FIVB - Volleyball World League

Press release

Final showdown for Argentina and France in Salta

Salta Sport Secretary Federico Abud welcomes the French team to Argentina

Salta, Argentina, July 3, 2013 – Argentina is preparing for a weekend of action as the northern city of Salta gets ready to host France in the last weekend of the FIVB World League Intercontinental Round. While the local side has already qualified for the finals, the Europeans are in urgent need of points if they are to keep their dream alive.

Argentina is hoping to overturn its two match loss against defending World League champions, Poland last weekend. The home team will have a few training sessions at the CeNARD headquarters in Buenos Aires before travelling to Salta on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the France team will arrive at the venue on Tuesday afternoon hot on the heels of ending Brazil’s winning streak in Sao Paulo. Head coach Laurent Tillie will rely on the same 12 players that shocked the world’s number 1 team in front of their home crowd.

 France is currently ranked fourth in Pool A, four points behind group-leaders Bulgaria and is also surpassed by Brazil and USA in the rankings. The French must defeat Argentina in both matches in order to have a good chance of earning a place in the Finals.

As for the venue, Estadio Delmi has only hosted an FIVB World League match once before in the 1990s. It was also one of the venues for the 2002 World Championship held in Argentina. Salta fans are already anxious to have a world-class volleyball event after more than a decade.

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...