After their gold-medal winning performance at LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017, Russia improved their position in the European Ranking to share first place with this year’s FIVB Volleyball World League winners France. After losing in the quarterfinals to Belgium, Italy had to pack their bags and travel home – and this has resulted in the Italians dropping down to fifth as per the latest European Ranking published following completion of the 2017 men’s EuroVolley.
These are the major changes in the Top Ten after LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 finished on Sunday before an almost sell-out crowd at TAURON Arena in Krakow with Russia netting their fourteenth European title in history – by counting also those won by the former Soviet Union.
Russia have won two of the last three European titles as they stood on top of the podium in 2013 as well. On Sunday, they lost two sets against Germany in a dramatic gold medal match, the first time they failed to win in straight sets at the tournament held in Poland.
Germany – who claimed their first ever medal at a European Championship as their previous best result (including those claimed by East and West Germany) was finishing in fourth place – further cemented their eighth place in the latest European Ranking, an achievement they share with 2015 EuroVolley silver medal winners Slovenia.
Reigning – now dethroned – European champions France lost in the play-offs for the quarterfinals to the Czech Republic. They were the first reigning champions who failed to reach the quarterfinals since the introduction of that stage in 2011. Nevertheless, France remain on top of the charts together with Russia by virtue of their gold-medal winning performance in the 2017 FIVB World League earlier this summer.
LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 bronze medal winners Serbia remain in third place, after taking an all-time record eighth European Championship bronze medal, more than any other country in the history of the competition (counting also those taken by Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro).
The latest European Ranking will serve as the main reference to determine the composition of the pools qualifying to the 2019 edition of the men’s EuroVolley, which will feature as many as 24 participating teams and take place in four countries – France, Slovenia, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Click here for the latest European Ranking for men’s ‘senior’ national teams.