Team profile

Zenit-Kazan (RUS)

Defending world club champions Zenit Kazan, with a record six European Champions League titles under their belt (including the last four editions), are the powerhouse of European club volleyball.
After finishing runners-up to Brazil's Sada Cruzeiro of Contagem for two years running, Zenit finally clinched the only title that eluded them last year, when they struck gold at the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship with a win in the final over Italy's Lube Civitanova in straight sets.
Zenit Kazan are making their seventh appearance in the competition this year. They have been in the medals round of every single edition they participated in, for a tally of one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. The only time they missed out on the podium was in 2012 when they fell to Poland's PGE Skra Belchatow in five sets in the bronze medal match.
The club was founded in 2000 under the Dinamo banner in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan.
They have won the Russian league title a total of ten times, including the last five running.
Their 2017-18 season was a huge success, as they picked up all three domestic titles (League, Cup and Supercup) and then went on to beat Italy's Cucine Lube Civitanova in five sets in the European Champions League final.


Vladimir Alekno

Vladimir Alekno

Born on 4 December 1966, Vladimir Alekno began his playing career in what was then Soviet Union, and also competed for clubs in Bulgaria, Italy and France.
He embarked on his coaching career in France’s Tours before returning to Russia to lead Dinamo Moscow.
In July 2015 Alekno took over Russia’s men’s team for the third time, following stints in charge from 2007 to 2009 and 2010 to 2012. Alekno coached Russia to gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 2011 World Cup and 2011 World League. He also led Russia to bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, 2008 and 2009 World League, and silver at the 2010 World League.
He has been coaching Zenit Kazan since 2008, leading the side to nine national Superleague titles and four European Champions League titles, amongst many other honours. He was coach of Zenit Kazan in all six of their previous appearances at the FIVB Club World Championship, including their first gold last year, in addition to bronze medals in 2009 and 2011, and silver in 2015 and 2016.
As a player, amongst other titles, he has twice won the European Champions Cup with CSKA Moscow in 1986 and 1987.


  • Team Manager Lenar Shamsutdinov
  • Assistant coach Alexander Serebrennikov
  • Second Assistant Coach Tomaso Totolo
  • Doctor Ilshat Sagitov
  • Physiotherapist Pavel Grevtsov





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA)
3 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 9 3 3.000 287 259 1.108
Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS)
3 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 6 7 0.857 292 306 0.954
Zenit-Kazan (RUS)
3 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 7 7 1.000 318 314 1.012
Skra Belchatow (POL)
3 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 4 9 0.444 303 321 0.943