Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18 – Defending champions Brazil look forward to their fifth win in the FIVB World League 2010 this Saturday, when the South American team faces Korea at Maracanazinho Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, in third week of the competition. The match will start at 7 p.m. (local time) and the expectations are for a totally filled Gymnasium in Brazilian last match at home.
Before leaving the country to play back-to-back matches in the Netherlands, Korea and Bulgaria, Brazilian want to reward their fans with the fifth win in six matches, as the reigning champions defeated Bulgaria twice and the Netherlands once, as well as the Koreans, in the first match between the teams, played this Friday: 3-1.
With the win over the Koreans, Brazil took the lead of the Pool A, now with 11 eleven points, against nine of the Dutch and seven of the Bulgarian, which will play Saturday and Sunday in Apeldoorn. The Korean did not score points yet.
To defeat the Koreans, Brazil need to confirm their supremacy in the meetings with the Asiasn as the South Americans have a 37-15 win record over Korea.
Playing for the first time with Brazilian national team’s jersey in his hometown is libero Mario Jr, who is having the hard task of replacing legendary Sergio, who got lumbago at the beginning of Brazilian preparation for the World League.
"It is really nice to me playing in my city and even more because I started playing in Tijuca Tenis Clube, which is near to Maracanazinho", said the 27-year-old Mario, who finished the second week of the World League ranking first in the libero’s stats, with 7,81% of efficiency.
"That is result of a hard work with Brazilian staff. I know I cannot fail replacing Sergio and I have dedicated myself to practicing a lot", Mario remarks.