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2019 Review: Russia triumph in Chicago for VNL 2 from 2

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 17, 2019 - Just as they had done a year earlier in the inaugural edition against France in Lille, Russia again denied the hosts in the final of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League - this time outplaying USA in Chicago in four sets for back-to-back gold in July.

2019 Review: Down to the wire in thrilling VNL pool play

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2019 - USA wrapped up the second edition of the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in early July with their second gold in as many attempts with an astounding comeback win over Brazil in the final - a thrilling finale to an amazing season that had begun almost a month and a half earlier.

Social media, videos, web & Volleyball TV: fans all over the world engaged with #VNL like never before

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 27, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League saw more digital fan engagement than ever before in a competition that excited and captivated fans all over the world.

Watch the VNL Men's Finals mini movie

Chicago, USA, July 18, 2019 - The 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League ended with a bang as Russia claimed victory against hosts USA to win their second title in the FIVB's flagship annual competition.

VNL Finals - Men: Individual stats

Chicago, USA, July 18, 2019 - The six teams participating in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago from July 10-14 played 10 matches at the highest level of international volleyball, keeping fans at the Credit Union 1 Arena and around the world on their toes. Here are some of the individual stats from the tournament highlighting some of the top performances from the climax of this season's VNL.

Russia golden again with second straight Men's VNL title

Chicago, USA, July 14, 2019 – Russia successfully defended its FIVB Volleyball Nations League title by defeating USA 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20) on Sunday, and for the second year in a row winning the gold-medal match against the host country. Last year the Russians beat host France to claim the first-ever VNL title.

Matt Anderson earns 2019 VNL MVP/Best Opposite honours

Chicago, USA, July 14, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League ended on a high as reigning champions Russia successfully defended their title by defeating USA 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20) to win gold after Poland overpowered Brazil earlier in the day to claim bronze.

Russia power past USA to win second VNL title

Chicago, USA, July 14, 2019 - Russia defeated hosts the United States 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20) to claim a historic second FIVB Volleyball Nations League title on Sunday in the 2019 VNL Finals at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago.

Bednorz on target as Poland claim bronze

Chicago, USA, July 14, 2019 - Bartosz Bednorz scored 20 points to lead Poland to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-21) victory against Brazil and claim the bronze medals at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago on Sunday.

Stars to collide in VNL championship match for Russia and USA

Chicago, USA, July 14, 2019 – Reigning FIVB Volleyball Nations League champions Russia have reached their second consecutive championship match and will face 2019 host USA on Sunday in Chicago for the opportunity to earn their second straight gold medal.

USA and Russia emerge from epic semifinals to play for gold

Chicago, USA, July 13, 2019 - Just two matches remain to be played as the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League reaches its climax on Sunday after Russia and USA emerged victoriously from the semifinals at the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago. Russia defeated Poland 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21), while USA overpowered Brazil in five sets 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9) in Saturday's matches.

Anderson scores 22 to help USA to victory against Brazil

Chicago, USA, July 13, 2019 - Hosts USA defeated Brazil in five sets 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9) in the second semifinal of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday in Chicago.

Poletaev leads Russia to victory against Poland to extend title defence

Chicago, USA, July 13, 2019 - Reigning champions Russia defeated back-to back world champions Poland 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21) in the first of two semifinal matches in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago on Saturday.

Lucarelli: Brazil are on the up

Chicago, USA, July 13, 2019 – Brazil reached the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals with the best record in the preliminary phase, but they were the last team to secure a berth into the semifinals starting on Saturday.

Bednorz heads standout pool play individual performances moving into VNL semis

Chicago, USA, July 13, 2019 – The six pool play matches for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals Round produced some great individual performances that helped Poland, USA, Russia and Brazil advance to Saturday’s semifinal matches.

Brazil join hosts USA, title-holders Russia and Poland in 2019 VNL semifinals

Chicago, USA, July 12, 2019 - Brazil were the last team to qualify for the semifinals of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday when they defeated Iran in a thrilling 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 20-25, 15-10) encounter.

A family affair for Erik Shoji in VNL Finals in Chicago

Chicago, USA, July 12, 2019 – USA libero Erik Shoji was born into a volleyball family, and he continues to get to play alongside his brother Kawika at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals Round in Chicago.

Jaeschke powers USA to victory against Russia

Chicago, USA, July 12, 2019 - The last match in 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool A saw hosts USA defeat last year's tournament winners Russia 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-20) as the North Americans claimed a first victory against their opponents in the fourth encounter between the two teams in the competition.

Lucarelli shows way into VNL semifinals for battling Brazil

Chicago, USA, July 12, 2019 - Five Brazilian players scored in double digits to lead their team to a thrilling five-set victory against Iran and qualification for the semifinals of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Quick fire questions: Brazil

Chicago, USA, July 12, 2019 - As Brazil take on Iran in their final match in Pool B of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Chicago, get to know the team better with a little help from captain Bruno Rezende and Alan Souza.

Poland, Russia and USA all clinch VNL semifinal berths

Chicago, USA, July 11, 2019 – Poland and Russia won their FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals Round pool matches against Iran and France, respectively, on Thursday in Chicago. In the process, the United States also reached the semifinals before even playing their final Pool A match as France was eliminated with consecutive losses. The final semifinal spot will be settled on Friday with the Brazil-Iran winner advancing.

Saeid Marouf's magic touch

Chicago, USA, July 11, 2019 – Saeid Marouf led Iran to its first appearance in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals with his brilliant playmaking skills that leave fans marvelling and wanting for more.

France defeat sees Russia and USA through to semifinals in Pool A

Chicago, USA, July 11, 2019 - Title-holders Russia sprinted to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-17) victory in one hour and fifteen minutes against France as they began their campaign in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago on Thursday with a re-match of last year's final against France.

