World champs meet Olympic champs in World League opener


Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31, 2017 - It's the reigning world champions Poland against the reigning Olympic champions Brazil in a rematch of the 2014 FIVB World Championship final on Friday in Pesaro, to open the 2017 FIVB World League in style.

• Brazil won their most recent major encounter with Poland, a straight-set win in the 2016 World League.
• Poland had won four of the previous five encounters, including the gold medal match at the 2014 World Championship.
• In the World League, Brazil have won five of their last seven meetings with Poland.
• At 217cm Poland's Bartlomiej Lemanski and Brazil's Renan are the tallest players in this year's World League competition.

• Brazil will make their 28th World League participation and join Italy as the only ever-presents in the competition that was installed in 1990.
• Brazil are the reigning Olympic champions and in search of their first World League crown since 2010.
• Brazil have won the World League on a record nine occasions.
• In 2016, Mauricio Souza's nine blocks in the match against France on 3 July were a season-high in the World League.

• This is Poland's 20th participation in the World League. They will appear in the competition for the 20th season in a row.
• Winning the World League in 2012 still ranks as Poland's best performance in the competition. They have not finished in the top three since.
• Poland finished fifth in the World League last season.


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