Team lineups for FIVB Club World Championships begin to take shape
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 17, 2014 – A third team was added to the six team line-up for the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Club World Championship this weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan as Dinamo Kazan took the European title at the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women.
The Russian team is the latest to receive a ticket to the premier women’s club volleyball tournament, after defeating last year’s European and Club World champions VakifBank Istanbul in Sunday’s final 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-23). Rabita Bakz claimed the bronze medal of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League when they defeated Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 27-25)
Dinamo Kazan joins host club Volero Zurich and Brazil’s SESI-SP who won the 14th edition of the Women’s South American Club Championship in February at the World Club Championship event.
The Asia representative will be decided at the 2014 Women's Asian Club Championship that will be held from April 17 to 25 in Nakhonpathom, Thailand. A further two teams – jointly decided by the FIVB and the organisers – will complete the line-up of clubs taking part in the Championship.
This year’s FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship will feature six teams as in the previous editions except for the first two in 1991 and 1992, which saw eight teams compete.
Unlike the Men’s Club World Championship, the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship has had seven different winners from four different countries. Brazil has been represented on the winner’s podium three times, while Azerbaijan, Italy and Turkey have all had clubs step on the top podium once.
Last year’s tournament saw VakifBank Istanbul graduate from European to world champions in front of a packed Saalsporthalle in Zurich. The Turkey representatives beat their South American counterparts Unilever Volei from Brazil in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-16) to capture their first ever FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship title.
The FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship for men and women will be the first FIVB volleyball events of the year.
The next qualifying tournament for the men’s event begins March 18 to 30, with the African Men's Club Championship, followed by the CEV Champions League from March 22 to 23. Manila will host the 2014 Men’s Asian Club Championship, April 8 to 16, where one of the 18 participating teams will also secure a ticket to the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship. NORCECA will appoint one team, with the other two vacancies decided jointly by the FIVB and organiser.
So far, Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro is qualified for the tournament, as the host city, along with UPCN of Argentina, which was the runner-up of South American Men's Club Championship.
The FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship begins a day before the women’s event, on May 6 to 11 in Betim, Brazil. The FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships begins May 7 to 11 in Zurich, Switzerland.