Poland men's national volleyball team

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Nickname(s) Biało-Czerwoni
Association Polski Związek Piłki Siatkowej
Confederation CEV
Head coach Ferdinando De Giorgi
FIVB ranking 2 (as of August 2016)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 9 (First in 1968)
Best result Gold (1976)
World Championship
Appearances 15 (First in 1949)
Best result Gold (1974, 2014)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1965)
Best result Silver (1965, 2011)
European Championship
Appearances 24 (First in 1950)
Best result Gold (2009)
www.pzps.pl (Polish)

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 second (as of October 2015) in the FIVB world ranking.


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]

Poland vs Argentina at Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz. (World League 2005)


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]


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 play 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.


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 they 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]

Action on the left side by outside hitter - Bartosz Kurek (#6) in 3rd place match against Argentina on World League 2011 held at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk.
On the podium of the World League 2011 with bronze medals. The captain of Poland, opposite Piotr Gruszka is holding a trophy.
Poland after winning match ball of 3rd place match against Argentina on World League 2011 held at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk.
During medal ceremony as bronze medalists of World League 2011 at Ergo Arena in Gdańsk.


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, an 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.


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.

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).
Bartosz Kurek in match Poland - United States (World League 2013).
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]

2014–2016 Stéphane Antiga[edit]

Stephane Antiga, head coach who led Poland to title of 2014 World Champions.
Poland during the FIVB World League 2014.


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 in 2015 the Polish national team will take part 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 Plebiscite of Przegląd Sportowy 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]


Head coach Stephane Antiga appointed players to the Polish national team on April 2, 2015.[71] The new chosen captain of the team was Karol Kłos, who replaced a previous one - Michał Winiarski. During the matches of intercontinental round of World League, the captain of Polish team was Michał Kubiak, because of Kłos' injury.

They began season with intercontinental round of World League 2015. First match with Russia, Poland won 3–0.[72] Most Valuable Player of match was Mateusz Bieniek, who played his first match in senior national team.[73] After break to national team returned a few players - Bartosz Kurek, Jakub Jarosz, Grzegorz Łomacz, Piotr Gacek, Wojciech Grzyb. Next day, Poland beat Russia in five-set match (3–2). Most Valuable Player of match was Bartosz Kurek (23 pts).[74] On June 5, 2015 Poland beat Iran (3–1).[75] Bartosz Kurek scored 30 pts and he was Most Valuable Player of match. Next day, Poland won another meeting with Iran (3–2) and MVP was chosen Michał Kubiak.[76] On June 12, 2015 Poland lost first match with United States (3–2) after almost 3 hours meeting.[77] It was first lost match of Poland since September 10, 2014, when they lost with U.S. national team at World Championship. Next day, Poland also lost with American players (3–1). After spending one week in United States, Poland moved to Russian ground - Kazan, where won two matches against Russia (3–1) and (3–2).[78][79] Then they flew to Tehran. After a spectacular meeting, Poland lost first match on June 26 (3–2).[80] Two days later, Polish national team beat Iran (3–1).[81] Polish team spent three weeks in tour and they came back to Poland on last matches of intercontinental round with United States. On July 3, 2015 Poland beat USA in tie-break and achieved two points, which gave Polish team a qualification to final round of World League 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. Next day, they lost match (1–3). Poland qualified for the Pool J with Serbia and Italy. On July 17 Poland won match over Italy (3–1) and qualified to semifinal.[82] Main leader in this important meeting was Michał Kubiak, who scored 19 pts. Next day, Serbia won over Poland (2–3), but Polish team gained 1 pt and took first place in Pool J. On July 18 Poland lost semifinal with France (2-3). On July 19 Poland did not achieve bronze, because of lost with USA (0-3).[83] Polish team had problems with own errors. Poland took 4th place in edition of the World League 2015. Polish players achieved two individual awrds - Michał Kubiak was one of the Best Outside Spiker and Paweł Zatorski was Best Libero. In 2–9 August all players, whose were in final round in Rio de Janeiro went to training camp in Arłamów and two players joined to team (Włodarczyk, Kłos).[84] Then the team without Wrona was training in Spała.

