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The Maracanãzinho during the bronze medal match between Russia and Brazil
The Maracanãzinho – meaning Little Maracanã - gets
its name because it is near to the famous - and big -
Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
A modern 12,600–seater indoor arena built in 1954,
Maracanãzinho hardly seems “little” when it is
packed to the rafters with yellow–clad Brazilians
bellowing at the top of their lungs. Many Volleyball
fans still reminisce about the memorable atmosphe-
re at the 1990 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Cham-
After renovations for the 2007 Pan American Ga-
mes, Little Maracanã proved to be the perfect arena
to host the 2008 FIVB World League Final Round. Its
modern facilities provided tip–top conditions for pla-
yers, coaches, officials, television, media and spec-
The venue:
Big Show in Maracanãzinho
2008 FIVB World League
Serbia were unlucky to come up against such a spi-
rited USA side, after a fantastic tournament that saw
the likes of Miljkovic and Nikola Grbic gel with a new
generation of players.
Serbian coach Igor Kolakovic said; “I am sad because
we lost the final match but, on the other hand, I am
really happy because of our performance. Not many
people thought we would be able to reach the Final
Round and we did it.”
An electric atmosphere pulsated around the Mara-
canãzinho – Brazil’s cathedral of Volleyball – during
the Final Round which saw Poland finish fifth and
wild-card Japan sixth.
Once again, the Final Round was broadcast worldwi-
de in a state-of-the-art operation by TV GLOBO that
involved 23 cameras. Globosat SPORTV also had a
live television studio inside the Maracanãzinho.
The gold medal match was available to more than 30
TV rights-holders worldwide and distributed via satel-
lite to 25 TV channels. In America, ESPN-U network
provided coverage, while Serbian fans followed the
action live on national station RTS.
There were more than 2,250 hours of live, semi-live,
tape-delayed or repeat television coverage worldwide
throughout the 2008 competition, with more than
one-third beamed live.
The innovative FIVB “Match of the Week” – the free-
to-use game for host broadcasters and other tele-
vision channels during the Intercontinental Round
– continued to be an excellent way of introducing
the World League to television viewers.
A record 665,516 spectators in 42 cities attended the
106 matches at the Intercontinental Round and Final
Round, beating the previous record set in 2001 of
649,408 fans.
USA’s Riley Salmon spikes against Serbia’s Novica Bjelica and Ivan Miljkovic
Russia’s Sergey Tetyukhin battles Brazil’s André Nascimento (9), André Heller (4) and Dante