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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE

MEDIA GUIDE 2016

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36 teams: A new record in an Olympic year

TThe FIVB World League will be staged for the 27

th

time in 2016 with 36 teams – a record number for the

tournament – participating for the first tim . The 32

teams in last year’ s tournament are back in action in

2016. Germany (bronze medallists at the FIVB Volleyball

Men’s World Championship Poland 2014) return to the

competition this year , while Chinese Taipei, Qatar and

European Championship runners-up Slovenia are set to

make their debut.

Only Brazil and Italy – who top the list of tournament

winners with nine and eight titles respectively – have

played in all 26 editions of the FIVB

World League.

However, these once-dominant powers in the game have

found victory elusive in recent years . Italy last lifted the

trophy 16 years ago in 2000 and Br azil hope that this

year will see them tak e their historic 10

th

title in the

competition, six years after their last win in 2010. Last

year Brazil suffered a bitter disappointment, failing to

reach even the semifinals in Rio de aneiro.

Nevertheless, Brazil have finished on the podium in 1

of the 26 editions of the FIVB World League, and lead

Italy and Russia (15 medals each) in the over all medal

standings. In addition to Brazil (9) and Italy (8), six

other countries have won the title so far: 2012 Olympic

champions Russia (3); 2015 World Cup winners USA (2);

2014 world champions P oland; Cuba, Netherlands and

defending champions France have one title each. While

last year’s finalists Serbia have won eight medals in th

tournament, they are yet to claim the title . Japan has the

dubious honour of having played at the most tournaments

(22 so far) without winning a medal.

In 2015, France became the fourth country in the last

five years to win the FIVB World League, following Russia

(2011, 2013), Poland (2012) and USA. This is testimony

to the growing level of competition in the tournament,

which in its first 20 years (from 1990 to 2010) saw B azil

and Italy win a total 17 titles between them. This year’s

competition holds a great of deal of promise, not just for

the record number of teams taking part.With the Olympic

Games in Rio de J aneiro just around the corner , the

format has rarely been so compact with all 144 matches

in the Intercontinental Round taking place from June 16

to July 3.

Following the Group 3 Finals in Frankfurt, Germany (July 1

to 3) and the Group 2 Finals in Matosinhos, Portugal (July

9 to 19), the city of Krakow in Poland will see the top fiv

teams from Group 1, in addition to the hosts, play for the

top prize.This is the fourth time the Finals will be played in

Poland, following Katowice in 2001 and 2007 (Brazil won

on both occasions) and Gdansk in 2011,which saw Russia

take home the title. Poland are yet to win a gold medal in

the competition as a Finals host country, although they

did take bronze in 2011. Brazil won their first FIVB World

League title in Sao Paulo in 1993 with a home advantage,

while Italy (1991, 1992, 1994) and the Netherlands

(1996) have also won the top prize on home soil.

This year marks a highpoint in a spectacular success story,

which began with a mere eight teams back in 1990. This

year’s defending champions F rance, who claimed their

first victory in the top flight of volleyball in the 201

edition, were one of the eight founding nations . In 1991

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

competed from 1992-2000 and 2004-2005. The fiel

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

this number increased to 18 countries in 2013,28 in 2014

and 32 teams in 2015 before including a further four

teams this year.

WORLD LEAGUE

HISTORY

Medal Showcase

Year Finals

Champions

Runners-up

3

rd

place

2015

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

France

Serbia

USA

2014

Florence, Italy

USA

Brazil

Italy

2013

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Russia

Brazil

Italy

2012

Sofia Bulgaria

Poland

USA

Cuba

2011

Gdansk, Poland

Russia

Brazil

Poland

2010

Cordoba, Argentina

Brazil

Russia

Serbia

2009

Belgrade, Serbia

Brazil

Serbia

Russia

2008

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

USA

Serbia

Russia

2007

Katowice, Poland

Brazil

Russia

USA

2006

Moscow, Russia

Brazil

France

Russia

2005

Belgrade, Serbia

Brazil

Serbia & Montenegro

Cuba

2004

Rome, Italy

Brazil

Italy

Serbia & Montenegro

2003

Madrid, Spain

Brazil

Serbia & Montenegro

Italy

2002

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Russia

Brazil

Yugoslavia

2001

Katowice, Poland

Brazil

Italy

Russia

2000

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Italy

Russia

Brazil

1999

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Italy

Cuba

Brazil

1998

Milan, Italy

Cuba

Russia

The Netherlands

1997

Moscow, Russia

Italy

Cuba

Russia

1996

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The Netherlands

Italy

Russia

1995

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Italy

Brazil

Cuba

1994

Milan, Italy

Italy

Cuba

Brazil

1993

São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil

Russia

Italy

1992

Genova, Italy

Italy

Cuba

USA

1991

Milan, Italy

Italy

Cuba

USSR

1990

Osaka, Japan

Italy

The Netherlands

Brazil