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Portugal, Cuba & Poland top the pools at halfway mark
June 12, 2005 – Not many people would have picked it at the halfway stage of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round but Portugal, Cuba and Poland are the three pool leaders at the end of round three after each team collected contrasting results during round three which finished on Sunday. Portugal continued their majestic form in Pool A by collecting two straight-set victories over Venezuela (25-18, 25-21, 25-14) and (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) in Vila do Conde to lead the group with five wins - their most ever in World League history - only on set ratio ahead of Brazil, who beat Japan twice 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-21) and 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 27-29, 25-18) in Gifu. More Match Reports Standings Pic: The 2005 World League is producing some classic matches including this contest between Serbia and Montenegro (blue) and Poland

Brazil concedes a set in second win over Japan
June 12, 2005 – Four time World League champions Brazil snatched a hard fought 3-1 victory over Japan in Gifu City to improve their record to five wins and a loss while Japan have still to record a victory in this year's competition. The Olympic champions, who have now gone top of Pool A but could be joined by Portugal who play Venezuela on Sunday, failed to make their mark in the one-sided victory as they still develop combinations but they showed glimpses of their class, with a smooth combination on attack and effective blocking performance. Setter and captain Ricardo Garcia managed to make the whole team into a complete attacking machine. More Match Reports Pic: Japan are still building a young and exciting side
Poland suffer first defeat as Cuba & Portugal continue outstanding form
June 11, 2005 – An incredible 35 point haul from Dejan Bojovic led Serbia and Montenegro to a sensational 3-2 (30-28, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25, 21-19) win over previously unbeaten Poland on Saturday in the latest action of round three of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round. In other matches on Saturday both Portugal and Cuba maintained their scorching form with straight set victories over Venezuela (25-18, 25-21, 25-14) and France (26-24, 25-23, 25-20) respectively. More Match Reports Pic: Venezuela try to stop the block from Portugal's Andre Lopes
A who's who of Argentina Men's Volleyball
June 11, 2005 - Argentina is going through a tough time on their return to the World League. Currently bottom of Pool C, the South Americans have got a lot to look forward to over the remainder of the tournament, starting with their second match against Greece on Sunday as they strive to add to their solitary victory to date.
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Brazil win in straight sets as Greece claim win No 3
June 11, 2005 – Defending champions Brazil restored some sense of normality to Pool A, following last week's unexpected defeat to Portugal, by beating Japan 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-21) in their opening match of round three in Gifu on Saturday while Greece had five players reach double figures in their 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 25-14) win over Argentina in their Pool C match in front of 11,000 fans in Buenos Aires. More Match Reports Pic: Ilias Lappas, scorer of 12 points for Greece, is in full flight against Argentina

Bulgaria shock Italy with tiebreaker victory
June 10, 2005 – Bulgaria, ranked 13th in the world, pulled off a stunning 3-2 (18-25, 31-29, 25-10, 20-25, 15-13) upset win over world number two and 2004 World League runner’s up Italy in Roseto d. Abruzziin on Friday opening the third round of the 2005 World League in sensational style. The match, which lasted nearly two hours, was full of drama, excitement and outstanding play as both sides fought to the end in a tense five set thriller infront of over 5,000 screaming fans. More
Pic: Bulgaria salut their fans after Friday's epic five set win over Italy
Fascinating face off in Vila do Conde
June 10, 2005 – Having both recorded outstanding results in the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round thus far, Portugal and Venezuela shape up against each other in round three this weekend in what promises to be an exceptional Pool A contest.
Portugal recorded an historic victory over Brazil last weekend and with their confidence flying high, they will be a daunting opponent to anyone, let alone Venezuela, who after taking three impressive sets off Brazil in round one, collected two comfortable victories over Japan last weekend. More
Pic: Portugal collected their first World League win over Brazil last weekend
France prepare to host on fire Cuba
June 10, 2005 – France’s match against Cuba in this week’s third round of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round is arguably the match of the round in Pool B with victory imperative for both sides. The young and exuberant Cuban team have their tails up with three wins and one solitary defeat after two rounds, while France are desperate to record at least one victory this weekend to keep them in touch with the pool leaders. More Pic: Cuba have been in red hot form so far in the World League
Italy must do the double - Simeonov
June 10, 2005 –Italy’s Ventzislav Simeonov says victory in this weekend’s 2005 World League Intercontinental Round Pool B matches against Bulgaria, his country of birth, is imperative if last year’s silver medallists are to reach the final round.
With the winner of each of the three pools guaranteed a spot in the final round, Italy are currently in second place in their group with two victories and two defeats, just ahead of France on set ratio but behind the leaders Cuba, who have only suffered one defeat (at the hands of Italy in round two) from their four matches. Bulgaria are fourth in the group with only one victory. More
Pic: Italy have split both their matches against France and Cuba in the first two opening rounds

