Team profile

Poland have played a prominent role in the development of the sport since the inaugural FIVB Men's World Championship in 1949. Thirty years after winning their first World Championship gold in 1974, Poland captured their second when they hosted the 2014 World Championship, beating Brazil 3-1 in the final in Katowice.
Poland dominated the international scene in the mid-1970s and have participated in the Olympic Games nine times, winning gold at the Montreal 1976 Games. At the Rio 2016 Games, Poland finished fifth.
In the 2011 FIVB World League, Poland finished with a bronze medal at home in Gdansk, and they followed it up with gold in Sofia. Poland was one of the core teams in the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. A stellar campaign in the pool rounds saw the team progress through to the Final Six in Lille.
At a continental level, Poland have won five silver medals and one bronze but have only once reached gold, after beating France 3-1 in the 2009 final.
As reigning World Champions, Poland will be looking to replicate their 2014 success with another strong showing in Turin.  


Heynen Vital

Heynen Vital

After leading Germany to fifth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championship, 48-year-old Vital Heynen returned to his native Belgium to lead the men's National Team for one season, before moving on to take over this year as head coach of Poland. As a player he represented Belgium 150 times, before embarking on his coaching career which saw him lead Noliko Maaseik to several domestic titles in Belgium, followed by appointments in Turkey, Poland and France. Aside from Belgium's National Team, Heynen also currently coaches the club team of VfB Friedrichshafen in Germany's Bundesliga.


  • Team Manager Szyszko Mariusz
  • Assistant coach Gogol Michal
  • Second Assistant Coach Pawlik Sebastian
  • Doctor Sokal Jan
  • Physiotherapist Pieczko Tomasz





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 3 1.666 180 171 1.052
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 149 134 1.111
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 5 0.600 150 174 0.862