Both teams arrived in Katowice aiming to win a gold medal. Home favourites and the reigning world champion Poland was unbeaten until the semifinal, which they lost (like in 2019) to Slovenia in four sets. The Serbian dream about back-to-back European crowns was ended by Italy, who defeated them also in four sets. Poland and Serbia competed together in Pool A, and their pool phase encounter turned out to be a nail-biting five-setter in Krakow, won by Poland, who could count on the big support of their fans. After suffering painful defeats in the semis, there is a lot to prove on the court for both teams, so we can expect a thrilling battle.
· Poland beat Serbia 3-2 earlier this tournament in the group stage. Poland finished top of Pool A with an unbeaten record (W5-L0), Serbia finished second, winning all their other group stage matches.
· Serbia won the only other meeting between these teams in the European Championship, 3-0 in the 2017 group stage. Serbia finished that tournament in third place.
· Poland won the last five matches versus Serbia in major tournaments. Two wins in the 2018 World Championships, two wins in the Volleyball Nations League, in 2019 and 2021, and the earlier meeting this European Championship.
· Before that, Serbia had won three in a row versus Poland in major tournaments: twice in the 2016 World League and once in the 2017 European Championship.
· Poland miss out on a home final in Katowice after losing 3-1 to Slovenia in the semi-finals.
· Poland won 17 of their last 20 EuroVolley matches, losing only to Slovenia on three occasions during this run.
· Poland will play the bronze medal match for the third time in European Championships; they won the previous two, beating France 3-0 in 2019 and Russia 3-1 in 2011. Poland also finished third in 1967 when there was a poule format in the final round.
· Wilfredo Leon Venero (113) is Poland's leading point scorer at EuroVolley 2021. He collected a team-high 116 points in the 2019 edition.
· Piotr Nowakowski (29) has scored the most points from blocks in the final round of this tournament, already the most ever for a player in the final round of a European Championship. The previous record at a EuroVolley (final round) was by Russia's Dmitriy Muserskiy (28 in 2013).
· Fabian Drzyzga is second in this year's setter ranking in the final round on an efficiency of 61.4%, only behind Slovenia's Gregor Ropret (62%) – who however has played far less than Drzyzga (5 matches vs. 8, 16 sets vs. 26).
· The defending champions can claim a podium finish from the European Championship for the third edition in a row after securing a third place in 2017 and the title in 2019.
· Serbia lost 3-1 in the semi-finals versus Italy, their second loss in the European Championship in their last 18 matches; the other one was a 2-3 loss in this year's group stage versus Poland.
· Serbia have won at least one set in each of their last 48 EuroVolley matches, since a 3-0 defeat against Russia in the 2007 semi-finals.
· Uros Kovacevic (123) is Serbia's leading point scorer in this year's final round, only trailing behind Nimir Abdel-Aziz of the Netherlands (173) and Turkey's Adis Lagumdzija (124). In the 2019 edition, both Kovacevic (133) and Aleksandar Atanasijevic (143) finished on more points for Serbia.
"It's a difficult task to beat Poland, especially when they play in front of ten thousand fans, but we have to focus on our game and do our best."
middle blocker of Serbia
"We treat all matches the same. We were very close yesterday, but stopped pushing at the wrong time. All I ask from any team I coach is that we go till the end."
Coach - Poland
First RefereeStefano CESAREITASecond RefereeVladimir OLEYNIKRUS
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Born 21.06.1990 in Łódź, Poland. A double (2014&2018) World Champion and five-time champion of Poland with many other medals from top tournaments, including the World Cup, EuroVolley, World League and VNL. The 2021 Champions League winner, with numerous “best libero” awards to his name. He is a “good spirit” of the team, lending his energy and enthusiasm to his colleagues in court.
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Aleksandar Atanasijevic during the warm up
National anthems of the teams - full of fans Spodek
Polish mascots entertains the fans at the match in Spodek in Katowice
Polish team celebrates saving the point - full of enthusiasm Michal Kubiak
Polish team enjoying the score
Capitan of the Polish team Michal Kubiak's great joy
Poland has spread its wings
MFF-01-POLAND vs SERBIA
Team from Poland scores point by point
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POLAND claim home Bronze
The bronze medal match of EuroVolley 2021 was played in , held in Spodek Arena in Katowice between the tournament’s host, Poland, and the reigning European Champions, Serbia. Both ended up in this playoff for 3rd after yesterday Poland were defeated by Slovenia in the first semi-final, while in the second one Serbia lost to Italy in four sets.
Both teams were aiming to gain a gold medal at the EuroVolley 2021 after their recent successes at World and European level respectively. Their painful losses in semi-finals made them fight hard for the bronze medal, it may be a consolation prize for both but that would bring some feeling of joy after a tough Saturday. The opening part of the game was tied for the majority, but in the key moment Poland secured a three-point advantage thanks to a great run of services by middle blocker, Jakub Kochanowski. As a result the home side triumphed in this part (25-22).
In the second part Poland were simply on fire, immediately secured a significant seven-points advantage, again mainly due to a fantastic performance in the serving field (13-6). The head coach of Serbia tried to do his best to change the situation, but his players simply seemed not to have any solution for the Polish domination in this part (18-9) and as a consequence lost this set by 9 points.
In the beginning of the third part Poland took the lead again, but Serbia refused to give up easily and tied the result (16-16). In the last minutes of the game, middle blocker Mateusz Bieniek contributed with two aces, helping to build a strategic advantage (21-17), this finally drove Poland to a bronze medal (25-22), their second in a row.
"We played a very good game today and Serbia was not in the best shape today. We defended very well, we were good in the block, maybe service was not our strongest weapon, but it was not enough to win a bronze medal and we are very happy about this medal, because after yesterday's match we managed to get back on track and add another medal to our showcase."
opposite of Poland
"Poland was just better tonight. During the entire tournament they played well, they finished pool phase first and easily went through to the next rounds, but only lost to Slovenia yesterday. Today they showed that on paper they have the strongest team in the world and a big respect for the Polish fans."
opposite of Serbia
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 POLAND compared to SERBIA.
POLAND number of service aces compared to SERBIA
Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from SERBIA