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Bigger than ever: FIVB Volleyball World

League expands for 26

th

edition

The records continue as the FIVB Volleyball World League

enters its 26

th

edition which is set to be the biggest ever in

the history of the tournament.

Thirty two teams – including defending champions USA

and newly-crowned world champions Poland – will contest

the title at the most prestigious annual tournament in the

world of men’s volleyball. With four more teams than last

year, the FIVBWorld League, which has thrilled hundreds of

millions of fans around the world since its debut in 1990,

continues its spectacular growth. The year’s tournament

will run for 10 weeks, giving fans the added treat of an

extra week of world class volleyball action.

The Intercontinental Round will begin on May 16 and will

culminate in the World League Finals in Rio de Janeiro,

Brazil, where the winner will be crowned on July 19.

Two strong nations make their debut in the FIVB World

League in the shape of 2014 Euro League winners

Montenegro and Kazakhstan, who finished third in the

2014 AVC Cup. They bring the total number of countries to

have played in the World League to 33.

Returning after a long break are 2014 Euro League

runners-up Greece (who last appeared in 2005), African

Nations champions Egypt (2010) and Venezuela (2009).

Only Brazil and Italy have played in all 25 previous editions

of the World League.

All the former winners are also back in action again:

Brazil (nine titles), Italy (eight), Russia (three), defending

champions USA (two), world champions Poland, Cuba and

the Netherlands (one title each).

The tournament began with just eight countries, who

took part in the inaugural competition in 1990. In 1991

the number of teams had risen to 10, while 12 nations

competed from 1992-2000 and 2004-05. The field

featured 16 teams from 2001-2003 and 2006-2012. 2013

saw 18 different countries compete, with that increasing to

28 in 2014 with the new record of 32 in this year.

WORLD LEAGUE

HISTORY

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