Underdogs Poland thrash ‘the great Brazil’ 3-0 in Nation’s League finals
Poland’s volleyball team has demolished Brazil to take Bronze in a thrilling 3-0 victory during the finals of the FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League.
One of the most accomplished teams in the world, the Brazilian Canarinhos side couldn’t hold off the onslaught of the Polish Eagles as they stormed into an early lead at the championship in Chicago, finishing the match 25-17, 25-23, 25-21.
With most of the national team in training, Poland played with an experimental team which saw Brazil threaten to upset the result several times.
But the White and Reds held on to control and quickly won the first set.
Setter Marcin Komenda couldn’t hide his pride saying: "We played an amazing match, we beat the great Brazil 3-0.That speaks for itself.”
Bartosz Bednarz was chosen as one of the tournaments best outside hitters, as the only Pole with an individual award to join the Dream Team.
Daniel Pliński, a former member of the national team commented on Bednorz performance said: "He is the biggest winner. Let's be honest, he was already crossed out by some experts and fans after the intercontinental phase.
“The coach gave him another chance and he played wonderfully in the US."
Bednorz was the highest scoring player of the Final Six, with 78 points and 20 in the final match, getting ahead of America’s Matt Anderson by 21 points.
The most curious event of the game happened even before it began. Vital Heynen, Poland’s coach departed from the Chicago tournament and didn’t attend his team’s final game against Brazil.
As the main Polish squad is training in Zakopane, the Belgian went there after the defeat with Russia, to focus on preparations for the upcoming Olympic qualifications and the European Championships.
Łukasz Kaczmarek, the team’s opposite, commented after the game: “No one expected us to advance to the Final Six and then to win even a single match in Chicago. In the end we won a medal after a 3-0 victory with Brazil. When Vital lands in Warsaw, he’ll be shocked.”
Jakub Bednaruk, a former player and assistant coach, who by default led the team, claimed that his main role was not to spoil anything.
Celebrating the victory, he announced on Twitter: “The medal goes to Fundacja Herosi [Heroes Foundation, a charity organization support for children suffering from cancer]. This is where it belongs, not on my neck. Please bid neatly. Two weeks ago I never expected such an adventure”.
The auction is still ongoing and all the money will be donated to the Foundation.
Russia, who played consistently during the tournament and lost only in their first game against the US went on to win gold, after defeating the US 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20).