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17/08/2017 - 15:33hs

Brazil playing Volleyball U23 Championship in Cairo

The Brazilian national team will debut in the Under-23 tournament against Mexico this Friday (18) and then play the house team on Sunday (20). Russia is the favorite.

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Brazilian National Team player Douglas Souza

São Paulo – This Friday (18) Cairo will see the opening of the Volleyball Men’s U23 World Championship. The Brazilian national under-23 team will play Mexico 9:30 am on the opening day.

Brazil’s team is coached by former player Giovane Gávio. During the first phase of the contest, Brazil will play Poland on Saturday (19), Egypt on Sunday (20), Cuba on Monday (21) and Japan on Wednesday (23). The two best teams will move on to the semifinals.

The Brazilian volleyball federation (Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol - CBV) said in a press release that the team’s strongest first-phase opponents are Poland and Cuba. Although Egypt is a strong team within Africa, it is no match to the Brazilian team, according to the CBV.

Teams are split into two brackets. The other bracket than Brazil’s comprises Turkey, Russia, Argentina, Iran, Algeria and China. Egypt’s national team is coached by Brazil’s Marcos Miranda. The first phase will last until August 23, and the championship ends on August 25.

Brazil is the reigning South American U23 champion, and it won Gold in the 2013 World Championship. According to the contest’s website, Russia is the favorite this year, in addition to having won the last edition in Dubai, 2015.

The star of the Brazilian team is Douglas Souza. An outside hitter, he played with the Brazilian National Team that won the Rio 2016 Olympics. The championship in Egypt is taking place in the Cairo Stadium Complex.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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