| Event type

Volleyball, Men

Date7 – 21 August 2016
LocationGinásio do Maracanãzinho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Participants141 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

Twelve countries took part in a total of 38 matches. Brazil qualified automatically as hosts, and were joined by the top two teams in the 2015 FIVB World Cup in Japan, USA and Italy. Also qualified were the winners of five Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Africa (Egypt), Asia (Iran), Europe (Russia), NORCECA - North, Central America & Caribbean - (Cuba) and South America (Argentina). The compliment of 12 teams was made up with four teams (Poland, France, Canada and Mexico) coming through two Olympic Qualification Tournaments held in Japan and Mexico.

The men’s tournament was one of the best seen at the Olympic Games for many years with any one of the eight quarter-finalists capable of winning the gold medal. The top six seeds all made it through to the last eight, and they included the reigning World Champions Cup winners Brazil, the 2014 World Champions Poland, and the 2015 World Cup winners, USA. However, another of the fancied teams, France, the 2015 European Champions and World League winners failed to qualify out of their pool following defeats by the strong trio of Italy, USA and Brazil. Canada were the surprise team in Pool A, finishing second with Brazil just qualifying in fourth place. The United States finished third but looked like heading for an early exit after losing their first two matches to Canada and Italy.

Argentina, Poland and Russia all qualified from pool B after four wins each, and they were joined by Iran who had an impressive début tournament, making it to the quarters where they lost 3-0 to Italy. The US progressed to the semi-finals after also winning 3-0 in the last eight against Poland, and Russia’s 3-0 win over Canada also assured them a place in the last four, which was completed when Brazil won the all-South American clash with Argentina 3-1.

Having already engaged in a two-hour match in pool A, Italy and the United States met again in the semi-final. Italy won the pool game 3-1 but now the two teams fought out a five-setter lasting 2hr 28m, the longest match of the entire tournament. The first two sets went to 30-28, 26-28 before the US won the third 25-9 and Italy leveled it in the fourth and in the tie-break set the Europeans won it 15-9. The other semi-final was a more one-sided affair with hosts Brazil beating the 2012 champions Russia 25-21, 25-20, 25-17, and at the same time avenging defeat by the Russians in the London final. Playing for Russia was Sergey Tetyukhin, a member of the 2012 gold-medal winning team who was playing in his sixth Olympics, going back to 1996. The United States had taken the young team that won the 2015 World Cup to Rio and eight of their squad had no previous Olympic experience but that did not show as they staged a remarkable comeback in the bronze medal match when they came from two sets down to beat Russia 15-13 in the tie-break set with an ace from Matt Anderson, the World Cup MVP and one of the stars of Rio.

The home fans eagerly anticipated the final between Brazil and Italy and they were hoping their team would end the drought of a men’s Olympic gold medal going back to 2004. Brazil and Italy met in pool A and despite winning the first set on that occasion, Brazil lost 3-1. Now in a country where volleyball is second only in popularity to football, the fervent fans were hoping for a reversal of fortune and with the legendary coach Bernardhino in charge of the team, they must have fancied their chances, particularly as he had guided his country to three World titles, two Olympic titles and nine World League titles. Despite the 3-0 scoreline in Brazil’s favour at the Maracanãzinho, they had to fight hard for their 25-22, 28-26, 26-24 win, and they had to stave off a set point held by the Italians in the second set. Escadinha, the tournament’s MVP won his fourth Olympic medal and was the only survivor from Brazil’s last gold-medal winning team in 2004.

