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Brand new scenario for World League tie between Argentina and Japan in Buenos Aires

Japan have already trained in Lomas de Zamora
Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 4, 2014 – The FIVB World League will add a new venue to its list this weekend when Lomas de Zamora plays host to the world’s most important annual men’s volleyball competition with two Argentina-Japan matches.

Lomas’ Microestadio will host the Pool D games on Friday and Sunday (both scheduled for 8 p.m., local time), marking the World League’s return to the Buenos Aires area. Argentina’s capital was last used in 2009 when Argentina faced Korea at the legendary Luna Park stadium.

Lomas de Zamora’s local team, Lomas Vóley, had the highest attendance for matches in the Argentine League with packed stands game after game. Such is its love of volleyball, the FIVB World Grand Prix will also land in Lomas de Zamora in August.

In the World League, Argentina and Japan have only faced each other four times – all in 1997 – with the South Americans prevailing every time. Argentina also won on their last showdown, a nail-biting 3-2 win at the 2011 FIVB World Cup in Japan.

Spurred by their first World League win in Salta, Argentina will perform at home for the last time in this year’s competition before starting on a world trek (Japan, Germany, France) for their three remaining World League weekends. 

To give some players a rest, coach Julio Velasco has chosen setter Demián González and talented middle-blocker Sebastián Solé to replace Luciano De Cecco and Pablo Crer.

Japan arrived in Argentina on Tuesday with a 0-4 World League record after losses against Germany and France. Despite their lack of victories, the Japanese have three players in the top five scorers in Group 2: Kunihiro Shimizu, Tatsuya Fukuzawa and Yu Koshikawa.


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