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World League 2005 - Matches Info

Week 6 / 01 - 03 July

Intercontinental Round / Pool A

Brazil beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) - duration 1:18
02-Jul, start time: 10:07, end time: 11:25 - Attendance: 8'000
City: Betim; Hall : Ginásio de Esportes Divino Braga
A devastating Brazilian team defeat Venezuela in three sets
In spite of being classified for the World League finals, the Olympic Champions keep the rhythm and beat Venezuela: 3-0 (25/16, 25/20, 25/21). Brazil has the best performance of all the teams that play the World League 2005, with ten wins and just one loss.

Japan beat Portugal 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14) - duration 2:04
02-Jul, start time: 15:07, end time: 17:11 - Attendance: 3'950
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi National Stadium
Proud Japan record first win in Pool A
Tokyo, Japan, July 2, 2005 -- Japan came back from the dead to stun Portugal 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14) in a thrilling first match of a weekend double-header in Pool A on Saturday.
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
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Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1 (25-22, 15-25, 25-22, 25-17) - duration 1:46
03-Jul, start time: 10:07, end time: 11:53 - Attendance: 8'000
City: Betim; Hall : Ginásio de Esportes Divino Braga
In a warm up for Belgrade, Brazil beat Venezuela in Betim: 3-1
In its last match before the World League finals, Brazil beat Venezuela for the fourth time in the competition: 3-1 (25/22, 15/25, 25/22, 25/17). The Olympic Champions finished the Intercontinental Round with 11 wins and just one loss.


Japan beat Portugal 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 31-29) - duration 1:26
03-Jul, start time: 14:07, end time: 15:33 - Attendance: 3'425
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi National Stadium
Japan end World League campaign with second straight win
Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2005 -- Japan ended the World League Pool A on a high with a second straight victory over Portugal on Sunday. Japan won 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 31-29).
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
 

Intercontinental Round / Pool B

Bulgaria beat Italy 3-1 (30-32, 25-17, 25-23, 25-21) - duration 1:49
01-Jul, start time: 18:07, end time: 19:56 - Attendance: 5'200
City: Varna; Hall : Palace of Culture and Sports
Bulgaria smashed Italy 3:1 in a brilliant match
Although Bulgaria has an insignificant chance to go to the finals of the World League, Martin Stoev team played its best till the end and smashed Italy 3:1 (30:32, 25:17, 25:23, 25:21). It was a brilliant match fulfilled with the best of the volleyball _ mighty spikes, strong blocks, smooth reception and power serve from both sides. The match was attended by over 5000 people and the president of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov, who was presented with the winning ball after the game.

Cuba beat France 3-0 (33-31, 33-31, 25-12) - duration 1:30
01-Jul, start time: 20:48, end time: 22:18 - Attendance: 15'300
City: Habana; Hall : Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum
Cuba sweeps France 3-0 and books a spot for the WL final
Havana.- Cuba played a solid game to sweep France 3-0 in front of a packed crowd at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva Hall, a victory that enabled the Caribbean team to qualify for the World League final for the first time since 2001.
Cuba won the first two sets 33-31, but the French squad faded and the Cubans went on to close the match with an easy 25-12.
Raidel Poey, Odelvis Dominico, Osmany Juantorena and Henry Bell were key players in the Cuban performance, preventing Italy from a WL final for the first time in the history of the event.
Cuba and France will play again Saturday night in the last game of the preliminary round.
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
Cuba beat France 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21) - duration 1:41
02-Jul, start time: 20:47, end time: 22:28 - Attendance: 9'500
City: Habana; Hall : Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum
Cuba beats France 3-1 in their last game of Pool B
Havana.- Cuba improved from a bad start and defeated France 3-1 on Saturday in their last game of Pool B of the WL Intercontinental Round at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva Hall.
France took the initiative, taking advantage of their rivals' mistakes, to win the opening set 25-20, but the home team reacted and took control with successive victories 25-22, 25-19 and 25-21.
Cuba finished on top of Pool B with eight wins and four losses, ahead of Italy, preventing the eight-time WL champions from the final for the first time in the history of the event.
Bulgaria beat Italy 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) - duration 1:14
03-Jul, start time: 20:37, end time: 21:51 - Attendance: 5'920
City: Varna; Hall : Palace of Culture and Sports
Bulgaria smashed Italy 3:0 (25:21, 25:20, 25:19) in a glorious match
Bulgaria and Italy finished their participation in World League 2005 with a glorious match in fron of 6000 people in Varna. Lead by their captain Plamen Konstantinov and inspired by the crowd Bulgarians three times punished Italy to win it 3:0 (25:21, 25:20, 25:19). It was first time hosts beat Italy two times in a row, and only the 15th victory over _azzurri_ in the last 15 years.

> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
 

Intercontinental Round / Pool C

Serbia & Montenegro beat Greece 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-17) - duration 1:20
01-Jul, start time: 20:17, end time: 21:37 - Attendance: 3'500
City: Novi Sad; Hall : SPC Vojvodina
Gift of Victory of SCG Team to their fans in the Last Match in Novi Sad for this Year's WL Intercontinental Round
Gift of victory of SCG Team to their fans in the last match in Novi Sad for this year's WL Intercontinental Round. Eager to win with maximum result, SCG Team succeeded in keeping their concentration and defense, making less errors in the attack and winning over weakened GRE Team.
Poland beat Argentina 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) - duration 1:31
01-Jul, start time: 21:07, end time: 22:38 - Attendance: 6'750
City: Rosario; Hall : Newell's Old Boys
Poland showed why they earned a place at the 2005 World League Finals

With the exception of Wlazly Mariusz injured, Lozano decided to put the best posible team in the field much before knowing they had qualified to play the finals of the 2005 World League and did not change that decision. With 1.88mts for the locals vs. 2 mts height average on the start line-up the Polish team requested the field to be dried every team they were with the score in disadvantage as a way to stop the local advance, achieving it and gaining the confidence to close the match.

> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
Serbia & Montenegro beat Greece 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 27-25) - duration 1:18
02-Jul, start time: 20:17, end time: 21:35 - Attendance: 4'275
City: Beograd; Hall : Sports Hall "Pionir"
Frantic greeting and support from PIONIR Hall in Belgrade led to another 3:0 victory
Supported by frantic greeting and support from Belgrade fans and youth girl Teams participating in the Balkan Championships held in Pozarevac (SCG), the Team of SCG succeeded in winning the last match in the Intercontinental Round with maximum 3:0 in their way to the Finals.
Poland beat Argentina 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10) - duration 2:15
03-Jul, start time: 18:07, end time: 20:22 - Attendance: 6'800
City: Rosario; Hall : Newell's Old Boys
Argentina said farewell playing like a giant against one of the World League finalists.

All the matches won at this season of the World League by Argentina, 3 were on Sundays. Today's match would be one of them? The crowded stadium of Newell's Old Boys of Rosario deserved it but the superiority of the Polish team - already qualified to play the finals - showed that even with substitutes players they are unquestionably one of the best teams of the world and it is very hard to defeat them. Poland is the only team that got four victories out of Argentina. Poland had only 3 defeats out of 12 matches (two 2-3).

> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference
> Match description  > Match statistics (P-2) - PDF
> Press conference