Poland hope to avoid their 100th World League defeat



· Poland have won only four of their 17 World League meetings with Russia.

· Their last meeting came in the 2011 semifinal with Russia beating Poland 3-1. Russia went on to win the tournament that year.

· Poland beat Russia in their most recent meeting in a competitive setting: a 3-2 win at the 2014 World Championships third round.


· Poland have been ever present in the World League since their first participation in 1998. They will make their 18th World League appearance.

· Poland have won two medals in the competition: bronze in 2011 and gold in 2012. Last year they finished in eighth place.

· Poland are two defeats shy from suffering their 100th in the competition.

· Poland have won their last five World League matches played in Gdansk.


· Russia (incl. CIS and URS) will make their 24th appearance in the World League.

· Russia have finished on the podium 15 times of their 23 previous participations (G3-S5-B7). Only Brazil have more silverware (18, G9-S5-B4).

· Russia have grabbed silverware in seven of their last nine participations in the World League. Only in 2012 (8th) and 2014 (5th) they failed to reach the podium.

· Sergey Tetyukhin is one of four players competing in the 2015 World League having reached the age of 39 years.
· Russia have the longest player of the World League in their squad with Dmitriy Muserskiy: 218 centimetres.


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