Lausanne, Switzerland, March 24, 2014 – Sada Cruzeiro - the host club of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship - have announced that the 2014 edition will be held in the inspirational Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte city from May 5 to 10.
After being held in Betim last year, the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship Belo
Horizonte 2014 will be held in Brazil's largest venue with a capacity of 18,000.
It already has a great tradition of hosting FIVB Volleyball World League matches. Belo Horizonte, capital city of the state of Minas Gerais, is the third most important city in Brazil.
Sada Cruzeiro also announced that the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship will start one day earlier and finish one day earlier from May 5 to 10, rather than the previous announced dates which were May 6 to 11.
new venue for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Belo
Horizonte will provide an exceptional stage on which the best men’s clubs in
the world will compete for the ultimate in club honours," FIVB Sports Events Council President Aleksandar Boricic said. "Mineirinho is a
remarkable venue with an excellent track record of hosting FIVB Volleyball
World League matches so we are expecting a brilliant atmosphere for what is
going to be an outstanding tournament.”
"It is with great satisfaction that will host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship again," Sada Cruzeiro President Vittorio Medioli said. "And for the first time the tournament will be held in Belo Horizonte, in a place considered the temple of volleyball, the largest structure we have in the state, meeting a demand of our supporters and sponsors also. We will try to repeat the successful format we had in 2013, with parallel actions to sports, tourism, leisure, arts and culture. And I want to thank the governor and the mayor Anastasia Márcio Lacerda by the partnership in organizing this great event."
To date three out of eight teams have been determined for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship, with the most recent – Russia’s Belogorie Belgorod – having qualified on Sunday following their title win at the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men in Ankara, Turkey.
Belogorie Belgorod joins
defending champion, host country club and winner of the South American Men’s
Club Championship Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro. UPCN of Argentina will also take part
in the World Championship this year as runner-up of the
South American Men's Club Championship.
This year’s tournament will comprise the Continental champion teams from South America, Europe, Africa and Asia in addition to the NORCECA nominated team. The participation of two teams – jointly decided by the FIVB and the organisers – will complete the line-up of clubs taking part in the Championship.
With the men’s African qualifiers currently underway in Sousse, Tunisia, four more teams secured their tickets to the quarterfinal of the 2014 Men's African Club Championship on Sunday: Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) and Borj Bou Aririj (Algeria) will take part in Pool A while Setif (Algeria) and Sfax (Tunisia) will join Pool B. Four more slots will be determined for pools C and D when the competition resumes on Monday.
Manila, Philippines will host the 2014 Men’s Asian Club Championship from April 8 to 16, where one of the 18 participating teams will also secure a ticket to the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship. NORCECA will appoint one team, with the other two vacancies decided jointly by the FIVB and organiser.
The FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship for men and women will be the first FIVB volleyball events of the year, with the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships set to take place from May 7 to 11 in Zurich, Switzerland.
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