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Golden performance from Brazil claims third title in four years
Rome, Italy, July 18, 2004 – Brazil defended their World League title with an amazing display of vintage Volleyball to storm to a 3-1 (27-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-17) victory in a wonderful final over courageous Italy in the Palalottomatica in Rome, Italy. More Pic: Brazil celebrate the defense of their 2003 title Results Spanish German Photos

2004 World League awards

Best Scorer: Andrea Sartoretti (Italy)
Best Spiker: Samuele Papi (Italy)
Best Blocker: Luigi Mastrangelo (Italy)
Best Server: Matey Kaziyski (Bulgaria)
Bronze for Serbia and Montenegro in Balkan battle
Rome, Italy, July 18, 2004 – Olympic champions Serbia and Montenegro started slowly but warmed up to a hard fought straight sets win over their Balkan neighbours Bulgaria to claim the 2004 World League bronze medal. More Pic: Timeout for Serbia and Montenegro

Rome, Italy, July 17, 2004 –
Italy and Brazil storm into final  Sp
Rome, Italy, July 17, 2004 – Brilliant Brazil too clinical in superb semifinal
Rome, Italy, July 17, 2004 –
Italy book spot in final with ruthless display
Rome, Italy, July 16, 2004 – Italy and Brazil set early pace
Rome, Italy, July 15, 2004 –
What the coaches say
Bulgaria seal final Final Round spot
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 11, 2004 – World number 15 Bulgaria sealed their spot in the 2004 World League Final Round joining hosts Italy, defending champions Brazil and Olympic champions Serbia and Montenegro after recording two wins over Japan in the final round of the Intercontinental Round, which concluded on Sunday. Needing nothing less than two victories in Varna on the final weekend, the Bulgarians showed great concentration to dismiss Japan, who didn’t win a single match in Pool B, in straight sets 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 on Saturday and 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 on Sunday. More German
Pic: Bulgaria were clinical in their two victories over Japan in the final round
Three teams with chance to claim Final Round spot
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 09, 2004 – Three Pool B teams – Bulgaria, France and Poland – will fight it out for the final vacancy in the 2004 World League Final Round when the sixth and final week of the Intercontinental Round begins on Friday. More German Pic: France & Poland both won a match each (3-2, 2-3) when they played in Week 4

Three out of four finalists confirmed
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 04, 2004 – World League defending champions Brazil and Olympic champions Serbia and Montenegro confirmed their spots in the World League Final Round alongside hosts Italy after collecting double victories in Week 5 of the 2004 World League. More German Pic: Serbia and Montenegro celebrate qualifying for the World League Final Round, which starts on July 16 Results  Photos

Two finals spots could be sealed this weekend 
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 02, 2004 – Two of the three finalists who will join Italy in the World League Final Round could be confirmed this weekend following Week 5 action in the 2004 World League Intercontinental Round. Defending champions Brazil and last year’s runner’s up Serbia and Montenegro need just one victory in Pool A and Pool C respectively this weekend to win their group and confirm their places with Italy, who automatically qualify for the Final Round as hosts, at the World League Final Round in Rome from July 16-18. Pool B will provide the fourth finalist. More Spanish
Pic: Brazil can qualify for the Final Round if they beat Spain like they did in Week 2?
Serbia & Montenegro beat Italy twice to claim Pool C lead
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 27, 2004 – Two clinical performances from Serbia and Montenegro saw the Olympic champions beat world number two Italy 3-2 and 3-1 and leapfrog the Italians at the top of the Pool C standings on the completion of week four of the six-week long Intercontinental Round of the 2004 World League on Sunday. Pic: Serbia and Montenegro and their coach Ljubomir Travica celebrate victory More Spanish Match Reports Rankings Photos

Big Pool C showdown highlights Week 4 action
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25, 2004 – Italy versus Serbia and Montenegro is the headline act as Week 4 of the 2004 World League begins on Friday. The Pool C clash is a match up between the silver and bronze medalists at the 2003 World Cup and the bronze and silver medalists at last year’s World League competition respectively and is the first time these two Volleyball giants have met in this year's competition. More Spanish Pic: Italy will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of Pool C during Week 4 of the World League

Six teams in race for Final Round
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 20, 2004 – Six of the 12 teams in the 2004 World League remain in serious contention for the three vacancies in the Final Round with hosts Italy following the completion of week three of the six-week long Intercontinental Round on Sunday. More Rankings Photos Match Reports Pic: France and Bulgaria are in a tight race to win Pool B

Week Three opens with crunch Pool B clash
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2004 – Two key Pool B matches between France and Bulgaria in Nancy highlight Week 3 of the 2004 World League when the FIVB’s premier international men’s Volleyball tournament continues on Friday. After two weeks of the six-week Intercontinental Round, the competition amongst the four teams in each of the three pools is fierce. The best classified team from each pool in the Intercontinental Round will join hosts Italy for the four-team World League Final Round in July. More Pic: Serbia and Montenegro are hoping to collect two wins against Cuba

Brazil only unbeaten team after two weeks
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 13, 2004 – Defending World League champions Brazil are the only side to keep an unbeaten record following the second weekend of matches of the $13m World League. More Pic: Brazilian players Dante (left),Andre Heller, Anderson and Escadinha(right) celebrate Match Reports

Plenty at stake for teams in Week Two
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 11, 2004 – Three teams - Greece, Japan and China - will be looking to record their first victories of the 2004 World League when Week Two of the FIVB’s premier international men’s Volleyball tournament begins on Friday. More Pic: Ko Tanimura and Japan are looking for their first win  

Three teams make great starts
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 6, 2004 – Defending champions Brazil, eight-time champions Italy and Poland got their World League campaigns off to excellent starts after completing the first weekend  with two victories. More
Pic: Anderson spikes on his way to 29 points
World League results

Counting down to top FIVB Men's Tournament
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 02, 2004 - Twelve of the best international men's Volleyball teams are preparing for the start of the 2004 World League, the FIVB's premier international men's Volleyball tournament, on Friday in six different venues around the world. More
Pic: Brazil beat Serbia & Montenegro in last year's final 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 31-29)

Brazilian build up continues
April 21, 2004 - Brazil's campaign towards defending their World League title continues to build momentum with seven players joining coach Bernardo Resende and his squad at the national training centre on Monday. Giovane and Murilo along with wide players André Nascimento and Joel Monteiro and centre Henrique and sweeper Ricardo joined teammates Dante, Mauricio, Rodrigăo and the libero Escadinho as the Brazilian squad begins intensive training at the Volleyball Development centre in the city of Saquarema. More  More 2004 World League News
French reveal World League squad
March 29, 2004 - French coach Philippe Blain has confirmed his 18-man provisional squad for the 2004 World League to be held from June 4-July 14. France will play Bulgaria, Japan and Poland in Group B of the opening phase of the tournament. More Pic: Frantz Granvorka is a big player for France