Krakow, Poland, December 15, 2017 - As the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship takes a break today to allow the four semifinalists to catch their breath before the final push for the title over the weekend, fans in Krakow are in for a rare treat.
The best stars of the Polish top flight PlusLiga get together for a North v South All-Star exhibition game Friday evening at 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT), ahead of the Club World Championship semifinals on Saturday and medals matches on Sunday.Quick links - Volleyball:FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship 2017
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It was the volleyball fans of the volleyball-crazy country that selected their favourite players to compete in the All-Star game, including such international names as Michal Masny of Slovakia, Lukas Kampa of Germany, Salvador Hidalgo Oliva of Cuba and Taichiro Koga of Japan.
"I'm really excited about the match," said Oliva. "It is a great combination to play and to have fun."
This is the third time that such an All-Star game is organised in Poland. In 2009 in Warsaw it was Polish players versus foreign players and in 2010 again in Warsaw North v South.
Promotion of the power of the Polish league is the main goal of organising the match during the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship Poland 2017.North:
Michal Masny (Cuprum Lubin), Lukasz Kaczmarek (Cuprum Lubin), Piotr Nowakowski (Trefl Gdansk), Jakub Kochanowski (Indykpol AZS Olsztyn), Artur Szalpuk (Trefl Gdansk), Mateusz Mika (Trefl Gdansk) and Damian Wojtaszek (ONICO Warsaw), Dustin Watten (Cerrad Czarni Radom).Reserves:
Michal Filip (Cerrad Czarni Radom), Andrzej Wrona (ONICO Warszawa), Daniel Plinski (Indykpol AZS Olsztyn), Pawel Woicki (Indykpol AZS Olsztyn), Tomasz Fornal (Cerrad Czarni Radom), Bartosz Kwolek (ONICO Warsaw).Coaches:
Andrea Anastasi, Stephane Antiga.South:
Lukas Kampa (Jastrzebski Wegiel), Maciej Muzaj (Jastrzebski Wegiel), Marcin Mozdzonek (Asseco Resovia Rzeszow), Bartlomiej Lemanski (Asseco Resovia Rzeszow), Salvador Hidalgo Oliva (Jastrzebski Wegiel), Aleksander Sliwka (Asseco Resovia Rzeszow) Jakub Popiwczak (Jastrzebski Wegiel), Taichiro Koga (Aluron Virtu Warta Zawiercie).Reserves:
Jakub Jarosz (Asseco Resovia Rzeszów), Grzegorz Kosok (Jastrzebski Wegiel), David Smith (Aluron Virtu Warta Zawiercie), Michal Kedzierski (Asseco Resovia Rzeszow), Jason de Rocco (Jastrzebski Wegiel).Coaches:
Piotr Gruszka, Mark Lebedew.