The opening ceremony at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Poland 2014
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 30, 2017 – Passionate Polish fans will welcome the best men’s volleyball clubs in the world following the confirmation of Poland as the new host of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship from December 11-17.
The tournament will be a great spectacle with a new format. Pool play will be played in two cities from December 11-14 before the top two of each pool head to another city for the semifinals and finals. Add to that a legends match featuring former top volleyball stars and an end of year volleyball gala and the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship 2017 will be a week-long extravaganza of volleyball.Quick links - Volleyball:
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The best eight clubs from around the world will participate, including the champions of South America, Europe and Asia, the league champion of the host country – Poland - plus two league champions from the top countries in the FIVB world ranking as of December 31, 2016 and two wild cards.
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° signed a two-year joint-venture agreement with an option of two more years with Polish sports marketing agency Between Sports - who were endorsed by the Poland Volleyball Federation - to turn the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship into one of the most popular volleyball events in the world.Reigning champions Sada Cruzeiro from Brazil
“This will be the best Club World Championships the FIVB has ever staged with the end of year timing providing a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best of our wonderful sport,” President Graça said. “Poland has a great tradition of staging outstanding volleyball events as witnessed by the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2014 and we’re expecting another great show, featuring the best volleyball athletes in the world playing in front of the world’s most passionate volleyball fans.”
Between Sports Management Board President Tomasz Cieslik said: “We are very proud and honoured that the FIVB has entrusted us to once again organize a very important international volleyball tournament. We love volleyball in Poland and this is another great opportunity for Polish fans and all volleyball fans from around the world to experience another outstanding volleyball spectacle in what will be a wonderful atmosphere.”From left to right: Roberto Wilfrido Escobar Gonzalez, FIVB Executive Vice-President & Treasurer, Miroslaw Przedpelski, FIVB Board of Administration Member from Poland, FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, and Between Sports Management Board President Tomasz Cieslik.
Between Sports is a leading Polish sports marketing company managed by people with more than 20 years international professional experience. The FIVB and Between Sports already cooperated successfully together during the FIVB Volleyball World Championship Poland 2014.
Poland will be the fourth country to host the most important international club tournament. The annual event will be in its 13th edition this year, having first started in 1989, with Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro winning the last two editions and three of the last four on home soil. It will be the second time Europe host the tournament after Italy hosted three of the first four editions from 1989 to 1992 before the tournament travelled to Qatar after a 17-year hiatus - and then Brazil for the past four editions.