Talking stats: Iran and Australia in critical, must-win matches to make World League semifinals cut
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 18, 2014 – Iran
and Australia are in must-win matches against Brazil and Italy, respectively, to
complete the cut for the semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball World League at the
Nelson Mandela Forum on Friday.
- Brazil and Iran had four meetings in the World League – all in this season – with both teams winning twice.
- Three of these encounters were five-setters, where Brazil won two.
- Iran have won 10 of the 18 sets they played against Brazil.
- Brazil have reached the semifinal phase in seven of the last eight World League seasons, only failing to make it in 2012.
- Brazil have won seven of their 13 matches this season, including their last four.
- Iran need to win against Brazil, otherwise Russia will take the spot.
- If Iran prevail, the elimination of Russia will be the third successive season a defending champion fail to reach the semifinals.
- Pool H contenders Australia and Italy have met four times in the 1999 World League, Italy won all these matches.
- Australia have played 27 World League matches and have won seven so far.
- Four of the seven victories of Australia came in their last five matches.
- Italy snapped their longest World League losing streak when they defeated USA in straight sets.
- Italy can win their first two Final Round matches for the second year in a row.
- Italy are aiming for their first World League crown since 2000 and earn their ninth title in total.