Brazilian clubs team up to host FIVB Men’s World Championship

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has confirmed that Brazilian clubs Sada Cruzeiro and Minas Tênis Clube will co-host its 2016 Men’s Club World Championship.

The event will take place from October 19-23 at Ginásio Poliesportivo Divino Braga, the home venue for both clubs.

The 7,000-capacity arena also staged the event in 2013 and 2015. Brazil has hosted the last three editions of the event, with the 2014 edition having taken place in Belo Horizonte.

“I would like to thank the FIVB who offered us the possibility to host the tournament,” Sada Cruzeiro president Vittorio Medioli said. “And I would like to thank the government of Minas Gerais for their support. It is also a joy to have the Minas Tênis Clube in this endeavour with us. We are working on hosting another successful edition of the event, featuring six of the best club teams in the world.”

Sada Cruzeiro is the defending champion, having defeated Russian side VC Zenit-Kazan in last year’s final. Minas Tênis Clube has never competed at the tournament before.

Joining the two Brazilian clubs at this year’s event will be Zenit, Taichung Bank of Chinese Taipei, Egyptian outfit Tala’ea El Gaish SC and a yet-to-be-determined team representing the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) Confederation.