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              Tunisia    Pool A   Page   74


            Argentina    Pool A   Page   78


Serbia and Montenegro    Pool A   Page   82


               Poland    Pool A   Page   86


              France     Pool A   Page   90


              Greece     Pool A   Page   94


                Brazil   Pool B   Page   98


                 Italy   Pool B   Page 102


          Netherlands    Pool B   Page 106


               Russia    Pool B   Page 110


                 USA     Pool B   Page 114


            Australia    Pool B   Page 118




                                              69
 Olympic
 Records
         Olympic Medals
              Year   Organizer           Gold   Silver   Bronze

              2000   Sydney (AUS)        YUG    RUS      ITA
              1996   Atlanta (USA)       NED    ITA      YUG
              1992   Barcelona (ESP)     BRA    NED      USA
              1988   Seoul (KOR)         USA    URS*     ARG
              1984   Los Angeles (USA)   USA    BRA      ITA
              1980   Moscow (URS*)       URS*   BUL      ROM
              1976   Montreal (CAN)      POL    URS*     CUB
              1972   Munich (BRD)        JPN    DDR      URS*
              1968   Mexico (MEX)        URS*   JPN      TCH
              1964   Tokyo (JPN)         URS*   TCH      JPN

     * U.S.S.R.




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  Olympic Ranking
                              Nb. of   1964    1968   1972   1976   1980   1984   1988   1992   1996   2000
       Countries              part.    Rank    Rank   Rank   Rank   Rank   Rank   Rank   Rank   Rank   Rank

       Algeria                1        –       –      –      –      –      –      –      12     –      –
       Argentina              4        –       –      –      –      –      6      3      –      8      4
       Australia              1        –       –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      8
       Belgium                1        –       8      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –
       Brazil                 10       7       9      8      7      5      2      4      1      5      6
       Bulgaria               6        5       6      4      –      2      –      6      –      7      –
       Canada                 3        –       –      –      9      –      4      –      10     –      –
       China                  1        –       –      –      –      –      8      –      –      –      –
       C.I.S.*                1        –       –      –      –      –      –      –      7      –      –
       Cuba                   6        –       –      10     3      7      –      –      4      6      7
       Czechoslovakia         5        2       3      6      5      8      –      –      –      –      –
       Egypt                  2        –       –      –      –      –      10     –      –      –      11
       France                 2        –       –      –      –      –      –      8      11     –      –
       Germany (East)         2        –       4      2      –      –      –      –      –      –      –
       Germany (West)         1        –       –      11     –      –      –      –      –      –      –
       Hungary                1        6       –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –
       Italy                  7        –       –      –      8      9      3      9      5      2      3
       Japan                  7        3       2      1      4      –      7      10     6      –      –
       Korea                  8        10      –      7      6      –      5      11     9      9      9
       Lybia                  1        –       –      –      –      10     –      –      –      –      –
       Mexico                 1        –       10     –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –
       Netherlands            5        8       –      –      –      –      –      5      2      1      5
       Poland                 5        –       5      9      1      4      –      –      –      11     –
       Romania                3        4       –      5      –      3      –      –      –      –      –
       Russia                 2        –       –      –      –      –      –      –      –      4      2
       Spain                  2        –       –      –      –      –      –      –      8      –      9
       Sweden                 1        –       –      –      –      –      –      7      –      –      –
       Tunisia                4        –       –      12     –      –      9      12     –      11     –
       United States          7        9       7      –      –      –      1      1      3      9      11
       USSR                   6        1       1      3      2      1      –      2      –      –      –
       Yugoslavia             3        –       –      –      –      6      –      –      –      3      1

* Ex-U.S.S.R (Commonwealth of Independent States)

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     The Road
     to Athens
                   The 12 teams participating in the Olympic Games were selected according to the following procedure:

                   • Team from the host NOC: Greece.
                   • The top three teams of the 2003 FIVB World Cup held in Japan.
                   • The team finishing first in each Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament:
                     1. Europe: in Leipzig, Germany                            3. South America: in Caracas, Venezuela
                     2. North and Central America: in Caguas, Puerto Rico 4. Africa: in Tunis, Tunisia.
                   • The team finishing first in each World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Madrid, Spain and Porto, Portugal
                     as well as the winner and the best Asian team at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.


     World Cup
                                    1   BRAZIL                           7   CANADA
                                    2   ITALY                            8   VENEZUELA
                                    3   SERBIA & MONTENEGRO              9   JAPAN
                                                                                                                     Brazil
                                    4   U.S.A.                          10   CHINA                                    Italy
                                    5   FRANCE                          11   TUNISIA                                Serbia &
                                    6   KOREA                           12   EGYPT                                 Montenegro

     Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments
     North and Central America (January 4-10, 2004, Caguas, Puerto Rico)
                                   Preliminary Round Robin                                         Final Ranking
                                   04-Jan CUB-CAN 3-1 26-24          25-22   16-25   30-28         1 USA
                                   04-Jan MEX-PUR 3-2 25-22          17-25   25-23   23-25 15-13
                                   05-Jan USA-MEX 3-0 28-26          25-14   25-16                 2 Cuba
                                                                                                   3 Puerto Rico
                                                                                                                       U.S.A.
                                   05-Jan PUR-CAN 3-1 23-25          25-21   25-23   25-21
                                   06-Jan CAN-MEX 3-0 25-22          25-19   25-19                 4 Canada
                                   06-Jan USA-CUB 3-1 25-16          25-21   23-25   25-22
                                                                                                   5 Mexico
                                   07-Jan USA-CAN 3-0 27-25          30-28   25-21
                                   07-Jan CUB-PUR 3-1 25-18          25-17   25-19   25-23
                                   08-Jan CUB-MEX 3-1 25-22          25-17   23-25   25-17
                                   08-Jan USA-PUR 3-0 25-18          25-17   25-17
                                   Semi-Final
                                   09-Jan CUB-PUR 3-1 25-18          17-25 25-19 25-23
                                   09-Jan USA-CAN 3-0 27-25          27-25 25-16
                                   Bronze Medal
                                   10-Jan CAN-PUR 3-2 23-25          25-23 23-25 25-18 15-10
                                   Gold Medal
                                   10-Jan USA-CUB 3-2 21-25          25-18 24-26 25-22 15-13


     Europe (January 5-10, 2004, Leipzig, Germany)
                                   Preliminary Round                                               Final Ranking
                                   Pool A                                                          1 Russia
                                   05-Jan BUL-GER      0-3   19-25   19-25   18-25                 2 The Netherlands
                                   06-Jan BUL-RUS      0-3   20-25   20-25   19-25
                                                                                                   3 France
                                                                                                                       Russia
                                   06-Jan GER-POL      2-3   25-22   16-25   27-25 24-26 13-15
                                   07-Jan RUS-POL      3-0   25-19   25-16   25-18                 2 Germany
                                   08-Jan POL-BUL      0-3   19-25   19-25   18-25                 5 Bulgaria
                                   08-Jan GER-RUS      0-3   23-25   17-25   28-30                 3 Spain
                                   Pool B                                                          7 Finland
                                   05-Jan ESP-FRA      1-3   21-25   37-35   16-25 19-25
                                   05-Jan NED-FIN      3-0   25-22   25-23   25-19                 4 Poland
                                   06-Jan FIN-ESP      2-3   19-25   25-22   25-15 23-25 10-15
                                   07-Jan FRA-FIN      3-0   25-20   26-24   25-21
                                   07-Jan ESP-NED      0-3   20-25   14-25   12-25
                                   08-Jan FRA-NED      0-3   21-25   18-25   23-25
                                   Semifinals
                                   09-Jan RUS-FRA      3-0 25-23 25-16 25-23
                                   09-Jan NED-GER      3-0 25-21 25-23 25-17
                                   Final
                                   10-Jan RUS-NED      3-0 25-19 25-17 25-16

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South America (January 9-11, 2004, Caracas, Venezuela)
                           Single Round Robin                                             Final Ranking
                           09-Jan CHI-ARG 0-3       16-25   13-25   14-25                 1 Argentina
                           09-Jan PER-VEN 0-3       17-25   10-25   15-25
                                                                                          2 Venezuela
                           10-Jan ARG-PER 3-0       25-13   25-15   25-18
                                                                                          3 Peru
                                                                                                              Argentina
                           10-Jan VEN-CHI 3-0       25-13   25-16   25-19
                           11-Jan CHI-PER 1-3       25-15   27-29   22-25 18-25           4 Chile
                           11-Jan ARG-VEN 3-0       25-18   25-19   25-23



Africa (January 5-10, 2004, Tunis, Tunisia)
                           Single Round Robin                                             Final Ranking
                           05-Jan RSA-ALG 1-3       25-22   22-25   18-25 22-25           1 Tunisia
                           06-Jan TUN-ALG 3-0       25-21   25-18   25-16
                                                                                          2 Egypt
                           07-Jan RSA-EGY 0-3       20-25   22-25   20-25
                                                                                          3 Algeria
                                                                                                                Tunisia
                           09-Jan EGY-ALG 3-0       25-22   29-27   25-15
                           09-Jan TUN-RSA 3-0       25-19   25-18   25-10                 4 South Africa
                           10-Jan TUN-EGY 3-0       25-19   25-16   25-22




FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournaments
Portugal (May 21-23, 2004, Porto)
                           21-May   POL-VEN   3-0   25-21   26-24   25-22                 Final Ranking
                           21-May   POR-KAZ   3-0   25-16   25-18   25-19                 1 Poland
                           22-May   KAZ-VEN   0-3   23-25   21-25   21-25                 2 Venezuela
                           22-May   POR-POL   2-3   18-25   25-18   29-27 19-25 12-15
                                                                                          3 Portugal
                                                                                                                Poland
                           23-May   POL-KAZ   3-0   25-15   25-13   25-22
                           23-May   VEN-POR   3-0   26-24   27-25   25-21                 4 Kazakhstan



Spain (May 28-30, 2004, Madrid)
                           28-May   CMR-NED   0-3   21-25   25-27   18-25                 Final Ranking
                           28-May   ESP-CUB   1-3   17-25   25-14   23-25 16-25           1 The Netherlands
                           29-May   CMR-ESP   0-3   14-25   17-25   20-25                 2 Cuba
                           29-May   NED-CUB   3-1   25-19   30-28   25-27 25-20                               Netherlands
                                                                                          3 Spain
                           30-May   CUB-CMR   3-0   25-20   25-23   25-13
                           30-May   ESP-NED   0-3   20-25   20-25   24-26                 4 Cameroon



Japan (May 22-30, 2004, Tokyo)
                           22-May   CAN-IRI   3-0   25-20   25-20   28-26                 Final Ranking
                           22-May   KOR-CHN   0-3   19-25   23-25   22-25                 1 France
                           22-May   AUS-FRA   0-3   18-25   28-30   26-28                 2 Australia
                           22-May   ALG-JPN   0-3   14-25   15-25   18-25
                                                                                          3 China
                                                                                                               France
                           23-May   IRI-KOR   3-0   25-18   25-21   25-16
                                                                                          4 Canada
                                                                                                              Australia
                           23-May   FRA-CAN   3-0   25-22   25-23   25-21
                           23-May   ALG-AUS   0-3   17-25   22-25   16-25                 5 Iran
                           23-May   JPN-CHN   2-3   25-27   25-20   22-25   25-22 16-18   6 Japan
                           25-May   CHN-IRI   3-1   25-16   25-23   31-33   25-22         7 Korea
                           25-May   KOR-FRA   0-3   16-25   13-25   16-25
                                                                                          8 Algeria
                           25-May   CAN-ALG   3-0   25-13   25-16   25-21
                           25-May   AUS-JPN   3-2   21-25   25-17   25-14   19-25 15-13
                           26-May   FRA-CHN   3-0   25-21   38-36   25-21
                           26-May   AUS-CAN   3-0   25-19   25-19   26-24
                           26-May   ALG-KOR   0-3   21-25   15-25   19-25
                           26-May   JPN-IRI   2-3   22-25   29-27   25-18   21-25 12-15
                           28-May   KOR-AUS   1-3   21-25   15-25   25-21   19-25
                           28-May   IRI-FRA   0-3   31-33   19-25   21-25
                           28-May   CHN-ALG   3-0   25-15   25-16   25-15
                           28-May   CAN-JPN   3-0   25-15   25-17   27-25
                           29-May   ALG-IRI   0-3   17-25   18-25   13-25
                           29-May   CAN-KOR   3-1   25-21   21-25   25-22   25-18
                           29-May   AUS-CHN   3-0   25-21   25-20   25-19
                           29-May   JPN-FRA   2-3   23-25   25-21   18-25   25-21 12-15
                           30-May   IRI-AUS   3-0   25-19   26-24   25-23
                           30-May   CHN-CAN   3-0   25-22   25-19   25-17
                           30-May   FRA-ALG   3-0   25-16   25-11   25-13
                           30-May   KOR-JPN   0-3   20-25   21-25   23-25

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     AREA:          163,610 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   9,974,722
     CAPITAL:       Tunis
     LANGUAGE:      Arabic and French




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Tunisia
Pool A




Tunisia is one of the leading nations in African They are undoubtedly Africa’s most celebrated country in
Volleyball. The North African nation has attained the greatest Volleyball as this will be their fifth Olympic Games participa-
number of Volleyball titles in all age categories in the continent. tion (best place was ninth in 1972), although they were absent
The national men’s senior team has won most of the titles, from the Sydney Olympic tournament.
most notably the 2003 African Nations Championship in Having won eight titles out of 14 African Championships,
Cairo, which gave the team the honour to be the African repre- Tunisia is looking forward to making a noteworthy presence at
sentative at the 2003 World Cup. However, things did not go the nets of the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
exactly as planned for Tunisia in Japan as they failed to get
their game together before bowing out of the competition in
11th place, just one spot higher than bottom side Egypt.
Volleyball is becoming more and more popular in Tunisia to the
extent that it now competes with football for the position of
the nation’s favourite sport. This has been largely due to the
excellent developmental programmes prepared by the Tunisian
Volleyball Federation over the past two decades. The
Federation originally opened the door for professional players
from Africa and Europe to play in local competitions without
limitations in order to enhance the skills and experience of
local players. Since then foreign players have been limited to
only two per team to give local players more of a chance of          Match Schedule
competing.
Strict rules were also put in place by the Tunisian Federation      15   Aug. 19:30        TUN v GRE
for local clubs in order to promote Volleyball and the country      17   Aug.  9:00        TUN v ARG
                                                                    19   Aug. 16:00        SCG v TUN
is now reaping the dividends.
                                                                    21   Aug. 14:00        TUN v POL
The admirable performances of the Tunisian players in inter-        23   Aug.  9:00        FRA v TUN
national championships has seen many talented players,
                                                                    At the Peace and Friendship
including the likes of Noureddine Hfaiedh and Ghazi Guidara,
                                                                    Stadium
go abroad to big European and Arabian clubs and play as pro-
fessionals.