Giba and Gustavo prepare to change from supporters to players
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 9, 2005 - For Giba and Gustavo, the beginning of the 2005 World League has been very unusual. Instead of being on court for Brazil during the opening two rounds against Venezuela and Portugal the two Brazilian superstars have been watching from the sidelines. Giba has been recuperating from a virus, while Gustavo earned a rest following a tough schedule in the Italian Championship.
It has been little more than a week, that the two key players have been working out at the Brazilian Volleyball Development Center in Rio de Janeiro and now both are eager to return to the national team and contribute towards seeing the Olympic champions claim their fifth World League title and their third in as many years. More Pic: Giba with his wife and 10-month-old son
Intercontinental Round nears halfway stage as Poland put unbeaten record on line
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2005 – Following four victories from as many matches during the first two rounds of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round, world number seven Poland travels away from home for the first time with two riveting Pool C encounters this weekend against last year’s bronze medalists Serbia and Montenegro. It promises to be a sumptuous clash between two of the most powerful sides in the competition in this the third week of six of the Intercontinental Round. Serbia and Montenegro coach Ljubomir Travica has vowed his side, who collected their first win of the tournament last weekend in Argentina and are preparing to play in front of their home fans for the first time, will try their utmost to break Poland’s record. More
Injury relief for Poland
June 8, 2005 - Poland coach Raul Lozano has breathed a big sigh of relief having been able to call in two new – yet experienced faces – into his injury-hit squad as he prepares his side, the only unbeaten team in the Intercontinental Round after two weekends, on a 10-day journey away from home. Poland have played the first two rounds of the 2005 World League in front of their passionate home fans and lead Pool C with four wins from as many matches but now the world number seven must test the water in foreign territories when they visit Serbia and Montenegro this weekend followed by a trip to Greece in round four. More
Pic: Poland will have to play away from this kind of support for the first time
Argentina trip crucial for Greece says Charitonidis
June 8, 2005 – Despite coming off two straight defeats at the hands of Pool C leaders Poland last weekend, some injury problems and a long away journey to Argentina, Greece coach Kostas Charitonidis has his sight firmly set on two victories for this weekend’s round three of the Intercontinental Round of the 2005 World League.
Two wins will help Greece, who have an overall record of two wins-two defeats, keep in touch with the undefeated rivals in the group Poland and help keep their heads in front of both Argentina and final round hosts Serbia and Montenegro, who have one win a piece. More Pic: Greece lost to Poland 3-2 & 3-0 in round two
Japan versus Brazil: Smashes by Satellite!
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2005 - For the third weekend of the World League, the FIVB will provide a live satellite broadcast of the match between Japan and Brazil on Sunday 12 June at 4 a.m. GMT (1 p.m. local time) at the Gifu Memorial Centre in Japan. More French Spanish
Serbia and Montenegro hoping to upset Polish record
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, June 7, 2005 – Final round hosts Serbia and Montenegro are quietly confident of improving upon their record of one victory so far in Pool C of the 2005 World League when they host undefeated Poland in round three of the Intercontinental Round this weekend. Last year’s bronze medallists have started with two defeats against Greece and a win and a loss in Argentina while coach Ljubomir Travica bloods new talent and this weekend they face a red-hot Polish side, who have done the double over Argentina and Greece, in Novi Sad on Saturday and Belgrade on Sunday. More Pic: Serbia and Montenegro coach Ljubomir Travica