Argentina take on Bulgaria for 29th time in history


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2017 - Bulgaria play Argentina for the 29th time Sunday in Cordoba in an official competition, with the record standing at 19-9 in favour of the European side. Hosts Argentina, at 2-6 this season, are out of contention for a ticket to the Fina Six, but depending on other results Bulgaria could still be in with a chance.

• Argentina and Bulgaria prepare for their 29th major encounter and their second one this year after a 3-2 win by Argentina in the opening weekend of the World League.
• Bulgaria won 19 of the previous 28 major encounters between these teams.
• Argentina won three of the last four major encounters between these teams, each in the World League, by 3-0, 3-1 and 3-2. Bulgaria won the other in straight sets.

• Argentina's 3-1 win against Brazil ended a run of five consecutive World League defeats. Their only other victory in this year's competition was versus Bulgaria (3-2).
• Argentina lost their other three five-setters in the 2017 World League, in consecutive matches against Belgium, Iran and Serbia.
• Argentina won three of their nine matches in last year's World League.
• Argentina have lost the opening set in 13 of their last 17 World League fixtures.

• Bulgaria's five-set win against Serbia in their last match was their 150th World League victory.
• Bulgaria have won four and lost four of their eight 2017 World League matches.
• Bulgaria have won eight of their last nine World League matches that have gone to a deciding set. The only team to beat them in a fifth set in that run was Argentina.
• Bulgaria have a superior win to loss record in World League five-setters (W33-L32).


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