Poland have played a prominent role in the development of the sport since the inaugural FIVB Men's World Championship in 1949. Thirty years after winning their first World Championship gold in 1974, Poland captured their second when they hosted the 2014 World Championship, beating Brazil 3-1 in the final in Katowice.
Poland dominated the international scene in the mid-1970s and have participated in the Olympic Games nine times, winning gold at the Montreal 1976 Games. At the Rio 2016 Games, Poland finished fifth.
In the 2011 FIVB World League, Poland finished with a bronze medal at home in Gdansk, and they followed it up with gold in Sofia. Poland was one of the core teams in the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. A stellar campaign in the pool rounds saw the team progress through to the Final Six in Lille.
At a continental level, Poland have won five silver medals and one bronze but have only once reached gold, after beating France 3-1 in the 2009 final.
As reigning World Champions, Poland will be looking to replicate their 2014 success with another strong showing in Turin.