Poland claim second win in Pool B to progress

Chicago, USA, July 11, 2019 - Poland claimed a four set victory against Iran 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22) on Thursday, just a day after defeating Brazil in five. Again led by Bartosz Bednorz, who scored 24 points, Poland qualified for the semifinals of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday. Iran and Brazil will play on Friday for the second semifinal berth up for grabs in the pool.

Toniutti: We have to play a little smarter

Chicago, USA, July 10, 2019 - As the new head coach of last year's winners Tuomas Sammelvuo said on Tuesday, ahead of this week's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago, every season has its history. And it is not because Russia were victorious in the final of last season's VNL that they will again prevail this year, or even on Thursday when they take on last year's runners-up France again.

Partisan crowds lead Poland and USA to VNL Finals opening victories

Chicago, USA, July 10, 2019 – The second FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Finals opened Wednesday with two stellar matches for the fans in Chicago. In the first match, the heavily partisan Polish crowd cheered on the VNL underdog to a surprising Pool B five-set win over VNL Preliminary Round winner Brazil on a neutral court. In the second match, the home crowd spurred the USA to a four-set win over France in Pool A.

Holt lifts USA to victory over 2018 runners-up France

Chicago, USA, July 10, 2019 - Hosts and 2018 bronze medallists USA defeated 2018 runners-up France in four sets 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21) in their first match in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago on Wednesday. Maxwell Holt led the USA team with 17 points, alongside Aaron Russell on 16, while Jean Patry was the leading scorer for France on 17.

Bednorz leads young Poland in defeat of Brazil on first day of VNL Finals

Chicago, USA, July 10, 2019 - In a clash between two in-form teams, the first match of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago produced a five set win for a young Poland squad 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9) against Brazil.

Pool B preview: Brazil to battle Iran and Poland

Chicago, USA, July 9, 2019 – The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals has six teams who could all come away with the title in the second year of the event.

Pool A preview: Reigning champions Russia up against hosts USA and France

Chicago, USA, July 9, 2019 – The FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals has an intriguing three-team Pool A that starts on Wednesday in Chicago.

World's elite storm Chicago for Men's VNL Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2019 - From Oleg Antonov's very first serve for Italy against Iran that set things in motion in Jiangmen on May 31 to Alan Souza's block on Italy's Alberto Polo that wrapped up pool play in Brasilia on June 30, there's been 20,770 rallies over 200 hours and 35 minutes net of pure volleyball played across the globe in the Preliminary Phase of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Men's VNL - Who are your breakout teams? (Part 2)

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2019 - With the Men's Finals of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League set to be played in Chicago, USA from July 10-14, FIVB.com editors Anna Tomas, Constantine Dimaras and Nikolay Markov predict which teams will claim the medals next week.

Thomas Jaeschke: Excited to play in Chicago - it’s where I’m from!

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2019 – A bronze medallist at the 2016 Olympic Games, Thomas Jaeschke is really excited about Chicago hosting the Men’s Finals of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Not just because it is his country, but also because it is the city he grew up in.

Fromm excited for Germany future despite mixed VNL showing

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 4, 2019 – Germany’s 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League may have finished with defeat to Japan on Sunday, but Christian Fromm, one of the team’s leading players remains confident that the team has a bright future.

VNL anthem “Worlds Collide” out now!

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 1, 2019 - From today, volleyball fans all over the world are able to download, stream and watch “Worlds Collide”, the VNL anthem by Grammy award-winning Australian DJ duo NERVO.

Men's VNL Final Six lineup: How it all unfolded

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 1, 2019 - Iran, Brazil, Russia, France and Poland all qualified to join hosts USA in the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, 10-14 July in Chicago, during the last weekend of the Preliminary Round. The weekend started with all five available tickets still unclaimed and this is how it all played out:

Patch leads as Finals hosts USA wrap up Men's VNL pool play with a bang

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 30, 2019 - USA finished their 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League pool play obligations on a high with a win over Iran 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-20) on Sunday evening, ahead of hosting the Final Six of the competition, 10-14 July in Chicago.

Ben Patch: We’re here to win gold!

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 30, 2019 – If someone is dancing on the court between rallies in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and it’s not a cheerleader, then it’s probably Benjamin Patch. If a single player really fits well with the cool vibe of the VNL, it would probably be Ben Patch. And the permanent smile on his face in no way means he is in it only for the fun. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. “We’re here to win gold!” he told fivb.com and he means it.

Pool 20: Poland defeat Portugal in Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany, June 30, 2019 - Pool 20 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League was completed on Sunday with a victory for Japan against hosts Germany and for world champions Poland against Portugal.

Pool 19: USA claim win against Iran in Plovdiv on Sunday

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 30, 2019 - The United States defeated Iran in the first match in Pool 19 in Plovdiv on Sunday in the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Pool 18: Brazil defeat Italy to wrap up pool in Brasilia

Brasilia, Brazil, June 30, 2019 - The final matches in 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 18 featured a victory for France against Canada and for hosts Brazil against Italy.

Pool 17: Argentina victorious against hosts Australia

Brisbane, Australia, June 30, 2019 - Argentina claimed a three-set win against Pool 17 hosts Australia in the second match in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Brisbane on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Russia also claimed a victory against China.

Tillie lifts France to deciding win over Italy

Brasilia, Brazil, June 29, 2019 - Kevin Tillie kept France going amidst a range of substitutions, leading the 2018 silver medallists to a decisive 3-1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20) win over Italy Saturday in Brasilia, on the penultimate day of pool play at the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Brazil and Italy to wrap up VNL preliminary round

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 30, 2019 – Brazil and Italy will meet in the very last game of the preliminary round in the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The two powerhouses will lock horns at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia at 19:00 local time on Sunday to wrap up the five weeks and 120 matches of exciting round-robin action on the road to the Final Six to take place from July 10 through 14 in Chicago.

Seyed Mohammad Mousavi: We aim at the medals!

