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World Championships | Men
  13/06/2011 - 19/06/2011

Superstar men's field for 2011 FIVB Swatch World Championships in Rome

All returning this year are the 2009 FIVB Swatch World Championships podium finishers, from left, Brazil's Alison Cerutti/Harley Marques, Germany's Jonas Reckermann/Julius Brink and USA's Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers.

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2011 — Led by reigning men’s champions Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann of Germany as well as several other former champions, the world’s top teams from 39 countries have officially entered next month’s US$1-million FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships to be held for the first time in Rome from June 13 to 19.

The internationally-televised eighth FIVB Swatch World Championships will feature 48 teams in each gender competing on purpose-built sand courts at the historic Parco del Foro Italico in the heart of the Eternal City.

With men and women competing on each of the seven-days of the championships, the event begins with 12 pools of four teams in each, playing the other three teams in their respective pools. The top two teams from each pool along with the best eight third place teams will advance to the 32-team single-elimination phase of the tournament. Pool play matches for each gender will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (June 13 to 15) followed by the 32-team elimination rounds on Thursday and Friday (June 16 to 17). The semifinals will be held on Saturday evening, June 18 with the medal matches set for Sunday evening, June 19.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011 presenting international beach volleyball events, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, returns for the third consecutive season to Rome and the FIVB Swatch World Tour has had at least one event in Italy since 1989 except for 1993, 1994 and 2002. The FIVB Swatch World Championships at the Parco del Foro Italico will mark the 17th time a men’s event has been held in Italy and the 10th time for the women. Built on the grounds of the Stadio Olympico from the 1960 Rome Olympics, the magnificent Parco del Foro Italico is a major international tennis and sports complex being converted for use as a beach volleyball complex for the FIVB Swatch World Championships. The venue, artistically designed and completed in stages between 1928 and 1938, will have five competition courts with the featured center court being in the 10,000-seater main tennis stadium at the Foro Italico.

The previous FIVB Swatch World Championships in the current format were held in Los Angeles (1997), Marseille, France (1999), Klagenfurt, Austria (2001), Rio de Janeiro (2003), Berlin (2005), Gstaad, Switzerland (2007) and Stavanger, Norway (2009). The first FIVB World Championships were held in Brazil in 1987, prior to the start of the current format that began in 1997.

“With the 2012 London Olympic qualifying process underway, the sheer beauty of the venue, the amazing abilities of the athletes and the backdrop of such a remarkable city like Rome, this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships has all of the ingredients to be the most memorable of the eight championships the FIVB has presented,” Dr Ary Graca, President of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission said. “The competition on this year’s FIVB Swatch World Tour has been fierce. And it is only a fore shadow of what people will be able to witness in Rome in June. These gladiators will fight ferociously for every point in an attempt to win the coveted FIVB Swatch World Championship title.”

Echoing the sentiments of Dr Graca, Italian Volleyball Federation president Carlo Magri said, “We are looking to organize the best ever World Championships in FIVB history. Hosting the FIVB’s premier beach volleyball event is a great honor and provides an outstanding opportunity for Italian beach volleyball and the Italian public to see the world’s best stars in the heart of one of Rome’s most inspirational venues.”

With less than 30 days before the start of this year’s FVIB Swatch World Championships, the 39 countries with teams officially entered in next month’s 2011 FIVB Swatch World Championships by the May 13 deadline are Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mauritius, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, and Venezuela. Based on several criteria, the final field of 48 teams for each gender will be announced on May 30 when the Drawing of Lots will be held.

The other former men’s FIVB World Champions competing this year are 2008 Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers of the United States, who won the FIVB Swatch World Championships in 2007, along with four Brazilians who are playing this year with different partners. Leading the contingent from Brazil is Emanuel Rego, who won the title in both 1999 amnd 2003, Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes, who won together in 2005 and Ricardo Santos who won with Emanuel in 2003. This year Emanuel is teamed with Alison Cerutti while Marcio Araujo is paired with Ricardo and Fabio Magalhaes is partnered with Joao Maciel.  Dalhausser/Rogers, who set a men’s FIVB record last year by winning nine gold medals en route to clinching the season title, have also won a men’s FIVB record 35 consecutive matches after starting this season with two gold medals and a perfect 12-0 match record.

