Poland men's national volleyball team

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Association Polski Związek Piłki Siatkowej
Head coach Stephane Antiga
FIVB ranking 5 (as of September 2014)
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Away
Summer Olympics
Appearances 8 (First in 1968)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg, 1976
World Championship
Appearances 15 (First in 1949)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg, 1974, 2014
FIVB World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1965)
Best result Silver medal with cup.svg, 1965, 2011
Website www.pzps.pl (Polish)
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Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal
World Championship
Gold 1974 Mexico
Gold 2014 Poland
Silver 2006 Japan
World Cup
Silver 1965 Poland
Silver 2011 Japan
World League
Gold 2012 Sofia
Bronze 2011 Gdańsk
European Championship
Gold 2009 Turkey
Silver 1975 Yugoslavia
Silver 1977 Finland
Silver 1979 France
Silver 1981 Bulgaria
Silver 1983 East Germany
Bronze 1967 Turkey
Bronze 2011 Austria/Czech Republic

The Poland national men's volleyball team is the national volleyball team from Poland, controlled by the Polski Związek Piłki Siatkowej (PZPS), which represents the country in international competitions and friendly matches. Poland is one of the world's strongest teams, it is the reigning world champion since 2014 and is ranked third (as of September 2014) in the FIVB world ranking.

History[edit]

Poland achieved some of its best results in the 1970s, with gold medals at 1974 World Championship and the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. They also won five consecutive silver medals at the European Championship, between 1975 and 1983.

2005-2008 Raúl Lozano[edit]

2005[edit]

On January 17, 2005 was chosen new coach - Raúl Lozano.

On May 27, 2005 he debuted as the coach in official match against Argentina (3-1) - first meeting at World League 2005. Polish national team won 9 of 12 matches in intercontinental round in Pool C (with Serbia and Montenegro, Greece, Argentina) and achieved promotion to final round in Serbia and Montenegro. They lost just 2 matches with Serbia and Montenegro (2-3, 2-3) and Greece (1-3).

2009-2010 Daniel Castellani[edit]

2009[edit]

On January 17, 2009 it was announced that the new head coach is Daniel Castellani, who led PGE Skra Bełchatów. In June 2009 Polish team played in Pool D of intercontinental round of the World League 2009. They won 5 of 12 matches, but lost all 4 matches with Brazil and 3 meetings with Finland. Poland took 11th place in general classification.

European Champions 2009 after returning to Poland.

On September 3, 2009 Poland played its first match in preliminary round Pool A of the European Championship 2009 held in Turkey. Polish players beat France in opening match 3-1. Then won with Germany (3-1) and hosts - Turkey (3-0). Poland took first place in Pool A and went to playy off round, where in Pool F beat European Champion 2007 - Spain (3-2) and won two another meetings with Slovakia (3-2) and Greece (3-0). They reached the first place in the group and Poland advanced to the final round. In semifinal played against Bulgaria and won 3-0. In final they met with France once again. This two teams opened and closed European Championship 2009.[1] On September 13, 2009 Poland won a title of the European Champion first time in history. 2 of 8 individual award were achieved by Polish players. Paweł Zagumny was the Best Setter and Most Valuable Player was awarded the captain and opposite hitter of Polish national team - Piotr Gruszka. On September 14, 2009 all players were awarded Knight's Cross of Polonia Restituta and coach Daniel Castellani received Officer's Cross of Polonia Restituta.[2]

In November 18–23, 2009 Poland participated as the European Champion in World Grand Champions Cup held in Japan. The Polish team won 2 of 5 matches with Iran and Egypt. Poland took 4th place.

Polish men's national volleyball team was elected the best team of 2009 in 75th Plebiscyt Przeglądu Sportowego 2009 in Poland and Piotr Gruszka was 3rd in the Top 10 of Polish Athlets in the same competition.

2010[edit]

Polish national team before friendly match with France in Rzeszów on May 29, 2010. Players from left to right: Ruciak (#14), Bartman (#9), Kurek (#6), Łomacz (#19), Jarosz (#7), Kłos (#8), Mika (#13), Czarnowski (#16), Michał Bąkiewicz (#17), Żygadło (#11), Możdżonek (#18), Gacek (#15), Zatorski (#12), Gruszka (#3).

Polish national team started season with intercontinental round of the World League 2010. At the beginning they lost twice with German team (1-3 and 0-3) in Stuttgart. Then on June 11–12 beat hosts of final round - Argentina (3-1 and 3-2) in San Juan. On June 18–19 played with Cuba. Poland lost first match 2-3, but next day beat opponent 3-0. The remaining 6 matches Polish national team played in Poland. On June 25–26 Poland beat Argentina (3-1 and 3-1) in Wrocław. They moved to Atlas Arena to Łódź, where lost both matches with Cuba (0-3 and 1-3). Matches with Germany on July 8–9 ended Polish participated in the World League. Poland lost 2-3 and won the next day 3-1 at Spodek in Katowice.

