Men's competition, Stavanger
From 1 July To 4 July 2004

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For the men and women of the Swatch – FIVB World Tour, Stavanger has always been a favoured destination because of the fanatical support the event has enjoyed over the years. The Norwegian city is the oil capital of Norway whose landscape has been described as varied, contrasting and inspiring.

A sensational men’s final took place here last year when rivals Brazil and Argentina clashed. Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Emanuel Rego (of Brazil) emerged victorious over their more experienced counterparts Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde in a three set thriller (16-21, 21-16, 15-12). The result was all the more surprising because it came in the first full season team Ricardo-Emanuel had competed in.

“This one is the best of my victories here in Stavanger because it was the toughest,” a delighted Emanuel said afterwards. “Argentina played incredibly well in the first set and we could not get our game together at all. But we changed our strategy in the second and again in the third when we tried to slow it right down and that helped us get back in the game,” the Brazilian continued.

With the competition for places at this summer’s Olympic Games hotting up, team Ricardo-Emanuel are in focused and determined mood. “Obviously our aim is to make the Olympics, which is hard because there are so many good Brazilian teams,” Emanuel Rego stated.

The unpredictable weather in Stavanger adds to the excitement of the event. Indeed, it is not unknown for conditions to change dramatically during a match so the athletes need to be well prepared for every possible outcome when they step out onto the sand.

Fjords and mountains, sophisticated city life and a multicultural population all help to create a special atmosphere in Stavanger where the motto is simply to “enjoy life!”

Men's Podium 2003

First Place:
 Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Emanuel Rego (Brazil)

Second place:
Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde (Argentina)

Third place:
Julien Prosser and Mark Williams (Australia)

Emanuel Rego wins the 'Speedo Most Valuable Player Award'

Mark Williams wins the 'SWATCH-Fastest Service Award' after being timed at 82.5 km/h.

Men's Podium 2002
1. Emanuel-Tande (BRA)
    Emanuel Rego Biography
    Tande Biography
2. Ricardo-Loiola (BRA)
    Ricardo Costa Santos Biography
    José Geraldo Loiola / Profile
3. Heuscher-Kobel (SUI)
    Stefan Kobel Biography
    Patrick Heuscher Biography