| Event type

Volleyball, Men

Date24 July – 7 August 2021
LocationAriake Arena, 1 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo, Japan
Participants143 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Twelve teams took part in the Olympic volleyball tournament including Brazil, the only team to have competed at all fifteen previous Olympic volleyball tournaments. Ten out of 12 teams were at the very top of the ratings of the International Volleyball Federation, but the very strong teams of Serbia and Slovenia did not get to the Olympics. Tunisia (19th) and Venezuela (48th place) played instead, as it was necessary to ensure the principle that each continent would have a participant in the tournament. The last two World Championships were won by the team of Poland, and second place was taken by Brazil. These two teams were the favorites at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

In the first round, the Polish team surprisingly lost to Iran with a score of 2-3 but, despite this, Poland took first place in Group A and justified their status as the favorite. As a result, the teams of Iran and Venezuela were rather predictably eliminated from this group. In group B, quite unexpectedly, first place was taken by the team of the Russian Olympic Committee, with second place captured by Brazil. In the penultimate round of the preliminary round, the ROC team lost to the French team and allowed them to take fourth place. The US team, which performed very poorly at this stage of the competition, sensationally failed to progress to the quarterfinals along with Tunisia. The Americans, who qualified for Tokyo whilst ranked second in the world, only finished fifth in their group.

The next stage of the competition confirmed the strength of Group B, as none of the teams from Group A made it to the semifinals. Thus, the big four of Argentina, Brazil, France and the Russian Olympic Committee were formed. In this final quartet, the Brazilian team, the champion of the Olympic Games in Rio, was considered the favorite, the team having won medals during the last four Olympics. But then came a sensation: first Brazil lost to ROC and then, in the match for the bronze medal, to Argentina. For the first time in the last five Olympics, a strong Brazilian team left empty-handed.

