Today is a big day for Polish volleyball. Two Polish teams are playing in the Final Four of The Volleyball Champions League. This is the first time when as many as two Polish partecipants have advanced to the final phase. All Poles could be proud of Skra Belchatow and Resovia Rzeszow.
What is really the Volleyball Champions League? The event was initiated in 2000 as a continuation of the previous competition called the Volleyball UEFA Champions League. Well, this type of tournament has been organised continually since 1960. It consists of four different phases, in which teams play initially in bigger and then in smaller groups. It is needed to play two matches with every partecipant of the group, the first and the rematch. The Volleyball Champions League usually starts in October and finishes in March. The teams have to reconcile the play in their national leagues with that in the Champions because there is no break that could facilitate a participation in multinational tournament.
Which club has scored the biggest number of titles? Undoubtly, the masters come from the Russian Federation and more precisely the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics. The real winner is the team CSKA Moscow. On the next two places there are the partecitapants from Italy, Modena and Treviso.
What about Polish teams? Have we scored at least one title? Yes, we have. In 1978 the players from Plomien Milowice won the Champions. Unfortunately, the club has just not existed for many years but there are another great teams well-prepared to win. In 1973 Resovia Rzeszow was the nearest to do it, becoming the runner-up just as Skra Belchatow in the year of 2012.
Unfortunately, this year the final draw has not been lucky for Polish teams. Today, in order to advance in the narrow final, one has to eliminate the other. But there is a chance for every two to win a medal. The spectators are waiting for the interesting matches. In the first semi-final participate Zenit Kazan from Russia and Berlin Recycling Volleys from Germany, who is also the organizer of the the Final Four of The Volleyball Champions League 2015.
Please, cross your fingers for every of two Polish teams! May the fair play win! :)