Brazil versus Netherlands


Pool F: Brazil – Netherlands

Netherlands have beaten Brazil once in 19 main tournament matches. They decided a five setter for them in 2007 at the World Grand Prix.
Brazil have conceded a total of only 10 sets against Netherlands in 19 main tournament matches. Five of these 10 came in two matches.
Brazil and Netherlands have met at six World Championships, including the last four. Brazil won all six matches, including four in straight sets.

Just like in 2006 and 2010, Brazil have started their World Championship with only victories. In the last two tournaments, their first defeat came in the final (both v RUS).
Brazil have lost only two of their last 29 World Championship matches. Their last defeat in Second Round/2nd Group stage match came 12 matches ago, in 2002 against USA (3-0).
Brazil have won four of their first six matches in straight sets. The only nations that claimed sets off Brazil are CEV sides (TUR, SRB). 

Six of Netherlands’ last seven World Championship matches ended in straight sets. They won four and lost two of these.
Netherlands have lost three of their first six matches, most since 1998. In 2002, 2006 and 2010, they lost only two of their opening six encounters.
Netherlands lost in straight sets against Serbia on Wednesday. They can suffer their first back-to-back defeats without winning a set since 2002, when Korea and Cuba were stronger.


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