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Poland, who won the 2018 world title, will need to fight hard to defend it, come the 2022 FIVB World Championship in Russia.

Defending champions Poland alongside hosts VFR will lead the 24 teams that will take part in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Russia 2022, following the conclusion of the last of the continental championships that were one of the paths to the FIVB's most prestigious event.

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Newly crowned European champions Italy, alongside runners-up Slovenia secured the last two berths through the continental championship pathway, as the two clashed in the European final on Sunday night with Italy prevailing after five dramatic sets.

Earlier last week Iran had beaten Japan to defend their Asian continental title, as both advanced to the World Championship, while Tunisia and Cameroon made it through to Russia 2022 from the African championship.

Previously, Brazil and Argentina had secured their own tickets from South America, with Puerto Rico and Canada advancing through the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) championship.

The 24-team lineup was then completed with the top 12 teams of the FIVB World Rankings - amongst those not already qualified through other paths.

Full list of participants at the 2022 FIVB Men's World Championship:

Qualification pathway
Country
FIVB World Rank
Host
VFR
3
Current world champion
Poland
2
AVC Continental Championship 2021 winner
Iran
10
AVC Continental Championship 2021 runner-up
Japan
11
CAVB Continental Championship 2021 winner
Tunisia
14
CAVB Continental Championship 2021 runner-up
Cameroon
25
CEV Continental Championship 2021 winner
Italy
5
CEV Continental Championship 2021 runner-up
Slovenia
8
CSV Continental Championship 2021 winner
Brazil
1
CSV Continental Championship 2021 runner-up
Argentina
6
NORCECA Continental Championship 2021 winner
Puerto Rico
24
NORCECA Continental Championship 2021 runner-up
Canada
12
FIVB Senior World Ranking
France
4
USA
7
Serbia
9
Cuba
13
Netherlands
15
Germany
16
Mexico
17
Turkey
18
Egypt
19
Qatar
20
Bulgaria
21
China
22

Of the teams that had previously won gold medals in the history of the World Championship, only the Czech Republic (as heirs to Czechoslovakia's titles in 1956 and 1966) are absent.

Qatar, meanwhile, will be making their World Championship debut at Russia 2022.