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Tickets sell out in ten minutes for Poland v Brazil in Krakow

Krakow and Bydgoszcz will host the matches between Poland and Brazil this weekend
Krakow, Poland, June 19, 2014 - Poland take on Brazil in their third and fourth home games in the 2014 FIVB World League on Friday, June 20 and Sunday, June 22. After two victories over Italy last week, Poland are now second in Pool A on the same number of points as Brazil, but with a better sets ratio than the Canarinhos.

What adds to the excitement of the upcoming weekend - the match on Sunday was chosen as the FIVB's match of the week - is that Friday's match will be the first at a brand new venue, the Krakow Arena. It took just ten minutes to sell 16,000 tickets for the event.

"We want to win there, because we need the points," said Poland middle-blocker, Andrzej Wrona. "And we want the first match there to be a victory over Brazil."

Both teams have been in Krakow since Monday and are at full-strength. Polish opposite Grzegorz Bociek is back in the team after recovering from an ankle sprain. Poland's libero Krzysztof Ignaczak has an injured shoulder, however, and is uncertain, so head coach Stephane Antiga has called up a fifth receiver - Michal Ruciak - who may also come in as a libero if necessary.

Both teams are looking for the best solutions and are testing different strategies ahead of the 2014 FIVB World Championships hosted by Poland in September.

“We are still getting to know each other and our play,” commented Mariusz Wlazly, Poland's opposite, who was asked about how the Polish team is developing. “We still have time to improve some elements. Everybody wants to get a spot on the team which will play in the World Championship, we all give our 100 percent. It is a healthy rivalry which accompanies us in this sport every day.”

We will see more of this healthy rivalry on Friday at 19.30 local time in Krakow, and on Sunday at the same time in the Luczniczka hall in Bydgoszcz.


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