Polish national team is going to take part in 2015 Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner in Toruń. First day, they beat Japan (3–0).[85] In the following days Poland beat Iran (3–1) and France (3–2).[86][87] Poland won 2015 Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner for sixth time and Polish players achieved five individual awards - Best Spiker was Dawid Konarski, Best Server was Mateusz Bieniek, Best Blocker was Piotr Nowakowski, Best Libero was Paweł Zatorski and Most Valuable Player was a captain Michał Kubiak.

Polish players started their visit in Japan from training camp in Osaka and then they went to Hammamatsu, where they are playing their first round matches. Poland started a journey at World Cup 2015 on September 8, when they beat Tunisia (3-0).[88] In following day, Polish players beat Russia (3-1) and in both matches Most Valuable Player of match was chosen Bartosz Kurek.[89] During third set of the meeting with Russia, Polish setter Grzegorz Łomacz twisted his ankle. On September 10, 2015 Poland contuined their winning with Argentina (3-1) and MVP was Michał Kubiak.[90] On September 12 Polish team beat Iran (3-2) and best player on the court was chosen Mateusz Mika.[91] On September 13 Poland played their last match in first round in Hamamatsu with Venezuela (3-1).[92] MVP of match was Dawid Konarski, who scored 22 points. Poland won all five matches in first round of World Cup 2015, but lost one point in overall table. In second round Poland beat Canada (3-1),[93] Egypt (3-0),[94] and Australia (3-0).[95] After eight victories without any defeat, Poland moved to Tokyo.[96] On September 21, 2015 two previously undefeated teams met in first match of third round. Poland beat United States (3-1) and Polish captain Michał Kubiak played his best match in World Cup.[97] Then Poland won match with host team Japan, but they had problems with them in first set (3-1).[98] Poland won 10 of 10 matches and the last day on September 23 met with Italy. They lost 3-1 and they did not achieve one point so Poland took 3rd place in tournament, which did not give Poland a qualification to 2016 Summer Olympic Games.[99] Poland won 10 of 11 matches, but because of points and ratio of set, achieved only bronze medal.


Poland during the match of World Olympic Qualification Tournament with Iran on June 4, 2016.

From 5 to 10 January 2016 Polish team took part in 2016 Summer Olympics – European qualification. Poland was in Pool A, where they won two matches, with Serbia (3-1) and Belgium, lost one with Germany (2-3). In semifinal Poland lost with France (0-3) and lost chance to qualify to Olympics.[100] On January 10, 2016 Poland won 3rd place match with Germany (3-2).[101] Poland was qualified to World Olympic Qualification Tournament and keep chance to gain qualification to 2016 Summer Olympics.

On May 28, 2016 Poland started the battle in World Olympic Qualification Tournament. After 5 victories in first 5 matches (with Canada 3-2, France 3-2, Japan 3-0, China 3-2, Venezuela 3-0 and Iran 1-3) Poland achieved qualification to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on June 2, 2016.[102]

Poland beat 4 of 5 opponents in group stage at 2016 Olympic Games (lost only with Russia after tie break). They took second place in Groub B and were qualified to quarterfinals. In due of draw, Poland met in next stage of Olympics with USA. On August 17, 2016 Americans beat Polish players (0-3) and Poland took 5th place - fourth Olympics with the same result in a row.[103]

2016–present Ferdinando De Giorgi[edit]

The contract of Stephane Antiga lasted by the end of December 2016 and the Federation has decided not to renew it. In October 2016 Polish Volleyball Federation decided to chose a new head coach of Poland. There were three main candidats: Radostin Stoychev, Mauro Berruto and Ferdinando De Giorgi.[104] On December 16, 2016 was announced that Ferdinando De Giorgi took over the Polish team.[105]


Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Olympic Games 1 0 0 1
World Championship 2 1 0 3
World Cup 0 2 1 3
World Grand Champions Cup 0 0 0 0
World League 1 0 1 2
European Championship 1 5 2 8
European Games 0 0 0 0
European League 0 0 1 1
Universiade 0 1 0 1
Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner¹ 6 4 3 13
Total 5 9 5 19

¹Friendly tournament, not included in the statistics

Olympic Games[edit]

World Championship[edit]

World Cup[edit]

European Championship[edit]

World Grand Champions Cup[edit]

World League[edit]

¹ players during all matches of intercontinental round

European League[edit]

¹ Polish national team B

European Games[edit]

¹ Polish national team B

Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Team A[edit]

Updated: 16 July 2016

Represent Poland at 2016 Olympic Games.

Head coach: France Stéphane Antiga
Assistant: France Philippe Blain
Coach of physical preparation: Wojciech Janas
Scoutman: Oskar Kaczmarczyk
Robert Kaźmierczak
Doctor: Jan Sokal
Physiotherapist: Paweł Brandt
Tomasz Pieczko
Osteopath: Diedier Bennetat
Manager: Hubert Tomaszewski
No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2015/16 club
1 Nowakowski, PiotrPiotr Nowakowski (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 29) 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 368 cm (145 in) 338 cm (133 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
3 Konarski, DawidDawid Konarski (1989-08-31) August 31, 1989 (age 27) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 353 cm (139 in) 335 cm (132 in) Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
6 Kurek, BartoszBartosz Kurek (1988-08-29) August 29, 1988 (age 28) 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 375 cm (148 in) 340 cm (130 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
7 Kłos, KarolKarol Kłos (1989-08-08) August 8, 1989 (age 27) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 357 cm (141 in) 326 cm (128 in) Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
11 Drzyzga, FabianFabian Drzyzga (1990-01-03) January 3, 1990 (age 27) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (200 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 325 cm (128 in) Poland Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
12 Łomacz, GrzegorzGrzegorz Łomacz (1987-10-01) October 1, 1987 (age 29) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 309 cm (122 in) Poland Cuprum Lubin
13 Kubiak, MichałMichał Kubiak (C) (1988-02-23) February 23, 1988 (age 29) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 312 cm (123 in) Turkey Halkbank Ankara
17 Zatorski, PawełPaweł Zatorski (1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 26) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 328 cm (129 in) 311 cm (122 in) Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
20 Mika, MateuszMateusz Mika (1991-01-21) January 21, 1991 (age 26) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 342 cm (135 in) 324 cm (128 in) Poland Lotos Trefl Gdańsk
21 Buszek, RafałRafał Buszek (1987-04-28) April 28, 1987 (age 29) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 347 cm (137 in) 327 cm (129 in) Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
22 Bednorz, BartoszBartosz Bednorz (1994-07-25) July 25, 1994 (age 22) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 325 cm (128 in) Poland Indykpol AZS Olsztyn
23 Bieniek, MateuszMateusz Bieniek (1994-04-05) April 5, 1994 (age 22) 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 351 cm (138 in) 329 cm (130 in) Poland Effector Kielce

Head coaches[edit]

Current head coach of Poland - Ferdinando De Giorgi.


Individual awards for players[edit]


FIVB World League 2011[edit]

  • July 8, 2011 at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk - Poland vs Argentina
  • July 9, 2011 at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk - Poland vs Russia
  • July 10, 2011 at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk - Poland vs Argentina
  • July 10, 2011 at Ergo Arena, Gdańsk - medal ceremony (bronze)

FIVB World League 2012[edit]

  • June 1, 2012 at Spodek, Katowice
  • June 3, 2012 at Spodek, Katowice

FIVB World League 2013[edit]

  • July 5, 2013 at Spodek, Katowice


Ergo Arena and Spodek Poland national team training and hosting venues.


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 and he was continuing this work under the name Igłą Szyte. Ignaczak has been made videos and has been written blog.

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.

Kit providers[edit]

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Poland national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000–2008 ASICS
2008– Adidas


Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like PKN Orlen and Plus, other sponsors: Okocim Brewery, Adidas, Deloitte, Kinder +sport, Jurajska and SMJ sport.

