Bojan Janic, Igor Kolakovic, Jianan Zhou and Qiong Shen at the Press Conference in Nis
Nis, Serbia, June 3, 2010 – Renewed National Team of Serbia will welcome the Chinese Team tomorrow at 20:15h, in the Sports Hall Cair in Nis, for the first match of the first weekend in the World League 2010.
That was the occasion for the Press Conference held today in the Cair Hall, attended by captains and coaches of both Teams: Mr. Qiong Shen, Bojan Janic, Jianan Zhou and Igor Kolakovic.
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The guests underlined the fact that the Serbian Team is a favorite in this event, while both Bojan Janic and Igor Kolakovic emphasized that they would be most happy to have the full house tomorrow and play well, hoping, nevertheless, triumph for Serbia at the start of the 13th edition of the World League.
- We have a young and inexperienced team and we are playing against Serbia, Team at the very top in the world. Our aim is to play the best we can and to acquire, from both matches in Nis and Belgrade precious experience, shortly said Qiong Shen, Captain of the Chinese Team.
- We are happy to be in the B Pool with three other Teams, ranked among the best in the world. We certainly want to show that we can play volleyball and a victory against the Team of Serbia would be a fantastic result, stated Jianan Zhou, National Team Coach of China.
- Our Team is now very thrilled as we all have come to having completely new roles in the Team, with the new kids on the block who will have their chance of proving their quality. We have done a lot to prepare for this season’s World League, a lot has been done by the Coach to give us main direction. The most important is to start with all our might, scoring point by point, and see where it will lead us, said Bojan Janic, Captain of the Serbian Team.
- Having thanked Nis for the opportunity to play here yet another time, National Team Coach of Serbia expressed the concern regarding the renewed Team of Serbia in this edition of the World League, playing without the well-known names in the world. We can promise to fight for every ball and try to win each match in order to reach our main goal, Argentina. We would therefore have two very difficult matches and we would love to have the support of the full house in here and continue with that of the public in Belgrade as it would mean an additional motivation for our young Team this first weekend, stated Igor Kolakovic, Head Coach of Serbia.
Serbia has played China 15 times in the FIVB World Championships, FIVB World Cup and the FIVB World League losing just twice with a set difference of 42-10.
In the World League, Serbia (Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro) and China have faced off eight times matches. Serbia have recorded seven victories to China’s one, with a set difference of 23-5.
SRB (YUG, SCG) – CHN Played: 8 Serbia: 7 China: 1 Sets: 23-5
YUG – CHN 3-0 (15-8, 15-8, 15-6)
YUG – CHN 3:0 (15-5, 15-3, 15-3)
CHN – YUG 0-3 (5-15, 7-15, 10-15)
CHN – YUG 0-3 (2-15, 2-15, 6-15)
SCG – CHN 2-3 (26:28, 25:20, 22:25, 25:19, 14:16)
SCG – CHN 3-0 (25:17, 25:20, 25:19)
CHN – SCG 2-3 (25:27, 27:25, 20:25, 25:20, 11:15)
CHN – SCG 0-3 (20:25, 23:25, 20:25)
SRB (YUG/SCG) – CHN Played: 5 Serbia: 4 China: 1 Sets: 13-5
III WCH 1956 – PARIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 12)
PARIS – SEPTEMBER 10:
YUG – CHN 1-3 (9-15, 14-16, 15-6, 9-15)
V WCH 1962 – MOSCOW, SOVIET UNION (OCTOBER 13 – 26)
MOSCOW – OCTOBER 24:
YUG – CHN 3-1 (15-10, 11-15, 16-14, 15-10)
VI WCH 1966 – PRAGUE, TCHECKOSLOVAKIA (AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 11)
PRAGUE – SEPTEMBER 03:
YUG – CHN 3-1 (15-12, 15-13, 13-15, 16-14)
XIV WCH 1998 – TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 13 – 29)
CHIBA – NOVEMBER 18:
YUG – CHN 3-0 (15-4, 15-5, 15-4)
XV WCH 2002 – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 13)
SALTA – OCTOBER 05:
YUG – CHN 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22)
WORLD CHALLENGE CUP – 1996 TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 19 – 24)
2nd ROUND – OSAKA – CHUO GYMNASIUM
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
YUG – CHN 3-0 (15-8, 15-6, 15-4)
X WORLD CUP 2003 TOKYO, JAPAN (NOVEMBER 16 – 30)
1st ROUND – NOVEMBER 16
POOL A - TOKYO
SCG – CHN 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 26-24)