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Year in Review: Brazil complete undefeated run to capture third World Cup title

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 30, 2019 – Rio 2016 Olympic champions Brazil proved that they are still a force to reckon with after completing an undefeated run to win the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup title – a feat that puts them into an elite class of teams with their third title victory in the history of the competition.

Year in Review: Zhu Ting stars anew as China defend World Cup title

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 29, 2019 – Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Zhu Ting provided leadership on the court and the scoring proficiency once again to lead China to an inspiring title defence in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup in Osaka, Japan.

Amanda Francisco: Serving in style

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 10, 2019 – Serving is an important part of volleyball and a good server puts the odds in her team’s favour.

Top 10 powerful spikes of the Women's World Cup 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 9, 2019 - Check out the ten best spikes from the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup 2019! Which is your favourite?

Media Coverage and digital engagement creates global community for the #FIVBWorldCup

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 6, 2019 – The 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup captured the hearts and minds of volleyball fans across the world as the FIVB’s digital engagement and media coverage soared on all channels.

Absolutely insane! The Men's World Cup's most powerful spikes

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 6, 2019 - Enjoy incredible spikes by top scorers Lincoln Williams (Australia), Wilfredo Leon (Poland), Ilia Vlasov (Russia), Yuki Ishikawa (Japan), Benjamin Patch (USA) and others from the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup in Japan!

Men's World Cup Dream Team: Where are they now?

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 28, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Men's World Cup now behind them, the shining stars of that competition are now back with their clubs, looking at leading them in their next endeavours as domestic and international club competitions begin across the world.

Women's World Cup superstars: Where are they now?

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 25, 2019 - It's been less than a month after the 2019 FIVB Women's World Cup, but the stars of the competition are back in action, leading their teams again as the club season begins across the world with domestic and international competitions.

Higher, Faster, Harder - World Cup highlights

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 18, 2019 - 132 matches and a little over a month after the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup started on September 14, it's time to look back at some great highlights.

World Cup stars: How they made the Dream Team

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 17, 2019 - The Dream Team of the 2019 FIVB Men's World Cup brought together the top stars of the competition earlier this month in Japan - a reward for their brilliant performances throughout the gruelling fortnight-long tournament.

Brazil crowned Men’s World Cup champions

Hiroshima, Japan, October 15, 2019 – Brazil bagged the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup title as the competition concluded on Tuesday evening at Hiroshima’s Green Arena. The reigning Olympic champions now hold three World Cup titles, following their victories in 2003 and 2007.

Alan Souza named MVP in 2019 Men’s World Cup

Hiroshima, Japan, October 15, 2019 – Brazil opposite Alan Souza was named Most Valuable Player of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup after leading his team to an undefeated run and to a third title in the competition.

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup - Results and ranking

Nagano, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Japan, October 15, 2019 - The 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup featured 12 national teams from the five continental confederations playing in Nagano, Fukuoka and Hiroshima from October 1 to 15. Brazil claimed gold, Poland silver and USA bronze.

USA captain Christenson: "We have grown in this tournament"

Hiroshima, Japan, October 15, 2019 – Matthew Anderson scored a match-high 17 points as the United States beat Egypt 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13) at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Tuesday.

Team comes first for USA’s Aaron Russell

Hiroshima, Japan, October 14, 2019 – Aaron Russell is playing for USA for the second time in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, and he feels he now has a more pivotal role to fulfill.

Brazil one win away from completing sweep of Men’s World Cup

Hiroshima, Japan, October 14, 2019 – The Brazilian team inched closer to another FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup title defeating hosts Japan 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-14, 27-25) on Monday night at the Hiroshima Green Arena.

Rezende: “Achieving goal brings joy to the team”

Hiroshima, Japan, October 14, 2019 - Brazil secured the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup title at a packed Hiroshima Green Arena on Monday, beating hosts Japan 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-14, 27-25) to claim their third World Cup crown.

Maar: Canada seek to build character in young talents

Hiroshima, Japan, October 13, 2019 – Stephen Maar has emerged as a key player in Canada’s roster as the North Americans continue their efforts to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Brazil strong and steady towards final stretch of Men’s World Cup

Hiroshima, Japan, October 13, 2019 – Brazil bagged their ninth consecutive win in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup after a tough tie-break triumph against Poland 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11) on Sunday at the Hiroshima Green Arena.

