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World League 2003 - Matches Info

Week 6 / 20 June - 22 June

Pool A - Intercontinental Round

Spain beat Venezuela 3-2 (23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13) - duration 2:25
20-Jun, start time: 20:00, end time: 22:25 - Attendance: 3,275
Spain beat Venezuela in five-setter thriller
Spain beat Venezuela in game one of Week 5 of the World League Intercontinental Rounds in their fourth five-set victory. Spain proved to be tie-break masters to upset the young Venezuelan squad in a controversial and sensational match.
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Russia beat Poland 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) - duration 1:15
20-Jun, start time: 18:52, end time: 20:07 - Attendance: 11,600
World League champions continue unbeaten run
World League titleholders Russia recorded their ninth successive victory in the 2003 Intercontinental Rounds to maintain their stronghold on top of Pool A, undefeated with nine wins. Poland tried desperately hard to record their fifth victory but couldn't stop the Russian attacks.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Venezuela beat Spain 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-16) - duration 1:48
22-Jun, start time: 12:07, end time: 13:55 - Attendance: 3,525
Venezuela records second victory in 2003 World League
In the battle betwwwen the third and fourth placed teams in Pool A, a young and improving Venezuelan side did the business over World League Finals hosts Spain in a comprehensive four-set come-from-behind victory in a demonstration of inspiration and faith in their own possibilities in steaming conditions in Madrid.
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Poland beat Russia 3-1 (25-22, 31-33, 25-21, 25-17) - duration 1:51
21-Jun, start time: 15:07, end time: 16:58 - Attendance: 11,600
Russia's unbeaten run broken
After nine consecutive victories during the Intercontinental Rounds World League Title Holders Russia lost for the first time, going down to Poland in four fantastic sets in Katowice. Having already qualified for the World League Finals on Friday Russia rested their best scorer, Sergey Baranov, while some other key players (Khamouttskikh, Egortchev) appeared only briefly helping to give Poland their first ever World League home victory over Russia.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Pool B - Intercontinental Round

Italy beat Brazil 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-19) - duration 1:20
21-Jun, start time: 10:07, end time: 11:27 - Attendance: 19,080
Supreme Italian performance denies Brazil at home
A sensational display of top class Volleyball from Italy saw the eight-time World League champions knock over Brazil in Brasilia in straight sets to move to the top of Pool B, in the automatic qualifying spot for the World League Finals in Madrid next month.
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Portugal beat Germany 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) - duration 2:02
21-Jun, start time: 14:37, end time: 16:39 - Attendance: 2,322
Portugal wins against Germany and celebrates their second victory
Germany was denied its second victory on saturday when upstarts Portugal slipped in to spoil their chances in the tiebreaker and take the match 3-2 in Leipzig for their second victory of the 14th edition Intercontinental Rounds.
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Brazil beat Italy 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-21) - duration 1:57
22-Jun, start time: 10:07, end time: 12:04 - Attendance: 19,080
Brazil defeat Italy by 3-1 in the second match
After losing to the Italian team by 3-0 yestarday, Brazil recovered and defeated Giani's team by 3-1 this Sunday in Brasília. Even with the victory, the Brazilian team kept on the second place in Pool B.
Germany beat Portugal 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 33-31, 25-17) - duration 1:47
22-Jun, start time: 11:07, end time: 12:54 - Attendance: 1,635
Germany returns to third place in Group B after victory against Portugal
After a 2:3 loss against Portugal on Saturday, Germany succeeded in revenge on Sunday in Leipzig to come from one set down to win by 3:1 (17-25, 25-22, 33-31, 25-17) moving them to third place in Pool C only on Set Ratio difference ahead of Portugal.
The two teams are inseperable on court. Four matches and two wins each.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Pool C - Intercontinental Round

Bulgaria beat Yugoslavia 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22) - duration 1:45
20-Jun, start time: 6:07, end time: 7:52 - Attendance: 6,020
Bulgaria scores second win over the Olympic champions
For the second time in the 2003 World League Bulgaria registered their second Pool C win over the Olympic and European champions Serbia & Montenegro, this time at home, with a superb performance cheered on by over 6,000 fans in "Kongresna Hall" in Varna.
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Cuba beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) - duration 1:14
20-Jun, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:01 - Attendance: 8,526
Cuba claims first home victory in World League
Cuba claimed its first home win in the 2003 World League when the young local squad beat the Netherlands 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19). Cheered by an enthusiast crowd, Cuba - led by Tomas Aldazabal - showed a more efficient serve and a solid attack and block that proved too much for the European team, who looked tired and were unable to dirve home their attacks.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Bulgaria beat Yugoslavia 3-2 (14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11) - duration 1:55
21-Jun, start time: 8:37, end time: 10:32 - Attendance: 6,105
Bulgaria scored third "Olympic" victory
The progressive team of Bulgaria, which returned to World League Volleyball this season after a four year absence, scored their third "Olympic" victory in a row, beating the champions Serbia and Montenegro 3-2 (14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11) at home. In front of the Presidents of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov and Lebanon Emil Lahud, both teams made a spectacular match in Varna, which ended happily for the hosts.
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Netherlands beat Cuba 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 16-25, 25-23) - duration 1:43
21-Jun, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:30 - Attendance: 9,127
The Netherlands take revenge over Cuba in Havana
The Netherlands took revenge for Friday's loss and dominated Cuba 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 16-25, 25-23) at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva Hall.
The Dutch recovered from their worst game in the World League on Friday, while Cubans could not maintain their good performance from the previous day.
Jeroen Trommel and 206cm tall Mike van de Goor, supported by Reiner Nummerdor and Guido Gortzen, all took on the offensive responsibilities for the Netherlands as the series proved to be crucial in their efforts to qualify for the final round in Madrid.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Pool D - Intercontinental Round

Czech Republic beat Greece 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-13) - duration 1:44
21-Jun, start time: 14:37, end time: 16:21 - Attendance: 4,540
Czech team beat Greece 3:1 to assure their place in the finals in Madrid
The Czech Repubic overcame a nervous start and buoyed by an enthusiastic crowd, then went on to defeat Greece 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-13) Pool C to assure their place in the finals in Madrid in July.
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France beat Japan 3-0 (28-26, 28-26, 25-17) - duration 1:28
21-Jun, start time: 17:07, end time: 18:35 - Attendance: 4,817
France keeps hope to the finals
France kept their hope to advance to the finals, when they defeated Japan 3:0 in Fukuoka to improve their win-loss tally to 6-5 in group D, while Japan marked their 9th losses.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Greece beat Czech Republic 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-8) - duration 1:58
22-Jun, start time: 17:07, end time: 19:05 - Attendance: 4,040
Greece beats Czech Republic 3-2 to secure second place on Pool D table
Greece scored a 3-2 victory on Sunday night against Czech Republic to finish second in the Pool E table with 19 points, on ahead of World Championship bronze medalist France in the final match of the Pool D. The Greek victory was fuelled by determination and a fighting spirit that earned them a place among the top eight teams to contest the final in Madrid in July.
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Japan beat France 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21) - duration 1:48
22-Jun, start time: 17:07, end time: 18:55 - Attendance: 4,937
Japan wins last match against pressure ridden France
Japan, the wooden spoon of Pool D, won the last match of the Intercontinental Round against France 3:1 to put the bronze medalist of the last year's World Championship into an uncertain situation to know whether they are able to advance to the finals or not.
If Greece beats the Czech Republic on Sunday, France will miss out on the World League Finals.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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