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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). In conclusion Poland won the silver medal, and repeated the success of the FIVB World Cup 1965, where Poland achieve silver too. 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.
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.
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).
On August 30, 2014 Poland played their historic match at the National Stadium in Warsaw against Serbia. It was the opening match of the World Championship 2014 in Poland. Polish team won 3-0 and with attendance over 62,000 audience. 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). 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. 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. 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. On September 21, 2014 Poland won the title of World Champion 2014, for the first time in 40 years. Poland beat Brazil (3-1). 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. After victory Poland have risen two places in FIVB ranking and has been taken 3rd place.
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.