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World League 2002 - Press Info

Final Round / 13 - 18 August

Finals / 18 August


Russia beat Brazil 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17) - duration 1:47
18-Aug, start time: 11:30, end time: 13:17 - Attendance: 21,393
Powerful Russia takes first ever World League title
Russia simply proved too powerful too often on Sunday morning here in this Brazilian city, charging to a 3-1 victory in the finals of the 2002 World League. Although the 2001 titleholders were on the court with their Dream Team and were supported by some 26,000 screaming fans, it was still not enough to beat the might of the Russians who had crept back into the semifinals after a rocky performance in the round robin of the final round.

Yugoslavia beat Italy 3-1 (28-26, 29-27, 23-25, 25-21) - duration 1:41
18-Aug, start time: 9:00, end time: 10:41 - Attendance: 17,450
Yugoslavia takes bronze medal with 3-1 against Italy
Yugoslavia's warriors on Sunday put away the disappointment of their defeat by Brazil in the semis and deprived Italy of the bronze medal in the 2002 World League in 3-1 (28-26, 29-27, 23-25, 25-21 in a match before around 18,000 euphoric Brazilian fans who packed this stadium on Sunday morning.
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Semifinals / 17 August

Brazil beat Yugoslavia 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-12, 21-25, 18-16) - duration 2:05
17-Aug, start time: 10:10, end time: 12:15 - Attendance: 14,600
Brazil wins five set thriller for first finals berth
The Brazilian national team, fired by thousands of fans, opened their bid for a second consecutive World League title by defeating Yugoslavia (3- ) 25-27, 25-19, 25-12, 21-25, 18-16 on Saturday here in Brazil to secure their ticket in Sunday's final here in Belo Horizonte. But the Yugoslav team did not make it easy for the local heroes, capitalizing on early Brazilian nerves to take the first set. The Brazilians equalized to 1-1 and completely overran the Yugoslavs 25-12 in the third. Classic Yugoslav fighting spirit kicked in to allow them back in the match and presented the opportunity for a thriller tiebreaker that finally went to the titleholders 18-16.

Russia beat Italy 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22) - duration 1:34
17-Aug, start time: 12:40, end time: 14:14 - Attendance: 2,650
Russia cuts down Italy for second finals berth
Italy were deprived the opportunity to go for their ninth World League title on Saturday when they were cut down by a renaissance Russian side in the semifinals 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22). The Russians, who slipped back into the semis after Spain went down to Netherlands in the final match of the round robin, were impenetrable on the net and consistently neutralized the skills and finesse of the Squadra Azzurri. Italy now now face Yugoslavia in the playoff for third, while Brazil and Russia contest the title on Sunday morning here in Belo Horizonte, called Brazil's "Volleyball Capital."

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Pool E - Recife

Brazil beat Spain 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21) - duration 1:47
13-Aug, start time: 15:33, end time: 17:20 - Attendance: 8,700
Brazil beat Spain 3-1 in a great match

Brazil and Spain turned on a great match to launch the 2002 World League finals in the northern Brazilian city of Recife.. But it was Brazil who took their first step to retaining the title they won last year, winning the match 3-1. they di however have to deliver their best Volleyballl to conquer the upstarts Spain, who frightened the home team by winning the second set comfortably.
Russia beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) - duration 1:14
13-Aug, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:14 - Attendance: 1,500
Russia defeated Netherlands in three sets
Although Russia took their opening match against The Netherlands 3-0, it could not be described as easy. But the Russians did show why they are one of the favorites in this prestigeous FIIVB tournament, and underlined they will be doing their best to take their first even World League title. They were very impressive in attack, serving and blocking.

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Brazil beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-23) - duration 1:17
14-Aug, start time: 15:35, end time: 16:52 - Attendance: 10,100
Brazil scores a second victory and closes in on semifinal qualification
The Brazilian team were hardly pressured in their second match of the final round of the 2002 World League on Wednesday when they took a comfortable straight-sets win against the young Dutch team. Brazil didn't have to produce its best Volleyball to overwhelm the Dutch side who were able to offer little resistance to the titleholders.

