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Who is the All Time Greatest Volleyball Player

There have been some great volleyball players over the years, but it is 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 forms of volleyball - indoor and beach, males and females. Read below for a discussion on this question and some players who may fit this description.

Players of the Century

If you are looking for the greatest ever volleyball players, they may be one of the player's of the century. In 2001, the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) announced the male and female volleyball players of the century. 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 results, performance, stability, personal attitude and technical contribution to volleyball. Here are the final lists, and the eventual winners.

volleyball playerWomen'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

The list below of 15 great male volleyball players have been compiled using the information above, other published lists and visitor feedback. Players can come from both indoor and beach volleyball. Cast your vote on who you think is the greatest male volleyball player ever. The winner is to be placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (from all sports).

Male Players

name notes
Giba Brazilian. Full name Gilberto Amaury de Godoy Filho.
Hugo Conte Argentina (1982-00). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Jimmy George The first Indian volleyball player to become a professional and played club volleyball in Italy.
Josef Musil Czech Republic (1952-1968). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Karch Kiraly Indoor and outdoor legendary player from the USA. He was named 'Greatest Volleyball Player of the Century' by FIVB in 2001 (along with Bernardi). He is the only player who has won both indoor and beach volleyball Olympic gold medal
Katsutoshi Nekoda Japan (1964-77). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Konstantin Reva USSR (1949-56). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Lorenzo Bernardi  Italian indoor player, was twice World champion with his national team (1990 and 1994). 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 final list of FIVB players of the century.
Ron Von Hagen He played in 54 beach volleyball tournaments from 1966 to 1972 and never finished lower than third spot.  
Sinjin Smith Member of the U.S. National Team from 1979-1982
Steve Timmons Steve Timmons was named as MVP of the Olympics by the FIVB after leading USA to a Gold medal in 1984. 
Tomas Wojtowicz Poland (1974-76). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.

Female Players

We are compiling a list of the greatest female volleyball players, which will then be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest ever (from all sports). The first stage is to get nominations before the vote is started - below is our current shortlist. The greatest players can come from all forms of volleyball - indoor and beach. If you believe that there is someone missing from this list, please place a comment below, including any relevant details about the person.

name notes
Fernanda Venturini Brazil (1986-96). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Flo Hyman USA
Inna Ryskal USSR (1964-76). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Kerri Walsh female beach player
Lang Ping China (1981-84). On the final list of FIVB players of the century.
Logan Tom female, USA
Misty May-Treanor female beach player from the USA
Paula Weishoff played for USA in three Olympics
Regla Torres Cuban volleyball player who has won three Olympic gold medals. In 2001 awarded the "Best Female Player of the 20th Century" award by the FIVB.
Rose Magers-Powell One of the world's most dominant middle blockers for much of the 1980s and early part of the 1990s.
Yumilka Ruiz Luaces Captain of the Cuban women’s volleyball team. (shirt name Ruiz)

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1. Mirella Luis
2. Regla Torres
3. Lang Ping
4. Ana Moser
5. Yumilka Ruiz
6. Fofao
7. Simona Gioli
8. Fernanda Verturini
9. Virna Diaz
10. Rose Magers-Powell
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2. Logan Tom
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4. Sokolova
5. Saori
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