Full schedule for 2017 Club World Championship now online
Sada Cruzeiro, here celebrating their 2016 club world gold, begin defence of their title against Italy's Cucine Lube Civitanova on 12 December in Opole.
Eight teams will vie for volleyball's ultimate club trophy, divided for the first round into two pools of four, to be played in Opole and Lodz and headed respectively by the local sides of ZAKSA Kedzierzyn Kozle (qualified as the reigning Polish champions) and PGE Skra Belchatow (entered as a Wild Card).
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The top two teams of each round-robin pool will gather in Krakow for the semifinals on 16 December, followed by the bronze medal match and final on 17 December.
Pool action in Opole on 12 December opens with ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle taking on 2016 Asian club champions Sarmayeh Bank of Tehran, followed by the defending world champions Sada Cruzeiro of Contagem clashing with Italian champions Cucine Lube Civitanova.
The opening day in Lodz sees reigning European champions Zenit Kazan take on Argentina champions Personal Bolivar and PGE Skra Belchatow hosting China champions Shanghai Volleyball Club.
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