1978 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship

The 1978 FIVB Men's World Championship was the ninth edition of the tournament, organised by the world's governing body, the FIVB. It was held from 20 September 1 to October 1978 in Italy.

1978 FIVB World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Italy
Dates20 September – 1 October
Teams24
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Officially opened bySandro Pertini
Champions Soviet Union (5th title)

QualificationEdit

Means of qualification Date Host Vacancies Qualified
Host Country 1   Italy
1974 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 12–28 October 1974   Mexico 12   Poland
  Soviet Union
  Japan
  East Germany
  Czechoslovakia
  Romania
  Bulgaria
  Cuba
  Brazil
  Mexico
  Belgium
  Netherlands
1977 Men's European Volleyball Championship 25 Sep – 2 Oct 1977   Finland 3   Hungary
  Yugoslavia
  Finland*
  France
Asian Qualifier 16–21 November 1976   Hong Kong 2   South Korea
  China
1977 Men's NORCECA Volleyball Championship 23–30 April 1977   Santo Domingo 2   Canada
  Puerto Rico
  United States*
1977 Men's South American Volleyball Championship 26 Feb – 5 Mar 1977   Lima 2   Venezuela
  Argentina
1976 Men's African Volleyball Championship 1976   Tunis 2   Egypt
  Tunisia
Total 24
* Yugoslavia and Puerto Rico withdrew and were replaced by Finland and United States.

VenuesEdit

Pool A, G, H and Final round Pool B Pool C

1978 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship (Italy)

Pool D, I, J and Final round Pool E Pool F
  Rome, Italy   Bergamo, Italy   Udine, Italy   Venice, Italy   Parma, Italy   Ancona, Italy

TeamsEdit

ResultsEdit

First roundEdit

Advanced to second round 1st–12th pools
Advanced to second round 13th–24th pools

Pool AEdit

Location: Rome

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Italy 6 3 0 9 1 9.000 141 84 1.679
2   China 5 2 1 7 4 1.750 145 116 1.250
3   Belgium 4 1 2 4 8 0.500 131 156 0.840
4   Egypt 3 0 3 2 9 0.222 98 159 0.616
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
20 Sep 15:00 Italy   3–0   Belgium 15–6 15–5 15–11     45–22
20 Sep 17:30 China   3–0   Egypt 15–13 15–6 15–6     45–25
21 Sep   China   3–1   Belgium 15–10 15–6 11–15 15–9   56–40
21 Sep   Italy   3–0   Egypt 15–5 15–4 15–9     45–18
22 Sep 17:30 Belgium   3–2   Egypt 17–15 15–1 10–15 12–15 15–9 69–55
22 Sep 21:00 Italy   3–1   China 15–8 6–15 15–11 15–10   51–44

Pool BEdit

Location: Bergamo

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Poland 6 3 0 9 1 9.000 148 75 1.973
2   Mexico 5 2 1 6 6 1.000 135 144 0.938
3   Venezuela 4 1 2 4 8 0.500 119 166 0.717
4   Finland 3 0 3 5 9 0.556 163 180 0.906
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
20 Sep 17:30 Mexico   3–1   Venezuela 15–13 15–6 13–15 15–3   58–37
20 Sep 21:00 Poland   3–1   Finland 15–8 15–6 13–15 15–9   58–38
21 Sep   Poland   3–0   Venezuela 15–4 15–7 15–12     45–23
21 Sep   Mexico   3–2   Finland 9–15 15–13 15–9 9–15 15–10 63–62
22 Sep 17:30 Venezuela   3–2   Finland 15–11 7–15 7–15 15–13 15–9 59–63
22 Sep 21:00 Poland   3–0   Mexico 15–3 15–7 15–4     45–14

