Michał Kubiak is undoubtedly one of the best volleyball players in the history of the Polish national team and beyond. Throughout his career, the 35-year-old player has won the World Championship twice in 2014 and 2018, as well as three medals in the World Cup and three bronze medals in the European Championships. Kubiak played in the Polish league for Jastrzębski Węgiel from 2011 to 2014. He then moved to Halkbank Ankara in Turkey, followed by stints in Asia with the Panasonic Panthers, Beijing BAIC Motor, and currently plays for Shanghai Bright.
There has been speculation about his return to Poland due to his impressive performance in Shanghai. The Chinese league season will conclude in April this year, so there will be no opportunity for Michał to join any European club immediately after his time in Asia. This leaves his options open for the future. He is currently leading the team in Shanghai and has impressed the club’s management with his leadership skills.
Matijasevic stated, “As for his future, one possibility is for him to stay in the club. At the same time, we are also in talks with clubs in Poland. So everything is possible and open.” The Chinese team highly values him, emphasizing the importance of his leadership skills, as they have never had a leader who influenced the team in such a way.
Michał continues to be a player at a global level, recognized as one of the world’s best receivers, and clubs are aware of this. Contracts in Shanghai are typically signed for a year, so it’s not certain whether Michał will stay in Asia or return to Poland. This was emphasized by the player’s agent.