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World League 2005 - Matches Info

Week 4 / 17 - 19 June

Intercontinental Round / Pool A

Brazil beat Portugal 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18) - duration 1:47
18-Jun, start time: 10:03, end time: 11:50 - Attendance: 19'080
City: Brasília; Hall : Ginásio Nilson Nelson
Brazil beat Portugal 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18) - duration: 1h:47
With another good exhibition, Brazil won its sixth game in the World League. At Nilson Nelson Gym, Bernardo Rezende's team beat Portugal: 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18).



Venezuela beat Japan 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) - duration 1:20
18-Jun, start time: 15:07, end time: 16:27 - Attendance: 2'100
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi National Stadium
Venezuela crushes Japan in straight sets
Japan suffered a seventh straight loss in Pool A of the World League when going down 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) to Venezuela in Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. Venezuela, who improved to 3-4 in seven matches, with all three victories coming against Japan, had far too much height and power at the net for a Japan team lacking in confidence.

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Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) - duration 1:15
19-Jun, start time: 10:07, end time: 11:22 - Attendance: 19'080
City: Brasília; Hall : Ginásio Nilson Nelson
Brazil won again in Brasília, this time in three sets
In front of more than 19.000 spectators, Brazil beat Portugal for the second time in a row: 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23).


Venezuela beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) - duration 1:19
19-Jun, start time: 14:07, end time: 15:26 - Attendance: 2'300
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi National Stadium
Venezuela completes clean sweep of Japan
Venezuela completed a weekend sweep of Japan in Pool A of the World League with a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday. Venezuela had also beaten Japan in straight sets on Saturday.

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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Intercontinental Round / Pool B

Italy beat France 3-2 (19-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 15-13) - duration 2:08
17-Jun, start time: 20:37, end time: 22:45 - Attendance: 4'920
City: Grenoble; Hall : Palais Sports P.Mendes France
Sad evening for France: the French players loose 3-2 against Italy (25-19, 25-18, 24-26, 17-25, 13-15).
France leads 2-0 and looses 3-2 in front of 4920 spectators. A game that could be won.
Bulgaria beat Cuba 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22) - duration 1:43
17-Jun, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:30 - Attendance: 14'500
City: Habana; Hall : Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum
Bulgaria beats Cuba 3-1 in Havana
Havana.- Bulgaria, who finished fourth at the 2004 World League, took revenge over Cuba with a 3-1 victory in front of a packed crowd at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva Hall.
The European team took the initiative with a 25-22 win in the opening set. Cuba tied the game in the second set 25-19, but Bulgaria took the lead again and went on to win 25-20 and 25-22.
The home team, who achieved two wins during its visit to Bulgaria in the opening weekend of the World League, made numerous errors, especially in the service and the blocking.
Both squads will meet again Saturday night at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva Hall.
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Italy beat France 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-13) - duration 2:08
18-Jun, start time: 17:07, end time: 19:15 - Attendance: 3'980
City: Lyon; Hall : Palais des Sports Lyon Gerland
France is defeated 3-2 in Lyon (25-21, 21-25, 22-25, 26-24, 13-15)
In front of the 3980 spectators of the Palais des Sports, Italy wins again in five sets.

Cuba beat Bulgaria 3-2 (27-25, 21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9) - duration 2:04
18-Jun, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:51 - Attendance: 6'220
City: Habana; Hall : Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum
Cuba beats 3-2 to stay in the lead of Pool B
Havana.- Cuba overcame a 1-2 deficit to beat Bulgaria 3-2 in front of a frenzy crowd at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva Hall. This win enables the Caribbean team to stay in the lead of Pool B of the Intercontinental Round.
The opening set remained even until the late stages when Cuba took a decisive advantage to win 27-25. But Bulgaria reacted with a solid performance on court and took the lead with successive wins 25-21and 25-23.
Urged to win to force a tie-break, Cubans displayed a better blocking and attack to tie the score with a forth set win 25-21.
In the final set, Cubans took an early lead 4-1 and although Bulgarians managed to close the gap 4-4, an inefficient defense by the Europeans opened the door to Cubans to close the set 15-9 and secure the victory.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Intercontinental Round / Pool C

Poland beat Greece 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13) - duration 2:11
17-Jun, start time: 21:07, end time: 23:18 - Attendance: 2'500
City: Piraeus; Hall : Peace & Friendship Stadium
Poland edges Greece in five, to widen lead in Pool C
Poland edged Greece in a thrillinjg tie-breaker, to win 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13) and widen its lead at the the top of the standings of Pool C, in the Intercontinental Round of the 2005 World League. Drawing on an exceptionally strong service, that earned the nine points, the Poles also outblocked Greece, much to the delight of their supporters from the large Polish community in Athens, who vastly outnumbered the Greek fans.
Serbia & Montenegro beat Argentina 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-21) - duration 1:43
18-Jun, start time: 20:17, end time: 22:00 - Attendance: 4'150
City: Beograd; Hall : Sports Hall "Pionir"
Victory of the SCG Team - A come-back in their old style
SCG Team won the first match in the first match of the 4th week-end, presenting their old-self. In their old style, they suceeded in synchronizing their moves and putting up a great game for the spectators proving their form and confidence has grown.
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> Match description > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Serbia & Montenegro beat Argentina 3-2 (25-21, 32-30, 27-29, 17-25, 34-32) - duration 2:25
19-Jun, start time: 20:17, end time: 22:42 - Attendance: 4'400
City: Novi Sad; Hall : SPC Vojvodina
Second victory measuring skill and experience in a long and exhausting match after the first week-end Victory in Belgrade
When everyone thought the match would end with 3:0, Teams of ARG and SCG showed true attractiveness of volleyball sport and uncertainty, having for their true goal victory in spite of all. Young and well in form in the 4th week-end, both Teams showed unparallel skill and determination not to let go even if it looks like all is lost, having scored 272 points in one single match.
Greece beat Poland 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 26-24, 25-16) - duration 1:58
19-Jun, start time: 22:07, end time: 0:05 - Attendance: 3'500
City: Piraeus; Hall : Peace & Friendship Stadium
Greece defeats Poland in four, to split weekend ties
Greece held off Poland's blocking, to win 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 26-24, 25-16) before yet another Polish crowd in Athens --but the victory may have come too late for Greece's aspirations of a berth in the Final Round of the 2005 World League.
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference