Belgrade, Serbia, June 9, 2011 - Serbia and Portugal will meet for the second time in the history of the FIVB Volleyball World League this weekend as last year’s bronze medallists prepare to host the European League champions on the third weekend of action in Pool C.
Over the first two weekends of this year's World League, Serbia has managed to score only two victories from four matches, one away against Argentina, and one at home against Finland. Meanwhile, the Portuguese surprised many on the first weekend, defeating Finland twice, but last week they were stung by Argentina at home.
“We don’t know much about the Portuguese, because we haven’t played them for a long time,” Serbian setter Vladimir Petkovic said. “Of course, we’ll get into the details as we prepare for the matches, but in any case we expect two victories. Our objective is to win if we want to reach the Final Round. In order to achieve that, we must not underestimate the Portuguese team. They beat Finland twice, which is enough to take them very seriously. We will analyze their game thoroughly and it will help us to get to know them better and, hopefully, record two victories in front of our faithful supporters.”
Best Western “Hotel M” in Belgrade hosted today the press conference organized by the Volleyball Federation of Serbia before the matches of the third weekend in the Pool C of the 2011 World League between Serbia and Portugal. The media representatives were addressed by team captains, Joao Jose of Portugal and Bojan Janic of Serbia and by Head Coaches Juan Diaz of Portugal and Igor Kolakovic of Serbia.
-We play against the strongest team in our group. I hope we can play good matches on Friday and Saturday, and leave Serbia with a positive attitude that we accomplished something. – said Joao Jose, team captain of Portugal.
-Personally, I haven’t had a chance to play with any Portuguese player in my career, but we know some of the players, especially the team captain who plays in the same team with our libero. They are a strong team, and they are doing well this year, but we have to focus on ourselves. We have to show more effort on court and we must prove that these bad performances we had were just a coincidence. – concluded Bojan Janic, team captain of Serbia.
The first match between the two sides will take place this Friday at 18:00 GMT in Belgrade with the second match being playe on Saturday at the same time.