World League 2005 News
Top World League action returns to Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 31, 2005 - The premier annual menís international Volleyball competition returns to Argentina after three years absence when the second round of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round begins this Friday.

With the return of Argentina to the World League, the light blue and white team will take on last yearís bronze medallists Serbia & Montenegro in two top class Volleyball matches at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires on Friday and Sunday.

These will also be followed by two matches in round three on June 10 and 12 against Greece and two games against Poland on July 1 and 3 at the New Old Boys Stadium in Rosario.
Pic: Captain HernŠn Ferraro sets for middle blocker Gustavo Porporatto during Argentina's two opening matches in Poland, which were both won by the home side 3-1.
Prior to the World League competition, a four-match friendly series in the north part of the country against Cuba (which Cuba won 3-1) attracted over 10,000 spectators so many fans are expected in Buenos Aires with a fresh but strong team playing against one the best teams of the world.

The World League consists of the best 12 menís teams in the world and even though the Argentine team started on the wrong foot with two defeats (3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22) and 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23)) at the hands of an injury hit Polish side in Bydgoszcz, the world number eight clearly showed they can play having taken a set in each match and some sets decided by a maximum of four points.

Serbia and Montenegro, meanwhile, also suffered two defeats. The world number three, who qualify automatically for the final round of this yearís competition as hosts, went down to Greece 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-21) and 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19).

Poland had a strong fan group, and they impressed not only the newcomers of the Argentine team but experienced international Volleyball players like captain HernŠn Ferraro and Gustavo Porporatto, now it is time to see what the Argentine fans can do on their home soil.
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