This is a sad news for Polish fans, as Poland National Team remain without a player who undoubtedly marked the last decade of the country’s volleyball, Michał Kubiak.
The 34-years-old outside hitter announced the end of his international career after a decade of defending the national team and winning gold medals in all top competitions.
The legendary player successfully played for Poland since 2011, and from 2015 he was the captain and a true leader on the court.
He informed about his decision on social media.
“My time in white and red colors has come to an end. I made the decision some time ago and today I put a period at the end of it,” he posted. After saying thanks to his teammates, staff, fans, and many others, he added: “Although my national team career has come to an end, I’m going to play a little more. So I’m not saying goodbye completely, there’ll be time for that. Perhaps I will be able to play on Polish courts and say goodbye to you personally.”
During his long competing with the jersey of Poland, he won 17 medals, 8 of which gold: one in the FIVB World League (2012), 5 in the Wagner Memorial (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021), 2 in World Championship (2014 and 2018).
But he was also a 3-time Olympian: London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016, and Tokyo 2020, and he was awarded Best Outside Spiker of the 2015 FIVB World League, 2018 FIVB World Championship, and 2021 FIVB Nations League.
On a club level, he has been a member of Panasonic Panthers since 2018 and has a contract with the Japanese club until 2023.