After the victory at the Foro Italico, the enthusiasm for the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2018 has also swept through the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence. The 7.500 fans packed the stadium to the hilt and swept Blengini’s boys to a 3-0 victory over Belgium in an Erreà derby. This was a fine, important victory, because Italy played some stunning volleyball to completely overturn the result of last year’s match against Belgium, who the previous evening in Florence had beaten Argentina. A good performance also from France, who beat China 3-0 in their début match in Bulgaria, before losing narrowly to Brazil. The Italian team will have a day of rest tomorrow, before facing Julio Velasco’s Argentina on Saturday 15 September.
Here are our national teams’ matches for this weekend.
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Ruse, Bulgaria: China vs Netherlands 4.00 p.m.; France vs Egypt 7:30 p.m.
Florence: Argentina vs Dominican Republic 8:30 p.m.
Bari: Russia vs Tunisia 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
Florence: Belgium vs Slovenia 5.00 p.m.
Bari: Serbia vs Tunisia 5.00 p.m.
Ruse, Bulgaria: Netherlands vs Brazil 7:30 p.m.
Florence: Italy vs Argentina 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
Varna: Puerto Rico vs Finland 16 p.m.
Florence: Japan vs Belgium 17 p.m.
Ruse: Netherlands vs France 7.30 p.m.
Florence: Dominican Republic vs Italy 9:15 p.m.
The very best of luck to our teams!!!