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     Tunisia
     Pool A

                  1 Tawargui                                     2 Trabelsi                                         3 Gara
                  Anouar Taouargui                                Mohamed Trabelsi                                   Mehdi Gara
                  Age: 20 Born in Tunisia –                       Age: 22 Born in Sfax, TUN –                        Age: 23 Born in Kelibia,
                  Honours: YWCH 2001:8                            Profession: Agent in                               TUN – Profession: Student
                                                                  Society – Position: Middle-                        – Position: Universal – Club
                                                                  blocker – Club debut:                              debut: U.S.Kelibia
                                                                  U.S.T.Sfax (Sfax,Tunisia) in                       (Kelibia,Tunisia) in 1992 –
                                              1992 – Int. debut: Youth World Championship        Int. debut: African Championship Youth (Tunis)
                                              (Saudia Arabia) in 1998 – Honours: WCUP            in 1998 – Honours: WCUP 2003:11
                                              2003:11




                  4 Ben Abbes                                    5 Sellami                                          6 Besrour
                Walid Ben Abbes                                  Samir Sellami                                      Amine Besrour
                Age: 24 Born in Sousse,                          Age: 27 Born in Sfax, TUN –                        Age: 25 Born in Tunis, TUN
                TUN – Profession: Student                        Profession: Pharmacist –                           – Profession: Student –
                – Position: Wing-spiker –                        Club debut: C.S.Sfax                               Position: Libero – Club
                Club debut: E.S.Sahel                            (C.S.Sfax) in 1986 –                               debut: E.S.Tunis (Tunis,
                (Sousse, Tunisia) in 1991 –                      Honours: WCUP 2003:11                              Tunisia) in 1989 – Int. debut:
 Honours: WCUP 2003:11                                                                           in 2001




                  7 Ghezal                                       8 Ben Slimane                                      9 Belaid
                Chaker Ghezal                                  Mohamed Ben Slimane                                 Khaled Belaid
                Age: 27 Born in Paris, FRA                     Age: 22 Born in Tunis, TUN                          Age: 30 Born in Tunis, TUN –
                – Profession: without –                        – Profession: Student –                             Profession: Sport presenter –
                Position: Middle-blocker –                     Club debut: E.S.Rades                               Position: Wing-spiker – Club
                Club debut: E.S.Sahel                          (Rades, Tunisia) in 1991 –                          debut: E.S.Tunis (Tunis,
                (Sousse, Tunisia) in 1990 –                    Int. debut: Youth African                           Tunisia) in 1984 – Int. debut:
 Honours: WCUP 1999:12 2003:11                Championship (Ariana, Tunisia) in 1998             Junior african championship 1994 (Tunis) in
                                                                                                 1993 – Honours: WCUP 2003:11




                  10 Ben Hassine                                 11 Fehri                                           12 Lajnef
                  Bilel Ben Hassine                              Marouane Fehri                                   Maaouia Lajnef
                  Age: 22 Born in Tunisia –                      Age: 25 Born in Kelibia,                         Age: 28 Born in Kelibia,
                  Honours: JWCH 2001:13 /                        TUN – Profession: Sport                          TUN – Profession: Player –
                  YWCH 2001:8                                    instructor – Position:                           Position: Libero – Club
                                                                 Universal – Club debut:                          debut: Cok Kelibia (Tunisia)
                                                                 C.O.Kelibia (Kelibia,Tunisia)                    in 1986 – Int. debut:
                                              in 1990 – Int. debut: African Championship         Championnat Arabe Juniors Des Nations
                                              Youth (Marroco) in 1994 – Honours: WCUP            (Egypte) in 1996
                                              1999:12 2003:11




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                   List of Honours

          Olympics                         World Championships             World League           Grand Champion Cup   World Cup              Cont. Championships
             1996 11                                   2002   19                                                          2003   11              2003 1
             1988 12                                   1982   21                                                          1999   12              1999 1
             1984 9                                    1978   24                                                          1995   12              1997 1
             1972 12                                   1974   18                                                          1991    8              1995 1
                                                       1970   22                                                          1981    8              1993 2
                                                                                                                          1969   11              1991 3
                                                                                                                                                 1987 1
                                                                                                                                                 1983 2
                                                                                                                                                 1979 1
                                                                                                                                                 1976 2
                                                                                                                                                 1976 7
                                                                                                                                                 1971 1
                                                                                                                                                 1967 1
                                                                                                                                                 1958 16



                     Players Roster                                                                                                             Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname      Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                        Giacobbe Antonio
                                                                                   WC OG Oth. Tot.
                                                                                                                                                Tunisia head coach Giacobbe
                                                                                                                                                Antonio is considered one of the
1    Taouargui / Anouar / Taouargui        17.08.83    181     70    302   292           12 12     CSS, SFAX TUN
                                                                                                                                                most successful foreign coaches
2    Trabelsi / Mohamed / Trabelsi         15.09.81    202     92    340   320      7         7    CSS, TUN                                     in African Volleyball.
3    Gara / Mehdi / Gara                   01.03.81    189     78    332   317                0    C.O.Kelibia, TUN                             The 55-year-old Italian has rai-
                                                                                                                        sed the level of Volleyball in Tunisia remarkably, to a
4    Ben Abbes / Walid / Ben Abbes         19.06.80    186     76    331   308           14 14     E.S.Sahel, TUN       point where Tunisia has won all the continental compe-
5    Sellami / Samir / Sellami             13.07.77    194     82    320   308           25 25     C.S.Sfax, TUN        titions and represented the continent in international
                                                                                                                        competitions most often.
6    Besrour / Amine / Besrour             05.12.78    181     78    309   295            8 8      E.S.Tunis, FRA       Before starting with Tunisia, Antonio worked as a coach
7    Ghezal / Chaker / Ghezal              14.01.77    199     90    352   335           72 72     E.S.Sahel, TUN       in Italy before being appointed head coach of the Italian
                                                                                                                        national women’s team.
8    Ben Slimane / Mohamed / Ben Slimane   29.11.81    184     74    318   302      7     9 16     E.S.Sahel, TUN       The former professor of sports then took over the reins
9    Belaid / Khaled / Belaid              30.12.73    195     82    326   312        5 117 122    CSS, TUN             as head coach of the Tunisian men’s team in 1999 and
                                                                                                                        has since seen Tunisia achieve incredible success.
10   Ben Hassine / Bilel / Ben Hassine     22.06.82    195     80    320   315           22 22     COK, KELIBIA TUN
                                                                                                                        This includes qualification to the 2002 World
11   Fehri / Marouane / Fehri              01.07.79    197     79    325   306        5 105 110    C.O.Kelibia, TUN     Championship in Argentina, and title winning perfor-
12   Lajnef / Maaouia / Lajnef             25.03.76    184     72    319   305           10 10     COK, TUN             mances in both the 2002 Arab Championship in
                                                                                                                        Lebanon and the 2003 African Championship in Egypt.
13   Hfaiedh / Noureddine / Hfaiedh        27.08.73    200     86    350   315      5   155 160    E.S.Sahel, TUN       He also led Tunisia to the silver medal in the 2001
14   Berriri / Mehrez / Berriri            13.04.75    186     80    328   305           20 20     Montpellier, FRA     Mediterranean Games in Tunisia after a magnificent
                                                                                                                        final against Italy and saw Tunisia qualify for the 2003
15   Guidara / Ghazi / Guidara             18.05.74    186     75    326   305          150 150    EST, TUN             World Cup in Japan, where the African representatives
16   Lemjid / Seifeddine / Lemjid          10.03.84    198     92    327   315      6     6 12     COK, KELIBIA TUN     recorded a historic victory against the hosts.
                                                                                                                        Antonio’s final achievement to date is leading Tunisia to
17   Chekili / Mohamed Slim / Chekili      15.03.85    198     82    328   309     16     6 22     COK, KELIBIA TUN     Olympic qualification in the African Olympic qualifica-
18   Karamosly / Hosni / Karamosly         01.06.80    197     82    338   315           35 35     CSS, TUN             tion tournament in Tunisia in January.




                           13 Hfaiedh                                                    14 Berriri                                            15 Guidara
                Noureddine Hfaiedh                                                      Mehrez Berriri                                         Ghazi Guidara
                Age: 30 Born in Haouaria,                                               Age: 29 Born in Tunis, TUN                             Age: 30 Born in Sfax, TUN –
                TUN – Position: Wing-spik-                                              – Profession: Teacher of                               Club debut: C.S.Sfax (Sfax,
                er – Club debut: A.S.H.                                                 sport – Position: Libero –                             Tunisia) in 1986 – Honours:
                (Haouaria,Tunisia) in 1985 –                                            Club debut: U.S.Carthage                               WCH 2002:19 / WCUP
                Int. debut: World                                                       (Carthage.Tunisia) in 1988 –                           1999:12 2003:11
Championship Junior (Argentina) in 1992 –                            Int. debut: Arabic Championship Junior
Honours: WCUP 1999:12 2003:11                                        (Cairo.Egypt) in 1996 – Honours: WCUP
                                                                     2003:11




                           16 Lamjed                                                     17 Chekili                                            18 Karamosly
                           Seifeddine Lemjid                                             Mohamed Slim Chekili                                Hosni Karamosly
                           Age: 20 Born in Tunisia –                                     Age: 19 Born in Tunisia –                           Age: 24 Born in Tunis, TUN
                           Honours: YWCH 2001:8                                          Honours: YWCH 2001:8                                – Profession: Student –
                           (Best Setter)                                                                                                     Position: Middle-blocker –
                                                                                                                                             Club debut: C.S.Hammam
                                                                                                                                             Lif (H.Lif, Tunisia) in 1992 –
                                                                                                                        Int. debut: Youth African Champioship (1997)
                                                                                                                        (Kelibia, Tunisia) in 1995 – Honours: WCUP
                                                                                                                        2003:11




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     AREA:          2,766,890 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   39,144,753
     CAPITAL:       Buenos Aires
     LANGUAGE:      Spanish




78
Argentina
Pool A




With a strong Latin American element, Argentina Good results in July against the likes of Canada and Australia
appear ready to spring surprises on the other medal conten- are a strong signal that all is still well in Argentine Volleyball
ders at the Athens Olympic tournament. After all, it was one and the blue and whites will still be a threat in Athens.
such surprise that they reserved early this year for Venezuela,
whom they defeated in the South America Olympic
Qualification tournament, on the Venezuelans’ own home
ground in Caracas, which secured them their ticket to Athens.
The Argentine team finished fourth in the Sydney Olympic
Games, eliminating their perennial opponents Brazil in the
quarterfinal. It was the only defeat the Celeção suffered, a
defeat that did not allow them to contend for a medal.
The homeland of Tango made its Olympic debut in Los
Angeles in 1984, where they finished sixth. In Seoul four
years later, Argentina climbed onto the third step of the
podium and ranked eighth in 1996, in Atlanta. The greatest
international success of the ‘gauchos’ was the bronze medal
in 1982 at the event they hosted in Buenos Aires. The team
of Marcos Milinkovic, who will be taking part in his third
Olympic tournament, the multitalented Jorge Elgueta and the
efficient libero Pablo Meana are hoping to haunt the great         Match Schedule
teams in the sport.
This team hasn’t had the best of build ups after the Argentina    15   Aug.   14:00     ARG v FRA
Federation (FAV) was suspended in 1993 for non respect of         17   Aug.    9:00     TUN v ARG
                                                                  19   Aug.   19:30     ARG v GRE
the FIVB decisions about its suspended, then expelled former
                                                                  21   Aug.   16:00     ARG v SCG
president Mario Goijman. A new federation (FeVA –                 23   Aug.   16:00     POL v ARG
Federation del Voleibol Argentino) replaced the expelled FAV
as the official body of Argentine Volleyball earlier this year    At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                  Stadium
and the men’s team has been playing as many warm up
games as possible.

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     Argentina
     Pool A

                    1 Milinkovic                                      2 Elgueta                                         3 Porporatto
                     Marcos Milinkovic                                  Jorge Elgueta                                    Gustavo Porporatto
                     Age: 32 Born in San Martín,                        Age: 34 Born in San Juan,                        Age: 23 Born in Cordoba,
                     ARG – Position: Universal –                        ARG – Position: Wing-spik-                       ARG – Position: Middle-
                     Club debut: Sportivo                               er – Club debut: Obras                           blocker – Club debut:
                     Ballester (Villa Ballester –                       Sanitarias de San Juan                           Municipalidad de Cordoba
                     Argentina) in 1988 – Int.                          (San Juan – Argentina) in                        (Cordoba, Argentina) in
 debut: South American Championship (San            1987 – Int. debut: South American                1996 – Int. debut: Friendly Game (Buenos
 Pablo – Brazil) in 1990 – Honours: OG 2000:4 /     Championship (Córdoba – Argentina) in 1992 –     Aires, Argentina) in 1998 – Honours: JWCH
 WC 1999:9 / WCH 1998:11 (World Best Spiker)        Honours: WCH 1998:11 2002:6 / WL 1999:6          2001:8 / WCH 2002:6 / WL 2002:9
 2002:6 (MVP and Best Scorer) / WL 1999:6           2002:9
 2000:8 2001:13 2002:9




                    4 Firpo                                           5 Arroyo                                          6 Scholtis
                   Sebastian Firpo                                    Gabriel Arroyo                                    Gustavo Scholtis
                   Age: 27 Born in San                                Age: 27 Born in Argentina –                       Age: 21 Born in Cordoba,
                   Nicolás, ARG – Club debut:                         Position: Middle-blocker –                        ARG – Position: Wing-spik-
                   Somisa (San Nicolás –                              Club debut: CLUB A. VELEZ                         er – Club debut: Villa Carlos
                   Argentina) in 1988 – Int.                          SARSFIELD (BUENOS                                 Paz (Cordoba,Argentina) in
                   debut: South American                              AIRES ARGENTINA) in 1998                          1998 – Int. debut: Friendly
 Championship (Córdoba – Argentina) in 1993 –       – Int. debut: SUDAMERICANO (RIO DE               Game (Buenio Aires,Argentina) in 1999 –
 Honours: OG 2000:4 / WC 1999:9 / WCH               JANEIRO BRAZIL) in 2003                          Honours: JWCH 2001:8 / OG 2000:11 / WGCC
 1998:11 / WL 1999:6 2000:8 2001:13                                                                  2001:6 / WL 2002:9




                    7 Gutierrez                                       8 Ferraro                                         9 Chavez
                  Diego Gutierrez                                    Hernan Ferraro                                   Lucas Chavez
                  Age: 28 Born in Capital                            Age: 36 Born in Buenos                           Age: 22 Born in Buenos
                  Federal, ARG – Club debut:                         Aires, ARG – Profession:                         Aires, ARG – Position:
                  River Plate (Buenos Aires                          Businessman – Club debut:                        Universal – Club debut:
                  Argentina) in 1988 – Int.                          OSN (Buenos Aires,                               Club Italiano (Buenos Aires
                  debut: World League                                Argentina) in 1976 – Int.                        Argentina) in 1997 – Int.
 (Buenos Aires Argentina) in 2000 – Honours:        debut: World League (Buenos Aires) in 2002 –     debut: Sudamericano in 2000 – Honours:
 WL 2000:8                                          Honours: WCH 2002:6 / WL 2002:9                  JWCH 2001:8 / WGCC 2001:6




