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11 July 2013 | in Volleyball, Summer Universiade

Brazil beats Switzerland and thinks Ahead

The Brazilian team rejoices winning against Switzerland, assuring qualification

KAZAN - The Brazilian men’s volleyball team beat Switzerland 3-1 in the fourth match of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan on Wednesday, July 10th. The team is thus still unbeaten in the competition, having beat Macau (3:0), China (3:0) and Australia (3:1).

Brazil is represented by players of Monte Cristo team, a volleyball club from Goiás, one of the country’s 27 states. Back there, the team has recently won the Supercopa do Banco do Brasil, a new championship created by the Brazilian Confederation of Volleyball, CBV, and a Brazilian bank.

“It has been a very good semester for us and we’ve been working hard since the beginning of the year, so I think that these victories are the result of our efforts”, said Brazilian player Fabiano Jeronymo.

Part of Monte Cristo’s team was chosen to come to the Universiade, and players admit that this is the first time they participate on such huge event. “None of us has ever been to any championship with such major infrastructure as the Universiade,” said player Renato Cruvinel.

Brazil is already classified for the next round of matches, but still has a crucial game against Poland to decide which team will be in the first and second positions of group C. “If we get to the first place, we’ll have a match against Belarus for the quarter-finals; if we stay in the second place, our next game will be against Russia”.

The Russian team will count on some athletes that participated in the 2012 Olympic Games and, according to Fabiano, is the team to be beaten.

The focus of the Brazilian team lies on the next game against Poland. However, the next objective of the boys after the Universiade is over is to go back to Goiás and train for the Superliga 2013-2014, which is the Brazilian major volleyball championship.


Ana Verotti (BRA), FISU Young Reporter