Pool CEdit

Location: Udine

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Soviet Union 6 3 0 9 1 9.000 148 71 2.085
2   Brazil 5 2 1 7 4 1.750 151 125 1.208
3   France 4 1 2 4 6 0.667 106 121 0.876
4   Tunisia 3 0 3 0 9 0.000 47 135 0.348
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
20 Sep 17:30 Brazil   3–0   Tunisia 15–10 15–2 15–8     45–20
20 Sep 21:00 Soviet Union   3–0   France 15–6 15–6 15–2     45–14
21 Sep   France   3–0   Tunisia 15–7 15–4 15–6     45–17
21 Sep   Soviet Union   3–1   Brazil 11–15 17–15 15–8 15–9   58–47
22 Sep 17:30 Soviet Union   3–0   Tunisia 15–1 15–2 15–7     45–10
22 Sep 21:00 Brazil   3–1   France 15–11 15–13 14–16 15–7   59–47

Pool DEdit

Location: Venice

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Cuba 6 3 0 9 1 9.000 147 83 1.771
2   Japan 5 2 1 7 4 1.750 150 110 1.364
3   Hungary 4 1 2 4 6 0.667 97 124 0.782
4   Argentina 3 0 3 0 9 0.000 58 135 0.430
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
20 Sep 17:30 Cuba   3–0   Argentina 15–1 15–10 15–8     45–19
20 Sep 21:00 Japan   3–1   Hungary 15–6 15–9 12–15 15–6   57–36
21 Sep 15:00 Cuba   3–1   Japan 11–15 16–14 15–7 15–12   57–48
21 Sep   Hungary   3–0   Argentina 15–6 15–6 15–10     45–22
22 Sep 17:30 Japan   3–0   Argentina 15–3 15–3 15–11     45–17
22 Sep 21:00 Cuba   3–0   Hungary 15–1 15–9 15–6     45–16

Pool EEdit

Location: Parma

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Bulgaria 6 3 0 9 1 9.000 146 78 1.872
2   East Germany 5 2 1 6 3 2.000 108 93 1.161
3   Netherlands 4 1 2 3 8 0.375 111 145 0.766
4   Canada 3 0 3 3 9 0.333 119 168 0.708
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
20 Sep 17:30 Bulgaria   3–1   Canada 11–15 15–10 15–5 15–10   56–40
20 Sep 21:00 East Germany   3–0   Netherlands 15–11 15–6 15–7     45–24
21 Sep   East Germany   3–0   Canada 15–4 15–11 15–9     45–24
21 Sep   Bulgaria   3–0   Netherlands 15–5 15–7 15–8     45–20
22 Sep 17:30 Netherlands   3–2   Canada 9–15 13–15 15–13 15–4 15–8 67–55
22 Sep 21:00 Bulgaria   3–0   East Germany 15–8 15–4 15–6     45–18

Pool FEdit

Location: Ancona

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   South Korea 6 3 0 9 3 3.000 170 126 1.349
2   Czechoslovakia 5 2 1 8 5 1.600 166 149 1.114
3   Romania 4 1 2 6 6 1.000 152 166 0.916
4   United States 3 0 3 0 9 0.000 93 140 0.664
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
20 Sep 17:30 Romania   3–0   United States 17–15 15–8 18–16     50–39
20 Sep 21:00 South Korea   3–2   Czechoslovakia 15–7 8–15 15–12 12–15 15–5 65–54
21 Sep   Czechoslovakia   3–0   United States 15–5 15–10 15–12     45–27
21 Sep   South Korea   3–1   Romania 14–16 16–14 15–3 15–12   60–45
22 Sep 15:00 South Korea   3–0   United States 15–8 15–11 15–8     45–27
22 Sep 21:00 Czechoslovakia   3–2   Romania 15–11 15–12 14–16 8–15 15–3 67–57

Second roundEdit

The results and the points of the matches between the same teams that were already played during the first round are taken into account for the second round.