                    10 Spajic                                         11 Bidegain                                       12 Peralta
                    Alejandro Spajic                                 Jeronimo Bidegain                                  Pablo Peralta
                    Age: 28 Born in San Juan,                        Age: 27 Born in Capital                            Age: 24 Born in Rosario,
                    ARG – Position: Middle-                          Federal, ARG – Position:                           ARG – Position: Middle-
                    blocker – Club debut:                            Wing-spiker – Club debut:                          blocker – Club debut:
                    Obras Sanitarias de San                          Italiano (Capital Federal                          Normal no 3 (Rosario
                    Juan (San Juan –                                 Argentina) in 1993 – Int.                          Argentina) in 1992 – Int.
 Argentina) in 1993 – Int. debut: Qualification     debut: Sudamericano (Cordoba Agentina) in        debut: World League (Buenos Aires,
 Tournament for 1994 World Championship             1999 – Honours: OG 2000:4 / WC 1999:10 /         Argentina) in 2001 – Honours: WL 2001:13
 (Neuquén – Argentina) in 1994 – Honours: OG        WCH 2002:6 / WGCC 2001:6 / WL 2000:8             2002:9
 2000:4 / WC 1999:9 / WCH 1998:11 2002:6 /          2001:13 2002:9
 WGCC 2001:6 / WL 1999:6 2000:8 2001:13
 2002:9

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                   List of Honours

          Olympics                       World Championships             World League              Grand Champion Cup           World Cup              Cont. Championships
             2000 4                                  2002    6                 2002 9                       2001 6                 1999 9                 2003 3       1973 2
             1996 8                                  1998   11                 200113                                              1995 7                 2001 2       1971 3
             1988 3                                  1994   13                 2000 8                                              1985 5                 1999 2       1969 5
             1984 6                                  1990    6                 1999 6                                                                     1997 3       1964 1
                                                     1986    7                 1998 9                                                                     1995 2       1962 2
                                                     1982    3                 1997 7                                                                     1993 2       1961 3
                                                     1978   22                 1996 7                                                                     1991 2       1958 4
                                                     1960   11                                                                                            1989 2       1951 4
                                                                                                                                                          1987 2
                                                                                                                                                          1985 3
                                                                                                                                                          1983 2
                                                                                                                                                          1981 2
                                                                                                                                                          1979 5
                                                                                                                                                          1977 3
                                                                                                                                                          1975 3


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                     Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname    Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                                   Alberto Fabián
                                                                                 WC OG Oth. Tot.                                                        Armoa
1    Milinkovic / Marcos / Milinkovic    22.12.71    205     100   355   338     31 17 242   290    Unisul, BRA                                         Alberto Fabián Armoa was
2    Elgueta / Jorge / Elgueta           21.11.69    196      95   353   333     19 7 198    224    Portol, ESP                                         born in Buenos Aires on March
                                                                                                                                                        17, 1964. He started playing
3    Porporatto / Gustavo / Porporatto   07.05.81    199      91   353   323             3     3    Social Monteros, ARG         Volleyball as junior player for Velez Sarfield Team in
4    Firpo / Sebastian / Firpo           27.10.76    188     100   330   315     24 8 111    143    Bolivar, ARG                 1981 before starting his coaching career in 1984
5    Arroyo / Gabriel / Arroyo           03.03.77    194      90   352   327             4     4    C.A. Velez Sarsfield, ARG    with the Instituto Malbernat team.
                                                                                                                                 After coaching posts with Circulo General Belgrano,
6    Scholtis / Gustavo / Scholtis       16.12.82    205      80   341   320            12    12    Almeria, ESP                 Nueva Chicago, Universidad Buenos Aires and Velez,
7    Gutierrez / Diego / Gutierrez       27.05.76    186      85   330   315             7     7    Evivo Düren, GER             Armoa began coaching both the Obras Sanitarias
                                                                                                                                 men's team and the Velez Sarfield women's team.
8    Ferraro / Hernan / Ferraro          13.05.68    170      74   300   300      7      6    13    R.P. Coronel Vidal, ARG      In September 2003, Armoa was appointed coach
9    Chavez / Lucas / Chavez             03.04.82    199      88   348   318             5     5    VTT Wasserkraft, AUT         with the task of gaining Olympic qualification and he
                                                                                                                                 did immediately at the South America Continental
10   Spajic / Alejandro / Spajic         07.05.76    204      95   360   340     24 8 113    145    Bolivar, ARG                 Qualification Tournament played in Venezuela in
11   Bidegain / Jeronimo / Bidegain      16.01.77    200      93   352   335      8 8 39      55    Social Monteros, ARG         January.
12   Peralta / Pablo / Peralta           09.12.79    204     100   350   330            15    15    Tenerife, ESP                Bidegain, Darraidou, Elgueta, Ferraro, Giani, Meana
                                                                                                                                 (L), Milinkovic (C), Patti, Peralta, Porporatto and
13   Darraidou / Santiago / Darraidou    24.11.80    194      95   345   335      7     14    21    Orestiada, GRE               Spajic are going to Athens, “first with the goal of get-
14   Filardi / Javier / Filardi          07.02.80    191      88   335   318             4     4    CA Velez Sarsfield, ARG      ting the Olympic Diploma (qualify for the quarterfi-
                                                                                                                                 nals – the best eight teams) and then a medal,”
15   Patti / Leonardo / Patti            06.07.78    188      88   340   320      2 1 9       12    Bolivar, ARG                 Armoa said. In the long run, he adds, “I want to put
16   Gonzalez / Alexis / Gonzalez        21.07.81    183      82   321   300      6      6    12    Portol, ESP                  Argentina among the first five teams in the world,
                                                                                                                                 qualify for the Final Round of the 2006 World
17   Meana / Pablo / Meana               10.06.75    187      86   325   315     10 8 34      52    Lokomotiv, RUS
                                                                                                                                 Championship in Japan and return Argentina to the
18   Giani / Gaston / Giani              26.04.79    194      86   345   330            18    18    Tenerife, ESP                World League”.




                           13 Darraidou                                                 14 Filardi                                                      15 Patti
                 Santiago Darraidou                                                 Javier Filardi                                                 Leonardo Patti
                 Age: 23 Born in Buenos                                             Age: 24 Born in Argentina –                                    Age: 26 Born in Buenos
                 Aires, ARG – Position:                                             Position: Wing-spiker –                                        Aires, ARG – Position:
                 Wing-spiker – Club debut:                                          Club debut: Banco de                                           Universal – Club debut:
                 Club Italiano (Buenos                                              Córdoba (Córdoba,                                              Scholem Aleijen (Capital
                 Aires) in 1989 – Int. debut:                                       Argentina) in 1989 – Int.                                      Federal Argentina) in 1990
Friendly Games (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in                        debut: Sudamericano (Rio de Janeiro Brazil)                   – Int. debut: Sudamericano in 1996 – Honours:
2001 – Honours: WCH 2002:6 / WL 2002:9                             in 2003                                                       OG 2000:4 / WCH 2002:6 / WL 2000:8 2001:13




                           16 Gonzalez                                                  17 Meana                                                        18 Giani
                   Alexis Gonzalez                                                  Pablo Meana                                                     Gaston Giani
                   Age: 23 Born in Buenos                                           Age: 29 Born in Necochea,                                       Age: 25 Born in Buenos
                   Aires, ARG – Position:                                           ARG – Position: Libero –                                        Aires, ARG – Position:
                   Libero – Club debut:                                             Club debut: Luz y Fuerza                                        Wing-spiker – Club debut:
                   BANADE (Buenos Aires,                                            (Necochea ARG) in 1986 –                                        Independiente (Buenos
                   Argentina) in 1997 – Int.                                        Int. debut: Friendly                                            Aires Argentina) in 1995 –
debut: Friendly Game (Buenos Aires,                                Matches (Buenos Aires ARG) in 1999 –                          Int. debut: South American Cup in 1998 –
Argentina) in 1999 – Honours: JWCH 2001:8                          Honours: OG 2000:4 / WCH 2002:6 (Best                         Honours: WCH 2002:6 / WL 2001:13 2002:9
(Best Receiver) / WL 2002:9                                        Receiver) / WGCC 2001:6 / WL 2000:8 2001:13
                                                                   2002:9



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     AREA:          102,350 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   10,825,900
     CAPITAL:       Belgrade
     LANGUAGE:      Serbian




82
Serbia and
Montenegro
Pool A




With only one participation until 1996 in an Olympic ce in the 2003 World League final was of epic proportions as
tournament, that of 1980 in Moscow, where they finished they pushed Brazil to five sets. This year’s World League saw
sixth, the former Yugoslavia did not have any great success to them bow out of the competition in the semifinals but they
boast of in international Volleyball until the mid-1990s, des- still showed they have what it takes to be in medal contention.
pite their presence at international events since 1951. They Strong, tall and powerful they are awesome to watch and
were also among the (14) founding members of the having stepped on to the top podium in 2000, don’t be sur-
International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).                          prised to see a repeat performance in Athens.
The ‘Plavi’ explosion took place in 1995, when they seized the
bronze medal in the European Championships held in Athens
– a distinction that foretold their third place the following year
at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Since then, Serbia and
Montenegro has been adding at least one medal to their col-
lection every year: bronze in 1997 at the European
Championships; silver in 1998 at the World Championships;
bronze again in 1999 at the European Championships; before
gold in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic tournament; another
European Championship gold medal in 2001; bronze in the
2002 World League; a silver medal in the 2003 World League
and a bronze in the World Cup.
This torrent of distinctions is in addition to the two bronze          Match Schedule
medals at the European Championships in 1975 and 1979,
but more importantly it is expected to provide a boost to the          15   Aug.    9:00    SCG v POL
“Blue team” defense of their Olympic title – which will be led         17   Aug.   11:00    FRA v SCG
                                                                       19   Aug.   16:00    SCG v TUN
by the great setter Nikola Grbic, his brother, back player
                                                                       21   Aug.   16:00    ARG v SCG
Vladimir Grbic, universal player Ivan Miljkovic, back player           23   Aug.   19:30    SCG v GRE
Goran Vujevic and centres Andrija Geric and Dula Mester, coa-
ched by Ljubomir Travica.                                              At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                       Stadium
Serbia and Montenegro are one of the most powerful sides in
the men’s game at the moment. Their runner’s up performan-

                                                                                                                                 83
     Serbia and Montenegro
     Pool A

                   1 Petkovic                                        2 Vasic                                             3 Maric
                  Vlado Petkovic                                   Milan Vasic                                          Goran Maric
                  Age: 21 Born in Kraljevo,                        Age: 23 Born in Zemun,                               Age: 22 Born in Novi Sad,
                  YUG – Club debut: Ribnica                        YUG – Position: Universal –                          YUG – Position: Universal –
                  (Kraljevo, SCG) in 1994 –                        Club debut: Crvena Zvezda                            Club debut: Vojvodina (Novi
                  Int. debut: Qualification for                    (Beograd (YUG)) in 1992 –                            Sad (YUG)) in 1991 – Int.
                  European Junior                                  Int. debut: Junior National                          debut: Junior European
 Championships (Slovenia) in 2002 – Honours:      Team friendly match (Beograd (YUG)) in 1998        Championships Qualification Tournament
 WL 2004:3                                        – Honours: CC 2003:4 / WL 2003:2 2004:3            (Limassol (CYP)) in 2000 – Honours: CC 2000:4
                                                                                                     2001:1 / WCH 2002:4 / WCUP 2003:3 / WL
                                                                                                     2001:4 2002:3 2004:3




                   4 Janic                                           5 Mitrovic                                          6 Djordjevic
                    Bojan Janic                                    Aleksandar Mitrovic                               Vladan Djordjevic
                    Age: 22 Born in Leskovac,                      Age: 21 Born in Krusevac,                         Age: 21 Born in Cuprija,
                    YUG – Position: Wing-spik-                     YUG – Position: Wing-spik-                        YUG – Position: Wing-spik-
                    er – Club debut: OK Crvena                     er – Club debut: OK                               er – Club debut: VC Morava
                    Zvezda (Beograd (YUG)) in                      Krusevac-put (Krusevac                            (Cuprija (SCG)) in 1991 – Int.
                    1993 – Int. debut: Junior                      (YUG)) in 1996 – Int. debut:                      debut: Qualification for
 European Championships Qualification             Junior European Championships Qualification        European Championships in 2000
 Tournament (Limassol (CYP)) in 2000 –            Tournament (Limassol (CYP)) in 2000 –
 Honours: CC 2003:4 / WCH 2002:4 / WCUP           Honours: WL 2002:3 2003:2 2004:3
 2003:3 / WL 2001:4 2002:3 2003:2 2004:3




                   7 Mester                                          8 Mijic                                             9 Grbic N.
                    Dula Mester                                      Vasa Mijic                                         Nikola Grbic
                    Age: 32 Born in Subotica,                        Age: 31 Born in Novi Sad,                          Age: 30 Born in Zrenjanin,
                    YUG – Position: Middle-                          YUG – Position: Libero –                           YUG – Club debut: OK GIK
                    blocker – Club debut: OK                         Club debut: Volleyball Club                        Banat (Zrenjanin,
                    Spartak (Subotica,                               VOJVODINA (Novi Sad                                Yugoslavia) in 1982 – Int.
                    Yugoslavia) in 1988 – Int.                       (Yugoslavia)) in 19984 – Int.                      debut: Junior International
 debut: Junior European Championship              debut: Junior European Championship                Tournament "Richard Mies" (Bruxelles,
 Qualification Tournament (Bucharest,             Qualification Tournament (Bucharest                Belgium) in 1989 – Honours: CC 1995:3 1997:2
 Romania) in 1990 – Honours: CC 1995:3 1997:2     (Romania)) in 1990 – Honours: CC 1999:3            1999:3 2001:1 2003:4 (Best setter) / JWCH
 1999:3 2001:1 2003:4 / JWCH 1991:6 / OG 1996:3   2001:1 / OG 2000:1 / WCH 2002:4 / WCUP             1991:6 / OG 1996:3 2000:1 / SCH 1996:3 / WCH
 2000:1 / SCH 1996:3 / WCH 1998:2 2002:4 /        2003:3 / WGCC 2001:3 (Best Libero/Receiver) /      1998:2 2002:4 / WCUP 2003:3 (Best Setter) /
 WGCC 2001:3 / WL 1997:7 1998:6 2000:4 2001:4     WL 2000:4 (Best Digger) 2001:4 2002:3 2003:2       WGCC 2001:3 / WL 1997:7 1998:6 2000:4 2001:4
 2002:3 2003:2 2004:3                             2004:3                                             2002:3 2003:2 2004:3


