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Old 11-18-2007, 04:11 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Default Italy Wins World Cup Gold, Brazil Joins Italy and USA for Beijing Olympics

Nagoya, Japan, November 16, 2007 – The FIVB Women's World Cup gold medal goes to Italy. For the first time ever, the Women's team of "Azzurre" entered the World Cup podium and went straight through the highest step.

Italy, Brazil and U.S.A, thanks to their gold, silver and bronze medals, got the first three berths for the Olympic Games. They will be, together with host country China, among the 12 teams that will compete from 9th to 23rd of August 2008 in Beijing.

"The Women's World Cup 2007 had a tremendous impact on the media" says the FIVB President, Dr. Rubén Acosta. "The host broadcaster Fuji Television for many matches had a market share exceeding 20%. The 66 matches were seen by more than 200,000 spectators in the venues here in Japan. And the gold medal winner Italy is a team which gives a strong example of our sport's image: they show fair play, they are record-breakers with just two sets lost in this World Cup, and they are also outstanding athletes like the MVP Gioli, who came back on the court after becoming a mother".

Under the heavy spiking of the former Cuban player, Taismary Aguero, Italy completed a fantastic season, after the gold medal in the European Championship. Today's match was their 21st victory in a row, counting the European Championship, the 2008 World Grand Prix qualification and the 11 victories in this World Cup.

Italy completed an 11-game sweep at the World Cup, beating the United States in straight sets on Friday. The European champions and world No. 4 held off a determined challenge from the eighth-ranked Americans 25-20, 25-18, 27-25 to become only the fifth country to win the World Cup, after the former Soviet Union, Japan, China (three times) and Cuba (four times).

Brazil clinched their fourth consecutive podium finish at the World Cup by beating Japan 3-1 in the last match of the competition. The South American champions and world No. 3, who have never won the World Cup, qualified comfortably for Beijing with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18 victory over the host team to finish with a 9-2 win-loss record. Japan, the Asian champions and ranked seventh in the world, dropped to 6-5 after losing their third straight at Nagoya.

Cuba ended the World Cup on a winning note by beating Serbia 3-1. The four-time World Cup winners and reigning NORCECA champions recovered from losing the first set to defeat the 2006 World Championship bronze medallists 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22. The victory improved their win-loss record to 8-3 while dropping the European vice champions to 7-4.

The Dominican Republic came from two sets down on Friday to overcome rivals Peru and claim their third win of the World Cup. The Dominicans won 23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-10, 15-13.

Poland cruised past Thailand at Park Arena Komaki on Friday for their sixth win in the World Cup. Poland finally overcame the feisty Thais 25-15, 25-17, 25-22. Korea had few problems overcoming the winless Kenyans in their final match of the 2007 World Cup. The Koreans picked up their fourth win of the tournament, 25-16, 25-17, 25-12 at Park Arena Komaki.

Following are the final standings 1. Italy, 2. Brazil, 3. U.S.A, 4. Cuba, 5. Serbia, 6. Poland, 7. Japan, 8. Korea, 9. Dominican Republic, 10. Thailand, 11. Peru, 12. Kenya



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Default Unbeaten Italy Beats USA to Win World Cup 2007

Nagoya, Japan, November 16, 2007 -- Italy completed an 11-game sweep at the World Cup, beating the United States in straight sets in the second game of the final day at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Friday.

The European champions and world No. 4 held off a determined challenge from the eighth-ranked Americans 25-20, 25-18, 27-25 to become only the fifth country to win the World Cup, after the former Soviet Union, Japan, China (three times) and Cuba (four times).

Head Coach Massimo Barbolini said "I can only say that I am really, really happy for our victory in this World Cup. This is the first time for Italy to arrive in the top three teams, so to win it is a bonus. In Italy we say we have to keep our feet on the ground. Okay, this season has been wonderful and now we have to be happy. After that we have to think about next season, which will be very, very difficult.

Massimo Barbolini's well-drilled team ended the campaign with a perfect 11-0 record, while the United States dropped to 9-2 but still had the satisfaction of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics with a podium finish. Their only two defeats came against European opposition Serbia and Italy.

