Pool E: Germany – China
• Germany and China met nine times at the World Championship with China winning six of those.
• Germany won their last two meetings in 1994 and 2006 (both 3-1).
• Their most recent meeting at a major tournament came at the 2011 World Cup with China beating Germany in straight sets.
• Germany have lost their last two world championship matches and could lose three in a row for the first time since 2006.
• In Germany’s last 14 world championship encounters, there have never been more than two straight matches with the same result in terms of winning and losing.
• Germany have won at least one set in each of their last eight world championship matches. This is their longest set-winning streak as a reunified country (since the 1994 tournament).
• On Sunday, China became the last nation to lose a set at this World Championship. Against Japan, they won 3-2.
• China have won five straight world championship matches, most since winning 20 straight from the 1982 2nd group stage to the 1990 semifinal. They lost the final in 1990 to Soviet Union.
• There are two Chinese players among the four most successful spikers: Ting Zhu (2nd, 48.94%) and Chunlei Zeng (4th, 47.00%).