Team profile

PGE Skra Belchatow are one of the two clubs awarded a Wild Card to compete in the 2017 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship (the other being China’s Shanghai Volleyball Club).
It is the club’s fourth appearance in the premier international club competition – and they have made the podium on all three previous appearances (all in Doha), even though the world title still eludes them.
PGE Skra Belchatow lost in the finals of 2009 and 2010, both to Italy’s Trentino Diatec to end up with silver. They again made the medals round in 2012, but lost to Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro Contagem in five sets in the semifinals before beating Russia’s Zenit Kazan also in five sets to take bronze.
The club was founded in 1930 in the town of Belchatow, just south of Lodz where they will be playing their pool matches in the 2017 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship.
PGE Skra Belchatow have won two bronze medals in 2008 and 2010 followed by a silver in 2012 (when they lost to Zenit Kazan in five sets in the final) in the European Champions League.
Domestically they have won eight Polish national titles since their first in 2005. After last claiming gold in 2014, they were third in 2015 and 2016 and runners-up to ZAKSA Kiedzerzyn-Kozle this year.

Coach

Roberto Piazza

Roberto Piazza

Forty-nine-year-old Italian Roberto Piazza began his coaching career at the age of 22. Previously, as the middle blocker of Parma he had won the European Cup Winners Cup twice.
He worked for many years as assistant coach to Daniele Bagnoli as they led Treviso to domination in Italy and Europe, winning the Champions League title three times. Other mentors who inspired Piazza were Julio Velasco and Paulo Roberto ‘Bebeto’ de Freitas.
Piazza started his new adventure as a head coach in Treviso in 2008, guiding the club to the CEV Cup title. He has also coached the Greek champions Olympiacos Piraeus and the National Team of Qatar.
PGE Skra Belchatow is his second Polish team, as he worked for Jastrzebski Wegiel three years, following a stint with Modena in Italy.

Staff

  • Team Manager Dominik Posmyk
  • Assistant coach Michał Winiarski
  • Second Assistant Coach Wojciech Janas
  • Doctor Wojciech Łucarz
  • Physiotherapist Tomasz Pieczko, Tomasz Kuciapiński

Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Zenit Kazan
3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 9 0 MAX 229 171 1.339
2
SKRA Belchatow
3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 6 6 4 1.500 236 217 1.087
3
Shanghai Volleyball Club
3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 3 8 0.375 220 251 0.876
4
Bolivar
3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 9 0.333 237 283 0.837

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