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Brazil and Bulgaria ready for the second duel in Uberlandia

Opposite Leandro Vissotto is one of Brazil's best players in the FIVB World League
Uberlandia, Brazil, June 4, 2010 – After Friday’s four-set duel, Brazil and Bulgaria are set to meet again on Saturday at 9:30am local time as the FIVB World League kicks off its opening weekend.

In Friday’s opening match, Brazil beat Bulgaria 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-23) picking up three points in Pool A. The groups other teams, Netherlands and Korea, face each other on Saturday and Sunday in the Korean capital Seoul.

The rivalry between the two teams is one of the most well known in world Volleyball, and in 71 matches Brazil has won 43 while Bulgaria have won 28.

However, for some members of the Brazilian squad, such as setter Bruno, wing-spiker Thiago Alves, middle-blocker Lucas and libero Mario Jr., it is the first time they play the European side.

"It is a good experience for all of us. Bulgaria is a very strong team in the technical side,” Lucas said. “They have a player, wing-spiker Matey Kazyiski, who is among the best of the world and is very dangerous when he is on a good day. We have to manage well on serving, receiving and blocking to defeat them.”

However Bulgaria is hoping to leave Brazil with at least one victory over the reigning champions.
"We always play thinking we can win,” Bulgarian coach Silvano Prandi said. “Of course the support of the fans will be important to Brazil, but the winner will be the team that players best. We made a good preparation and I am confident we can win.”

  

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