Can't get more classic than Argentina v Brazil


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 17, 2017 - Argentina host Brazil Saturday in Cordoba and it can't get more classic than this, although the Rio 2016 Olympic champions have and absolutely total domination over their arch rivals with a 23-0 head-to-head record in the history of the FIVB World League. Brazil, as hosts, are assured of a place in this season's Final Six in Curitiba. For Argentina it's all over after their five-set defeat to defending champions Serbia on Friday.

• Brazil have won all 23 encounters with Argentina in the World League.
• No other teams have played each other more than 13 times (Bulgaria vs Korea) with only one team winning each encounter in the World League.
• Argentina suffered straight set defeats in the last four encounters with Brazil in the World League.
• The last win for Argentina in any competition against Brazil was the Final of the 2015 Pan American Games when Argentina prevailed in five sets.

• In front of a home crowd in Cordoba, Argentina lost their fifth consecutive World League match on Friday: 3-2 against Serbia.
• This is Argentina’s longest losing streak since a run of 13 matches in 2013-2014.
• Each of Argentina's last three defeats came in five sets. The last time they played more consecutive World League five-setters was in 2009 (five), when they claimed three wins and lost two.
• Argentina’s only win in this season’s World League came against Bulgaria, the team they will face again on Sunday.
• Four Argentinian players scored 13 points or more against Serbia on Friday, but none scored more than 18 in the five-setter. Martin Ramos led the squad with 18.

• Brazil claimed a straight-set win against Bulgaria in this weekend’s first encounter, conceding only 56 points.
• These 56 points conceded were the fewest for them in the World League since 25 June 2016, when they conceded 47 points, also against Bulgaria.
• Brazil have now won five and lost two of their World League matches this season. Their four previous wins until their straight-set win over Bulgaria came by a 3-1 scoreline.
• Wallace de Souza scored 15 of Brazil’s 75 points on Friday to become the team’s top scorer in the match.


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