

24.11.2011 11:29:00
Hosseini praises coach Velasco for changing their game

24.11.2011 10:21:24
Playing fast is De Cecco’s way of play

24.11.2011 10:05:33
Velasco inspires team to another upset victory

24.11.2011 09:31:23
Iran pull out win over Poland in nail-biter

24.11.2011 09:13:37
Brazil hand Russia first loss as poise wins over power

24.11.2011 08:27:08
A success story, on and off the court: Shunichi Kawai

24.11.2011 05:38:42
Samuels says experience made difference for Argentina

24.11.2011 05:36:00
This is a good match to build on, says USA coach Knipe

24.11.2011 05:25:13
Stanley is aces as USA bounce back over Egypt

24.11.2011 04:49:32
Argentina storm back to defeat Cuba

23.11.2011 22:49:35
Osaka, Kumamoto take center stage for FIVB Men’s World Cup

23.11.2011 14:40:24
FIVB World Cup - A wonderful celebration of spirit and sporting endeavor

23.11.2011 14:03:32
Mentor and former protégé cross their ways in Osaka

23.11.2011 10:37:27
I hope we can recover the energies we need, says coach Rezende

22.11.2011 17:20:19
Getting to know: Japan star Kunihiro Shimizu

22.11.2011 14:52:15
Three female referees whistling during FIVB Men’s World Cup

22.11.2011 14:02:31
Italy score amazing win over Brazil while Russia and Poland maintain perfect record

22.11.2011 13:14:10
Samuels content with two victories in Nagoya

22.11.2011 12:39:03
We can be proud of this win, says Russia coach Alekno

22.11.2011 12:09:16
With Butko blocking beautifully, Russia remain perfect

22.11.2011 12:08:50
Cuba keep Japan winless with straight sets victory

22.11.2011 11:05:30
Poland’s Zygadlo anticipates tough competition ahead

22.11.2011 10:04:44
Playing Brazil is always a fantastic thing, says Italy coach Berruto

22.11.2011 09:47:12
Italy survive a game of errors with Brazil

22.11.2011 09:35:25
Anastasi says determination made difference for Poland

22.11.2011 09:02:28
Poland rally past Argentina to remain unbeaten

22.11.2011 07:59:31
Iranian youngster makes impressive World Cup debut

22.11.2011 05:59:01
Velasco says victory over Serbia meaningful to Iran

22.11.2011 05:50:45
Victory a gift to the Egyptian people, coach El-Shemerly says

22.11.2011 05:19:11
Iran deal Serbia third straight loss

22.11.2011 05:19:07
Egypt's Abdelhay leads against China, with super-setter support

22.11.2011 03:21:57
Nikola and Uros Kovacevic prolong Serbian tradition of "Volleyball brothers"

22.11.2011 03:13:47
Brazil's Giba uses own success to help others

21.11.2011 23:41:16
FIVB World Cup Day 3: Undefeated Poland-Argentina Go Head-to-Head

21.11.2011 15:34:54
Brazil, Russia and Poland set the pace at FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup in Japan

21.11.2011 13:50:24
Weber says spirit of team keyed rally to victory

21.11.2011 12:53:01
Argentina best Japan in five-set thriller

21.11.2011 12:40:51
Russia is such a strong team, says China coach Zhou

21.11.2011 12:29:19
Mikhaylov serving sharp against China in Russia's second win

21.11.2011 11:32:37
Bartman keeps strong faith in his team

21.11.2011 09:44:31
Serving was the key point in this match, says Brazil coach Rezende

21.11.2011 09:38:29
Anastasi pleased after second straight victory

21.11.2011 09:10:14
Brazil block American ambitions for day 2 upset

21.11.2011 09:01:19
Poland battle past Serbia

21.11.2011 07:44:28
Leon and Hernandez need to work on blocking and defensive aggressiveness, says coach Samuels

21.11.2011 05:17:31
Italy captain Savani on first win: We'd like to continue this streak

21.11.2011 05:08:45
Cuba coach says star Hernandez is still improving

21.11.2011 04:41:46
Italy bounce back with team effort against Egypt

21.11.2011 04:25:21
Hernandez, Leon lead Cuba past Iran

21.11.2011 02:36:39
Double Olympic champion Saori Yoshida joins Japanese audience to support home guys

20.11.2011 23:43:37
Healthy Priddy back in form in short time for USA

20.11.2011 23:35:53
2008 Olympic Games title rematch highlights FIVB Men’s World Cup Day 2

20.11.2011 18:33:01
Nalbert predicts Brazilian triumph in Japan

20.11.2011 15:50:52
Japan lose opening match to Iran as Russia claim highlight of day 1 in Kagoshima

20.11.2011 14:01:48
Iran make World Cup comeback after 20 years

20.11.2011 13:28:22
Velasco: "We stuck with our plan"

20.11.2011 12:39:14
Iran rally for four-set win over Japan

20.11.2011 12:29:11
Brazil coach Rezende on win vs Egypt: They never gave up and that's very important

20.11.2011 11:55:12
Murilo leads Brazil in opening day win over spirited Egyptian squad

20.11.2011 11:41:47
New faces, new challenges for Egypt at FIVB World Cup

20.11.2011 09:46:08
Russia coach Alekno: Winning this first game is very important