See also[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. ^ Antiga podał szeroki skład kadry: Z Kurkiem, ale bez Żygadły i Bartmana! - przegladsportowy.pl - 03-04-2015
  72. ^ Opening victory for reigning world champions Poland - fivb.org - 28-05-2015
  73. ^ LŚ: Świetne otwarcie biało-czerwonych, wymarzony debiut Bieńka - plusliga.pl - 28-05-2015
  74. ^ Poland make a comeback to beat Russia in five sets - fivb.org - 29-05-2015
  75. ^ Poland continue their run with a win over Iran - fivb.org - 05-06-2015
  76. ^ Poland maintain winning record with 3-2 over Iran - fivb.org - 06-06-2015
  77. ^ Anderson and Troy lead USA assault for tie-break win - fivb.org - 13-06-2015
  78. ^ Poland too strong for Russia - fivb.org - 19-06-2015
  79. ^ Kurek leads Poland to 3-2 over Russia - fivb.org - 20-06-2015
  80. ^ In-form Iran power to victory against Poland - fivb.org - 26-06-2015
  81. ^ World champions Poland win away to Iran - fivb.org - 28-06-2015
  82. ^ Poland debuts in World League Finals with a 3-1 victory over Italy - fivb.org - 17-07-2015
  84. ^ Włodarczyk i Kłos znowu z biało-czerwonymi - plusliga.pl - 29-07-2015
  85. ^ Memoriał Wagnera: efektowny początek, Biało-Czerwoni rozbili Japonię - onet.pl - 22-08-2015
  86. ^ Memoriał Wagnera: drugie zwycięstwo reprezentacji Polski, Iran pokonany - onet.pl - 23-08-2015
  87. ^ Reprezentacja Polski wygrała XIII Memoriał Huberta Jerzego Wagnera - onet.pl - 24-08-2015
  88. ^ POLAND EASE PAST TUNISIA IN STRAIGHT SETS - fivb.org - 08-09-2015
  89. ^ KUREK’S HEROICS LIFT POLAND TO 3-1 WIN OVER RUSSIA - fivb.org - 09-09-2015
  90. ^ KUREK BACKS POLAND’S FOUR-SET WIN OVER ARGENTINA - fivb.org - 10-09-2015
  91. ^ POLAND RALLY FOR 3-2 WIN OVER IRAN - fivb.org - 12-09-2015
  94. ^ POLAND PREVAIL IN 3-0 WIN OVER EGYPT - fivb.org - 17-09-2015
  95. ^ KUREK HELPS POLAND CRACK 3-0 WIN OVER AUSTRALIA - fivb.org - 18-09-2015
  96. ^ I'M HAPPY WITH OUR THREE GAMES IN TOYAMA: ANTIGA - fivb.org - 18-09-2015
  97. ^ KUBIAK KEY AS USA DOWNED FOR FIRST TIME - fivb.org - 21-09-2015
  98. ^ POLISH WIN BRINGS THEM TO WITHIN INCHES OF TITLE - fivb.org - 22-09-2015
  99. ^ IMPRESSIVE ITALY BOOK RIO 2016 TICKET - fivb.org - 23-09-2015
  100. ^ France beat Poland to set up all-star final with Olympic champions - fivb.org - 09-01-2016
  101. ^ Second Olympic chance for world champions Poland after Germany thriller - fivb.org - 10-01-2016
  102. ^ POLAND SECURE RIO 2016 SPOT, AS FRANCE AND IRAN GAIN GROUND - fivb.org - 02-06-2016
  103. ^ USA RETURN TO OLYMPIC FINAL FOUR WITH 3-0 WIN OVER POLAND - fivb.org - 17-08-2016
  104. ^ Three candidates for Polish volleyball coach - thenews.pl - 17-10-2016
  105. ^ POLAND HAVE CHOSEN – Ferdinando de Giorgi! - worldofvolley.com - 16-12-2016

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