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Interesting challenge ahead as the Netherlands take on Portugal in World League Pool E

 
The Netherlands will look to build on previous victories against Portugal
 
Almere, Netherlands, June 5, 2014 - Almere will be the volleyball centre of the Netherlands from June 7-8. The Dutch men's team will play their two FIVB Volleyball World League Pool E matches against Portugal at the Topsportcentrum in Almere Poort.

The Netherlands, who take on Korea, Portugal and the Czech Republic in Pool E, will play two home and two away games against these three countries. Last weekend in Eindhoven, they won their first game against Korea 3-0 on Saturday, before losing 3-1 to the same opponents on Sunday. The Netherlands are currently ranked 2nd in the pool. Should they win the pool, they will progress to the Final Four in Australia. The winner of the tournament in Australia will then progress to the Final Six in Italy, which will determine the winners of this year's World League.

The Netherlands are fairly familiar with their opponents in Pool E. In the 2013 World League, they were already matched up with Portugal and Korea. They were victorious against the Asian team twice, winning each match 3-1. Portugal, who are this weekend’s opponent, were beaten once 3-0, then again 3-2. During the qualification tournament for the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship last winter, the Netherlands also beat their third opponents in pool E - the Czech Republic - in straight sets 3-0.

"The difference in our level and Portugal’s has been very small over the last years," said coach Edwin Benne. "It could go either way in Almere, it’s an interesting challenge. We will of course go for the win but that won’t be an easy feat. After the first round in our pool, all the teams seem to be very closely matched." It was not just the Netherlands and Korea who won and lost a game during the opening round, the Czech Republic and Portugal also won one match each.

Match schedule
Saturday June 7 at 15.00 local time: Netherlands–Portugal at the Topsportcentrum in Almere
Sunday June 8 at 15.00 local time: Netherlands–Portugal at the Topsportcentrum in Almere





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