20.11.2011 09:22:14
Italy misses the mark in opener against Russia

20.11.2011 09:00:15
Anastasi says concentration key to victory

20.11.2011 08:34:04
Poland score surprise win over Cuba

20.11.2011 07:10:37
Facundo Conte a star in his own right

20.11.2011 05:50:33
Happy to start with three points, USA coach Knipe says

20.11.2011 05:32:09
United States' Anderson aces China to open FIVB World Cup

20.11.2011 04:47:28
Weber says Argentina played 'perfect game'

20.11.2011 04:23:24
Argentina rout Serbia in first-round opener

20.11.2011 01:40:07
Legendary Julio Velasco leads up-and-coming Iranian force

19.11.2011 15:01:14
Depth in Kagoshima creates World Cup first round challenges

19.11.2011 12:51:55
FIVB World Cup to bring joy and hope to Japanese people

17.11.2011 15:51:49
Anastasi says podium is minimum goal for Poland

17.11.2011 09:11:01
Nagoya ready for start of FIVB World Cup

15.11.2011 16:00:54
Italy ready for Men's World Cup showdown says Berruto

15.11.2011 05:23:22
Men's volleyball stars prepare for Nagoya start in Men's World Cup

15.11.2011 04:28:10
Kagoshima set to host talented Men's World Cup teams with Olympic dreams at stake

11.11.2011 13:21:49
Argentina men countdown to World Cup

25.10.2011 16:10:46
World Cup Media Guide launched online

14.10.2011 15:58:54
Full World Cup schedule announced by FIVB

12.10.2011 12:41:01
World Cup preliminary squads unveiled

05.10.2011 12:27:19
Match pairings released for World Cup

05.10.2011 06:53:06
World Cup wild cards announced

30.09.2011 16:18:02
Ten of 12 Men’s World Cup teams confirmed

30.09.2011 09:25:28
Iran claim Asian title to earn World Cup ticket

30.09.2011 05:27:21
Egypt book World Cup berth with African Championship triumph

29.09.2011 10:59:32
China and Iran set to clash in gold medal match of Asian Men’s Championship

29.09.2011 00:03:21
Egypt and Cameroon set to clash in Men’s African Nations Championship final

28.09.2011 09:18:34
Iran delight home fans as they book semifinal place in Asian champs

27.09.2011 10:42:28
Iran, Australia lead Asian Men’s Championship quarterfinals

26.09.2011 09:29:30
Iran, Australia continue to dominate Asian Men’s Championship

25.09.2011 20:34:56
Brazil book place in World Cup with South American Championship win

24.09.2011 01:12:13
Iran, Japan, China and Australia top pools in Asian Men’s Championship

23.09.2011 15:15:29
Chile pick up first victory as Argentina and Brazil remain unbeaten

23.09.2011 15:02:40
Serbia greeted by thousands as they celebrate Euro success

23.09.2011 05:06:44
Five teams unbeaten in Asian Men’s Championship

22.09.2011 16:53:11
Giba reflects on 16 years of South American Championships

22.09.2011 16:15:26
Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship kicks off in Iran

22.09.2011 15:07:38
Favourites Tunisia and Cameroon set to clash on opening day of African Nations champs

22.09.2011 05:33:34
Venezuela pick up first win at South American Championship

21.09.2011 14:20:49
Paraguay begin South American Championship campaign with win

21.09.2011 07:07:23
Iran coach says home advantage does not guarantee Asian Championship glory

21.09.2011 06:41:45
Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championships through the years

20.09.2011 07:20:52
Argentina, Brazil and Colombia start South American Championship with victory

18.09.2011 23:49:57
Serbia crowned European men’s champions

16.09.2011 09:54:52
Poland gain revenge over Slovakia as semifinal berths decided

15.09.2011 10:03:02
Finland survive Slovenia scare while Poles break Czech hearts in EuroVolley 2011

14.09.2011 17:47:06
Iranian minister visits national team

13.09.2011 12:10:17
Preliminary round ends at 2011 EuroVolley

11.09.2011 04:10:22
World Cup place at stake in Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship

08.09.2011 11:25:04
Austria and Czech Republic countdown to EuroVolley

04.09.2011 14:38:28
Leon carries Cuba to Men’s NORCECA Championship and World Cup berth

03.09.2011 08:23:15
Cuba and USA to play for the gold at Men’s NORCECA

02.09.2011 17:41:21
Brazil bring in reinforcements for South American champs

02.09.2011 04:59:14
Cuba and Puerto Rico into semis of Men’s NORCECA Championship

01.09.2011 09:56:53
Canada and USA book semifinal berths at Men's NORCECA Championship

31.08.2011 09:49:16
NORCECA Men's Championship heats up

30.08.2011 09:47:58
Men's NORCECA Championship begins in style in Puerto Rico

29.08.2011 17:34:31
Brazil seal wins over Germany and Japan in South American champs prep

18.08.2011 17:03:30
Dante and Gustavo eager to get back on court

15.07.2011 15:07:08
FIVB President hopes for "new future" in Japan

22.06.2011 13:38:40
Morocco to host 2011 Men’s African Nations Championship

24.05.2011 11:48:47
FIVB confirms World Cup in Japan

16.02.2011 18:45:22
AVC finalises 2011 volleyball calendar