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Rank
Teams
1
USA
2
Serbia
3
Russia
4
Brazil
5
Poland
6
Japan
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7
Bulgaria
China
Italy
10
Cuba
Finland
France
13
Egypt
Korea
Spain
Venezuela
2008
Final Standing
medal position with a 3-1 win in the gold-medal
match, while Russia claimed bronze thanks to their
3-1 victory over hosts Brazil in front of 11,000 fans.
The Brazilians had won the previous five editions of
the FIVB World League.
The Americans showed a mixture of strength and
agility to overcome Serbian resistance and win 26-
24, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22 in the final. Serbian opposi-
te Ivan Miljkovic claimed top-scorer honours in the
match with 28 points, while USA wing-spiker Wil-
liam Priddy scored 21. Clayton Stanley also perfor-
med admirably, weighing in with crucial spikes.
USA captain Thomas Hoff, who received the FIVB
World League trophy in the awards ceremony that
featured FIVB First Executive Vice President Jizhong
Wei and Brazilian Olympic Committee President Car-
los Nuzman, said; “I am quite proud of our team. We
overcame very strong players with great ball con-
trol. We played much better than we did against Ser-
bia in the first match”.
2008 FIVB World League
USA players celebrate
USA claimed the 2008 FIVB World League crown at
the Final Round in Rio de Janeiro for their first gold
medal in the competition since it began in 1990.
The Americans became the sixth team in 19 years of
the FIVB World League – after Italy (eight-time win-
ners), Brazil (seven), Netherlands (one), Cuba (one),
Russia (one) – to win Volleyball’s premier internatio-
nal men’s competition, which in 2008 distributed
prize money of US$20 million among the 16 parti-
cipating teams.
USA picked up a winners’ cheque for US$1 million,
with American setter Lloy Ball earning the Most Va-
luable Player award for his Final Round performan-
ces.
American coach Hugh McCutcheon said; “The World
League was a really tough competition and an excel-
lent test for us. Winning it for the first time is a fanta-
stic achievement for the US.”
USA turned the tables on Serbia, who won the ope-
ning match of the Final Round between the two te-
ams 3-0, by pushing the Europeans into the silver-
USA rule in Rio
with first-ever
gold medal
2008 FIVB World League
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USA rejoice after claiming the 2008 FIVB World League title
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