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 29, 2019 – After a 2018 season, not the best for them in terms of results from world-level competitions, in 2019, Iran stormed back as one of the best teams in the men’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League so far. With star players, such as middle blocker Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi, leading the way, they are placed second in the current standings...

Pool 20: Poland claim victory against Germany in Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany, June 29, 2019 - 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League Pool 20 in Leipzig started with a victory for world champions Poland against Germany on Saturday.

Pool 19: USA defeat Serbia in first match in Plovdiv

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 29, 2019 - USA defeated Serbia in the first match on day 2 of 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 19 in Plovdiv on Saturday.

Pool 18: France beat Italy in first match in Brasilia on Saturday

Brasilia, Brazil, June 29, 2019 - France claimed victory against Italy before hosts Brazil defeated Canada in Pool 18 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Brasilia on Saturday.

Maar leads Canada in knock down of Italy

Brasilia, Brazil, June 28, 2019 - Stephen Maar was Canada's top scorer as the North Americans stopped Italy in their tracks 3-1 (15-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18) Friday evening on the opening day of the last weekend of pool play at the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball League.

Men's VNL down to the wire with five tickets to finals unclaimed

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 27, 2019 - Pool play at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League is down to its business end, as five tickets to the Final Six of the tournament remain up for grabs during this last weekend of action before the finals in Chicago, from July 10 to 14.

Pool 20: World champs Poland victorious in Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany, June 27, 2019 - Poland defeated Japan 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-20) in their first match in Leipzig in 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 20 on Friday.

Pool 19: Iran begin with victory against Serbia in Plovdiv

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 27, 2019 - Iran claimed a four set victory against Serbia on Friday in Pool 19 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Plovdiv.

Pool 18: Brazil defeat France in Brasilia on Friday

Brasilia, Brazil, June 27, 2019 - Week 5 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Brasilia featured victories for Canada against Italy and for pool hosts Brazil against France.

Pool 17: Argentina get week 5 started with victory against China

Brisbane, Australia, June 28, 2019 - The fifth week of Preliminary Round action in the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League began with a victory for Argentina 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19) against China in Pool 17 in Brisbane with Bruno Lima top scoring for the South American side with 15 points, ahead of Nicolas Mendez on 14 points and Facundo Conte on 12.

Sliwka: We show how much we care about winning

Leipzig, Germany, June 26, 2019 - Reigning back-to-back world champions Poland complete their Preliminary Round campaign in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Pool 20 in Leipzig, where they will take on Japan, pool hosts Germany and Portugal from Friday to Sunday. They need a good run of results to progress to the Finals from July 10-14 in Chicago.

Brazil take lead, but race for Final Six spots still wide open

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 24, 2019 – Brazil took advantage of Iran’s straight-set loss to France to take the lead in the standings as the fourth competition week of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League wrapped up on Sunday. However, the race for the five spots in the Final Six is still wide open as no team, other than hosts USA, have secured their advancement.

Watch: Men's VNL Week 4 highlights

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 24, 2019 - Week 4 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League is now completed and with four days to wait before the final set of preliminary round matches from Friday to Sunday, here is your opportunity to look back at some of the highlights from the last three days of action.

France win extends suspense in race for VNL Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 23, 2019 - France put a stop to Iran's seven-match winning streak Sunday with a solid and convincing 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-21) sweep that extends the suspense in the race for tickets to the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Pool 16: Brazil defeat Russia in Cuiaba

Cuiaba, Brazil, June 23, 2019 - Wallace De Souza (12 points) and Ricardo Lucarelli (11) were the top scorers as Brazil defeated Russia in their last match in Cuiaba in week 4 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Pool 15: Williams leads Australia in victory against Portugal

Ardabil, Iran, June 23, 2019 - The final day of action in Ardabil in Pool 15 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League featured victories for Australia against Portugal in a match between two of this year's challenger teams, and between France against Iran, two of the top teams in the current ranking.

Pool 14: Lima and Palacios key as Argentina defeat Serbia in Milan

Milan, Italy, June 23, 2019 - Bruno Lima and Ezequiel Palacios both scored 15 points to help Argentina claim a victory against Serbia in the first match in Pool 14 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Milan on Sunday.

Pool 13: Maar on target for Canada in victory against Japan

Hoffman Estates, USA, June 23, 2019 - Twenty-one points from Stephen Maar helped Canada to victory against Japan in the first match in Hoffman Estates on Sunday. It was Canada's third win of the weekend.

Clashes between top teams to boost Sunday’s VNL excitement

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 23, 2019 – Three matches between teams in the top six of the current standings are set to take place on Sunday and the first tickets to the finals may be booked as the penultimate fourth weekend in the preliminary round of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League is completed.

Iran almost seal Men's VNL Final Six spot

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 22, 2019 - Iran is one win short of securing a Final Six spot, with four matches to spare in pool play, as Amir Ghafour once again led the side to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-14) sweep of Australia for their 10th win in 11 games at the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Serbia hope to bounce back against Poland as VNL action continues on Saturday

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 22, 2019 – Poland and Serbia will lock horns in Milan on Saturday as both sides are still well in contention, but currently below the cut-off line for the finals of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Pool 16: Brazil power past Germany in five sets

Cuiaba, Brazil, June 22, 2019 - Seventeen points from Alan Souza and 16 by Yoandy Leal helped Brazil to a five set victory against Germany in Cuiaba on Saturday.

Pool 15: Amir Ghafour leads Iran to second victory in Ardabil

Ardabil, Iran, June 22, 2019 - Amir Ghafour scored 16 points to lead Iran to victory against Australia in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

Pool 14: Kwolek scores 24 for Poland in victory against Serbia

Milan, Italy, June 22, 2019 - Bartosz Kwolek led world champions Poland to victory against Serbia with 24 points in Milan on Saturday in Pool 14 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Pool 13: Maar helps Canada to victory against USA

Hoffman Estates, USA, June 22, 2019 - Stephen Maar scored 18 points to help Canada to victory against North American neighbours USA in Hoffman Estates on Saturday.

