The 2017 world champions Zenit Kazan take part in the FIVB Club World Championship for the 8th time this year, having already picked up one gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the competition.
After finishing runners-up to Brazil's Sada Cruzeiro of Contagem for two years running, Zenit finally clinched the only title that eluded them in 2017, when they struck gold with a win in the final over Italy's Lube Civitanova in straight sets at Krakow.
The only times they failed to make the Club World Championships podium in their seven previous appearances were in 2012 when they finished fourth and in 2018 when they ended up fifth.
At a continental level Zenit Kazan dominated the European Champions League with back-to-back titles for four years running, until they were dethroned by Lube earlier this year. They have a record six European Champions League titles under their belt.
The club was founded in 2000 under the Dinamo banner in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan.
They have won the Russian league title a total of ten times, including the five consecutive from 2014, until they fell this year to Kuzbass Kemerovo.