Overview

Team profile

Poland

Poland have dominated the international scene since the mid-1970s. They have participated in the Olympic Games nine times, winning gold in Montreal in 1976 and finishing 5th at the Rio 2016 Games. They have come back in 2010s just as strong, winning back-to-back FIVB World Championship titles in 2014 at home in Katowice and in 2018 in Turin, both with wins over Brazil in the final.
Having played an important role in the development of the sport since their appearance at the inaugural World Championship in 1949, they won their first gold in this competition in 1974.
After competing in 20 editions of the FIVB World League (ending up with a bronze medal in 2011 at home in Gdansk followed by a gold in 2012 in Sofia), Poland was one of the core teams in the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. They made it through to the Final Six in Lille, but failed to advance to medals round, ranking 5th overall.
At continental level, Poland have won five silver and one bronze, but have only once reached gold, after beating France 3-1 in the 2009 final.

Coach

Heynen Vital

Heynen Vital

After leading Germany to fifth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championship, 48-year-old Vital Heynen returned to his native Belgium to lead the men's National Team for one season, before moving on to take over as head coach of Poland. Immediately he secured another epic success, leading Poland to the title at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. As a player he represented Belgium 150 times, before embarking on his coaching career which saw him lead Noliko Maaseik to several domestic titles in Belgium, followed by appointments in Turkey, Poland and France. Aside from Belgium's National Team, Heynen also currently coaches the club team of VfB Friedrichshafen in Germany's Bundesliga.

Staff

  • Team Manager Poznar Elzbieta
  • Assistant coach Pawlik Sebastian
  • Doctor Zabierek Sebastian
  • Physiotherapist Brandt Pawel

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Brazil
12 11 1 5 2 4 1 0 0 30 35 13 2.692 1134 985 1.151
2
Iran
12 10 2 6 3 1 1 0 1 30 32 11 2.909 1034 937 1.103
3
France
12 9 3 4 5 0 1 2 0 28 31 14 2.214 1076 993 1.083
4
Russia
12 9 3 4 4 1 0 1 2 26 28 15 1.866 1023 941 1.087
5
Italy
12 8 4 4 4 0 1 2 1 25 28 16 1.750 1056 974 1.084
6
Poland
12 8 4 1 3 4 1 3 0 21 29 23 1.260 1195 1168 1.023
7
USA
12 7 5 2 5 0 1 2 2 22 25 20 1.250 1056 1000 1.056
8
Canada
12 7 5 2 3 2 1 3 1 20 26 22 1.181 1094 1083 1.010
9
Argentina
12 6 6 3 2 1 2 3 1 19 25 22 1.136 1094 1049 1.042
10
Japan
12 5 7 2 1 2 1 3 3 14 20 26 0.769 1023 1046 0.978
11
Serbia
12 5 7 0 1 4 3 2 2 14 23 30 0.766 1130 1169 0.966
12
Bulgaria
12 4 8 0 1 3 1 4 3 10 18 31 0.580 1052 1132 0.929
13
Australia
12 2 10 2 0 0 4 3 3 10 17 30 0.566 1000 1102 0.907
14
Germany
12 2 10 0 0 2 4 3 3 8 17 34 0.500 1076 1181 0.911
15
Portugal
12 2 10 1 1 0 1 2 7 7 10 31 0.322 865 998 0.866
16
China
12 1 11 1 0 0 1 2 8 4 7 33 0.212 812 962 0.844

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