Zenit Kazan and Personal Bolivar meet for the first time


Zenit Kazan of Russia will meet Bolivar of Argentina for the first time in the FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship

Lodz, Poland, December 12, 2017 – Russia’s Zenit Kazan will face Argentina’s Bolivar in their first ever encounter in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship.

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• Zenit Kazan and Personal Bolivar will meet for the first time at the men's club world championships.
• Zenit won their only previous meeting with an Argentine side in the competition: 3-0 versus UPCN in the 2015 semifinals.
Bolivar beat Dynamo Moskva 3-1 in the 2010 group stage in their only previous club world championships meeting with a Russian side.

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• Zenit Kazan will appear for the sixth time in the men's club world championships.
• Only Diatec Trentino (7) have participated in more editions of the men's club world championships. Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei will also make their sixth appearance this year.
• Zenit have claimed most podiums in the competition without winning a single title (4). They finished third in 2009 and 2011 and second in 2015 and 2016.
• The only Russian side that won the men's club world championships was Belogorie Belgorod in 2014.
• Zenit's last three defeats in the club world championships came against Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei, the finals in 2015 and 2016 and a group stage match last year.

• Bolivar will make their third appearance in the men's club world championships. They finished in fourth place in 2010 and 2016.
• The only other Argentine team that participated in the competition is UPCN who claimed two podium finishes in their four appearances: third in both 2014 and 2015.
• Bolivar won their seventh Argentinian championship in 2017 and their first since 2010. They beat UPCN in the final.
• They finished as runners-up to Brazilian side Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei at the 2017 South American Club Championship.


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