Poland wins the Men’s European Volleyball Championship!

On Saturday night, the Polish men’s volleyball team were playing Italy in the long-awaited final. The [Roma Arena?] was filled with cheerful fans.


In the first set, it’s the Poles who took the lead early on, not allowing their opponents to impose their pace. At 23-17, it looked as if the most difficult had been done for Nikola Grbic’s players. That’s when the Azzurri fought back to make it 23-20, which added some drama in the end of that first set, before the Poles sealed it with authority (25-20).

That first set win gave the White and Reds momentum. Their 10-8 lead early on put immediate pressure on the local team, which couldn’t find the key to equalise at one set all. Poles took the second by 20-21.

In the third set, it looked as if the Italians were starting a comeback, but their short lead melted, and they faced two match points (24-22). The Azzurri fought heroically and somehow managed to save the first championship point after a truly amazing point. Right after that, the White and Reds sealed the triumph (25-23) and won the gold as they did it back in 2009.

The Poles more than likely had a long night celebrating this historic win. But will soon be back in action at the upcoming men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, which will take place from 30 September 30 until 8 October. Poland will play Argentina, China, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Bulgaria, and Belgium in pool C.

Image: Twitter (@PolskaSiatkowka)

Author: Sebastien Meuwissen