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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15 - 21 December 2010

 Press Release
New boys Bolivar undaunted by Doha challenge

Drean Bolivar captain Gabriel Arroyo laid down the gauntlet for his players by saying he wants victory in Doha, Qatar next month

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 29, 2010 – Argentina's Drean Bolivar may be competing at the FIVB Men's Club World Championship for the first time next month but they will be setting their sights high.

"No matter how much effort it takes, I want to win in Qatar," said captain Gabriel Arroyo.  His team-mate Javier Filardi sounded a similarly positive note, adding: "Becoming the champions? I don’t know, but we are a group of fighters, and we will show that. A final? Why not? We have won with this team in Brazil, Argentina, Italy, USA, and Spain, so in Doha we will try."

Bolivar's road to Doha started four years ago when coach Javier Weber first took charge at the club. With the ambition of becoming one of the leading clubs in the world, they organised a number of international competitions at home and gained experience from participating in other events, notably the 2008 and 2009 World Challenge editions.

Besides successful outings at the World Challenge, and a victory over Brazilian side Cimed at this year's South American Club Championship, Bolivar also picked up the last four Argentine league titles, bringing their total to six championships in all.

This season Bolivar have assembled a team of young players from the Argentina national team, led by setter Luciano De Cecco, Lucas Ocampo, Sebastian Sole and Federico Pereyra, all of whom featured at the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship in Italy. Experienced libero Pablo Meana also returns alongside former international and captain Arroyo, Filardi and Jean Carlo Badalotti.

With the domestic league beginning in Argentina earlier this month, Weber, who also coaches the national team, wants his players to gel ahead of the challenges that lie in wait in Qatar. "We need to achieve two goals before we fly to Doha – first, to improve our physical condition and then to play as many demanding games as possible," Weber explained. "This is a new group of players, and we need to assemble them fast and in the best possible way."

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