2009 Baseball World Cup

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Not to be confused with 2009 World Baseball Classic.
2009 Baseball World Cup
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Tournament details
Host countries  Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Germany
 Italy
 Netherlands
 San Marino
 Spain
 Sweden
Dates 9–27 September
Teams 22 (from 5 continents)
Defending champions  United States (2007)
Final positions
Champions
Gold medal world centered.svg
 United States (4th title)
Runner-up
Silver medal world centered.svg
 Cuba
Third place
Bronze medal world centered.svg
 Canada
Fourth place  Puerto Rico
Tournament statistics
Games played 106
Attendance 126,799 (1,196 per game)
Most Valuable Player United States Justin Smoak
2007
2011

Last updated on 27 September 2009

The 2009 Baseball World Cup was an international baseball tournament that started on 9 September 2009. The final was held in Nettuno, Italy on 27 September 2009. It was the 38th time the World Cup took place, and the first time that it was hosted by a continent rather than a single country. Eight European countries hosted the tournament and 22 nations competed, including defending champions the United States.

The United States successfully defended their title, achieving their fourth World Cup championship by defeating Cuba in the final 10–5. Canada defeated Puerto Rico in the bronze medal game 6–2 for their first medal at a World Cup.

Format[edit]

Previous editions of the World Cup were held with no more than 18 teams. These teams were initially broken up into two pools, with the top teams from each pool qualifying for the final knockout stage. With 22 teams competing in the 2009 tournament, the format has been expanded into three phases. Teams that play from the first round and finish among the top eight teams of the tournament will now have played as many as 15 games, making it one of the longest campaigns for any international baseball tournament.

All of the teams, with the exception of Italy and Netherlands, will compete in the first round (as hosts for the second round games, Italy and Netherlands receive a bye through the first round). The teams will be broken into five pools of four teams each. Each pool will be held in a different country, with the hosts Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Croatia and Germany assigned to the corresponding pools. (Previously, Russia had been set as the host nation for Pool D, however they were replaced by Croatia in an announcement from the IBAF.)[1] Unlike the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the pools will be conducted in single round-robin format.[2] The top two teams from each pool will automatically qualify for the second round, while four of the five third place finishers will also qualify as wild cards.[3] In some respects, the first round is like a final qualifying tournament, similar to the format used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The second round operates similarly to the first, but on an expanded scale. The field of teams is split into two pools, one hosted in Italy, the other in the Netherlands. The fourteen qualifiers from the first round are assigned to the pools, and commence a single round-robin competition.[3] The top four teams from each pool then qualify for the third and final round.[4]

The third round is broken into two parts: a partial round-robin and then four classification games, including the final. Each team will play four games during the round-robin phase, against the teams they have not yet faced (in Round 2) who also qualified – i.e. the teams from the Italian pool will face the teams from the Netherlands pool, but not each other. The teams are then ranked on their results in this phase and in games of the 2nd round between qualified teams, but in two groups based on the pool they qualified from. Each team then plays a classification game against their counterpart from the opposite group to determine their final placings in the tournament – i.e. the fourth place Italian qualifier faces the fourth place Netherlands qualifier to determine seventh and eighth positions, the third place qualifiers compete for fifth and sixth positions, and so on. The winner of the final classification game will be declared the winner of the World Cup for 2009.[4]

Tiebreaking procedures[edit]

The IBAF employs a standard tiebreaking system across all tournaments it sanctions, though it will use a modified version for this World Cup. Ordinarily there are five criteria available to be used when two or more teams finish the tournament (or a section thereof) with the same winning percentage; if the first method does not split the teams involved, the next one is used, continuing down the list of methods until a distinction is achieved. The criteria used to determine the higher placed finishing team, in order, are:

  1. the team with the better head-to-head record for the teams involved
  2. the team with the better ratio of runs allowed per fielding inning subtracted from the ratio of runs scored per batting inning, referred to as the "Team Quality Balance", from the games involving the tied teams
  3. the team with the better "Earned Run Team Quality Balance" – the same as No. 2 but using only earned runs as opposed to all runs
  4. the team with the highest batting average from the head-to-head games
  5. a coin flip.

For this World Cup though, a simplified method of tiebreaking will be used:

  1. the team with the better head-to-head record for the teams involved
  2. the team with the least number of runs allowed
  3. the team with the lowest earned run average
  4. the team with the highest batting average.