Advanced to final round finals
Advanced to final round 5th–8th places
Advanced to final round 9th–12th places
Advanced to final round 13th–16th places
Advanced to final round 17th–20th places
Advanced to final round 21st–23rd places

1st–12th poolsEdit

Pool GEdit

Location: Rome

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Soviet Union 10 5 0 15 3 5.000 254 160 1.588
2   Italy 9 4 1 12 7 1.714 249 224 1.112
3   China 7 2 3 10 10 1.000 244 244 1.000
4   Brazil 7 2 3 10 11 0.909 277 261 1.061
5   Bulgaria 7 2 3 7 11 0.636 195 221 0.882
6   East Germany 5 0 5 3 15 0.200 150 259 0.579
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
24 Sep 11:00 Bulgaria   3–2   China 8–15 15–10 15–8 14–16 15–10 67–59
24 Sep 14:30 Soviet Union   3–0   East Germany 15–3 15–7 15–11     45–21
24 Sep 19:00 Italy   3–2   Brazil 14–16 15–12 10–15 15–10 17–15 71–68
25 Sep 09:00 Soviet Union   3–1   Bulgaria 15–7 15–6 7–15 15–8   52–36
25 Sep 11:00 China   3–1   Brazil 15–10 15–13 15–17 15–13   60–53
25 Sep 19:00 Italy   3–1   East Germany 15–8 15–7 15–17 15–5   60–37
26 Sep 09:00 Soviet Union   3–1   China 15–8 15–7 9–15 15–6   54–36
26 Sep 11:00 Brazil   3–2   East Germany 11–15 15–10 15–11 8–15 15–4 64–55
26 Sep 19:00 Italy   3–0   Bulgaria 15–9 15–6 17–15     47–30
27 Sep 11:00 China   3–0   East Germany 15–5 15–3 15–11     45–19
27 Sep 14:30 Brazil   3–0   Bulgaria 15–3 15–7 15–7     45–17
27 Sep 16:30 Soviet Union   3–0   Italy 15–11 15–6 15–3     45–20
Pool HEdit

Location: Rome

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Cuba 10 5 0 15 5 3.000 283 213 1.329
2   South Korea 8 3 2 12 9 1.333 266 249 1.068
3   Poland 8 3 2 10 9 1.111 229 221 1.036
4   Czechoslovakia 7 2 3 11 9 1.222 241 227 1.062
5   Japan 7 2 3 9 10 0.900 240 222 1.081
6   Mexico 5 0 5 0 15 0.000 98 225 0.436
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
24 Sep 09:00 South Korea   3–0   Mexico 15–8 15–7 15–7     45–22
24 Sep 16:30 Cuba   3–2   Czechoslovakia 15–8 7–15 15–3 13–15 15–10 65–51
24 Sep 21:00 Poland   3–2   Japan 13–15 15–12 5–15 15–10 15–9 63–61
25 Sep 14:30 Poland   3–1   Czechoslovakia 15–9 3–15 15–10 15–10   48–44
25 Sep 16:30 Japan   3–0   Mexico 15–6 15–3 15–12     45–21
25 Sep 21:00 Cuba   3–2   South Korea 17–15 12–15 15–13 12–15 15–7 71–65
26 Sep 14:30 Czechoslovakia   3–0   Japan 15–9 15–6 17–15     47–30
26 Sep 16:30 Cuba   3–0   Mexico 15–9 15–2 15–11     45–22
26 Sep 21:00 South Korea   3–1   Poland 15–7 11–15 16–14 15–10   57–46
27 Sep 09:00 Czechoslovakia   3–0   Mexico 15–4 15–13 15–2     45–19
27 Sep 19:00 Cuba   3–0   Poland 15–8 15–10 15–9     45–27
27 Sep 21:00 Japan   3–1   South Korea 15–4 15–9 11–15 15–6   56–34

