Five exciting matches in Day Two in Poland
Wroclaw, Poland, August 31, 2014 – Following the brilliant and historic opening ceremony of the Men’s World Championship on "Saturday Night Fever" at the packed Warsaw National Stadium, the actios and emotions of the quadrennial event now move to Wroclaw and Krakow where five exciting matches await for the fans on Sunday.
In Pool A at the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Argentina and Venezuela open the volleyball carnival with a contest pitting two South American rivals.
The 9th world-ranked Argentineans have won the last four matches between the two teams while No. 35 Venezuelans come into the match with a six-game losing streak at the World Championships.
On the other hand, Argentina triumphed in their last two outings of the 2010 edition in Italy.
• Argentina won 41 out of its 80 World Championship matches.
• Argentina finished 10 places ahead of Venezuela in the 2010 World Championship.
Australia and Cameroon, two very interesting up-and-coming teams, complete the first day schedule in Wroclaw.
The two teams have been separated by the net in a playing venue only once in 2010 when the African side claimed the win 3-1.
The Aussies have only two victories in 23 matches at the World Championships a fact that can be misleading when rating their potential as the team from “down under” won the Group 2 of the World League at home this year.
• Cameroon’s win-loss record in World Championships sits at 2-9.
• Last Australian win over an African team was in 2007 at the World Cup v Tunisia.
Pool D actions get going with the clash between the world No. 3 Italy and the emerging Iran, currently placed 11th in the world rankings.
The Italians have won the three matches between the two teams at the World Championships with the difference narrowing on each occasion 3-0, 3-1 and 3-2 in 1970, 2006 and 2010, respectively.
In this year’s World League pool play, the two sides faced each other four times with both teams winning their two matches at home. A fifth clash was the match for the bronze medal at the WL won by Italy in straight sets.
• Italy takes part in the World Championships for the 16th time.
• The only victory of Iran at the World Championships was a 3-1 over Japan in 2010.
United States, winners of this year’s FIVB World League and currently ranked fourth in the world, are considered among the pre-tournament favorites to battle for the gold medal.
In their debut in Krakow the Americans play the 24th world-ranked Belgium on Sunday a team they have defeated only once in three contests at the World Championships something that occurred a long time ago on August 31 of 1956.
The Europeans are participating in the WCH for the eighth time and for the first time since 1978.
• First time Belgium and United States meet each other at the WCH since 1978.
• United States won the world championship only once in 1986.
Teams of Puerto Rico and France are to close the first day of competition in Krakow with the French side with history to their favor as they have not lost the opening match since 1990 to the hands of the Soviet Union.
The forces have clashed only once before at this level with France claiming the victory in straight sets in 1974.
France, competing for the 15th times at the World Championships, won a bronze medal in 2002, while Puerto Rico arrives into the world scene for the fourth time with a team-best 12th place in 2006.
• In this year's World League, France played 14 matches, losing only three.
• Puerto Rico have lost their last three World Championship matches, all in 2010.