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Bernardo Rezende: It will be a very good test

by WoV
source: volleycountry.com author: Ola Ostrowska

Before the first game of Final Six 2012, some words have been said on the special press conference for the coaches of all participating team.


Bernardo Rezende

We are very happy to be here as we have waited until the end of the International Round to qualify”, Bernardo Rezende said. “It will be a very good test for our team and we hope we will play better than we did in the previous matches. We will definitely do our best and try to reach the semi-finals, because our group is difficult and the other two teams – Poland and Cuba – play well.

We are satisfied with being here in the Finals in Sofia, where everyone wants do their best”, Cuba coach Orlando Samuels said. “We are a little different from the others as we are the only team that is not playing in the Olympics tournament. This is the reason that this competition is the most important for our team this year.

The second match on Wednesday sees the hosts Bulgaria play Germany for the fifth time in this year’s competition with both teams having split their four encounters in this year’s World League however more importantly, Germany, who are making their World League Finals debut, beat Bulgaria in Sofia on Sunday in five sets.

For the last two months, I have spent two days in Belgium, seven in Germany and 20 in Bulgaria so we feel like half-Bulgarians already”, Germany coach Vital Heynen said. “It will be great to have some support from the local people. We have managed to win two out of four matches against the Bulgarians, both of them here in Sofia, and we are eager to have a third win. We look to the first match, because this will be the first step.

Bulgaria coach Nayden Naydenov added: “As we are hosts of the Finals, the responsibility we feel is bigger than usual. We want to make all of the people who will be in the venue happy and satisfied with our performance. A lot of changes were made recently in our team, so these matches will be a good test and an opportunity to play against the strongest teams in the world just before the start of the Olympics.

Andrea Anastasi, coach of Poland: “We are very happy to be here. The World League Finals have taken a special part of my life – my first matches in the Final Round were in Japan in 1990 and now I am excited to be here as a coach. It will not be easy – we can see the last two finalists of the World Championship in one group. The coaches here are the history of volleyball, so we a have a lot of respect to the other teams and we want to play some good matches.

Alan Knipe, coach of USA: “Our team is happy to be here. It is a great honour to participate in the Finals. The tournament will be tight and on a very high-level, because the teams are preparing for the Olympics in London.


Final Six Schedule


17:30 Cuba – Brazil

20:45 Bulgaria – Germany


17:30 Brazil – Poland

20:45 Germany – USA


17:30 Cuba – Poland

20:45 USA – Bulgaria

7.07, semifinals

17:30 1st of pool F vs 2nd of pool E

20:45 1st E vs 2nd F

8.07, finals

17:30: game for bronze medal

20:45: game for gold medal

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