On September 25, 2010 players of Polish national team played their first match at the World Championship 2010. They won all 3 matches in Pool F (first round) with Canada (3-0), Germany (3-2) and Serbia (3-1), which were held in Trieste, Italy. In second round Poland lost their both matches with Brazil (0-3) and Bulgaria (0-3). Poland ended Championships in place 13-18.

On October 25, 2010 after the vote of the board of Polish Volleyball Federation, Castellani was fired.

2011-2013 Andrea Anastasi[edit]

2011[edit]

On the podium of the World League 2011 with bronze medals in Gdańsk.
Action on the left side of Bartosz Kurek (#6) in 3rd place match against Argentina.
Happiness of Polish volleyball team after winning the match ball in 3rd place match against Argentina.

Polish national team after bad previous year changed a head coach and squad. Andrea Anastasi began work as head coach on February 23, 2011, when Poland was ranked 11th in the FIVB ranking. His assistant was Andrea Gardini.

They started season without an important players like Zagumny, Winiarski or Wlazły. The team started with the World League 2011. Poland as host was in final tournament, which was held at Ergo Arena in Gdańsk. During a first match against Bulgaria, a opposite hitter - Zbigniew Bartman injured. Despite this Poland won after tie-break. Then Poland lost with Italy (0-3) and beat Argentina in five sets. They went to the semifinal, but lost the match against Russia (1-3).[3] On July 10, 2011 Poland won first medal of the World League in history.[4] The bronze winning in the match against Argentina.[5] Polish achieved individual awards - Bartosz Kurek was the Best Scorer and Krzysztof Ignaczak the Best Libero.[6]

In the same year the Polish national team wanted to defend a title of European Champion from 2009. The team, without injured Zbigniew Bartman, won in playoff round with Czech Republic and went to quarterfinals.[7] In Karlovy Vary beat Slovakia (3-0).[8] Then they moved to Vienna and lost the match against Italy (0-3).[9] Poles again played the 3rd place match. On September 18, 2011 they beat the winners of World League 2011 - Russia (3-1) and achieved their second bronze in 2011.[10] In addition, individual award for Best Server received Bartosz Kurek.[11]

In November was the first chance to qualify for the Olympic Games 2012. At FIVB World Cup 2011 won 9 of 11 matches. They lost with Iran (2-3), Brazil (2-3) and Russia (2-3). Polish national team won promotion to the Olympics on December 3, 2011, when they won first two sets against Brazil (this one point gave them place on the podium).[12] In conclusion Poland won the silver medal, and repeated the success of the FIVB World Cup 1965, where Poland achieve silver too.[13] For the first time in the history Polish national team won three medals in one year. One of individual awards received middle-blocker Marcin Możdżonek, who was Best Blocker.[14]

Polish men's national volleyball team was elected the best team of 2011 in 77th Plebiscyt Przeglądu Sportowego 2011 in Poland and Bartosz Kurek was 2nd in the Top 10 of Polish Athlets in the same competition.

2012[edit]

Polish team after one of the winning match in World League 2012 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. Players n the foreground from left: Zbigniew Bartman (#9), Bartosz Kurek (#6), Michał Winiarski (#2), Krzysztof Ignaczak (#16).
Marcin Możdżonek - the captain of Poland in 2012 during interview.

The main purpose for the team were Olympics, but earlier they participated in FIVB World League 2012. They won 10 of 12 matches of intercontinental round, including 3 times won with Brazil, which was successful after many years of defeats.[15] Poland advanced to Final Six, which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Polish team was in Pool F with Cuba and Brazil. They won with the both of group matches and went to the semi final.[16] They beat the host - Bulgaria and for the first time in history had a chance to play in final of World League.[17][18][19] On July 8, 2012 won the final match against United States (3-0).[20][21][22] It was a second medal of World League for Polish team and the first gold. Polish players received 4 of 8 individual awards. Best Spiker was Zbigniew Bartman, Best Blocker - Marcin Możdżonek, Best Libero - Krzysztof Ignaczak and Most Valuable Player - Bartosz Kurek.

