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World League ‘Match of the week’ zooms in on Serbia-Russia as all eyes turn to Brazil v Poland to open second week


Serbia and Russia will clash for the third consecutive World League season. Russia won five of the six encounters in this period, including the last four.

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 2014 - While Brazil and Poland will officially open proceedings of the second week of World League action on Thursday (17:45 GMT), the key FIVB Volleyball World League ‘Match of the Week,’ which allows broadcasters to televise one match from each week of the FIVB’s premier annual tournament for men for free, sees Serbia play hosts to the tournament title holder and Olympic champions, Russia on Saturday.

This is the third consecutive World League edition that Serbia (WR 9) and Russia (WR 2) will play each other with
Russia leading Serbia with five wins out of their six duels. Serbia have won three of their last four World League opening matches, losing only to Russia in 2012.

The preparations for this weekend's matches were disrupted in Serbia due to the flooding devastation in the region. The two World League matches were due to be played on Saturday in Nis and Sunday in Belgrade, however, due to the flooding Sunday's match has now moved to Friday. Following the live scoring here. Match of the Week is available on FIVB WEB TV here.

“We are hosting the reigning Olympic Champion, European Champion, and the winner of last year's World League,” said Igor Kolakovi?, coach of Serbia’s men’s team.

“Russia is certainly the main favorite for the title once again in this competition, but also at the World Championship. For that reason, if we want to win, we have to be on the top of our game, ready, motivated, and inspired. I hope it will happen in Nis, in front of our wonderful fans,” he continued.

The specially selected ‘Match of the Week’, an initiative launched in 2008, is available to the World League’s host broadcasters as well as other TV channels with the aim of spreading volleyball into regions where the sport has the potential to grow.

This year’s ‘Match of the Week’ selection will feature the pool A and B teams in the tournament. Pool A sees two of the most successful countries in the 24-year history of the World League with world No. 1 and nine-time champions Brazil along with eight time winners Italy, 2012 champions Poland and the rapidly improving Iran. In Pool B are defending champions Russia, 2012 silver medallists USA, fourth-placed team at last year’s World League, Bulgaria and four-time runners-up Serbia.

The seven matches will be distributed by IMG free of charge to all major international networks and the host broadcaster. The matches will include English commentary and will be shown live and on demand on FIVB Web TV, geo-blocked only in countries where respective rights have been sold.

The first 'Match of the Week' saw Brazil (WR 1), last year’s World League silver medallists and current World Champions, take on Italy (WR 3) in a pool A match on May 24 at 10:00 at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua Do Sul,  Brazil. The Italians defeated Brazil 3-1 (17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 20-25).

Following the week two match between Serbia and Russia, fans will be able to watch Italy take on the Men’s World Championship host, Poland (WR 5) in a pool A match on June 8 at 20:00 at the Foro Italico in Roma in week three.

In week four fans will be able to watch USA (WR 4) host Serbia in a pool A match on June 14 at 19:00 in Chicago at the UIC Pavillion, while week five will see Poland take on Brazil on June 22 at 19:30 at Luczniczka Hall in Bydgoszcz. Week six will feature Russia again, this time taking on USA in a pool B match on June 28 at 18:00 at the Yantarny Arena in Kaliningrad. In week 7 fans will be able to watch Bulgaria (WR 6) host Russia in a pool B match on July 6 at 20:00 at the Arena Armeec in Sofia.

The FIVB Volleyball World League which began on May 23 will end with the Finals taking place on July 20.

For more info contact the FIVB TV & Marketing Department at tv.marketing@fivb.org


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