The Memorial Huberta Jerzego Wagnera is one of professional volleyball's biggest international tournaments. Held in the middle of Summer at a Polish venue, the tournament often precedes the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship or the Men's European Volleyball Championship, and is a great gauge of which side is likely to lift the biggest prizes on volleyball. Whether you are visiting Poland and need something to watch, or you are a committed volleyball fan, pick up Memorial Huberta Jerzego Wagnera tickets at Ticketbis today.
Essential background for Memorial Huberta Jerzego Wagnera tickets purchasers
Hubert Jerzy Wagner, who died in 2002, was one of the leading volleyball players of the twentieth century, leading Poland's side to World and Olympic Championship glory on numerous occasions and gaining plenty of accolades as a coach as well. His stature was so great that Poland's volleyball federation decided to set up a memorial tournament in his honour, and the Memorial Huberta Jerzego Wagnera was born.
The competition was first held in 2003 and then became an annual event, filling a gap in the international volleyball calendar. Held for the first five years in the city of Olsztyn, it has since started to move around Poland, visiting destinations like Krakow, Lodz and Torun (all great places to organise a city break).
Although it's a Polish event, entry is extended to the world's leading national sides, four of which battle it out for the trophy. Poland have triumphed six times but have been far from dominant, with nations like Holland, Germany, Brazil and Russia all taking home the cup. Always competitive and featuring an incredible standard of play, it's now one of the greatest volleyball tournaments around.
Highlights from the history of the Memorial Huberta Jerzego Wagnera
Every edition of the tournament takes the form of a four way league, so there haven't been any nail biting finals. Instead, there have been close tournaments where the major nations could hardly be separated.
One of the best tournaments of all came in 2011 when Russia were edged out by a talented Italian side. The key match there was the first of the whole event, when Italy won 3-2 against the Russians. If that had gone the other way, the outcome would have been very different.
2013 was another amazing event. On that occasion, Poland and Russia both finished on six points and were separated only on their points lost/points won ratio (and even then the gap was slight). Russia had beaten the hosts 3-1 in the final match, taking the tournament down to the wire - the kind of action attendees can expect.