On July 29, 2012 the team played their first Pool A match at Olympic Games London 2012 against Italy (3-1).[23][24] Polish national team won 3 of 5 pool matches, but lost with Bulgaria and Australia.[25] They went to quarterfinal, but lost it after 3-1 match against future Olympic Champions - Russia.[26][27] Despite the defeat, Krzysztof Ignaczak was the Best Receiver of the Olympic Games 2012 (four years earlier, the same award received another Polish player - Michał Winiarski).[28]

Poland had the success and failure of this season, but despite this they were elected the best team of 2012 in 78th Plebiscyt Przeglądu Sportowego 2012 in Poland.

2013[edit]

Polish players after the winning match Poland - United States of the World League 2013 at Spodek, Katowice on July 5, 2013. In the foreground from left: Winiarski (#2), Nowakowski (#1), Zatorski (#17), Kosok (#4), Żygadło (#15), Możdżonek (#18), Kurek (#6) and Drzyzga (#11).
Andrea Anastasi - head coach in 2011-2013.

The team started season on May 24, 2013 when they played friendly match with Serbia (3-0) in Milicz. Next day, on May 25 the both national teams played their second match in Twardogóra, which was won by guests (1-3).

Poland began its participation in the World League 2013 losing their first four matches. They lost twice with Brazil at Torwar Hall on June 7 (1-3)[29] and after tie-brak at Atlas Arena on June 9.[30] Then Polish players lost next two aligned matches on June 21 and 23 against France, which have been resolved after tie-breaks.[31][32] On June 28, 2013 Polish team played their first match with Argentine team (3-2) at Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz[33] and two days later their second meeting (3-1) at Ergo Arena in Gdańsk.[34] The heroes of winning matches with Argentine players were Jarosz and Kurek. On July 5 and 7, Polish national team beat United States team (3-2) at Spodek, Katowice[35] and (3-1) at Centennial Hall in Wrocław, after great game of Jakub Jarosz.[36] Poland didn't continue their series of victories. On July 12, 2013 lost (0-3) match against Bulgaria[37] and one day later lost dramatic match after tie-break despite the determination of the whole team.[38] Unstoppable was the main scorer of Bulgaria - Tsvetan Sokolov. At Palace of Culture and Sports, Varna lost their last two matches of intercontinental round and ended their game in World League 2013.

In October 2013 Andrea Anastasi was fired as coach of the Polish national team.[39] The reason for this decision were unsuccessful Polish losses in 2013 and getting worse team game. Poland, while working of Andrea Anastasi, took 3rd place in the FIVB World Rankings. It was promotion from 11th place in early 2011. Anastasi has announced that he won't be coach of any national team at the World Championship 2014 held in Poland because of respect for his former players. He decided to stay in Poland and has been working with Polish club Lotos Trefl Gdańsk.[40]

2014-? Stéphane Antiga[edit]

2014[edit]

On October 24, 2013 was announced new head coach Stéphane Antiga.[41] He began his work after the end of the league season 2013/2014, because he played for PGE Skra Bełchatów and he had to complete his career as a player. His first tournament as Poland's head coach was the CEV European Championship 2015 qualification. Poland won 5 out of their 6 matches, beating Macedonia and Latvia twice each and Slovenia once. The Polish national team qualified for the CEV European Championship 2015.[42]

After this, the team took part in the FIVB World League 2014. They won 6 of 12 matches in the intercontinental round, but didn't qualify for the Final Six. They lacked one set against Brazil for a place in the final tournament.[43] The team went on to make preparations at training camps in Belchatów, Capbreton (France) and Spała before the World Championship 2014.[44] On August 16–18, 2014 the 12th Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner was held at Kraków Arena, Kraków. On the first day, after losing a match with Bulgaria (2-3), coach Antiga announced the list of players who would represent the Polish national team at the World Championship 2014.[45][46] He eliminated one of the major players of previous years: Bartosz Kurek. In the following matches of tournament Mariusz Wlazły was unable to play because of a sprained ankle.[47] Despite this, Poland defeated China and for the first time since 2011, beat Russia.[48] The Polish team took 2nd place and two of the Polish players received individual awards: Piotr Nowakowski as Best Server and Krzysztof Ignaczak as Best Libero.[49]

