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Russia host Egypt in Kaliningrad

Russian coach Daniele Bagnoli doesn’t take Egypt lightly
Kaliningrad, Russia, June 9, 2010 - After a perfect start in the 2010 FIVB World League Russia are eager to stay unbeaten in the second weekend of pool play when they host Egypt at home in Kaliningrad.  

Russia, currently third in the FIVB World Rankings, tops Pool C with a 2-0 record and 6 points, while 15-ranked Egypt sits in third place with a 1-1 record and 2 points.

In the opening weekend, the Russians won back-to-back matches against the USA while the African team also started well by splitting its matches with Finland.

Russia should be extremely confident of winning this weekend against Egypt as it holds a 6-0 advantage historically against the side. But Russian coach Daniele Bagnoli doesn’t take Egypt lightly.

“We are pretty much aware that we are going to meet the team which has improved a lot recently as we saw in some of its last games,” he said.

In fact, Egypt are performing very well this season. The African team qualified for this year's tournament following tough qualification matches against Japan and Iran and then made an impressive start in the competition by beating Finland away from home.

One of the reasons the Egyptians has become much more skillful this year is thanks to Italian coach Antonio Giacobbe who is considered one of the most successful foreign coaches in African Volleyball.

It’s interesting that Italians Giacobbe and Bagnoli will play against each other for the first time in 17 years. Their previous meeting was in 1992 when both coached in A2 league in Italia.


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