Lodz, Poland, June 27, 2009 – If Poland doesn’t get a wild card for the Finals, Sunday’s game will be their last meeting with Brazil in 2009 World League. The South Americans won all of this year’s encounters, beating Poland for the third time on Saturday. The first two sets looked very similar. The Poles took a four point advantage (14-10 in the 1st set and 17-13 in the 2nd) and then Canarinhos rallied back to win both partials. The third set was a different story. Brazil took a 4-0 lead and never looked back. The guest team won easily 25-10 and the whole match 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-10).
The New City Hall in Lodz didn’t bring luck to the Polish team, but 13.500 spectators looked happy with the show they saw. Could be surprising that after two wins in Venezuela last weekend, Polish head coach Daniel Castellani decided to replace Bartosz Kurek and Jakub Jarosz by Zbigniew Bartman and Marcel Gromadowski respectively. The Argentinean had a simple answear:
- Our main goals for this year are the World Championships Qualification and the European Championships. The World League is a kind of training ground for us and the higher number of players participate, the better – Castellani said.
It means we can expect another changes on the Polish side on Sunday.
The captain of the Brazilian team, Giba was named the MVP of Saturday’s game. He knows his team has a psychological advantage, but the Poles can be even more dangerous on Sunday:
- The Polish fans are unbelievable and the Polish team will do everything possible to repay them for the great doping. My friends and I will have to be extremely focused right from the beginning.
Poland (2-3 record in the Pool D) will try to get their third win, as Brazil will attempt to keep their perfect record.