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Men’s European Volleyball Championship Stats: Nations that have dominated the event

The Men’s European Volleyball Championship, commonly known as EuroVolley, is the main event for Europe’s senior male volleyball teams. The championship was first held in the year 1948 with six teams. The event, which is overseen by the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV), these championships have been held biennially since 1975. 

Soviet Union’s Dominance in the competition

Czechoslovakia, the only contender from Eastern Europe, took home the first gold medal at the Men’s European Volleyball Championship 1948. For the following forty years, Eastern European teams, particularly the Soviet Union, dominated the competition. The Soviet era of supremacy began in 1967 and lasted until 1987, during which they secured nine straight European titles. Notable players like Vyacheslav Zaytsev and Aleksandr Savin were key to the Soviet team’s success. Under the guidance of coach Vyacheslav Platonov from 1977 to 1985, the team also clinched multiple World Championships and an Olympic gold.

The Post-Soviet Period

After the Soviet Union disbanded in late 1991, Italy emerged as the new powerhouse in both European and global volleyball. With star players like Andrea Gardini and Andrea Giani, they won five European titles between 1993 and 2005 and also claimed three consecutive World Championships. However, their reign ended after their 2005 win and the door opened for other nations to make their impression.

Emergence of first-time winners and new-host format

Poland captured their first European title in 2009. Serbia followed in the next edition as they earned their debut win as an independent country. Russia took home its first title in 2013 since the end of the Soviet Union. The 2019 iteration of the Men’s European Volleyball Championship was unique as they were co-hosted by France, Slovenia, Belgium, and the Netherlands, with Serbia clinching the title. Finally, Italy ended a 16-year drought by winning their seventh title in a thrilling 2021 final of the Men’s European Volleyball Championship against Slovenia.

Nations that have dominated the Men’s European Volleyball Championship

Let’s take a look at the nations that have won medals in the history of the Men’s European Volleyball Championship.

RankNationTotalGold, Silver, Bronze
1Soviet Union1412, 0, 2
2Italy147, 4, 3
3Czechoslovakia73, 4, 0
4Russia82, 3, 3
5Serbia52, 0, 3
6Poland101, 5, 4
7France71, 4, 2
8Netherlands51, 2, 2
8Romania51, 2, 2
10FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)51, 2, 3
11Spain11, 0, 0
12Slovenia30, 3, 0
13Bulgaria50, 1, 4
14Hungary20, 1, 1
15Germany10, 1, 0
15Sweden10, 1, 0
17Yugoslavia20, 0, 2
18Greece10, 0, 1

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