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2017-08-31 11:12:00 CET

Poreč champs Pedro/Guto split

Two months after winning in Croatia the Brazilian team go their separate ways

Guto (left) and Pedro Solberg were all smiles after their gold medal - but they won't be playing together in 2018Guto (left) and Pedro Solberg were all smiles after their gold medal - but they won't be playing together in 2018

The international season might have just ended with the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone last week, but the beach volleyball world doesn’t stop. From Brazil comes the news that Pedro Solberg and Guto Carvalhaes, the winners of the Poreč Major last July, won’t share the same side of the court when 2018 starts.

The Rio 2016 Olympian and the 2016 World Tour Rookie of the Year decided to go separate ways because of frequent disagreements on matters regarding their team.

“We had different views regarding our team and that led us to decide to not play together anymore,” explained Pedro.

“We tried to fix it, we discussed it several times but it got to a point that it was really hard to keep it going. Guto has his ideas about our team and sees things on his own way and I respect it, but it’s different from the way I think.”

The 30-year-old blocker, who became the youngest player to win the World Tour back in 2008, will now join forces with 19-year-old George Wanderley, an Under-19 and Under-21 world champion, who won the two-star Espinho Open one month ago.

“George grown a lot over the last year and has a huge potential,” Pedro added. “Honestly, I didn’t expect to have him as partner right now, but I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.

“Our ultimate goal is to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, but we are conscious that we are just starting to build our team and we have a long way to go. But we have the same goals and that helps.”

Guto, 23, will now team-up with 26-year-old Vitor Felipe, who was George’s last partner. Vitor has won three World Tour stops in his career and collected four medals – three silver and one bronze – in FIVB age-group tournaments.

“He is a very skilled and versatile player,” Guto said. “He’s young but very experienced in the Brazilian and the World Tours and will add a lot to our team. I’ve played him multiple times in country-quotas this year and I know how well he was playing.”

Both teams will debut in the opening stop of the 2017/2018 season of the Brazilian Tour, which will be disputed from September 13-17 in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul.

The duo celebrate during the World Championships in Vienna The duo celebrate during the World Championships in Vienna

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