Winless Japan - last obstacle on Brazil’s way to Grand Champions Cup gold


Brazil's Bruno Rezende in action

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 16, 2017 – The current leaders in the 2017 FIVB Men's World Grand Champions Cup standings Brazil face winless Japan in their last match of the tournament on Sunday. A three-point victory over the host team would secure the title for the defending champs. The game in Osaka will be the seventh encounter between Brazil and Japan in the history of the Grand Champions Cup.

• Brazil have won all their previous six World Grand Champions Cup matches against Japan, dropping just two sets.
• Four of Brazil's six wins over Japan in the competition came in straight sets. Only in 2005 and in 1993, Japan avoided the shutout by winning one set on each occasion.
• Brazil have won each of their last 21 matches in major competitions against Japan, since the five-set defeat in the 1993 World League.

• Coming into the final round of play, Brazil lead the Grand Champions Cup standings with three victories and one defeat. 
• They have won five of the seven Grand Champions Cup trophies, including the last four, and finished runners-up on the other two occasions (1993 and 2001).
• Brazil could win three consecutive Grand Champions Cup matches for the first time since a record run of 15 victories between 2001 and 2013. 
• Brazil have claimed at least two sets in each of their 34 Grand Champions Cup matches as their only four defeats came in five-setters. 
• Wallace de Souza leads Brazil in scoring with 65 points. 

• Japan have lost each of their last 11 Grand Champions Cup matches, including all four at the 2017 edition.
• They can become the first team to lose all five matches at multiple Grand Champions Cup tournaments as they also did so in 2013.  
• Japan could win a set in three consecutive Grand Champions Cup matches for the first time since 2009, when they won their first three fixtures of that edition.
• Issei Otake was Japan's leading scorer in the 1-3 defeat against Iran (16 points).


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