Volleyball at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

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Men's Volleyball
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Olympic rings with white rims.svg
Venue Volleyballhalle
Date 27 August–9 September
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Japan
2nd, silver medalist(s)  East Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Soviet Union
← 1968
1976 →
Volleyball at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Indoor
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Tournament   men   women
Rosters   men   women

The 1972 Men's Olympic Volleyball Tournament was the 3rd edition of the event, organized by the world's governing body, the FIVB in conjunction with the IOC. It was held in Munich, West Germany from 27 August to 9 September 1972.

Qualification[edit]

Means of qualification Date Host Vacancies Qualified
Host Country 26 Apr 1966 Italy Rome 1  West Germany
1968 Olympic Games 13–26 Oct 1968 Mexico Mexico City 1  Soviet Union
1970 World Championship 20 Sep–2 Oct 1970 Bulgaria Bulgaria 3  East Germany
 Bulgaria
 Japan
1971 African Championship 1971 United Arab Republic Cairo 1  Tunisia
Asian Qualifier 29–31 Jul 1972 France Saint-Dié-des-Vosges 1  South Korea
1971 European Championship 23 Sep–1 Oct 1971 Italy Italy 1  Czechoslovakia
1971 NORCECA Championship 17–22 Aug 1971 Cuba Havana 1  Cuba
1971 South American Championship 16–25 Apr 1971 Uruguay Montevideo 1  Brazil
World Qualifier 4–10 Aug 1972 France France 2  Poland
 Romania
Total 12

Pools composition[edit]

Pool A Pool B
 Bulgaria  West Germany (Hosts)
 Czechoslovakia  Brazil
 Poland  Cuba
 South Korea  East Germany
 Soviet Union  Japan
 Tunisia  Romania

Rosters[edit]

Venue[edit]

All matches
West Germany Munich, West Germany
Volleyballhalle
Capacity: 3,680
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Preliminary round[edit]

Qualified for the Semifinals
Qualified for the 5th–8th semifinals
Qualified for the 9th place match
Qualified for the 11th place match

Pool A[edit]

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Soviet Union 10 5 0 15 3 5.000 257 196 1.311
2  Bulgaria 9 4 1 13 8 1.625 294 235 1.251
3  Czechoslovakia 8 3 2 11 6 1.833 230 205 1.122
4  South Korea 7 2 3 7 10 0.700 209 197 1.061
5  Poland 6 1 4 8 12 0.667 237 259 0.915
6  Tunisia 5 0 5 0 15 0.000 90 225 0.400
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
27 Aug Soviet Union  3–0  Tunisia 15–10 15–6 15–4     45–20
27 Aug Czechoslovakia  3–0  Poland 15–13 16–14 15–8     46–35
27 Aug Bulgaria  3–1  South Korea 16–18 15–6 15–9 15–13   61–46
29 Aug Poland  3–0  Tunisia 15–6 15–11 15–1     45–18
29 Aug Soviet Union  3–0  South Korea 17–15 15–12 15–4     47–31
29 Aug Bulgaria  3–2  Czechoslovakia 15–11 15–11 12–15 14–16 15–9 71–62
31 Aug Czechoslovakia  3–0  Tunisia 15–11 15–4 15–10     45–25
31 Aug South Korea  3–1  Poland 15–7 13–15 15–11 15–6   58–39
31 Aug Soviet Union  3–1  Bulgaria 9–15 15–10 15–11 15–10   54–46
02 Sep South Korea  3–0  Tunisia 15–1 15–3 15–1     45–5
02 Sep Soviet Union  3–0  Czechoslovakia 15–10 15–10 15–12     45–32
02 Sep Bulgaria  3–2  Poland 14–16 12–15 15–7 15–3 15–10 71–51
05 Sep Bulgaria  3–0  Tunisia 15–10 15–5 15–7     45–22
05 Sep Czechoslovakia  3–0  South Korea 15–11 15–5 15–13     45–29
05 Sep Soviet Union  3–2  Poland 11–15 15–12 15–12 10–15 15–13 66–67

Pool B[edit]

