FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018 - Men's teams Overview - Poland

Team profile

Poland have played an important role in the development of the sport since their appearance at the inaugural FIVB Men's World Championship in 1949. They won their first World Championship gold in 1974. Thirty years later, they captured their second gold medal when they hosted the 2014 World Championship, beating Brazil in the final in Katowice.
They dominated the international scene in the mid-1970s and have participated in the Olympic Games nine times, winning gold at the Montreal 1976 Games. Poland finished fifth at the Rio 2016 Games.
Poland made their twentieth straight appearance in the FIVB World League in 2017. They first took part in 1998 and won the bronze medal in 2011 before securing the gold in 2012, defeating  the USA in straight sets in the final.
They competed in the Final Six tournaments of the 2015 and 2016 World League, finishing fourth in 2015 after losing to USA 3-0 in the bronze medal match, and fifth in 2016, when they hosted the finals in Krakow. However, they failed to advance to the Final Six in 2017, after finishing pool play with a 4-5 record, leaving the team in eighth place in Group 1.


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 Championships, 48-year-old Vital Heynen returned to his native Belgium to lead the men's National Team for a season. He then moved on to take over as head coach of Poland earlier this year. 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. He followed this up with stints 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.


  • Team Manager Szyszko Mariusz
  • Assistant coach Gogol Michal
  • Second Assistant Coach Pawlik Sebastian
  • Doctor Zajac Krzysztof
  • Physiotherapist Pieczko Tomasz


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
2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 6.000 172 147 1.170
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 142 136 1.044
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6 0.166 144 175 0.822