In the case of determining the four wild card teams that will progress from the first to the second round, the first measure will automatically be skipped, as it will be impossible for the teams to have played against each other.[5]

Teams[edit]

Twenty-two teams qualified for the tournament, either through finishing high enough in the 2007 World Cup, placing high enough in regional tournaments that doubled as qualifying tournaments for the event, or by automatic qualification by hosting some part of the tournament.

Round 1
Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D Pool E

Australia
6th, 2007 World Cup
Cuba
Silver medal world centered.svg 2007 World Cup
Canada
Qualified, 2008 Olympics
Croatia
Replacing Russia,
Host nation

China
Qualified, 2008 Olympics

Chinese Taipei
Qualified, 2008 Olympics
Puerto Rico
Gold medal america.svg 2008 Americas
Baseball Cup

Netherlands Antilles
4th, 2008 Americas
Baseball Cup

Great Britain
Silver medal europe.svg 2007 European
Championship

Germany
4th, 2007 European
Championship

Czech Republic
Host nation
South Africa
African qualifier
South Korea
5th, 2007 World Cup
Japan
Bronze medal world centered.svg 2007 World Cup
United States
Gold medal world centered.svg 2007 World Cup

Mexico
Bronze medal america.svg 2008 Americas
Baseball Cup

Spain
Bronze medal europe.svg 2007 European
Championship

Sweden
Host nation
Nicaragua
Silver medal america.svg 2008 Americas
Baseball Cup

Venezuela
5th, 2008 Americas
Baseball Cup
Round 2
Pool F Pool G

Netherlands
Gold medal europe.svg 2007 European Championship
Italy
Host nation

Round 1[edit]

Group A[edit]

Qualified for the 2nd round
Qualified for the 2nd round as wild card
Team W L R RA PCT
 Mexico 3 0 27 9 1.000
 Australia 2 1 33 19 .667
 Chinese Taipei 1 2 15 16 .333
 Czech Republic 0 3 5 36 .000
9 September 2009 Czech Republic  4–17  Australia Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Attendance: 800
Boxscore

10 September 2009 Chinese Taipei  0–8  Mexico Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Attendance: 700
Boxscore

11 September 2009 Australia  7–5  Chinese Taipei Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Attendance: 1,000
Boxscore
11 September 2009 Mexico  9–0  Czech Republic Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Attendance: 1,200
Boxscore

12 September 2009 Australia  9–10  Mexico Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Attendance: 2,500
Boxscore
12 September 2009 Czech Republic  1–10  Chinese Taipei Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Attendance: 2,500
Boxscore

Group B[edit]

Qualified for the 2nd round
Qualified for the 2nd round as wild card
Team W L R RA PCT
 Cuba 3 0 25 9 1.000
 Puerto Rico 2 1 17 13 .667
 Spain 1 2 22 10 .333
 South Africa 0 3 5 37 .000
9 September 2009 Spain  15 – 0 (F/6)  South Africa Spain Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 350
Boxscore

10 September 2009 Puerto Rico  0 – 10 (F/7)  Cuba Spain Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 1,500
Boxscore

11 September 2009 Cuba  10–5  South Africa Spain Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 500
Boxscore
11 September 2009 Spain  3–5  Puerto Rico Spain Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 1,500
Boxscore

12 September 2009 Cuba  5–4  Spain Spain Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 1,500
Boxscore
12 September 2009 South Africa  0 – 12 (F/7)  Puerto Rico Spain Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 150
Boxscore

Group C[edit]

Qualified for the 2nd round
Qualified for the 2nd round as wild card
Team W L R RA PCT
 Canada 3 0 43 2 1.000
 Netherlands Antilles 2 1 19 28 .667
 South Korea 1 2 11 19 .333
 Sweden 0 3 10 34 .000
9 September 2009 Sweden  8–10  Netherlands Antilles Sweden Sundbyberg, Sweden
Attendance: 1,223
Boxscore

10 September 2009 Canada  9–1  South Korea Sweden Sundbyberg, Sweden
Attendance: 662
Boxscore

11 September 2009 South Korea  5–1  Sweden Sweden Sundbyberg, Sweden
Attendance: 1,307
Boxscore
11 September 2009 Netherlands Antilles  0 – 15 (F/7)  Canada Sweden Sundbyberg, Sweden
Attendance: 1,408
Boxscore

12 September 2009 South Korea  5–9  Netherlands Antilles Sweden Sundbyberg, Sweden
Attendance: 1,722
Boxscore
12 September 2009 Sweden  1 – 19 (F/5)  Canada Sweden Sundbyberg, Sweden
Attendance: 2,091
Boxscore

Group D[edit]

