Tokyo, Japan, June 22, 2015 – Olympic champions Russia and FIVB Volleyball World Championship gold medallists Poland will meet in the opening pool of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup later in 2015.
Russia won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, while Poland claimed the world crown in front of their home fans in 2014. At the most recent World Cup in 2011, Russia won gold and Poland claimed silver, while the then world champions Brazil won bronze.
Russia and Poland are paired in Pool B in the first round and will also take on Argentina, Iran, Venezuela and the African champions in Hamamatsu.
FIVB Volleyball World League champions USA lead the way in Pool, which takes place in Hiroshima. John Speraw’s team will face hosts Japan, World League silver medallists Italy, Australia, Canada and the African Championship runners-up.
There are 30 matches in the first and second rounds, which takes place over five days. Teams are divided into two pools of six teams.
In the third and fourth rounds teams play three other teams they had not previously played over six days and 36 matches.
At the end of the competition the medals go to the top three teams, who also earn a place at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup, Japan 2015 – Pool Draw
Pool A – Australia v USA, Japan v CAVB 2, Canada v Italy
Pool B – Poland v CAVB 1, Russia v Venezuela, Argentina v Iran
Pool A – Australia v Italy, CAVB 2 v Canada, USA v Japan
Pool B – CAVB 1 v IRI, Venezuela v Argentina, Poland v Russia
Pool A – Japan v Australia, Canada v USA, Italy v CAVB 2
Pool B – Russia v CAVB 1, Argentina v Poland, Iran v Venezuela
Pool A – Australia v CAVB 2, USA v Italy, Japan v Canada
Pool B – CAVB 1 v Venezuela, Poland v Iran, Russia v Argentina
Pool A – Canada v Australia, USA v Italy, Japan v Canada
Pool B – Argentina v CAVB 1, Iran v Russia, Venezuela v Poland
Pool A – USA v Venezuela, Italy v Iran, Japan v CAVB 1
Pool B – Canada v Poland, Australia v Russia, CAVB 2 v Argentina
Pool A – USA v Iran, Italy v CAVB 1, Japan v Venezuela
Pool B – Canada v Russia, Australia v Argentina, CAVB 2 v Poland
Pool A – USA v CAVB 1, Italy v Venezuela, Japan v Iran
Pool B - Canada v Argentina, Australia v Poland, CAVB 2 v Russia
Pool A – USA v Poland, Italy v Russia, Japan v Argentina
Pool B – Canada v Venezuela, Australia v Iran, CAVB 2 v CAVB 1