Olympic FIVB Heroes are ready for battle at Earls Court

Dami Bakare with Great Britain will host Pool A at this beautiful, historic venue and will make the most of their home advantage. Among his opponents is a mix of experience and the power of youth: Team Italy, which can rely on their rock Cristian Savani. Poland and Argentina, meanwhile, are just as ambitious as their young leaders Bartosz Kurek and Facundo Conte. And Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria and Australia’s Igor Yudin enter the Olympics hungry for medals, too!

Pool B is dominated by world #1 and reigning World Champions Brazil as well as the defending Olympic Champions, Team USA. The legendary duo of Murilo and Clayton Stanley will be accompanied by Germany’s star Georg Grozer, who has been making his national team the sensation of the season so far. FIVB world ranking runners-up Russia with Maxim Mikhaylov and European Champions Serbia with Sasa Starovic are taking their long-lasting derby onto the Olympic stage at Earls Court, while Team Tunisia and Noureddine Hefaiedh won’t be pushovers either!

Here’s the men’s group schedule (local UK time):


Sunday 29 July

09:30 Great Britain-Bulgaria

11:30 Russia-Germany

14:45 Australia-Argentina

16:45 USA-Serbia

20:00 Italy-Poland

22:00 Brazil-Tunisia


Tuesday 31 July

09:30 Serbia-Tunisia

11:30 Poland-Bulgaria

14:45 Italy-Argentina

16:45 USA-Germany

20:00 Great Britain-Australia

22:00 Brazil-Russia


Thursday 2 August

09:30 Serbia-Germany

11:30 Australia-Bulgaria

14:45 Russia-Tunisia

16:45 Poland-Argentina

20:00 Brazil-USA

22:00 Great Britain-Italy


Saturday 4 August

09:30 Germany-Tunisia

11:30 Great Britain-Poland

14:45 Australia-Italy

16:45 Russia-USA

20:00 Argentina-Bulgaria

22:00 Brazil-Serbia


Monday 6 August

09:30 Australia-Poland

11:30 Russia-Serbia

14:45 Italy-Bulgaria

16:45 Great Britain-Argentina

20:00 USA-Tunisia

22:00 Brazil-Germany


The best four proceed to the quarter-finals.