Brazil seek revenge for Rio 2016 quartefinal loss to China


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 31, 2017 - China host Brazil Wednseday in Naning, looking at carrying on from their FIVB World Grand Prix win in 2016 that ended a Brazil 12-match head-to-head winnining streak in the competition. It's the first time the two clash after China's five-set win at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games quarterfinals that devastated the hosts and provided the springboard for the Asians to go on and strike Olympic gold. The two sides meet for the 37th time in World Grand Prix history with Brazil leading the series 25-11.

• These teams last met in the World Grand Prix on 19 June 2016, when China won 3-0.
• That victory ended a 12-match losing streak for China against Brazil in the competition.
• In total these team met 36 times in the World Grand Prix, with China winning 11 times and Brazil 25 times.
• Twenty-five losses against a specific opponent is a record for China in the competition. Brazil have only suffered more defeats versus Russia (12).
• At last year's Olympic Games China beat Brazil 3-2 in the quarterfinals. They would go on to win the gold medal.

• China will host the final round for the eighth time, most of all countries. Japan follow with six.
• This will be China's first World Grand Prix match in the city of Nanjing. They had played in 16 other Chinese cities before.
• China (199) are one shy of winning their 200th World Grand Prix match (W199-L112).
• Only forthcoming opponents Brazil (244) have broken the 200-wins barrier so far (United States 171).
• China are in search of their second World Grand Prix gold medal, after winning the title in 2003.
• China have won five of their nine World Grand Prix matches this season, but lost their last two (versus Russia and Serbia).
• They last lost three World Grand Prix matches in a row in 2016 (two versus United States, one versus Netherlands).

• Brazil have won a record 11 World Grand Prix titles.
• They have won six of their nine World Grand Prix matches this season, losing to Serbia (3-0), Thailand (3-0) and Japan (3-2).
• Brazil lost only two sets in their last three matches, as they beat Belgium 3-0 and Netherlands and United States 3-1.
• Adenizia was the best blocker in Group 1, averaging 1.09 per set.


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