Italy brought the full stands of the hall in Katowice to tears and is the new world champion in men’s volleyball.
Squadra Azura achieved one of the most memorable successes in their volleyball history, dethroning the Poles against all expectations, in the middle of their volleyball stronghold in the city of Katowice.
Italy won it 3:1 (22:25, 25:21, 25:18, 25:20) and stepped on top of the world for the first time in 24 years.
The title is the fourth in total for the Italians, who are second in the all-time list behind only the Soviet Union with six titles. With its trophy from today, Italy overtook its opponent Poland, as well as Brazil, with whom it had three titles each.
And the tears remained for the Poles, who, after two consecutive titles and total dominance in world volleyball, failed to win a third gold in a row, in front of their own fans.
It all started as planned for Poland, as in the closing moments of the close first game, their star Bartosz Kurek was on top of everyone and took the victory 25:22.
The second part developed identically, but in the opposite direction, because at 20:20, the strong series was for Italy, with which the Squad won the game with 25:21.
And the turn became a fact with the most decisive game in a match in which Italy pulled with 20:15 and eventually won with 25:18.
In those moments, the hall fell silent, and the fans could see that their team was not showing the necessary game and as if the title was slipping away.
The Poles certainly had to change something in their game, but they failed to do so in what turned out to be the final fourth game.
In it, Italy quite early managed to pull away with five points – at 13:8, and the difference was preserved at 18:13, as well as at the end at 25:20, to seal the Squad’s world title.