Qualified for the 2nd round
Qualified for the 2nd round as wild card
Team W L R RA PCT
 Nicaragua 3 0 28 5 1.000
 Japan 2 1 26 18 .667
 Great Britain 1 2 11 20 .333
 Croatia 0 3 5 27 .000
10 September 2009 Great Britain  7–9  Japan Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Attendance: 180
Boxscore
10 September 2009 Croatia  1–10  Nicaragua Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Attendance: 450
Boxscore

11 September 2009 Nicaragua  10 – 0 (F/7)  Great Britain Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Attendance: 150
Boxscore
11 September 2009 Japan  13 – 3 (F/7)  Croatia Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Attendance: 400
Boxscore

12 September 2009 Japan  4–8  Nicaragua Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Attendance: 380
Boxscore
12 September 2009 Croatia  1–4  Great Britain Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Attendance: 600
Boxscore

Group E[edit]

Qualified for the 2nd round
Team W L R RA PCT
 Venezuela 3 0 42 12 1.000
 United States 2 1 26 14 .667
 Germany 1 2 16 22 .333
 China 0 3 3 39 .000
9 September 2009 Germany  14 – 1 (F/7)  China Germany Regensburg, Germany
Attendance: 5,300
Boxscore

10 September 2009 United States  9 – 13 (F/11)  Venezuela Germany Regensburg, Germany
Attendance: 4,200
Boxscore

11 September 2009 Venezuela  17 – 2 (F/5)  China Germany Regensburg, Germany
Attendance: 6,100
Boxscore
11 September 2009 United States  9–1  Germany Germany Regensburg, Germany
Attendance: 9,600
Boxscore

12 September 2009 China  0–8  United States Germany Regensburg, Germany
Attendance: 5,900
Boxscore
12 September 2009 Germany  1 – 12 (F/8)  Venezuela Germany Regensburg, Germany
Attendance: 6,900
Boxscore

Wild cards[edit]

Qualified for the 2nd round as wild card
Team Pool W L R RA PCT
 Spain B 1 2 22 10 .333
 Chinese Taipei A 1 2 15 16 .333
 South Korea C 1 2 11 19 .333
 Great Britain D 1 2 11 20 .333
 Germany E 1 2 16 22 .333

Round 2[edit]

Group F[edit]

Qualified for the 3rd round
Team W L R RA PCT 1st Tiebreaker
Head–to–head record
2nd Tiebreaker
Head–to–head runs allowed
3rd Tiebreaker
Head–to–head record[6]
 Netherlands 6 1 44 23 .857 1–1 7 1–0
 Puerto Rico 6 1 46 16 .857 1–1 7 0–1
 Cuba 6 1 42 10 .857 1–1 8
 Venezuela 3 4 26 37 .429 1–0
 South Korea 3 4 30 24 .429 0–1
 Nicaragua 2 5 24 48 .333 1–0
 Spain 2 5 31 47 .286 0–1
 Great Britain 0 7 12 50 .000
13 September 2009 Netherlands  4–2  South Korea Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 3,500
Boxscore
13 September 2009 Cuba  6–0  Great Britain Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 327
Boxscore
13 September 2009 Venezuela  7–4  Nicaragua Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 250
Boxscore
13 September 2009 Puerto Rico  12 – 2 (F/7)  Spain Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 211
Boxscore

14 September 2009 South Korea  15 – 5 (F/8)  Great Britain Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 91
Boxscore
14 September 2009 Spain  8–1  Venezuela Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 61
Boxscore
14 September 2009 Nicaragua  1–4  Cuba Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 350
Boxscore
14 September 2009 Netherlands  5–2  Puerto Rico Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 2,041
Boxscore

16 September 2009 Puerto Rico  3–2  South Korea Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 251
Boxscore
16 September 2009 Great Britain  1–4  Nicaragua Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 112
Boxscore
16 September 2009 Spain  5–10  Netherlands Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 2,500
Boxscore
16 September 2009 Cuba  10 – 0 (F/8)  Venezuela Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 479
Boxscore

17 September 2009 Puerto Rico  3–2  Great Britain Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 1,477
Boxscore
17 September 2009 Netherlands  8–5  Venezuela Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 3,117
Boxscore
17 September 2009 Spain  0–10  Cuba Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 108
Boxscore
17 September 2009 Nicaragua  2–7  South Korea Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 400
Boxscore

18 September 2009 Spain  5–9  Nicaragua Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 300
Boxscore
18 September 2009 Cuba  2–5  Puerto Rico Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 1,600
Boxscore
18 September 2009 Venezuela  4–1  South Korea Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 334
Boxscore
18 September 2009 Great Britain  0–6  Netherlands Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 2,225
Boxscore

