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Host Brazil and the Netherlands rematch in FIVB World League second week

Brazilian Thiago Alves is facing the Netherlands for the first time in the senior team

Brasilia, Brazil, June 12 – Brazil and the Netherlands will play for the second time in Pool A of FIVB World League 2010 here Sunday, when the teams will clash at 7 p.m. at Nilson Nelson, in Brazilian capital, Brasilia. In the first match of the second week of the competition, played this Saturday in the same place, the Netherlands defeated reigning champion 3-0 (26-24, 25-23 and 25-23).

With each team playing three matches in the Intercontinental Round, the Netherlands lead Pool A with nine points, while Brazil has five. Bulgaria and Korea, which are playing this week in Incheon, Korean, have four and none, respectively.

In Brasilia, South American and European are meeting for the first time since Athens Olympic Games 2004. Brazil has a 35-20 win record over the Dutch.

A former setter of Dutch National Team, head coach Peter Blangé remarks Brazilian team power and says that playing with serenity will be the best weapon of his team against the reigning world champion.

"Brazil is first placed in the world ranking and for sure is a great team. We need to play without pressure and try to look for the win every point", comments Blangé.

In the Brazilian side, wing-spiker Murilo Endres can play a special match as the player has scored 589 points in the World League story. With 11 points in Sunday`s match, the youngest brother of legendary middle-blocker Gustavo Endres will reach 600 points in the competition.

"We were surprised by the Dutch in the first time ago. They played really well in serving and blocking. There was a long time we did not lose a match this way", says Brazilian wing-spiker about the first meeting against the European.


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