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Ricardo and Alvaro out to dethrone fellow Brazilians

Ricardo is hoping to have more reason to celebrate on Sunday
Stare Jablonki, Poland, July 6, 2013 – Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho will be out to reach the men’s final at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, but will need to knock out defending champions Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti on Sunday to do so.

The teams know each other well; Emanuel and Ricardo were partners for a number of years and won the 2003 World Championships and the 2004 Olympic gold. At Rome 2011 Alison and Emanuel beat Ricardo and his then partner Marcio Araujo in the gold medal match. 

Ricardo and Alvaro are in only their first season as a team and have already won bronze at the Shanghai Grand Slam. Emanuel and Alison have suffered a mixed season and while they won the World Cup Finals, they missed the opening two tournaments of the season and needed to build momentum quickly at Mazury 2013.

The other semifinal is an all-north European affair and fresh territory for Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik and The Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

Erdmann and Matysik played together at the 2009 and 2011 editions, but for the Dutch duo it is their first appearance at a World Championships. 

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Mazury 2013 is the ninth edition of the tournament. It began on July 1 with the first round of matches in women’s pool play. The men began a day later and the tournament concludes on Sunday with the men’s semifinals at 12.00 and 13.00, the bronze medal match at 17.00 and gold medal match at 18.00, local time. 

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