Brazil seek 16th win over Canada in Final Six opener


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 30, 2017 - Brazil open play in the 2017 FIVB World League Final Six when they host Canada at Curitiba's Arena da Baixada open-air football stadium. The two sides come head-to-head for the 19th time in World League history, with Brazil leading the series 15-3 - including a 3-1 win earlier this season in Varna.

• Brazil won 15 of their previous 18 World League matches against Canada.
• Brazil claimed at least one set in each of their 18 meetings with Canada in the World League. Their losses were a 3-1 defeat in 1991, and two five-set defeats in 1999 and 2012.
• Their only previous World League meeting in the Final Round came in 2013 when Brazil won in straight sets.
• These teams also met in the second week of this competition. On 9 June, Brazil won 3-1.

• Brazil will finish in the top six of the World League for the 28th time, a record.
• Brazil have not won the competition since 2010. Since, they have finished as runners-up on four occasions and claimed one fifth and one sixth place.
• This season, Brazil won six of their nine World League matches, losing 3-2 to Poland, 3-1 to Bulgaria and 3-1 to Argentina.
• Of Brazil's last nine World League losses, eight came against CEV opposition.
• Only four of Brazil's last 29 World League matches have gone to a deciding set.

• Canada are guaranteed a top six finish in the World League for the second time, after finishing fifth in 2013.
• This season Canada won five of their nine World League matches, three of which in five sets.
• Canada won four of their last five five-setters in the competition. This follows on a run of seven successive defeats in five-setters in the World League.
• Canada have won only two of their last 16 World League matches against South American teams, a 3-2 win against Brazil in 2012 and a 3-0 win against Argentina in 2015.


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