19 September 2009 Great Britain  3–10  Spain Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 433
Boxscore
19 September 2009 South Korea  1–5  Cuba Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 1,400
Boxscore
19 September 2009 Venezuela  3–5  Puerto Rico Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 1,116
Boxscore
19 September 2009 Nicaragua  4–8  Netherlands Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 3,000
Boxscore

20 September 2009 Nicaragua  0 – 16 (F/7)  Puerto Rico Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 406
Boxscore
20 September 2009 Netherlands  3–5  Cuba Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 4,000
Boxscore
20 September 2009 Venezuela  6–1  Great Britain Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands
Attendance: 800
Boxscore
20 September 2009 South Korea  2–1  Spain Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Attendance: 354
Boxscore

Group G[edit]

Qualified for the 3rd round
Team W L R RA PCT 1st Tiebreaker
Head–to–head record
2nd Tiebreaker
Head–to–head runs allowed
3rd Tiebreaker
Head–to–head record[6]
 United States 7 0 60 15 1.000
 Australia 5 2 47 27 .714 1–1 8 1–0
 Canada 5 2 50 29 .714 1–1 8 0–1
 Chinese Taipei 5 2 32 29 .714 1–1 9
 Japan 2 5 28 25 .286 1–1 9
 Italy 2 5 32 54 .286 1–1 10
 Mexico 2 5 28 38 .286 1–1 12
 Netherlands Antilles 0 7 27 87 .000
13 September 2009 Australia  19 – 6 (F/7)  Netherlands Antilles Italy Piacenza, Italy
Attendance: 383
Boxscore
13 September 2009 Italy  2–5  Chinese Taipei Italy Florence, Italy
Attendance: 1,800
Boxscore
13 September 2009 Japan  9–3  Mexico Italy Parma, Italy
Attendance: 604
Boxscore
13 September 2009 United States  8–0  Canada Italy Reggio Emilia, Italy
Attendance: 300
Boxscore

14 September 2009 Mexico  6–3  Italy Italy Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 500
Boxscore
14 September 2009 Canada  3 – 5 (F/10)  Australia Italy Novara, Italy
Attendance: 200
Boxscore
14 September 2009 Netherlands Antilles  1 – 11 (F/7)  United States Italy Verona, Italy
Attendance: 850
Boxscore

15 September 2009 Chinese Taipei  5 – 4 (F/10)  Australia Italy Godo, Italy
Attendance: 450
Boxscore
15 September 2009 United States  4–2  Japan Italy Macerata, Italy
Attendance: 1,900
Boxscore

16 September 2009 Japan  1 – 3 (F/10)  Chinese Taipei San Marino Serravalle, Republic of San Marino
Attendance: 120
Boxscore
16 September 2009 Mexico  2–4  Canada Italy Turin, Italy
Attendance: 400
Boxscore

17 September 2009 Chinese Taipei  3 – 14 (F/7)  United States Italy Turin, Italy
Attendance: 1,000
Boxscore
17 September 2009 Canada  3 – 2 (F/10)  Japan Italy Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 450
Boxscore
17 September 2009 Australia  5–4  Italy Italy Parma, Italy
Attendance: 1,522
Boxscore
17 September 2009 Mexico  9–8  Netherlands Antilles San Marino Serravalle, Republic of San Marino
Attendance: 300
Boxscore

18 September 2009 Netherlands Antilles  2 – 19 (F/6)  Canada Italy Godo, Italy
Attendance: 650
Boxscore
18 September 2009 Italy  6–4  Japan Italy Novara, Italy
Attendance: 1,000
Boxscore
18 September 2009 Chinese Taipei  1 – 0 (F/10)  Mexico Italy Verona, Italy
Attendance: 600
Boxscore

19 September 2009 Japan  0–5  Australia Italy Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 400
Boxscore
19 September 2009 Netherlands Antilles  3–12  Chinese Taipei Italy Novara, Italy
Attendance: 350
Boxscore
19 September 2009 Canada  16–7  Italy Italy Reggio Emilia, Italy
Attendance: 817
Boxscore
19 September 2009 Mexico  3–7  United States Italy Vicenza, Italy
Attendance: 500
Boxscore

