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The Netherlands to face Bulgaria in first home match of World League campaign

The Dutch are coming off the back of a huge win over Brazil last weekend
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 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.

Both 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.
The 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.

"With 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”.

The Netherlands remain undefeated in Apeldoorn in
the FIVB World League. Last year there were two victories over China.

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