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Overview

Russia and Ukraine lock horns for the fourth time at European Championships, all three previous encounters ended in straight sets won by Russia (1993, 1995, 2005). In this edition, the team under guidance of Tuomas Sammelvuo suffered unexpected defeat in the opening game, losing 3-1 to Turkey, but then they got back on track to complete pool phase in 2nd place in Pool C. Ukraine also struggled at the beginning of the tournament, but eventually recording three wins they finished 3rd.

EuroVolleyM: Exciting matchups set for the Eight Finals

Head-to-Head
· Poland have won six of their seven matches against Finland at European Championships. The exception was a 3-0 defeat in the second round pool in 2007.
· Poland and Finland last met at the European Championships in 2017, when Poland won 3-0 in Gdansk. Bartosz Kurek scored 15 points for the home team and Olli-Pekka Ojansivu was Finland's top scorer on nine points.
· Poland and Finland's most recent meeting in a major international competition was at the 2018 World Championship. Poland won 3-1 in the first round and would go on to win their third world title.
· Finland's last triumph against Poland at a major international competition was a 3-2 win in the 2012 World League.

Poland
· Poland won all five of their group matches at EuroVolley 2021. They finished as group winners in Pool A.
· Poland finished in the top eight in four of the last six editions of the tournament: champions in 2009, third in 2011, fifth in 2015 and third in 2019.
· Poland have won 13 of their last 14 matches at European Championships, and each of their last six games.
· Poland last suffered defeat at the European Championships in the 2019 semi-finals: 3-1 against Slovenia.
· Wilfredo Leon Venero (65) leads Poland in scoring at EuroVolley 2021.
· Piotr Nowakowski is the leading blocker at the 2021 European Championships on 22 points from blocks and a set average of 1.29. At the European Championship in 2019, Ukraine's Yurii Semeniuk finished the final round as the best blocker on 22 points from blocks.

Finland
· Finland finished fourth in Pool C on a W3-L2 record. They beat Turkey 3-2 in their most recent match.
· Finland were eliminated in the Eighth Finals in 2019, after a 3-0 loss against France. They lost their Playoff matches for the quarter-finals in 2015 and in 2017. Their most recent top-eight finish came in 2013, when they lost in the quarter-finals.
· The last time Finland won a knockout match at the European Championships was in 2011, when they won 3-2 versus Slovenia in the Playoffs for the quarter-finals.
· Finland have scored 455 points at EuroVolley 2021, two points more than Poland (453).
· Urpo Sivula (91) is Finland's top scorer at EuroVolley 2021, including 86 from spikes. He was the team's top scorer in 2019 on 66 points in the final round.

“Our aim for this tournament was to be better and improve from each match. We do not have any fears, we just embrace the new challenges that are presented to us in each match.”

Joel BANKS
Coach Finland

"I know they were playing well and fighting to the end in their pool. Their receivers are very good - we just hope to use our experience and have a good game.”

Wilfredo LEON
Outside Spiker Poland
  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Stefano CESARE
    ITA
    Second Referee
    Susana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVA
    ESP
  • Venue Information
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    You can easily reach the venue by using public transportation. The two most convenient means include SKM trains which run regularly from all local directions (leave at Gdańsk Żabianka stop, then take a 10-minute walk down the Subisława and Rybacka streets) and ZTM trams (trams no. 2, 8, 6, 11 – leave at Gospody/Osiedle Wejhera stops, then follow the information boards). In order to get to ERGO ARENA straight from the airport, take the PKM train which has its stop at the airport, then change at Gdańsk Wrzeszcz stop and take the SKM train towards Gdańsk Żabianka. For fans, who are choosing to travel by car, we recommend the so-called Green Route which connects the venue with Grunwaldzka street/Niepodległości avenue – the main Gdańsk-Sopot road. Capacity: 12000
  • How To Attend
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    , , Capacity: 12000

    ERGO ARENA is one of the biggest and most advanced multifunctional venues in Poland. Located right on the border of Gdańsk and Sopot, ERGO ARENA can gather up to 11100 fans during volleyball and basketball games and, depending on the kind of planned event, can bring together from 5100 up to 15000 people. Starting in 2010, ERGO ARENA has been providing Poland with the highest level of entertainment. Get directions

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Address

ul. Puławska 383 WARSAW

Contacts

phone +48 22 462 82 20 email pzps@pzps.pl
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Outside spiker
Outside spiker
Team Schedule