                   10 Grbic V.                                       11 Bjelica                                          12 Geric
                    Vladimir Grbic                                 Novica Bjelica                                         Andrija Geric
                    Age: 33 Born in Zrenjanin,                     Age: 21 Born in Pula, YUG –                            Age: 27 Born in Novi Sad, YUG –
                    YUG – Position: Wing-spik-                     Position: Middle-blocker –                             Position: Middle-blocker – Club
                    er – Club debut: OK GIK                        Club debut: Crvena Zvezda                              debut: OK Vojvodina (Novi Sad,
                    Banat (Zrenjanin,                              (Beograd, YUG) in 1996 –                               Yugoslavia) in 1986 – Int. debut:
                    Yugoslavia) in 1979 – Int.                     Int. debut: Qualification                              Qualification Match for the
 debut: Junior International Tournament in        Tournament for European Championships in           European Championships (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia) in
 1987 – Honours: CC 1995:3 1997:2 1999:3 2001:1   2000 – Honours: CC 2002:11 / JWC 2003:7 /          1995 – Honours: CC 1995:3 1996:6 1997:2 1999:3 2001:1
 2003:4 / OG 1996:3 2000:1 / SCH 1996:3 / WCH     WCUP 2003:3 / WL 2004:3                            2003:4 / JWCH 1997:7 / OG 1996:3 2000:1 / SCH 1996:3 /
 1998:2 2002:4 / WCUP 2003:3 / WGCC 2001:3 /                                                         WCH 1998:2 2002:4 / WCUP 2003:3 (Best Blocker) /
 WL 1997:7 1998:6 2000:4 2001:4 2002:3 2003:2                                                        WGCC 2001:3 (Best Blocker) / WL 1997:7 1998:6 2000:4
 2004:3                                                                                              2001:4 2002:3 2003:2 (Best Blocker, Best Server) 2004:3

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                   List of Honours

          Olympics                      World Championships             World League                 Grand Champion Cup              World Cup              Cont. Championships
          2000 1                                    2002    4                 2004   3                       2001 3                     2003 3                2003    4     1967     7
          1996 3                                    1998    2                 2003   2                                                  1965 8                2001    1     1963     7
          1980 6                                    1970   10                 2002   3                                                                        1999    3     1958     7
                                                    1966    8                 2001   4                                                                        1997    2     1955     5
                                                    1962    8                 2000   4                                                                        1995    3     1951     5
                                                    1956   10                 1998   5                                                                        1991    6
                                                                              1997   7                                                                        1989    8
                                                                                                                                                              1987    8
                                                                                                                                                              1985   11
                                                                                                                                                              1981   10
                                                                                                                                                              1979    3
                                                                                                                                                              1977    7
                                                                                                                                                              1975    3
                                                                                                                                                              1971   11



                     Players Roster                                                                                                                           Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname   Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                                          Ljubomir Travica
                                                                                WC OG Oth. Tot.
                                                                                                                                                                Ljubomir Travica has been
                                                                                                                                                                the coach of the Serbia and
1    Petkovic / Vlado / Petkovic        06.01.83    198      97   325   315               20    20    Crvena Zvezda Beograd, SCG
                                                                                                                                                                Montenegro men’s team since
2    Vasic / Milan / Vasic              02.09.80    204      98   355   330               51    51    Pallavolo LORETO S.r.l., ITA                              taking over from Veselin Vukovic
3    Maric / Goran / Maric              02.11.81    204      87   344   327               47    47    Vojvodina Novi Sad, SCG                                   just after the World League in
                                                                                                                                      2003. They were big shoes to fill after Serbia and
4    Janic / Bojan / Janic              11.03.82    198      83   345   322               62    62    Estense 4Torri - Ferara, ITA    Montengro finished second in that tournament under
5    Mitrovic / Aleksandar / Mitrovic   24.09.82    193      93   350   324               17    17    Partizan Beograd, SCG           Vukovic, when the 2000 Olympic champions lost a sen-
                                                                                                                                      sational final in five sets to Brazil.
6    Djordjevic / Vladan / Djordjevic   10.01.83    194      90   332   318               35    35    Partizan Beograd, SCG           But Travica has done an excellent job, maintaining a high
7    Mester / Dula / Mester             03.04.72    203      90   346   325     21 16    172   209    Vojvodina - Novi sad, SCG       level of play this giant of world Volleyball brings to the
                                                                                                                                      international stage.
8    Mijic / Vasa / Mijic               11.04.73    186      80   332   307      9 8      84   101    Vojvodina - Novi Sad, SCG       Travica’s first appointment was the European
9    Grbic / Nikola / Grbic N.          06.09.73    194      91   346   320     21 16    182   219    Copasystel - Piacenza, ITA      Championship in Germany in September where he saw
10   Grbic / Vladimir / Grbic V.        14.12.70    193      87   360   350     21 8     202   231    Dinamo - Moscow, RUS            his side finish fourth behind Italy, France and Russia.
                                                                                                                                      A wildcard helped Travica and Serbia and Montenegro
11   Bjelica / Novica / Bjelica         09.02.83    202      97   343   324               56    56    Buducnost Podgorica, SCG        reach the World Cup and this is where he showed his
12   Geric / Andrija / Geric            24.01.77    203     101   350   323     21 16    141   178    Lube Banka - Mecerata, ITA      shrewd coaching style to lead the Blue Team to third
                                                                                                                                      place and an Olympic qualification spot.
13   Vujevic / Goran / Vujevic          27.02.73    192      94   339   315     21 16    220   257    Icom Latina, ITA                Having coached in Italy for many years, Travica has a
14   Miljkovic / Ivan / Miljkovic       13.09.79    206      88   354   333     21 8     106   135    Lube Banka Macerata, ITA        fine coaching background and one year into his new role
                                                                                                                                      he is starting to put all his tricks into use.
15   Ilic / Ivan / Ilic                 19.12.76    194      85   337   318               30    30    Buducnost Podgorica, SCG        His preparation for the Olympics included resting some of
16   Rosic / Nikola / Rosic             05.08.84    192      80   323   304      7        45    52    Partizan Beograd, SCG           his big stars during the 2004 World League. Now is the
                                                                                                                                      time to see if he can work his magic to make those stars
17   Markovic / Milan / Markovic        20.01.80    203     101   348   321               37    37    Olympiakos - Athens, GRE
                                                                                                                                      fire in Athens in an effort to collect consecutive gold
18   Dangubic / Andjelko / Dangubic     06.09.83    209      90   335   326      7        23    30    Buducnost Podgorica, SCG        medals.




                           13 Vujevic                                                    14 Miljkovic                                                         15 Ilic
                                                                                                                                                         Ivan Ilic
                   Goran Vujevic                                                     Ivan Miljkovic
                                                                                                                                                         Age: 27 Born in Uzice, YUG
                   Age: 31 Born in Cetinje,                                          Age: 24 Born in Nis, YUG –
                                                                                                                                                         – Club debut: Mladost
                   YUG – Position: Wing-spik-                                        Position: Universal – Club
                                                                                                                                                         (Lucani, Yugoslavia) in 1980
                   er – Club debut: OK Avala                                         debut: OK Student (Nis,
                                                                                                                                                         – Int. debut: University
                   (Budva, Yugoslavia) in 1988                                       Yugoslavia) in 1992 – Int.
                                                                                                                                                         Games (Las Palmas (ESP))
                   – Int. debut: Junior                                              debut: Junior World
                                                                                                                                                         in 1999 – Honours: WCUP
International Tournament in 1990 – Honours:                       Qualification Tournament (Bucharest, Romania)
                                                                                                                                      2003:3 / WL 2000:4 2003:2 2004:3
CC 1995:3 1997:2 1999:3 2001:1 2002:4 / JWCH                      in 1997 – Honours: CC 1999:3 2001:1 (MVP, Best
1991:6 / OG 1996:3 2000:1 / SCH 1996:3 / WCH                      Scorer) 2003:4 / OG 2000:1 / WCH 1998:2 2002:4
1998:2 2002:4 / WCUP 2003:3 / WGCC 2001:3 /                       / WCUP 2003:3 / WGCC 2001:3 (MVP, Best
WL 1997:7 1998:6 2000:4 (Best Server and Best                     Scorer) / WL 2000:4 2001:4 (Best Scorer) 2002:3
Receiver) 2001:4 2002:3 2003:2 2004:3                             (Best Scorer) 2003:2 (Best Scorer) 2004:3




                           16 Rosic                                                      17 Markovic                                                          18 Dangubic
                 Nikola Rosic                                                      Milan Markovic                                                      Andjelko Dangubic
                 Age: 20 Born in Beograd,                                          Age: 24 Born in Podgorica,                                          Age: 20 Born in Ljubinje,
                 YUG – Position: Libero –                                          YUG – Position: Middle-                                             YUG – Position: Middle-
                 Club debut: OK Partizan                                           blocker – Club debut:                                               blocker – Club debut: OK
                 (Beograd, SCG) in 1995 –                                          Buducnost (Podgorica                                                Ljubinje (Ljubinje, BIH) in
                 Int. debut: Reginal Games,                                        (YUG)) in 1994 – Int. debut:                                        1999 – Int. debut: Regional
Balkan Junior Championshps in 2000                                Junior Europena Championships Qualification                         gammes, Balkan Junior Championships in
                                                                  Tournament (Porto (Portugal)) in 1998 –                             2001 – Honours: WL 2004:3
                                                                  Honours: CC 2003:2 / WL 2001:4 2002:3 2003:2
                                                                  2004:3



                                                                                                                                                                                               85
     AREA:          312,685 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   38,626,349
     CAPITAL:       Warsaw
     LANGUAGE:      Polish




86
Poland
Pool A




Poland rank among the teams with a great tradition in May’s Olympic Qualification tournament in Portugal produced
Volleyball. They participated in the first World Championship an excellent performance from the White and Reds, where they
held in 1949, in Czechoslovakia, where they took fourth place beat Portugal, Venezuela and Kazakhstan and is further proof
– a success they were to repeat at the next event in 1956, in that coach Stanislaw Gosciniak has laid an excellent platform
France, and at the one to follow in 1960, in Brazil. A great era for Athens.
was about to begin, and for Poland the 1970s meant worldwi-
de recognition and domination in international Volleyball. In
1974 they celebrated the World Championship gold medal in
Mexico, and, two years later, reached absolute triumph by win-
ning gold at the Montreal Olympic tournament. Between 1975
and 1983, the Poles climbed five times to second place in the
European Championships, and took fourth place at the 1980
Moscow Olympic Games. For a long period after that, Poland
was absent from the international stage, only to return among
the world’s elite in the late 1990s, and remain there until now.
After being absent from three Olympic Tournaments, they retur-
ned in 1996 in Atlanta, where they had to make do with 11th
place. Soon after they began to frequent the World League Top-
8 rankings (1999-8th, 2000-8th, 2001-7th, 2003-5th), which
led Poland to 9th place in this year’s world rankings.             Match Schedule
With their current line-up mainly consisting of the 1997 World
Junior Champions, and such names as Dawid Murek, Pawel             15   Aug.    9:00   SCG v POL
Zagumny, Piotr Gruzska and Arkadiusz Golas standing out,           17   Aug.   19:30   GRE v POL
                                                                   19   Aug.   14:00   POL v FRA
Poland aim to become the Olympic tournament’s pleasant sur-
                                                                   21   Aug.   14:00   TUN v POL
prise, in line with their rising progress of the last few years.   23   Aug.   16:00   POL v ARG
This year’s World League saw them just miss out on a Final
Round spot as Bulgaria pipped them at the head on Pool B,          At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                   Stadium
but they showed they have an excellent array of attacking
options and a defense, which never fails to quit.

                                                                                                                             87
     Poland
     Pool A

                   1 Stelmach                                       2 Winiarski                                      3 Gruszka
                    Andrzej Stelmach                                Michal Winiarski                                  Piotr Gruszka
                    Age: 31 Born in                                 Age: 20 Born in Bydgoszcz,                        Age: 27 Born in Oswiecim,
                    Swiebodzice, POL – Club                         POL – Honours: JWCH                               POL – Position: Wing-spi-
                    debut: KS Chelmiec                              2001:9 / WL 2004:7 / YWCH                         ker – Club debut: Hejnal
                    (Walbrzych, Poland) in 1991                     2001:5                                            (Kety, POL) in 1997 – Int.
                    – Int. debut: World                                                                               debut: Olympic Games
 Championship Qualification Tournament                                                             Qualification Tournament (Patras, Greece) in
 (Wroclaw, Poland) in 1992 – Honours: OG                                                           1996 – Honours: CCH 1996:1 (Best Player) /
 1996:11 / WCH 1998:17 / WL 1998:10 1999:8                                                         JWCH 1997:1 / OG 1996:11 / WCH 1998:17
 2000:8 2001:7 2003:9 2004:7                                                                       2002:9 / WL 1998:10 1999:8 2000:8 2001:7 2002:5
                                                                                                   2003:9 2004:7




                   4 Dacewicz                                       5 Zagumny                                        6 Murek
                    Damian Dacewicz                                  Pawel Zagumny                                    Dawid Murek
                    Age: 28 Born in Katowice,                        Age: 26 Born in Jaslo, POL                       Age: 27 Born in
                    POL – Profession: Student                        – Club debut: MDK                                Miedzyrzecz, POL –
                    – Position: Middle-blocker                       (Warszawa, POL) in 1997 –                        Position: Wing-spiker –
                    – Club debut: Baildon                            Int. debut: Men's Junior                         Club debut: Orzel
                    (Katowice, POL) in 1994 –                        World Championship                               (Miedzyrzecz, Poland) in
 Int. debut: World Championship Qualification     (Bahrain) in 1998 – Honours: CCH 1996:1 (Best    1996 – Int. debut: Men's Junior European
 Tournament (Wroclaw, Poland) in 1996 –           setter) / ECh 2003:5 / JWCH 1997:1 (Best set-    Championship (Israel) in 1996 – Honours: CCH
 Honours: ECh 2003:5 / OG 1996:11 / WCH           ter) / MEOQT 2004:8 / OG 1996:11 / WCH           1996:1 / JWCH 1997:1 / WCH 1998:17 2002:9 /
 1998:17 / WL 1998:10 1999:8 2002:5 2004:7        1998:17 / WL 1998:10 1999:8 2000:8 2001:7        WL 1998:10 1999:8 2000:8 2001:7 2002:5 2003:9
                                                  2002:5 2003:9 2004:7                             2004:7




                   7 Wlazly                                         8 Ignaczak                                       9 Zygadlo
                  Mariusz Wlazly                                     Krzysztof Ignaczak                             Lukasz Zygadlo
                  Age: 21 Born in Wielun,                            Age: 32 Born in Walbrzych,                     Age: 25 Born in
                  POL – Position: Wing-spi-                          POL – Profession: Student                      Czestochowa, POL –
                  ker – Club debut: WKS                              – Position: Libero – Club                      Profession: Student – Club
                  (Wielun, POL) in 2003 – Int.                       debut: KS Chelmiec                             debut: Orion (Sulechow,
                  debut: European                                    (Walbrzych, Poland) in 1997                    POL) in 1998 – Int. debut:
 Championships in 2004                            – Int. debut: World League (Various cities) in   World Championship (Japan) in 1999 –
                                                  2000 – Honours: CCH 1996:1 / JWCH 1997:1 /       Honours: WL 2000:8 2001:7 2003:9
                                                  WCH 1998:17 2002:9 / WL 2000:8 2003:9 2004:7




