Three teams make
Switzerland, June 6, 2004 – Defending champions Brazil,
eight-time champions Italy and Poland got off to
excellent starts after completing the first weekend of
the $13m World League with two victories.
Pic: Anderson spikes on his way to 29 points
Brazil, who as world champions and world cup
title holders are favourites to win the World League
title again, collected a 3-0 win over Greece on Friday
before holding on for a 3-2 win on Sunday night in the
"It was very important that we won the second match, as
this is always more difficult than the first,” Brazilian
coach Bernardo Rezende said. “It is very important that
we return to Brazil with two victories and I was proved
correct about what I said on Friday, that today's match
would be more difficult. I was impressed at how
supportive the Greek crowd was towards their team".
Meanwhile, Poland collected two excellent wins (3-1,
3-2) on the road in Japan while Italy only gave up one
set in their two matches against China at home.
Ominously, Italian captain Andrea Giani said: "We are
far from our playing standard. We have to do more in
blocking and defense, sometimes we've got some weakness
in serving, and during some rallies. We have to practice
more to test different teams".
Of the other weekend’s matches, which involve 12 of the
best international men’s Volleyball teams split into
three pools, Spain and Portugal in Pool A, Bulgaria and
France in Pool B and Serbia and Montenegro and Cuba in
Pool C all recorded one win each. Leaving Greece, Japan
and China yet to register a win.
Cuba’s 3-2 win over Serbia and Montenegro, last year’s
World League runner’s up, in front of 11,000 fans on
Saturday in Havana was full of character after they
clinched the fifth set 18-16. The home side had earlier
lost the opening encounter against the 2000 Olympic
champions 3-1 the day before and fought back well to
split the two matches.
The 2004 World League continues next weekend with 12
more games featuring two more games for each side.
Counting down to top FIVB Men's Tournament
Switzerland, June 02, 2004 - Twelve of the best
international men's Volleyball teams are
preparing for the start of the 2004 World League,
the FIVB's premier international men's
Volleyball tournament, on Friday in six
different venues around the world.
Pic: Brazil beat Serbia & Montenegro in
last year's final 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 19-25,