Belgrade, Serbia, June 1, 2011 – Serbia’s second home clash against Finland in Pool C of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League will feature as the FIVB’s Match of the Week this week as the two sides prepare to meet for the first time in the tournament’s history.
The specially selected “Match of the Week” is available to the World League’s host broadcasters as well as other TV channels and online at FIVB TV and was launched three years ago as part of the FIVB’s initiative to further spread volleyball into regions where the sport has the potential to grow.
Last time Serbia and Finland met was at the 2009 European Championship in Istanbul with this weekend’s hosts picking up a 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-22) victory.
Finland will be hoping to recover after suffering two defeats to the hands of Portugal last weekend in Porto. The team, who finished 13th during last year’s campaign, will be hoping to bounce back this week with a pair of victories.
Bronze medallists last year Serbia meanwhile will look to secure their first clean sweep of the tournament after picking up one win against Argentina last week before losing their second match.
“Hotel M” in Belgrade hosted today the press conference organized by the Volleyball Federation of Serbia before the matches of the second weekend in the Pool C of the 2011 World League between Serbia and Finland. The media representatives were addressed by team captains, Tuomas Sammelvuo of Finland and Bojan Janic of Serbia.
- We have never met in the World League, and our overall score with Serbia at the European Championships could be better. For us, the primary goal is to improve our game and to play better than we did last weekend. But of course, when you enter the court you play to win. – said Tuomas Sammelvuo, team captain of Finland.
- We don’t have any more time to think about Argentina, we showed some positive sides there, but then again we struggled in the second match. We had just one training session after a long trip and we will have only one more before the match with Finland, but we play together for a long time and I don’t think we will have any problems preparing this match. We have to be confident on the field and we mustn’t repeat the same errors from the second match in Argentina. We play at home, and I invite all of our fans to come to the “Pionir” Hall of Sports and give us the much needed support. It is always much easier with our trusted fans. – concluded Bojan Janic, team captain of Serbia.
The match is set to take place on Saturday at 18:00 GMT while their first match will be held a day earlier, also at 18:00 GMT.