FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship

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FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship
Sport Volleyball
Founded1949
Inaugural season 1949
CEO Flag of Brazil.svg Ary Graça
No. of teams24 (Finals)
ContinentInternational (FIVB)
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland (3rd title)
Most titlesFlag of Russia.svg  Russia (6 titles)
Official website FIVB Volleyball World Championships

The FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship is an international volleyball competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the sport's global governing body. The initial gap between championships was variable, but since 1962 they have been awarded every four years. The current champion is Poland, which won its third title at the 2018 tournament defending the championship title.

Volleyball ballgame and team sport in which two teams compete to ground the ball on their opponents side of the net

Volleyball is a popular team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since Tokyo 1964.

Fédération Internationale de Volleyball International governing body for the sport of indoor, beach and grass volleyball

The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, commonly known by the acronym FIVB, is the international governing body for all forms of volleyball. Its headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland and its current president is Brazilian Ary Graça.

The 1962 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship was the fifth edition of the tournament, organised by the world's governing body, the FIVB. It was held in Moscow, Soviet Union from October 16 to October 26, 1962.

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The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Championship Finals. 24 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s), compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.

The 19 World Championship tournaments have been won by seven different national teams. Russia (as Soviet Union) have won six times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Championship winners are Brazil, Italy, and Poland, with three titles each; Czech Republic as (Czechoslovakia) with two titles; and Germany as (East Germany), and United States, with one title each.

Russia mens national volleyball team national sports team

The Russia men's national volleyball team is governed by the Russian Volleyball Federation and takes part in international volleyball competitions. Russia won one Olympic Games championship in 2012, two World Cup 1999 and 2011.

Brazil mens national volleyball team mens national volleyball team representing Brazil

The Brazil men's national volleyball team is governed by the Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol(Brazilian Volleyball Confederation) and takes part in international volleyball competitions. Brazil has three gold medals at the Olympic Games, won three times the World Championship and nine times the World League. Brazil is the #1 team on the FIVB World Rankings. The team is often referred to as volleyball's "Dream Team" due to its success under coach Bernardo Rezende.

Italy mens national volleyball team mens national volleyball team representing Italy

The Italy men's national volleyball team dominated international volleyball competitions in the 1990s and early 2000s, by winning three World Championships in a row, six European Championships, one World Cup (1995) and eight World League. However, the great Italian showcase of records is considered incomplete due to the failed win of the Olympic games: since 1996, Italy is the only national team that has achieved olympic semifinals every time, but never reached the gold medal. That's why local media call it "the Olympic curse".

The 2018 World Championship was co-hosted by Italy and Bulgaria.

2018 FIVB Volleyball Mens World Championship

The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship was the 19th staging of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the sport's global governing body. The final tournament was held in Italy and Bulgaria from 9 to 30 September 2018. For the first time the tournament was jointly-hosted by more than one country. The final six was hosted by Italy at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.

History

Origins

The history of the World Championship goes back to the beginnings of volleyball as a professional, high level sport. One of the first concrete measures taken by the FIVB after its foundation in 1947 was the establishment of an international competition involving teams from more than one continent. In 1949, the first edition was played in Prague, Czechoslovakia. At that point, the tournament was still restricted to Europe.

Prague Capital of Czechia

Prague is the capital and largest city in Czechia, the 14th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the northwest of Czechia on the Vltava river, Prague is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.6 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

Czechoslovakia 1918–1992 country in Central Europe, predecessor of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia, was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.

Three years later, the event was expanded to include nations from Asia, and began to be held in 4-year cycles. By the following edition, there were also teams from South, Central and North America.

South America A continent in the Western Hemisphere, and mostly in the Southern Hemisphere

South America is a continent in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. It may also be considered a subcontinent of the Americas, which is how it is viewed in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions of the Americas. The reference to South America instead of other regions has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics.

Central America central geographic region of the Americas

Central America is a region found in the southern tip of North America and is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas. This region is bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The combined population of Central America is estimated to be between 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

Since volleyball was to be added to the Olympic Program in 1964, the 4-cycles were advanced in 2 years after the fourth edition (1960), so that the World Championship may alternate with the Summer Olympic Games. As of 1970, teams from Africa also took part in the competition, and the original goal of having members from all five continental confederations in the games was achieved.

Summer Olympic Games international multi-sport event

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad, first held in 1896, is a major international multi-sport event held once every four years. The most recent Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and oversees the host city's preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place; this tradition began in 1904. The Winter Olympic Games were created due to the success of the Summer Olympics.

The number of teams involved in the games has changed significantly over the years. Following volleyball's increase in popularity, they raised steadily to over 20 in the 1970s and part of the 1980s, were then cut short to 16 in the 1990s, and finally set up in 24 after 2002. Today, the World Championship is the most comprehensive of all events organized by the FIVB, and arguably the most important, alongside the Olympic Games [1] .

