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30-11-2017

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018: POOLS CONFIRMED FOR ARGENTINA

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: VENUES

This Thursday in the Italian afternoon was held the drawing of lots of the pools for the next FIVB World Championship 2018 to be played in Italy and Bulgaria between September 10 and 30. Julio Velasco's team will be part of Pool A together with the host Italy, Japan, Belgium, Slovenia and Dominican Republic.

The Hall of the Five Hundred (Salone dei Cinquecento) of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence was the place chosen for the expected drawing of lots of the first phase of the XIX FIVB World Championship. With eight countries -the two hosts and the top six teams in the ranking- placed in advance in the four zones through the serpentine system, the remaining 16 teams that defined the groups were raffled.

Argentina, 7th in the ranking and located from the beginning on the Pool, will be part of Group A to be held in Rome and Florence with the organizer and Olympic silver medal in Rio 2016, Italy; Japan, winner of zone B of the Asian qualifier; Belgium, qualified by the European 3rd round qualifier; Slovenia, winner of zone C of the European qualifier; and Dominican Republic, runner up of the NORCECA qualifier.

The World Championship will be played in 8 cities divided between Italy and Bulgaria. The first round will consist of four zones of six teams. From there they will qualify the best four of each group and they will form two zones of eight. The last step will be the qualification of the best three teams of each group to the third and final round divided into two zones of three to be played in Turin. The two best will reach the semifinals and from there the great definition of the tournament will be open.

FIVB MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
GROUPS AND VENUE
Pool A (Rome and Florence): Italy, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Slovenia and Dominican Republic.
Pool B (Ruse): Brazil, Canada, France, Egypt, China and the Netherlands.
Pool C (Bari): United States, Russia, Serbia, Australia, Tunisia and Cameroon.
Pool D (Varna): Bulgaria, Poland, Iran, Cuba, Finland and Puerto Rico.

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