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Continental rivals Argentina and Brazil met at the beginning of August in the bronze medal match of the Tokyo Olympics. And they are set to clash again less than a month later as the teams are among the five participants of the 2021 Men’s South American Championship, which will qualify its top two teams for the 2022 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship in Russia.

The 34th edition of the South American Championship will be held in Brasilia, Brazill. Besides the Olympic semifinalists, it will feature the national teams of Chile, Colombia and Peru. Matches start on September 1 and will continue until September 5, in a round robin system. Argentineans and Brazilians will play each other on the last day, less than a month after their meeting on August 7 in Tokyo, which was won by the Argentineans.

The top scorer of the Tokyo Games, opposite Bruno Lima is part of Argentina's roster for the South American Championship

The top scorer of the Tokyo Games, opposite Bruno Lima is part of Argentina's roster for the South American Championship

Both teams head into the tournament with different squads, but Argentinean coach Marcelo Mendez has called up seven Olympic medallists to try to give the country its second continental title, including setter Matias Sanchez, opposite Bruno Lima, middle blockers Martin Ramos and Agustin Loser, outside hitters Ezequiel Palacios and Nicolas Mendez and libero Santiago Danani.

“We want to win the South American Championship,” Agustin Loser said. “And if that means defeating Brazil, we want to do it again.”

Brazil, who holds a record 32 titles in the tournament – the team didn’t compete in 1964, when the Argentineans won - will also have seven players who were part of the team’s Tokyo roster in action during the South American Championship in setters Bruno Rezende and Fernando ‘Cachopa’ Kreling, opposite Alan de Souza, outside hitter Ricardo Lucarelli, middle blockers Lucas Saatkamp and Isac Santos and libero Thales Hoss.

One of the new faces in the team will be outside hitter Joao Rafael Ferreira, who returns after playing in this year’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

“Brazil always enter every tournament with the goal of winning and it won’t be any different this time,” he said. “It’s great to be back, I feel like I learned a lot during the VNL and now it’s time we give everything to win another gold medal.”

Match Schedule – Local Time (GMT -3)

September 1

16.30 – Argentina v Colombia

19.00 – Brazil v Chile

September 2

16.30 – Chile v Peru

19.00 – Brazil v Colombia

September 3

16.30 – Peru v Argentina

19.00 – Brazil v Chile

September 4

10.00 – Colombia v Peru

13.00 – Argentina v Chile

September 5

10.00 – Brazil v Argentina

13.00 – Colombia v Chile