Italy, Iran close in on Men's VNL Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2019 - Italy moved a step closer to the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League Friday, after sweeping Serbia 3-0 (26-25, 25-19, 25-22) at home in Milan for their eighth win in ten games, as pool play resumed for Weekend 4 of pool play.

Top teams to host men’s VNL fourth weekend

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2019 – The fourth competition week of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League will get underway on Friday with matches hosted by the top three teams in the current standings - Iran, Brazil and Italy, as well as sixth-placed USA, also hosts of the finals from July 10 through 14.

Pool 16: Brazil begin with victory against Bulgaria in Cuiaba

Cuiaba, Brazil, June 21, 2019 - Pool hosts Brazil defeated Bulgaria on the first day of action in Cuiaba on Friday in 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 16.

Pool 15: Boyer and France start pool in Ardabil with win against Australia

Ardabil, Iran, June 21, 2019 - Stephen Boyer was among France's leading players as coach Laurent Tillie's men began their campaign in 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 15 in Ardabil with a victory against Australia.

Pool 14: Muzaj helps Poland to strong start in Milan

Milan, Italy, June 21, 2019 - Maciej Muzaj was one of three Polish players to score 15 points as his team began their campaign in Pool 14 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a victory against Argentina in Milan on Friday.

Pool 13: USA defeat Japan in Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates, USA, June 21, 2019 - Week four of the men's 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League visits Hoffman Estates in the United States where Friday saw Canada win against China before the hosts defeated Japan in the second match of the day.

Pool 18: Pool hosts China defeat Bulgaria in Ningbo

Ningbo, China, June 18, 2019 - China claimed a three-set victory against Bulgaria in 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League Pool 18 after Germany defeated world champions Serbia earlier in the day.

Pool 17: Brazil defeat Belgium in Ankara

Ankara, Turkey, June 18, 2019 - Brazil defeated Belgium on the second day of action in 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 17 in Ankara to end the European team's hopes of progressing to the Finals in Nanjing.

Holt hammers home USA victory

Cannes, France, June 16, 2019 – Maxwell Holt held his nerve in spectacular style to lead USA to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 28-26, 27-25) victory over France in the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League on Sunday.

Vernon-Evans first player in 2019 VNL to go 30+

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 16, 2019 - Canada's Sharone Vernon-Evans became the first player this season to break the 30+ points barrier in a single FIVB Volleyball Nations League match, when he scored 31 in his team's 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 28-26) defeat to Poland Sunday in Urmia.

Get to know: Nikolay Uchikov

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 16, 2019 – Bulgarian opposite Nikolay Uchikov has led his team in the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League as the Balkan Lions prepare to take on Italy in Varna on Sunday. In a video interview, the 33-year-old athlete told us a few interesting facts about himself.

Lucky seven! Conte the hero as Argentina beat France

Cannes, France, June 15, 2019 – Facundo Conte hit the winning shot as Argentina beat France 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 25-20) at the Palais des Victoires on Saturday to record their first win of week three of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.

Simon Hirsch shows the way forward for Germany

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2019 – Despite only winning two of their matches so far, Germany are hoping they will be able to pick up some valuable experience as the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League nears its business end and opposite striker Simon Hirsch believes his team has the quality to compete against the world’s best.

Cirovic winner gives Serbia victory over Brazil

Gondomar, Portugal, June 14, 2019 - Lazar Cirovic hit the winner as Serbia beat Brazil 3-2 (17-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 15-12) in a match that swung back and forth in the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League at the Multiusos do Gondomar Arena on Friday.

Brazil plough through Week 2 to remain only undefeated team in VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 10, 2019 - Brazil remain the only undefeated team in the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations after registering three more wins on the second weekend - though they had to fight tooth and nail in two entertaining five-setters to do so.

Men's VNL Finals in Chicago - Get your tickets now!

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9, 2019 - Tickets have gone on sale for the Finals of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League, hosted by Chicago from July 10-14.

Poletaev again wraps up Russia's perfect weekend

Ufa, Russia, June 9, 2019 - Speared on again by Victor Poletaev, defending champions Russia wrapped up a perfect weekend at home with a 3-0 (29-27, 25-16, 25-18) sweep of Italy, advancing to 5-1 after six matches so far in the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Russia and Italy in direct battle to stay unbeaten in Ufa

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9, 2019 – Russia vs Italy is shaping up as the big clash on Sunday’s programme in the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Each with two victories at the Ufa Arena in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan from the first two of this week’s competition days, reigning VNL title-holders Russia entertain the aspiring young Italian squad at 19:00 local time.

Poletaev, Philippov guide Russia past USA

Ufa, Russia, June 8, 2019 - Defending champions Russia walked all over USA Saturday 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) evening as the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League continued across the globe, with Victor Poletaev leading the scoring and Igor Philippov dealing with the blocking as the Europeans claimed their fourth win in five matches.

2018 VNL medallists Russia and USA to clash in Ufa

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 8, 2019 – Reigning title-holders Russia and bronze medallists USA will lock horns on competition day five of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The titanic clash is set to get underway on Saturday at 19:00 local time at the Ufa Arena in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.

Nelli shines in Italy v USA battle of opposites

Ufa, Russia, June 7, 2019 - Gabriele Nelli led Italy to a convincing 3-1 (25-23, 13-25, 25-20, 25-23) win over USA on the opening day of the second weekend of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League, scoring a match-high 28 points.

Unbeaten Iran and Brazil to get VNL week two underway

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 7, 2019 – The second competition week of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League will get started with a clash between two of the three teams that emerged undefeated from their three matches last week. Starting at 15:40 local time on Friday at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo, Brazil and Iran will lock horns in a battle to continue their winning streaks.

Sliwka helping shape Polish young guns

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 7, 2019 – Aleksander Sliwka is ensuring that Poland doesn’t rest on their laurels in the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, despite celebrating their third FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship less than a year ago.

