Lausanne, Switzerland, August 23, 2014 – Teams are warming up, the stadiums are preparing for thousands of fans, and excitement is hardly containable, as the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 gets set to begin in one week.
On August 30, the top 24 men’s volleyball teams in the world will begin their battle for the most prestigious title in volleyball.
Six Polish cities - Katowice, ?ód?, Wroc?aw, Gda?sk, Bydgoszcz and Kraków – will simultaneously host the FIVB Men’s World Championships.
Poland and Serbia are scheduled for the first encounter at 20:15 local time, in the 58,000 capacity National Stadium in Warsaw.
The 24 teams were decided following a qualifying process, which started in 2012, involved a record number of 279 countries and concludes in July 2014.
The 24 countries competing in the FIVB Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 are split according to the following vacancies: South America (three), Asia (four), Europe (nine including hosts Poland), Africa (three) and NORCECA (five).
First Round: August 30-September 7
Pool A in Wroclaw (Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Poland, Serbia and Venezuela)
Group B in Katowice (Brazil, Cuba, Finland, Germany, Korea and Tunisia)
Group C in Gdansk (Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico and Russia)
Group D in Krakow (Bulgium, France, Iran, Italy, Puerto Rico and USA)
Second Round: September 10-14
Group E in Lodz and Bydgoszck
Group F in Katowice and Wroclaw
Third round - September 16-18
Group G in Katowice and Lodz
Fifth Place Play-off, Semifinals, Finals: September 20-21
In Katowice and Lodz
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