                   10 Prygiel                                       11 Kadziewicz                                    12 Rybak
                    Robert Prygiel                                  Lukasz Kadziewicz                                Radoslaw Rybak
                    Age: 28 Born in Radom,                          Age: 23 Born in Olsztyn,                         Age: 31 Born in Rawa Maz,
                    POL – Position: Wing-spi-                       POL – Position: Middle-                          POL – Position: Wing-spi-
                    ker – Club debut: WKS                           blocker – Club debut: MKS                        ker – Club debut: Mazowia
                    "Czarni" (Radom, POL) in                        Felgex (Dobre Miasto) in                         (Rawa Mazowiecka) in 1993
                    1996 – Honours: WCH                             1999 – Honours: WL 2001:7                        – Honours: WL 2003:9
 2002:9 / WL 2001:7 2002:5 2003:9                 2003:9 2004:7




88
                   List of Honours

          Olympics                          World Championships               World League            Grand Champion Cup               World Cup               Cont. Championships
             1996 11                                    2002 9                      2004 7                                                1981 4                  2003 5        1958 6
             1980 4                                     1998 17                     2003 9                                                1977 4                  2001 5        1955 6
             1976 1                                     1986 9                      2002 5                                                1969 8                  1995 6        1950 6
             1972 9                                     1982 6                      2001 7                                                1965 2                  1993 7
             1968 5                                     1978 8                      2000 8                                                                        1991 7
                                                        1974 1                      1999 8                                                                        1989 7
                                                        1970 5                      1998 10                                                                       1985 4
                                                        1966 6                                                                                                    1983 2
                                                        1962 6                                                                                                    1981 2
                                                        1960 4                                                                                                    1979 2
                                                        1956 4                                                                                                    1977 2
                                                        1952 7                                                                                                    1975 2
                                                        1949 4                                                                                                    1971 6
                                                                                                                                                                  1967 3
                                                                                                                                                                  1963 6


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                             Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname       Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block     Caps            Club                                                      Stanislaw
                                                                                      WC OG Oth. Tot.                                                           Gosciniak
1    Stelmach / Andrzej / Stelmach          15.08.72    200        98   330   220     3   5    169 177 Skra, Belchatow, POL
                                                                                                                                                                 Stanislaw Gosciniak took over for
2    Winiarski / Michal / Winiarski         28.09.83    197        82   341   325                9 9 Pamapol AZS, Czestochowa, POL                               the second time as the head
3    Gruszka / Piotr / Gruszka              08.03.77    206       102   352   325     9   5    159 173 Skra, Belchatow, POL                                      coach of the Polish national men’s
4    Dacewicz / Damian / Dacewicz           28.09.74    209       100   356   335     3   5     95 103 KP Polska Energia,               team in November 2003 after Waldemar Wspanialy deci-
                                                                                                       Sosnowiec, POL                   ded to resign after Poland’s fifth-place finish at the
                                                                                                                                        European Championship in Germany.
5    Zagumny / Pawel / Zagumny              18.10.77    200        88   336   317     3   5    138 146 PZU AZS, Olsztyn, POL            Gosciniak, who was Wspanialy’s assistant from 2001-
6    Murek / Dawid / Murek                  24.07.77    196        94   341   325     9        149 158 Panathinaikos, Athens, GRE       2003, first coached Poland in 1986-1987 for which he has
7    Wlazly / Mariusz / Wlazly              04.08.83    195        75   362   343                8 8 Skra, Belchatow, POL               the illustrious honour of seeing the White and Reds fail to
                                                                                                                                        qualify to the European Championships Finals for the first
8    Ignaczak / Krzysztof / Ignaczak        15.05.78    188        86   330   315     3         83 86 Skra, Belchatow, POL              time.
9    Zygadlo / Lukasz / Zygadlo             02.08.79    200        88   330   315               33 33 KP Plomien, Sosnowiec, POL        The former setter was one of the best in the game collec-
10   Prygiel / Robert / Prygiel             17.04.76    200       100   350   331     9   5     80 94 Gazovnik , Surgut RUS             ting 218 caps for Poland between 1965 and 1974. In 1967 he
                                                                                                                                        was among the pioneer medalists for Poland as the natio-
11   Kadziewicz / Lukasz / Kadziewicz       20.09.80    206        84   350   328               32 32 PZU AZS, Olsztyn, POL             nal side reached the podium for the first time, a bronze
12   Rybak / Radoslaw / Rybak               25.03.73    195        90   356   330               30 30 Ivett, Jastrzebie Borynia, POL    medal at the European Championships in Turkey. In 1968
13   Swiderski / Sebastian / Swiderski      16.06.77    193        88   354   325     9        121 130 RPA Volley, Perugia ITA          and 1972 he took part in the Olympic tournaments in
                                                                                                                                        Mexico and Munich respectively before reaching the
14   Gabrych / Piotr / Gabrych              05.07.72    197        95   342   318               13 13 Ivett, Jastrzebie Borynia, POL    highlight of his and Poland’s career, helping the team win
15   Ruciak / Michal / Ruciak               22.08.83    189        75   336   305               10 10 SKRA, Belchatow, POL              gold at the 1974 World Championship in Mexico with an
16   Golas / Arkadiusz / Golas              10.05.81    201        82   365   342     6         30 36 PAMAPOL AZS, Czestochowa, POL     MVP performance.
                                                                                                                                        Gosciniak spent most of his coaching career, which
17   Bakiewicz / Michal / Bakiewicz         22.03.81    196        79   338   324     6         35 41 SKRA, Belchatow, POL              began in 1975, in the city of Czestochowa. He has collec-
18   Szczerbaniuk / Robert / Szczerbaniuk   29.05.77    199        89   350   327               49 49 Mostostal Azoty, Kedzierzyn       ted four Polish Championship winner’s medals with AZS
                                                                                                       Kozle, POL                       (also known as Yawal, Galaxia or, more recently, Pamapol).




                           13 Swiderski                                                       14 Gabrych                                                        15 Ruciak
                   Sebastian Swiderski                                                        Piotr Gabrych                                                     Michal Ruciak
                   Age: 27 Born in Gorzow                                                     Age: 32 Born in Grudziadz,                                        Age: 20 Born in
                   Wlkp, POL – Club debut:                                                    POL – Position: Universal –                                       Swinoujscie, POL –
                   Znicz (Gorzow                                                              Club debut: Stal (Grudziac)                                       Honours: WL 2004:7 /
                   Wielkopolski, POL) in 1997                                                 in 1993 – Int. debut: WL                                          YWCH 2001:5
                   – Int. debut: Men's Junior                                                 (Various) in 2004 – Honours:
World Championship (Bahrain) in 1998 –                                  WL 2004:7
Honours: CCH 1996:1 / ECh 2003:5 / JWCH
1997:1 / WCH 1998:17 2002:9 / WL 1998:10
1999:8 2000:8 2002:5 2003:9 2004:7




                           16 Golas                                                           17 Bakiewicz                                                      18 Szczerbaniuk
                    Arkadiusz Golas                                                           Michal Bakiewicz                                             Robert Szczerbaniuk
                    Age: 23 Born in Ostroleka,                                                Age: 23 Born in Piotrkow                                     Age: 27 Born in Olawa, POL
                    POL – Position: Middle-                                                   Tryb, POL – Position: Wing-                                  – Club debut: KS Chelmiec
                    blocker – Club debut: MOS                                                 spiker – Club debut: SMS                                     (Walbrzych, POL) in 1997 –
                    Wola (Warszawa, POL) in                                                   (Rzeszow, POL) in 2001 –                                     Int. debut: World League
                    2001 – Int. debut: WL                                                     Honours: WL 2001:7 2002:5                                    (Various cities) in 1999 –
(varies) in 2001 – Honours: JWCH 2001:9 /                               2003:9 2004:7                                                   Honours: EMOQT 2004:8 / WL 1999:8 2000:8
WCH 2002:9 / WL 2001:7 2002:5 2003:9 2004:7                                                                                             2002:5 2003:9 2004:7




                                                                                                                                                                                                  89
     AREA:          547,030 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   60,424,213
     CAPITAL:       Paris
     LANGUAGE:      French




90
France
Pool A




Paris is a city that is intricately linked with the sport of One thing that has plagued this team of quality talent is
Volleyball. It was in the City of Light, in 1947, that the consistency. Just when this wonderfully exciting side has pro-
International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) was established and duced one of their top-draw performances, which is capable of
since that moment France’s national team have made their outdoing the top teams, they tend to follow it up with a match
presence felt on the Volleyball courts around the world. The they would rather forget. This year’s World League they went
1956 World Championship was held in Paris, with the close to qualifying but don’t read anything into that as coach
Tricolours taking seventh place. Thirty years later the same Blain admitted that as far as France was concerned, all eyes
event was held in the same city with the French ranked sixth. were on Athens.
The ‘80s decade found France among Europe’s Volleyball
elite. The bronze medal in 1985, in Amsterdam, was the
team’s first international medal. The silver medal at the
European Championship in Gant followed two years later.
Their first Olympic Games participation came in 1988, with
France finishing in eighth place. In 1992, in Barcelona, they
were ranked 11th, which was how France’s most successful
team came full circle.
The new Millennium has signaled France’s counterattack: fifth
in 2001 at the World League event; the bronze medal at the
2002 World Championship, after bringing Olympic gold meda-
lists Serbia and Montenegro to heel in the bronze medal            Match Schedule
match; and fifth in last year’s World Cup, confirming their rise
in the world of competition.                                       15   Aug.   14:00   ARG v FRA
The magic wand of coach Philippe Blain (who was the 1987           17   Aug.   11:00   FRA v SCG
                                                                   19   Aug.   14:00   POL v FRA
European MVP despite the French defeat by the Soviet Union
                                                                   21   Aug.   19:30   GRE v FRA
in the final) and the talent of Frantz Granvorka, Loic De          23   Aug.    9:00   FRA v TUN
Kergret, Laurent Capet, Philippe Barca-Cysique, Dominique
Daquin, Stephane Antiga and Hubert Henno will guide the            At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                   Stadium
French national team’s efforts to achieve distinction at the
Athens Olympic tournament.

                                                                                                                               91
     France
     Pool A

                  1 Cohen                                           2 Henno                                           3 Daquin
                   Johan Cohen                                      Hubert Henno                                       Dominique Daquin
                   Age: 28 Born in PARIS –                          Age: 27 Born in Boulogne,                          Age: 31 Born in Robert
                   Position: Libero – Club                          FRA – Position: Libero –                           (Martinique) – Position:
                   debut: AS CANNES                                 Club debut: CASGCCH                                Middle-blocker – Club
                   (CANNES) in 1989 – Int.                          (Paris) in 1985 – Int. debut:                      debut: ASUL Lyon (LYON
                   debut: UKRAINE (Ukraine)                         Euro (Vienna, Austria) in                          FRANCE) in 1991 – Int.
 in 1993 – Honours: WL 2000:7 2004:5             1999 – Honours: CCH 1999:6 2001:7 / WCH            debut: Friendly Match Ukraine (Pau) in 1993 –
                                                 2002:3 (Best Digger) / WCUP 2003:5 / WL            Honours: CCH 1997:4 1999:6 2001:7 / WCH
                                                 2000:7 2001:5 2002:7 2003:10 2004:5                2002:3 / WCUP 2003:5 / WL 2000:7 2001:5
                                                                                                    2002:7 2003:10 2004:5




                  4 Ces                                             5 Gibert                                          6 Monneraye
                   Andy Ces                                        Frederic Gibert                                   Jean Charles Monneraye
                   Age: 22 Born in Savigny sur                     Age: 31 Born in Autun, FRA                        Age: 23 Born in Vannes,
                   orge, FRA – Position: Wing-                     – Position: Middle-blocker                        FRA – Position: Middle-
                   spiker – Club debut: MUC                        – Club debut: JSA                                 blocker – Club debut:
                   VB (Montpellier FRA) in 1 –                     Bordeaux (Bordeaux) in                            Veloce Vannetais VB
                   Int. debut: Junior World                        1991 – Int. debut: World                          (Vannes) in 1996 – Int.
 Championship in 2001 – Honours: JWCH            League (France) in 2001 – Honours: WL 2001:5       debut: World League (France) in 2001 –
 2001:7 / WL 2003:10                             2002:7 2004:5                                      Honours: CCH 2001:7 / JCCH 1998:2 / JWCH
                                                                                                    1999:2 / WCUP 2003:5 / WL 2001:5 2002:7
                                                                                                    2003:10 2004:5




                  7 Antiga                                          8 Capet                                           9 Granvorka
                   Stéphane Antiga                                 Laurent Capet                                       Frantz Granvorka
                   Age: 28 Born in Suresnes,                       Age: 32 Born in Dieppe,                             Age: 28 Born in Champigny
                   FRA – Position: Universal –                     FRA – Position: Universal –                         sur Marne, FRA – Position:
                   Club debut: PARIS UC                            Club debut: DIEPPE UC                               Wing-spiker – Club debut:
                   (PARIS) in 94 – Int. debut:                     (DIEPPE) in 1986 – Int.                             VGA ST-MAUR (St-maur
                   Match against USA (PARIS)                       debut: Match against                                des fossés) in 1989 – Int.
 in 98 – Honours: CCH 1999:6 / WCH 2002:3 /      Ukraine (Pau (France)) in 1993 – Honours:          debut: Poland (Perpignan (France)) in 1995 –
 WCUP 2003:5 / WL 1999:7 2000:7 2001:5 2002:7    CCH 1997:4 1999:6 2001:7 / WCH 2002:3 /            Honours: CCH 1997:4 1999:6 2001:7 / JCCH
 2003:10 2004:5                                  WCUP 2003:5 / WL 1999:7 2000:7 2001:5 2002:7       1994:2 / WCH 2002:3 (Best Server) / WCUP
                                                 2003:10 2004:5                                     2003:5 / WL 1999:7 2000:7 2001:5 2002:7 2003:10
                                                                                                    2004:5




                  10 Montmeat                                       11 De Kergret                                     12 Pujol
                   Vincent Montmeat                                 Loïc De Kergret                                   Pierre Pujol
                   Age: 26 Born in Pau, FRA –                       Age: 33 Born in Paris                             Age: 20 Born in Bordeaux,
                   Position: Middle-blocker –                       13ème, FRA – Club debut:                          FRA – Honours: WL 2004:5 /
                   Int. debut: World                                VGA ST-MAUR (ST-MAUR                              YWCH 2001:7
                   Championship Qualification                       DES FOSSES) in 84 – Int.
                   Tournament (Poland) in                           debut: SPRING CUP (Czech
 2001 – Honours: CCH 2001:7 / WCH 2002:3 /       Republic) in 94 – Honours: CCH 1997:4 1999:6 /
 WL 2002:7 2003:10 2004:5                        WCH 2002:3 / WCUP 2003:5 / WL 1999:7 2000:7
                                                 2002:7 2004:5