Brazil beat Poland to make perfect start to VNL

Katowice, Poland, June 2, 2019 – Brazil fought back from losing the opening set to beat Poland 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-17) at the Spodek Arena on Sunday and end week one of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League with three wins from three.

Luke Perry: Focused on progression

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2, 2019 – For Australia’s libero Luke Perry his team’s focus for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League should be on improvement.

Sliwka leads world champions Poland to spectacular 3-2 victory against USA in Katowice

Katowice, Poland, June 1, 2019 - Aleksander Sliwka scored 20 points to lead reigning back-to-back world champions Poland to their second victory of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League by defeating 2018 bronze medallists USA 3-2 (17-25, 34-32, 26-28, 25-23, 15-9) at the Spodek Arena in Katowice on Saturday. For both teams it was the second match of the 2019 campaign with Poland defeating Australia and USA losing to 2016 Olympic champions Brazil on Friday.

Walker serves record seven aces in all-time highest-scoring VNL match

Katowice, Poland, June 1, 2019 - Australia's Samuel Walker served seven aces Saturday afternoon in Katowice against Brazil, breaking the all-time FIVB Volleyball Nations League high and establishing the new record to go for in most aces in a single match.

Milad Ebadipour: Life is volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2019 – Milad Ebadipour Ghara H., one of the key players on Iran’s roster for the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, is psyched about the opportunity his team will get to improve on their 10th place finish in 2018 and they have begun the 2019 tournament well with a victory against Italy on Friday and against China on Saturday. His optimism is fuelled by the fact that Iran will host as many as two pools in the preliminary round of the second edition of the VNL.

Double trouble - Shoji brothers aiming to fire USA to VNL glory

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2019 – Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji have both enjoyed a taste of success with USA and they will be aiming to add to their impressive medal tally when they begin their 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign.

2019 Men’s VNL – Young players on our radar

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2019 – The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League showcased the crowning of inaugural winners Russia but also the emergence of new talent. This year the VNL returns for a second season, and newcomers and first-timers will do their best to share the spotlight with the competition's more well-established stars.

Patry leads France to victory over Russia in Men's VNL opening day highlight

Novi Sad, Serbia, May 31, 2019 - France wiped the slate clean as last year's runners-up defeated title-holders Russia 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23) on the opening day of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

2019 Men's VNL - Team-by-team stats preview

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31, 2019 - The 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League begins on Friday with sixteen teams taking to the courts in Jiangmen, China (Pool 1), Mendoza, Argentina (Pool 2), Katowice, Poland (Pool 3) and Novi Sad, Serbia (Pool 4). The team-by-team stats below put all the information at your fingertips in the final days ahead of the competition.

Get to know: Italy setter Simone Giannelli

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 30, 2019 – Simone Giannelli will be aiming to add even more to his nascent volleyball career when he lines up for Italy in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

2019 Men's VNL - May 31 - Pool 4 - Head-to-head stats

Novi Sad, Belgrade, May 30, 2019 - Last year's finalists France and Russia play first in 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 4 in Novi Sad on Friday before hosts Serbia take on Japan.

Get to know: USA middle blocker David Smith

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 2019 – David Smith may have reached the stage of his career where he is regarded as the team’s ‘father’, but the 34-year-old could be a key figure as the USA attempt to improve on the bronze medal they won in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

2019 Men's VNL - May 31 - Pool 3 - Head-to-head stats

Katowice, Poland, May 29, 2019 - Katowice will host 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 3 with matches on Friday including an encounter between 2018 VNL bronze medallists the United States and reigning Olympic champions Brazil and hosts and world champions Poland and Australia.

2019 Men's VNL - May 31 - Pool 2 - Head-to-head stats

Mendoza, Argentina, May 28, 2019 - 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 2 hosts Argentina will take on competition newcomers Portugal in the second match in Mendoza on Friday. The day will begin with the encounter between Canada and Bulgaria.

2019 Men's VNL - May 31 - Pool 1 - Head-to-head stats

Jiangmen, China, May 27, 2019 - Iran and Italy get play started in 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 1 on Friday, with pool hosts China and Germany completing the action later in the day. Get the head-to-head stats below.

Men's 2019 VNL: Four days out, all you need to know

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2019 - Sixteen of the world's top volleyball national teams are on the starting line this week, as the second edition of the FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League begins its marathon journey around the world, to culminate more than a month later in Chicago, after 130 matches across 20 host cities.

Men’s VNL, Pool 4: Defending champs and silver medallists to face off on day one

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 26, 2019 – Last year’s winners Russia and runners-up France will meet face to face in a repeat of the 2018 final on the very first competition day of the second edition of the men’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The anticipated clash will take place at the SPC Vojvodina in Novi Sad at 20:00 local time on May 31, right after Japan and hosts Serbia meet in the Pool 4 opener at 17:00.

Wallace and Douglas lead Brazil as teams play friendlies ahead of VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 25, 2019 – Wallace De Souza and Douglas Souza led Brazil to a dramatic five-set victory in their season opener against Canada, one of many international friendlies the various participating teams are engaged in ahead of the second edition of the men’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Men's VNL – Who are your breakout teams in 2019?

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 24, 2019 – One week into the second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, and seven days ahead of the men taking to the courts in China, Argentina, Poland and Serbia, FIVB.com editors Anna Tomas, Constantine Dimaras and Nikolay Markov let us know who they think might do well in this year's men's competition.

Men's 2019 VNL: What to look out for and the records to beat

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 20, 2019 - Now less than two weeks away, the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League is already gearing up, with the 16 participating teams having gone through the preliminary registration of their players, ahead of a thrilling season that begins on May 31.

Men’s VNL, Pool 3: Remake of last year’s bronze medal match

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2019 – Men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League action in Pool 3 will start with a major clash between western hemisphere super powers USA and Brazil in a remake of last year’s bronze medal match. Reigning world champions Poland and one of the VNL challenger teams, Australia, will also take to the court in Katowice during the first week of the competition.