On August 30, 2014 Poland played their historic match at the National Stadium in Warsaw against Serbia.[50] It was the opening match of the World Championship 2014 in Poland.[51] Polish team won 3-0 and with attendance over 62,000 audience.[52] In their first group, Pool A, Poland won all 5 matches and lost just one set with Cameroon. In their second group, Pool F, the host team won 3 of their 4 matches. On September 10, 2014 they lost to the United States (1-3), but then beat the national teams of Italy (3-1), Iran (3-2) and France (3-2).[53] Poland took second place in Group F. The breakdown in the next stage of the tournament was decided by drawing lots. Poland went into group H with Brazil and Russia. Some commentators and fans called Pool H the "Group of Death", but it was a happy result for the home team. The Polish national team won two dramatic matches after tie-breaks at Atlas Arena in Łódź. On September 16, 2014 they beat Brazil. Poland's main scorer in the match was Mariusz Wlazły, who gained 31 points for his team.[54] Two days later, Poland needed just two winning sets for promotion to the semi-final. Poland beat Russia and took first place in the group.[55] On September 21, 2014 the Polish team won the semifinal match against Germany, which guaranteed for Poland their third ever medal at the World Championship.[56][57][58] On September 21, 2014 Poland won the title of World Champion 2014, for the first time in 40 years.[59] Poland beat Brazil (3-1).[60][61][62] Polish players received 3 of 8 the individual awards in the tournament: Karol Kłos as Best Blocker, Mariusz Wlazły as Best Opposite and Most Valuable Player.[63][64] After victory Poland have risen two places in FIVB ranking and has been taken 3rd place.[65]

It was announced that the Polish national team in 2015 will occur in the World League, European Championship (Bulgaria/Italy), World Cup (Japan), and the first edition of the European Games, which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[66]

Historic result at World Championship brought the team their next title of the Best Team of 2014 in 80th Plebiscyt Przeglądu Sportowego 2014 in Poland.[67] Head coach Stephane Antiga was awarded a title of the Coach of the year 2014 ex-aequo with Łukasz Kruczek.[68] A title of Debutant of the year 2014 was awarded Mateusz Mika.[69] Mariusz Wlazły was 2nd in the Top 10 of Polish Athlets in the same competition.[70]

Results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Stanisław Zduńczyk Aleksander Skiba Jerzy Szymczyk Edward Skorek Zbigniew Jasiukiewicz
Tadeusz Siwek Zdzisław Ambroziak Stanisław Gościniak Romuald Paszkiewicz Hubert Wagner
Wojciech Rutkowski Zbigniew Zarzycki
Head coach: Tadeusz Szlagor
Ryszard Bosek Bronisław Bebel Wiesław Gawłowski Marek Karbarz Zbigniew Lubiejewski
Lech Łasko Mirosław Rybaczewski Włodzimierz Sadalski Edward Skorek (C) Włodzimierz Stefański
Tomasz Wójtowicz Zbigniew Zarzycki
Head coach: Hubert Wagner
Damian Dacewicz Piotr Gruszka Krzysztof Janczak Marcin Nowak Robert Prygiel
Witold Roman (C) Andrzej Stelmach Krzysztof Stelmach Mariusz Szyszko Krzysztof Śmigiel
Leszek Urbanowicz Paweł Zagumny
Head coach: Wiktor Krebok
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
6. Dawid Murek 3. Piotr Gruszka 1. Andrzej Stelmach 11. Łukasz Kadziewicz 8. Krzysztof Ignaczak
13. Sebastian Świderski 12. Radosław Rybak 5. Paweł Zagumny (C) 16. Arkadiusz Gołaś
14. Piotr Gabrych 18. Robert Szczerbaniuk
17. Michał Bąkiewicz
Head coach: Stanisław Gościniak
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 3. Piotr Gruszka (C) 5. Paweł Zagumny 4. Daniel Pliński 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
8. Marcin Wika 10. Mariusz Wlazły 12. Paweł Woicki 11. Łukasz Kadziewicz
13. Sebastian Świderski 18. Marcin Możdżonek
14. Krzysztof Gierczyński
Head coach: Raul Lozano
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 9. Zbigniew Bartman 5. Paweł Zagumny 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
6. Bartosz Kurek 7. Jakub Jarosz 15. Łukasz Żygadło 4. Grzegorz Kosok
13. Michał Kubiak 18. Marcin Możdżonek (C)
14. Michał Ruciak
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi

World Championship[edit]

Ryszard Bosek Wiesław Czaja Wiesław Gawłowski Stanisław Gościniak Marek Karbarz
Mirosław Rybaczewski Włodzimierz Sadalski Aleksander Skiba Edward Skorek (C) Włodzimierz Stefański
Tomasz Wójtowicz Zbigniew Zarzycki
Head coach: Hubert Wagner
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 10. Mariusz Wlazły 5. Paweł Zagumny 4. Daniel Pliński 15. Piotr Gacek
3. Piotr Gruszka 12. Grzegorz Szymański 9. Łukasz Żygadło 7. Wojciech Grzyb
13. Sebastian Świderski 11. Łukasz Kadziewicz
17. Michał Bąkiewicz
Head coach: Raul Lozano
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 3. Piotr Gruszka (C) 5. Paweł Zagumny 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
6. Bartosz Kurek 10. Mariusz Wlazły 19. Grzegorz Łomacz 12. Patryk Czarnowski
9. Zbigniew Bartman 18. Marcin Możdżonek
14. Michał Ruciak
Head coach: Daniel Castellani
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski (C) 3. Dawid Konarski 5. Paweł Zagumny 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
13. Michał Kubiak 10. Mariusz Wlazły 11. Fabian Drzyzga 7. Karol Kłos 17. Paweł Zatorski
20. Mateusz Mika 8. Andrzej Wrona
21. Rafał Buszek 18. Marcin Możdżonek
Head coach: Stéphane Antiga

