On the men’s side, seven FIVB Heroes will fight for the title. Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser from the United States will try to do better than last week in Berlin, when they had to pack their bags earlier than they are used to. For the gold medallists from Beijing 2008, this is the last opportunity to test their form before London.
The same applies for the Germans Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann. Like Todd and Phil, they were eliminated in an early round last week and will try to ref-capture their rhythm in Klagenfurt. Both teams know the feeling of standing on the podium in Austria, since the Germans finished second last year and the Americans clinched bronze.
One of the newcomers this summer, FIVB Hero Paolo Nicolai, will also play. Alongside his partner Daniele Lupo, the Italian will try to win another medal this summer and announce his ambitions for the Olympics.
Lastly, FIVB Heroes Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu will try to take this opportunity to finally find their rhythm. The Chinese have had a tough season so far, but they know they have the potential to do way better.