"There was a period where there was an easy answer to what team is the best in the world. Now, that answer is no longer so easy, with Russia able to make a convincing argument, and Germany not far behind," the FIVB's website reported on Tuesday.
Martinez's call-up came two days after he ended his 10-year spell at Arsenal to join rivals Aston Villa for a reported fee of 20 million euros (around 24 million US dollars).
"This is unbelievable, standing here in Paris on the top of the podium. I never thought I would be here," he added.
"He is one of our cornerstones and vital figures. Everyone in the club is fond of him," the Bayern official added.
The Asian Games bronze medalist assigned her strength strategically all the way, in the last 600 meters, three runners took turns to lead, with Zhang winning the sprint finish. "I am from Yunnan province, training at high altitude has built up my endurance, and my strategy worked well today."
MADRID, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu will almost certainly have to face a vote of no confidence from members of the club, who on Thursday gathered the necessary number of signatures on Thursday to force the vote.
The Championship League has been expanded to a full World Snooker Tour ranking event this season, featuring 128 players in three stages over 21 days.
New Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini made his presence felt as his side defended much better than they did last season in their 1-0 win away to Alaves last week, while Valladolid were slightly unlucky to only draw 1-1 at home with Real Sociedad.
Russia's Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy, who stymied Mol and Sorum in the semifinals of the Rome FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals and claimed the World Championships in Hamburg in 2019, are thought to be the most powerful competitors for the Norwegians.
KPL's case was further compromised by the fact that not all 18-KPL clubs had appended their names to the petition.
Also absent were midfielder Arthur Melo, who joined Juventus from Barcelona in July, Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo. Sao Paulo's defender-turned-midfielder Dani Alves is unavailable because of a fractured forearm.