World Cup[edit]

Zdzisław Ambroziak Tadeusz Kiełpiński Romuald Paszkiewicz Zbigniew Rusek Wojciech Rutkowski
Ryszard Sierszulski Tadeusz Siwek Edward Skorek Jerzy Suchanek Waldemar Szczepanowski
Jerzy Szymczyk Bohdan Tomaszewski
Head coach: Zygmunt Kraus

1985 to 2007 — did not participate

Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 9. Zbigniew Bartman 5. Paweł Zagumny 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
6. Bartosz Kurek 7. Jakub Jarosz 15. Łukasz Żygadło 10. Łukasz Wiśniewski 17. Paweł Zatorski
13. Michał Kubiak 18. Marcin Możdżonek (C)
14. Michał Ruciak 19. Patryk Czarnowski
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi

European Championship[edit]

Stanisław Adamczyk Kazimierz Feliszewski Zenon Kurpios Jerzy Lewkowicz Waldemar Poleszczuk
Marian Radomski Wojciech Rutkowski Mirosław Schlief Aleksy Szołomnicki Wojciech Szuppe
Tadeusz Wleciał Jan Woluch
Head coach: Leonard Michniewski
Aleksander Gediga Romuald Mazurek Waldemar Poleszczuk Marian Radomski Wojciech Rutkowski
Mirosław Schlief Ryszard Sierszulski Tadeusz Siwek Tadeusz Szlagor Aleksy Szołomnicki
Alfred Szperling Leonard Tietianiec
Head coach: Józef Śliwka
Zdzisław Ambroziak Aleksander Gediga Tadeusz Kiełpiński Romuald Paszkiewicz Wojciech Rutkowski
Zbigniew Rusek Ryszard Sierszulski Tadeusz Siwek Jerzy Suchanek Waldemar Szczepanowski
Bohdan Tomaszewski Hubert Wagner
Head coach: Gwidon Grochowski
Zdzisław Ambroziak Stanisław Gościniak Zbigniew Jasiukiewicz Romuald Paszkiewicz Wojciech Rutkowski
Aleksander Skiba Ryszard Sierszulski Tadeusz Siwek Edward Skorek Jerzy Szymczyk
Hubert Wagner Stanisław Zduńczyk
Head coach: Tadeusz Szlagor
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
1. Michał Winiarski 8. Robert Prygiel 5. Paweł Zagumny 3. Daniel Pliński 15. Piotr Gacek
6. Bartosz Kurek 12. Grzegorz Szymański 9. Łukasz Żygadło 7. Wojciech Grzyb
13. Sebastian Świderski 11. Łukasz Kadziewicz
17. Michał Bąkiewicz
Head coach: Raul Lozano
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
6. Bartosz Kurek 3. Piotr Gruszka (C) 5. Paweł Zagumny 1. Piotr Nowakowski 15. Piotr Gacek
9. Zbigniew Bartman 7. Jakub Jarosz 12. Paweł Woicki 4. Daniel Pliński 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
14. Michał Ruciak 10 Marcel Gromadowski 18. Marcin Możdżonek
17. Michał Bąkiewicz
Head coach: Daniel Castellani
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
6. Bartosz Kurek 3. Piotr Gruszka (C) 11. Fabian Drzyzga 1. Piotr Nowakowski 2. Paweł Zatorski
10. Mateusz Mika 7. Jakub Jarosz 15. Łukasz Żygadło 4. Grzegorz Kosok 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
13. Michał Kubiak 5. Karol Kłos
14. Michał Ruciak 18. Marcin Możdżonek
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 7. Jakub Jarosz 11. Fabian Drzyzga 1. Piotr Nowakowski 17. Paweł Zatorski
6. Bartosz Kurek 9. Grzegorz Bociek 15. Łukasz Żygadło 10. Łukasz Wiśniewski
13. Michał Kubiak 18. Marcin Możdżonek (C)
14. Michał Ruciak
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi

European Games[edit]

World League[edit]

Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 3. Piotr Gruszka 5. Paweł Zagumny 4. Daniel Pliński 12. Paweł Zatorski
6. Bartosz Kurek 7. Jakub Jarosz 11. Łukasz Żygadło 8. Karol Kłos 15. Piotr Gacek
9. Zbigniew Bartman 10. Mariusz Wlazły 19. Grzegorz Łomacz 16. Patryk Czarnowski
13. Mateusz Mika 18. Marcin Możdżonek
14. Michał Ruciak
17. Michał Bąkiewicz
Head coach: Daniel Castellani
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
6. Bartosz Kurek 3. Piotr Gruszka (C) 12. Paweł Woicki 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
13. Michał Kubiak 7. Jakub Jarosz 15. Łukasz Żygadło 4. Grzegorz Kosok 17. Paweł Zatorski
14. Michał Ruciak 9. Zbigniew Bartman 5. Karol Kłos
17. Michał Bąkiewicz 18. Marcin Możdżonek
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 9. Zbigniew Bartman 5. Paweł Zagumny 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
6. Bartosz Kurek 7. Jakub Jarosz 15. Łukasz Żygadło 4. Grzegorz Kosok 17. Paweł Zatorski
13. Michał Kubiak 18. Marcin Możdżonek (C)
14. Michał Ruciak 10. Łukasz Wiśniewski
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski 3. Dawid Konarski 11. Fabian Drzyzga 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
6. Bartosz Kurek 7. Jakub Jarosz 15. Łukasz Żygadło 4. Grzegorz Kosok 17. Paweł Zatorski
13. Michał Kubiak 9. Zbigniew Bartman 8. Andrzej Wrona
14. Michał Ruciak 18. Marcin Możdżonek (C)
Head coach: Andrea Anastasi
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
2. Michał Winiarski (C) 3. Dawid Konarski 11. Fabian Drzyzga 1. Piotr Nowakowski 16. Krzysztof Ignaczak
6. Bartosz Kurek 9. Grzegorz Bociek 12. Paweł Woicki 7. Karol Kłos 17. Paweł Zatorski
14. Michał Ruciak 10. Mariusz Wlazły 15. Łukasz Żygadło 8. Andrzej Wrona
19. Wojciech Ferens 22. Łukasz Perłowski
20. Mateusz Mika
21. Rafał Buszek
Head coach: Stéphane Antiga

¹ players during all matches of intercontinental round

European League[edit]

  • 2014 – 6th place¹
Outside hitter Opposite hitter Setter Middle-blocker Libero
6. Michał Kaczyński 8. Bartłomiej Bołądź 4. Przemysław Stępień 1. Jan Nowakowski 3. Michał Żurek
10. Michał Filip 9. Maciej Muzaj 13. Michał Kędzierski 15. Mateusz Bieniek 21. Adam Kowalski
14. Sławomir Stolc 16. Piotr Hain
18. Dawid Dryja
Head coach: Andrzej Kowal

¹ Polish national team B

Current roster[edit]

Coach: France Stéphane Antiga
Second coach: France Philippe Blain
Coach of physical preparation: Poland Wojciech Janas
Scoutman: Poland Oskar Kaczmarczyk
Poland Robert Kazimierczak
Doctor: Poland Jan Sokal
Physiotherapist: Poland Paweł Brandt
Poland Tomasz Pieczko
Spokesman: Poland Mariusz Szyszko
Manager: Poland Andrzej Wołkowycki
Poland Hubert Tomaszewski

The following is the Polish roster in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.[71]

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2014 club
1 Nowakowski, PiotrPiotr Nowakowski 18 December 1987 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 340 cm (130 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
2 Winiarski, MichałMichał Winiarski (C) 28 September 1983 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 332 cm (131 in) Russia Fakel Novy Urengoy
3 Konarski, DawidDawid Konarski 31 August 1989 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 353 cm (139 in) 320 cm (130 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
5 Zagumny, PawełPaweł Zagumny 18 October 1977 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 336 cm (132 in) 317 cm (125 in) Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
7 Kłos, KarolKarol Kłos 8 August 1989 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 357 cm (141 in) 326 cm (128 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
8 Wrona, AndrzejAndrzej Wrona 27 December 1988 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
10 Wlazły, MariuszMariusz Wlazły 4 August 1983 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 360 cm (140 in) 329 cm (130 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
11 Drzyzga, FabianFabian Drzyzga 3 January 1990 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 325 cm (128 in) 304 cm (120 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
13 Kubiak, MichałMichał Kubiak 23 February 1988 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 312 cm (123 in) Poland Jastrzębski Węgiel
16 Ignaczak, KrzysztofKrzysztof Ignaczak 15 May 1978 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 315 cm (124 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
17 Zatorski, PawełPaweł Zatorski 21 June 1990 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 304 cm (120 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
18 Możdżonek, MarcinMarcin Możdżonek 9 February 1985 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 358 cm (141 in) 338 cm (133 in) Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
20 Mika, MateuszMateusz Mika 21 January 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 320 cm (130 in) France Montpellier UC
21 Buszek, RafałRafał Buszek 28 April 1987 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 327 cm (129 in) Poland Indykpol AZS Olsztyn

