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18/01/2013 10:00
Pools for Junior Worlds qualifiers are set
2013 FIVB Junior World Championship - European Qualification

Luxembourg, January 18, 2013. A total of four vacancies per gender will be at stake this coming May 7-12 as a series of qualification tournaments will be held to fill in the spots assigned to Europe for the 2013 FIVB Junior Volleyball World Championship coming up later this summer. With the hosting countries and the 2012 European champions – Turkey and Italy (men) plus the Czech Republic and Turkey (women) – already pre-qualified, the winners of the various qualifying events coming up this May will eventually join the World Champs that are scheduled for June 21-30 in Brno and Prostejov (women) and for August 22-September 1 (men) in Ankara and Izmir.   
Teams were distributed across the four tournaments according to the serpentine system and the composition of the various Pools reads as follows:

Pool A: Russia (org.), Greece, Denmark, Montenegro, Austria
Pool B: Belgium, Poland, France (org.), Portugal, Latvia
Pool C: Bulgaria (org.), Germany, Estonia, Romania, Israel
Pool D: Serbia (org.), Spain, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, Croatia

Pool D looks like the “iron group” – at least on paper – as the hosts of Serbia will try to compensate for a disastrous campaign at last year’s European Champs by playing the vice European champions of Spain anchored by their superstar Andres J. Villena.

Pool A: Serbia (org.), Belgium, France, Portugal, Denmark
Pool B: Italy (org.), Slovakia, Finland, Spain
Pool C: Germany, Bulgaria (org.), Croatia, Greece, Latvia
Pool D: Russia (org.), Poland, Romania, Slovenia

Germany and Bulgaria plus a solid and very ambitious Greek squad are set to contribute the closest showdown in Pool C as only the winners of the various groups will eventually get the opportunity to join the World Champs.

Picture: Italy junior men's national team claimed the right to join this year's World Champs after topping the final standings of the European Championship held this past August in Gdynia, Poland

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