PRESS RELEASE 31.08.2003


U21 Men's World Championship Poland upset Brazil to clinch title

Tehran, Iran, August 31 - The ruling order of world Volleyball was shaken up on Sunday as underdogs Poland pulled off the surprise of the Men's Under 21 World Championship in Tehran after they won the final over title holders Brazil in five magnificent sets.

Poland, who lost to Brazil in their preliminary Pool match 3-0, sealed the victory 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-11 to win the cup for only the second time in their history.

Brazil were looking to add the Men's U21 title to their senior team's triumphs in the World League and last year's World Championship and their Boy's U19 win in Thailand in July. But Michal Ruciak and Michal Winiarski again proved to be influential figures for Poland as they upset all the Brazilian tactics with solid defense against the Brazilian attack. Brazil made many uncharacteristic errors, especially the normally reliable Eder Carbonera and Wallace, to allow the Poles into the match as Poland took the first, third and fifth sets.

Mariusz Wlazly also played a fantastic match against the tall Brazilian lineup, who struggled for cohesion right throughout the match.

In the other matches played on Sunday, Bulgaria finished third after they beat South Korea in straight sets (25-19, 25-16, 25-21). Bulgaria's big star and one of the competition's best Matey Kaziyski, led his team efficiently with perfect spikes and a solid block, along with teammate Danail Milushev, to Bulgaria's best result since they won the title in 1991.

Russia, with the tall timber of Denis Kalanine and Pavel Kruglov to the fore, took fifth spot after pulling off a straight sets victory over Iran (25-20, 25-19, 25-19) in just under an hour, as the hosts looked unprepared for the morning match.

And courtesy of the excellent play of Vladan Djordjevic and Ivica Jevtic, Serbia and Montenegro finished seventh after recording a straight sets victory over Germany (25-16, 15-22, 25-22), who were missing their best player Jochen Schops due to stomach problems.