Vakifbank Istanbul – Dinamo Moscow to Kick Off 2017 Club Worlds

  0 Braden Keith | April 30th, 2017 | Brazilian League, Japanese League, News, Pro Indoor, Russian League, Turkish League

The draws and pool-play match schedule for the 2017 FIVB Club World Championships have been announced, with defending champions Vakifbank Istanbul opening the tournament on May 9th against Dinamo Moscow.

Dinamo, the Russian Champions, were given the last wildcard spot into the tournament after winning the CEV European Cup and finishing 4th in the CEV Champions League over the last month. They will have some pressure to perform, having been selected ahead of Italian side Imoco Volley Coneglano, who took silver in the Champions League and beat Dinamo Moscow in the semi-finals 3-1.

The other match on the opening night of the tournament will pit Swiss side Volero Zurich against Turkey’s other powerhouse side Eczacibasi Istanbul.

There were three countries who received two bids to the tournament, and in each case, those two teams wound up in opposite pools – improving those countries’ chances of placing two clubs into the knockout stages.

Pool A Pool B
Turkey Vakıfbank İstanbul Turkey Eczacıbaşı VitrA
Russia Dinamo Moscow Switzerland Voléro Zürich
Brazil Rexona-Sesc Rio Brazil Vôlei Nestlé Osasco
Japan Hisamitsu Springs Japan NEC Red Rockets

The top two sides in each pool will advance to a four-team, single-elimination (with a bronze medal game) knockout round. The other 4 teams will play out a bracket to determine the 5th-8th slots.

Matches won will be the first determinant of the pool standings. That will be followed by match points, ratio of sets won, ratio of points won, and result of the last match between the tied teams.

Matches won 3-0 or 3-1 will net the winners 3 points and the losers 0. Matches won 3-2 will earn 2 points for the winner and 1 point for the loser.

Pool play will run from May 9th-12th, with each team playing once; the final placing will be determined on May 13th and 14th.

The full schedule for pool play is below:

Pool A All Times in Japan Standard Time UTC + 9
Date Time
9 May 10:00 Dinamo Moscow Vakıfbank İstanbul
9 May 19:00 Hisamitsu Springs Rexona-Sesc Rio
10 May 12:45 Rexona-Sesc Rio Vakıfbank İstanbul
10 May 19:00 Hisamitsu Springs Dinamo Moscow
12 May 9:30 Dinamo Moscow Rexona-Sesc Rio
12 May 18:00 Vakıfbank İstanbul Hisamitsu Springs
Pool B
Date Time
9 May 12:45 Voléro Zürich Eczacıbaşı VitrA
9 May 15:30 NEC Red Rockets Vôlei Nestlé Osasco
10 May 10:00 Vôlei Nestlé Osasco Eczacıbaşı VitrA
10 May 15:30 NEC Red Rockets Voléro Zürich
12 May 12:00 Voléro Zürich Vôlei Nestlé Osasco
12 May 14:30 Eczacıbaşı VitrA NEC Red Rockets

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