Porto looks forward to hosting Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in 2014
Porto, Portugal, January 14, 2014 – Portugal’s city of Porto will once again host the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships this year. The Championships, scheduled to run from July 30 to August 3, will be jointly organised by the Fédèration Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the Portuguese Volleyball Federation (FPV) and Porto City Hall.
The matches will be held at the Transparente Building beach for the second consecutive year, and for the third time since 2010.
In 2013, Moritz Reichert and Clemens Wickler from Germany took the top spot in the boys' FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship while Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Taina Silva Bigi claimed the gold medal in the girls’ competition.
Moritz Reichert and Clemens Wickler claimed the third gold medal for Germany in the 12-year history of the boys' Championship, when the 18-year olds beat Norway’s Bjarne Nikolai Huus and Christian Sandlie Sorum 2-0 (21-16 21-17) in the final.
Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Taina Silva Bigi took gold in the girls’ competition with a clean 2-0 (21-12 21-16) win over Russia’s Anna Gorbunova and Nadezda Makroguzova. It was the first medal for Brazil since 2005, when Carolina Aragao and Barbara Seixas claimed the gold. The 14-year old Eduarda had also won silver with Thais Rodrigues Ferreira a few weeks earlier at the U23 in her debut year.
Local beach volleyball players Bernardo Martins/Francisco Pombeiro and Tomás Silva/Diogo Maia finished the boys’ tournament in ninth position.
Although Tomás Silva and Diogo Maia were eliminated early on in the tournament, they were the only team to take a set away from the gold medallists Reichert/Wickler 2-1 (21-15, 20-22, 15-10) in their almost perfect run. Their fellow Portuguese Jorge Graça/Artur Rezende placed seventeenth overall in the competition.
The girl’ home teams of Vanessa Paquete/Gabriela Coelho, Inês Pereira/Maria Tinoco ended in 17th place with the feeling that things could have worked out better for them.
Last year’s tournaments also featured a number of Portuguese referees including Sandra Deveza, Rui Carvalho and Cesário Rama.
Portugal has a long history of hosting FIVB international beach volleyball events with 13 men’s tournaments and nine women’s having been held in Espinho, two for each gender on the island of Porto Santo in addition to the FIVB U19 World Championships in Porto in 2010 and 2013.
Porto is Portugal's second largest city and the capital of the Norte region. It is located in the estuary of the Douro River in the northern part of the European country and has a population of over 1.7million in the greater metropolitan area.