13th–24th poolsEdit

Pool IEdit

Location: Venice

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   France 10 5 0 15 2 7.500 248 128 1.938
2   Netherlands 9 4 1 14 5 2.800 266 201 1.323
3   Canada 8 3 2 11 8 1.375 236 232 1.017
4   Belgium 7 2 3 6 11 0.545 173 217 0.797
5   Egypt 6 1 4 7 12 0.583 219 266 0.823
6   Tunisia 5 0 5 0 15 0.000 129 227 0.568
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
24 Sep 09:00 Belgium   3–0   Tunisia 16–14 15–3 15–10     46–27
24 Sep 11:00 Netherlands   3–0   Egypt 15–11 17–15 16–14     48–40
24 Sep 14:30 France   3–0   Canada 15–9 15–6 5–6     45–21
25 Sep 09:00 Netherlands   3–0   Tunisia 15–2 15–10 15–12     45–24
25 Sep 11:00 Canada   3–2   Egypt 12–15 15–11 15–11 12–15 15–13 69–65
25 Sep 14:30 France   3–0   Belgium 15–5 15–8 15–2     45–15
26 Sep 09:00 France   3–0   Egypt 15–5 15–5 15–4     45–14
26 Sep 11:00 Canada   3–0   Tunisia 16–14 15–4 15–8     46–26
26 Sep 14:30 Netherlands   3–0   Belgium 15–2 15–4 15–8     45–14
27 Sep 09:00 Egypt   3–0   Tunisia 15–13 15–12 15–10     45–35
27 Sep 11:00 France   3–2   Netherlands 15–9 13–15 10–15 15–11 15–11 68–61
27 Sep 14:30 Canada   3–0   Belgium 15–6 15–10 11–13     45–29
Pool JEdit

Location: Venice

Pts Matches Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1   Hungary 9 4 1 13 5 2.600 243 183 1.328
2   Romania 9 4 1 13 7 1.857 272 218 1.248
3   United States 8 3 2 11 7 1.571 251 205 1.224
4   Finland 7 2 3 9 12 0.750 241 264 0.913
5   Venezuela 7 2 3 8 12 0.667 208 264 0.788
6   Argentina 5 0 5 4 15 0.267 176 257 0.685
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
24 Sep 16:30 Hungary   3–0   Venezuela 15–10 15–6 15–2     45–18
24 Sep 19:00 Finland   3–2   United States 13–15 9–15 18–16 15–12 15–7 70–65
24 Sep 21:00 Romania   3–2   Argentina 15–7 11–15 15–8 11–15 15–8 67–53
25 Sep 16:30 Hungary   3–1   Finland 12–15 15–10 15–10 15–6   57–41
25 Sep 19:00 United States   3–0   Argentina 15–8 15–3 15–6     45–17
25 Sep 21:00 Romania   3–2   Venezuela 15–12 13–15 15–7 7–15 15–5 65–54
26 Sep 16:30 United States   3–1   Hungary 15–9 16–14 11–15 15–6   57–44
26 Sep 19:00 Romania   3–0   Finland 15–10 15–7 15–3     45–20
26 Sep 21:00 Venezuela   3–1   Argentina 15–6 15–12 8–15 15–13   53–46
27 Sep 16:30 United States   3–0   Venezuela 15–11 15–1 15–12     45–24
27 Sep 19:00 Hungary   3–1   Romania 15–8 7–15 15–10 15–12   52–45
27 Sep 21:00 Finland   3–1   Argentina 2–15 15–8 15–13 15–2   47–38

Final roundEdit

21st–24th placesEdit

 
21st–24th semifinals21st place
 
      
 
30 September
 
 
  Venezuela 3
 
1 October
 
  Tunisia 0
 
  Venezuela 3
 
30 September
 
  Argentina 0
 
  Argentina 3
 
 
  Egypt 1
 
23rd place
 
 
1 October
 
 
  Tunisia 0
 
 
  Egypt 3
21st–24th semifinalsEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
30 Sep Venezuela   3–0   Tunisia 15–12 15–8 15–8     45–28
30 Sep Argentina   3–1   Egypt 15–8 10–15 15–8 15–10   55–41
23rd place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Tunisia   0–3   Egypt 4–15 5–15 10–15     19–45
21st place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Venezuela   3–0   Argentina 15–7 15–10 15–7     45–24

17th–20th placesEdit

 
17th–20th semifinals17th place
 
      
 
