There are six teams that will participate for the gold medal in the FIVB World League 2017 (July 4 – July 9): Brazil (host), Serbia, France, Canada, USA and Russia.
The information will be updated several times per day. You will have an opportunity to read much news about the teams, to watch interesting videos and to see some photos from Curitiba.
Saturday, July 9:
13:30 CET – Stephane Antiga won his first medal as the coach of Canada. He is so proud of his boys.
09:00 CET – Earvin Ngapeth reached the second MVP award in World League. For Dream Team of 2017 click here.
17:50 CET – Nalbert Bitencourt who in the Brazilian jersey won two World Leagues and one Olympic Gold, is now the TV commentator and journalist. At the age of 35, he retired from volleyball.
Friday, July 7:
10:44 CET – The reflections of the last round of pool stage at F6: Lauent Tillie – “Main line-up came back in the 5th set because we wanted the best possible place on the pool for the semi-finals”; Nikola Grbic – “We must understand we’re the team that must play at 100% or else we become a mediocre team”.
09:34 CET – The reflections of the last round of pool stage at F6: Bruno and Dal Zotto say Brazil need to minimize ups and downs, Zhigalov states young Russian squad still has a lot to learn.
01:45 CET – The semifinal pairs of the FIVB World League 2017:
Brazil – USA (Friday, 20:05 CET)
France – Canada (Friday, 20:40 CET)
Thursday, July 6:
23:00 CET – Bruno Rezende leads Brazil to the semifinals!
17:52 CET – This is the “D-day” for these four teams – Brazil, Russia, France and Serbia! The host Brazil need one set to reach the semifinals, while the winner of France vs. Serbia game will claim the semifinal spot.
16:30 CET – Hilarious fail of the Canadian youngster!
10:55 CET – One of the ways to stay warm in Arena da Baixada in Curitiba
Wednesday July 5:
13:43 CET – Stephen Boyer has made an amazing spike vs. USA!
11:00 CET – This is the first photo from Curitiba that explains the conditions at the stadium. So, Team Yavbou, what it feels like to play at 10 degrees? Are you freezing out there?
01:30 CET – France win an epic five-set game vs. USA
Tuesday, July 4:
19:50 CET – All set! This how Arena da Baixada in Curitiba looks like 15 minutes prior to the inaugural match of the 2017 FIVB World League Final Six between Brazil and Canada…
10:50 CET – The head coach of Serbia Nikola Grbic is not satisfied with the conditions in Curitiba:
“I’ve been playing or coaching for 30 years and I’ve never played in such conditions yet. Throughout my career, there were really hot arenas but I’ve never played outside during the winter. It’s a big mistake of those that suggested playing outside and even a bigger mistake of those that have approved it. The conditions are not even close to being optimal for such an important competition as the World League. It’s eight to 10 degrees outside and we have to play a game. The people are wearing jackets during the training sessions because it’s too cold,” says Grbic. (source – zurnal.rs)
10:00 CET – Mauricio Borges will have a huge support in Curitiba – his son!
Monday, July 3:
22:30 CET – In Curitiba held the official press conference before the start of the Final Six of the FIVB 2017 World League
17:40 CET – “We want to play with Brazil. They are a great team and they are Olympic champions. Even if they have one or two players injured, they remain an extraordinary team, both in terms of individuals and collectively” said the French coach Laurent Tillie and added: “In my opinion, the United States will play much better than in group stage because they train more regularly. They are a renewed team, but very aggressive and physically very strong. Serbia is a team that builds to a crescendo with players who are used to big meetings.”
13:44 CET – In case you didn’t know, Bernardo Rezende is part of the Brazilian coaching staff!
09:00 CET – The reigning champions have made the first practice in Coritiba!
See STATS & VIDEOS from World League 2017.