Author: Jiri Popelka

History of World Championships

First Men´s Volleyball World Championships was arranged in Prague on outside tennis courts in 1949. World Championship was the greatest volleyball event at this time, volleyball was included among olympic sports later. Soviet Union won the first gold medal. History of World Champioships year place gold silver bronze 1949 Czechoslovakia Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Bulgaria 1952 Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Bulgaria 1956 France Czechoslovakia Romania Soviet Union 1960 Brazil Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Romania 1962 Soviet Union Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Romania 1966 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Romania Soviet Union 1970 Bulgaria GDR Bulgaria Japan 1974 Mexico Poland Soviet Union Japan 1978 Italy Soviet Union Italy Cuba 1982 Argentina Soviet Union Brazil Argentina 1986 France USA Soviet Union Bulgaria 1990 Brazil Italy Cuba Soviet Union 1994 Greece Italy Netherlands USA 1998 Japan Italy Yugoslavia Cuba 2002 Argentina Brazil Russia France 2006 Japan ? ? ? Country medal total gold silver bronze Soviet Union 12 6 3 3 Czechoslovakia 6 2 4 0 Italy 4 3 1 0 Romania 4 0 2 2 Bulgaria 4 0 1 3 Cuba 3 0 1 2 Brazil 2 1 1 0 USA 2 1 0 1 Japan 2 0 0 2 Poland 1 1 0 0 GDR 1 1 0 0 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 Yugoslavia 1 0 1 0 Argentina 1 0 0 1 France 1 0 0...

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Volleyball on Olympic Games

International Olympic Committee included in 1957 volleyball among olympic sports. First time the volleyball has been played on Olympics in Japan 1964, participated ten mens teams and six womens. First time the Olympic winner was the team of Soviet Union. History of Olympic Games year place gold silver bronze 1964 Japan Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Japan 1968 Mexico Soviet Union Japan Czechoslovakia 1972 Germany Japan GDR Soviet Union 1976 Canada Poland Soviet Union Cuba 1980 Soviet Union Soviet Union Bulgaria Romania 1984 USA USA Brazil Italy 1988 Korea USA Soviet Union Argentina 1992 Spain Brazil Netherlands USA 1996 USA Netherlands Italy Yugoslavia 2000 Australia Yugoslavia Russia Italy 2004 Greece Brazil Italy Russia 2008 China ? ? ? Country medal total gold silver bronze Soviet Union/Russia 8 3 3 2 Italy 4 0 2 2 Brazil 3 2 1 0 USA 3 2 0 1 Japan 3 1 1 1 Netherlands 2 1 1 0 Yugoslavia 2 1 0 1 Czechoslovakia 2 0 1 1 Poland 1 1 0 0 GDR 1 0 1 0 Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 Cuba 1 0 0 1 Romania 1 0 0 1 Argentina 1 0 0...

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The FIVB History

The first serious activity aimed at the founding of FIVB was an informal meeting held at the Graf Coffee House (now called Krivan) in Prague between representatives of the Polish, French, and Czech Volleyball Federations, followed by a more formal meeting in the council chambers of the Smichov brewery. The Czechoslovak delegation was headed by Mr Havel, President of the Federation, and composed of Messrs. Cebalka, Stolc, Pulkrat, Koutsky, and Vladimir Spirit. The French delegation was led by Paul Libaud, the newly elected President of the Federation, and included Messrs. Aujard and Babin. The Polish delegation included Mr. Wirszyllo,...

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How to play volleyball?

In past time some of volleyball rules has changed, some has been added. Volleyball is still the No. 2 participation sport in the world, trailing only soccer. Over 1,046,000,000 people play volleyball throughout the world.   Summary Volleyball is a sport played by two teams on a playing court divided by a net. There are different versions available for specific circumstances in order to offer the versatility of the game to everyone. The object of the game is to send the ball over the net in order to ground it on the opponent’s court, and to prevent the same effort by the opponent. The team has three hits for returning the ball (in addition to the block contact). The ball is put in play with a service: hit by the server over the net to the opponents. The rally continues until the ball is grounded on the playing court, goes “out” or a team fails to return it properly. In Volleyball, the team winning a rally scores a point (Rally Point System). When the receiving team wins a rally, it gains a point and the right to serve, and its players rotate one position clockwise. ROTATE! Each of the six players on an indoor team rotates a position after winning back service from the opponent. This is the key to the tactics of indoor volleyball – you cannot simply...

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The Game Volleyball

Volleyball has come a long way from the dusty-old YMCA gymnasium of Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA, where visionary, William G. Morgan, invented the sport back in 1895. It has seen the start of two centuries and the dawn of a new millennium. Volleyball is now one of the big five international sports, and the FIVB, with its 218 affiliated national federations, is the largest international sporting federation in the world. Over the last decade particularly, volleyball has witnessed unprecedented growth. With the success of its world competition such as the World Championships, Olympic Games, the US15$ million World League, Grand Prix, World Cup, and World Grand Champions Cup, the level of participation at all levels internationally continues to grow exponentially. The beach volleyball phenomenon, although hugely visible, is still just in its infancy. From the first FIVB World Tour event just over ten years ago, to the overwhelming spectator and television success of ‘Beach’ at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, beach volleyball has opened up Volleyball to a completely new market. The Game – Volleyball Volleyball is a complex game of simple skills. The ball is hit from up to 60cm above the height of a basketball hoop – that’s about 3.65m – and takes 0.3sec to get from the spiker to the baseline receiver. That means the receiver must assess incoming angle, decide where to pass...

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