Spain beat Russia 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 26-24, 23-25, 19-17) - duration 2:18
14-Aug, start time: 18:00, end time: 20:18 - Attendance: 2,250
Spain astonish with a five set victory over mighty Russia
Outsiders Spain proved the giant killers on Wednesday, humbling the mighty favoites in a five-setter that they eventually won 19-17 in the tiebreaker. The match of the day and the best so far in the quarterfinals of the 2002 World League, was played in the northern city of Recife and now sets the winners up for advancement. They play the luckless and set-less Netherlands in their final round robin match, while Russia must face titleholders Brazil in front of a partizan home crowd. Spain delivered a strong game in block and defense, mainly in the first three sets, while at times Russia struggled with their service accuracy.
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Brazil beat Russia 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-20) - duration 1:23
15-Aug, start time: 15:32, end time: 16:55 - Attendance: 16,500
Brazil delivers a 3-0 lesson to Russia to qualify for semifinals
Brazil delivered a 3-0 lesson to pre-tournament favorite Russia on Thursday to seal the fate of the Russians and advance to the semifinals of the 2002 World League here in this northern Brazilian city of Recife.The semifinals will be played on Saturday in Belo Horizonte.
Well loved Brazilian Gilberto (Giba) Godoy was the best scorer of the match that drove thousands of Brazilians into a frenzy of excitement in the Geraldo Magalhaes Hall in Recife.
Netherlands beat Spain 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18) - duration 1:45
15-Aug, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:45 - Attendance: 2,500
Spain loses against The Netherlands to let Russia back in the semifinals
Spain threw away the chance to make the semifinals of the 2002 World League when they lost 1-3 against the young Dutch side on Thursday to let Russia back into contention, even though Russia was humbled in straight sets by titleholders and hosts Brazil in the first match of the day.
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Pool F - Belo Horizonte

Italy beat France 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-21) - duration 1:05
13-Aug, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:35 - Attendance: 471
Italy demoralise France 3-0 in openig match
Italy, showing much of the skill that has given them eight World League titles demoralised France 3-0 in the opening match in what has been described by locla Brazilian Media as "the Group of Death". the Squadra Azzurri charged through the first, almost unchallenged before France got back into the game but not into the match in the following two sets.
Yugoslavia beat Poland 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-13) - duration 1:08
13-Aug, start time: 20:02, end time: 21:10 - Attendance: 1,220
Olympic champions Yugoslavia triumph against Poland in straight sets
The Polish team had difficulty in the opening phase and had few answers to the devastating attacks of the Yugoslavs and they powerful defense. They rallied a little in the secodn set until the final stages and when Yugoslavia went 2-0 ahead, they seemed to lose their concentration and let the Yugoslavs walk away with two points and the glory of winning their first match here in Belo Horizonte.
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Italy beat Poland 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15) - duration 1:29
14-Aug, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:59 - Attendance: 1,170
Italy recovers from first set fright to defeat Poland 3-1
The Italians showed on Wednesday why they have won the World League title eight times, coming back in devastating form after losing their opening set to Poland to go on and take their second match in the final round in Belo Horizonte 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-15).

Yugoslavia beat France 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) - duration 1:09
14-Aug, start time: 20:00, end time: 21:09 - Attendance: 970
Yugoslavia demolishes France in straight sets to score a place in the semifinals.
Might proved more effective than creative play in the final match on Wednesday when France was taken to task by Yugoslavia, who won the day and joined Italy for the right to contest the semifinals.
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Italy beat Yugoslavia 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15) - duration 1:56
15-Aug, start time: 17:30, end time: 19:26 - Attendance: 3,420
Italy defeats Yugoslavia in five set thriller
Italy finally fended off an aggressive and often highly effective Yugoslavia in the tiebreaker of a five-set battle of attrition to avoid the fate of meeting Brazil in the first 2002 World League semifinal on Saturday.

Poland beat France 3-0 (28-26, 25-23, 25-18) - duration 1:16
15-Aug, start time: 20:00, end time: 21:16 - Attendance: 1,170
Poland goes out honorably with a straights sets win over France
France and Poland played out the final Pool F match in Belo Horizonte, knowing the result had no effect on advancement to the semifinals. They nevertheless put on an entertaining match, which, while won by the Poles, their first in the tournament, was still hard fought.
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