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Brazil won medals in each of the last five editions of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and the South Americans will aim to do as well next year in Russia. On Thursday, the world ranking leaders found out who their first opponents at the tournament will be in 11 months.

Brazil were drawn on Pool B and will compete against Japan, Cuba and Qatar in the city of Kemerovo. The draw presented the team coached by Renan Dal Zotto an interesting mix of opponents with Japan being known for their technique and speed, Cuba earning respect for their athleticism and physical tools and Qatar, who will make their debut in the tournament, being an emerging team on the international scene.

“Japan have grown a lot in recent years,” Renan said. Several of their athletes are now playing overseas and more and more of them are earning their space in some of the best club leagues in the world. Cuba are a traditional rival of Brazil and have always been known and respected for their offensive power and their serving ability. And Qatar have been progressing well, also because of the work of several Brazilian coaches in their local league.”

Brazil and Japan faced each other two months ago at the Tokyo Olympics. The meeting took place in the quarterfinals and the South Americans won 3-0 to make it to the semifinals.

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Brazilians and Japanese met at the Tokyo Olympics

Before heading to Russia from August 26 to September 11 to try to return to the top of the podium for the first time since 2010, after taking back-to-back silvers in 2014 and 2018, the South Americans will play to defend the FIVB Volleyball Nations League title they won in 2021.

“The World Championship is our main priority next season,” Renan added. “We’ll have the VNL to prepare and get to Russia in our best form.”

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The 2022 World Championship runs from August 26 to September 11 across a total of ten cities.