Two of the three men’s medal teams return intact from the 2009 FIVB Swatch World Championships and the third team members are entered, but with different partners.  All three women’s medal teams from the championships in Stavanger, Norway will be playing together again in Rome.

Germany’s Brink/Reckermann, currently tied for second in points on the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour, won the 2009 gold medal by defeating Brazil’s Alison/Harley Marques and the bronze medal winners were USA’s Dalhausser/Rogers. Harley is competing this season with Thiago Santos Barbosa.

The gold medal team in Rome will split $60,000, the silver $45,000 and the bronze $35,000. For more information on the FIVB, visit www.fivb.org and on the event, visit www.beachvolleyroma.com.

All roads lead to Rome, it has been said, and before these athletes find their way to the Italian capital, each gender has two more events. The genders will compete in separate countries this week.  With the men having held two events and the women three so far in 2011, the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour is scheduled over an eight-month period starting in April in Brazil and ending in November in Thailand.  This week, the women are competing in Poland at the $190,000 Myslowice Open, the fourth overall event of 15 and second of three single gender events for women on the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour calendar. The men will be competing until Sunday in the Prague Open in the Czech Republic. Following the events in Poland and the Czech Republic, the FIVB Swatch World Tour will have two weeks off before resuming in China at the double-gender $600,000 Beijing Grand Slam, from June 6 to 11, the first of six Grand Slam events on the 2011 calendar. After Beijing, the athletes will be heading to Rome.

The 2011 calendar features 15 women's and 14 men's events within all five FIVB confederations plus one special 24-team single-gender women’s test event held from August 9 to 14 at London’s Horse Guards Parade, the venue for beach volleyball at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour is offering $7.64-million in prize money. Twelve of the tournaments are combined men's and women's events, including the World Championships and all six Grand Slam stops.

After the FIVB Swatch World Championships, the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour takes one week off before it continues with three consecutive Grand Slam double-gender events: June 27 to July 3 in Stavanger, Norway (ConocoPhillips Grand Slam Stavanger 2011), July 4 to 9 in Gstaad, Switzerland (1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam) and July 11 to 16 in Moscow (Moscow Grand Slam). The total prize money for each Grand Slam event is US$600,000. Also on the international calendar during this window and immediately following the FIVB Swatch World Championships will be the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Youth World Championships, for players under 19 years old, June 21 to 26 in Umag, Croatia.

Here is the list of Men’s teams officially entered, by country, in this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships:

