FIVB - Volleyball World League

Press release

Fidalgo is Portugal’s inside man

Fidalgo played his 2010/2011 season in the Dutch A-League, where he faced many of the players Portugal must now overcome for a place in World League 2013

Porto, Portugal, August 30, 2012 – Carlos Fidalgo is the Portuguese player with perhaps the deepest knowledge of the Dutch squad his team will be playing in the upcoming World League 2013 playoffs.

The centre was part of the national team that in May 2010, in Macedonia, beat the Netherlands – as well as Macedonia and Sweden – thus opening the way to qualification to the 2010 European Championship. He also played his 2010/2011 season with Webton Twente in the Dutch A-League, where he faced many of the players now standing in Portugal's path towards a berth in World League 2013.

Although Fidalgo cannot make a direct contribution to his team on the court, as he is still recovering from an injury, he has been busy profiling Dutch players and helping his comrades prepare to face them.

“The Netherlands is, much like us, going through a phase of renewal. It has some experienced players, great quality, as we know well. But the coaching staff has now added three or four young men with great talent who are very promising, such as the setter Abdelaziz, against whom I had the opportunity to play. I think it is a very balanced team.”

And how will Portugal counter the winner of the European League 2012?

“I argue that we should play our characteristic game, and not change the way we play too much. We are aware that the Dutch play well, because we know the team well, but I think we have a good chance of getting the spot in the World League. In this type of playoff, played over two games, the first clash is always extremely important, because it allows one to gain some confidence for the second game.”

After the playoff qualification for World League 2013, the team will move right on to a second tournament to qualify for the European Championship 2013.

"Qualifying for the European Championship has always been our goal and that's what we have prepared for all summer. It is very important for us to get the qualification and I think we have to assume some favoritism. We know we have to play to win every game, although there are teams, especially Turkey and Belarus, that are very strong. But I think we have all the tools that we need to qualify,” said Fidalgo.

Download highresolution


| More

More press releases

08.08.2013 12:17:44
VolleyWorld relives the action of the 2013 FIVB World League
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 8, 2013 – After six weeks of intense volleyball action during the Intercontinental Round of the 2013 FIVB World League, ... More...
23.07.2013 16:18:29
The start of an era
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2013 - As the excitement of the World League Finals winds down, Andrea Zorzi takes a look back at the action and why h... More...
22.07.2013 21:36:55
Canada jumps in rankings after World League performance
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2013 – The Canadian men’s national team’s exceptional performance in the 2013 FIVB World League has resulted in a seve... More...
22.07.2013 04:29:34
Every point was made of gold - Spiridonov
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Alexey Spiridinov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of... More...
22.07.2013 01:04:42
We were surprised by Vettori - Sokolov
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Tsvetan Sokolov says the unexpected appearance of young Italian wing spiker Luca Vettori was the difference ... More...
22.07.2013 00:21:20
Young Vettori makes a point as Italy win bronze
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Young Italian star Luca Vettori led Italy to their first World League medal since 2004 with a 3-2 win agains... More...
21.07.2013 23:36:45
Russia become three-time World League champions
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – Olympic champions Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League t... More...
21.07.2013 23:12:03
Russia beat Brazil in straight sets to claim third World League title
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – The Olympic champions and world No. 2 Russia defeated Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to claim their third ... More...
21.07.2013 20:17:40
Same Olympic matches, different World League teams
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - The medal deciders at the 2013 World League Finals are exactly the same as last year's matches at the 2012 O... More...
21.07.2013 19:17:47
Vettori leads Italy to bronze on Finals debut
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – World No 3 Italy repeated their London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal result by beating Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25... More...