92
                   List of Honours

           Olympics                             World Championships             World League                Grand Champion Cup   World Cup               Cont. Championships
             1992 11                                        2002    3                 2004 5                        2003 5          2003 2                  1983 12
             1988 8                                         1990    8                 2003 10                       1965 11         1967 10                 1981 8
                                                            1986    6                 2002 7                                        2001 7                  1979 4
                                                            1982   16                 2001 5                                        1963 8                  1977 10
                                                            1978   15                 2000 7                                        1999 6                  1975 8
                                                            1974   16                 1999 7                                        1958 8                  1971 14
                                                            1970   17                 1992 11                                       1997 4
                                                            1966   18                 1991 8                                        1955 8
                                                            1960    9                 1990 5                                        1993 9
                                                            1956    7                                                               1951 3
                                                            1952    6                                                               1991 9
                                                            1949    6                                                               1948 2
                                                                                                                                    1989 5
                                                                                                                                    1987 2
                                                                                                                                    1985 3


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                       Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname           Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                              Philippe Blain
                                                                                        WC OG Oth. Tot.
                                                                                                                                                           Born in 1960 in Montpellier,
                                                                                                                                                           Philippe Blain has led his country
1    Cohen / Johan / Cohen                      23.09.75    190      90   330   319              38    38    Poitiers, FRA
                                                                                                                                                           to several considerable achieve-
2    Henno / Hubert / Henno                     06.10.76    188      83   330   310     9       123   132    Tours, FRA                                    ments since he was appointed
                                                                                                                                                           France’s head coach in 2001. The
3    Daquin / Dominique / Daquin                10.11.72    197      85   352   325     9       223   232    Moscou, RUS          start of his international coaching career was incredible
4    Ces / Andy / Ces                           03.07.82    195      83   352   323              13    13    TOAC TUC, FRA        where he guided France to fifth place in the 2001 World
                                                                                                                                  League before dismissing the Olympic champions Serbia
5    Gibert / Frederic / Gibert                 15.04.73    201      95   348   327              40    40    Tours, FRA           and Montenegro 3-0 in the bronze medal match at the
6    Monneraye / Jean Charles / Monneraye       25.08.80    209     103   356   332              76    76    Tourcoing, FRA       2002 World Championships.
                                                                                                                                  The shine dimmed a little when an underachieving French
7    Antiga / Stéphane / Antiga                 03.02.76    200      94   344   321     9       156   165    Cuneo, ITA           team could only manage a 10th place finish in the 2003
8    Capet / Laurent / Capet                    05.05.72    202      92   350   325     9       278   287    Tourcoing, FRA       World League, but Blain witnessed a marked improve-
                                                                                                                                  ment as “les bleues” placed fifth in the 2003 World Cup
9    Granvorka / Frantz / Granvorka             10.03.76    195      90   364   327     9       200   209    Salonique, GRE       held in Japan and earned a silver medal at the European
                                                                                                                                  Championships.
10   Montmeat / Vincent / Montmeat              01.09.77    196      88   348   330     9        69    78    Poitiers, FRA        Now in 2004, Blain preferred to rest some of his stars
11   De Kergret / Loïc / De Kergret             20.08.70    193      89   335   315     9       199   208    Tours, FRA           during his fourth World League in charge with the
                                                                                                                                  Olympics in mind.
12   Pujol / Pierre / Pujol                     13.07.84    182      67   325   300                     0    Poitiers, FRA        Blain was a regular member of the French national squad
13   Schalk / Marc / Schalk                     03.12.73    197      85   350   325              15    15    Cannes, FRA          in major international competitions throughout the 1980s.
                                                                                                                                  The former receiver-spiker played for his country at two
14   Barca-Cysique / Philippe / Barca-Cysique   22.04.77    194      88   347   325     9        36    45    Nice, FRA            World Championships, four European Championships and
15   Samica / Guillaume / Samica                28.09.81    196      82   343   318               4     4    Trieste, ITA         at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was awarded the best
                                                                                                                                  player award at the 1986 World Championship in France.
16   Patin / Mathias / Patin                    25.04.74    185      73   325   315     9        82    91    Paris, FRA           Since he began his coaching career in 1991, Blain was in
17   Kieffer / Oliver / Kieffer                 27.08.79    200      85   355   335     9        52    61    Paris, FRA           charge of various French and Italian clubs, including AS
                                                                                                                                  Cannes, Arego Sets and Alpitour Cuneo. He has been a
18   Frangolacci / Sebastien / Frangolacci      31.03.76    192      88   340   322     9        73    82    Paris, FRA           member of the FIVB Coaching Commission since 1999.




                            13 Schalk                                                           14 Barca-Cysique                                          15 Samica
                            Marc Schalk                                                      Philippe Barca-Cysique                                       Guillaume Samica
                            Age: 30 Born in Toulon, FRA                                      Age: 27 Born in Paris                                        Age: 22 Born in Choisy
                            – Honours: WCUP 2003:5 /                                         14ème, FRA – Position:                                       Aubac, FRA – Position:
                            WL 2004:5                                                        Middle-blocker – Club                                        Wing-spiker – Club debut:
                                                                                             debut: Vitry Sur Seine (Vitry                                US RIBECOURT in 2003 –
                                                                                             Sur Seine) in 1992 – Int.                                    Honours: JWCH 2001:7 /
                                                                          debut: World League (France) in 2001 –                  WL 2003:10 2004:5
                                                                          Honours: CCH 2001:7 / WCH 2002:3 / WCUP
                                                                          2003:5 / WL 2001:5 2002:7 2003:10 2004:5




                            16 Patin                                                            17 Kieffer                                                18 Frangolacci
                   Mathias Patin                                                                Oliver Kieffer                                       Sebastien Frangolacci
                   Age: 30 Born in Colombes                                                     Age: 24 Born in Nanterre,                            Age: 28 Born in Champigny
                   (92), FRA – Club debut:                                                      FRA – Position: Middle-                              sur Marne, FRA – Position:
                   Asnières VB (Asnières) in                                                    blocker – Honours: WCH                               Universal – Club debut:
                   1985 – Int. debut: Ligue                                                     2002:3 / WCUP 2003:5 / WL                            Pontault Combault
                   Mondiale (France) in 1999 –                                                  2002:7 2003:10 2004:5                                (Pontault Combault) in 1989
Honours: WCH 2002:3 / WCUP 2003:5 / WL                                                                                            – Int. debut: World League (France) in 2001 –
2000:7 2002:7 2003:10 2004:5                                                                                                      Honours: WCH 2002:3 / WCUP 2003:5 / WL
                                                                                                                                  2001:5 2002:7 2003:10 2004:5




                                                                                                                                                                                            93
     AREA:          131,940 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   10,647,529
     CAPITAL:       Athens
     LANGUAGE:      Greek




94
Greece
Pool A




In 1952, after Greece’s first international match against Team coach Stelios Prosalikas will be counting on inspiratio-
France, in which they were defeated 3-1, a French newspaper nal captain Marios Giourdas, on heavy hitters Andrej Kravarik
article praised the Greek team’s spirit and capability. These and Theodoros Baev, Vassilis Kournetas, Konstantinos
particular elements in conjunction with later developments in Christofidelis, Antonis Tsakiropoulos and Sotiris Pantaleon of
the sport in Greece, have provided a basis, on which the Greek Greek champions Panathinaikos.
team can depend on in order to outdo themselves in their first
Olympic Games participation.
Seventeen years after the achievement of Gent (European
Championship bronze medal), 10 years after their sixth place in
the World Championship held in Athens, and only two years after
their seventh place at the same event in Argentina, Greece’s
team appear ready to face the challenge of the Olympic Games.
Having achieved some admirable results leading up to the
Olympic Games and displaying plenty of skill and exuberance
along the way, Greece will be giving their all at the 2004
Summer Games in order to prove they are capable of claiming
a medal on their home courts.
It was a physical education instructor from Athens, Anastasios
Lefkadites, who was the first to teach Volleyball in Greece in
1922. Greece was quick to affiliate itself with the FIVB, just    Match Schedule
two years after its founding in 1947 and in 1949 the country
joined the sport’s governing body.                                15   Aug.   19:30   TUN v GRE
Greece joined the elite teams in the World League in 1993         17   Aug.   19:30   GRE v POL
                                                                  19   Aug.   19:30   ARG v GRE
and have since participated in nine editions of the competi-
                                                                  21   Aug.   19:30   GRE v FRA
tion.                                                             23   Aug.   19:30   SCG v GRE
Today Greece continues to exhibit top qualities. Despite the
early start, a systematic development of the sport in the coun-   At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                  Stadium
try had to wait until the foundation of the Hellenic Volleyball
Federation in 1970.

                                                                                                                            95
     Greece
     Pool A

                   1 Christofidelis                                  2 Giourdas                                        3 Chatziantoniou
                  Konstantinos Christofidelis                         Marios Gkiourdas                                  Theodoros Chatziantoniou
                  Age: 27 Born in Kavala,                             Age: 31 Born in                                   Age: 30 Born in
                  GRE – Position: Wing-spi-                           Alexandroupolis, GRE –                            Thessaloniki, GRE –
                  ker – Club debut: Kavala                            Position: Wing-spiker –                           Position: Middle-blocker –
                  S.C. (Kavala, Greece) in                            Club debut: MGS                                   Club debut: Orpheus
                  1991 – Int. debut: European                         Alexandroupoli                                    Helioupolis (Thessaloniki,
 Championships (Holland) in 1997 – Honours:        (Alexandroupolis, Greece) in 1987 – Int. debut:   Greece) in 1988 – Int. debut: European
 CCH 1997:9 / WCH 1998:13 / WL 1998:12 2001:9      Mediterranean Games (Athens, Greece) in           Championships (Berlin, Germany) in 1991 –
 2004:5                                            1991 – Honours: CCH 1991:9 1995:7 1997:9 /        Honours: CCH 1991:9 1995:7 1997:9 / WCH
                                                   WCH 1994:6 1998:13 2002:7 / WL 1993:11 1994:7     1994:6 1998:13 2002:7 / WL 1993:11 1994:7
                                                   1995:9 1996:11 1998:12 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7       1995:9 1996:11 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5
                                                   2004:5




                   4 Kyriazis                                        5 Bozidis                                         6 Kournetas
                    Chrysanthos Kyriazis                              Theodoros Bozidis                                 Vasileios Kournetas
                    Age: 32 Born in Preveza,                          Age: 31 Born in Orestiada,                        Age: 28 Born in Athens,
                    Greece – Position: Wing-                          GRE – Club debut: A. O.                           GRE – Club debut: Filia
                    spiker – Club debut:                              Orestiada (Orestiada,                             Helioupolis (Athens,
                    Preveza S.C. (Preveza,                            Greece) in 1988 – Int.                            Greece) in 1990 – Int.
                    Greece) in 1987 – Int.                            debut: Cosmovolley                                debut: International
 debut: World League (Greece) in 1993 –            (Athens, Greece) in 1994 – Honours: WCH           Tournament (Germany) in 1996 – Honours:
 Honours: WCH 2002:7 / WL 1993:11 1994:7           2002:7 / WL 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5                  CCH 1997:9 / WCH 1998:13 2002:7 / WL 1996:11
 1995:9 1996:11 1998:12 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7                                                         1998:12 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5
 2004:5




                   7 Stefanou                                        8 Ntonas                                          9 Dimitrakopoulos
                   Georgios Stefanou                                  Efstathios Ntonas                                 Christos Dimitrakopoulos
                   Age: 23 Born in Athens,                            Age: 23 Born in Kalamata,                         Age: 30 Born in Kalamata,
                   GRE – Position: Libero –                           GRE – Position: Universal –                       GRE – Position: Libero –
                   Club debut: GS PETROUPO-                           Club debut: N.O. Kalamatas                        Club debut: KALAMATA
                   LIS (Petroupoli, Greece) in                        (Kalamata, Greece) in 1992                        (Kalamata, Greece) in 1990
                   19916 – Int. debut: World                          – Int. debut: European                            – Int. debut: World League
 League (Greece) in 2002 – Honours: JWCH           Qualifiqation Pool Junior (Athens, Greece) in     (Athens. Greece) in 2001 – Honours: WCH
 2001:13 / WL 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5                 1998 – Honours: JWCH 2001:13 / WL 2002:9          2002:7 / WL 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5
                                                   2003:7 2004:5




                   10 Tsakiropoulos                                  11 Roumeliotis                                    12 Smaragdis
                    Antonios Tsakiropoulos                            Nikolaos Roumeliotis                              Nikolaos Smaragdis
                    Age: 35 Born in Dikaia,                           Age: 25 Born in Australia –                       Age: 22 Born in
                    Orestiada, GRE – Position:                        Position: Universal – Club                        Thessaloniki, GRE –
                    Middle-blocker – Club                             debut: EA PATRON (Patra,                          Position: Middle-blocker –
                    debut: Orestias S.C. Diana                        Greece) in 1993 – Honours:                        Club debut: A.S. ARIS
                    (Orestias, Greece) in 1984 –                      WCH 2002:7 / WL 2001:9                            (Thessaloniki, Greece) in
 Int. debut: European Championships                2002:9 2003:7 2004:5                              1997 – Int. debut: World League (Athens,
 (Stockholm, Sweden) in 1989 – Honours: CCH                                                          Greece) in 2001 – Honours: JWCH 2001:13 /
 1991:9 1995:7 / WCH 1994:6 1998:13 2002:7 / WL                                                      WL 2001:9 2003:7 2004:5
 1993:11 1994:7 1995:9 1996:11 2001:9 2002:9
 2003:7 2004:5


96
                  List of Honours

         Olympics                             World Championships              World League                Grand Champion Cup                  World Cup                 Cont. Championships
                                                          2002 7                     2004 5                                                                                 2003    11
                                                          1998 13                    2003 7                                                                                 1997    11
                                                          1994 6                     2002 9                                                                                 1995     7
                                                          1986 13                    2001 9                                                                                 1991     9
                                                                                     1998 9                                                                                 1989    10
                                                                                     1996 11                                                                                1987     3
                                                                                     1995 9                                                                                 1985     7
                                                                                     1994 7                                                                                 1983     9
                                                                                     1993 11                                                                                1979    12
                                                                                                                                                                            1971    18
                                                                                                                                                                            1967    20




                    Players Roster                                                                                                                                         Head Coach

   Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname           Birthdate    Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                                               Stellios
                                                                                       WC OG Oth. Tot.                                                                    Prosalikas
1 Christofidelis / Konstantinos /             26.06.77     195      87   341   320      6       88 94 Olympiakos S.F.P., Piraeus, GRE
   Christofidelis                                                                                                                                                          Born in Athens in 1953, Stellios
2 Giourdas / Marios / Giourdas                02.03.73     202      90   356   341     26      248 274 Parma, Italy, ITA                                                   Prosalikas became Greece’s natio-
                                                                                                                                                                           nal team coach in January, 2001
3 Chatziantoniou / Theodoros /                16.03.74     204      95   360   350     26      244 270 Panathinaikos, Athens, GRE               with the Olympics three years later his ultimate goal.
   Chatziantoniou                                                                                                                               One usually sees a gradual improvement in results and form
4 Kyriazis / Chrysanthos / Kyriazis           21.04.72     195      84   338   322      8      108   116    Olympiakos S.F.P., Piraeus, GRE     when building up towards such a big event such as the
5 Bozidis / Theodoros / Bozidis               08.04.73     195      93   330   325     13      103   116    GS Iraklis, Thessaloniki, GRE       Games but Prosalikas’s squad achieved several good results
6 Kournetas / Vasileios / Kournetas           02.08.76     191      82   336   320     18      164   182    Olympiakos, Piraeus, GRE            early on in the Olympic cycle.
                                                                                                                                                Under his command, the Greeks returned to the World
7 Stefanou / Georgios / Stefanou              12.01.81     187      82   295   305              40    40    AE Nikea, Nikea, GRE                League in 2001 for the first time since 1996 and finished
8 Ntonas / Efstathios / Ntonas                02.02.81     200      96   330   330              14    14    Panathinaikos, Athens, GRE          ninth. They repeated this effort in 2002 before going a
9 Dimitrakopoulos / Christos /                01.07.74     188      86   325   325      9       65    74    Panathinaikos, Athens, GRE          couple of places better in the 2003 edition, finishing seven-
   Dimitrakopoulos                                                                                                                              th. With the Olympics just around the corner, the 2004 edi-
10 Tsakiropoulos / Antonios / Tsakiropoulos   01.07.69     205      93   350   336     26      317   343    Olympiakos, Piraeus, GRE            tion of the World League was a case of experimenting and
                                                                                                                                                working on combinations for Prosalikas. Greece didn’t pro-
11 Roumeliotis / Nikolaos / Roumeliotis       12.10.78     201      97   343   320      9      104   113    E.A. Patron Patra, GRE
                                                                                                                                                gress past the preliminary phase, finishing behind defending
12 Smaragdis / Nikolaos / Smaragdis           12.02.82     202      85   328   318              41    41    Panathinaikos, Thessaloniki, GRE    champions Brazil in pool play.
13 Papazoglou / Georgios / Papazoglou         27.06.73     199      96   340   320              29    29    A.O. Orestiada, GRE                 But Prosalikas’ best performance was in the 2002 World
14 Pantaleon / Sotirios / Pantaleon           21.06.80     200      77   330   312      9       79    88    Panathinaikos, Athens, GRE          Championship in Argentina, where his side caught some of
15 Lappas / Ilias / Lappas                    20.07.79     194      92   335   320      8       76    84    P.A.O.K., Thessaloniki, GRE         their opponents on the hop and surprisingly finished in
                                                                                                                                                seventh place.
16 Kravarik / Antrei / Kravarik               28.07.71     204      97   360   350               4     4    GS Iraklis, Thessaloniki, GRE       A former player, Prosalikas was selected 44 times for the natio-
17 Prousalis / Konstantinos / Prousalis       06.10.80     192      83   320   295              16    16    P.A.O.K., Thessalomiki, GRE         nal team. In the course of the 1990s he coached several Greek
18 Baev / Tontor - Zlatko / Baev              31.05.77     200      95   340   333      9      105   114    GS Iraklis, Thessaloniki, GRE       clubs, including Panathinaikos, Nafpigia, Ionikos and AEK.




                          13 Papazoglou                                                        14 Pantaleon                                                               15 Lappas
                 Georgios Papazoglou                                                        Sotirios Pantaleon                                                   Ilias Lappas
                 Age: 31 Born in West                                                       Age: 24 Born in Athens,                                              Age: 25 Born in Athens,
                 Germany – Position:                                                        GRE – Position: Middle-                                              GRE – Position: Wing-spi-
                 Middle-blocker – Club                                                      blocker – Club debut:                                                ker – Club debut: FC KOU-
                 debut: A.O. ORESTIADA                                                      Panathinaikos                                                        KAKI (Athens, Creece) in
                 (Orestiada, Greece) –                                                      (Athens,Greece) in 1995 –                                            1991 – Int. debut: World
Honours: WL 2004:5                                                       Int. debut: Men's Olympic Qualification                                League (Athens, Greece) in 2001 – Honours:
                                                                         Tournament (Peace and Friendship Stadium)                              WCH 2002:7 / WL 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5
                                                                         in 2000 – Honours: WCH 2002:7 / WL 2001:9
                                                                         2002:9 2003:7 2004:5




                          16 Kravarik                                                          17 Prousalis                                                               18 Baev
                          Antrei Kravarik                                                      Konstantinos Prousalis                                              Tontor – Zlatko Baev
                          Age: 33 Born in Piestany,                                            Age: 23 Born in Naousa,                                             Age: 27 Born in Sofia, BUL
                          SVK – Position: Universal –                                          GRE – Club debut:                                                   – Position: Wing-spiker –
                          Club debut: P.A.O.K.                                                 Zaphirakis (Naousa,                                                 Club debut: Ethnikos
                          (Thessaloniki, Greece) in                                            Greece) in 1995 – Honours:                                          Alexandroupolis
                          1994 – Honours: WL 2003:7                                            WL 2003:7 2004:5                                                    (Alexandroupolis, Greece)
2004:5                                                                                                                                          in 1994 – Int. debut: European Championships
                                                                                                                                                (Piraeus, Greece) in 1995 – Honours: CCH
                                                                                                                                                1994:7 1997:9 / WCH 2002:7 / WL 1995:9 1996:11
                                                                                                                                                1998:12 2001:9 2002:9 2003:7 2004:5



                                                                                                                                                                                                               97
     AREA:          8,511,965 sq km
     INHABITANTS:   184,101,109
     CAPITAL:       Brasilia
     LANGUAGE:      Portuguese




98
Pool B




Brazil has been the South American No. 1 power since Brazil is also one of the countries to have participated in all
1951 when they won the continent's championship for the editions of the prestigious World League tournament. Head
first time. A winning streak of 24 consecutive titles has conti- coach Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende, who took over the
nued onto the international scene.                                   national squad in 2001, led Brazil to victory in the competi-
Brazil ended a spellbinding 2003 season ranked as the worl- tion in the same year and in 2003 and 2004.
d’s best Volleyball team having won both the World League in As World Championship winners, World Cup and World League
Spain and the World Cup in Japan. Now in 2004 they enter title holders Brazil are definitely one of the favourites going
the Olympic Games with their World League title successfully into the 2004 Olympic Games.
defended in Italy in July.
The country's Volleyball excellence, however, has a far greater
reach. The Brazilians, who competed at their first World
Championship in 1956 finishing 11th, have been among the
world's best leading Volleyball nations since 1978.
At the 1982 Worlds in Argentina, they won the silver medal,
then finished fourth three times in a row in France, 1986,
Brazil, 1990, and 1998 in Japan before finally collecting gold
for the first time in Argentina in 2002 when they beat Russia
3-2 in a nail-biting final.
The team put on an outstanding performance there as a com-
plete unit, but also had its stars, among them Andre                    Match Schedule
Nascimento who was awarded the best spiker of the tourna-
ment and Maurico Lima who was named the best setter. The               15   Aug.   16:00    BRA   v   AUS
World Championship victory was yet another prize for Brazil's          17   Aug.   21:30    BRA   v   ITA
                                                                       19   Aug.   11:00    NED   v   BRA
impressive collection of major international titles.
                                                                       21   Aug.   21:30    BRA   v   RUS
In 1992, Brazil won the Olympic tournament in Barcelona after          23   Aug.   21:30    USA   v   BRA
they had also won the silver medal earlier in Los Angeles in 1984.
They also have an impressive record at the World Cup having only       At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                       Stadium
missed one tournament – the first in 1965 – and collecting gold
last year and two bronze medals in 1981 and 1995 in the process.

                                                                                                                                 99
      Pool B

                     1 Minuzzi                                         2 Marcelinho                                      3 Giovane
                     Roberto Minuzzi Jr                                 Marcelo Elgarten                                 Giovane Gavio
                     Age: 22 Born in Caxias do                          Age: 29 Born in Rio de                           Age: 33 Born in Juiz de Fora,
                     Sul, BRA – Position: Wing-                         Janeiro, BRA – Club debut:                       BRA – Position: Wing-spiker –
                     spiker – Club debut: at                            Clube Israelita Brasileiro                       Club debut: Bom Pastor (Juiz de
                     school (Caxias do Sul, BRA)                        (Rio de Janeiro – BRA) in                        Fora – BRA) in 1983 – Int. debut:
                     in 1998 – Int. debut: World                        1987 – Int. debut: Junior                        South American Championship
  Championship (Arabia) – Honours: JWCH              world championship (Rosário – Argentina) in      (Venezuela) in 1988 – Honours: AC 2000:2 / CCH
  2001:1 / WL 2003:1 2004:1                          1993 – Honours: AC 2000:2 / JWC 1993:1 / OG      2003:1 / CH 1988:1 1989:1 1991:1 1993:1 1995:1 /
                                                     2000:6 / PAG 1999:2 / WC 1999:5 / WL 1997:5      JWC 1989:3 / OG 1992:1 1996:5 2000:6 / PAN 1991:2
                                                     1999:3 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1        2003:3 / SWC 1990:4 1994:5 / WCH 2002:1 / WCUP
                                                                                                      1989:5 1991:2 1995:3 2003:1 (Best Spiker) / WGC
                                                                                                      1993:2 / WGCC 2001:2 / WL 1990:3 1991:5 1992:5
                                                                                                      1993:1 1994:3 1995:2 1996:5 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1
                                                                                                      2004:1

                     4 André Heller                                    5 Henrique                                        6 Mauricio
                      André Heller                                       Henrique Randow                                  Mauricio Lima
                      Age: 28 Born in Sao                                Age: 26 Born in Belo                             Age: 36 Born in Campinas/SP, BRA
                      Leopoldo – BRA – Position:                         Horizonte, BRA – Position:                       – Club debut: Lojicred (Campinas,
                      Middle-blocker – Club                              Middle-blocker – Club                            São Paulo, BRA) in 1980 – Int.
                      debut: SC. Ginastica (Novo                         debut: Minas Tenis Clube                         debut: Junior World Championship
                      Hamburgo, R.S.) in 1990 –                          (Belo Horizonte – BRA) in                        (Barhain) in 1987 – Honours: AC
  Int. debut: Junior – South American                1991 – Int. debut: Friendly match ( BRA X        1998:1 2000:2 2001:1 / CCH 1989:1 (Best player) 1991:1
  Championship (Venezuela) in 1994 – Honours:        PORTUGAL) (Rio de Janeiro – BRA) in 2000 –       1993:1 1995:1 1997:1 (Best Setter) 2003:1 / JWC 1987:6
  AC 1999:1 2000:2 / CCH 1994:1 1999:4 2003:1 /      Honours: WCH 2002:1 / WGCC 2001:2 / WL           / OG 1988:4 1992:1 (Best Setter) 1996:5 2000:6 / PAG
  OG 2000:6 / PAN 2003:3 / WC 1999:5 / WCH           2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1                      1991:2 / PAN 2003:3 / WC 1995:3 / WCH 1990:4 (Best
  1998:4 / WCUP 2003:1 / WGCC 2001:2 / WL                                                             Digger) 1991:6 1994:5 1998:4 2002:1 (Best Setter) /
  1998:5 1999:3 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1                                                    WCUP 2003:1 / WGC 1993:2 / WGCC 2001:2 / WL
                                                                                                      1990:3 1991:5 1992:5 1993:1 (Best Setter) 1994:3 1995:2
                                                                                                      1996:5 1998:5 1999:3 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1

                     7 Giba                                            8 Murilo                                          9 André
                     Gilberto Godoy Filho                              Murilo Endres                                     André Nascimento
                     Age: 27 Born in Londrina,                         Age: 23 Born in Brazil –                          Age: 25 Born in São João de
                     BRA – Position: Wing-spi-                         Club debut: at school                             Miriti/RJ, BRA – Position:
                     ker – Club debut: Country                         (Passo Fundo/RS) – Int.                           Wing-spiker – Club debut:
                     Club Canadá (Londrina –                           debut: South American                             Bom Pastor (Juiz de Fora –
                     Paraná – BRA) in 1991 – Int.                      Championship (Venezuela)                          BRAZIL0) in 1993 – Int. debut:
  debut: Youth World Championship (Portugal) in      in 2000 – Honours: CCH 2000:2 / JWCH 2001:1 /    Youth Continental Championship (Assunção
  1993 – Honours: AC 1999:1 2000:2 2001:1 / CCH      WL 2003:1 2004:1                                 Paraguai) in 1996 – Honours: AC 2001:1 / CCH
  1994:1 1995:1 1997:1 1998:1 1999:1 2003:1 / GCC                                                     2003:1 / JWCh 1999:3 / PAN 2003:3 / WCH 2002:1
  1997:1 / JWC 1995:2 / OG 2000:6 / PAG 1999:2 /                                                      (Best Spiker) / WCUP 2003:1 / WGCC 2001:2 / WL
  PAN 2003:3 / WC 1995:3 1999:5 / WCH 1998:4                                                          2001:1 (Best Spiker) 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1 / YWCH
  2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1 / WL 1997:5 1998:5 1999:3                                                      1997:5
  2000:3 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1 / YWC 1993:1
  (best player and spiker)

                     10 Sérgio                                         11 Anderson                                       12 Nalbert
                     Sérgio Dutra Santos                                Anderson Rodrigues                                Nalbert Bitencourt
                     Age: 28 Born in Nova                               Age: 30 Born in Belo                              Age: 30 Born in Rio de Janeiro,
                     Londrina, BRA – Position:                          Horizonte/MG, BRA –                               BRA – Position: Wing-spiker –
                     Libero – Club debut: E.C.                          Position: Wing-spiker –                           Club debut: Tijuca T.C. (Rio de
                     Palmeiras (São Paulo –                             Club debut: C. Oficiais da                        Janeiro – RJ – BRA) in 19862 –
                     BRA) in 1989 – Int. debut:                         Polícia Militar (Belo                             Int. debut: Youth World
  World League in 2001 – Honours: AC 2001:1 /        Horizonte – MG. Brazil) in 1992 – Int. debut:    Championship (Portugal) in 1991 – Honours: AC
  WCH 2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1 (Best Libero) / WL        World League (Germany) in 2001 – Honours:        2000:2 2001:1 / CCH 1992:1 1995:1 1997:1 1999:2 2003:1
  2001:1 2002:2 (Best Digger) 2003:1 (Best           AC 2001:1 / CCH 2003:1 / PAN 2003:3 / WCH        / GCC 1993:2 1997:1 / OG 1996:5 2000:6 / PAN 2003:3 /
  Digger, Best Receiver) 2004:1                      2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1 / WGCC 2001:2 / WL          WC 1995:3 1999:5 / WCH 1998:4 2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1
                                                     2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1                      / WGCC 2001:2 / WL 1994:3 1996:5 1997:5 1998:5
                                                                                                      1999:3 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1 / YWC 1991:1

