“Now it happens”: Volleyball European Championships in Tampere

One of the six groups of the 32nd Men’s Volleyball European Championships will be played next year in Tampere.

The European Volleyball Federation CEV released the competition hosts on Friday. In addition to Tampere, European Championships are played in three Polish cities (Katowice, Gdansk, Krakow), Ostrava in the Czech Republic and Tallinn in Estonia.

Perttu Pesä is event manager and project leader of Tampere. Tampere is also applying for the European Capital of Culture 2026. Pesä states that the city is really enthusiastic and grateful for the competition.

“Tampere has long been the national home of volleyball. Together with the Volleyball Association and local players, we have aimed to get a giant like the European Championships someday here. Now it happens!”

“In such big events, always the members of the same congregation, Culture and Sports, shake hands and show their best skills. That is why this event is also a great thing from the point of view of the European Capital of Culture bid.”

The men’s European Championships involve 24 countries, which are fighting not only for the European Championship medals but also for two straight places in the 2022 World Championships.