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Japan 10 5 0 15 0 MAX 225 95 2.368
2  East Germany 9 4 1 12 4 3.000 200 162 1.235
3  Romania 7 2 3 8 9 0.889 201 213 0.944
4  Brazil 7 2 3 9 13 0.692 273 280 0.975
5  Cuba 7 2 3 6 13 0.462 212 254 0.835
6  West Germany 5 0 5 4 15 0.267 163 270 0.604
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
28 Aug East Germany  3–0  Cuba 15–7 15–13 15–7     45–27
28 Aug Japan  3–0  Romania 15–4 15–5 15–6     45–15
28 Aug Brazil  3–2  West Germany 15–7 15–8 17–19 6–15 15–9 68–58
30 Aug East Germany  3–1  Brazil 15–5 7–15 16–14 15–10   53–44
30 Aug Japan  3–0  Cuba 15–10 15–9 15–5     45–24
30 Aug Romania  3–0  West Germany 15–9 15–1 15–8     45–18
01 Sep Brazil  3–2  Romania 18–16 11–15 15–7 11–15 15–12 70–65
01 Sep Japan  3–0  East Germany 15–4 15–2 15–6     45–12
01 Sep Cuba  3–2  West Germany 15–8 15–11 10–15 12–15 15–8 67–57
03 Sep East Germany  3–0  West Germany 15–7 15–6 15–4     45–17
03 Sep Japan  3–0  Brazil 15–7 15–13 15–11     45–31
03 Sep Romania  3–0  Cuba 15–7 17–15 15–13     47–35
06 Sep Japan  3–0  West Germany 15–3 15–6 15–4     45–13
06 Sep Cuba  3–2  Brazil 16–14 6–15 15–7 7–15 15–9 59–60
06 Sep East Germany  3–0  Romania 15–10 15–12 15–7     45–29

Final round[edit]

11th–12th places[edit]

11th place match[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
08 Sep Tunisia  1–3  West Germany 5–15 16–14 4–15 9–15   34–59

9th–10th places[edit]

9th place match[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
09 Sep Poland  3–0  Cuba 15–2 15–7 15–13     45–22

5th–8th places[edit]

5th–8th semifinals 5th place match
8 September
  Czechoslovakia  3  
  Brazil  0  
 
9 September
      Czechoslovakia  1
    Romania  3
7th place match
8 September 9 September
  South Korea  0   Brazil  0
  Romania  3     South Korea  3

5th–8th semifinals[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
08 Sep South Korea  0–3  Romania 12–15 7–15 8–15     27–45
08 Sep Czechoslovakia  3–0  Brazil 15–8 15–6 15–1     45–15

7th place match[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
09 Sep Brazil  0–3  South Korea 16–18 7–15 5–15     28–48

5th place match[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
09 Sep Czechoslovakia  1–3  Romania 15–8 7–15 10–15 14–16   46–54

Final four[edit]

Semifinals Gold medal match
8 September
  Soviet Union  1  
  East Germany  3  
 
9 September
      East Germany  1
    Japan  3
Bronze medal match
8 September 9 September
  Bulgaria  2   Soviet Union  3
  Japan  3     Bulgaria  0

Semifinals[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
08 Sep Bulgaria  2–3  Japan 15–13 15–9 9–15 9–15 12–15 60–67
08 Sep Soviet Union  1–3  East Germany 6–15 8–15 15–13 9–15   38–58

Bronze medal match[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
09 Sep Soviet Union  3–0  Bulgaria 15–11 15–8 15–13     45–32

Gold medal match[edit]

Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
09 Sep East Germany  1–3  Japan 15–11 2–15 10–15 10–15   37–56

Final standing[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Japan (JPN)
Masayuki Minami
Katsutoshi Nekoda
Kenji Kimura
Jungo Morita
Tadayoshi Yokota
Seiji Oko
Tetsuo Satō
Kenji Shimaoka
Yoshihide Fukao
Yūzo Nakamura
Yasuhiro Noguchi
Tetsuo Nishimoto
 East Germany (GDR)
Arnold Schulz
Wolfgang Webner
Siegfried Schneider
Wolfgang Weise
Rudi Schumann
Eckehard Pietzsch
Wolfgang Löwe
Wolfgang Maibohm
Rainer Tscharke
Jürgen Maune
Horst Peter
Horst Hagen
 Soviet Union (URS)
Valeri Kravchenko
Yuriy Poyarkov
Yevhen Lapinsky
Yefim Chulak
Vladimir Putyatov
Vladimir Patkin
Leonid Zayko
Yuri Starunsky
Vladimir Kondra
Vyacheslav Domani
Viktor Borshch
Aleksandr Saprykin

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