Brazil's Sada Cruzeiro and Russia's Zenit Kazan at the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2017 – The FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship will be the final event on the international federation's 2017 volleyball calendar, with a new event formula to bring excitement to the volleyball community when Poland hosts the tournament from December 11 to 17.
The new event formula includes the continental champions from South America, Europe and Asia, who will be joined by the league champions of the host country - Poland, and two league champions from the top countries in the FIVB ranking on December 31, 2016.
Rounding up the eight-team roster in the Men’s Club World Championship will be two wild cards, to be
announced closer to the event.
Last year, Sada Cruzeiro and Dinamo Kazan met in the final, where the Brazilian club outplayed the Russian team in straight sets.Quick links - Volleyball:
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These two powerhouse squads could still earn a direct ticket to the annual men’s club showdown, and have shown fine form domestically.
Sada Cruzeiro are top of the Brazilian Superliga with an undefeated record of 14-0 following a straight-set defeat of Caramuru Volei in the third round this year. Zenit Kazan meanwhile lead the Russian league and are still in contention for a third European Champions League title.
The Brazilians are eager to match Trentino Volley’s title count in the World Championship. Trentino are the most successful team in the history of the Men’s Club World Championship with four trophies, while Sada Cruzeiro follow closely with three titles.
Meanwhile, Taichung Bank of Chinese Taipei will try to defend their continental title against top Asian clubs from Iran, Japan, China and Thailand in the 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship, which will take place in Vietnam from June 27 to July 5.
Relive the best moments from the last day of the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Betim, Brazil below.