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2017-11-21 10:00:00 CET

Beach volleyball’s back in Vienna!

Danube Island set for another sandsational beach takeover

Capacity crowds rocked the Red Bull Arena at the 2017 World Championships in ViennaCapacity crowds rocked the Red Bull Arena at the 2017 World Championships in Vienna

Beach volleyball will be back in Vienna in 2018!

That’s right folks, after the success of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Austrian capital, the sport will return for the first ever Vienna Major!

Between July 31 and August 5, the beach elite will hit the sand on Vienna’s Danube Island for the five-star event as part of the Beach Volleyball Major Series line-up in 2018.

Last summer saw 180,000 fans flock to Vienna to witness one of the biggest beach volleyball tournaments in history.

Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany and Brazil’s Andre Loyola Stein and Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira took the world titles to write their own names into the beach folklore.

The Brazilians overcame hometown heroes Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst in the men’s final but the Austrians can’t wait for a crack at gold again when the Vienna Major begins next July.

“To have a Major in Vienna next year is of course the best thing for me,” says Horst. “I was born and have lived my whole life here and this year we had the tournament of our lives in Vienna.

“There is no other place in the world where you can experience this kind of crowd cheering beach volleyball.

“Last year was the best tournament in beach history so I can’t wait to do it again in 2018!”

Doppler added: “For us it’s a dream to play again where we won silver at the World Championships.

“Vienna was absolutely amazing so we are already looking forward to next July.”

Further information on ticketing and VIP will be released in due course so watch this space!

In the meantime, why not relive the best of the action from last season’s World Championships in Vienna by watching the video below…

Remeber, goosebumps don’t lie!


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