FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Following their bronze medal win at the 2011 FIVB
World League, Poland moved up the ranks to take the
World League title for the first time in the 2012 edition
of the competition.
The country boasts a strong volleyball tradition and
the national team has stood out among the world’s
elite since their appearance at the first FIVB World
Championship in 1949 in Czechoslovakia. Their fourth-
place result from that tournament was repeated in
France (1956) and again in Brazil (1960) with a gold
medal triumph at the FIVB World Championship in
Mexico in 1974. More recently, they took the silver
medal at the 2006 FIVB World Championships.
Poland won the gold medal at the 1976 Montreal
Olympics and reached the quarterfinals of the 2004
Olympic Games. At the last Olympics, held in London
in 2012, Poland finished in joint fifth place with the US.
Poland has a stellar record at the European
Championships, having been silver medallists five times
in a row (1975-83), winning gold in 2009 and then
bronze in the 2011 edition. The country’s success in
also included a silver medal at the FIVB World
Current coach, Andrea Anastasi
succeeded Daniel Castellani in
February 2011. He steered them to
a bronze medal win in the 2011
FIVB World League and silver at
the World Cup, earning them a
ticket to the 2012 Olympics, where they finished fifth.
In 2012 they also won the World League title for the
first time. Anastasi won the FIVB World Championship
and World League titles as a player before becoming a
coach in 1994. He coached Italy from 1999 to 2002,
leading them to an FIVB World League title in 1999.
In 2006, Anastasi became the coach of Spain, leading
them to their first European Championship in 2007
before returning to Italy from 2007 to 2010.