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Bulgaria host Argentina in World League Match of the Week

Bulgaria lead the head-to-head against Argentina in the World League 10-3 however the South Americans won the last encounter between the two teams at the London Olympic Games

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2013 – The FIVB Volleyball World League Match of the Week will feature another outstanding match up when FIVB Web TV screens Bulgaria against Argentina live in Sofia on Saturday at 17:00 (GMT).

FIVB Web TV provides free live streaming of one World League match per week for the benefit of volleyball fans around the world.

This weekend, undefeated Bulgaria will attempt to keep their winning record in the second Pool A match this weekend against Argentina. The countries have faced off 13 times before in the World League, with Bulgaria winning 10 of the matches.

Over the past three weeks of the FIVB Volleyball World League, FIVB Web TV has screened Korea ta home to Japan in Pool C, the Key Pool A clash between Poland against Brazil and Russia against Serbia in Pool B. Full replays are available of all these matches plus highlights packages on FIVB Web TV.

The selected ‘Match of the Week’ is available to the World League’s host broadcasters as well as other TV channels for screening on their own respective channels.

In total there are seven matches - one more than in previous years - distributed by IMG free of charge to the host TV Broadcasters of the 18 participating countries. The matches will include English commentary and will be shown live and on demand on the FIVB Web TV, geo-blocked only in countries where respective rights have been sold.

In  week five, the FIVB Volleyball World League Match of the Week will see Cuba take on Russia in Pool B on June 28 in Havana at 00:40 (+1d). Week six will feature Serbia again, this time taking on Italy in Novi Sad on July 6 at 18:00 in Pool B. In week 7 fans will be able to watch one of the biggest rivalries in volleyball when Brazil host USA in a Pool A match in Rio de Janeiro on July 13 at 13:00. All times are GMT.

In 2011 the ‘Match of the Week’ was broadcast by 19 international broadcasters across 53 territories. Highlights of all the matches also appeared in the 26 minute FIVB World League highlight, produced and distributed by IMG once a week. Like this year, all matches were shown live and on demand on FIVB Web TV.

This year the English commentary for the matches will be provided by Phil Bush, a former player turned broadcaster who has worked for the FIVB to provide the Play by Play for the FIVB ‘Match of the Week.’ He has spent 17 seasons working for Fox SportsNet South, ESPNU, CSS and Sun Sports.

The FIVB launched the “Match of the Week” initiative in 2008 to further spread volleyball into regions where the sport has the potential to grow. The programme allows for broadcasters to televise for free, one match from each week of the FIVB’s premier annual tournament for men.


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