France, Bulgaria to unlock WL head-to-head tie


Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31, 2017 - Meeting for the 13th time in the history of the FIVB World League, France and Bulgaria are tied at six wins each and one will push ahead Friday in Kazan.

• France and Bulgaria will meet each other for the 13th time in the World League. Both teams have won six matches.
• The last encounter was the final of Group 2 in 2015 when France won 3-0.
• Bulgaria last beat France in 2013 when they won 3-2 and 3-0.
• Their last encounter was at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January 2016, when France won 3-0.

• France finished in third place last season, meaning that they have won all medals -gold, silver and bronze- exactly once in the World League.
• In 2015, France won the World League, beating their previous best performance from 2006, They finished runners-up that season.
• France will make their 22nd World League appearance and their 19th in succession.
• In 2016, Antonin Rouzier was top scorer of the final round in Group 1 on 88 points.

• Bulgaria will make their 20th World League appearance and their 15th in succession.
• Their best finish is fourth place, which they have achieved on five separate occasions.
• Only one team has more participations without ever finishing in the top three than Bulgaria's 20 - Japan (24).


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