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Brazil became FIVB World League champions for the
eighth time when they beat hosts Serbia 3-2 (22-25,
25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) in a thrilling final in Bel-
grade in July in front of 22,680 spectators, a record
for the Beogradska Arena.
It was Serbia’s fourth silver medal and their second in
a row, while Cuba surrendered to Russia in the bronze
medal match. Daniele Bagnoli’s team won 3-0 (25-13,
26-24, 25-16) to earn their 12th World League medal.
Brazilian libero Sergio won the $US30,000 prize as
MVP of the final.
After going a set down in the final Brazil battled to
take a 2-1 lead over Serbia, only to be pegged back
to 2-2 by their hosts. In the final set Brazil won the
first two points but Serbia went 6-3 and 8-5 ahead.
However Brazil levelled at 10-10 and the match ended
in their favour despite the absence of injured middle
blocker Rodrigao.
Brazil win
World League after
thrilling final
2009 FIVB World League
Eighth gold medal for Brazil in the World League
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