Lube close men's club season with thrilling European crown

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2019 - Italy's Cucine Lube Civitanova pulled together after the first set and dethroned Russia's Zenit Kazan with a 3-1 (16-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-19) win in the final of the 2019 Men's European Champions League at Berlin's Max-Schmelling Halle before some 10,000 fans.

Bulgaria captain Yosifov chasing targets in VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 17, 2019 – The captain of the Bulgarian national team, 33-year-old middle blocker Viktor Yosifov, looks forward to the upcoming summer season and is stoked about the opportunities the Lions will get to play in front of their home fans.

Final call for Brazil ahead of 2019 Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 15, 2019 - Brazil's men's National Team is getting together in full composition after coach Renan Dal Zotto called the last group to join the preparation, following the end of club obligations at home and abroad.

High drama in Perugia as Lube pull off comeback for Italian title

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2019 - Cucine Lube Civitanova came back from the brink on Tuesday night to celebrate their fifth Italian Men's League title after an epic comeback away win at Sir Safety Conad Perugia in the deciding fifth game of the best-of-five final series 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-10).

2019 Men's VNL in starting blocks with extended teams now available

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2019 - With just over two weeks to go before the start of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the extended rosters for the 16 teams participating are now available on fivb.com, featuring volleyball stars from across the globe.

Club leagues wind down ahead of FIVB season - but not yet in Italy

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2019 - The crowning of the 2019 Italian champions has been postponed until Tuesday, after top scorer on 14 points Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgara and match MVP Osmany Juantorena led Cucine Lube Civitanova to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19) win over Sir Safety Conad Perugia to extend the best-of-five final series of the men's Superleague to a fifth game - though club leagues elsewhere are wrapping up with titles claimed in epic clashes.

Taubate wrap up season in Brazil with historic title

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2019 - Funvic Taubate claimed the first Brazil Superleague title in the club's history on Saturday night after an epic win over Sesi Sao Paulo 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20) in the fifth and last match of the best-of-five series.

Men’s VNL, Pool 2: Three Challenger teams in early face-off

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 11, 2019 – Three of the four Challenger teams in the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, who face potential relegation at the end of the preliminary round, will meet each other in the very first weekend of the competition as Pool 2 action gets underway in Mendoza.

Kemerovo end Kazan's five-year domination in Russian Superleague

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2019 - Kuzbass Kemerovo put an end to Zenit Kazan's five-year domination of Russian volleyball with a stunning 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23) win Wednesday night that clinched the best-of-five series of the Men's Superleague after four matches.

Top guns Aleksiev and Sokolov back to Bulgarian roster

Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2019 – Bulgarian top guns Todor Aleksiev and Tsvetan Sokolov are back on the men’s national team after new head coach Silvano Prandi announced the names of 30 players included in the extended roster of the southern European side ahead of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Club league finals extended, as 2019 VNL draws near

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 6, 2019 - The men's national leagues final series in Brazil and Italy have been extended as the finalists continue to battle for the crowns, just about three weeks now ahead of their star players joining their national teams for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Men’s VNL, Pool 1: Way to get going!

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2019 – Pool 1 of the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League features the first match of the competition when Iran take on Italy at the Jiangmen Sports Center Gym at 16.00 local time in China on May 31. And what a way to get going in a pool where anything can happen, epitomizing the excitement that comes with a race between 16 of the best national teams in the world!

Mendoza ready for Men's VNL Pool 2

Mendoza, Argentina, May 3, 2019 - A press conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel in the city of Mendoza on Friday, ahead of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League pool set to take place in the city at the Aconcagua Arena stadium from May 31 to June 2. Coach Marcelo Mendez will lead Argentina's men's team against Canada, Bulgaria and Portugal in what will be the first of five weeks of VNL Preliminary Round play.

Italy bring on new talent in wide roster of 2019 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 30, 2019 - Head coach Gianlorenzo Blengini has released the wide roster of Italy ahead of the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League, due to start May 31. The list at this stage includes 30 players with a lot of fresh talent included.

Club leagues finals series in full swing ahead of FIVB season start

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 28, 2019 - With the 2019 FIVB season now just three weeks away, kicking off with the Women's Volleyball Nations League starting on May 21, club leagues around the world are wrapping up as star players begin to make the transition to their national teams.

Bolivar Voley win Argentina men’s national league title

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 26, 2019 – Bolivar Voley concluded their best-of-five series in thrilling fashion to take the 2019 Argentina men’s national league title.

Accreditation process open for Volleyball Nations League

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 25, 2019 - Journalists can now request accreditations for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League which will feature a total of 260 matches around the world from May 21 to July 14. The deadline for submitting applications for the first week is May 14.

Serbia set foundation for VNL campaign

Belgrade, Serbia, April 23, 2019 - After announcing a list of players for this year's international competitions earlier this month, Serbia coach Nikola Grbic met with team staff ahead of their debut in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on May 31, when the Balkan country host France, Russia and Japan in Pool 4 in Novi Sad.

Brazil adds four more players to men's roster

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 22, 2019 – The Brazilian national federation (CBV) announced on Monday the addition of four more players to the men’s national team roster.

With FIVB season less than a month off, club action peaks

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 22, 2019 - It's less than a month now until the FIVB season begins, with the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League due to start on 21 May and the men's competition following ten days later. And as these dates approach, the stars that will shine with their National Teams this season are giving their clubs the final push for distinction in leagues across the globe.

Brazil announces 11 members of men’s national team

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 15, 2019 – The Brazilian volleyball federation (CBV) announced three more members of the men’s national team on Monday who will join the eight players announced on April 12.

