Germany aiming to end Polish hopes of home glory


Germany make their presence felt at the net

•    These teams have met six times before at the World Championship. Poland won the last three encounters in 1974 (twice against East Germany) and in 2010.  
•    Of the three meetings before, Poland won one (1962) and East Germany two (1966, 1970).
•    Their most recent meeting at a major tournament was at the 2011 European championship, when Poland beat Germany 3-1 in the group stage.

•    Germany will finish in the top four for the first time since 1974 (East Germany), when they finished fourth.
•    They have won the tournament once, in 1970, when competing as East Germany.
•    Their best result as unified Germany came at the 2010 World Championship, eighth.
•    Germany's last five results have alternated (W-L-W-L-W).
•    At the 2014 World Championship, they have won two (vs Finland and Bulgaria) and lost two (vs Russia and France) matches against European teams.

•    Poland are aiming to win their third medal at the World Championship. They won the tournament in 1974 and took the silver medal in 2006.
•    They won their only previous semifinal, beating Bulgaria 3-1 in 2006.
•    Poland have lost just one match at the 2014 World Championship, 3-1 against United States on 10 September.
•    The only other team to have lost only one match at this tournament is Brazil.


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