FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Media Guide 2013 - page 10

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WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP
PREVIEW
Debutants Russia set sights on maiden victory
It is hard to believe, that world No. 2 Russia have never
competed in the FIVB Men’s World Grand Champions Cup.
The team, which features Dmitriy Muserskiy, who stands at
an impressive 2.18m tall, will finally take part in the sixth
edition of the tournament that will be held from November
19 to 24 at the Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium and the
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The Olympic champions
earned their ticket to the Men’s World Grand Champions
Cup after defeating Italy 3-1 in September’s European
Championships.
Despite this being the team’s first appearance in the
tournament, new coach Andrey Voronkov has already set
his sights on a victory so as to add the one missing title
from his team’s impressive list of success in the past 18
months.
The Russians are currently the dominant force in men’s
volleyball having won the gold medal at the 2012 London
Olympics as well as this year’s World League title when
they beat world No. 1 Brazil 3-0 in the final match of the
competition.
For Brazil the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup is an
opportunity to clinch a historic hat-trick of wins in the
Men’s World Grand Champions Cup and consolidate their
hold on the number one spot in the World Rankings. The
South American champions have won three of the five
Men’s World Grand Champions Cups held so far – in 1997,
2005 and 2009 – and finished as runners-up behind Italy
(1993) and Cuba (2001) in the remaining two.
However, the world champions, are long overdue for a
big win after being defeated by Russia in the finals of the
London Olympic Games and this year’s World League. They
seem to be on the right track after winning the 29th South
American title, but the Brazilians are now determined to
prove themselves against the best teams in the world.
Brazil won the gold medal for the third time at the Men’s World Grand Champions Cup in 2009
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