Club leagues titles keep coming in ahead of FIVB season start

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 14, 2019 - Yet more titles have been decided the past week as club leagues around the world begin to wind down, just in time for the world's elite players to join their national teams ahead of the exciting season starting on May 21 with the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Superstars to shine in Berlin in last show before VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 10, 2019 - The world's volleyball superstars have made an appointment to meet in Berlin on 18 May for the men's and women's European Champions League Super Finals after the conclusion of the competition semifinals on Wednesday. It will be their last appearance with their clubs before they join their national teams for a thrilling FIVB season which opens on May 21 with the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.

Bulgaria’s coach Prandi announces plans for upcoming season

Sofia, Bulgaria, April 9, 2019 – The men’s national team of Bulgaria will get together on May 6 to start preparations for the new season, which is to get underway with the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on May 31, the Lions’ new head coach, Silvano Prandi, announced at a press conference held in Sofia on Monday.

Leipzig begins countdown for VNL weekend

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 9, 2019 - Just about 11 weeks before the 2019 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League visits Leipzig this city of eastern Germany has set off the countdown to 'Saxony's largest volleyball event'.

Thrilling shows as club leagues peak across the world

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 8, 2019 - Defending champions Zenit Kazan of Russia and Italy's Cucine Lube Civitanova have gained an edge in the race for tickets to the final of the 2019 Men's European Champions League after both scored away wins in the first legs of the semifinals, as club leagues around the world enter the final stretch ahead of a highly anticipated FIVB season.

2019 VNL opens with bang, schedule reveals

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 4, 2019 - The full and detailed schedule of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations has been officially released today, as the second edition of the competition approaches.

Titles start coming in as club leagues begin to wrap up

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31, 2019 - With the FIVB season now less than two months out, the club season is peaking with the first titles being settled - and in spectacular fashion by the representatives of Italy, who picked up three of the four European trophies up for grabs this past week.

Maximiliano Cavanna: I felt very comfortable

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 29, 2019 – Maximiliano Cavanna was the name at the top of the best setters chart after the preliminary round of the men’s 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The Argentinean playmaker is already looking forward to the second edition of the VNL and hopes that his team can do better than they did last year.

World stars thrill as club leagues enter final stretch

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2019 - The world's volleyball superstars thrilled fans across the globe once again midweek and over the weekend, as domestic and international club leagues enter the final stretch ahead of the National Teams season picking up in May, starting with the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Alexandre Ferreira: Enjoy VNL and try to raise our level

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 22, 2019 – Portugal are the newcomers in the men’s 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and Alexandre Ferreira is one of the big reasons they get to play among the world’s volleyball elite. The outside hitter of the Portuguese team made a solid contribution to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup victory, which earned them a well-deserved spot in the VNL.

Legendary Tetyukhin joins Russian national team staff

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 21, 2019 – Sergey Tetyukhin is the new general manager of the men’s national team of Russia, the Russian national federation decided on Wednesday. The legendary volleyballer, now 43 years old, joins the staff around recently appointed head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo ahead of the busy summer season for Sbornaya, which starts on May 31 with the first 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League match of the defending trophy-holders.

Clubs hit Playoffs as Leagues go down to the wire

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2019 - As domestic and international club leagues enter their playoffs phases across the globe, the world's volleyball superstars continue to thrill fans in a preview of what's to follow later this year when they join their National Teams for a highly anticipated FIVB season which begins in May with the Volleyball Nations League.

Q&A with Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuzawa

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2019 – Japanese player Tatsuya Fukuzawa spoke to fivb.com about how his role in the team has evolved and the big opportunities at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Chicago, USA to host 2019 Men’s VNL Finals

Chicago, USA, March 12, 2019 – The city of Chicago will welcome the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Finals on July 10-14, when the top five teams from the competition’s Preliminary Round will join hosts the United States to play for a chance to lift the trophy at the second edition of the international federation’s flagship annual competition.

International stars gear up as playoffs approach across the world's leagues

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 11, 2019 - All the world's volleyball stars who are expected to shine with their national teams once the FIVB season begins in just over two months with the second edition of the Volleyball Nations League, starred across the globe with their clubs as competitions heat up with rapidly approaching playoffs.

Bradley Gunter: Canada’s next generation

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 8, 2019 – In the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League he received a chance and he grabbed it. This was his first participation in a major world-level competition. Bradley Gunter was part of Canada’s team for the VNL and proved key to many of the squad’s victories.

VNL highlights: Top 5 spikes of the 2018 men's finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 5, 2019 – Some adrenalin-pumping power spikes from the men’s finals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League were compiled into this video of the tournament's top five spikes giving fans another clue of what to expect after May 31, when the men’s 2019 edition of this new competition is set to take off.

World stars shine as club competitions reach critical stage

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 4, 2019 - Volleyball stars shone again this week, as club competitions across the globe reach critical stages just before the FIVB season is set to begin.

Sammelvuo to head Russia in 2019 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 2, 2019 - Tuomas Sammelvuo has been appointed head coach of Russia's National Team ahead of the sides obligations this year in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and other upcoming international and continental events, the All-Russia Volleyball Federation has announced.

Aleksandar Atanasijevic: Living the volleyball dream

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 1, 2019 – “The only thing better than playing a VNL tournament at home would be to play two VNL tournaments at home,” Aleksandar Atanasijevic told fivb.com. Serbia’s big star is really looking forward to the second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Five young guns to watch at men’s VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 28, 2019 – The inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in 2018 was a key milestone for the sport, highlighting the best of the sport around the world. It was also the chance for some of the competition's young guns to showcase their talent on the global stage.

2018 World Championship Dream Team gears up for 2019 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 27, 2019 - The eight players on the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Dream Team are all gearing up for yet another national team season, as they thrill fans with their club performances ahead of this year's second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

VNL highlights: Top 5 digs of the 2018 men's finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2019 – On May 31, 2019, the second edition of the men’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League is set to get underway and expected to build upon the exciting inaugural season of this new competition in 2018.

Superstars' performances across leagues promise thrilling FIVB season

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 25, 2019 - There's been more super action from volleyball's top international stars across the world this past weekend in leagues around the world, promising an exciting FIVB season ahead, following the club competitions. Here are some of the highlights.

