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Historical Data on each team competition in the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup, including participation and final rankings from World Championships, Olympic Games, Word Cup, World League, World Grand Prix and World Grand Champions Cup


match schedule


Tue 13 Nov
13:00 KOR - USA
15:00 CHN - RUS 
19:00 JPN - BRA 

Wed 14 Nov

14:00 USA – CHN
16:00 BRA – RUS
19:00 JPN – KOR

Fri 16 Nov

14:00 RUS – USA
16:00 KOR– BRA
19:00 CHN – JPN

Sat 17 Nov

13:30 JPN – RUS
15:30 BRA– USA
18:30 KOR– CHN

Sun 18 Nov

13:00  RUS– KOR
15:00 CHN– BRA
18:00 USA –JPN



Tue 20 Nov

14:00 KOR– BRA
16:00 CUB– YUG
19:00 JPN – ARG

Wed 21 Nov

14:00 KOR– CUB
16:00 BRA– ARG
19:00 YUG – JPN

Fri 23 Nov

13:00 CUB– BRA
15:00 ARG– YUG
18:00 JPN – KOR

Sat 24 Nov

13:00 CUB – JPN
15:00 KOR– ARG
18:00  BRA– YUG

Sun 25 Nov

13:00  ARG– CUB
15:00 YUG– KOR
18:00 JPN – BRA

Dates and Venues

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Saitama and Fukuoka 

13 – 18 November

Dates and Venues

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Nagoya and Tokyo

20 – 25 November, 2001


Saitama Super Arena


Marine Messe, Fukuoka


Rainbow Hall, Nagoya


Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Tickets and merchandise

For ticket information and merchandise for the Grand Champions Cup 2001, visit the NTV site (Japanese only)


2001 World Grand Champions Cup


Men - DAY 0 - DAY 1 - DAY 2 - DAY 3 - DAY 4 - DAY 5

Women - DAY 0 - DAY 1 - DAY 2 - DAY 3 - DAY 4 - DAY 5


Tournament Wrap - Men and Women


Offering US$2 million in prize money, the 2001 World Grand Champions Cup holds an important position on volleyball’s international calendar. 

Held between the Olympic Games and the World Championships, and featuring the eight Continental Champions* for men and women, host nation Japan, and two wild cards, it is one of the four major international volleyball competitions held every quadrennial.

USA women was the last team to qualify, defeating Cuba at the 7th NORCECA Women's Championship held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Sunday 14 October.

They join China, Russia, Brazil, Japan and Korea in the women’s tournament held in the cities of Saitama and Fukuoka from 13 – 18 November.

In the men’s tournament, Korea, Yugoslavia, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and Japan will compete in the cities of Nagoya and Tokyo from 20-25 November, 2001.

The competition is a single round robin system with a total of thirty matches (fifteen women, fifteen men).

The venues are the Saitama Super Arena and Marine Messe, Fukuoka for the women's leg and Rainbow Hall, Nagoya and Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium for the men's leg. Each venue boasts a capacity for approximately ten thousand spectators


World Grand Champions Cup 2001 - Qualified Teams

How qualified Women Men
Asian Continental Champion CHINA KOREA
European Continental Champion RUSSIA YUGOSLAVIA
Norceca Continental Champion USA CUBA
South America Continental Champion BRAZIL BRAZIL
* Four continental champions from continents whose teams reached the highest ranking at the preceding Olympic Games. Wild Cards selected by the FIVB, NTV and JVA

US$ 2 MILLION IN prize money

women place men
US$ 300,000 First Place US$ 400,000
US$ 150,000 Second Place US$ 250,000
US$ 125,000 Third Place US$ 200,000
US$ 100,000 Fourth Place US$ 150,000
US$  75,000 Fifth Place US$ 125,000
US$  50,000 Sixth Place US$  75,000


US$ 2,000,000

The official mascot, named Grachan, originates from the first World Grand Champions Cup in 1993. 

Grachan has always been one of the stars at the event, loved by spectators with its variety of looks and gestures. The bird soaring into the sky is associated with the speed, dynamism and the exquisite motion of volleyball. Having migrated for four years, Grachan comes back and plays an important role in spreading volleyball fever throughout the country as well as announcing and spotlighting the World Grand Champions Cup throughout the world.



Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV), Japan's leading and oldest commercial broadcaster, is the official broadcaster of the event. All Japanese matches will be televised nation-wide during prime time, with a daily highlights program produced for the rest of the matches. It is also scheduled to send the live transmission of the pre-opening pictures to deliver the excitement and enthusiasm of the arena.

There is also a significant pre-promotion of the event already underway. Television commercials, featuring many of the stars of the Japanese teams, have been on the air since May. On August 5, 100 days prior to the opening, a weekly special program was broadcast.