30 September
 
 
  Belgium 3
 
1 October
 
  United States 1
 
  Belgium 0
 
30 September
 
  Finland 3
 
  Finland 3
 
 
  Canada 0
 
19th place
 
 
1 October
 
 
  United States 3
 
 
  Canada 0
17th–20th semifinalsEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
30 Sep Belgium   3–1   United States 15–12 15–10 12–15 15–10   57–47
30 Sep Finland   3–0   Canada 15–10 15–4 15–10     45–24
19th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct United States   3–0   Canada 15–4 15–9 15–8     45–21
17th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Belgium   0–3   Finland 13–15 8–15 13–15     34–45

13th–16th placesEdit

 
13th–16th semifinals13th place
 
      
 
30 September – Venice
 
 
  Romania 3
 
1 October – Venice
 
  France 1
 
  Romania 3
 
30 September – Venice
 
  Hungary 1
 
  Hungary 3
 
 
  Netherlands 1
 
15th place
 
 
1 October – Venice
 
 
  France 3
 
 
  Netherlands 1
13th–16th semifinalsEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
30 Sep Romania   3–1   France 11–15 15–12 15–2 15–5   56–34
30 Sep Hungary   3–1   Netherlands 15–9 13–15 15–7 15–5   58–36
15th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct France   3–1   Netherlands 15–4 15–7 11–15 15–7   56–33
13th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Romania   3–1   Hungary 10–15 15–12 15–4 15–7   55–38

9th–12th placesEdit

 
9th–12th semifinals9th place
 
      
 
30 September
 
 
  Bulgaria 3
 
1 October
 
  Mexico 2
 
  Bulgaria 1
 
30 September
 
  East Germany 3
 
  Japan 1
 
 
  East Germany 3
 
11th place
 
 
1 October
 
 
  Mexico 1
 
 
  Japan 3
9th–12th semifinalsEdit
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
30 Sep 09:00 Bulgaria   3–2   Mexico 12–15 15–8 13–15 15–12 15–12 70–62
30 Sep 14:30 Japan   1–3   East Germany 8–15 15–7 11–15 7–15   41–52
11th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Mexico   1–3   Japan 15–12 7–15 3–15 5–15   30–57
9th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Bulgaria   1–3   East Germany 15–6 9–15 10–15 10–15   44–51

5th–8th placesEdit

 
5th–8th semifinals5th place
 
      
 
30 September
 
 
  China 1
 
1 October
 
  Czechoslovakia 3
 
  Czechoslovakia 3
 
30 September
 
  Brazil 2
 
  Poland 0
 
 
  Brazil 3
 
7th place
 
 
1 October
 
 
  China 3
 
 
  Poland 2
5th–8th semifinalsEdit
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
30 Sep 11:00 China   1–3   Czechoslovakia 16–14 7–15 5–15 12–15   40–59
30 Sep 16:00 Poland   0–3   Brazil 11–15 12–15 7–15     30–45
7th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct China   3–2   Poland 12–15 15–13 11–15 15–13 15–13 68–69
5th place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Czechoslovakia   3–2   Brazil 5–15 16–14 4–15 15–11 15–6 55–66

FinalsEdit

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
30 September – Rome
 
 
  Cuba 1
 
1 October – Rome
 
  Italy 3
 
  Italy 0
 
30 September – Rome
 
  Soviet Union 3
 
  Soviet Union 3
 
 
  South Korea 0
 
3rd place
 
 
1 October – Rome
 
 
  Cuba 3
 
 
  South Korea 1
SemifinalsEdit
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
30 Sep 19:00 Cuba   1–3   Italy 17–15 11–15 14–16 12–15   54–61
30 Sep 21:00 Soviet Union   3–0   South Korea 15–3 15–3 15–9     45–15
3rd place matchEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Cuba   3–1   South Korea 17–15 15–9 13–15 15–5   60–44
FinalEdit
Date Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total
1 Oct Italy   0–3   Soviet Union 10–15 13–15 1–15     24–45

Final standingEdit

External linksEdit