Brazil start final push for 10th gold in Americas showdown vs USA


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 7, 2017 - Brazil host USA in Curitiba Friday for the first of the 2017 FIVB World League semifinals as they embark on the final push to claim a record tenth title. The North Americans, meanwhile, are still on track for a third World League gold, after their successes in 2008 and 2014.

• This will be the 40th time Brazil and United States face each other in the World League. This is the most common tie for both countries in the competition.
• Brazil have won 29 and lost 10 encounters. They won the last three, in 2015 and 2016 (2).
• United States last beat Brazil in the final in 2014 (3-1). Taylor Sander was top scorer in that match on 24 points.
• Sander is one of six USA players from that 2014 team who is also in their 2017 squad. Brazil have eight players remaining.

• Brazil can become the first team to win the World League 10 times.
• The reigning Olympic champions have not won the World League since 2010. They have appeared in another four finals since, but always finished second.
• Brazil won 13 of their last 14 semifinal matches in the World League, losing only to United States in 2008.
• The last two times the Final Round was held in Brazil the Brazilian team did not make it to the final. In 2015 France beat Serbia 3-0 and in 2008 United States beat Serbia 3-1.
• In 2002 Brazil last reached the final on home soil, when they lost 3-1 to Russia.
• Brazil have played one World League match this season which ended in straight sets, the 3-0 win over Bulgaria on 16 June.

United States
• United States are in search of their third gold medal in the World League. They previously won the tournament in 2008 and 2014.
• Their most recent victory in 2014 also marked the last time United States reached the final.
• Last season they finished fifth and did not make it into the top three for the first time since 2013 (12th).
• United States lost their most recent World League semifinal 3-2 to Serbia in 2015. They had won their three semifinals prior to that defeat in straight sets, versus Brazil (2008), Cuba (2012) and Iran (2014).
• United States have claimed a total of six World League medals (G2-S1-B3), five of which since 2007.
• United States lost their opening three matches of the 2017 World League but bounced back with five wins in their following eight matches.


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