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Cardona admires the talent of Brazil, Serbia and USA

Argentinean Carlos Cardona faces a tough task as his Puerto Rico team debut against Brazil in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League on Friday
San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 26, 2011 – Brazil, Serbia and United States are the top men’s teams in international volleyball according to Argentinean coach Carlos Cardona whose Puerto Rico squad will meet defending champions Brazil in Pool A at the start of the FIVB World League on May 27 and 28.

“The Brazilian players, along with the Serbians and the Americans, are the best in the world, technically,” Cardona said in an interview with local newspaper Primera Hora. “They don’t make errors on easy balls, have great ball control and it is beautiful to watch them playing. They make volleyball
look very easy to play.”

It is understandable that Cardona is expecting a very difficult opponent on Friday evening at Roberto Clemente Coliseum against the nine-time champions of the World League and current world champions.

“It is important that the public know the level of Brazil to understand how difficult the match is going to be,” he said. “If I have to make in a few words a profile of the Brazilian team, I would say that it is a team with great athletes, with impressive physical presence, excellent game attitude with great sense or order and a well developed fast game.”

Meanwhile, Brazilian coach Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende, whose team is coming off a pair of victories in friendly matches against Serbia, praised local star Hector Soto and the improvement of Puerto Rico on the international scene.

“Puerto Rico is improving its international status,” Bernardinho said. “They play at a high speed and do have a talented and experienced spiker (Hector) Soto, who has played in Italy and Russia.”

The two teams have faced each other in two official matches with split results.  Brazil won 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-17) at the 2007 World Cup in Japan while Puerto Rico prevailed 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 16-25, 25-17) against a young Brazilian side at last year’s Pan American Cup in San Juan.

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