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FIVB $15 million World League - Sunday
Russia and Brazil remain giant killers in Intercontinental Round

Lausanne, June 15 – Title holders Russia and World Champions Brazil are so far the giant killers in this, the 14th edition of the $15 million World League, while Czech Republic, four matches ahead in Pool D have topped their table and proved to be worthy debutants to the competition. Russia remained unbeaten after hosting the young Venezuelan side, who expressed satisfaction at stealing a single set from the champions with their captain Ernando Gomez saying: “I think it was a great match. Today our young team received a wonderful lesson in good Volleyball”.  more Pic: Germany's Til Lieber expressing frustration after missing a point against Brazil Late update: Netherlands defeats Bulgaria 3-2 in Varna to complete matches. Spanish German

Six consecutive wins for League newcomer Czech Republic
World League debutants Czech Republic on Saturday consolidated their position in Pool D with their sixth consecutive victory when they shut out Japan 3-1 in their first encounter for this weekend in the FIVB $15 million World League Intercontinental Rounds. The group, which started one week ahead of the other three pools has only one week to play and the Czech performance, coupled with France’s demise at the hands of a powerful Greece on Friday, almost certainly assures them a place in the finals in Madrid in July.  more Spanish   German  Standings 
Pic: Czech Republic's Rak goes up for the spike against Japan Saturday



FIVB $15 million World League – Week 5, Friday

World Russia coasted through their opening Pool A match against the young Venezuelan side on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory to indicate they will go to Spain high on the favorite list and set to defend their World League title in July. National coach Guennadi Chipouline used the occasion to test some of his substitute players like Alexei Kazakov and apart from an uncomfortable opening set, where the Venezuelan defense held off Russian scoring until the final minutes, they looked invincible. more   Spanish Update: France goes down to Greece in the tiebreaker in Paris; early Saturday morning CET  World League debutants Czech Republic scored 3-1 win over Japan to top, together with Greece, the Pool D Table and put them in the box seat for a place in the finals in Madrid. Pic: Russia's Kulekov contirbuting to Russia's unbroken string of victories


PREVIEW
FIVB $15 million World League - Crunch time for Pool D
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 11, 2003 - France's hopes of qualifying for the World League Finals come to a head this weekend when they host Greece in two crucial Pool D showdowns, the first on Friday in Paris followed by the second match in Dijon on Sunday, in Week 5 of the FIVB $15 million World League Intercontinental Rounds. More
Pic: France beat Greece 3-0 before the home
side claimed a 3-1 victory in the second game last weekend in Patra Spanish


12/06/2003 - Portugal prepare to host eight-time World League winners Italy
12/06/2003 - Brazilian coach conscious of German threat
12/06/2003 - Blain names top World League lineup for Greece
11/06/2003 - Leifke puts heart problem behind him
11/06/2003 - FIVB $15 million World League - Crunch time for Pool D
11/06/2003 - Serbia and Montenegro out to confirm World League Finals spot
11/06/2003 - Both captains missing in Germany-Brazil World League clash