China and Egypt seek to break into win column


Ruse, Bulgaria, September 16, 2018 – Winless sides China and Egypt will look to break into the winning column on Sunday when they face each other for the fifth time in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.

- China won all four previous World Championship matches against Egypt.
- China's four World Championship victories versus Egypt were 3-0 in Tijuana in 1974, 3-0 in Rome in 1978, 3-2 in Saitama in 2006 and 3-1 in Gdansk in 2014.
- China and Egypt have played each other in two world level major tournament matches since the 2014 World Championship. The Egyptians won in straight sets in Ceské Budejovice in the 2016 World League, and the Chinese were victorious in straight sets in Malatya in the 2017 World League.
- The world level major tournaments are Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup.

- China have lost their first three matches at the 2018 World Championship: 3-0 against France and 3-1 against Netherlands and Canada.
- China could win at least one set in three consecutive World Championship matches. The last time they did this was in 2006 (4 matches).
- China could lose their first four matches of a World Championship for the first time ever.
- Chuan Jiang, China's top scorer at this World Championship, has scored 49 total points and is among the tournament's heaviest contributors.

- Egypt have lost their first three 2018 World Championship matches in straight sets: against Brazil, Canada and France.
- Egypt could lose four successive World Championship matches in straight sets for the second time, after losing their first four matches by a 3-0 scoreline on their World Championship debut in 1974.
- Egypt have lost their last 12 World Championship matches, since their 3-0 win over Iran in their opening match of 2010. This is already Egypt's longest losing streak at the World Championship.
- Ahmed Abdelhay (14 points) was Egypt's only player to reach double figures in scoring in their match against France.


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