Bulgaria eye repeat of last week's win over Brazil


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2017 - Brazil and Bulgaria clash Friday in Cordoba for the 24th time in World League history, with the South Americans leading the series 19-4. This is a rematch of last week's win of the Balkan side in Varna. Brazil, as hosts, are already assured of a berth in the Final Six of the 2017 FIVB World League in Cordoba; a win by Bulgaria on Friday would bring them very close to qualfication.

• Brazil have won 19 of their 23 World League encounters with Bulgaria.
• No other team have won more matches against Bulgaria in the World League than Brazil (Russia next 16).
• In their first encounter this year, Bulgaria won 3-1, ending a losing streak of eight World League matches against the Canarinhos.
• Bulgaria could now win consecutive World League fixtures against Brazil for the second time, after 2006-2007.
• In 1994, these teams met in the World League third-place match with Brazil winning 3-2.
• In 2013, these teams met in the World League semifinal. Brazil won 3-1 and eventually lost the final against Russia in straight sets. Bulgaria lost the bronze medal match against Italy in five sets.

• Last year's finalists Brazil have lost their last World League match (3-1 against Bulgaria) and could lose consecutive matches within the same season for the first time since 2015 when they lost against Italy and France.
• Last season, the only opponents they lost back-to-back World League matches against were Serbia (group stage and final).
• Bruno Mossa Rezende is the best setter in Group 1 with 5.08 average per set.
• Thales Hoss is the best receiver in Group 1 with an efficiency of 62.28%, ahead of teammate Mauricio Borges Almeida Silva (59.76%).

• Bulgaria are currently in sixth place in Group 1 coming into this weekend of play. With final round hosts Brazil currently in third place, a sixth place would be enough to qualify for the next round.
• Bulgaria are one win shy of their 150th World League victory, becoming the eighth team to reach this landmark.
• Bulgaria have conceded at least one set in each of their last 18 World League matches since their straight set win over Argentina on 4 July 2015.
• Nikolay Nikolov is the best blocker in Group 1 with an average of 0.86 per set.
• Tsvetan Sokolov (100 points) is one of the two players who have already scored 100 points in the World League Group 1 this season, besides France's Stephen Boyer (106).


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