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Brazil

Having won the Gold medal at the 2001 World Championship and the South American Championship last year the Brazilian Youth team are going all out to defend their title, having started preseason training in March.

Head coach Percy Oncken has been putting his players through their paces in Belo Horizonte with the hope of seeing the Brazilian U19 Boy's team claim their sixth World Championship title.

"I called up 22 players of which 12 of them had participated in the South American Championship in Chile last year," Oncken said. "The other 10 players were seen during regional tournaments, Brazilian Championships or were signalled out by the local federations. From this initial list I have whittled down the squad to 12 for Thailand, which resembles a strong lineup.

"Our players present height and ability at the same time and I am sure we will have a very competitive team with great potential."

The Boy's U19 World Championship is the first step for Brazilian Volleyball's main goal, which is to hold the World Championship in all three categories again.

"The responsibility increases every time a country wins the World Championship in all age groups as Brazil has done for the two years," Oncken said. "We know that our mission is to keep Brazilian Volleyball on the top and we will do our best to do it".