Gallery[edit]

FIVB World League 2011[edit]

FIVB World League 2012[edit]

FIVB World League 2013[edit]

Media[edit]

When Łukasz Kadziewicz was a member of the Polish national team he created the Kadziu Project. He filmed videos that showed how the Polish team was preparing for matches and their lifestyle during tournaments (for example the Olympics in Beijing, 2008). When Kadziewicz ended his career in the national team, Krzysztof Ignaczak took up his idea, continuing this work under the name Igłą Szyte.

On August 8, 2014 held the official premiere of a documentary film about the Polish men's volleyball national team - Drużyna. In the video players was talking about national team, motivation, daily life of representation. Cameras accompanied the team leading by Andrea Anastasi in 2013. The movie shows the season from the start of the preparation in Spała to the end of the European Championship 2013. The film ends with the takeover the team by the new national team coach - Stephane Antiga.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 CEV European Championships Results - cev.lu - 03-09-2009
  2. ^ Reprezentacja siatkarzy odznaczona przez prezydenta - prezydent.pl - 15-09-2009
  3. ^ Poland join Brazil, Russia & Argentina in World League semifinals - fivb.org - 08-07-2011
  4. ^ Triumphant Poland gain first ever World League medal after winning bronze - fivb.org - 10-07-2011
  5. ^ Anastasi: The most important is the heart and passion I saw on the court today - fivb.org - 10-07-2011
  6. ^ Russia win second World League title in classic 2011 final - 10-07-2011
  7. ^ Czech Republic defeated by Poland after nerve-racking battle - cev.lu - 14-09-2011
  8. ^ Poland bound for Vienna - cev.lu - 15-09-2011
  9. ^ High brisance in EuroVolley semifinals - cev.lu - 16-09-2011
  10. ^ Bartosz Kurek is the man of the day as Poland strikes bronze at EuroVolley - cev.lu - 18-09-2011
  11. ^ Kurek najlepiej serwującym zawodnikiem - sport.wp.pl - 18-09-2011
  12. ^ Russia and Poland book trip to London, Brazil and Italy fight for last ticket - fivb.org - 03-12-2011
  13. ^ Poland shoot up World Rankings on back of World Cup silver - fivb.org - 04-12-2011
  14. ^ Maxim Mikhaylov earns MVP of FIVB Men’s World Cup - fivb.org - 04-12-2011
  15. ^ Poland reach World League Finals with sensational win over Brazil - fivb.org - 17-06-2012
  16. ^ Poland and Cuba waiting to find out their opponents - fivb.org - 06-07-2012
  17. ^ Poland advance to final after 3-0 win over Bulgaria - fivb.org - 07-07-2012
  18. ^ Poland writes history as they make it to first ever World League final - fivb.org - 07-07-2012
  19. ^ Poland and USA meet in World League final for first time - fivb.org - 07-07-2012
  20. ^ Poland wins historical gold at the 2012 World League - fivb.org - 08-07-2012
  21. ^ Poland beat USA to claim first World League title - fivb.org - 08-07-2012
  22. ^ Poland madly happy, USA continues to build on... - fivb.org - 08-07-2012
  23. ^ The setter did his job and we did ours - Polish Mozdzonek - fivb.org - 29-07-2012
  24. ^ Poland impress with overall game - fivb.org - 29-07-2012
  25. ^ Australia keep alive their hopes after beating Poland - fivb.org - 06-08-2012
  26. ^ With terrific show of strength Russia end Poland's Olympic adventure - fivb.org - 08-08-2012
  27. ^ “Poland was always a really tough opponent team for us” says Russia coach Vladimir Alekno - fivb.org - 08-08-2012
  28. ^ Best Players - fivb.org - 12-08-2012
  29. ^ Brazil impress in win over Poland - fivb.org - 07-06-2013
  30. ^ Poland unable to stop the Brazilian power in five sets - fivb.org - 09-06-2013
  31. ^ France defeats Poland to clinch its first victory - fivb.org - 21-06-2013
  32. ^ France beat Poland in five sets for a clean sweep - fivb.org - 23-06-2013
