FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup

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Volleyball current event.svg 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup
Sport Volleyball
Founded1965
Inaugural season 1965
CEO Flag of Brazil.svg Ary Graça
No. of teams12
ContinentInternational (FIVB)
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (2nd title)
Most titlesFlag of Russia.svg  Russia (6 titles)
Official website FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup

The FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup 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. Initially the tournament was played in the year following the Olympic Games, except for 1973 when no tournament was held, but since 1991 the World Cup has been awarded in the year preceding the Olympic Games. The current champion is United States, which won its second title at the 2015 tournament.

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

Volleyball is a 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 1991 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup was played from 22 November to 1 December 1991 in Japan. The World Cup consisted of 12 teams: champions of 5 geographic areas, the four runners-up, the host country and two guest teams. The first three teams in each pool competed for the title in the final pool, the results of the preliminary round are preserved.

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The current format of the competition involves 12 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation Japan, competing in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about two weeks. The World Cup (with exception of the 2019 edition) acts as the first qualification event for the following year's Olympic Games with the top two teams qualifying.

The Japan men's national volleyball team represents Japan in international volleyball competitions and friendly matches. Japan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, followed by silver at Mexico 1968 and a gold at Munich 1972. The years after this have been less successful. Japan missed three successive Olympic Games before returning at Beijing 2008, where they failed to win a match. Japan then failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games and also missed Rio 2016 after finishing seventh at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo. They also failed to qualify for the 2014 FIVB World Championship the first edition they had missed in 54 years. They had previously won FIVB World Championship bronze medals in 1970 and 1974. Japan silver medalists at the 1969 and 1977 World Cup. Japan has been less successful in the World League era. The team has won the Asian Championships nine times and the Asian Games eight times. Japan have been crowned Asian championship eight times and have won golds at the Asian Games.

Volleyball at the Summer Olympics volleyball at the Summer Olympics

Volleyball has been part of the Summer Olympics program for both men and women consistently since 1964.

The 13 World Cup tournaments have been won by six different national teams. Russia have won six times (four as Soviet Union). The other World Cup winners are Brazil and United States, with two titles each; and Cuba, Italy and Germany (as East Germany), 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.

United States mens national volleyball team mens national volleyball team representing the USA

The United States men's national volleyball team represents the country in international competitions and friendly matches. The team is governed by USA Volleyball. The team has won 5 Olympic medals, including three golds.

This tournament should not be confused with the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.

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.

History

Origins

The World Cup was created in 1965 with the purpose of partially filling the gap between the two most important volleyball tournaments, the Olympic Games and the World Championship, which take place in alternating 4-year cycles. The establishment of a third international competition would leave only one in every four years with no major events. The World Cup has a smaller entry than the World Championship, with at most 12 teams.

The World Cup was to be held in the year following the Olympic Games. The first two tournaments were for men's volleyball only; in 1973, a women's tournament was also introduced. Originally, each tournament had a different host, but in 1977 the competition was transferred to Japan on a permanent basis.

In the 1990s, the installment of annual international events such as the World League and the Grand Prix made the original motivations for the creation of the World Cup obsolete. Instead of letting a consolidated event disappear for lack of interest, the FIVB decided to change its format in 1991: it would be held in the year preceding, and not following, the Olympic Games; and it would be considered a first international Olympic qualification tournament, granting the winners a direct berth in the games.

This move saved the competition. The possibility of securing an early berth for the Olympic Games, thus avoiding extraneous and in some cases tight continental qualification procedures, became a consistent motivation for the national federations to participate in the World Cup. In 1995, the number of Olympic spots granted at the competition was increased to three, as it remained until 2011. In 2015 the number of spots was only two again.

Winners

Russia (considered as the inheritors of the records of the former Soviet Union), Brazil and United States are the only teams that have won the Men's World Cup more than once.

The Soviets took the gold at the opening edition of the tournament, in 1965. Four years later, the winner was also a socialist nation, East Germany.

Scheduled for Uruguay, the 1973 edition was cancelled. In 1977, competition was resumed in Japan, and the Soviet Union came back for two wins in a row. In 1985, they were once again runners-up, but lost the decisive match to United States in five sets. In 1989, Cuba surprised the world and beat a rising Italy to take the gold.

