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Historical Data on each team competition in the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup, including participation and final rankings from World Championships, Olympic Games, Word Cup, World League, World Grand Prix and World Grand Champions Cup

match schedule


Tue 20 Nov

14:00 KOR BRA
16:00 CUB YUG
19:00 JPN ARG

Wed 21 Nov

14:00 KOR CUB
16:00 BRA ARG
19:00 YUG JPN

Fri 23 Nov

13:00 CUB BRA
15:00 ARG YUG
18:00 JPN KOR

Sat 24 Nov

13:00 CUB JPN
15:00 KOR ARG
18:00  BRA YUG

Sun 25 Nov

13:00  ARG CUB
15:00 YUG KOR
18:00 JPN BRA


Tue 13 Nov

13:00 KOR - USA 15:00 CHN - RUS  19:00 JPN - BRA  Wed 14 Nov 

14:00 USA CHN

16:00 BRA RUS

19:00 JPN KOR

Fri 16 Nov 

14:00 RUS USA

16:00 KOR BRA

19:00 CHN JPN

Sat 17 Nov 

13:30 JPN RUS

15:30 BRA USA

18:30 KOR CHN

Sun 18 Nov 

13:00  RUS KOR

15:00 CHN BRA

18:00 USA JPN

Dates and Venues


Nagoya and Tokyo

20 25 November, 2001




2001 World Grand Champions Cup




Showtime for the Caribbeans

Tournament Wrap - Men and Women

day 2
Nagoya, Japan, 21 November, 2001 - Cuba is odds-on favourite for the World Grand Champions Cup title after defeating Korea 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 in Nagoya, Japan on Wednesday.

The 67-minute demolition of the Asian champion is Cuba's second straight-set victory in as many days, after stunning Olympic gold medallist Yugoslavia 3-0 on Tuesday, giving the Caribbean nation a perfect record and placing them on the top of the standings leading into Day 3 of the five day competition.

South American champion Brazil is equal to Cuba on four points after it overpowered its South American neighbour Argentina 25:16, 25:15, 25:07, but as it dropped one set against Korea in Tuesday's opener, is behind Cuba in sets for-and-against in the single round robin tournament.

Yugoslavia and Japan are equal on three points with a 1-1 win-loss after the European champion easily accounted for the hosts in another 3 set match 25:15, 25:18, 25:17. Argentina and Korea are on the bottom of the six-team standings on 2 points, Argentina has won only two and Korea one set in their two matches to date.

Led by B. Leonel Marshall, Dennis Angel and centre Pavel Pimienta, Cuba took control from the start to the end in its match against Korea. They claimed the first set in style 25-17, but let Korea stay close in the second set until the first technical timeout at 8-7.

The rest of the set and match was just a showtime for the Caribbeans, as the Koreans had nothing to answer the Cuban's block and attacking power.

Brazil was also in devastating form with 201cm outside hitter Dante Amaral having a field day against the young Argentineans. His game high 12 successes with only one error was twice that of the second attacker Andre Nascimento.

After a rest day Thursday, Cuba and Brazil meet on Friday in a match that will possibly determine the eventual tournament winner in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gym.

But even with the form the Cuban team is showing, Brazil's coach Bernardo Rezende seems confident that they have the Cuban's measure.

"We have met five times this year, and won four of them. All the games are tight, with three going to five sets. We need to serve consistently, and block their high balls. They will fire rockets at us, that is the Cuban way, but we just need to control their attack and hopefully force mistakes from their side. We need to control their attack. We cannot let them control the game," Rezende said.



Cuban captain Ihosvany Hernandez relaxing after the match