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Volleyball Stats: Nations that have won Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship

The prestigious global competition for under-21 male volleyball players, known as the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship, is an internationally recognized event conducted by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). Originally called the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship from 2007 to 2011, the tournament kicked off its first edition in Brazil in 1977. The championship took place every four years for the initial three editions and has been biennial since.

In terms of historical accomplishments, Russia stands as the leader with six victories and three second-place finishes. Behind Russia is Brazil, which has a notable record with four championship wins and six times as runners-up. The Soviet Union has had the third most success in the Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship, with four golds and two silvers under its belt. Following them in the ranking are Poland and Italy, holding the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

The most recent edition of the championship took place in 2021, co-hosted by Italy and Bulgaria between September 23rd and October 3rd. This was a historic moment as it was the first time the event was organized by multiple countries. Iran secured their inaugural victory in the 2021 edition held in Bahrain. They emerged victorious in a final showdown against Russia, winning in a straight 3-0 set score line.

The 2023 edition of the Men’s Junior competition

The Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship 2023 will take place from July 7 to July 16, 2023 in Bahrain. A total of 16 teams from 5 different confederations are marking their presence this edition. This will mark the third occasion that the competition is held in the country’s capital, Manama, within a period of four years. They last hosted the event in 2019. The country has also been the proud host of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship, a memorable event that took place in 2017. Russia won’t be competing in this edition as they are banned to participate, due to their war against Ukraine. With just a few days to go for the event, let’s take a look at the nations that have won Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship titles.

Nations that have won Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship

Host (Year)Champion and Runners upScorecard of the matchThird place and Fourth placeScorecard of the match
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1977)Soviet Union and ChinaRound-robinBrazil and MexicoRound-robin
Denver, USA (1981)Soviet Union defeated Brazil3–0South Korea defeated China3–1
Milan, Italy (1985)Soviet Union defeated Italy3–1Cuba defeated South Korea3–0
Manama, Bahrain (1987)South Korea defeated Cuba3–2Soviet Union defeated West Germany3–1
Athens, Greece (1989)Soviet Union defeated Japan3–1Brazil defeated Bulgaria3–0
Cairo, Egypt (1991)Bulgaria defeated Italy3–0Soviet Union defeated Brazil3–0
Rosario / Santa Fe, Argentina (1993)Brazil defeated Italy3–1Czechoslovakia defeated Argentina3–2
Johor Bahru / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1995)Russia defeated Brazil3–2Italy defeated Finland3–1
Manama, Bahrain (1997)Poland defeated Brazil3–1Russia defeated Venezuela3–1
Sisaket / Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand (1999)Russia defeated France3–1Brazil defeated Venezuela3–0
Wrocław, Poland (2001)Brazil defeated Russia3–0Venezuela defeated Italy3–0
Tehran, Iran (2003)Poland defeated Brazil3–2Bulgaria defeated South Korea3–0
Visakhapatnam, India (2005)Russia defeated Brazil3–0Cuba defeated Netherlands3–0
Casablanca / Rabat, Morocco (2007)Brazil defeated Russia3–0Iran defeated Italy3–1
Pune, India (2009)Brazil defeated Cuba3–2Argentina defeated India3–0
Rio de Janeiro / Niterói, Brazil (2011)Russia defeated Argentina3–2Serbia defeated United States3–1
Ankara / Izmir, Turkey (2013)Russia defeated Brazil3–0Italy defeated France3–1
Tijuana / Mexicali, Mexico (2015)Russia defeated Argentina3–2China defeated Brazil3–1
Brno / Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic (2017)Poland defeated Cuba3–0Russia defeated Brazil3–0
Riffa, Bahrain (2019)Iran defeated Italy3–2Brazil defeated Russia3–0
Cagliari / Carbonia / Sofia, Italy / Bulgaria (2021)Italy defeated Russia3–0Poland defeated Argentina3–0

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