TIJUANA, Mexico, August 14, 2007 - The tenth edition of the Boys’ Youth World Championship is about to start in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali with Russia as defending champion and Brazil looking for a seventh crown and a hat-trick as the ruler in the three men’s divisions.
Russia triumphed in 2005 in Algeria when the competition took place in the cities of Aljiers and Oran, and previously took home the title in 1999 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Italy is the only other country to succeed in the biennial event with a victory in Tehran, Iran in 1997.
Brazil finished on top in the first four editions (Dubai, Arab Emirates 1989, Porto, Portugal 1991, Istanbul, Turkey 1993 and San Juan, Puerto Rico 1995) and then won consecutive titles in Cairo, Egypt 2001 and Suphan Buri, Thailand in 2003.
The Brazilians are currently the reigning world champions in the Men’s and Junior’s categories after winning the competitions in Japan last November and Morocco last July respectively so a third crown here will be the icing on the cake for the South Americans.
Brazil which was a runner-up in 2005 leads all the countries with seven podium finishes (6-1-0) and is followed by Russia (2-0-1), Italy (1-1-1) and Japan (0-1-2) with three apiece. The former Soviet Union (0-2-0) twice finished among the top three as also did Iran (0-1-1) and South Korea (0-0-2). Then Greece (0-1-0), Venezuela (0-1-0), India (0-1-0), Bulgaria (0-0-1) and Poland (0-0-1) each have achieved one podium.
The 2007 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship first round will consist of four pools of four teams playing a round robin system to determine the pool ranking. The top two teams from each first-round pool will move to Pools E and F, while the bottom two teams in each pool move to Pools G and H.
All four second round pools (E, F, G, H) will be composed of four teams which will play a round robin format. The top two teams in Pools E and F will advance to the semi finals, while the third and fourth place teams in Pools E and F will play for fifth through eighth place. The top two teams from Pools G and H qualify for the 9-12 play-offs, while the third and fourth place teams will compete for spots 13-16. Each team will be guaranteed eight matches in the tournament.