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Volleyball - 05. April 2008.

FIVB ratifies 2008 World Grand Prix match schedule; Vietnam named as an organiser for first time


Germany and Brazil are set to meet on June 29 in Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, in the 2008 World Grand Prix

Lausanne, April 4, 2008 – The FIVB has confirmed the match schedule for the 2008 World Grand Prix, the annual international Volleyball competition involving the world's best Women players.

The 2008 edition involves 12 National Teams playing a total of 69 matches over four consecutive weekends in 10 cities. The Preliminary Rounds begin the weekend of June 20-22 and end the weekend of July 4-6, with each team playing nine matches over the first three weekends.

The Preliminary Rounds are set to take place in Kobe, Japan, Ningbo, China and Alassio, Italy, on the first weekend, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, Wroclaw, Poland, and Hong Kong the second and Bangkok, Thailand, Taipei, Chinese Taipei, and Macau the third.

The Final Round is scheduled to be contested in Yokohama, Japan, by six teams playing a total of 15 matches in a round-robin format through July 9-13. The Finals will include Japan as organizing country and the best five teams from the Preliminary Rounds.

The 12 teams are Japan (JPN), 2003 winners China (CHN), Thailand (THA), Kazakhstan (KAZ), Italy (ITA), Turkey (TUR), Germany (GER), Poland (POL), six-time winners Brazil (BRA), two-time winners Cuba (CUB), Dominican Republic (DOM) and USA, also two-time winners.

A round-robin system will be used in each Preliminary Round Pool, with the Pool composition determined by the FIVB.

The overall ranking in the Preliminary Rounds is decided by the total number of World Grand Prix Points (GPP) gained by the teams in the preliminary matches. A team will earn two GPPs for a win, one for a loss and none if they forfeit the match.

In 2007, the Netherlands won their first major trophy in FIVB competitions with a perfect record in the Final Round, becoming the sixth team to win the renowned title and snapping Brazil's run of three straight triumphs.

A total of 334,975 spectators attended last year’s competition, with attendance in the Final Round in Ningbo improving on 2006. There were 500 hours of first-run TV coverage and a potential audience of 498.65 million TV households.

FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round schedule:

* All times are local

First weekend: June 20-22

Pool A: Kobe, Japan, Green Arena
TUR-USA 20 June 15:00
JPN-KAZ 20 June 18:30
KAZ-USA 21 June 15:00
JPN-TUR 21 June 18:00
KAZ-TUR 22 June 15:00
JPN-USA 22 June 18:00

Pool B: Ningbo, China, Beilun Sports Centre
BRA-THA 20 June 15:00
CHN-GER 20 June 19:30
CHN-THA 21 June 15:00
GER-BRA 21 June 19:30
GER-THA 22 June 13:30
CHN-BRA 22 June 17:00

Pool C: Alassio, Italy, Palaravizza hall
CUB-POL 20 June 17:30
ITA-DOM 20 June 20:00
DOM-CUB 21 June 16:00
ITA-POL 21 June 18:30
POL-DOM 22 June 16:00
ITA-CUB 22 June 18:30

Second weekend: June 27-29

Pool D: Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, Vinh Phuc Hall
BRA-KAZ 27 June 14:00
TUR-GER 27 June 16:30
KAZ-GER 28 June 14:00
BRA-TUR 28 June 16:30
TUR-KAZ 29 June 14:00
GER-BRA 29 June 16:30

Pool E: Wroclaw, Poland, HSW Orbita hall
POL-DOM 27 June 17:30
THA-USA 27 June 20:00
POL-THA 28 June 15:00
USA-DOM 28 June 17:30
POL-USA 29 June 15:00
DOM-THA 29 June 17:30

Pool F: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Coliseum
ITA-JPN 27 June 17:00
CHN-CUB 27 June 20:00
CUB-ITA 28 June 13:15
CHN-JPN 28 June 15:45
JPN-CUB 29 June 13:15
CHN-ITA 29 June 15.45

Third weekend: July 4-6

Pool G: Bangkok, Thailand, Huamark Stadium
THA-KAZ 04 July 14:00
CUB-GER 04 July 17:00
GER-THA 05 July 14:00
KAZ-CUB 05 July 17:00
THA-CUB 06 July 14:00
GER-KAZ 06 July 17:00

Pool H: Taipei, Chinese Taipei, Hsinchuang Gym
USA-POL 04 July 15:00
ITA-TUR 04 July 18:20
USA-TUR 05 July 15:00
ITA-POL 05 July 17:00
POL-TUR 06 July 15:00
ITA-USA 06 July 17:00

Pool I: Macau, Macau Forum
BRA-DOM 04 July 18:00
CHN-JPN 04 July 21:00
BRA-JPN 05 July 14:00
CHN-DOM 05 July 17:00
DOM-JPN 06 July 13:00
CHN-BRA 06 July 16:00

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