The clash of long-term rivals. Poland, bronze medalist of EuroVolley 2019, progressed to quarterfinals unbeaten and playing on home soil hope to again fight for the medal after their Olympic upset. Russia suffered an opening defeat in Tampere losing to Turkey, but now are back on the winning track. Poland and Russia locked horns in Europe's prime competition in 2011 in the bronze medal match won by Poland, but in the meantime they regularly met at other tournaments. This is Russia's 100th match at the European Championship after the break-up of the Soviet Union.
· Poland and Russia (including Soviet Union) have met 23 times at the European Championships. Poland won four matches, Russia 19.
· The most recent match between these nations at the European Championships was in the 2011 classification match 3/4. Poland won 3-1 to secure third place.
· Poland and Russia met earlier this year in the 2021 Volleyball Nations League. On 5 June, Poland won 3-1. Wilfredo Leon Venero (25) won the most points in that match.
· In 1976, Poland beat Soviet Union 3-2 in the final of the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games to claim their only Olympic men's volleyball gold medal.
· Two years prior to that Olympic gold medal, Poland had won their first world title in 1974, finishing ahead of runners up Soviet Union.
· Poland are still unbeaten at EuroVolley 2021. They won all five of their group matches and defeated Finland 3-0 in their Eight Final match.
· Poland won 14 of their last 15 European Championship matches, including each of their last seven.
· Poland last suffered defeat at the European Championships in the 2019 semi-finals: 3-1 against Slovenia.
· At EuroVolley 2019, Poland won 3-0 against Germany in the quarter-finals.
· The final of EuroVolley 2021 will be played in Katowice, Poland. The last nation to win the men's final of the European Championships on home soil was Italy in Rome in 2005.
· Wilfredo Leon Venero (79 points) leads Poland in scoring at EuroVolley 2021.
· Piotr Nowakowski has scored 22 points from blocks in this tournament, a set average of 1.1. At the 2019 European Championships, Ukraine's Yurii Semeniuk finished the final round as the best blocker on 22 points from blocks (0.88 set average).
· This will be Russia's 100th match at the European Championships after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Russia won 77 of their previous 99 European Championship matches.
· Russia lost 3-1 against Turkey in their opening match of EuroVolley 2021, but won all their five matches since, including a 3-1 victory over Ukraine in their Eight Final match.
· At EuroVolley 2019, Russia were eliminated by Slovenia in the quarter-finals. Slovenia won 3-1 in Ljubljana in front of a home crowd of 11,425 spectators.
· Each of Russia's last two eliminations at a European Championship were against host nations. Besides their defeat against Slovenia in the 2019 quarter-finals, Russia lost 3-0 against Italy in Busto Arsizio in the quarter-finals in 2015. In 2017, Russia won the title.
· Egor Kliuka (106) leads Russia in scoring at EuroVolley 2021, ahead of Dmitrii Volkov (88). At EuroVolley 2019, Volkov was Russia's top scorer on 90 points.
"We have motivation. We play the vice Olympic champions, this is the quarter-finals of European Championship in our country and we will have a full crowd. We are ready."
"Everyone is focused on this moment, it will be a great volleyball party and atmosphere. We have to be present for every ball, concentrate from the start. and be clear in our minds.*
Russia - Coach
First RefereeVladimir SIMONOVICSRBSecond RefereeStefano CESAREITA
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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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
Wilfredo LEON VENERO
The Cuban-born volleyball superstar debuted in his home country’s senior national team at an extremely young age of 14. Leon, regarded by some as the best player in the world, was able to join Team Poland in 2019. Apart from world and continental level medals and even more individual awards, he is a holder of some impressive records, including 13 aces in one game in a 2021 VNL match against Serbia
Addressul. Puławska 383 WARSAW
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- Weight: 95 kg
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- Weight: 78 kg
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- Weight: 83 kg
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- Birth Place: Giżycko
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- Weight: 85 kg
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- Weight: 84 kg
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- Birth Place: Łódź
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- Weight: 72 kg
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- Birth Place: Blachownia
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- Weight: 98 kg
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- Birth Place: Kraków
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- Weight: 92 kg
Team of Poland during national anthem with Polish flag created by fans in the background
Great enthusiasm in the Polish team after scoring another point
Igor Kobzar celebrating successful action with his teammates
Michał Kubiak serving
Russian block stops Wilfredo Leon
Michał Kubiak attacking on Russia's triple block
Polish Michał Kubiak’s jump serve
All of the hall view - the stands are full of fans
Ivan Iakovlev focusing for the next rally
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Poland clinch spot in weekend grand finale
The second and the last quarter-final match at ERGO ARENA in Gdańsk was a tough battle between the reigning World Champions and co-hosts, team Poland, and the Olympic Games’ Silver Medalists, Russia. For the latter, it was the 100th match they had played in tournament’s history, where up to this point they had achieved an impressive 77 victories. In the history of battles against Poland, Russia had won 19 out of the 23 matches at EuroVolley.
The Polish players stepped into the match in a really good way by putting their opponent under considerable service pressure (9-3). The Russians were incapable of stopping Wilfredo Leon in this part and supported by thousands of their enthusiastic fans, Poland just increased their advantage (19-11). Finally the first set got settled by the attack of Bartosz Kurek (25-14).
After the painful loss in the opening set, in the second showed that the Russians really wanted to fight back (7-7), in the key phase of the sets evolution the hosts secured a five-points advantage (19-14), which led them to the triumph in the second set as well, but in the end only by two points.
In the third part Russia was on the edge of finishing their journey in EuroVolley and got off to a bad start trailing (7-3). The players of Tuomas Sammelvuo’s team simply could not find a solution to fight against Poland (15-11), who were completely on fire and raced towards the victory in straight sets (19-14), which finally came true to the delight of the Polish fans (25-19).
Now Poland will move to Katowice and will wait for the winner of the Czech Republic-Slovenia quarter-final match tomorrow, to see who will become their opponent in the Saturday’s semi-final.
"If we play next games like this one we will win this EuroVolley. We played great and I'm very happy about our performance. I know very well these players, because I played with them in Russia. It was a hard game, we played strong and pushed them until the end and now we are waiting for next opponent."
outside hitter of Poland
"It's difficult to analyse this game, because we played like 50%, I don't know why. It's very difficult to say something after the game when you are losing in straight sets. Poland just played good today."
outside hitter of Russia
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 RUSSIA.
POLAND number of service aces compared to RUSSIA
Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from RUSSIA