In the first set, Tom on the left wing caught the eye with some fizzing spikes at the peak of her spring-heeled leap, and Bown clicked quickly into gear at the net working off setter Berg. In reply, Barazza and Gioli both displayed their court craft at the net, while Del Core, on attack and block, and Piccinini on the left scored early points.

USA, thanks to a Scott screamer on the right, led 8-7 at the first TTO, but the Americans soon felll behind 16-14 at the second TTO azzurre blue kept the pressure on the USA attack, and the Americans went off again at 20-16. And too the set.

In the second set, the Americans were defending well against Aguero, but points can come from all areas in such a well-drilled team. They led all the way to 20-14. Italy had plenty of time to clinch the set 25-18.

The Italians started the third set strongly, jumping to a 4-1 lead. But the American fought back effectively to level the scores at 17 all. The Americans were in the ascendancy and the crowd responded, leaving Italy to try and refocus with victory so close at 18-18...just seven points away after a gruelling four-city, 15-day schedule.

As the teams approached the home stretch they produced some of the most sparkling volleyball of the tournament, the Americans forcing Italy to play catch-up. A floating Gioli serve crept through for 23-21, but tough defence on Secolo brought the Americans level 23-23. Aguero brought up match point 24-23, but a net touch made the scores level. The Americans missed a set point before Italy won on their second match point with a Barazza block for 27-25.



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Default Men's World Cup to Start with Brazil Opening Campaign against USA

Beijing, China, November 20, 2007 -- 12 teams from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, U.S.A. will compete from November 18 to December 2 for the prestigious World Cup and also he first three places for the 2008 Olympic Games, with the round robin system for the World Cup in Japan.

World and Olympic champions Brazil , who won the 2003 World Cup before going on to take gold in the Athens Olympics, will start their campaign at Site B against NORCECA champions USA on November 18 before meeting European kings Spain the next day and African champs Egypt on November 20.

For the whole generation launched by Head Coach Bernardinho Rezende it could be the last chance to participate in the Olympic Games. Obviously, for players like the amazing Giba (MVP at the 2006 World Championships), Ricardinho Garcia (MVP at the 2007 World League), middle-blocker Gustavo, opposite Anderson or libero Sergio, all born between 1974 and 1976, London 2012 is too far away.

Gustavo is looking ahead at his first engagement on November 18th in Matsumoto. "The 2007 World Cup is the start for the Olympic Games. During all the year, we talk many times about this competition. It will be very tough, but it will be grateful. The organization is very good. In this first game, we will have a final. We will play against USA. I think that the American team and Bulgaria, Russia, Spain and Brazil are the favourites for the three vacancies".

Australia and Puerto Rico are the absolute beginners of the Men's World Cup. Both teams qualified at the Asian and Norceca Continental Championships.

Surprisingly, the team coached by Russell Borgeaud won the AVC Championship for the first time, while the Puerto Rico team led by Carlos Cardona placed themselves behind the U.S.A. in the Norceca Championships.

Spain makes its debut with amazing news. The coach who signed the historical success of the European title's conquest, the Italian Andrea Anastasi, has been called back to lead the Italian national team.

The "Azzurri" team, awarded by the FIVB as "team of the century", managed to conquer three consecutive World Championships from 1990 to 1998, whereas in the last seasons they obtained negative results. After the dismissal of Coach Gian Paolo Montali, the Italian Federation has called back his predecessor, Andrea Anastasi, the man who launched Alessandro Fei as an opposite spiker on the eve of the 2002 World Championships in Argentina.

In Japan, Spain will be led by Marcelo Méndez, an Argentinean Coach with a broad international experience (he has trained in Spain and Italy, as well as in his home country), and acclaimed for his latest successes with the Spanish Club C.V. Pórtol.



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Default Volleyball Games Please

Hey, I was wondering if there is anybody outthere I can get International games on DVD from.

I am looking for games from the past olympics as well as the new world cup. Particularly interested in games from Brazil mens and womens.

Cuba, Dominican Republic and Italy for the womes.

Please let me know if someone can help me.

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