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Team News

24/06/2003 - Big task for Portugal to avoid fourth place finish
18/06/2003 - Silva lining to latest Portuguese side
12/06/2003 - Portugal prepare to host eight-time World League winners Italy
30/05/2003 - Malveiro looking ahead to Germany
22/05/2003 - Portugal hopeful of promising World League start
21/05/2003 - Portugal and Cuba finish World League preparations
09/05/2003 - Portugal eye key clash with Slovakia

World League a step towards Olympic Qualification for talented Portugal 

Portugal are making their fourth World League appearance at the 14th edition and this promising young team faces a tough challenge in the Intercontinental Round against reigning Word Champion Brazil, eight times World League winner Italy and Germany, the host country for the 2002 European Championship finals. The challenge represents concentrated work for national coach, Cuban national Juan Diaz who was nominated by the FIVB as one of the ten best coaches of the 20th century. Diaz however has already worked intensively with this young team and his clear leadership has already reaped results with Portugal finishing a creditable eighth at the 2002 World Championship in Argentina. "We are in a strong group, but we can only improve if we play high level and with the best teams," Diaz said philosophically. more
Reporting by Barbedo Magalhães, Portugal. Pic: Portugal scores against Brazil at the 2002 World League.


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Portugal (Scroll down for Spanish) - Pool B

Portugal was one of the FIVB 14 founding countries in 1947 and just one year later the national team participated in the first European Championship in Italy and placed fourth. In 1956, Portugal took part in a World Championship for the first time and finished 15th among 24 teams in that tournament held in France. But for another success at the international level Portugal was forced to hold out until the turn of the century when Cuba's legendary coach Juan Diaz was appointed to take in hand and shape a next generation of players. Diaz, highly regarded and who was named by the FIVB as one of the ten best coaches of the 20th Century began to work hard to build a team whose performance would match the world elite. Under his command, Portugal for the second time qualified for the World Championship held last year in Argentina. The young and talented side performed very well throughout the tournament, achieving the surprising eighth place, and stamped themselves as one of the world's emerging teams. With some players as young as 17 years, they could have barely achieved more, but their 24-year-old Jose Joao went on to be awarded the best blocker of the competition. Portugal took part for the first time in the prestigious World League in 1999. As a clear underdog they delivered a shock by beating powerhouse Cuba and also played well against Argentina and France. Their debut was an unexpected but pleasant surprise for the world of volleyball and managed to turn heads of expert observers. They returned to the competition in the 2002 and 2003 editions, proving that they continued to work on their game and to mature as a team. This year, Portugal, currently at the 14th place of the FIVB World ranking, will play in Pool B, together with Brazil, Italy, and Germany.

18 man squad (plus shirt name) Roberto Reis (Roberto), Carlos Teixeira (Teixeira), Joao Malveiro (Malveiro), Fabio Milhazes (Fabio), Manuel Silva (M.Silva), Pedro Fiuza (Fiuza), Hugo Gasper (H. Gasper), Adriano Paço (A.Paço), Nuno Rocha (Nuno), Ubirajara Pereira (Bira), Joao Jose (J.Jose), Andre Lopes (Andre), Flavio Cruz (Flavio), Jorge Alves (J.Alves), Alexandre Castro (Alexandro), Hugo Ribeiro (H.Ribeiro), Eurico Peixoto (Eurico). 

Prize Money
Portugal Total Prize money US$
2 123 320
Overall Standings for Portugal
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
3 36 8 28 22.2

Portugal - (Spanish)
Portugal es uno de los 14 países fundadores de la FIVB en 1947, y apenas un año después el equipo nacional participó en su primer Campeonato Europeo en Italia, terminando en cuarto lugar. En 1956 Portugal tomó parte por primera vez en un Campeonato Mundial, acabando en el puesto 15 entre 24 equipos durante el torneo celebrado en Francia. Pero para obtener otro éxito en el ámbito internacional, los portugueses tuvieron que esperar hasta el cambio de siglo, cuando surgió la presencia del legendario técnico cubano Juan Díaz, quien fue contratado para poner en forma una nueva generación de jugadores. Díaz, altamente considerado y nombrado por la FIVB como uno de los diez mejores técnicos del Siglo 20, empezó a trabajar fuerte para construir un equipo capaz de incluirse dentro de la élite. Bajo su mando, Portugal clasificó por segunda vez al Campeonato Mundial celebrado el año pasado en Argentina. Los jóvenes y talentosos voleibolistas actuaron muy bien a lo largo del torneo, lograron un sorpresivo octavo lugar y estamparon su sello como uno de los más promisorios y emergentes equipos. Con algunos jugadores de 17 años de edad pudieron ciertamente llegar lejos, y su estrella de 24 años José Joao fue nombrado como el mejor bloqueador del torneo. Portugal participó por primera vez en la prestigiosa Liga Mundial en 1999. Como un claro aviso de lo que harían después, vencieron a la poderosa Cuba y también jugaron bien ante Argentina y Francia. Su debut fue una inesperada pero agradable sorpresa para el mundo del voleibol, e hizo que los expertos prestaran atención en la performance portuguesa. Volvieron a la competencia en las ediciones del 2002 y 2003, probando que continúan trabajando en madurar su juego y crecer como equipo. Este año Portugal, actualmente en el puesto 14 del ranking mundial de la FIVB, jugará en la Serie B con Brasil, Italia y Alemania.