Brazil and USA in rematch of 2016 Grand Prix final


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2017 - Defending champions Brazil host reigning world champions USA Sunday in Cuiaba in a rematch of last year's FIVB World Grand Prix final which the South Americans won in five sets. Depending on what Japan do earlier in Hong Kong against Russia, this could be a must win game for Brazil, who have won their last 14 matches at home. However, their last defeat, in 2012, was to USA.

• Brazil have won eight of their last 10 major encounters with United States, however only two of their last three.
• Brazil won their last meeting at world level, last season's World Grand Prix gold medal match in Bangkok, Thailand. Brazil won in five sets.
• In the final round of the World League the year before, Team USA defeated Brazil in front of a home crowd in Omaha.

• On Friday, Brazil beat Netherlands 3-1 to improve to five wins and three defeats in the 2017 World Grand Prix campaign.
• Brazil have lost three matches in the 2017 World Grand Prix and could lose a fourth for the first time since 2007, when they suffered five losses.
• Brazil have now won the last 14 matches they played in front of a home crowd. Their last defeat in Brazil was the 3-1 against United States on 17 June 2012.
• Five Brazil players reached double figures in their win against Netherlands on Friday, with Rosamaria (18) and Natalia (17) being the frontrunners.

United States
• United States beat Belgium 3-1 on Friday. They now have six wins and two defeats in the 2017 campaign.
• United States' next World Grand Prix defeat will be their 100th in the competition (171 victories).
• United States have won at least two sets in each of their last 18 World Grand Prix matches, including in all eight this season.
• United States' last straight sets defeat in the World Grand Prix came on 10 August 2014 against Brazil. In 38 matches since, they took at least one set on each occasion.


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