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2017-07-20 18:01:00 CEST

#WorldChampsVienna pool preview – part 1

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna.

Fort Lauderdale Major champs Alvaro/Saymon are number one seeds in the men's competition Fort Lauderdale Major champs Alvaro/Saymon are number one seeds in the men's competition

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna.

Here’s our first of eight parts, focusing on the men’s pools A, B and C.

Pool A – Men

Meet the teams

Alvaro/Saymon (Brazil)
Gonzalez/Nivaldo (Cuba)
Kunert/Dressler (Austria)
Williams/Phillip (Trinidad & Tobago)

Click here for the Pool A schedule

The lowdown

Top seeds for the tournament, Brazil’s Alvaro/Saymon, aim to continue their fine form of 2017 that has seen them win gold in Fort Lauderdale and bronze in Gstaad at the Danube Island. However, Saymon and 2015 World Champ silver medalist Alvaro face stiff competition from Cubans Gonzalez/Nivaldo, who finished ninth in the World Champs two years ago and fifth at the Olympics last summer. Austrians Kunert/Dressler qualified as hosts and are competing in their first finals, while Williams/Phillip will be the first team in history from Trinidad and Tobago to play in the World Championships.

Game to watch

Undoubtedly the Brazilians against the Cubans. In what will be their first meeting, these two highly-rated teams go head-to-head in their final pool play match. If results go their way, this could be a fight to secure top spot in the group.

Last year's A1 Major Klagenfurt champions Samoilovs/Smedins are one of the most consistent teams on the World TourLast year's A1 Major Klagenfurt champions Samoilovs/Smedins are one of the most consistent teams on the World Tour

Pool B – Men

Meet the teams

Smedins/Samoilovs (Latvia)
Jefferson/Cherif (Qatar)
Böckermann/Flüggen (Germany)
Charly/Golindano (Venezuela)

Click here for the Pool B schedule

The lowdown

Experienced Latvian duo Samoilovs/Smedins are the second seeds for the tournament having qualified as a result of their FIVB World Tour ranking. Both have experience of World Championships and Olympics – Smedins won bronze in the London Games in 2012. Qataris Jefferson/Cherif are the Latvians’ main dangers having finished fifth in the 2015 World Championships and ninth in Rio last year. Don’t rule out Germans Böckermann/Flüggen, either. The 2016 Olympians are no strangers to the podium on the FIVB World Tour, while South Americans Charly/Golindano complete the quartet. The Venezuelan pair have posted a number of consistent finished on the South American tour and are competing at their first World Championships.

Game to watch

Germans Böckermann/Flüggen meet Venezulans Golindano/Charly at the Red Bull Beach Arena center court in both teams’ last pool match in what could be a fight to stay in the competition with the team finishing bottom of the group eliminated.

Fresh from winning Gstaad Major gold, Lucena/Dalhausser will be one of the favorites for the title in ViennaFresh from winning Gstaad Major gold, Lucena/Dalhausser will be one of the favorites for the title in Vienna

Pool C – Men

Meet the teams

Dalhausser/Lucena (USA)
Doherty/Hyden (USA)
Prudel/Kujwaiak (Poland)
Leonardo/L. Garcia (Guatemala)

Click here for pool schedule

The lowdown

Americans Dalhausser/Lucena are the big fish in Pool C and with good reason. The duo have been prolific medal winners during their beach careers. Dalhausser won the World Champs in 2007 and Olympic gold in 2008 with Todd Rogers while Lucena will be playing his fifth World Championships with a different partner. Fellow Americans Doherty/Hyden have a combined age of 77 but don’t let that fool you – the pair finished fourth at the Fort Lauderdale Major in February. Polish pair Prudel/Kujawiak, a new team for 2017, arrive in Vienna courtesy of the European continental qualification process. Guatemalans Leonardo/Garcia, meanwhile, will take their first steps on the international beach scene having qualified via the NORCECA qualification route.

Game to watch

The two experienced American rivals go into battle on the Red Bull Beach Arena center court on the second day of the tournament aiming to kick-start their title bids with a win. Hyden/Doherty have lost all three previous international meetings against Lucena/Dalhausser this year so revenge will be high on their agenda in Vienna.

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