Poland, alongside the Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland will co-host the men’s volleyball European Championships in 2021, the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) announced on Thursday.
Just like this year, the tournament will be held in four countries and involve 24 teams competing initially in four groups, then in the knockout stage.
Poland will host the most games during the tournament - 25, including 15 in the group phase, four in the last 16, two in the quarter finals, both of the semi-finals, the third-fourth playoff and the grand final.
Jacek Kasprzyk, the chairman of the Polish Volleyball Association pointed out that it would be another top level volleyball tournament held in Poland. The country was the host of the European Championships in 2017 (men) and 2009 (women), and the co-host in 2013 (men) and 2019 (women). Moreover, Poland organised the World Championships in 2014, which they emerged victorious from.
“I am pleased that the championships will be held in four countries once again. This formula promotes volleyball in Europe, and for us, the hosts, it is not only a challenge, but also proof of trust in us from the federation,” Mr Kasprzyk said.
The Polish men’s volleyball team will participate in the European championships for the 27th time. Their record includes three bronze medals (1967, 2011, 2019), five silver medals (1975,1977,1979,1981,1983), and one gold, won in 2009.