Serbia and Brazil in 2016 World League final rematch


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2017 - Defending FIVB World League champions Serbia face Rio 2016 Olympics gold medallists Brazil Sunday in Cordoba in a rematch of the 2016 World League final, whiich the European side won in straight sets. With both Serbia and Brazil already qualified for this season's Final Six in Curitiba, Sunday's match is all about bragging rights.

• This will be a replay of the 2016 World League final when Serbia won in straight sets.
• These teams also met in the 2003, 2005 and 2009 World League finals. All three were won by Brazil.
• In total these teams have met 24 times in the World League, with Serbia winning only six of these.
• Serbia won both previous encounters (2016 World League) and can win three times in a row against Brazil in the World League for the first time.
• Nine of the previous 12 matches between these teams in the World League were decided in five sets.

• Serbia have already qualified for the Group 1 final round.
• Serbia have won six of their eight 2017 World League matches, only losing against Belgium (3-0) and Bulgaria (3-2).
• Serbia lost consecutive matches once during their 2016 World League winning campaign (against Argentina and Iran). They lost three fixtures in total during that edition.
• Serbia have won each of their last nine World League matches when they have won the opening set, since the 3-2 defeat against Iran on 1 July 2016.

• Brazil have already qualified for the Group 1 final round as they are hosting the event in Curitiba.
• Brazil have won five of their eight 2017 World League matches, losing against Poland (3-2), Bulgaria (3-1) and Argentina (3-1).
• Serbia (twice, including the final) were the only team to beat Brazil in the 2016 World League.
• Of Brazil's last nine World League losses, eight have come against CEV opposition, including three versus Serbia.
• Only four of Brazil's last 28 World League matches have gone to a deciding set.


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