The surprises only continued. The title was taken by the French team, which defeated the ROC national team in a very closely contested match that was decided by a tie-break set. France had taken part in the Olympic Games on five occasions without rising above the eighth place. Third place was taken by the Argentine team. This was only the second medal success of this country at the Olympic Games, after winning a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Middle Blocker1Barthélémy Chinenyeze
Libero2Jénia Grebennikov
Opposite4Jean Patry
Setter6Benjamin Toniutti
Outside Hitter7Kévin Tillie
Outside Hitter9Earvin N'Gapeth
Setter11Antoine Brizard
Opposite12Stéphen Boyer
Middle Blocker14Nicolas Le Goff
Middle Blocker16Daryl Bultor
Outside Hitter17Trévor Clévenot
Outside Hitter19Yacine Louati
CoachLaurent Tillie
Outside Hitter1Yaroslav Podlesnykh
Middle Blocker4Artyom Volvich
Outside Hitter7Dmitry Volkov
Middle Blocker9Ivan Yakovlev
Outside Hitter10Denis Bogdan
Setter11Pavel Pankov
Opposite15Viktor Poletayev
Opposite17Maksim Mikhaylov
Outside Hitter18Yegor Klyuka
Middle Blocker20Ilyas Kurkayev
Setter24Igor Kobzar
Libero27Valentin Golubev
CoachTuomas Sammelvuo
Setter1Matías Sánchez
Opposite2Fede Pereyra
Outside Hitter6Cristian Poglajen
Outside Hitter7Facundo Conte
Middle Blocker8Agustín Loser
Libero9Santi Danani
Middle Blocker11Sebastián Solé
Opposite12Bruno Lima
Outside Hitter13Ezequiel Palacios
Setter15Luciano De Cecco
Middle Blocker18Martín Ramos
Outside Hitter17Nicolás Méndez DNS
CoachMarcelo Méndez
Setter1 Bruninho
Outside Hitter5Maurício Borges
Setter6 Fernando Cachopa
Opposite8Wallace Souza
Outside Hitter9Yoandy Leal
Middle Blocker12Isac Viana
Middle Blocker13Maurício Souza
Outside Hitter14Douglas Souza
Middle Blocker16 Lucão
Libero17Thales Hoss
Outside Hitter18Ricardo Lucarelli
Opposite21Alan Souza
Coach Renan
Middle Blocker1Piotr Nowakowski
Opposite5Łukasz Kaczmarek
Opposite6Bartosz Kurek
Outside Hitter9Wilfredo León
Setter11Fabian Drzyzga
Setter12Grzegorz Łomacz
Outside Hitter13Michał Kubiak
Outside Hitter14Aleksander Śliwka
Middle Blocker15Jakub Kochanowski
Outside Hitter16Kamil Semeniuk
Libero17Paweł Zatorski
Middle Blocker20Mateusz Bieniek
CoachVital Heynen
Outside Hitter2Jiri Kovar
Opposite4Luca Vettori
Outside Hitter5Osmany Juantorena
Setter6Simone Giannelli
Outside Hitter9Ivan Zaytsev
Middle Blocker11Matteo Piano
Libero13Massimo Colaci
Middle Blocker14Gianluca Galassi
Setter15Riccardo Sbertoli
Middle Blocker17Simone Anzani
Outside Hitter18Alessandro Michieletto
Outside Hitter19Daniele Lavia
CoachGianlorenzo Blengini
Opposite1Kunihiro Shimizu
Middle Blocker2Taishi Onodera
Setter3Naonobu Fujii
Middle Blocker6Akihiro Yamauchi
Opposite11Yuji Nishida
Setter12Masahiro Sekita
Outside Hitter14Yuki Ishikawa
Outside Hitter15Haku Ri
Middle Blocker17Kenta Takanashi
Outside Hitter19Tatsunori Otsuka
Libero20Tomohiro Yamamoto
Outside Hitter21Ran Takahashi
CoachKatsutoshi Tsumagari
Setter1TJ Sanders
Outside Hitter2Gord Perrin
Outside Hitter3Steve Marshall
Outside Hitter4Nick Hoag
Outside Hitter7Stephen Maar
Setter9Jay Blankenau
Opposite10Ryan Sclater
Middle Blocker12Lucas Van Berkel
Opposite13Sharone Vernon-Evans
Middle Blocker17Graham Vigrass
Libero19Blair Bann
Middle Blocker20Arthur Szwarc
CoachGlenn Hoag
9Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Outside Hitter2Milad Ebadipour
Setter4Saeid Marouf
Middle Blocker6Mohammad Mousavi
Middle Blocker9Masoud Gholami
Opposite10Amir Ghafour
Opposite11Saber Kazemi
Outside Hitter12Morteza Sharifi
Middle Blocker15Aliasghar Mojarad
Outside Hitter17Meisam Salehi
Libero19Mahdi Marandi
Outside Hitter21Arman Salehi
Setter24Javad Karimi
CoachVladimir Alekno
10United StatesUSA
Opposite1Matt Anderson
Outside Hitter3Taylor Sander
Opposite5Kyle Ensing
Middle Blocker6Mitch Stahl
Setter7Kawika Shoji
Outside Hitter8TJ Defalco
Setter11Micah Christenson
Middle Blocker12Max Holt
Outside Hitter17Tom Jaeschke
Outside Hitter18Garrett Muagututia
Middle Blocker20David Smith
Libero22Erik Shoji
CoachJohn Speraw
Middle Blocker2Ahmed Kadhi
Setter3Khaled Ben Slimene
Outside Hitter6Mohamed Ali Ben Othmen Miladi
Outside Hitter7Elyes Karamosly
Middle Blocker9Omar Agrebi
Opposite10Hamza Nagga
Outside Hitter11Ismail Moalla
Setter12Mehdi Ben Cheikh
Middle Blocker13Selim Mbareki
Opposite15Wassim Ben Tara
Outside Hitter19Aymen Bouguerra
Libero20Saddem Hmissi
CoachAntonio Giacobbe
Setter1Armando Velázquez
Outside Hitter3Fernando González
Libero4Héctor Mata
Opposite5Emerson Rodríguez
Middle Blocker6Robert Oramas
Middle Blocker7Edson Valencia
Setter9José Carrasco
Middle Blocker11José Verdi
Outside Hitter14Eliécer Canelo
Opposite15Luis Arias
Outside Hitter17Ronald Fayola
Outside Hitter19Willner Rivas
CoachRonald Sarti

Preliminary Round

Date24 July – 1 August 2021
FormatRound-robin pools.

