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2017-07-26 17:13:00 CEST

#WorldChampsVienna pool preview – part 7

Men’s pools J, K and L get the preview treatment

Can 2013 champions Brouwer/Meeuwsen claim their second world title?Can 2013 champions Brouwer/Meeuwsen claim their second world title?

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna – here’s our look at the last three men’s pools, J, K and L.

Pool J – Men

Meet the teams

Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Netherlands)
Fijalek/Bryl (Poland)
Ranghieri/Carambula (Italy)
Vieyton/Cairus (Uruguay)

Click here for the Pool J schedule

The lowdown

The champions from 2013, Brouwer/Meeuwsen, are the favorites in a competitive pool. The Dutch duo won bronze at last summer’s Olympics but have missed the past two Swatch Major Series events due to injury. That said they have still clocked up one gold medal and five top-five finishes this term. Polish pair Fijalek/Bryl are a new team for 2017 with 22-year-old Bryl making his championship debut. World Tour regulars from Italy, Ranghieri/Carambula, are making their first ever appearance at the tournament aiming to improve on their ninth place finish they achieved at the Olympics last summer. The quartet is completed by Uruguay’s Vieyton/Cairus. The pair qualified via the South American continental route to become the first men’s team from the nation to make it to the World Championships.

Game to watch

Brouwer/Meeuswen versus Ranghieri/Carambula promises to be a hugely entertaining affair on the Red Bull Beach Arena center court on July 30. Carambula’s skyball is always a big attraction to beach volleyball fans while the Dutchmen are never short of wit and skill when on the court, making this a real match to stick in your watchlist.

Italy's Lupo/Nicolai are reigning European champions and won silver at last summer's Olympics.Italy's Lupo/Nicolai are reigning European champions and won silver at last summer's Olympics.

Pool K – Men

Meet the teams

Lupo/Nicolai (Italy)
Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin (Russia)
McHugh/Schumann (Australia)
Lombie/Kamara (Sierra Leone)

Click here for the Pool K schedule

The lowdown

A competitive-looking Pool K awaits European champions and Olympic silver medalists Lupo/Nicolai of Italy. One of the most talented teams on the tour, the duo head to Vienna off the back of a silver medal at the Poreč Major last month. The Italians will need to be wary of Russians Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin who have four top-10 finishes to their name this season, while Aussies McHugh/Schumann are creeping further up the rankings following a number of solid performances on the World Tour. Sierra Leone’s Lombie/Kamara complete the pool. Read more about their journey to Vienna here.

Game to watch

The final pool play match between the Olympic runners-up Lupo/Nicolai and the young Russians Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin has the makings of a real classic. It will be the two teams’ first meeting together on the World Tour – don’t miss it.

Doppler/Horst are going to be roared on by thousands of Austrians on the Red Bull Beach Arena.Doppler/Horst are going to be roared on by thousands of Austrians on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

Pool L – Men

Meet the teams

Doppler/Horst (Austria)
Saxton/Schalk (Canada)
Salemi/Raoufi (Iran)
Nusbaum/Vandenburg (Canada)

Click here for the Pool L schedule

The lowdown

All Austrian eyes will be on home favorites Doppler/Horst as they look to reward their legion of fans with a medal on the Red Bull Beach Arena. They qualified as hosts but the highest ranked team in the pool are Canada’s Saxton/Schalk, one of the most consistent duos on the beach scene. They have a liking for Austria: 12 months ago they won bronze at the A1 Major Klagenfurt. Iranian pair Selemi/Raoufi are the first team from their country to compete at a championships having qualified via the Asian continental rounds. The quartet is completed by Nusbuam/Vandenburg, who are the third Canadian men’s team to jet into Vienna. The pair have never played together on the world stage, and earned their place through North American qualifying.

Game to watch

All three of Doppler/Horst’s games are going to be popular with the army of beach fans, but the standout match is arguably their game against Saxton/Schalk. It will be the ninth time the two teams have faced each other with the Austrians holding a 5-3 head-to-head lead. Make sure you’re courtside at the Red Bull Beach Arena for this one.

 

Previous previews: Men pools A-Cwomen pools A-Cmen pools D-Fwomen pools D-Fmen pools G-I, women’s pools G-I.

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