Men's VNL Dream Team 2018: Where are they now?

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 21, 2019 - As the second edition of the FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League approaches, let's take a look back at the Dream Team of the inaugural edition in 2018 and find out what the stars of that competition, in which Russia beat hosts France in the final to earn the title, are up to nowadays.

Five seasoned players to watch at Men’s VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 19, 2019 – The FIVB Volleyball Nations League reached a spectacular climax in its inaugural edition last year with a star-studded men's finals in Lille, France where Russia emerged as the tournament winners.

100-day countdown begins for gripping 2019 Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 19, 2019 - Today marks 100 days out from the start of the second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, due to kick off May 31 - June 2 with action across the world in four pools of four teams each.

Club action heats up across the globe as FIVB season nears

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 18, 2019 - Club competitions across the world begin to heat up as the highly anticipated 2019 FIVB season draws ever nearer, set to kick off in just three months' time with the second edition of the Volleyball Nations League.

Shlyapnikov to lead Russia training programme

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 15, 2019 - Sergey Shlyapnikov is taking charge of Russia's long-term programme leading up to the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship which they will host at home, the All-Russia Volleyball Federation has announced.

VNL - Six players to watch

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 12, 2019 – With under 100 days to go before the start of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, this video takes us back to the inaugural edition's men's finals at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. It features some of the top performers of the 2018 finals, players to keep an eye on in the build-up to this year's edition of the Volleyball Nations League.

Stars' shining performances with clubs promise exciting FIVB season

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 11, 2019 - Brazil's Evandro Guerra shone this weekend as he led defending champions Sada Cruzeiro of Contagem to a five-set win at the Riachao over Corinthians of Guarulhos to stay at the top of the standings in the Brazilian Superleague in one of a number of thrilling performances by star players across the world with their clubs, ahead of a highly-anticipated FIVB season.

Final 100-day countdown begins for 2019 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 9, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League is now 100 days out, as the final countdown begins to the launch of this year's FIVB season with the second edition of the international federation's latest event.

Dutch and Italian stars thrill fans ahead of exciting FIVB season

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 4, 2019 - A galaxy of international stars were in action over the last week with fans getting a chance to enjoy the performance of players who will feature later this year in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the Olympic qualifiers and the FIVB Volleyball World Cup.

Dmitriy Muserskiy: Because I love volleyball!

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 1, 2019 – Dmitriy Muserskiy played a key role in Russia’s victorious run at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. And the 2.18m-tall middle blocker’s spot on the VNL Dream Team was certainly deserved. A player with Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, Muserskiy took time out to speak to fivb.com about the VNL, about volleyball, about life...

Kevin Le Roux: Life is beautiful!

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 28, 2019 – French international Kevin Le Roux, a Dream Team middle blocker in the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, commented on the national team’s busy summer ahead, including the second edition of the VNL, the intercontinental Olympic qualifications and the European Championship

VNL stars set the pace with clubs across the globe

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 28, 2019 - The second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League is still some months away, but the stars who are expected to shine for their national teams in 2019 are already gearing up as they thrill the crowds with their clubs across the globe.

Pawel Zatorski: The “lucky” Dream Teamer

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 25, 2019 – The libero of reigning world champions Poland, Pawel Zatorski, honoured as the best libero of the 2018 World Championship, says he was lucky to be named on the Dream Team.

Grebennikov looks back at successful year

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 18, 2019 – Jenia Grebennikov won the Best Libero award at three major international competitions in 2018 – the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships and the CEV Champions League. Make that four with the Hubert Wagner Memorial in Poland.

Volleyball Nations League website launched for FIVB 2019 season opener

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 15, 2019 - With 2018 behind us, focus now shifts to the current pre-Olympic year, with the FIVB season kicking off in May when the second edition of the Volleyball Nations League gets underway.

Matt Anderson receives USAV’s highest annual recognition

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 11, 2019 – Matthew Anderson was recognized as USA’s Male Indoor Volleyball Player of the Year. This is the fifth time in his career the 31-year-old spiker is honoured by USA Volleyball with this title, after 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Year in social media - Volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 11, 2019 – As an action-packed season of volleyball awaits featuring the second edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, four Age-Group World Championships, Olympic qualification tournaments, the FIVB Volleyball World Cup and more, we look back at some of the highlights from 2018 on social media.

2018 Review: VNL MVP Mikhaylov leads stellar line-up

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 24, 2018 – Maxim Mikhaylov's magical performances were key to Russia's victory in the inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in July. They also earned the Russian opposite a well-deserved Most Valuable Player award.

2018 Review: Russia stun France in first men’s VNL final

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 23, 2018 – Russia delivered a sensational 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-13) shutout of pre-tournament favourites and finals hosts France to claim the inaugural men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League title. Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium was transformed into the ultimate state-of-the-art volleyball venue for the competition's finals, which were played from July 4 to 8.

A year to remember: 2018 men's volleyball in numbers

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2018 - The year 2018 went down in history as a remarkable season with records set across all FIVB competitions in memorable matches that saw high scoring, long and exciting matches down to the wire and exceptional players dominating the action with some brilliant performances that have gone into the record books.

Glenn Hoag to return as coach of Canada

Ottawa, Canada, November 21, 2018 - Volleyball Canada has announced that long-time Team Canada men’s coach Glenn Hoag will return as head coach of their senior programme in 2019.

Marcelo Mendez to lead Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 12, 2018 - The Argentine Volleyball Federation (FeVA) has appointed Marcelo Mendez to lead the country's men's team until 2024. The news was confirmed after a signing ceremony held in Buenos Aires on Monday.

VNL 2018: 10 photos we liked

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2018 - A selection of some of the most eye-catching photographs from the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Which is your favourite?

VNL 2018: Remember these breathtaking plays?

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 19, 2018 - Look back at some of the top plays in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

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