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#ThrowbackThursday: The biggest crowds with the loudest fans

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 4, 2015 – If volleyball athletes on the court display some of the best action in the world, the fans in the stands help create one of sport’s most incredible atmospheres.

The largest crowd for a volleyball match was back in 1983, when over 95,000 passionate supporters watched hosts Brazil defeat Russia in straight sets (15-3, 15-4, 15-5) at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Of course, the Maracanãzinho next door will host the world’s top teams at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games in August this year.

For the home side, the result saw them gain revenge for their defeat in the World Cup final a year earlier. However, the day was not without incident as torrential rain nearly meant the match was postponed. Luckily for the fans, the match went off without a problem thanks to the hard work of the organisers.

The FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship attendance record was smashed more recently when over 62,000 saw eventual 2014 champions Poland take on Serbia in the tournament’s opening match in Warsaw. The previous record was set over six decades earlier when 50,000 fans saw the Soviet Union beat Czechoslovakia in 1952. On this occasion the hosts claimed a straight sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) win.

Catch some of the best moments from both events below.


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