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Berruto wants good show from Finland
Tampere, Finland, June 2, 2010 – Finland will begin their FIVB World League with two home matches against Egypt, who they have played just four times, the last match coming over 60 years ago in 1958.
Mauro Berruto takes charge of Finland for their fifth straight FIVB World League
This weekend’s host side is yet to lose to Egypt, although they now face a more skillful African team who qualified for this year’s tournament following victories over Iran and Japan.
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Italian coach Mauro Berruto will lead Finland into the World League for the fifth straight year and the team has already recorded a good start this season, qualifying for the European Championships in 2011. Finland won their qualification pool before beating Greece, Latvia and Great Britain.
Now Berruto wants a good start in the World League – as well as a good performance.
"In this edition to the World League we have a very clear target: to defend our place for the 2011 World League,” Mauro Berruto said. “We want it badly and we will run for that even if our team will change a bit in this World League."
"First of all we want the maximum from our home matches which I'm sure always will guarantee a great show,” he added. “We will get our target just thinking step by step, match by match. Living nothing else than the present."
"The team will need the full support of our people and Volleyball lovers, because we know how difficult and beautiful this tournament is, with the best teams in the world, who we are playing for the 5th time in a row."
"We'll start with two important matches against Egypt on Saturday and on Sunday and we want to start, like always, in the best way. The group of players that won the ticket to the European Championships 2011 with a fantastic run of five victories in a row will play in Tampere next weekend and we hope to feel once again the support of our fans creating the right atmosphere around such a top-level world event" Berruto concluded.
Meanwhile, Egypt are set to begin a tough schedule of six away matches, as they begin in Finland before travelling to Russia from June 11-12, and then USA from June 18-19.
"This long journey will be suitable for us because we will play the last six matches at home," Egypt coach Intonio Gicaobbe said.
The Egyption team was absent from the 2009 FIVB World League but return following tough qualificaction matches against Japan and Iran.