USA coach Speraw: "We played well in all facets of the game"

Hiroshima, Japan, October 13, 2019 – Matthew Anderson scored 13 points as the United States defeated Australia 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-16) at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Sunday.

Brazil, Poland set for pivotal Men’s World Cup clash

Hiroshima, Japan, October 11, 2019 – Two of the top teams in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup will square off at the Hiroshima Green Arena on Sunday when Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Brazil play reigning world champions Poland.

Matteo Piano: Over and Beyond the Middle

Hiroshima, Japan, October 11, 2019 – Matteo Piano tries to learn a new word of Japanese for each day of his stay in Japan during the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup.

Men’s World Cup: Brazil triumph in crucial clash with USA

Hiroshima, Japan, October 10, 2019 – Brazil firmed up their bid for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup after defeating USA 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-17) on Thursday evening at the Hiroshima Green Arena.

USA, Poland gaining momentum in Men’s World Cup race

Hiroshima, Japan, October 9, 2019 – Reigning world champions Poland and FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup defending champions United States gathered momentum as they picked up their fifth wins on the sixth day of competition on Wednesday.

Leal looks to cap great season with World Cup honours

Hiroshima, Japan, October 9, 2019 – Yoandy Leal Hidalgo is having a great season and the summer of 2019 marks his first time playing for Brazil in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup.

Men's World Cup player statistics - Top fives

Hiroshima, Japan, October 7, 2019 - With the second round of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup set to begin on Wednesday, here are the top 5s from the individual player statistics.

Bartosz Kurek rejoins Poland in Men’s World Cup

Fukuoka, Japan, October 6, 2019 – After taking a break following Poland's title at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship, when he also collected the tournament's Most Valuable Player award, opposite hitter Bartosz Kurek has returned to lead his country at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup as its captain.

Brazil, USA, Poland take top spots after Men’s World Cup Round 1

Fukuoka and Nagano, Japan, October 6, 2019 – Reigning Olympic champions Brazil kept a perfect record to take the top spot at the end of Round 1 of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup.

Hoag happy to be back at the World Cup

Nagano, Japan, October 5, 2019 – Nicholas “Nick” Hoag is back in Japan. The 27-year old Gatineau-born outside hitter is spending the last few weeks of his summer playing for Canada in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup.

Brazil keep up winning pace in Men’s World Cup

Fukuoka and Nagano, Japan, October 5, 2019 – Brazil remain the only undefeated team in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, while Poland, Italy, Canada, Iran and the United States chased victories on Saturday.

Japan’s Taichiro Koga celebrates 30th birthday with a win

Fukuoka, Japan, October 4, 2019 – High-flying Yuji Nishida was the likely protagonist in Japan’s straight-set win over Tunisia in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup, but the unsung hero was their libero Taichiro Koga, who celebrated his 30th birthday running their defence and helping his team to a winning comeback after losing to Poland on the previous day.

Brazil lone unbeaten team after Men’s World Cup Day 3

Fukuoka and Nagano, Japan, October 4, 2019 – Brazil bagged their third win at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup after a 3-1 defeat (25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) of Egypt in Friday evening’s main event at Site B Nagano.

Bitok seeks to re-energise Kenya

Osaka, Japan, October 4, 2019 – Kenya women’s coach Paul Bitok had a very successful 10-year spell improving Rwandan volleyball, but he was happy to answer a “help” message from the Kenya Volleyball Federation earlier this year to take charge of the Kenyan women’s team.

Men's World Cup - Team rosters

Fukuoka, Nagano and Hiroshima, Japan, October 4, 2019 - The FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup features 12 teams including 2015 gold medallists USA playing in Fukuoka, Nagano and Hiroshima from October 1 to 15. Click below for the full team rosters and match schedule.

Meet the best players of the Women’s World Cup

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 3, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup Dream Team brought together the cream of the tournament after the 66 matches played across five cities in Japan. Meet the seven players that made the Dream Team.

Agustin Loser plays big man in the middle for Argentina

Fukuoka, Japan, October 2, 2019 – Agustin Loser may not be the tallest guy in his team, but the young middle blocker has had a fair share of the spotlight with Argentina’s wing spikers in contributing to their two victories so far in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup.

Men’s World Cup: Brazil, Poland, Egypt on top after Day 2

Fukuoka and Nagano, Japan, October 2, 2019 – Brazil bagged their second win of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup with a 3-0 defeat (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) of Australia on Wednesday to lead the current standings.

