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Kovac Names Iran Squad for Final Round of Volleyball World League

Sport - The Iranian men's national volleyball team coach, Slobodan Kovac, announced the names of his squad for this week's final round of volleyball World league in Italy.

Italy (hosts), Iran (Pool A second), Brazil (Pool A third), USA (Pool B winners), Russia (Pool B second) and finally Australia will be the 6 finalist nations to take part in the last episode of the World League in Florence from July 16 to 20.

Iran's national volleyball team is due to have tough matches against Russia and Brazil in its pool.

The national Iranian volleyball team played 12 games in the preliminary round of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) 2014 World League, winning six games and losing as many.

The Iranian volleyball athletes in the national team began their performance in FIVB 2014 World League on May 30 with a game versus Italy in that country's Christie City, and played their last preliminary round game on July 5, in Poland's Gdansk City, gaining 19 points all together in this round of the league.

Brazil (9), Italy (8), Russia (3), Cuba, the Netherlands, Poland and USA (all 1) are the seven countries who have won the World League during its previous 24 editions. Serbia and France join as the only countries to have medaled in the past.

World League Fixtures:

16 July

Iran-Russia (17:30 LT)

Italy-USA (20:30 LT)

17 July

Brazil-Russia (17:30 LT)

USA-Australia (20:30 LT)

18 July

Iran-Brazil (17:30 LT)

Italy-Australia (20:30 LT)

At the end of this round, winners of each group will play with the second team of other group (19 July), and the winners of these matches will fight for the title of volleyball world league champion (20 July).

The Iranian national team will fly to Italy on Monday morning. Iran's coach, Hossein Ma'dani, can't be with his men because of medical problems.


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