With the competition now set as a qualifying event for the Olympic Games, the Soviet Union, led by Dmitri Fomin won the title in 1991, at the brink of dissolution. The Italians, who hadn't participated in this edition, finally conquered their gold medal in 1995. Inheriting a large part of the former Soviet volleyball programme, Russia were the winners in 1999.

The following two editions, played in 2003 and 2007 respectively, were won by favorites Brazil. In 2011, Russia regained the title, while the 2015 edition was won by the United States for the second time.

Competition formula

The World Cup is the most stable from all competition formulas employed by the FIVB. The following rules apply:

Results summary

YearHostFinal3rd place matchTeams
ChampionsScoreRunners-up3rd placeScore4th place
1965
Details
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Round-robin Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
11
1969
Details
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Flag of East Germany.svg
East Germany
Round-robin Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg
Bulgaria
12
1977
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Round-robin Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
Poland
12
1981
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
Round-robin Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
8
1985
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Round-robin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Czechoslovakia
Round-robin Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg
Brazil
8
1989
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Round-robin Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of the United States.svg
United States
8
1991
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Round-robin Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Round-robin Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
12
1995
Details
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Round-robin Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Round-robin Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
1999
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Round-robin Flag of Cuba.svg
Cuba
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Round-robin Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
2003
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Round-robin Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Italy
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg
Serbia and Montenegro
Round-robin Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
2007
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Round-robin Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Flag of Bulgaria.svg
Bulgaria
Round-robin Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12
2011
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
Round-robin Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Round-robin Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
12
2015
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Round-robin Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Round-robin Flag of Russia.svg
Russia
12
2019
Details
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Round-robin Round-robin 12

Medals summary

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [upper-alpha 1] 62210
2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3036
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2013
4Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 1315
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1315
6Flag of Germany.svg  Germany [upper-alpha 2] 1001
7Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0213
8Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0202
9Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0101
10Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic [upper-alpha 3] 0022
11Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 0011
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia [upper-alpha 4] 0011
Totals (12 nations)14131340

Participating nations

Legend
Team [1] Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg
1965
(11)
Flag of East Germany.svg
1969
(12)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1977
(12)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1981
(8)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1985
(8)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1989
(8)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1991
(12)
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1995
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
1999
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2003
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2007
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2011
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2015
(12)
Flag of Japan.svg
2019
(12)
Total
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 9th1
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 5th7th9th7th7th5thq7
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 8th9thq3
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 6th8th3rd4th5th6th3rd5th1st1st3rd1st12
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 9th4th6th3rd4
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 8th1
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 12th10th8th7th7thq6
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 12th1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 5th5th9th11th10th11th6
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 9th3rd2nd1st2nd6th2nd5th8
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 11th8th11th12th10th12th10thq8
Flag of France.svg  France 11th5th2
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany See Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany and Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 7th1
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 7th1
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 11th9th8thq4
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 7th2nd1st3rd2nd4th2ndq8
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4th2nd2nd6th6th6th4th5th10th9th9th10th6thq14
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 9th10th2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 10th2nd2
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2nd8th4th4th2nd3rdq7
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 6th1
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 6th7th2
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia See Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1st2nd1st4thq5
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia See Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia See Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  SCG 8th1
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 7th7th7th5th8th7th6th11th8
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 6th5th2
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 11th8th8th12th12th11th12th12thq9
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10th1st4th3rd4th4th4th4th6th1stq11
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 8th11th2
Discontinued nations
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 3rd5th3rdSee Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 3
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 5th1stSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro See Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3rdSee Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1st3rd1st1st2nd3rd1stSee Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 7
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 10thSee Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 8thSee Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  SCG See Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1

MVP by edition

See also

Notes

  1. FIVB considers Russia (since 1993) as the inheritor of the records of Soviet Union (1948-1991) and CIS (1992).
  2. After the German reunification, West Germany (1949-1990) was renamed Germany (since 1991) and absorbed East Germany (1949-1990) with the records.
  3. FIVB considers Czech Republic (since 1994) as the inheritor of the records of Czechoslovakia (1948-1993).
  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).

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