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Brazil, Cuba and Portugal join Poland and Greece with two wins
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 2005 – The opening weekend of the 2005 World League drew to a close on Sunday amongst scenes of great colour and support from fans around the world and after the first round, five teams - defending champions Brazil, Cuba, Portugal, Poland and Greece – all managed to collect two wins from as many matches. With Poland (7*) and Greece (8=) having gone top of Pool C on Saturday after collecting their second victories over Argentina (8=) and Serbia & Montenegro (3) respectively, Sunday saw Portugal beat Japan 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19) and Brazil beat Venezuela 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-10, 20-25, 15-13) to send both sides to the head of Pool A. Meanwhile, Cuba went to the top of Pool B alone after beating Bulgaria 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-23) after Italy had reversed a straight sets loss to France on Friday with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-13) win. More Pic: The atmosphere in Catania was electric as Italy beat France on Sunday Match Reports & Quotes More Volleyball News
Poland & Greece make it a double
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 28, 2005 – Following Friday's spectacular first day of the 2005 World League, two Pool C teams - Poland and Greece –made it two wins from as many matches on Saturday with Poland beating Argentina 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22) while Greece beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19), both set margins exact replicas from Friday. In Saturday's other matches defending champions Brazil started with a hard fought 3-1 (25-19, 32-34, 25-22, 37-35) win over Venezuela while Portugal won their opening match against Japan 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-22). Current standings see Poland and Greece with two wins in Pool C, France and Cuba with one win a piece in Pool B while Pool A has only seen victories going the way of Brazil and Portugal. Four more matches are left be played in this opening round of the 2005 World League with Portugal playing Japan, Italy hosting France, Bulgaria taking on Cuba and Venezuela at home to Brazil More Pic: Argentina had a tough weekend in Poland losing both matches 3-1
The match of the week by satellite
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2005 – The FIVB Board of Administration decided, during its meeting from 29 April to 1st May, to broadcast by satellite the match of the week in the World League competition.
For the first week-end of the event, the FIVB decided to choose the Italy-France match, which will take place in Catania (Italy) on Sunday 29 May as of 2 p.m. GMT (4 p.m. local time). More French
Battle on as Cuba & Bulgaria open 2005 World League
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2005 – World number 16 Cuba and world number 13 Bulgaria, who surprised all by reaching the final round last year, have the privilege of opening the 2005 World League with their first Intercontinental Round match in Varna starting at 18:00 (local time) on Friday. It promises to be a riveting contest with Cuba showing some encouraging preseason form having beaten Greece and Argentina in two friendly series while Bulgaria, who finished fourth last year, go into the match with a new coach in 33-year-old Martin Stoev. More Live Scorebox Pic: The atmosphere will be electric in Bulgaria on Friday where more than 35,000 fans witnessed World League action during last year's competition