Egypt’s Salah looks to inspire young players in fifth World Cup appearance

Nagano, Japan, October 1, 2019 – Ahmed Abdelhay leads Egypt as captain and as one of the team’s more experienced players in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup.

Argentina stun defending champions the United States on first day of Men’s World Cup

Fukuoka and Nagano, Japan, October 1, 2019 – Argentina made a great comeback in the tiebreaker to win their opening match against defending champions United States in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup on Tuesday.

Chinese women’s volleyball team receive presidential homecoming after victorious World Cup

Beijing, China, October 1, 2019 - China President Mr. Xi Jinping welcomed the Chinese women's volleyball team as guests of honour at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, after they returned home following a historic win at the 2019 FIVB World Cup in Japan.

Blend of youth and experience highlights 2019 Men’s World Cup

Fukuoka and Nagano, Japan, September 30, 2019 – The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup from October 1-15 features an exciting mix of youth and experience as the 12 participating teams prepare for the 2019 edition.

President Xi congratulates China on historic win

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 30, 2019 - President of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, was one of the first to congratulate the China women’s national volleyball team, following their unbeaten run to World Cup gold this weekend.

China crowned World Cup champions anew

Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2019 – China sweeped all eleven of their matches in Yokohama, Sapporo and Osaka to defend their title in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.

China skipper Zhu heads 2019 Women’s World Cup Dream Team

Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2019 – Skipper Zhu Ting led China to another gold medal victory and headed the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup Dream Team for the second time in a row, following the conclusion of the event in Osaka on Sunday.

FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup - Results and ranking

Yokohama, Hamamatsu, Sapporo, Toyama and Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2019 - China, USA and Russia finished first, second and third of the 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup which featured 12 teams playing in round robin format in five cities across Japan from September 14 to 29.

Fresh continental medallist Zatorski looks forward to difficult World Cup

Paris, France, September 29, 2019 – Poland grabbed the bronze medal at the men’s European Championship on Saturday and, right after the awarding ceremony in Paris, their libero Pawel Zatorski spoke to fivb.com about the national team’s season so far and his anticipation of the upcoming FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan.

We showed good all-round fundamentals against Russia: Ze Roberto

Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2019 – Brazil beat Russia 3-1 (28-26, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19) in the second match on the final day of the FIVB Women’s World Cup at Osaka’s Edion Arena on Sunday.

We expected a tough match and it was: Kiraly

Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2019 – USA defeated Korea 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 16-25, 25-22) in the first match on the final day of the FIVB Women’s World Cup at Osaka’s Edion Arena on Sunday.

Russia’s Voronkova plays with all her heart

Osaka, Japan, September 28, 2019 –Irina Voronkova has been one of Russia’s reliable scorers in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup. The 23-year-old outside hitter, has averaged in double-digits as one of coach Sergio Busato’s starters throughout various stops of the competition in Japan.

China draw closer to sweep of Women’s World Cup

Osaka, Japan, September 28, 2019 – China allowed their dominant play speak for itself as they beat Serbia 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-16), skipping the big celebrations and staying focused on their final mission, with a game left to play on Sunday against Argentina to complete their sweep of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.

Women’s World Cup: USA stay solid in second place

Osaka, Japan, September 27, 2019 – USA firmed their grip on a podium finish at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup, after taking the tie-break on Russia 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8) on Friday evening.

Go-to hitter Brayelin Martinez leads by example

Osaka, Japan, September 27, 2019 – Twenty-three-year-old Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez has already made significant strides for the Dominican Republic in her young career, establishing herself as the team’s go-to hitter.

Women's World Cup: Who will win gold, silver and bronze?

Osaka, Japan, September 26, 2019 - China enter the final stretch of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup undefeated and top of the tournament standings, but who will win gold, silver and bronze?

Men's teams gear up for World Cup

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 25, 2019 - With the 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup set to begin on Tuesday, men's teams are gearing up for the final climax of the international season to be played in the Japanese cities of Fukuoka, Nagano and Hiroshima from October 1 to 15.

Women's World Cup player statistics - Top fives

Toyama and Sapporo, Japan, September 25, 2019 - With just three match days remaining in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup, here are the top 5s from the individual player statistics.

China, USA, Russia still top three after second round of World Cup

Sapporo and Toyama, Japan, September 24, 2019 – China firmed up their grip on the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup title as the only remaining unbeaten team at the conclusion of the second round on Tuesday.

