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Cuba versus Iran: battle of young titans in Havana

Samuels and Velasco, old colleagues and friends, are working with their teams for this weekend's match between Cuba and Iran taking place in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum

Havana, Cuba, July 4, 2013 – Cuba and Iran will meet on Friday and Saturday, in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum - a promising match to take place in week 6 of the World League.

Led by Argentinean coach Julio Velasco, Iranian players have shown potential in their World League debut. Cuban coach Orlando Samuels acknowledged that and praised the evolution of the visitors. “They have a young team, and we know they will fight all match long. Coach Velasco has done a wonderful job.”

Samuels confirmed he will maintain the roster he used last week against Olympic champion Russia. He highlighted the work of youngsters Leandro Macías and Abraham Alonso, who played key roles in last Saturday’s victory over Russia.

Coach Velasco also paid tribute to Cuban legend Eugenio George, one of the greatest coaches in volleyball history. He said that playing in Havana is always an honour. “Cuba and Iran have in common the youth of their players. Both teams have evolved during the tournament. I value all the learning this tournament provides. My players now know how to overcome themselves. That’s something training can’t teach”.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us. Cuba team plays with lot of heart in Havana. But I’m very pleased with my player’s evolution. I came from a different culture, but they have assimilated all my teaching. That proves the youngsters are youngsters, no matter where they are from.” added Velasco.

Cuba and Iran meet Friday and Saturday at 00:40 GMT.


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