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.
"Our goal is to show that we are a good team and that we can play a good volleyball."
head coach of Poland
First RefereeVlastimil KOVARCZESecond RefereeVladimir OLEYNIKRUS
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
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
Born 23.02.1988 in Wałcz, Poland. A two-time world champion and a long-time captain of Poland national team, in which he debuted in 2011. The veteran outside-hitter is also a player of the Japanese V.League’s Panasonic Panthers. Before starting his extremely successful career in volleyball, Kubiak showed skill playing beach volleyball, winning medals in international level age-group competitions.
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Team Poland preparing for the match in locker room
Kamil Semeniuk stretching before his first EuroVolley match
Liberos of Portugal Ivo CASAS and Gil PEREIRA during warm-up
Presentation of the Portugal team
Captain Michał Kubiak heading Polish team during presentation
Polish team during the national anthem of Poland
Polish Libero Paweł Zatorski (17)
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Poland bounce back to ride out winners
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).
"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."
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."
Outside hitter of Portugal
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of SERBIA compared to POLAND.
SERBIA number of service aces compared to POLAND
Errors leading to points of SERBIA, next to those from POLAND