Middle Blocker16 Lucão
Setter1 Bruninho
Wing Spiker14Douglas Souza
Middle Blocker3 Éder
Opposite Spiker17 Guerra
Wing Spiker12 Luiz Felipe
Wing Spiker19Maurício Borges
Middle Blocker13Maurício Souza
Wing Spiker18Ricardo Lucarelli
Libero10 Serginho
Opposite Spiker4Wallace Souza
Setter7William Arjona
Coach Bernardinho
Middle Blocker15Emanuele Birarelli
Opposite Spiker9Ivan Zaytsev
Wing Spiker10Filippo Lanza
Opposite Spiker4Luca Vettori
Libero13Massimo Colaci
Middle Blocker14Matteo Piano
Wing Spiker16Oleg Antonov
Wing Spiker5Osmany Juantorena
Setter3Pasquale Sottile
Wing Spiker7Salvatore Rossini
Middle Blocker11Simone Buti
Setter6Simone Giannelli
CoachGianlorenzo Blengini
3United StatesUSABronze
Wing Spiker8Reid Priddy
Middle Blocker4David Lee
Opposite Spiker1Matt Anderson
Middle Blocker20David Smith
Wing Spiker2Aaron Russell
Libero22Erik Shoji
Setter7Kawika Shoji
Middle Blocker17Max Holt
Setter11Micah Christenson
Opposite Spiker9Murphy Troy
Wing Spiker3Taylor Sander
Wing Spiker10Tom Jaeschke
CoachJohn Speraw
4Russian FederationRUS
Libero16Aleksey Verbov
Middle Blocker18Aleksandr Volkov
Setter5Sergey Grankin
Opposite Spiker17Maksim Mikhaylov
Middle Blocker11Andrey Ashchev
Wing Spiker20Artyom Yermakov
Middle Blocker14Artyom Volvich
Wing Spiker7Dmitry Volkov
Wing Spiker19Yegor Klyuka
Setter1Igor Kobzar
Opposite Spiker12Konstantin Bakun
Wing Spiker8Sergey Tetyukhin
CoachVladimir Alekno
Wing Spiker1Nicolás Bruno
Wing Spiker7Facundo Conte
Middle Blocker14Pablo Crer
Libero16Alexis González
Opposite Spiker6Cristian Poglajen
Middle Blocker11Sebastián Solé
Opposite Spiker12Bruno Lima
Setter8Demián González
Wing Spiker13Ezequiel Palacios
Opposite Spiker10José Luis González
Setter15Luciano De Cecco
Middle Blocker4Martín Ramos
CoachJulio Velasco
Libero19Blair Bann
Middle Blocker11Daniel Jansen Van Doorn
Wing Spiker15Fred Winters
Opposite Spiker12Gavin Schmitt
Wing Spiker2Gord Perrin
Middle Blocker17Graham Vigrass
Setter21Jay Blankenau
Middle Blocker6Justin Duff
Wing Spiker4Nick Hoag
Middle Blocker5Rudy Verhoeff
Wing Spiker22Steve Marshall
Setter1TJ Sanders
CoachGlenn Hoag
=5Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Middle Blocker9Adel Gholami
Wing Spiker10Amir Ghafour
Wing Spiker5Farhad Ghaemi
Wing Spiker2Milad Ebadipour
Wing Spiker7Hamzeh Zarini
Wing Spiker12Mojtaba Mirzajanpour
Libero19Mahdi Marandi
Setter13Mehdi Mahdavi
Setter4Saeid Marouf
Middle Blocker15Mostafa Sharifat
Middle Blocker6Mohammad Mousavi
Wing Spiker1Shahram Mahmoudi
CoachRaúl Lucio
Opposite Spiker6Bartosz Kurek
Wing Spiker13Michał Kubiak
Middle Blocker1Piotr Nowakowski
Wing Spiker22Bartosz Bednorz
Opposite Spiker3Dawid Konarski
Setter11Fabian Drzyzga
Setter12Grzegorz Łomacz
Middle Blocker7Karol Kłos
Middle Blocker23Mateusz Bieniek
Wing Spiker20Mateusz Mika
Libero17Paweł Zatorski
Wing Spiker21Rafał Buszek
CoachStéphane Antiga
Wing Spiker13Mohamed Badawy
Libero22Ahmed Abdelaal
Middle Blocker3Abdelhalim Abou
Wing Spiker11Ahmed Afifi
Opposite Spiker15Ahmed El-Kotb
Setter7Ashraf Abou El-Hassan
Setter12Hossam Abdalla
Middle Blocker6Mamdouh Abdelrehim
Middle Blocker10Mohamed Masoud
Wing Spiker8Mohamed Thakil
Wing Spiker14Omar Hassan
Opposite Spiker4Ahmed Abdelhay
CoachSherif El-Shemerly
Wing Spiker4Antonin Rouzier
Setter6Benjamin Toniutti
Wing Spiker9Earvin N'Gapeth
Middle Blocker17Franck Lafitte
Libero2Jénia Grebennikov
Middle Blocker10Kévin Le Roux
Wing Spiker7Kévin Tillie
Middle Blocker14Nicolas Le Goff
Setter13Pierre Pujol
Wing Spiker18Thibault Rossard
Wing Spiker5Trévor Clévenot DNS
Wing Spiker16Nicolas Marechal DNS
CoachLaurent Tillie
Setter21Adrián Goide
Middle Blocker10Darienn Ferrer
Middle Blocker5Javier Concepción
Wing Spiker4Javier Jiménez
Middle Blocker9Liván Osoria
Wing Spiker13Mario Rivera
Wing Spiker18Miguel Ángel López
Wing Spiker2Osniel Mergarejo
Opposite Spiker6Osniel Rendón
Libero7Yonder García
Setter1Yosvani González
Libero17Reinier Rojas DNS
CoachNicolás Vives
Wing Spiker9Carlos Guerra
Opposite Spiker1Daniel Vargas
Wing Spiker4Gonzalo Ruiz
Setter6Jesús Alberto Perales
Libero5Jesús Rangel
Wing Spiker11Jorge Barajas
Wing Spiker7Jorge Quiñones
Middle Blocker21José Martínez
Opposite Spiker17Néstor Orellana
Setter10Pedro Rangel
Middle Blocker13Samuel Córdova
Middle Blocker14Tomás Aguilera
CoachJorge Azair

Preliminary Round

Date7 – 15 August 2016
FormatRound-robin pools.

