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Osmany Juantorena wins fourth MVP award


KRAKOW, Poland, December 17, 2017 – Four Cuban-born players were included in the Dream Team of the 2017 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship, including Osmany Juantorena selected the Most Valuable Player for a record fourth time.


Juantorena, spiker for Cucine Lube Civitanova, was joined by outside hitters Wilfredo Leon of Zenit Kazan, and Yoandy Leal of Sada Cruzeiro, and middle blocker Roberlandy Simon also of Sada Cruzeiro.


The 32-year-old Cuban-born Italian had been named MVP three times before, while playing for the gold-medal-winning team of Trentino in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is the only player in the history of the competition to have received the award more than once.


Zenit Kazan, the reigning European and Russian champions wrapped it all up at Krakow's Tauron Arena with a very convincing performance 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-22) in the final against Italian champions Cucine Lube Civitanova.


Outside hitters: Wilfredo Leon (Zenit Kazan) & Yoandy Leal (Sada Cruzeiro)
Middle blockers: Alexey Samoylenko (Zenit Kazan) & Robertlandy Simon (Sada Cruzeiro)
Opposite: Tsvetan Sokolov (Cucine Lube Civitanova)
Setter: Alexander Butko (Zenit Kazan)
Libero: Jenia Grebennikov (Cucine Lube Civitanova)
MVP: Osmany Juantorena (Cucine Lube Civitanova)