20 September 2009 Australia  6–5  Mexico Italy Macerata, Italy
Attendance: 1,300
Boxscore
20 September 2009 Canada  5 – 3 (F/6)  Chinese Taipei Italy Parma, Italy
Attendance: 323
Boxscore
20 September 2009 Japan  10–1  Netherlands Antilles Italy Verona, Italy
Attendance: 550
Boxscore
20 September 2009 Italy  3–12  United States Italy Turin, Italy
Attendance: 1,000
Boxscore

21 September 2009 Italy  7–6  Netherlands Antilles Italy Vicenza, Italy
Attendance: 150
Boxscore
21 September 2009 United States  4–3  Australia Italy Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 250
Boxscore

Round 3[edit]

Semi finals[edit]

Group 1

Team W L R RA PCT
 Cuba 5 2 35 15 .714
 Puerto Rico 4 3 24 20 .571
 Netherlands 3 4 36 38 .429
 Venezuela 2 5 28 46 .289

Group 2

Team W L R RA PCT
 United States 7 0 48 14 1.000
 Canada 4 3 32 28 .571
 Australia 2 5 24 29 .289
 Chinese Taipei 1 6 19 56 .143
22 September 2009 Cuba  2–1  Australia Italy Grosseto, Italy
Attendance: 300
Boxscore
22 September 2009 Puerto Rico  0–3  Canada Italy Nettuno, Italy
Attendance: 500
Boxscore
22 September 2009 United States  6–3  Venezuela Italy Florence, Italy
Attendance: 170
Boxscore
22 September 2009 Netherlands  11–2  Chinese Taipei Italy Stadio Primo Nebiolo Messina, Italy
Attendance: 350
Boxscore

23 September 2009 Canada  9–2  Venezuela Italy Chieti, Italy
Attendance: 300
Boxscore
23 September 2009 Australia  5–2  Netherlands Italy Grosseto, Italy
Attendance: 250
Boxscore
23 September 2009 Puerto Rico  0–3  United States Italy Florence, Italy
Attendance: 130
Boxscore
23 September 2009 Chinese Taipei  0–8  Cuba Italy Nettuno, Italy
Attendance: 500
Boxscore

24 September 2009 United States  5–3  Cuba Italy Nettuno, Italy
Attendance: 2,000
Boxscore
24 September 2009 Chinese Taipei  2–8  Puerto Rico Italy Chieti, Italy
Attendance: 250
Boxscore
24 September 2009 Canada  11–5  Netherlands Italy Grosseto, Italy
Attendance: 250
Boxscore
24 September 2009 Venezuela  9–4  Australia Italy Florence, Italy
Attendance: 104
Boxscore

25 September 2009 Cuba  5–1  Canada Italy Florence, Italy
Attendance: 1,100
Boxscore
25 September 2009 Venezuela  6–4  Chinese Taipei Italy Grosseto, Italy
Attendance: 200
Boxscore
25 September 2009 Australia  2–4  Puerto Rico Italy Chieti, Italy
Attendance: 300
Boxscore
25 September 2009 Netherlands  2–8  United States Italy Nettuno, Italy
Attendance: 1,000
Boxscore

Final round[edit]

7th place game[edit]

26 September 2009 Venezuela  6–3  Chinese Taipei Italy Florence, Italy
Attendance: 110
Boxscore

5th place game[edit]

26 September 2009 Netherlands  1–4  Australia Italy Stadio Primo Nebiolo Messina, Italy
Attendance: 300
Boxscore

Bronze medal game[edit]

26 September 2009 Puerto Rico  2–6  Canada Italy Grosseto, Italy
Attendance: 1,000
Boxscore

Final[edit]

27 September 2009 Cuba  5–10  United States Italy Stadio Steno Borghese, Nettuno, Italy
Attendance: 5,000
Boxscore

Final standings[edit]

Awards[edit]

The IBAF announced the following awards at the completion of the tournament.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBAF Announces Relocation of One of the 2009 Baseball World Cup First Round Sites from Russia to Croatia". International Baseball Federation. 17 July 2009. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009. "Games featuring Japan, Great Britain, Nicaragua and Croatia to be held in Zagreb from September 9–12" 
  2. ^ Yokoo, Masaru (19 June 2009). "2009 World Cup Game Schedule – 1st Round" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Yokoo, Masaru (19 June 2009). "2009 World Cup Game Schedule – 2nd Round" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Yokoo, Masaru (19 June 2009). "2009 World Cup Game Schedule -Finals" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Yokoo, Masaru (1 July 2009). "IBAF Official Competitions Technical/Organizational Norms" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup Final Round Team Capsules". International Baseball Federation. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "2009 Baseball World Cup Final Report". Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 

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