A view of the Arena da Baixada stadium during the gold medal match between Brazil and France
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 11, 2017 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° celebrated an incredible edition of the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals after the competition reached its pulsating climax at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil on Saturday.
"What an exciting 2017 FIVB World League Group 1 Finals it was with France winning the World League Trophy for the second time, Brazil claiming silver and Canada securing bronze, their first top-three finish in the tournament's history," he said.
The results of the 2017 Group 1 Finals totaled 1883 points and in front of an astonishing crowd of over 23,000 fans, France prevailed in an epic 3-2 battle with hosts Brazil (21-25, 25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13). Star player Earvin Ngapeth scored 29 points out of the 206, leading his team to an incredible victory. Quick links - Volleyball:
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"Canada’s podium debut was unforgettable as they defeated their neighbours, USA, 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21) to finish third and complete a phenomenal achievement. I am sure those bronze medals felt like gold," added President Graça.
"My sincerest thanks go to Brazil for hosting the FIVB World League Finals for a sixth time. The Arena da Baixada football stadium in Curitiba, that hosted matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, staged an amazing tournament this year and provided a first-class volleyball experience for our passionate fanbase.
"Now our focus moves to the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix which began last week. I am sure that the women’s competition will bring us the same high level of intensity as the top nations pursue their dream of becoming champions.
"Like the 2017 FIVB World League, all of the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix matches are available on the FIVB YouTube channel
. We are committed to providing access to countries where the FIVB does not have a broadcasting partner.
"Best wishes to all the winners of the 2017 FIVB World League and participants of the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix."