The stage is set for a volleyball spectacle, as the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship gears up for its grand showdown in Bengaluru, India. Slated for December 6-10, Italy’s Sir Susa Vim Perugia is preparing to guard their title against an eclectic mix of global teams, including Turkish titans Halkbank Ankara, Brazil’s dual dynamo Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei and Itambé Minas, Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, and home favorites, India’s Ahmedabad Defenders.
This lineup comes with a twist—two titans of the last CEV Champions League, Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Jastrzębski Węgiel, stepped back, paving the way for Perugia and Halkbank’s entry. The Brazilians clinched their slots by reigning over the South American Championship, the Sunbirds shone in Asia, and the hosts, Ahmedabad Defenders, earned their stripes in India’s domestic league.
It is also noteworthy to mention the absence of club teams from the African Confederation (CAVB) and NORCECA, a fact that renders the competition incomplete without representatives from two significant members of the FIVB.