Opole, Poland, November 17, 2017 – Volleyball fans in Opole will be in for a treat when the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship takes place in the Polish city in December.
The city will host Pool A which features Polish champions ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle taking on title holders and South American champions Sada Cruizero from Brazil, Asian champions Sarmayeh Bank Volleyball Club of Iran, and Italian champions Cucine Lube Civitanova.
“We have strong opponents in the group, but I can assure you that ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle is well prepared for the competition,” libero Pawel Zatorski said. “We will fight to make each match we participate in full of emotions and a sports spectacle.”
Matches will take place in the Opole Arena, which holds 3,500 and is hosting an FIVB tournament for the first time.
Pool B will take place in the 12,000-capacity Atlas Arena in Lodz, which has hosted matches at the Poland 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship and has also hosted FIVB Volleyball World League fixtures and CEV European Championship matches.
European champions Zenit Kazan from Russia will be joined by Argentine champions Club Ciudad de Bolivar and two wildcard teams, SKRA Belchatow from Poland and Shanghai Volleyball Club.
The three days of pool action begins on December 12 and continues through till December 14. After a rest day the top two teams in each pool will progress to the semifinals and finals that will take place at the 14,752-capacity Tauron Arena in Krakow on December 16 and 17.
They are three fitting venues for the final major tournament of 2017 and the latest chance for Polish volleyball fans to enjoy some top-level volleyball.
“We are delighted that the Club World Championship will take place in the newly renovated Opole Arena,” President of the tournament organisers Tomasz Cieslik said. “This is a perfectly prepared sports facility, and Opole will be a worthy host of the event, which will be attended by fans from all over Poland and the world.”