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Poland seek redemption after bad series

Poland's triple block could not stop Iran last week
Gdansk, Poland, July 2, 2014 - Poland will try to cheer up their fans during the last weekend of the 2014 FIVB World League Intercontinental Round and qualify for the Finals when they face Pool A leaders Iran. The Poles are now last in the Pool A standings, but with the same number of points as Brazil and can still progress to the next stage of the tournament.

Iran have done well so far, winning six matches and only losing four - two against Italy and two against Brazil. They lead Pool A and are guaranteed qualification to the next round.

"My head is focused on winning and on hard work in every game, something that never ends," said Slobodan Kovac, Iran head coach. "My players have the same attitude."

The situation is not as good for Poland. They had a good start to the tournament - they managed to beat the Canarinhos in Brazil for the first time in many years - and moved on to home wins against Italy twice and Brazil once. Something clearly changed on June 22 when the White and Reds of Poland lost to the Brazilians in Bydgoszcz, however. They also lost both of their matches against Iran last week.

Poland head coach Stephane Antiga said: "We didn't have good spikes and blocks and I'm not happy with my players' performance. I hope we can play better in our next matches."

The brightest stars of the Polish team are returning to the team, however. Mariusz Wlazly, Bartosz Kurek, Marcin Mozdzonek and Krzysztof Ignaczak will join their teammates after recovering from minor injuries.

The two teams will meet on Friday and Saturday at 20.15 local time at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk.


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