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14:41 | 2009-08-06


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Brazil Beats Iran in FIVB Junior Volleyball

TEHRAN (FNA)- Titleholder Brazil won a victory over Iran in the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior Volleyball World Championship currently held in Pune, India.

Held every other year, the 2007 Men's Junior Championship winner beat Iran in straight sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-18 in Pool F of the second round on Wednesday afternoon to advance to the semifinal stage that starts on Saturday.

"Analyzing Iran prior to the match was the key to success," Brazil's coach Percy Oncken was quoted by press tv as saying.

The Iranian coach Mostafa Karkhaneh, however, said the Brazilian players were more experienced than his own men.

"Brazil is the world champion. We were defeated due to the Brazilians' experience," Karkhaneh said.

The Iranian coach further congratulated the Brazilians for their victory and thanked them for inviting Iran to hold a training camp in Brazil.

The Iranian outfit is scheduled to play against the United States on Thursday in its last match of the second round.

Iran was positioned in the quarter-finals following three consecutive wins over Belgium, China and Egypt in the first round. It suffered its first defeat against Cuba in the second round of the event on Tuesday.

The 2009 Junior World Championships began on June 31 and ends August 9 in the Indian city of Pune.

The Iranian squad took the bronze medal when it came third in the 2007 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Morocco. Brazil won the championship while Russia stood in the second place.