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Volleyball, Men

Date27 August – 9 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationVolleyballhalle, Olympiapark, München
Participants140 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The event had a different format compared to the 1964 and 1968 Olympics, with 12 teams competing in two pools of six. The qualifying standards were as follows: last two Olympic champions (USSR, Japan), top three at the 1970 World Championships (GDR, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia replacing Japan), the host nation (Fed. Republic of Germany), the African Champion (Tunisia), the Asian Champion (Korea replacing Japan), the top two at the 1967 Pan-American Games (Cuba, Brazil), and two more places were determined in a Paris qualifying tournament (Romania, Polan). The top two teams in each pool were advanced to the semi-finals, with six matches used to determine final placements.

The USSR had won both gold medals in the Olympics, but had not won the Worlds since 1962, although they were European Champions in 1971. The 1970 World Champions were the East Germans – the GDR, represented mostly by players from Sportclub Leipzig. Japan had won a bronze medal in 1964, a silver medal in 1968, and a bronze medal at the 1970 Worlds. Japan and the Soviets won the pools with undefeated records, and Bulgaria and East Germany (GDR) also advanced to the semis. Both semi-finals were close, with Japan needing five sets to defeat Bulgaria, while the GDR defeated the Soviets in four. In the final, the GDR won the first set 15-11, but Japan came back to win the final three sets fairly easily, crushing the East Germans, 15-2, in the second set.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1JapanJPN701421–3348–192Gold
2East GermanyGDR521216–8295–256Silver
3Soviet UnionURS611319–6340–286Bronze
4BulgariaBUL431115–14386–347
5RomaniaROU431114–10300–286
6CzechoslovakiaTCH431115–9321–274
7Republic of KoreaKOR341010–13284–270
8BrazilBRA2599–19316–373
9PolandPOL24811–12282–281
10CubaCUB2486–16234–299
11West GermanyFRG1577–16222–304
12TunisiaTUN0661–18124–284

Preliminary Round (27 August – 6 September 1972)

Group A (27 August – 5 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1URS501015–3257–196
2BUL41913–8294–235
3TCH32811–6230–205
4KOR2377–10209–197
5POL1468–12237–259
6TUN0550–1590–225

Match #127 Aug 10:00URS 3 – 0TUN
Match #227 Aug 14:00TCH 3 – 0POL
Match #327 Aug 19:30BUL 3 – 1KOR
Match #429 Aug 10:00POL 3 – 0TUN
Match #529 Aug 14:00URS 3 – 0KOR
Match #629 Aug 19:30BUL 3 – 2TCH
Match #731 Aug 10:00TCH 3 – 0TUN
Match #831 Aug 14:00KOR 3 – 1POL
Match #931 Aug 19:30URS 3 – 1BUL
Match #1002 Sep 10:00KOR 3 – 0TUN
Match #1102 Sep 14:00URS 3 – 0TCH
Match #1202 Sep 19:30BUL 3 – 2POL
Match #1305 Sep 10:30BUL 3 – 0TUN
Match #1405 Sep 14:00TCH 3 – 0KOR
Match #1505 Sep 15:30URS 3 – 2POL

Group B (28 August – 6 September 1972)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1JPN501015–0225–95
2GDR41912–4200–162
3ROU2378–9201–213
4BRA2379–13273–280
5CUB2376–13212–254
6FRG0554–15163–270

Match #128 Aug 10:00GDR 3 – 0CUB
Match #228 Aug 14:00JPN 3 – 0ROU
Match #328 Aug 19:30BRA 3 – 2FRG
Match #430 Aug 10:00GDR 3 – 1BRA
Match #530 Aug 14:00JPN 3 – 0CUB
Match #630 Aug 19:30ROU 3 – 0FRG
Match #701 Sep 10:00BRA 3 – 2ROU
Match #801 Sep 14:00JPN 3 – 0GDR
Match #901 Sep 19:30CUB 3 – 2FRG
Match #1003 Sep 10:00GDR 3 – 0FRG
Match #1103 Sep 14:00JPN 3 – 0BRA
Match #1203 Sep 19:30ROU 3 – 0CUB
Match #1305 Sep 9:00JPN 3 – 0FRG
Match #1406 Sep 19:30CUB 3 – 2BRA
Match #1506 Sep 21:00GDR 3 – 0ROU

Classification Round 5-8 (8 September 1972)

Classification matches.

Match #108 Sep 10:00ROU 3 – 0KOR
Match #208 Sep 14:00TCH 3 – 0BRA

Semi-Finals (8 September 1972)

Single-elimination.

Match #108 Sep 15:30JPN 3 – 2BUL
Match #208 Sep 19:30GDR 3 – 1URS

Final Round (8 – 9 September 1972)

Medal round.

Match 1/209 Sep 21:00JPN 3 – 1GDR
Match 3/409 Sep 19:30URS 3 – 0BUL
Match 5/609 Sep 15:30ROU 3 – 1TCH
Match 7/809 Sep 14:00KOR 3 – 0BRA
Match 9/1009 Sep 10:00POL 3 – 0CUB
Match 11/1208 Sep 21:00FRG 3 – 1TUN

Rankings

Points