Group A

Date7 – 15 August 2016
FormatRound-robin pool. Top four in each pool advanced to quarter-finals.
PosCompetitorsNOCWinsLossesPointsSetsSet RatioPointsPoints Ratio
3United StatesUSA32610-81.250419-4051.035Q
Match #107 Aug 9:30ItalyITA25-20, 25-20, 25-15FranceFRA
Match #207 Aug 11:35BrazilBRA23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18MexicoMEX
Match #307 Aug 17:05CanadaCAN25-23, 25-17, 25-23United StatesUSA
Match #409 Aug 11:35FranceFRA25-18, 25-12, 25-22MexicoMEX
Match #509 Aug 15:00ItalyITA28-26, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23United StatesUSA
Match #609 Aug 22:35BrazilBRA24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17CanadaCAN
Match #711 Aug 17:05FranceFRA25-19, 25-16, 25-19CanadaCAN
Match #811 Aug 20:30ItalyITA25-17, 25-13, 25-17MexicoMEX
Match #911 Aug 22:35United StatesUSA25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20BrazilBRA
Match #1013 Aug 17:05United StatesUSA25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22FranceFRA
Match #1113 Aug 20:30CanadaCAN25-20, 25-13, 25-22MexicoMEX
Match #1213 Aug 22:35ItalyITA23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15BrazilBRA
Match #1315 Aug 11:35United StatesUSA25-23, 25-11, 25-19MexicoMEX
Match #1415 Aug 20:30CanadaCAN25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21ItalyITA
Match #1515 Aug 22:35BrazilBRA25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23FranceFRA

Group B

Date7 – 15 August 2016
FormatRound-robin pool. Top four in each pool advanced to quarter-finals.
PosCompetitorsNOCWinsLossesPointsSetsSet RatioPointsPoints Ratio
3Russian FederationRUS41813-62.167432-3671.177Q
4Islamic Republic of IranIRI2348-90.889389-3920.992Q
Match #107 Aug 15:00PolandPOL25-18, 25-20, 25-17EgyptEGY
Match #207 Aug 20:30Russian FederationRUS25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18CubaCUB
Match #307 Aug 22:35ArgentinaARG25-23, 26-24, 25-18Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Match #409 Aug 9:30ArgentinaARG25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 25-21Russian FederationRUS
Match #509 Aug 17:05PolandPOL25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25, 18-16Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Match #609 Aug 20:30EgyptEGY25-22, 25-15, 25-22CubaCUB
Match #711 Aug 9:30Islamic Republic of IranIRI25-21, 31-29, 25-16CubaCUB
Match #811 Aug 11:35Russian FederationRUS25-11, 25-17, 25-9EgyptEGY
Match #911 Aug 15:00PolandPOL25-21, 25-19, 37-35ArgentinaARG
Match #1013 Aug 9:30Islamic Republic of IranIRI28-26, 25-22, 25-16EgyptEGY
Match #1113 Aug 11:35ArgentinaARG25-16, 25-14, 25-16CubaCUB
Match #1213 Aug 15:00Russian FederationRUS25-18, 16-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-13PolandPOL
Match #1315 Aug 9:30ArgentinaARG25-16, 25-19, 25-20EgyptEGY
Match #1415 Aug 15:00Russian FederationRUS25-23, 25-16, 25-20Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Match #1515 Aug 17:05PolandPOL25-18, 25-15, 25-17CubaCUB


Date17 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #117 Aug 18:00ItalyITA31-29, 25-19, 25-17Islamic Republic of IranIRI
Match #217 Aug 14:00United StatesUSA25-23, 25-22, 25-20PolandPOL
Match #317 Aug 10:00Russian FederationRUS25-15, 25-20, 25-18CanadaCAN
Match #417 Aug 22:15BrazilBRA25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-23ArgentinaARG


Date19 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final round.
Match #119 Aug 13:00ItalyITA30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9United StatesUSA
Match #219 Aug 22:15BrazilBRA25-21, 25-20, 25-17Russian FederationRUS

Final Round

Date21 August 2016
FormatMedal round.
Match 1/221 Aug 13:15BrazilBRA25-22, 28-26, 26-24ItalyITA
Match 3/421 Aug 9:30United StatesUSA23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13Russian FederationRUS