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Overview

Poland, as one of the hosts of the EuroVolley 2021, will start their campaign with a match against Portugal. The reigning world champions had already won the continental tournament back in 2009. Two years ago Poland claimed bronze medal after defeating France in Paris. For Portugal it’s only sixth appearence in the event, they were not present in the European Champioships from 1951 to 2005.

Pool A Preview: Poland and Serbia to fight for the top spot

"Our goal is to show that we are a good team and that we can play a good volleyball."

Vital Heynen
head coach of Poland
  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Vlastimil KOVAR
    CZE
    Second Referee
    Vladimir OLEYNIK
    RUS
  • Venue Information
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    TAURON Arena Krakow has become a cultural, sports and business showcase of Krakow. It is the largest in Poland and one of the world’s most modern sport and entertainment venues. The venue consists of the Main Arena and the Small Hall. The possibility of any configuration of the audience, convenient facilities for athletes and performers, Europe’s largest LED screen installed on the façade, extensive multimedia and stage systems, as well as very good acoustic conditions of the facility, are the features that will meet the requirements for events of any scale and different nature. Capacity: 14978
  • How To Attend
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    Stanisława Lema 7, KRAKÓW, 31-571 Capacity: 14978

    TAURON Arena Kraków is located 4 km from the Main Market Square in Kraków, at Lema Street, between Al. Pokoju, Mogilska Street and al. Jana Pawła II, in XIV Czyżyny District. There are road signs all over the city showing the directions to TAURON Arena Kraków. The venue is well connected with the rest of the city. There are bus and tram stops in the nearby, taxi rank and the car park with over 1300 spaces. One can get to TAURON Arena Kraków by bike – the cycle routes connect the rest of the city. There are bicycle racks for over 200 bikes in front of the building. Get directions

Featured Players

Team

Team Profile
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POLAND

Address

ul. Puławska 383 WARSAW

Contacts

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

Previous Games

19/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
18/09/2021 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
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

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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

Head Coach
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach

Recent Results

Team Statistics

POLAND

Overview

PORTUGAL

Player Statistics

Match Report

Poland bounce back to ride out winners

Article 9 September 2021

Poland is will host the EuroVolley 2021 final on 20th September, and their home team will intend to be there.  Team Polska played their first match in the tournament in TAURON Arena against the national team of Portugal.   The current World Champions and bronze medal winner of the last European Championship, were the undisputed favorites of this game and, by playing well mainly in block and the serving fields, easily made it to the victory in the opening set (25-16).

What could have surprised the five thousand plus strong crowd who came to Kraków to support their team, is that after quite an undemanding opening of the game, the players of Vital Heynen’s team were not able to build any safe point advantage in set 2, and in the end lost their effectiveness in attack.  This was jumped on by Portugal who pushed through to win 25-22 and tie the match.

The co-hosts of EuroVolley came back into the game in the third set and from the beginning kept the situation under control (10-5), mainly by reducing the amount of their own errors, while Portugal started to make more (9 in the set).  Their 70% percent of effective reception was not enough to fight for the victory, so the third got taken over by the Polish team (25-16).

The fourth part of the game was the “to be or not to be” moment for the Portuguese team, who would have needed to make it to go to a tie-break.  Poland was not eager to play the additional set and safely controlled the last (14-10). The time-out and changes requested by the head coach of the opponent, Hugo Silva, did not bring any improvement and so the match ended with three-points victory of the Poles (25-19).

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"Today's match was not the easiest one, Portugal played hard especially in the second set pushing us a lot with their service. In the other parts we were playing our game. The atmosphere at the venue is so great that we just decided to play a bit longer. We are well prepared ahead of the match against Serbia, and the fans are our extra player."

Piotr Nowakowski
Middle blocker of Poland

"I'm happy to celebrate my birthday in one of the greatest volleyball halls in Poland. I'm very satisfied to be here. Twenty years ago I played against Poland at the World Cup in Argentina and now I am still playing and facing Poland again. So I am really happy to compete at EuroVolley and congratulations to Poland."

Hugo Gaspar
Outside hitter of Portugal

The match in numbers

117
Points

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

102
Duration

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

5122
Spectators

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

167
Match Spikes

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

45%
Reception Level

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

11-4
Net Domination

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

8-5
Ace Count

SERBIA number of service aces compared to POLAND

61-62
Error Difference

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