Poland boasts a strong Volleyball tradition. In the middle of the 1970s, the Polish squad claimed the top position and dominated the international Volleyball scene for several years.
Poland triumphed at the FIVB World Championships in Mexico in 1974 and succeeded again two years later at the Olympic Games in Montreal, where the team won the Olympic title.
Poland also claimed second place at five consecutive European Championships between 1975 and 1983.
The Polish squad joined the FIVB World League in 1998 and finished 10th in the first year. They were eighth in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Poland hosted the World League Finals for the first time and they finished seventh.
One year later and led by coach Waldemar Wspanialy, Poland took another step forward and advanced to the World League Finals, where they claimed fifth place, re-launching the team into international prominence.
One of the strongest and most innovative sides around on the international stage, Poland have gone from strength to strength in recent years.
Poland finished fourth in the 2005 World League and fifth in the European Championships the same year.
Things were going well for Poland but the feel-good factor disappeared on September 16, 2005, when Arkadiusz Golas, one of the most talented Polish Volleyball players, died in a car accident on the way to Austria during a road trip with Italian side Macerata. He was 24-years-old.
Argentine Raul Lozano replaced Stanislaw Gosciniak in December 2005 and big things have been expected since.
The core group of players, based on the successful 1997 World Junior Champion lineup, includes Dawid Murek, Pawel Zagumny and Piotr Gruszka and twin towers Piotr Gruszka and Lukasz Kadziewicz, who both stand at 206-cm tall.
Poland bounced back from the Golas tragedy and back into the world Volleyball elite by winning the silver medal at 2006 World Championships.
In 2007, Poland hosted the World League Finals in Katowice and claimed fourth place in a super-successful finale that attracted bumper crowds.
They qualified for Beijing by winning the Men's Olympic qualifier in Espinho, Portugal, beating out the hosts, Puerto Rico and Indonesia.