2011 Men’s FIVB Swatch World Championships Entries (as of 16/05/11)
Morais Abreu/Mario Silva, Angola
Sam Boehm/Isaac Kapa, Australia
Christopher McHugh/Joshua Slack, Australia
Clemens Doppler/Matthias Mellitzer, Austria
Alexander Horst/Daniel Mullner, Austria
Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria
Daniel Hupfer/Helmut Moser, Austria
Michael Leeb/Jorg Wutzl, Austria
Ward Coucke/Tom van Walle, Belgium
Audry Frankart/Tim Verschueren, Belgium
Aliaksandr Dziadkou/Andrei Zharykau, Belarus
Marcio Araujo/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil
Pedro Cunha/Pedro Salgado, Brazil
Bruno de Paula/Fernando Magalhães, Brazil
Rhooney Ferramenta/Moises Santos, Brazil
Benjamin Insfran/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil
Franco Neto/Felipe Rodrigues, Brazil
Joao Maciel/Fabio Luiz Magalhães, Brazil
Harley Marques/Thiago Santos Barbosa, Brazil
Josh Binstock/Rich VanHuizen, Canada
Martin Reader/Chaim Schalk, Canada
Christian Redmann/Ben Saxton, Canada
Cheng Chen/Pen Gao, China
Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, China
Petr Benes/Premysl Kubala, Czech Republic
Jan Dumek/Martin Tichy, Czech Republic
Martin Lebl/Mike Placek, Czech Republic
Anders Lund Hoyer/Bo Soderberg, Denmark
Karl Jaani/Rivo Vesik, Estonia
Andy Ces/Kevin Ces, France
Fabien Dugrip/Yannick Salvetti, France
Renato "Geor" Gomes/Jorge "Gia" Terceiro, Georgia
Markus Bockermann/Mischa Urbatzka, Germany
Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann, Germany
Sebastian Dollinger/Stefan Windscheif, Germany
Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik, Germany
Thomas Kaczmarek/Alexander Walkenhorst, Germany
David Klemperer/Eric Koreng, Germany
Juan Garcia Thompson/Steven Grotowski, Great Britain
Jody Gooding/Gregg Weaver, Great Britain
Tom Lord/Robin Miedzybrodzki, Great Britain
Fernandos Billiris/Emmanouil Xenakis, Greece
Georgios Kotsilianos/Nikos Zoupani, Greece
Gianluca Casadei/Paolo Ficosecco, Italy
Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso, Italy
Rodolfo Cavaliere/Giorgio Zauli, Italy
Daniele lupo/Alex Ranghieri, Italy
Nicolai Paolo/Matteo Martino, Italy
Shinpei Aoki/Kentaro Asahi, Japan
Keisuke Imai/Katsuhiro Shiratori, Japan
Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko, Kazakhstan
Artis Caics/Toms Smedins, Latvia
Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins, Latvia
Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins, Latvia
Emiel Boersma/Daan Spijkers, Netherlands
Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands
Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Netherlands
Tim Oude Elferink/Joppe Paulides, Netherlands
Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands
Jason Lochhead/Kirk Pitman, New Zealand
Geir Eithun/Vegard Hoidalen, Norway
Kim Hellum/Jorre Kiemperud, Norway
Oivind Hordvik/Iver Horrem, Norway
Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr, Norway
Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, Poland
Michal Kadziola/Jakub Szalankiewicz, Poland
Miguel Maia/Pedro Rosas, Portugal
Nelson Brizida/Jose Pedrosa, Portugal
Dmitri Barsouk/Andrey Maryshev, Russia
Andrey Belov/Ruslan Dayanov, Russia
Yury Bogatov/Serguei Prokopiev, Russia
Yury Bogatov/Alexey Pastukhov, Russia
Yaroslav Koshkarev/Semonov Konstantin, Russia
Alexander Likholetov/Yaroslav Kosharev, Russia
Alexander Likholetov/Alexey Pastukhov, Russia
Serguei Prokopiev/Konstantin Semenov, Russia
Christian Garcia/Alfredo Francisco Marco, Spain
Adrian Gavira Collado/Pablo Herrera, Spain
Inocencio Lario/Raul Mesa, Spain
Jefferson Bellaguarda/Patrick Heuscher, Switzerland
Sebastian Chevalier/Sascha Heyer, Switzerland
Philip Gabathuler/Jan Schnider, Switzerland
Martin Laciga/Jonas Weingart, Switzerland
Hannes Brinkborg/Stefan Gunnarsson, Sweden
Bjorn Huitfeldt/Petter Jonsson, Sweden
Murat Giginoglu/Hakan Gogtepe, Turkey
Volkan Gogtepe/Selcuk Sekerci, Turkey
Mykola Babich/Oleksandr Ioisher, Ukraine
Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States
Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena, United States
Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States
Casey Jennings/Kevin Wong, United States
Brad Keenan/Casey Patterson, United States
Cesar Castro/Fernando Ramos, Venezuela
Jensen Del Nogal/Nestor Jerez, Venezuela
Jackson Henriquez/Farid Mussa, Venezuela
Igor Hernandez/Jesus Villafane, Venezuela

All-Time Men’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Champions
Year-Location—Men’s gold medalists
1997-Los Angeles--Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marquez, Brazil
1999-Marseille, France--Emanuel Rego/Jose Loiola, Brazil
2001-Klagenfurt, Austria--Mariano Baracetti/Martin Conde
2003-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil--Emanuel/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
2005-Berlin--Marcio Araujo/Fabio Magalhaes, Brazil
2007-Gstaad, Switzerland--Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States
2009-Stavanger, Norway--Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann, Germany
2011-Rome, June 13-19--www.beachvolleyroma.com

