Overview

Team profile

Poland

Poland were eliminated at the first stage of last year's World League as they finished bottom of Group 1 Pool A. Set ratio was their downfall, as they won six matches and lost six, the same as their pool rivals Italy, Iran and Brazil. They hosted and won the 2014 World Championship for the second time as passionate fans roared them onto victory in a spectacular tournament across Poland that opened in front of a crowd of 61,500 in Warsaw and ended in a 3-1 triumph over Brazil. They will be aiming to replicate that success under head coach Stephane Antiga, after a few years of relative mediocrity by their own high standards. The team pushed the top sides before finishing fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but in 2013 they failed to qualify out of their first round pool at the World League and European Championship.
 
Poland boasts a long and vibrant volleyball tradition, with the national team having played an important role in the sport's development since their first appearance at the inaugural World Championship in 1949. The Poles dominated the international scene for several years in the mid-1970s. More recently, they won the bronze medal in the 2011 World League and followed that by claiming silver at the same year's World Cup.

Coach

Antiga Stephane

Antiga Stephane

Stephane Antiga led Poland's men's team to a historic gold medal in front of their home fans at the 2014 World Championships after signing a three-year agreement to coach the team in 2013. Antiga's coaching career follows a successful run as both an international and club player, featuring in teams across multiple countries. Suresnes-born Antiga represented his national team of France that won silver medals at the 2003 and 2009 European Championships, and in the 2006 World League. He also won a bronze medal with France at the 2002 World Championships. In club competitions he won league titles in France and Poland, along with Spain.

Staff

  • Team Manager Szyszko Mariusz
  • Assistant coach Blain Philippe
  • Second Assistant Coach Janas Wojciech
  • Doctor Sikora Tomasz
  • Physiotherapist Brandt Pawel

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Poland
2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 5 4 1.250 204 190 1.073
2
Serbia
2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 5 5 1.000 210 206 1.019
3
Italy
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 5 0.800 184 202 0.910

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