Players of the Century

There have been some great volleyball players over the years, but it is very difficult to compare players from different eras, as they never get to play head to head, under the same conditions. The greatest players can come from all types of volleyball – indoor or beach, males and females. Read this article for a discussion on this question and some players who may fit this description.

Players of the Century

They may be one of the players of the century if you are looking for the greatest ever players. The Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) announced the greatest male and female players of the century in 2001. The selections were made by a 12-member panel of volleyball experts, following thousands of nominations by the public. Players were selected based on top performance, results, stability, technical contribution to volleyball and personal attitude. Here are the final lists, and the eventual winners.

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Women’s Final List

Regla Torres, Cuba (1992-00) – Winner

Lang Ping, China (1981-84)

Inna Ryskal, USSR (1964-76)

Fernanda Venturini, Brazil (1986-96)

Men’s Final List

Charles ‘Karch’ Kiraly, USA — Co-winner

Lorenzo Bernardi, Italy — Co-winner

Hugo Conte, Argentina (1982-00)

Renan Dalzotto, Brazil (1982-88)

Katsutoshi Nekoda, Japan (1964-77)

Josef Musil, Czech Republic (1952-1968)

Konstantin Reva, USSR (1949-56)

Tomas Wojtowicz, Poland (1974-76)

Volleyball Greatest Players

Below is the list of 15 great male volleyball players that have been compiled using the information above, other published lists and visitor feedback. Players can come from indoor and beach. let’s read the list and consider who you think is the greatest male player ever.

Male Players

Below is the list of 15 great male volleyball players has been compiled using the information above, other published lists and visitor feedback. Players can come from both indoor and beach. 

Giba: Brazilian. Full name Gilberto Amaury de Godoy Filho.

Hugo Conte: Argentina (1982-00). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Jimmy George: The first Indian player to become a professional and played for volleyball club in Italy.

Josef Musil: Czech Republic (1952-1968). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Karch Kiraly: He is an indoor and outdoor legendary player from the USA. The FIVB names him ‘Greatest Volleyball Player of the Century’ in 2001 (along with Bernardi). He is the first and only player who has won both indoor and beach Olympic gold medal.

Katsutoshi Nekoda: Japan (1964-77). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Konstantin Reva: USSR (1949-56). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Lorenzo Bernardi: Italian indoor player, was twice World champion with his national team (1990 and 1994). He was named ‘Greatest Volleyball Player of the Century’ by FIVB in 2001 (along with Kiraly).

Phill Dalhausser: USA player

Randy Stoklos: The first player to earn $1,000,000 playing volleyball

Renan Dalzotto: Brazil (1982-88). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Ron Von Hagen: He played in 54 beach tournaments from 1966 to 1972 and never been lower than the third spot at the end of the tournament.

Sinjin Smith: Member of the U.S. National Team from 1979-1982

Steve Timmons: After leading the USA to a Gold medal in 1984, Steve Timmons was named as MVP of the Olympics by the FIVB.

Tomas Wojtowicz: Poland (1974-76). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Female Players

We are compiling the greatest female players list. The greatest players can come from any forms of volleyball like indoor and beach. We give apologize if there are some players are missing.

Fernanda Venturini: Brazil (1986-96). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Flo Hyman: USA

Inna Ryskal: USSR (1964-76). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Kerri Walsh: female beach player

Lang Ping: China (1981-84). On the FIVB players of the century final list.

Logan Tom: female, USA

Misty May-Treanor: female beach player from the USA

Paula Weishoff: played for the USA in three Olympics

Regla Torres: Female Cuban volleyball player who has won three Olympic gold medals. She was awarded the “Best Female Player of the 20th Century” award by the FIVB in 2001.

Rose Magers-Powell: One of the most dominant middle blockers in the world for much of the 1980s and early part of the 1990s.

Yumilka Ruiz Luaces: The Cuban women’s volleyball team captain. (shirt name Ruiz)

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