  33. ^ Poland claim first victory in the 2013 World League - fivb.org - 28-06-2013
  34. ^ Poland earns a second victory over Argentina - fivb.org - 30-06-2013
  35. ^ Poland beat USA after a thrilling five sets - fivb.org - 05-07-2013
  36. ^ Poland continues series of victories with second win over USA - fivb.org - 07-07-2013
  37. ^ Bulgaria stays in the match to get another shot at Finals - fivb.org - 12-07-2013
  38. ^ Bulgaria show they merit Finals berth with dramatic win over Poland - fivb.org - 13-07-2013
  39. ^ Andrea Anastasi zwolniony z funkcji trenera reprezentacji siatkarzy - eurosport.onet.pl - 24-10-2013
  40. ^ Andrea Anastasi: powrót do Polski był naturalnym wyborem - eurosport.onet.pl - 05-06-2014
  41. ^ Stéphane Antiga appointed new Poland men’s coach - fivb.org - 28-10-2013
  42. ^ Poles, Finns, Slovaks, Czechs, Croats and Belarusians earn tickets to Bulgaria-Italy 2015 - cev.lu - 02-06-2014
  43. ^ Dramatic Intercontinental Round final day as World League Finals participants confirmed - fivb.org - 07-07-2014
  44. ^ MŚ siatkarzy 2014: ruszyło zgrupowanie Biało-Czerwonych, Łukasz Żygadło poza kadrą - eurosport.onet.pl - 17-07-2014
  45. ^ FIVB Mistrzostwa świata w piłce siatkowej mężczyzn Polska 2014. Trener Antiga ogłosił skład - plusliga.pl - 17-08-2014
  46. ^ Polish team named for the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014 - fivb.org - 17-08-2014
  47. ^ Jan Sokal: kontuzja Wlazłego nie jest aż tak groźna - eurosport.onet.pl - 18-08-2014
  48. ^ XII Memoriał Huberta Jerzego Wagnera: Polacy pokonali Rosję - eurosport.onet.pl - 18-08-2014
  49. ^ Rosja wygrała Memoriał. Muserskij MVP - plusliga.pl - 19-08-2014
  50. ^ Poland capture first World Championship win and the hearts of thousands of Polish supporters - poland2014.fivb.org - 30-08-2014
  51. ^ Poland welcomes the FIVB Men’s World Championship and the world with spectacular start in Warsaw - poland2014.fivb.org.pl - 30-08-2014
  52. ^ A great spectacle and records at the National Stadium! - stadionnarodowy.org.pl - 31-08-2014
  53. ^ France top Pool E but Poland move on with a hard-fought win - poland2014.fivb.org - 14-09-2014
  54. ^ Wlazly's A-game ends Brazil's winning streak - poland2014.fivb.org - 16-09-2014
  55. ^ Poland break through Russian wall to book semifinal spot - poland2014.fivb.org - 18-09-2014
  56. ^ Brazil gain ground for title defence; Poland make third appearance in final - poland2014.fivb.org - 20-09-2014
  57. ^ Poland outduel Germany for ticket to finals - fivb.org - 20-09-2014
  58. ^ Poland intend to repeat history of 40 years ago - fivb.org - 20-09-2014
  59. ^ Poland win second World Championship title at home - fivb.org - 21-09-2014
  60. ^ Poland dethrone Brazil as men’s champions - fivb.org - 21-09-2014
  61. ^ Poland put an end to the reign of Brazil - fivb.org - 21-09-2014
  62. ^ FIVB MŚ Polska 2014: Polska ze złotym medalem - plusliga.pl - 21-09-2014
  63. ^ Poland in dreamland and in Dream Team - poland2014.fivb.org - 21-09-2014
  64. ^ MVP award crowns Wlazly's persistence - fivb.org - 22-09-2014
  65. ^ Poland surge up rankings after gold medal success - fivb.org - 24-09-2014
  66. ^ Igrzyska Europejskie: Wystąpią obie polskie reprezentacje siatkarskie - przegladsportowy.pl - 05-12-2014
  67. ^ Mistrzowie świata Drużyną Roku - plusliga.pl - 10-01-2015
  68. ^ Plebiscyt "PS" i TVP: Antiga i Kruczek Trenerami Roku - sport.tvp.pl - 10-01-2015
  69. ^ Mateusz Mika Odkryciem Roku 2014 - pzps.pl - 10-01-2015
  70. ^ Mariusz Wlazły na podium 80. Plebiscytu Przeglądu Sportowego i TVP - pzps.pl - 10-01-2015
  71. ^ "Team Roster – Poland". poland2014.fivb.org. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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