The Czech Republic are looking to revive the glory days of the team that played under the Czechoslovakian flag. At the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League, the Czech Republic produced five victories in their 12 matches in Preliminary Round Pool D. In the 2014 edition they won six and lost six in Pool E, missing out on qualification and finishing joint-eighth in Group 2. The Czech Republic did not qualify for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.
The Czechoslovakian team’s first participations in international competitions saw them win a gold medal at the inaugural European Championship in 1948 which kick-started a golden age for the team. They won two more European crowns in 1955 and 1958, two golds at the World Championships of 1956 and 1966, and a further eight medals in other elite tournaments. They took silver at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and followed that with the bronze four years later in Mexico City. The Czechs also earned a surprise fourth-place finish in the 2003 edition of the World League. However, it would be their last appearance for a decade and they are now ranked No. 28 in the world.