Iran host Belgium in first World League meeting


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2017 - Iran host Belgium Friday in Tehran, in what is the very first time the two sides come head-to-head in the FIVB World League - though they have met elswhere, with Iran winning their last encounter 3-1 at the 2014 FIVB World Championship.

• Iran and Belgium will meet for the first time in the World League.

• Their last meeting came at the 2014 World Championship when Iran won 3-1 in the first round.
• Belgium are unbeaten in their World League meetings with teams representing the Asian Volleyball Federation. They won all six meetings with Australia, losing only two sets.

• Iran opened this year's World League with two defeats (3-0 Italy, 3-1 Brazil) and one win (3-1 Poland).
• Iran have not won back-to-back in their last nine World League matches.
• Iran have won seven of their previous 13 five-setters in the competition, including their last four.
• After the opening week in this year's World League, two Iranian players are in the top three best receivers in Group 1 - Milad Ebadipour Ghara (62.7%) and Mahdi Marandi (57.8%).

• After an opening match defeat to Canada (3-2) in this year's competition, Belgium won their other two matches, 3-0 against Serbia and 3-1 against United States.
• Belgium could win three successive World League matches for the first time since a run of six in 2015.
• Belgium have lost 10 of their previous 15 five-setters in the World League, including their last four.
• Bram Van Den Dries (59) scored third most points among all players in Group 1 in the first week of the competition.


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