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Korea take on in-form Portugal in World League pool E

Korea celebrate their 3-1 victory in their second pool E match away to the Netherlands
Ulsan, Korea, June 11, 2014 - Korea, who play hosts to Portugal in Ulsan on June 14, will be hoping for a second win in FIVB Volleyball World League pool E after losing their last nine home matches in the competition against European opposition.

Portugal (WR 38) lost to Korea twice in last year's World League and are the lowest ranked team in pool E. After four matches in this season's competition, however, they have earned six points from two wins and two losses, emerging as a possible dark horse in the group.

The upturn in Portugal's fortunes is linked to the rise of players like Hugo Gaspar and Alexandre Ferreira, who will hope to avenge their team's losses to Korea in last year’s World League. Portugal won their first home game against the Czech Republic 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 25-20) on May 31, before losing a second game against the Czechs in straight sets on the next day. The following weekend, Coach Hugo Silva's team lost their first game away to the Netherlands, before winning the second 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-10).

Korea are on five points after four matches in pool E and matches away to the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Korea's 3-1 victory in their second game against the Netherlands and strong performances against the Czech Republic demonstrated the team's potential and they will fight hard to win points against Portugal and in their other home matches. Their goal is also to participate in next year's World League.


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