World League 2005 Press & News - Week 2

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Defending champions lose to leave Poland only side unbeaten
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 5, 2005 – World number one and 2003-2004 World League champions Brazil lost their first World League match in 25 games dating back to 2003 after Portugal upset the Olympic and world champions in an historic straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) defeat in Lisbon on Sunday to end round two of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Second Round. After Saturday’s 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) win to Brazil, Portugal, ranked 18th in the world, played the match of their lives, presenting their enthusiastic fans with their first World League win over Brazil and with numbers that don't let any doubts about their superiority. More Match Reports Pic: Victory for Portugal
Only one team per pool remains unbeaten
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 4, 2005 – Defending champions Brazil, exciting up and comers Cuba and the impressive Poland are the three teams which currently lead the different pools - A, B and C respectively - after Saturday's action of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Second Round. The world number one team Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) in Lisbon to collect their third win from as many matches and hand Portugal their first defeat.Venezuela, meanwhile, jumped to third in Pool A after a 3-1 (22-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-21) win over Japan. More Match Reports Pic: Four-time winners Brazil beat Portugal comfortably in straight sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-23)
High intensity action as Cuba & Poland remain unbeaten-France & SCG record victories
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 3, 2005 – Two stunning victories for Cuba over Italy and Poland over Greece sees both sides remain unbeaten on top of their respective pools following the four opening matches of the second round of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round on Friday.
In Pool C, Poland come from behind to beat Greece 3-2 (17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 15-13) while final round hosts Serbia & Montenegro collected their first victory of the tournament by handing Argentina their third successive defeat 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 26-24). In Pool B, Cuba’s sensational unbeaten run continued with their third victory in as many matches after beating Italy 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22) while France snuck past Bulgaria in a five-set marathon 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13).
More Pic: Poland and Greece fought out an exhausting 160 minute battle
Pool’s B & C have the honour of opening round two
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 3, 2005 – All four teams in Pools B and C are in action as round two of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round gets underway on Friday.
Two matches have the honour of starting the round with France hosting Bulgaria in Pool B and Greece taking on Poland in Lodz in Pool C. Both matches start at 17:00 GMT (19:00 local time). The Pool B clash is particularly interesting with France level with Italy with a win and a loss to their names and both sides eager to get a jump on the other this weekend while Bulgaria are desperate to open their account after failing in their first two attempts against Cuba in week one. More Pic: France and Italy split their matches in week one, winning one match each Live Scorebox
Critical weekend ahead for Cuba says coach
Busto Arsizio, Italy, June 3, 2005 – Cuba coach Roberto Gracia says this weekend’s 2005 World League Intercontinental Round two is crucial in their aim to reaching the final round in Serbia and Montenegro.
With the winner’s of each pool qualifying for the final round, Cuba currently leads Pool B with two wins from as many matches and any further victories against last year’s silver medalists Italy, would send Cuba well on their way to achieving their goal.
Pic: Cuba beat Bulgaria twice in the opening weekend
D Day for Argentina Volleyball
Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 3, 2005 - Friday’s return for Argentina to the charismatic "Luna Park" Stadium, where in 1982, the Argentina "82 Generation" won a bronze medal and where the finals of the 2002 World Championship were played, will stir plenty of memories and evoke a wonderful sense of accomplishment for Argentine Volleyball. It is true that the national men’s team played in last year’s South American Championship, the Olympic Games and the 2006 World Championships and that both youth national teams qualified and will play in the 2005 Youth World Championships, but nothing has the same taste than playing at home and especially in the premier men’s annual tournament – the World League.
 More Pic: Luna Park ready for World League action
Poland out for revenge against Greece
Lodz, Poland, June 2, 2005 – Pool C’s top of the table clash between Poland and Greece in Lodz starting on Friday sees the home side out for revenge after losing to Greece during pool play at the 2004 Olympics. Both sides enter this weekend’s Intercontinental second round having recording two victories on the opening weekend – Poland beat Argentina, Greece beat Serbia and Montenegro – and with plenty of injury concerns, but for Poland coach Raul Lozano, he is looking for an improved performance from round one and to reverse the result from Athens last year. More Pic: Defence like this saw Poland beat Argentina twice in the opening round
Rezende looking for marked improvement from defending champs 
June 2, 2005 - The opening weekend of the 2005 World League in Caracas, Venezuela already saw the Olympic champions Brazil claim two victories, but according to coach Bernardo Rezende his team still has plenty of work to do if they are to defend their World League title. On their return from Venezuela, where Brazil surprisingly conceded three sets across the two matches, Rezende and his team headed straight to the Brazilian Volleyball Development Centre in Rio de Janiero to iron out some of their problems ahead of their round two contest with Portugal in Lisbon. More
Pic: Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1 (25-19, 32-34, 25-22, 37-35) and 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-10, 20-25, 15-13) in round one
Argentina looking for respect and their first win of the tournament 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 1, 2005 – Argentina coach Fabian Armoa told a packed press conference at the Sheraton Libertador Hotel on Wednesday ahead of his side’s World League second round fixtures with last year’s bronze medalists Serbia & Montenegro at the Buenos Aires Luna Park Stadium that “it is time that his side started being respected.
"Taking out the injured players, Alejandro Spajic, Guillermo Garcia and Gustavo Scholtis, my team is complete,” Armoa said. “Those that want to be in the national team are here and they must be respected because they are the Argentine national team." More Pic: Wednesday's press conference from left to right: Argentina captain Hernan Ferraro, Argentina coach Fabian Armoa, FeVA General Secretary Fabian Ramon, Serbia & Montenegro coach Ljubomic Travica and Serbia & Montenegro captain Goran Vujevic
Sumptuous feast as week two throws up top of the table clashes in all three pools
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2005 – The 2005 World League may only be one week old but already the prospect of some thrilling top of the table encounters is in store. Round two this weekend promises to deliver exhilarating high class Volleyball as all three pools feature crucial match ups with every team looking to gain the early ascendancy in their quest for a World League final round spot. More Pic: Despite two defeats last weekend to Greece, Serbia & Montenegro fans will be happy this week because their second match against Argentina on Sunday is television's "match of the week"
Argentina against Serbia & Montenegro live by satellite!
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2005 – The FIVB has just announced that the "match of the week" which will be broadcasted by satellite, will be the one between Argentina and Serbia & Montenegro, on Sunday 5 June at 9 p.m. GMT (6 p.m. local time), in the Luna Park Stadium of Buenos Aires. More French
More injury concerns for Greece
Athens, Greece, May 31, 2005 – Having started the 2005 World League with an injury cloud hanging over captain Marios Gkiourdas, Greece have been hit by two more injury concerns with Chrysanthos Kyriazis (Achilles tendon) and Vasileios Kournetas (leg) both missing training on Tuesday.
Greece got off to a superb start in Pool C despite their injury worries, beating last year’s bronze medalists Serbia and Montenegro 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-21) and 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19) at the Peace and Friendship stadium in Athens. More Pool C Schedule
Pic: Greece will be hoping to emulate their best start in the World League in 2003 when they won their first three matches
Top World League action returns to Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 31, 2005 - The premier annual men’s 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 year’s 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. More Pic: Captain Hernán 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. Pool C Schedule Round One Match Reports & Quotes