PRESS RELEASE 26.08.2003


Big clash set in play off matches

Tehran, Iran, August 26 - Traditional Volleyball powerhouses and the two of the favorites for the 12th Men's Under 21 World Championship, Brazil and Russia will meet Wednesday in one of the feature early play off seeding group matches in the second round starting at 14.30 GMT.

In a match described as "the final before the final" both teams are set for a fantastic contest having finished top of their respective pools in the first round with three victories. In the other seding match Korea, the dark horses of the competition, will meet Serbia Montenegro, the leader of Pool D at 8:30 GMT. All four teams have already qualified for the quarterfinals.

The Brazilian coach, Antonio Lerbach said the competition is just beginning now and each team has to do its best to make the final. "We have the potential to add this competition to the golden year of our Volleyball," he added.

The Russian coach Serguei Tsvetnov stated that the match today against Brazil is not the end of the competition as both teams may meet again in the actual final.

The other eight teams will play off for the remaining four spots with Poland, second in Pool C playing India, third in Pool B. Iran, second of Pool A, meets Slovakia, third of Pool D, while Germany, second in Pool B, meets Canada, third in Pool C and Bulgaria, second in Pool D plays Egypt, third in Pool A.

Four teams - Italy, the big surprise, Tunisia, China and Venezuela - have already been eliminated in the first round, and another four teams will leave after Wednesday's matches to leave only eight.

The first round showed many future stars like the Korean spiker Dong-jin Kang who is the leading the top scorer and the Bulgarian Matey Kaziyski, who has had a brilliant tournament at the net. Also, as expected, the Russian spiker Denis Kalinine was very active and was the best spiker in the preliminaries with his teammate Pavel Kruglov, Germany's Jochen Schops and the Egyptian Ahmed Salah Eldein.