Volleyball world Cup
Volleyball world Cup, Slovenia and Germany will begin the Round of 16 on Saturday. Over four days of action, eight thrilling battles will decide Volleyball world Cup Championship quarterfinalists.
Following the completion of the opening phase of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship on Wednesday, the knockout portion of the 2022 competition will begin on Saturday, September 3, with the first two of eight Round of 16 duels. The remaining quarterfinal slots will be filled by another three days of activity, with two games each day.
Slovenia and Germany will take the field first on Saturday at 17:30 local time (15:30 GMT) in Ljubljana. Both teams progressed from Pool D at the Volleyball world Cup. The host team finished second in the pool with a 2-1 record and 7 points, while the Germans advanced as the third best of the third-placed teams across all pools, with 1-2 and 3. On Wednesday, the two teams competed for second place in the pool, and the Slovenians won in straight sets. The Germans won their last meeting 3-1 at Volleyball Nations League 2021.
Pool C winners and incumbent European champions Italy, who have yet to drop a set at the World Championship, will face Cuba from Pool B at 21:15 local time (19:15 GMT), also in Ljubljana in the Volleyball world Cup. The two teams haven’t met in over a decade, since the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League, when the southern Europeans dominated the Caribbean squad with two shutouts.
The two Round of 16 matches will begin at 17:30 and 21:00 local time on all remaining tournament days (15:30 and 19:00 GMT).
After Katowice, another Polish location, hosted two of the six pools, Gliwice will now host four of the Round of 16 matches and two of the quarterfinals at the Volleyball world Cup. On Sunday, the United States and Turkey will be the first to hit the court at the majestic Arena Gliwice. The Americans (2-1 and 6) qualified for the Round of 16 as Pool C runners-up, while the Turks advanced through the first pool phase of a World Championship for the first time in history, coming second in Pool E with the identical 2-1 and 6 record. Earlier this season, the United States finished second in the Volleyball Nations League, while Turkey finished second in the Volleyball Challenger Cup. The two teams last played in a World Championship 56 years ago, in September 1966, when the USA won in straight sets.
Poland, the co-hosts and reigning world champions, are big favorites in Sunday’s second match. The undefeated Pool C champions will face Tunisia from Pool A, who finished as the fourth best third-placed team with 1-2 and 3. The Poles had previously defeated Tunisians in two FIVB Volleyball World Cups in 2019 and 2015, a World Championship in 2006, and a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying in 2019. The African squad last defeated their opponents at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The two strongest servers from the pool stage, Ukraine’s Oleh Plotnytskyi and the Netherlands’ Nimir Abdel-Aziz, will square off in a face-to-face ace race on Monday in Ljubljana as their teams compete for a position in the quarterfinals. The Dutch ended first in Pool F with 3-0 and 8, while the Ukrainians finished second in Pool A with 2-1 and 6. The Netherlands defeated Ukraine in their most recent meeting at EuroVolley 2019. They also swapped five-set losses in the CEV Golden European League that year.
Later that day on Volleyball world Cup, the defending Olympic and VNL winners France would face Japan’s promising team. The Europeans won Pool D with 3-0 and 8, while the Asians finished second with 2-1 and 6. Japan last defeated France in a home Olympic qualification for Rio 2016. The French won the following six matches in straight sets, most recently in this year’s VNL.
Serbia will face Olympic bronze medalists Argentina in the first game on Tuesday in Gliwice. The Serbs were one of just two teams in the competition to not lose a single set, and they easily won Pool A. The Argentines forced all three of their Pool F matches to a fifth set, but only won the third-place decider against Egypt, advancing as the best third-placed team from the pools. The two teams will clash for the 33rd time in a major international tournament. The south Europeans have won 22 of their previous 32 matches, including their VNL 2022 five-set thriller. Their most recent clash, though, was only two weeks ago at the Hubert Wagner Memorial event in Poland, which the South Americans won in four sets.
The last quarterfinalist will be determined by a match between Brazil and Iran at the Volleyball world Cup. The South Americans dropped the first two sets of their Pool B campaign against Cuba, but then won the next nine to finish first with 3-0 and 8. Iran qualified for the Round of 16 after finishing second in Pool F with 2-1 and 5 wins. Brazil has won 15 of their last 18 games against Iran at major international events. They most recently swept their opponents in this year’s VNL in straight sets. Iran defeated Brazil three times in 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League matches.
How to Scoring & Format on Volleyball World Cup?
The current tournament format involves eight teams competing for the title at venues throughout the host country over a one-week period. The competition includes the winners of the AVC Club Volleyball Championship (Asia), African Clubs Championship (Africa), Men’s South American Volleyball Club Championship (South America), and CEV Champions League (Europe), as well as the host city’s team and a nominated team from North America. The number of teams is enhanced with the addition of wild card invitees.