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Portugal begin preparations for World Championship qualifier

Portugal will be out to build momentum when they take on cross-border rivals Spain in three matches
Lisbon, Portugal, December 11, 2013 – Portugal will begin their preparations ahead of the 2014 FIVB World Championship European Qualification Round on December 17, when the squad meets for its first training session at the Povoa de Varzim Municipal Sports Hall.

Head coach Hugo Silva has already announced a 16-man squad that will go straight into their preparations for three consecutive friendly matches against Spain in Madrid from December 28 to 30.

“At this point, the most important thing is to have all players available as soon as possible, as some of the international players are coming later, due to the scheduled matches of their respective teams,” Silva said. 

“Then we must develop our strategy for each game, which will be built around our own strengths and characteristics. In order for this to work, it will be very important to work hard and to get every player playing at his best, especially the young ones.”

Portugal squad for Spain series;
Marcel Gil, Idner Martins, Manuel Silva, Alexandre Ferreira, Tiago Violas, Nuno Pinheiro, Filipe Pinto, Pedro Nogueira, Joao Jose, Valdir Sequeira, Flavio Cruz, Rui Santos, Hugo Gaspar, Andre Lopes, Hugo Ribeiro, Ivo Rodrigues

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