Argentina’s returning players see team evolving in World Cup competition

Toyama, Japan, September 23, 2019 – Argentina entered the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup as the second-ranked South American team, and have brought back several players to help in their 2019 campaign. Julieta Constanza Lazcano, Lucia Fresco, and Tatiana Rizzo are among the players returning to Japan after also participating in the competition in 2015.

China reign in clash of unbeaten teams in Women’s World Cup

Sapporo and Toyama, Japan, September 23, 2019 – Zhu Ting dropped 23 points as China turned a clash of unbeaten teams into a lopsided affair, beating the United States 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-22) in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup on Monday.

Cameroon take each match as learning experience in World Cup debut

Toyama, Japan, September 22, 2019 – African champions Cameroon are playing for the first time in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup and they have certainly made their presence felt. They would often announce their entrance into the Yokohama Arena during the first round, and now, into the Toyama City Gymnasium, with a song that conveys their team spirit.

China and USA extend win streaks to six in Women’s World Cup

Sapporo and Toyama, Japan, September 22, 2019 – China and the United States fought hard in five-setters to extend their respective winning streaks to six on Sunday, preparing themselves for a showdown on Monday for the solo lead in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.

Serbia’s Ana Bjelica leads Women’s World Cup scorers list

Sapporo and Toyama, Japan, September 21, 2019 – Serbian opposite and captain Ana Bjelica is leads the scoring race after five matches in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup.

China, USA, Russia take top three spots in first round of Women’s World Cup

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 19, 2019 – The first round of matches at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup was completed on Thursday evening, with China, USA and Russia taking the top three spots in the standings.

Women’s World Cup: China, USA on course after Day 4

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 18, 2019 – China and USA continued their unbeaten run to firm up their 2019 campaign for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Volleyball World Cup.

Sloetjes hopes Netherlands get vibe back for Olympic qualifiers

Hamamatsu, Japan, September 17, 2019 – Superstar opposite Lonneke Sloetjes is currently competing with her national team – the Netherlands – in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup and she is hoping that the tournament will help them prepare for the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in January 2020.

Three teams with three straight wins in Women's World Cup

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 16, 2019 - The Netherlands, China and USA retain a clean card after Day 3 of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup, hosted in various cities across Japan.

Brazil's Sheilla and Fabiana find their way back to World Cup

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 15, 2019 - Fans at the Hamamatsu Arena celebrated the return of two of volleyball's most decorated players, Sheilla Castro Blassioli and Fabiana Claudino, who are in Japan to help boost Brazil's bid for the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup.

United States roll to 2-0 start in Women’s World Cup

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 15, 2019 – The United States together with the Netherlands, Brazil, China and Russia are off to a 2-0 winning start in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup on Sunday.

China begin World Cup title defence with win over Korea

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 14, 2019 – China began defence of their title in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-14) win over Korea in the all-Asian derby at Yokohama Arena on Saturday.

Teams descend on Japan for 2019 Women’s World Cup

Hamamatsu and Yokohama, Japan, September 13, 2019 – A great volleyball spectacle will kick off in Hamamatsu and Yokohama on September 14 as the world's elite players and teams descend on Japan for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup.

World Cup teams ready for competition in Japan

Yokohama and Hamamatsu, Japan, September 13, 2019 – Cameroon, China, Dominican Republic, Korea and Russia join hosts Japan for the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup, with coaches sharing their insights in Friday’s press conference at the Yokohama Arena.

World Cup - Women's and men's team rosters

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 12, 2019 - The FIVB Volleyball World Cup features 12 teams participating in the women's event from September 14 to 29 and another 12 in the men's event from October 1 to 15. Click below for the full team rosters and match schedule.

World Cup 2019 - All the information at your fingertips

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 29, 2019 – As back-to-back FIVB Volleyball Nations League champions the United States prepare to play Kenya in the opening match of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup, and reigning champions China go up against neighbours Korea, you can now get all the competition information in one place on the tournament website.

2019 FIVB World Cup match schedule announced

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 12, 2019 – The match schedules for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup have been announced with both men’s and women’s tournaments being held across Japan in eight host cities.

Twelve teams per gender confirmed for 2019 World Cup

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 4, 2019 - The participating teams in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's and Women's World Cups to be held later this year have been confirmed, as host cities across Japan for the two tournaments have been announced.

FIVB World Cup to return to Japan in 2019 ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Yokohama, Japan, October 20, 2018 – Japan will continue its proud record of organising top-class FIVB volleyball events when the country hosts the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup, less than a year before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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