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Pimienta hoping to see more of Greece

Athens, Greece, May 22, 2005 – With Cuba currently taking on Greece in a three-match friendly series at the Peace and Friendship stadium in Athens, Cuba captain Paval Pimienta has admitted he expects to meet Greece twice in competitive play over the next two years.

Cuba, who currently leads the friendly series 2-0 after a 3-0 win on Friday and a 3-2 win on Saturday, have been impressive in their preseason build up, having also beaten Argentina 3-1 earlier and Pimienta belives his young team are on track for big things this year.

"We are aiming for two things this year,” the 204cm giant said. “The final round of the World League and final round of the 2006 World Championship in Japan, that is also important. We are scheduled to play a World Championship second round tournament in August with Canada, Panama, and two other sides and we hope and we believe that we can finish in the top two and go to Japan. I hope and I wish we meet also Greece there as well as in the World League."
Pic: Pimienta is an inspirational player in Cuba's young side
With one more friendly match to play – on Monday – both teams will prepare for their opening World League matches on different pools which sees Greece hosts Serbia and Montenegro in Pool C and Cuba head to Bulgaria in Pool B.

Having first played for the Cuban national team in 1996, Pimienta explained that matches against international opposition like Greece in a friendly atmosphere is of high importance for Cuba, due to the small nature of their national championship.

"We have a championship that lasts only three months and involves only five teams,” he told www.volleyball.gr. “For the remainder of the year the national team is together and during this time – outside of competitions – we play friendly matches. In Cuba there is a big importance put on the national team, in all sports. We have a big training centre where all the national teams from all the sports gather and prepare for a lot of months."
 
 
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