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Battle on as Cuba & Bulgaria open 2005 World League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2005 World number 16 Cuba and world number 13 Bulgaria, who surprised all by reaching the final round last year, have the privilege of opening the 2005 World League with their first Intercontinental Round match in Varna starting at 18:00 (local time) on Friday.

It promises to be a riveting contest with Cuba showing some encouraging preseason form having beaten Greece and Argentina in two friendly series while Bulgaria, who finished fourth last year, go into the match with a new coach in 33-year-old Martin Stoev.
Pic: The atmosphere will be electric in Bulgaria on Friday where more than 35,000 fans witnessed World League action during last year's competition

This Pool B clash is the first of four matches on Friday night with Poland hosting Argentina in Pool C in Bydgoszcz at 19:00 (local time), followed by another Pool B clash with Italy playing France in Ragusa starting at 20:30 (local time) and Greece taking on Serbia and Montenegro in another Pool C match in the Peace and Friendship stadium in Athens starting at 21:00 (local time).

The first match in Pool A sees Portugal take on Japan in Guimaraes starting at 16:00 (local time) on Saturday.

All matches will having live scoring on the FIVB website.
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