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Bengolea tuvo buen protagonismo en el arranque

Sofia, Bulgaria, July 1, 2012 - The Argentine National Seniors' Men Team ended its participation at the FIVB World League 2012 with a tie-breaker victory over Portugal ((25-14, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-9)knowing they played for the pride with nothing at stake. At Pool D Germany qualified as top ranked team and Bulgaria as organizer of the Final 6. Rodrigo Quiroga and Valdir Sequeira were the top scorers with 17 points each.

Argentina finished this 2012 participation with a win-loss record of 6-6. They defeated Portugal in the four matches on the four weekends at home and as visiting team. Won two over Bulgaria and were defeated by the leader, Germany on the four times they faced each other.

With ups and downs, this young Argentine team coached by Juan Manuel Barrial finished this Sunday with their FIVB World League playing with most substitute players while the usual starting line-up are training under the coaching of Javier Weber in Buenos Aires.

The team will return to Argentina this Tuesday and on Wednesday, Weber will give the definitive roster for this years' most important challenge, the return of the light blue - white jersey team to the Olympic Games after being absent in the year 2008.

Press Conference:

Juan Manuel Barrial, Argentina coach: We are happy with the game of our young players. It was a very important match for us, because they have no experience and we came in Europe to gain some. For the last two weeks, we played some excellent matches and now we can return home and continue our preparation for London.

Rodrigo Quiroga, Argentina captain: We are happy with this victory as it was a hard one. Portugal is a very good team and we played two sets under our level, but we managed to make fewer mistakes in the fifth set.

Flavio Gulinelli, Portugal coach: We wanted so much our first victory in the tournament. We made a difficult start, because the players were nervous, but slowly we came back in the match. I think that in the middle of the match we played very well in both tactical and technical views.

Valdir Sequeira , Portugal player: We were very nervous in the beginning and that is why we made a lot of mistakes. Later we started to play our game, but we did not have a lot of luck. We could have played the match better.

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