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Cuba aiming for first top four finish since 1999

June 29, 2005 – There is unlikely to be an empty seat in Havana – both in the "Ciudad Deportiva" Coliseum and in every television household – when Cuba hosts France this weekend.

For the first time since the glory days of the 90’s, are Cuba on the verge of reaching the World League top four.

Until recently Cuba was one of the sport's undisputed powerhouses with an impressive history of success in the World League but following a number of national team defections in 2001, the Central Americans have been rebuilding.

Since 2000, Cuba has finished 8th, 5th, 13th, 13th and 7th last year after finishing no worst than fourth between 1991 and 1999. Now, Cuba must put their heads down and collect two victories over World Championship bronze medallists France.

The last time these two teams met in Week Three in France, Cuba beat the home side 3-0 before losing the second match 3-2. Over 15,000 fans are expected to pack “the Coliseum” to guarantee a red hot atmosphere; Somehow, one doesn’t envy France, who are themselves in contention for the Final Round, if they managed to collected two victories and improve their points ratio.
 
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