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World League champs gear up for title defense

April 23, 2003 - Russia's defense of their 2002 World League title will start in earnest next month when the national men's side go into camp in their Olympic base in Moscow following the conclusion of their national competition. The World No 1 ranked team, whose World League triumph last year was their first in 13 years of trying, are taking nothing for granted and coach Guennadi Chipouline will have his troops, including stars such as Pavel Abramov, Alexei Koulechov and Vadim Khamouttskikh, firing on all cylinders with a training camp from May 10 until May 22. More Pic: Russia defeated Brazil in last year's World League final

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Russia - Pool A (Scroll down for Spanish)

The Soviet Union became a FIVB member in 1948 and started to participate in international competitions from the following year to establish themselves as one of the most successful Volleyball nations ever. Their team was victorious in the very first World Championship in Czechoslovakia in 1949 and claimed another five world titles in the following decades: 1952 in the Soviet Union, 1960 in Brazil, 1962 in the Soviet Union, 1978 in Italy and 1982 in Argentina. Besides that, they placed second three times, including the last World Championship in Argentina where they conceded a loss to the titleholder Brazil in the finals in what turned out to be a rerun of the final contested 20 years before. The team also retains a fantastic record at the Olympic Games, triumphing three times - in Tokyo (1964), Mexico City (1968) and Moscow (1980). They also finished second on three occasions. To mention other numerous honors, the team, succeeded by the Russian squad in 1993 due to the political changes that saw the split of the Soviet Union, has been European Champion 12 times and has won the World Cup five times. They have also been attacking the podium of the World League since its inception, claiming both the silver and the bronze three times before they finally triumphed last year in Brazil, depriving the host country of the title in a dramatic final worthy of this annual competition. It was a well-deserved title for the Russians, who, led by Pavel Abramov, Alexei Koulechov and Vadim Khamouttskikh at the top of individual standings, proved too powerful for the rest of the elite teams. In 2003, the title-holders will play Poland, Spain and Venezuela in Pool A. The Russians, who currently lead the FIVB World ranking, are, together with the World Champions Brazil, clear favorite of the competition this year. 

Squad: Tereshin (DINAMO, Moscow, RUS); Kozlov (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS); Poltavsky (PALLAVOLO MONTICHIARI, ITA); Baranov (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS); Abramov (DINAMO, Moscow, RUS); Komarov (ISKRA, Odintsovo, RUS); Kazakov (TRENTINO, ITA); Tetioukhine (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS); Khamouttskikh (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS); Iakovlev (DAYTONA, ITA); Ushakov (SSK, TUR); Khtei (MGTU-LUZHNIKI, Mosc,RUS); Egortchev (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS); Kossarev (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS); Guerassimov (PERUGIO VOLLEY, ITA); Sokolov (NEFTIANIK, Yaroslavl, RUS); Arkhipov (ISKRA, Odintsovo, RUS); Koulechov (LOKOMOTIV, Belgorod, RUS).
 

Prize Money
Russia Total Prize money US$
8 161 080
Overall Standings for Russia
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
13 221 150 71 67.9

Rusia - (Spanish)
La Unión Soviética se convirtió en miembro de la FIVB en 1948, y empezó a participar en las competencias internacional al año siguiente para establecerse como una de las más exitosas naciones voleibolísticas de todos los tiempos. Su equipo salió victorioso en el primer Campeonato Mundial en Checoslovaquia 1949, obteniendo otros cinco títulos mundiales en las siguientes décadas: 1952 en la URSS, 1960 en Brasil, 1962 en la URSS, 1978 en Italia y 1982 en Argentina. Aparte de ello, consiguieron tres segundos lugares, incluyendo en el último Campeonato Mundial de Argentina donde cedieron ante el actual campeón Brasil, repitiéndose la final de veinte años atrás. El equipo también tiene un record espectacular en los Juegos Olímpicos donde triunfaron en tres ocasiones -Tokio (1964), México (1968) y Moscú (1980). Asimismo terminaron segundos en tres oportunidades. Para mencionar otros numerosos honores, el equipo, sucedido por la escuadra rusa en 1993 debido a los cambios políticos que trajo la separación de la Unión Soviética, ha sido campeón europeo en doce ocasiones y ha ganado la Copa del Mundo cinco veces. También han estado acechando el podio de la Liga Mundial desde su creación, conquistando medallas de plata y bronce antes de lograr el gran triunfo del año pasado en Brasil, privando al equipo dueño de casa del título en una dramática final digna de esta competición anual. Fue una muy merecida corona para los rusos, quienes liderados por Pavel Abramov, Alexei Koulechov y Vadim Khamouttskikh al frente de las posiciones individuales, probaron ser demasiado poderosos para el resto de equipos de la élite. En el 2003, los poseedores del título jugarán con Polonia, España y Venezuela en la Serie A. Los rusos, que al momento lideran el ranking mundial de la FIVB, son al lado de los campeones mundiales de Brasil, los claros favoritos para la competencia de este año.