Resilient Iran bids farewell to volleyball championship
Source: Tehran Times
MILAN - Iran volleyball team narrowly lost to three-time world champion Italy on early
Tuesday and failed to advance to the next stage of the 2010 FIVB Men's World
In a match held at the Mediolanum Forum with many Iranian fans cheering, the
Persian lost to Italy 3-2 (25-21, 25-10, 21-25, 26-28, 15-13) in Pool A of the
"Our main goal is to win every single match and my players are always training
properly; therefore, I am proud that we managed to win, although it was not one
of our best matches. I would like to congratulate, in particular, Lasko, Travica,
Vermiglio and Sala that gave an important contribution to the result of the
match," Italy coach Andrea Anastasi said.
Japan beat Egypt 3-2 in another match in Group A. Italy, Japan and Egypt all
qualified for the next stage and just Iran was omitted from the pool.
"Despite not qualifying for the second round, we will definitely not give up and
immediately start training for the Asian Games that will take place in about a
month," Iran coach Hossein Madani said.
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