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Mission accomplished overseas, Argentina happy to be home

Argentina is ready for its first home matches

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 30, 2009 - Argentina is ready to play its first home matches of the 2009 FIVB World League, and first since 2007 after missing the 2008 edition.

Argentina will play Korea during the fourth round of intercontinental play at the legendary Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires.

Argentina returned home on Tuesday morning from Serbia, the team’s last stop during the first half of play in Pool B. Argentina fulfilled its goal of winning at least one match against each rival on the road, splitting games against Korea, France and Serbia for a total of 8 points.

Against Korea, Argentina won the first match and lost the second in Suwon during the first weekend. Both matches were decided in tiebreakers.

Argentina will play its final six matches of the first round on home soil. Saturday and Sunday they welcome Korea, before hosting Serbia on July 10-11 in Formosa, and France in San Juan on July 16-17.

Coach Javier Weber gave his players the day off Tuesday but they will gather again on Wednesday at 3:00 pm for weight training at the Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires and at Cenard facilities for training. Argentina will have double training sessions on Thursday and Friday prior to the matches against Korea.

Only opposite player Lucas Chávez is injured, although his knee will be evaluated and he is still being considered for inclusion this weekend.

Press conferences for the teams will be held on Thursday, with a second presser scheduled for Korea on Friday at the request of the Korean community in Argentina.



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