FIVB Swatch World Championships - Men’s All-Time Final 4 Results
June 26-July 5, 2009 at Stavanger, Norway
48 teams, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold Medal Match - Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann Germany (No. 3-seeded team) def. Alison Cerutti/Harley Marques Brazil (1) 21-16, 21-19 (50 minutes)
Bronze Medal Match - Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers United States (2) def. David Klemperer/Eric Koreng Germany (6) 21-11, 21-16 (42)
Semi-Finals - Alison/Harley def. Klemperer/Koreng, 21-18, 21-14 (49)
Semi-Finals - Brink/Reckermann def. Dalhausser/Rogers, 21-17, 16-21, 15-10 (67)
July 24-29, 2007 at Gstaad, Switzerland
48 teams, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold Medal Match - Dalhausser/Rogers, USA (4) def. Dmitri Barsouk/Igor Kolodinsky, Russia (6) 21-16, 21-14 (45)
Bronze Medal Match - Andrew Schacht/Joshua Slack (16) def. Emanuel/Ricardo, Brazil (1), 21-17, 21-19 (47)
Semi-Finals - Barsouk/Kolodinsky def. Schacht/Slack, 21-13, 21-19 (47)
Semi-Finals - Dalhausser/Rogers def. Emanuel/Ricardo 21-16, 13-21, 19-17 (68)
June 22-26, 2005 at Berlin, Germany
48-team, double-elimination bracket
Gold - Marcio Araujo/Fabio Magalhaes, Brazil (2) def. Sascha Heyer/Paul Laciga, Switzerland (8), 22-20, 21-12 (42)
Bronze - Brink/Kjell Schneider, Germany (13) def. Marvin Polte/Thorsten Schoen, Germany (43), 16-21, 21-17, 15-10 (65)
Semi-Finals - Heyer/P. Laciga def. Brink/Schneider, 21-16, 19-21, 15-13 (69)
Semi-Finals - Marcio Araujo/Fabio def. Polte/Schoen, 21-18, 21-14 (53)
October 14-19, 2003 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
48 teams, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold - Emanuel/Ricardo, Brazil (1) def. Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger, United States (15), 21-18 and 21-15 (44)
Bronze Medal - Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran, Brazil (2) won by forfeit over Joao Brenha/Luis Maia, Portugal (13)
Semi-Finals - Emanuel/Ricardo won by forfeit over Brenha/Maia
Semi-Finals - Holdren/Metzger def. Marcio Araujo/Benjamin, 21-19 and 21-14 (46)
August 1-5, 2001 at Klagenfurt, Austria
48 teams, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold - Mariano Baracetti/Martin Conde, Argentina (4) def. Jose Loiola/Ricardo, Brazil (10), 25-23, 12-21 and 20-18 (69)
Bronze Medal - Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, Norway (6) def. Rob Heidger/Chip McCaw, United States (18), 21-16 and 21-14 (37)
Semi-Finals - Baracetti/Conde def. Heidger/McCaw, 21-16 and 21-16 (44)
Semi-Finals - Loiola/Ricardo def. Hoidalen/Kjemperud, 29-31, 21-19 and 15-12 (69)
July 20-25, 1999 at Marseille, France
Qualifier, 32-team double elimination bracket
Gold - Emanuel/Loiola, Brazil (2) def. Martin Laciga/P. Laciga, Switzerland (6), 15-8 (50)
Bronze Medal - Para Ferreira/Guilherme Marques, Brazil (3) def. Javier Bosma/Fabio Diez, Spain (8), 15-7 (35)
Semi-Finals - Emanuel/Loiola def. Bosma/Diez, 15-11 (53)
Semi-Finals - M. Laciga/P. Laciga def. Para/Guilherme, Brazil (3), 15-11 (56)
September 10-13, 1997 at Los Angeles, California, United States
Qualifier, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold - Para/Guilherme, Brazil (9) def. Canyon Ceman/Mike Whitmarsh, United States (3), 5-12, 12-8 and 12-10 (90)
Bronze - Not contested
Semi-Finals - Guilherme/Para def. Paulao Moreira/Paulo Emilio Silva, Brazil (4, Q1), 10-12, 12-9 and 15-13 (136)
Semi-Finals - Ceman/Whitmarsh def. Dain Blanton/Kent Steffes, United States (2), 12-5 ad 12-8 (68)

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