FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup

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FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Logo.png
Sport Volleyball
Founded 1993
Inaugural season 1993
No. of teams 6
Continent International (FIVB)
Most recent
champion(s)
M:  Brazil (5th title)
W:  China (2nd title)
Most titles M:  Brazil (5 titles)
W:  Brazil
      China
     (2 titles each)

The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup is an international volleyball competition contested by the senior men's and women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the sport's global governing body. The tournament was created in 1993 after radical changes made on the biggest tournaments organised by the FIVB. The main goal was not to have a single year without two high-profile world-level volleyball competitions, alongside the pre-existing men's and women's world championship, men's and women's world cup and the volleyball tournament at the Olympic Games which are all quadrennial and the World League, and Grand Prix which are annual.

The World Grand Champions Cup is therefore played quadrennially the year after the Olympic Games and is always hosted by the Japan Volleyball Association. It is the least prestigious of all the aforementioned FIVB tournaments[citation needed] and doesn't give any points for the World Ranking.

Brazil has been the most successful team in the men's tournament, having won five of the seven editions. Brazil has also finished runner-up to Cuba and Italy in the only two occasions claimed by other national teams. The women's tournament history is more balanced with Brazil and China having won the tournament twice, while Cuba, Italy and Russia have won one title each.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

The World Grand Champions Cup was created in 1993 after radical changes made on the biggest tournaments organised by the FIVB. The main goal was not to have a single year without a world FIVB competition. This is the only FIVB tournament that doesn't give FIVB points for the world ranking.

Winners[edit]

Brazil has been the most successful team with the men's team winning five and the women's team two titles.

Competition formula[edit]

The World Grand Champions Cup has always had the same formula since the first edition:

  • The competition takes place in Japan.
  • Six teams participate in each event: host nation, four continental champions and one wild card.
  • Japan is always pre-qualified as the host nation.
  • Four continental champions from continents whose teams reached the highest ranking at the preceding Olympic Games.
  • The remaining team participates through a wild card granted by the FIVB.
  • A round robin format is used for this competition.
  • Final standings are calculated by usual volleyball criteria: match points, numbers of matches won, sets ratio (the total number of sets won divided by the total number of sets lost), points ratio, direct confrontation.

Results summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place 5th place 6th place
1993
Details

Italy

Brazil

Cuba

Japan

United States

South Korea
1997
Details

Brazil

Netherlands

Cuba

China

Japan

Australia
2001
Details

Cuba

Brazil

Yugoslavia

South Korea

Japan

Argentina
2005
Details

Brazil

United States

Italy

Japan

Egypt

China
2009
Details

Brazil

Cuba

Japan

Poland

Iran

Egypt
2013
Details

Brazil

Russia

Italy

Iran

United States

Japan
2017
Details

Brazil

Italy

Iran

United States

France

Japan
2021
Details

Women[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place 5th place 6th place
1993
Details

Cuba

China

Russia

Japan

United States

Peru
1997
Details

Russia

Cuba

Brazil

China

Japan

South Korea
2001
Details

China

Russia

Japan

Brazil

United States

South Korea
2005
Details

Brazil

United States

China

Poland

Japan

South Korea
2009
Details

Italy

Brazil

Dominican Republic

Japan

South Korea

Thailand
2013
Details

Brazil

United States

Japan

Russia

Thailand

Dominican Republic
2017
Details

China

Brazil

United States

Russia

Japan

South Korea
2021
Details

Medals summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Brazil 5 2 0 7
2  Cuba 1 1 2 4
 Italy 1 1 2 4
4  Netherlands 0 1 0 1
 Russia 0 1 0 1
 United States 0 1 0 1
7  Iran 0 0 1 1
 Japan 0 0 1 1
 Serbia[A] 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 7 21

Women[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Brazil 2 2 1 5
2  China 2 1 1 4
3  Russia 1 1 1 3
4  Cuba 1 1 0 2
5  Italy 1 0 0 1
6  United States 0 2 1 3
7  Japan 0 0 2 2
8  Dominican Republic 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 7 21

MVP by edition[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIVB considers Serbia (Since 2007) as the inheritor of the records of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1948–1991), Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992–2002) and Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006).

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