Iran and Brazil look for first 2017 World League win


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 3, 2017 - Iran play Brazil for the eighth time in the history of the World League Saturday in Pesaro, with the reigning Olympic champions enjoying a 4-3 lead in the series over their Asian opponents.

• Brazil have won three of their last four major encounters with Iran, all matches in the World League.
• Iran's last major victory over Brazil dates back to the 2014 World League (3-1), their final of five encounters in that World League season.
• They have met seven times in the World League starting with their first WL meeting in 2014. Brazil lead the series 4-3.

• Iran lost their opening match of this year's World League against Italy in Pesaro (3-0).• Of their 10 straight sets defeats in the World League, five have come against Italy and only one against Brazil.
• Iran are one set shy of losing their 100th in World League play. They are currently on 88 sets won and 99 sets lost.
• Iran have started all their World League campaigns with multiple defeats: the first three in 2013 and 2014, the first four in 2015 and the first two in 2016. They could break this trend here.

• Brazil opened their 2017 World League campaign with a 3-2 defeat against Poland.
• Brazil, who host the Final Round in Group 1 played in Curitiba later this season, could lose three World League matches in a row for the first time since 2013-2014.
• Since the start of the 2015 season, Brazil have lost seven World League matches (21 wins). Four of those seven went to a fifth set.
• Brazil are one shy of 100 defeats in the World League. In comparison: they have won 334 matches.
• With 23 points, Evandro was the best scorer of the match against Poland.


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