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2017-07-24 15:55:00 CEST

#WorldChampsVienna pool preview – part 3

We take a closer look at men’s pools D, E and F ahead of the World Championships

Brazilian Evandro - famous for his big serve - pictured here at full stretchBrazilian Evandro - famous for his big serve - pictured here at full stretch

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna – here’s our look at men’s pools D, E and F.

Pool D – Men

Meet the teams

Evandro/Andre (Brazil)
Ontiveros/Virgen (Mexico)
Quesada/Pina (Cuba)
Varenhorst/Van Garderen (Netherlands)

Click here for the Pool D schedule

The lowdown

With the added wildcard of Dutchmen Varenhorst/Van Garderen, this group looks wide open. Pool D is headed by Brazilians Evandro/Andre, a new team for 2017, and Olympic pairing from Mexico, Virgen/Ontiveros. The Central Americans finished third in Olsztyn in the warm-up for the World Champs. The Dutch duo find themselves on the Danube Island thanks in no small part to Christiaan Varenhorst’s silver medal with former partner Reinder Nummerdor at the World Champs two years ago. The Cubans are the outsiders of the four, having qualified via the NORCECA continental rounds. That said the Caribbean pair have won four of the seven continental events they’ve entered, including two this year.

Game to watch

Look no further than the first game on the Red Bull Beach Arena on the opening day of the championships – Brazil versus the Netherlands. Varenhorst/Van Garderen have found opportunities limited on the World Tour, with their ranking points restricting them to just three tournaments. They’ll be keen to show the world they’re better than their last three finishes – 17, 41, 25 – against the Brazilians who won silver together at Fort Lauderdale Major.

Can anyone stop Alison/Bruno from winning a second successive title?Can anyone stop Alison/Bruno from winning a second successive title?

Pool E – Men

Meet the teams

Alison/Bruno (Brazil)
Grimalt/Grimalt (Chile)
Plavins/Regza (Latvia)
Nguvo/Tovela (Mozambique)

Click here for the Pool E schedule

The lowdown

All eyes will be on Brazilian Olympic champions Alison/Bruno as they go in search of a historic second successive title. No men’s team has even successful defended a world champs crown and Alison is gunning for a record third title himself. Grimalt cousins Esteban and Marco qualified for their third-straight championships via their World Tour rankings, while Plavins/Regza are one of three Latvian teams appearing on the Island. Nguvo/Tovela represent Mozambique, the first time a team from the southeast African nation have qualified for the World Championships.

Game to watch

It will be a true David versus Goliath clash that you can’t afford to miss on the second day of the tournament: Olympic champs Alison/Bruno get their title defence up and running against Mozambican duo Nguvo/Tovela. Can the Africans pull off what would be one of the biggest shocks in world champs history against the Brazilians? Check out side court 2 at 2pm on Sunday.

Pool F – Men

Meet the teams

Liamin/Krasilnikov (Russia)
Koekelkoren/van Walle (Belgium)
Finsters/Tocs (Latvia)
Abicha/Elgraroui (Morocco)

Click here for the Pool F schedule

The lowdown

Russians Liamin/Krasilnikov will be strong favorites in Pool F having enjoyed a consistent 2017 season that has included two golds and one silver on the World Tour. The Russians, who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics, face competition from two European rivals, Belgium and Latvia CEV qualifiers Koekelkoren/van Walle and Finsters Tocs. A Moroccan team is represented for the second time in the championships by Abicha/Elgraoui, who fell at the final hurdle of Olympic qualification last summer.

Game to watch

The final match of pool play in Pool F sees the Latvians take on the Moroccans. Depending on how results go in the previous matches, this could be a fight for a place to stay in the competition.

 

Previous previews: Men pools A-C, women pools A-C.

 

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