Best of the beach go head-to-head in Hamburg
The Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone will be played at the Rothenbaum stadium in Hamburg, Germany from August 15 to 19.
The sand has only just settled on the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch but there’s no rest for former World, European and Major Series champions who make-up the 20-strong field in Germany’s famous harbour city.
It will be the second season running that Hamburg hosts the thrilling end-of-season finale where teams from across the world will battle for a share of the huge $800,000 prize purse – the biggest of the season.
Among those competing for one of the biggest titles in beach volleyball are the recently installed number one teams in the world.
The biggest shock to the men’s entry list is the fact there is not one Brazilian team among those going into battle on the sand. And neither will last season’s winners, Phil ‘the Thin Beast’ Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who missed out in the qualification process.
For the home fans who will flock in their numbers to the Red Bull Beach Arena, there are two rising stars of the sport to support on the sand. Qualified as the highest ranked home nation, Clemens Wickler and Julius Thole have beaten some of the best teams in the business this season, and they will hope to continue their impressive form when they make their World Tour Finals debut.
Who will come out on top and be crowned the best of the beach? Find out from August 15 to 19.
Women’s qualifiers: Barbora Hermannova/Markita Slukova (Czech Republic), Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa (Brazil), Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado (Brazil), Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada), Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada), Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy (Australia), Julia Sude/Chantal Laboureur (Germany), Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider (Germany), Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands), Summer Ross/Sara Hughes (USA).
Men’s qualifiers: Anders Mol/Christian Sorum (Norway), Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen (Netherlands), Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (Poland), Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins (Latvia), Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera (Spain), Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs (Latvia), Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek (Poland), Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (Italy), Oleg Stoyanoviskiy/Igor Velichko (Russia), Clemens Wickler/Julius Thole (Germany).
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