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Pools announced as VakifBank Istanbul return to defend Club World Championship title

VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey will be out to defend their title in 2019
Shaoxing, China, August 26, 2019 – Reigning world champions VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey were placed in Pool B as a press conference ahead of the 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship was held in Shaoxing on Monday. The city will host eight of the top clubs in the world who will play for the title of world champion from December 3 to 8 in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

VakifBank Istanbul will take on three other clubs in Pool B, including Tianjin Bohai Bank Volleyball Club of China, Igor Gorgonzola Novara of Italy and Dentil Praia Clube of Brazil. The four clubs set to compete in Pool A are Guangdong Evergrande Volleyball Club of China, Imoco Volley Conegliano of Italy, Minas Tenis Clube of Brazil and Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul of Turkey.

2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Pools: 

Pool A
Guangdong Evergrande Volleyball Club (CHN)
Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
Minas Tenis Clube (BRA)
Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul (TUR)

Pool B
Tianjin Bohai Bank Volleyball Club (CHN)
Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
Dentil Praia Clube (BRA)
VakifBank Istanbul (TUR)

Last year’s podium placers are back to play for the ultimate prize in club volleyball. 2018 winners VakifBank Istanbul, silver medallists Minas Tenis Clube and bronze medallists Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul will also be joined by fourth-placed Dentil Praia Clube. They will be up against two clubs from host country China – Guangdong Evergrande Volleyball Club (bronze medal winners in 2013) and Tianjin Bohai Bank Volleyball Club (fifth in 2012) – and Italian clubs Igor Gorgonzola Novara (winners of the 2019 CEV Champions League) and Imoco Volley Conegliano (runners-up of the 2019 CEV Champions League).

The competition returns to Shaoxing for a second consecutive year and is the final highlight on the 2019 volleyball calendar.  Matches will be played at the Shaoxing Olympic Sports Center from December 3 to 8.

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