FINALS
Six teams headed to the Bulgarian capital of
Sofia for the Finals of the 2012 FIVB World
League. In addition to hosts Bulgaria, the Finals
would see world champions and No. 1-ranked
team Brazil, 2011 bronze medallists Poland,
2008
Olympic champions USA, 2010 World
Championship silver medallists Cuba and 2009
European League champions Germany.
Cuba, Poland, USA and Germany had won their
respective pools in the Intercontinental Round,
while Brazil had qualified as the best second-
placed team. Bulgaria qualified as hosts, but
still finished a strong second to Germany in
Pool D. Cuba, Poland and Germany had all
finished with 10:2 win:loss records, the best in
the qualifying rounds.
While Russia suffered the unfortunate fate of
being the first defending champion to miss the
World League Finals, Bulgaria hosted the Finals
for the first time, a reflection of the strength
of their men’s team. The matches were held
in Sofia at the Armeec Arena, a new venue
opened in July 2011 at a cost of 46 million
euros – which can hold 12,373 spectators for
volleyball matches.
In another first, Germany had made it into
the Finals with an impressive run that saw
them cruise past their Intercontinental Round
opponents. In doing so, they had already
guaranteed themselves their best ever showing
having never placed higher than eighth – and
that was way back in 1993.
POOL E
BULGARIA
E1
(
ORGANISERS)
USA
E2
(
WINNERS OF POOL C)
GERMANY
E3
(
WINNERS OF POOL D)
POOL F
CUBA
F1
(
WINNERS OF POOL A)
POLAND
F2
(
WINNERS OF POOL B)
BRAZIL
F3
(
BEST SECOND)