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Russia

Just like their senior men's team the Russian U19 Boy's team has been one of the most dominant teams in the age group for the past five years.

April's 25-19, 28-26, 25-15 triumph in the U19 Boy's European Championship in Croatia saw the Russian team claim their third successive title and their fourth in five tournaments.

The 3-0 defeat of Poland in the final was an illustration of the gap between Russia at the age group level and the other European sides and recently they have been able to translate that form onto the world stage.

In 2001 in Egypt Russia finished third behind Brazil and Iran but claimed the Under-19 Boys World title in 1999 in Saudi Arabia.

At the U19 Boy's European Championship this year the Russian players dominated the tournament awards with Pavel Kruglov being voted as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament while Roman Danilov was named the best server, the best setter was Sergei Grankine and Anton Bessonov was the best receiver and will be definitely players to watch at this year's U19 World Championship.