POOL G

18.06.2019 - Hamburg, Germany

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord. Here’s what to expect from the men’s pools G, H and I.

Meet the teams

Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb – United States (7)
Team: 17th (2017)
Gibb: 13th (2005), 5th (2007), 9th (2009), 17th (2011), 17th (2013), 5th (2017), 17th (2017) 
Crabb:  17th (2017)

Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak – Poland (15)
Team: 17th (2013), 5th (2017)
Kantor: 17th (2013), 5th (2017)
Losiak: 17th (2013), 5th (2017)

Maksim Hudyakov/Igor Velichko – Russia (31)
Team: Debut
Hudyakov: Debut
Velichko: Debut

Mauricio Vieyto/Marco Cairus – Uruguay (43)
Team: 37th (2017)
Vieyto: 37th (2017)
Cairus: 37th (2017)

The lowdown

This pool has an entirely open competition for the top stop with Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb and Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak apparently being in position to top the standings. Both teams, however, haven’t played much in 2019 - the Americans thanks to their strategy and the Polish due to injury – and that could pave the way for young Russians Maksim Hudyakov and Igor Velichko. Mauricio Vieyto and Marco Cairus are the clear underdogs here, but they have already competed in the World Championships before and that experience could help on their second appearance.

Game to watch

If all goes as it should, the Americans and Poles should play for the first spot of the pool in its last match. Kantor and Losiak like to run a fast and dynamic offense and Gibb and Crabb’s ability to react to it will probably dictate the outcome of the game. Tuesday, July 2, at 5pm CET. Court 2.

Did you know?

Vieyto and Cairus are both 22 and their ages combined just slightly surpass Gibb’s, who’s 43. When the American started his professional career, in 2000, the Uruguayans were just three years old.

POOL H

Meet the teams

Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo - Italy (8)
Team: 9th (2013), 17th (2015), 17th (2017)
Nicolai: 17th (2009), 9th (2011), 9th (2013), 17th (2015), 17th (2017)
Lupo: 33rd (2011), 9th (2013), 17th (2015), 17th (2017)

Andre Loyola/George Wanderley – Brazil (16)
Team: Debut
Andre: 1st (2017)
George: Debut

Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller – Austria (26)
Team: Debut
Seidl: 17th (2013), 33rd (2015), 17th (2017) 
Waller: Debut

Delcio Soares/Aldevino Nguvo – Mozambique (47)
Team: Debut
Soares: Debut
Nguvo: 37th (2017)

The lowdown

Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo are arguably one of the best beach volleyball duos on the planet, but they haven't got past the Round of 16 in the World Championships in any of their three attempts. Will they do it now? Andre Loyola is a defending champion, as he won the 2017 edition of the event, but will now pair with debuting George Wanderley, his new partner. Robin Seidl and Philipp Waller are a solid World Tour team and they can challenge Brazilians and Italians if they are on a good day. Delcio Soares and Aldevino Nguvo will try to benefit from the experience to keep pushing the sport forward in Mozambique.

Game to watch

It’s not every time that a defending world champion faces a pair of reigning Olympic medalists in pool play, right? That will be the case when Brazilians and Italians clash in the match that’s expected to set the faith of the pool. How George, who has never been on the main stage, behaves on this match could be the x-factor here. Wednesday, July 3, at 2pm CET. Red Bull Beach Arena.

Did you know?

Andre became the youngest player to win the World Championships in 2017 when he topped the podium in Vienna just 13 days before his 23rd birthday. One of the candidates to take his spot in Hamburg is his partner, George, who will be more than a month away from turning 23 when the gold medal match is played.

POOL I

Meet the teams

Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira – Spain (9)
Team: 5th (2009), 5th (2011), 5th (2013), 17th (2015), 5th (2017)  
Herrera: 17th (2003), 33rd (2005), 9th (2007), 5th (2009), 5th (2011), 5th (2013), 17th (2015), 5th (2017)
Gavira: 5th (2009), 5th (2011), 5th (2013), 17th (2015), 5th (2017)

Evandro Goncalves/Bruno Schmidt – Brazil (13)
Team: Debut
Evandro: 5th (2013), 3rd (2015), 1st (2017)
Bruno: 17th (2009), 9th (2011), 5th (2013), 1st (2015), 9h (2017)

Cole Durant/Damien Schumann – Australia (35)
Team: Debut
Durant: Debut
Schumann: 37th (2015), 9th (2017)

Tigrito Gomez/Charly Rangel – Venezuela (37)
Team: Debut
Tigrito: Debut
Charly: 37th (2017)

The lowdown

Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira have been one of the most solid teams to compete on the World Tour in the last decade, but the World Championships have been frustrating for them as they never gone beyond the quarter-finals. Evandro Goncalves and Bruno Schmidt are both world champions and are starting to reach the expectations set for the team after they won gold in Warsaw in the last event before Hamburg. Cole Durant and Damien Schumann are both World Tour regulars and will try to elude their opponents with their fast-paced offense. Tigrito Gomez and Charly Rangel are trying to take Venezuela back to its best beach volleyball days, but they are still one step or two away from it.

Game to watch

The duel between the Spanish and Brazilians will confront the steadiness of the Europeans and the flashy but still inconsistent game of the South Americans. To win the match, Herrera and Gavira need to force the Brazilians to make mistakes while for Bruno and Evandro the key is to get the Europeans out of system as frequently as possible. Wednesday, July 3, at 10am CET. Court 2.

Did you know?

Herrera and Gavira are the longest-lasting partnership to compete at the World Championships. The Spaniards have played together since 2009 and have shared the same side of the court in 130 tournaments already.