Previous Games

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14/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 29
    Competitions Played
  • 3
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 9
    Matches Played
  • 8
    Matches Won
  • 89%
    Win %
  • 25
    Sets Won
  • 785
    Points Won
  • 55%
    Attack %
  • 52%
    Reception %

Team

C
13
KUBIAK Michał
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 2/23/1988
  • Birth Place: Wałcz
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
1
NOWAKOWSKI Piotr
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 12/18/1987
  • Birth Place: POLAND
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 103 kg
5
KACZMAREK Łukasz
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 6/29/1994
  • Birth Place: Krotoszyn
  • Height: 204 cm
  • Weight: 99 kg
6
KUREK Bartosz
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/29/1988
  • Birth Place: Wałbrzych
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 95 kg
9
LEON VENERO Wilfredo
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 7/31/1993
  • Birth Place: Santiago de Cuba
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 95 kg
10
WOJTASZEK Damian
Libero
  • Birth Date: 9/7/1988
  • Birth Place: Milicz
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Weight: 78 kg
11
DRZYZGA Fabian
Setter
  • Birth Date: 1/3/1990
  • Birth Place: Bordeaux
  • Height: 197 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
12
ŁOMACZ Grzegorz
Setter
  • Birth Date: 10/1/1987
  • Birth Place: Ostrołęka
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
14
ŚLIWKA Aleksander
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 5/24/1995
  • Birth Place: Jawor
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
15
KOCHANOWSKI Jakub
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/17/1997
  • Birth Place: Giżycko
  • Height: 199 cm
  • Weight: 85 kg
16
SEMENIUK Kamil
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 7/16/1996
  • Height: 194 cm
  • Weight: 84 kg
17
ZATORSKI Paweł
Libero
  • Birth Date: 6/21/1990
  • Birth Place: Łódź
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 72 kg
20
BIENIEK Mateusz
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 4/5/1994
  • Birth Place: Blachownia
  • Height: 208 cm
  • Weight: 98 kg
21
FORNAL Tomasz
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/31/1997
  • Birth Place: Kraków
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 92 kg

Staff

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Recent Results

Team Comparison

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POLAND

Overview

FINLAND

Player Statistics

Match Report

Poland crush Finland in straight sets progress to QFs

Article 11 September 2021

In the second eighth final match, at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, two of the co-host teams faced each other as Poland took on Finland. Polish players won all of the five matches of the pool A, qualifying through in first place, while Finland, playing at home in Tampere, finished in the fourth place of their pool.

The reigning World Champions were the clear favourites for this match and stepped into to game with great services performed by the outside hitter, Wilfredo Leon (8-3). The players, led by their head coach Vital Heynen, did not leave any room for doubt for Finland and headed towards an easy win in the opening part (19-12), which finally came true thanks to the attacks of the opposite, Łukasz Kaczmarek (25-16).

The players of Joel Banks’ team were not eager to give up without a fight and started the second set with a scoring point-for-point attitude (7-7). Close to the middle of the set Wilfredo Leon reminded his opponents of his great effectiveness in attack, immediately securing a five-points distance for his team (15-10). The last word in this part belonged to the middle blocker, Jakub Kochanowski (25-16).

The last part of today’s game, similarly to the previous ones, was a show of Poland’s dominance in every element (8-4). Team Suomi seemed not to have a solution how to defeat their rivals and was about to finish their journey at EuroVolley 2021 at the level of eight finals (18-11). A double block closed the match for a straight sets victory for Poland (25-14).

Poland’s quarter-final match will take place on Tuesday at the Ergo Arena against Russia, who earlier today defeated the team of Ukraine.

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"It's amazing to play at a venue full of fans. The fans give us extra energy, so we always have to give everything in the game like this one. I think that we did our job, we progressed to the next phase, but now there are more difficult matches against opponents from the highest level, so we have to expect more resistance."

Paweł Zatorski
libero of Poland

"We did our best but they are a great team and today we didn't have a chance. I think that they are ahead of us in every element, they have higher standards in every component of the game. If we want to win games like this you have to play more against teams at the top level."

Niklas Seppanen
captain of Finland

The match in numbers

82
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

83
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

8526
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

133
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

62%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

8-3
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of POLAND compared to FINLAND.

10-3
Ace Count

POLAND number of service aces compared to FINLAND

33-33
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from FINLAND