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World champions Brazil successfully defended their
FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup title in No-
vember amid jubilant scenes at the Nippongaishi Hall
in Nagoya after beating their Japanese hosts 3-0 (25-
12, 26-24, 25-22) in the final match. The world’s No.
1 team finished unbeaten with five wins from five
while Cuba, with four wins and one defeat, and Japan,
with three wins and two defeats, claimed the silver
and bronze medals respectively.
Brazil’s triumph followed previous wins in 2005 and
1997. Cuba’s silver medal was their second-best fin-
ish in the tournament after winning it in 2001, and
their captain Roberlandy Simon was named MVP. Ja-
pan recorded their best result ever in this event and
their first medal in an FIVB tournament for 32 years.
Favourites Brazil were joined by two surprise teams
in Iran and Japan in securing victories after three
incredible five-set matches on the opening day. Iran
came from behind for a superb 3-2 (21-25, 25-20 25-
21, 17-25, 15-10) victory over Egypt, Brazil outlasted
Brazilian men
claim third
Grand Champions title
2009 FIVB Men’s Grand Champions Cup
Father and son: setter
Bruno and coach
Bernardinho Rezende
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