Until 1974, the host nation of the tournament organized both the men's and the women's events, with the single exception of the 1966/1967 games, which took place in different years. Since 1978, this practice has been only occasionally observed, for instance, in 1998 and in the 2006 edition, which was held, as the former was, in Japan.

Winners

The history of the World Championship clearly demonstrates how volleyball was originally dominated by European nations.

The first two editions were won by the Soviet Union. In 1956, twice runner-up Czechoslovakia took the gold. There followed two more consecutive wins for the Soviet Union, in both cases over Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won a gold medal in the 1966 edition.

In 1970, East Germany prevailed over Bulgaria for their first and only title. In 1974, the Soviet Union threatened to take the lead once more, but ended up being defeated by Poland at the final. Nevertheless, they would confirm their leadership by winning, for the third time, two editions in a row.

1986 saw the first relevant confrontation between United States, the rising major force of the decade, and the traditional leader Soviet Union after the Olympic boycotts of 1980 and 1984. As would be the case two years later at the Seoul Olympic Games, the issue was settled in favour of the Americans led by Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons. Italy completely dominated the competition in the 1990s, winning all the editions that took place in this decade (1990, 1994, 1998), led by such players as Lorenzo Bernardi and Andrea Giani.

In the 2000s, Brazil became the leading force in the sport, winning three consecutive editions (2002, 2006 and 2010), the first of which in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the same stage where the Brazilians had been runners-up in 1982. In 2014, Poland, playing in home, defeated Brazil in 4 sets at the final achieving their second gold medal and preventing what would be a historical fourth title in a row.

As of 2014, 18 editions of the men's Volleyball World Championship have been played: 14 went to European teams, and four to American teams (three times to Brazil and once to United States).

Competition formula

The competition formula of the FIVB World Championship has been constantly changed to fit the different number of teams that participate in each edition. The following rules usually apply:

Results summary

YearHostFinal3rd place matchTeams
ChampionsScoreRunners-up3rd placeScore4th place
1949
Details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg
Bulgaria
Round-robin Flag of Romania (1948-1952).svg
Romania
10
1952
Details
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg
Soviet Union
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg
Bulgaria
Round-robin Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
11
1956
Details
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Round-robin Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
24
1960
Details
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg
Brazil
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
Round-robin Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
14
1962
Details
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of Romania (1952-1965).svg
Romania
Round-robin Flag of Bulgaria (1948-1967).svg
Bulgaria
21
1966
Details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Round-robin Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
22
1970
Details
Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg
Bulgaria
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Round-robin Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg
Bulgaria
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Round-robin Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
24
1974
Details
Flag of Mexico.svg
Mexico
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
Round-robin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Round-robin Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
24
1978
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–0Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–1Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg
South Korea
24
1982
Details
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
3–0Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
24
1986
Details
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg
Bulgaria
3–0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
16
1990
Details
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–1Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
3–0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
16
1994
Details
Flag of Greece.svg
Greece
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–1Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
16
1998
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–0Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
Yugoslavia
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
3–1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
24
2002
Details
Flag of Argentina.svg
Argentina
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–2Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of France.svg
France
3–0Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
Yugoslavia
24
2006
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–0Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Bulgaria
3–1Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
Serbia and Montenegro
24
2010
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
3–0Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg
Serbia
3–1Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
24
2014
Details
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
3–1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
3–0Flag of France.svg
France
24
2018
Details
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Italy.svg
Bulgaria / Italy
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
3–0Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of Serbia.svg
Serbia
24
2022
Details
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
24

Hosts

List of hosts by number of championships hosted.

Times hostedNationsYears
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1978, 2010, 2018*
2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1982, 2002
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1960, 1990
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1970, 2018*
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1949, 1966
Flag of France.svg  France 1956, 1986
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1998, 2006
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1952, 1962
1Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1994
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1974
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2014
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2022
* = co-hosts.

Medals summary

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [upper-alpha 1] 63312
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3306
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3104
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3104
5Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic [upper-alpha 2] 2406
6Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1023
7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [upper-alpha 3] 1012
8Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 0224
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 0224
10Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0145
11Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia [upper-alpha 4] 0112
12Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0101
13Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0022
14Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0011
Flag of France.svg  France 0011
Totals (15 nations)19191957
Notes
  1. FIVB considers Russia (since 1993) as the inheritor of the records of Soviet Union (1948–1991) and CIS (1992).
  2. FIVB considers Czech Republic (since 1994) as the inheritor of the records of Czechoslovakia (1948–1993).
  3. After the German reunification, West Germany (1949–1990) was renamed Germany (since 1991) and absorbed East Germany (1949–1990) with the records.
  4. FIVB considers Serbia (since 2007) as the inheritor of the records of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1948–1991), Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992–2002) and Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006).

MVP by edition

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