Italian Boys win U19 World Championship


TUNIS, Tunisia, September 1, 2019 - Italy's triumph in the final over Russia was the highlight of a fortnight that celebrated the world's new generation of volleyball players during the 2019 FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship that wrapped up Friday night here in the Tunisian capital.

tournament's Dream Team, headed by Italy's , is full of names to watch out for as this group of very talented young players develops over the coming years to form the sport's next galaxy of stars.

Italy proved just too powerful for Russia in the thrilling final for a 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18) in a game between the two most physical teams in the tournament.

It had been 22 years since Italy last made the top of the podium at a youth World Championship.


Argentina defeated Egypt 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17) in the match for the bronze medal.


In other matches, Cuba lost to Korea 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 26-24, 25-23) in the match for 11th position, while United States beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-15) for the 15th place.


Mexico and Dominican Republic finished in the 18th and 19th positions, respectively.


Final Rankings:
1. Italy
2. Russia
3. Argentina
5. Iran
6. Japan
7. Bulgaria
8. Belarus
9. Brazil
10. Czech Republic
11. Korea
12. Cuba
13. Germany
14. Nigeria
15. USA
16. Chinese Taipei
17. Tunisia
18. Mexico
19. Dominican Republic
20. Colombia