Group A

PosCompetitorsNOCWinsLossesPointsSetsSet RatioPointsPoints Ratio
5Islamic Republic of IranIRI2369-110.818453-4600.985
Match #124 Jul 9:00ItalyITA26-28, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-11CanadaCAN
Match #224 Jul 16:25JapanJPN25-21, 25-20, 25-15VenezuelaVEN
Match #324 Jul 19:40Islamic Republic of IranIRI18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 23-21PolandPOL
Match #426 Jul 9:00Islamic Republic of IranIRI25-17, 25-20, 25-18VenezuelaVEN
Match #526 Jul 14:20PolandPOL25-20, 26-24, 25-20ItalyITA
Match #626 Jul 19:40JapanJPN23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20CanadaCAN
Match #728 Jul 9:00CanadaCAN25-16, 25-20, 25-22Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Match #828 Jul 16:25PolandPOL25-16, 25-13, 18-25, 25-15VenezuelaVEN
Match #928 Jul 19:40ItalyITA25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21JapanJPN
Match #1030 Jul 9:00CanadaCAN25-13, 25-22, 25-12VenezuelaVEN
Match #1130 Jul 14:20PolandPOL25-22, 25-21, 26-24JapanJPN
Match #1230 Jul 19:40ItalyITA30-28, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Match #1301 Aug 9:00PolandPOL25-15, 25-21, 25-16CanadaCAN
Match #1401 Aug 16:25ItalyITA25-22, 25-15, 25-17VenezuelaVEN
Match #1501 Aug 19:40JapanJPN25-21, 20-25, 29-31, 25-22, 15-13Islamic Republic of IranIRI

Group B

PosCompetitorsNOCWinsLossesPointsSetsSet RatioPointsPoints Ratio
5United StatesUSA2368-100.800432-4121.049
Match #124 Jul 11:05BrazilBRA25-22, 25-20, 25-15TunisiaTUN
Match #224 Jul 14:20ROCROC21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21ArgentinaARG
Match #324 Jul 21:45United StatesUSA25-18, 25-18, 25-22FranceFRA
Match #426 Jul 11:05ROCROC25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23United StatesUSA
Match #526 Jul 16:25FranceFRA25-21, 25-11, 25-21TunisiaTUN
Match #626 Jul 21:45BrazilBRA19-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-21, 16-14ArgentinaARG
Match #728 Jul 11:05United StatesUSA25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23TunisiaTUN
Match #828 Jul 14:20ArgentinaARG23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-25, 15-13FranceFRA
Match #928 Jul 21:45ROCROC25-22, 25-20, 25-20BrazilBRA
Match #1030 Jul 11:05BrazilBRA30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20United StatesUSA
Match #1130 Jul 16:25ArgentinaARG23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-8TunisiaTUN
Match #1230 Jul 21:45FranceFRA25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20ROCROC
Match #1301 Aug 11:05BrazilBRA25-22, 37-39, 25-17, 21-25, 20-18FranceFRA
Match #1401 Aug 14:20ROCROC25-20, 25-22, 25-16TunisiaTUN
Match #1501 Aug 21:45ArgentinaARG25-21, 25-23, 25-23United StatesUSA


Date3 August 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #103 Aug 9:00ROCROC25-21, 30-28, 25-22CanadaCAN
Match #203 Aug 13:00BrazilBRA25-20, 25-22, 25-20JapanJPN
Match #303 Aug 17:00ArgentinaARG21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 14-25, 15-12ItalyITA
Match #403 Aug 21:30FranceFRA21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9PolandPOL


Date5 August 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final round.
Match #105 Aug 13:00ROCROC18-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23BrazilBRA
Match #205 Aug 21:00FranceFRA25-22, 25-19, 25-22ArgentinaARG

Final Round

Date7 August 2021
FormatMedal round.
Match 1/207 Aug 21:15FranceFRA25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 21-25, 15-12ROCROC
Match 3/407 Aug 13:30ArgentinaARG25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13BrazilBRA