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World League 2003 - Matches Info

Week 4 / 6 June - 8 June

Pool A - Intercontinental Round

Russia beat Spain 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 23-25, 15-9) - duration 2:19
06-Jun, start time: 20:07, end time: 22:26 - Attendance: 1,200
Defending champs hold off Spain in five set thriller
Spain, the host of the World League finals in July, did their best but Russia, the defending World League champions, showed their true title-winning potential by holding off a late Spanish comeback on Friday night in a stunning five-set game in Torrevieja.
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Venezuela beat Poland 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) - duration 1:24
06-Jun, start time: 18:52, end time: 20:16 - Attendance: 8,070
Venezuela score first World League win
A barnstorming performance from captain Ernardo "Harry" Gomez and made it a night to remember for Venezuela. The Latin Americans team registered their first victory in the 2003 World League, giving the hapless Poland side no chance.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Russia beat Spain 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23) - duration 1:55
08-Jun, start time: 12:07, end time: 14:02 - Attendance: 1,460
Russia continue unbeaten run
Defending World League champions Russia registered their sixth successive win after a workman like performance to defeat World League Finals hosts Spain in Torrevieja in their second game of Week 4 of the Intercontinental Rounds to jump to a three point lead in Pool A ahead of Poland and four points ahead of Spain.
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Poland beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-23) - duration 1:19
07-Jun, start time: 15:07, end time: 16:26 - Attendance: 8,160
Poland claim first home victory
Poland kept their chances for the 2003 World League Finals in Madrid alive with an impressive straight sets win over Venezuela in their second game on Saturday infront of over 8,000 screaming fans in Bydgoszcz and in the process gaining revenge for Friday night's surprise loss.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
 

Pool B - Intercontinental Round

Italy beat Germany 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 25-16) - duration 1:41
07-Jun, start time: 15:04, end time: 16:45 - Attendance: 3,400
Experience and expertise see Italy to victory
Too big, too strong, too professional. You soon run out of superlatives when describing this Italian side but they were simply too good in all facets of play to beat Germany infront of over 3,000 fans in Munich to register their fourth World League victory and move them to the top of Pool B.
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Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-22) - duration 1:22
07-Jun, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:22 - Attendance: 4,092
Brazil hand Portugal Volleyball lesson
André Nascimento and Giba came to the point scoring party and led Brazil with experience and expertise to victory over a young and promising Portuguese side. The two potent attackers registered 15 and 14 points respectively as the World Champions ran away to win by straight sets in Matosinhos showing pure class when it mattered most.
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> Match descriptive  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Italy beat Germany 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 31-29) - duration 1:52
08-Jun, start time: 15:04, end time: 16:56 - Attendance: 3,490
Italy well tested but class shines through
Another excellent searching performance from Germany still couldn't break the eight-time World League champions Italy, as the "Squadra Azzurra" dug deep in Munich and held on for their fifth win of the World League Intercontinental Rounds in an impressive display.The favourites wobbled but didn't fall!
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Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-15) - duration 1:18
08-Jun, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:18 - Attendance: 3,930
Brazil undefeated in Portugal
Another straight sets victory lifts the World Championship Brazilian side into first place in Pool B and sends out an ominous sign to all other pretenders to the World League crown. Led by André Nascimento for the second time in two nights, Brazil were simply brilliant and proved too strong and imaginative for Portugal in Matosinhos.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
 

Pool C - Intercontinental Round

Bulgaria beat Netherlands 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20) - duration 1:42
06-Jun, start time: 19:37, end time: 21:19 - Attendance: 1,500
Powerful Bulgaria send the Netherlands packing
Having beaten Olympic and European Champions Serbia and Montenegro last weekend, the surprise package of the World League Bulgaria pulled off another upset with a 3-1 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday night.
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Yugoslavia beat Cuba 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17, 15-11) - duration 1:53
06-Jun, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:40 - Attendance: 11,320
Ivan "The Terrible" denies Cuba with 30-point haul
He has been the curse of many a side but Cuba will have nightmares for weeks to come following Ivan "The Terrible" Miljkovic's mesmerising performance with a 30 point haul to lead Serbia and Montenegro to a come-from-behind victory in Havana City on Friday night. The 2002 World League Best Scorer jumped into 10th place in this year's World League Best Scorer rankings with an amazing display of offensive Volleyball.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
Bulgaria beat Netherlands 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 15-12) - duration 2:05
07-Jun, start time: 17:07, end time: 19:12 - Attendance: 1,500
Bulgaria completes double success
The World League surprise package of 2003 Bulgaria beat former Pool C leaders the Netherlands for the second time in two days in a epic five-set thriller in Amsterdam on Saturday to climb to the top of Pool C with four wins from six games.
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Yugoslavia beat Cuba 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21) - duration 1:50
07-Jun, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:37 - Attendance: 12,675
Serbia & Montenegro completes clean sweep in Havana
Olympic and European champions Serbia & Montenegro, led by Ivan Milijkovic, completed a successful weekend in Cuba by beating the hosts for the second time in two days in Havana City.
The Balkan team once again took advantage of Cuba's failed serves (23 in total) to seal victory and move to the top of Pool C tied with Bulgaria.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
 

Pool D - Intercontinental Round

France beat Greece 3-0 (26-24, 30-28, 25-23) - duration 1:28
06-Jun, start time: 21:07, end time: 22:35 - Attendance: 4,260
France takes Pool D lead with spectacular win
Following last weekend's two losses in the Czech Republic, France, one of the most unpredictable sides in international Volleyball, handed out a 3-0 hiding to Greece and jumped back to the top of the Pool D standings.
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Greece beat France 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 30-28, 28-26) - duration 1:53
07-Jun, start time: 21:07, end time: 23:00 - Attendance: 3,210
Greece keep Finals hopes alive
After Friday night's 3-0 loss in the first game, Greece came back fighting on Saturday night and edged France in four passionate sets in Patra. The home team got its act together, but it was a long night in the western Peloponnese city, as both teams swapped the lead a number of times and set balls were blown on either side, before Greece came away with a thrilling victory that put them back on track for a berth in the Finals in Spain.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
Czech Republic beat Japan 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 26-24) - duration 1:17
07-Jun, start time: 15:07, end time: 16:24 - Attendance: 3,055
The Czech Republic claim fourth successive win
World League debutants the Czech Republic continued their sensational run of form with their fourth win in a row after beating Japan 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 26-24) in Ostrava on Saturday to move temporarily to equal top of Pool D. Fellow Pool D leaders France and Greece play each other later on Saturday night.
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Czech Republic beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18) - duration 1:19
08-Jun, start time: 14:37, end time: 15:56 - Attendance: 3,048
Czech Repubic new Pool D leaders with victory over Japan
In their debut World League year the Czech Republic has climbed to the top of Pool D, ahead of Greece on set ratio, after registering their fifth successive win on Sunday by beating Japan in straight sets in Ostrava.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference