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POL/Poland

Poland boasts a strong Volleyball tradition. The country's national team has played an important role among the elite teams since its first appearance at the very first World Championship in 1949 held in Czechoslovakia. The fourth place from the tournament was repeated in France (1956) and again in Brazil (1960). But the best results were yet to come. In the middle of the 1970s, the Polish squad claimed the absolute top position and dominated the international Volleyball scene for several years. Poland triumphed at the World Championship in Mexico in 1974 and succeeded again two years later at the Montreal Olympics, winning the Olympic title. Also at the time, Poland finished second at five consecutive European Championship between 1975 and 1983. Poland initially failed to qualify for the last World Championship in Argentina in 2002, but after Korea withdrew from the competition, their team was selected as a replacement and finished ninth.

The Polish squad joined the elite World League in 1998 and has since been again on the ascendancy. After their debut, finishing tenth, they finished eighth in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Poland made its mark on the world scene by hosting a fantastic final of the World League in the city of Katowice, where they finished 7th overall. Atmosphere, entertainment and ambience at this event drew widespread praise and set new standards for international competitions. One year later, Poland, led by coach Waldemar Wspanialy, took another step forward and advanced to the World League finals, where they claimed a historic fifth place and re-launching the team into international prominence.

Poland, whose squad is based on the successful 1997 World Junior champions lineup and includes such prominent names as Dawid Murek, Pawel Zagumny and Piotr Gruzska, ended last seasonís World League in ninth position before finishing a credible fifth at the 2003 European Championships in Germany.

Poland, who currently holds ninth place on the FIVB world ranking list, will start the 2004 World League in Pool B along with France, Bulgaria and Japan.

Prize Money
Poland Total Prize money US$
4 453 280

Overall Standings for Poland
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
6 78 36 42 46.2