Volleyball: Poland wins men’s world championships over Brazil

The Polish team have won their second volleyball World Cup final against Brazil. After 1974 and 2014, this is the third that Poland won the world championship. The atmosphere in Turin was electric thanks to the fans and helped Poland overcome Brazil with a straight 3-0.

Poland 3 – 0 Brazil

(28:26; 25:20; 25:23)

Poland wins the FIVB Men's World Championship
After 2014, Poland won a second time in a row against Brazil | © PolskaSiatkowkaOfficial/Facebook

Poland was dominating throughout the game and never gave a real  chance to Brazilians players to believe that they could win. Surprisingly, the game lasted for only 97 minutes and the Polish players proved once again that they can beat any team in the world with their talent and incredible team spirit.

Bartosz Kurek, incredible throughout the tournament, played his finest volleyball at the net (24 points). This overpowering 30-year-old, 2.05-meter tall athlete was already the leader when they won the Euro Championship in 2009. Later in the evening he won the MVP trophy of the tournament (best player).

Bartosz Kurek - MVP FIVB Men World Championship
Bartosz Kurek becomes the second pole to win this trophy after Mariusz Wlazły in 2014 | © PolskaSiatkowkaOfficial/Facebook

Vital Heynen, Poland’s team coach, was extremely proud of his team’s success. Even though he has many great individual players in the team, the Belgian coach emphasised the fact that they won as a team: “Other coaches have great players, I have a great team, able to play the very best match of the tournament in the Final. Thanks to my players and to my staff. We would not be champions without them.”

Piotr Nowakoswski smashing the ball - FIVB Men's World Championship
Piotr Nowakoswski was one of the best middle blockers of the competition | © FIVB/Facebook


Final positions and results
2018 Men’s World Volleyball Championship

1.  Poland ??
2.  Brazil ??
3.  USA ??
4.  Serbia ??
5.  Italy ??
6.  Russia ??
7.  France ??
8.  Netherlands ??
9.  Canada ??
10.  Belgium ??
11.  Bulgaria ??
12.  Slovenia ??

13.  Iran ??
14.  Australia ??
15.  Argentina ??
16.  Finland ??
17.  Japan ??
18.  Cuba ??
19.  Cameroon ??
20.  Egypt ??
21.  Puerto Rico ??
22.  China ??
23.  Tunisia ??
24.  Dominican Republic ??


FINAL
Sunday, September 30, 2018

?? Poland 3 – 0 Brazil ?? (28:26; 25:20; 25:23)


3rd PLACE GAME
Sunday, September 30, 2018

?? USA 3 – 1 Serbia ?? (25:23, 17:25, 30:32, 19:25)


SEMI-FINALS
Saturday, September 29, 2018

?? Poland 3 – 2 USA ?? (25:22, 20:25, 23:25, 25:20, 15:11)
?? Brazil 3 – 0 Serbia ?? (25:22, 25:21, 25:22)


MVP and Dream Team of the Men’s Volleyball World Championships

MVP
Bartosz Kurek (POL)

Bartosz Kurek - MVP FIVB Men World Championship
Bartosz Kurek becomes the second pole to win this trophy after Mariusz Wlazły in 2014 | © PolskaSiatkowkaOfficial/Facebook

Dream Team
Outside Hitters: #13 Michal Kubiak (POL) and #14 Douglas Souza (BRA)
Middle Blockers: #16 Lucas Saatkamp (BRA) and #1 Piotr Nowakoswski (POL)
Opposite: #1 Matt Anderson (USA)
Setter: Micah Christenson (USA)
Libero: #17 Pawel Zatorski (POL)

Frank
Co-founder of My Beautiful Europe magazine. I'm French, originally from Aix-en-Provence and currently living in France. During my study, I had the chance to live in Norway and in Croatia. I'm passionate about traveling and knowing more about other cultures.

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