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The Netherlands to face Bulgaria in first home match of World League campaign
Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, June 18,
2010 - After four matches away from home the Netherlands return to host
their first home match in this year’s edition of the FIVB World League
2010 against world No.6 Bulgaria in Apeldoorn on Saturday and Sunday.
The Dutch are coming off the back of a huge win over Brazil last weekend
The Dutch had two
matches against Bulgaria last year and both times the hosts could not
pick up a win. During the World Championships Qualifications in Varna
the Dutch lost 3-1, but during the European Championships in Istanbul
the score was a lot closer with a 3-2 win for Bulgaria.
sides have beaten Korea in Pool A but the Dutch currently sit top thanks
to a huge 3-0 win in Brasilia against Brazil. Bulgaria lost both
matches against Brazil and therefore occupy the third spot in Pool A.
big question of the weekend is will the team of coach Peter Blangé be
able to keep up the excellent pace they have had in the FIVB World
League so far. After six straight 3-0 wins (three times in the CEV
European Championship Qualification 2011, and three times in the World
League) they lost their first match last Sunday against Brazil 3-1.
the win over Brazil the side showed that we can beat international top
teams," Blangé said. "And we will do all we can to show our home crowd
the progress we made as a team the past year. These matches against
Bulgaria are a great challenge, because this is a team with a lot of
power and experience. But I know for sure that we will have our chances
to beat Bulgaria when we play to our maximal abilities. It would be
wonderful if this would happen in Apeldoorn”.
remain undefeated in Apeldoorn in the FIVB World
year there were two victories over China.