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).
Quick links - Volleyball:
FIVB 2017 Men's Club World Championship
FIVB.com - Volleyball
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.
15/01/2018France coach Tillie feeling positive about 2018
12/01/20182017 Review: Brazil win record 12th World Grand Prix title
11/01/2018Big party planned out for Shepparton
10/01/2018Patience pays off for 2017 USA Player of the Year David Smith
10/01/20182017 Review: Ngapeth magic hands France second World League crown
09/01/2018Hague 4-Star sets up World Tour for stellar year
09/01/2018Klineman enters her name in FIVB Beach Volleyball record book
08/01/20182018 Men's World Championship first round schedule announced