Netherlands aim at second ever WGP win against Brazil


Bangkok, Thailand, July 8, 2016 - Brazil and the Netherlands will meet in the first FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 Group 1 semifinal on Saturday in Thailand.

• Brazil and Netherlands have met 11 times at the World Grand Prix, with Brazil winning 10 of these matches.
• Netherlands' sole victory came in 2007 en route to their only winning campaign. They prevailed after five sets.
• Brazil have won all three encounters since, most recently their meeting in 2013 when Brazil won in straight sets.
• Only China (13) have beaten Netherlands more often in the World Grand Prix than Brazil (10). 

• Brazil won both matches against Russia and Thailand in straight sets in the final round to qualify for the semifinals. 
• Brazil are looking for their ninth consecutive medal at the World Grand Prix as they finished on the podium in each of the last eight editions (G4-S3-B1). 
• Brazil have won eight matches at the 2016 World Grand Prix and lost two. They have not lost three in the same year since 2010. 
• Brazil's most capped player Natalia Pereira is also their top scorer on 136 points.

• Netherlands are assured of a top 4 spot by reaching the semifinals. They have not reached the top 4 at the World Grand Prix since 2009 when they finished fourth, behind Germany, then coached by current Netherlands coach Giovanni Guidetti.
• Netherlands are looking for their second medal ever at the World Grand Prix after winning the tournament in 2007.
• Netherlands have lost three of their last five World Grand Prix matches, but won their last one against China. 
• Netherlands can win back-to-back World Grand Prix matches for the third time in 2016.


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