The 2017 edition of CEV EuroVolley Men started with a bang at the iconic PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, setting an all-time record of attendance for European Volleyball when 65,407 fans came together for the opening match featuring the national teams of Poland and Serbia. The pool phase of the competition took place across four venues – Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow and Szczecin. If hosts Poland under-performed and their campaign ended in the 8th Finals already, other teams like Germany and Belgium were able to edge past much more decorated opponents to progress to the semis. There, Belgium’s Red Dragons lost in straight sets to Russia while Germany came back from two sets down to edge Serbia. Serbia denied Belgium their first ever EuroVolley medal, eventually settling for third place, while Russia emerged victorious from a dramatic and thrilling final with Germany. Germany’s silver medal accounted for the best EuroVolley result to this date for that country and for a second such accolade for their head coach Andrea Giani, who back in 2015 had steered Slovenia to the runner-up position as well.