100
                   List of Honours

          Olympics                      World Championships             World League            Grand Champion Cup                World Cup                  Cont. Championships
             2000 6                                 2002    1                 2004 1                      2001 2                     2003 1                      2003 1          1973 1
             1996 5                                 1998    4                 2003 1                      1997 1                     1999 5                      2001 1          1971 1
             1992 1                                 1994    5                 2002 2                      1993 2                     1995 3                      1999 1          1969 1
             1988 4                                 1990    4                 2001 1                                                 1991 6                      1997 1          1967 1
             1984 2                                 1986    4                 2000 3                                                 1989 5                      1995 1          1962 1
             1980 5                                 1982    2                 1999 3                                                 1985 4                      1993 1          1961 1
             1976 7                                 1978    6                 1998 5                                                 1981 3                      1991 1          1958 1
             1972 8                                 1974   10                 1997 5                                                 1977 8                      1989 1          1956 1
             1968 9                                 1970   12                 1996 5                                                 1969 6                      1987 1          1951 1
             1964 7                                 1966   13                 1995 2                                                                             1985 1
                                                    1962   10                 1994 3                                                                             1983 1
                                                    1960    5                 1993 1                                                                             1981 1
                                                    1956   11                 1992 5                                                                             1979 1
                                                                              1991 5                                                                             1977 1
                                                                              1990 3                                                                             1975 1


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                            Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname   Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                                           Bernardo
                                                                                WC OG Oth. Tot.                                                                “Bernardinho”
1    Minuzzi Jr / Roberto / Minuzzi     27.08.81    200     88    344   329     19     30 49 S.C.Ulbra, BRA                                                    Rezende
2    Elgarten / Marcelo / Marcelinho    09.11.74    183     78    321   308      6 7 84 97 Unisul E. C., BRA
                                                                                                                                                                Bernardo “Bernardinho” Rezende,
3    Gavio / Giovane / Giovane          07.09.70    196     89    340   322     30 23 343 396 Minas Tenis Clube, BRA                                            43, was appointed head coach of
                                                                                                                                   Brazil in 2001. Under his expert leadership, Brazil became the
4    Heller / André / André Heller      17.12.75    199     93    339   321      5 4 132 141 Unisul E.C., BRA
                                                                                                                                   men’s leading superpower, winning both the World League in
5    Randow / Henrique / Henrique       05.04.78    201     88    337   320      9     81 90 Minas Tenis Clube, BRA                2001 and the 2002 World Championship. His squad also fini-
6    Lima / Mauricio / Mauricio         27.01.68    184     79    321   304     43 29 488 560 Montichiari, ITA                     shed second in the 2002 World League before claiming gold
                                                                                                                                   again in 2003.
7    Godoy Filho / Gilberto / Giba      23.12.76    192     85    325   312     34 8 269 311 Cuneo Piemonte Volley, ITA            Rezende has developed a wonderful spirit amongst his team.
8    Endres / Murilo / Murilo           03.05.81    190     76    343   319      7     21 28 E.C. Suzano, BRA                      Not only are they currently winning with regularity but they
                                                                                                                                   are doing it in fine style. His team is timing its run perfectly for
9    Nascimento / André / André         04.03.79    195     95    340   320     21    133 154 Minas Tenis Clube, BRA               the Olympics having triumphed at the 2003 World Cup to
10   Santos / Sérgio Dutra / Sérgio     15.10.75    184     78    325   310      9     67 76 Banespa, BRA                          confirm their early qualification for Athens, before setting the
                                                                                                                                   2004 World League alight with another dazzling display.
11   Rodrigues / Anderson / Anderson    21.05.74    190     95    330   321      9     95 104 NEC, JPN                             A former setter, Rezende was a member of the Brazilian
12   Bitencourt / Nalbert / Nalbert     09.03.74    195     82    329   309     36 10 262 308 Lube Macerata, ITA                   squad that won silver medals at the 1982 World
                                                                                                                                   Championship and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He retired
13   Endres / Gustavo / Gustavo         23.08.75    203     98    337   325     27 7 258 292 Icom Latina, ITA                      in 1988 to become assistant coach of the national team
14   Santana / Rodrigo / Rodrigão       17.04.79    205     85    350   328     18    123 141 Estensi 4 Torri Ferrara, ITA         ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
                                                                                                                                   Two years later he moved to Italy to coach before returning
15   Domingos / Alan Barbosa / Alan     15.02.80    189     75                   7          7 S.C.Ulbra, BRA                       home in 1993 to take charge of the national women’s team. In
16   Monteiro / Joel / Joel             24.04.74    200     95    335   326            68 68 Societá Pallavolo Montichiari, BRA    1994, he coached the team to second place at the World
                                                                                                                                   Championship and to victory at the World Grand Prix. In 1996,
17   Garcia / Ricardo / Ricardo         19.11.75    191     89    337   320     30    267 297 Minas Tenis Clube, BRA               the team won bronze at the Atlanta Olympics and the World
18   Amaral / Dante Guimaraes / Dante   30.09.80    201     86    345   327     16 8 127 151 Daytona Volley SRL, ITA               Grand Prix again and finished third at Sydney 2000.




                           13 Gustavo                                                  14 Rodrigão                                                             15 Alan
                   Gustavo Endres                                                    Rodrigo Santana                                                           Alan Barbosa Domingos
                   Age: 28 Born in Passo Fundo,                                      Age: 25 Born in Sao Paulo,                                                Age: 24 Born in Uberlandia,
                   BRA – Position: Middle-bloc-                                      BRA – Position: Middle-                                                   BRA – Position: Libero –
                   ker – Club debut: EACNSC                                          blocker – Club debut:                                                     Int. debut: Junior World
                   (Rio Grande do Sul – BRA) in                                      Banespa (São Paulo –                                                      Championship (Tailand) in
                   1991 – Int. debut: Continental                                    BRA) in 1993 – Int. debut:                                                1999
Championship (Venezuela) in 1994 – Honours:                       Youth Continental Championship (Assunção –
AC 1998:1 1999:1 2000:2 2001:1 / CCH 1994:1                       Paraguai) in 1996 – Honours: AC 2001:1 / CCH
1997:1 1999:1 2003:1 / GCC 1997:1 / JWC 1995:2 /                  1996:1 2001:1 2003:1 / CHJ 1996:1 / JWC 1999:3
OG 2000:6 / PAN 2003:3 / PCH 1999:2 / WC 1999:5                   / PAN 2003:3 / WCH 2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1 /
/ WCH 1998:4 (World Best Blocker) 2002:1 /                        WGCC 2001:2 / WL 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2 2003:1
WCUP 2003:1 / WL 1997:5 1998:5 1999:3 2000:3                      2004:1 / YWC 1997:5
2001:1 (Best Blocker) 2002:2 2003:1 2004:1


                           16 Joel                                                     17 Ricardo                                                              18 Dante
                   Joel Monteiro                                                     Ricardo Garcia                                                   Dante Guimaraes Amaral
                   Age: 30 Born in Bebedouro                                         Age: 28 Born in Sao Paulo,                                       Age: 23 Born in
                   – São Paulo, BRA –                                                BRA – Club debut: BANES-                                         Itumbiara/GO, BRA –
                   Position: Wing-spiker –                                           PA (Sao Paulo – BRA) in                                          Position: Wing-spiker –
                   Club debut: Bebedouro                                             1986 – Int. debut: South                                         Club debut: Clube dos 50
                   Clube (Bebedouro – BRA)                                           American Championship                                            (Goias) in 1995 – Int. debut:
in 1990 – Int. debut: South American                              (Venezuela) in 1992 – Honours: AC 1998:1                         Continental Championship (Chile) in 1998 –
Championship in 1997 – Honours: AC 1998:1                         1999:1 2001:1 / CCH 1992:1 1994:1 (Best Setter)                  Honours: AC 1999:1 2000:2 2001:1 / CCH 1998:1
1999:1 / CCH 1997:1 1999:1 / GCC 1997:1 / WC                      1999:1 2003:1 / GCC 1997:1 / PAG 1999:2 / PAN                    1999:1 2003:1 / OG 2000:6 / PAN 2003:3 / WC
1999:5 / WL 1999:3 2000:3                                         2003:3 / WC 1999:5 / WCH 1995:2 (Best Setter)                    1999:5 / WCH 1999:3 2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1 /
                                                                  1998:4 2002:1 / WCUP 2003:1 / WGCC 2001:2 /                      WGCC 2001:2 / WL 1999:3 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2
                                                                  WL 1997:5 1998:5 1999:3 2000:3 2001:1 2002:2                     2003:1 2004:1
                                                                  2003:1 2004:1 / YWC 1993:1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      101
      AREA:          301,230 sq km
      INHABITANTS:   58,057,477
      CAPITAL:       Rome
      LANGUAGE:      Italian




102
Italy
Pool B




Current European champions Italy are highly tipped to finish in the World League two years ago and the disappointing
be among the medals at the 2004 Olympic Games.                    fifth at the World Championship, a new coach Gian Paolo
Italy is not only one of Volleyball's superpowers, it is the best Montali, was appointed to lead the Azzurri back to the former
men's team of the 20th century, according to the FIVB selec- glory.
tion and this is highlighted by its spectacular history in the Montali is clearly focused on the 2004 Athens Olympics and
World League competition where Italy has collected eight he showed during the 2004 World League he was prepared to
titles.                                                           experiment to make sure he finds the right combination.
Their silver medal finish to Brazil in the 2004 edition was a However, it will only be in Athens where he will see if he has
good sign of things to come in Athens and don’t be surprised found the right formula.
if there is a rematch in the final.
Although the national Italian team had a good start in inter-
national competitions, finishing third at the European
Championship in 1948 and eighth at the first World
Championship in 1949, the country then had to wait for
almost another 40 years for a significant success.
The first breakthrough came in 1978 at the World
Championships held in Rome where the Italians won the silver
medal, but the best was yet to come.
Under the firm hand of head coach Julio Velasco of Argentina,
Italy clearly dominated the sport in the 1990s, triumphing at       Match Schedule
the World Championship in 1990 in Brazil, in 1994 in Greece
and again, under new coach, the Brazilian Bebeto in Japan,         15   Aug   21:30      ITA v USA
1998. No other team can match such a record in the history         17   Aug   21:30      BRA v ITA
                                                                   19   Aug    9:00      ITA v AUS
of this sport. During this splendid era Italy also captured the
                                                                   21   Aug   11:00      ITA v NED
silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the bronze in        23   Aug   11:00      RUS v ITA
Sydney 2000 under coach Andrea Anastasi.
Also from 1989 Italy won the European Championship four            At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                   Stadium
times, claimed the World Cup in 1995 and the Grand
Champions Cup in 1993. However, following their fourth place

                                                                                                                               103
      Italy
      Pool B

                     1 Mastrangelo                                      2 Meoni                                            3 Rinaldi
                     Luigi Mastrangelo                                  Marco Meoni                                        Pietro Rinaldi
                     Age: 28 Born in Mottola                            Age: 31 Born in Padova,                            Age: 32 Born in Roma, ITA
                     (TA), ITA – Position:                              ITA – Club debut: Petrarca                         – Position: Libero –
                     Middle-blocker – Club                              Padova (Padova) in 1987 –                          Honours: WL 2004:2
                     debut: Mottola in 1991 – Int.                      Int. debut: 28-4-94 CUB-ITA
                     debut: 28-5-99 AUS-ITA 0-3                         3-1 (L'Avana) in 1994 –
  (Sydney) in 1999 – Honours: CCH 1999:1 2003:1      Honours: CCH 1995:1 1997:3 1999:1 2001:2
  / OG 2000:3 / WCH 2002:5 / WCUP 1999:3             2003:1 / OG 1996:2 2000:3 / SS 1996:1 / WCH
  2003:2 / WL 1999:1 2000:1 2001:2 2002:4 2003:3     1998:1 / WCUP 2003:2 / WL 1995:1 1996:2
  2004:2 (Best Blocker)                              1997:1 1998:4 1999:1 2000:1 2003:3 (Best Setter)




                     4 Morsut                                           5 Vermiglio                                        6 Papi
                     Francesco Morsut                                   Valerio Vermiglio                                  Samuele Papi
                     Age: 21 Born in Padova,                            Age: 28 Born in Messina,                           Age: 31 Born in Ancona,
                     ITA                                                ITA – Club debut: Sisley                           ITA – Position: Wing-spiker
                                                                        Treviso (Messina) in 1984 –                        – Club debut: Kutiba
                                                                        Int. debut: 28-5-99 AUS-ITA                        Falconara (Falconara) in
                                                                        0-3 (Sydney) in 1999 –                             1985 – Int. debut: 14-5-94
                                                     Honours: CCH 2001:2 2003:1 / WCH 2002:5 /          JPN-ITA 2-3 (Tokyo) in 1994 – Honours: CCH
                                                     WCUP 1999:3 2003:2 / WL 1999:1 2000:1 2001:2       1995:1 1999:1 2001:2 2003:1 / OG 1996:2 2000:3 /
                                                     2002:4 2003:3 2004:2                               SF 1994:1 / WCH 1994:1 1998:1 2002:5 / WCUP
                                                                                                        1995:1 1999:3 2003:2 / WL 1994:1 1995:1 1996:2
                                                                                                        1997:1 1998:4 1999:1 2000:1 2002:4 2003:3 2004:2
                                                                                                        (Best Spiker)




                     7 Sartoretti                                       8 Cisolla                                          9 Savani
                     Andrea Sartoretti                                  Alberto Cisolla                                   Cristian Savani
                     Age: 33 Born in Perugia,                           Age: 26 Born in Treviso, ITA                      Age: 22 Born in Castiglione
                     ITA – Position: Wing-spiker                        – Position: Wing-spiker –                         delle Stiviere, ITA –
                     – Club debut: A.P.                                 Club debut: Sisley Treviso                        Profession: Studente
                     Montelucie in 1985 – Int.                          in 1990 – Int. debut: 29-11-                      Scienze Motorie – Position:
                     debut: 21-5-93 ITA-NED 3-0                         00 ITA-All Stars 2-3 (Trento)                     Wing-spiker – Club debut:
  (Bologna) in 1993 – Honours: CCH 1997:3            in 2000 – Honours: WCUP 2003:2 / WL 2001:2         Gabeca Galatron (Montichiari) in 1992 – Int.
  1999:1 2001:2 2003:1 / OG 1996:2 2000:3 / SS       2002:4 2003:3 2004:2                               debut: Under 14 (Spagna) – Honours: CCH
  1996:1 / WCH 1998:1 2002:5 / WCUP 1999:3                                                              2003:1 / JWCH 2001:4 / WL 2003:3 2004:2
  2003:2 (Best Server) / WL 1993:3 1994:1 1995:1
  1996:2 1997:1 1998:4 1999:1 2000:1 2002:4 2004:2
  (Best Scorer)




                     10 Tencati                                         11 Simeonov                                        12 Pippi
                      Luca Tencati                                      Ventzislav Simeonov                               Damiano Pippi
                      Age: 25 Born in Cremona,                          Age: 27 Born in Plovdiv,                          Age: 32 Born in Castiglion
                      ITA – Position: Middle-                           BUL – Profession: Studente                        del Lago (PG), ITA –
                      blocker – Club debut:                             – Club debut: Alpitour                            Position: Libero – Club
                      Sisley Treviso (Treviso) in                       Traco Cuneo (Cuneo) in                            debut: Castiglion del Lago
                      1995 – Int. debut: 29-11-00                       1993                                              (PG) in 1986 – Int. debut:
  ITA-All Stars 2-3 (Trento) in 2000 – Honours:                                                         Liberation Cup, YUG-ITA 3-1 (Nitra) in 1988 –
  CCH 2001:2 / WCH 2002:5 / WCUP 2003:2 / WL                                                            Honours: CCH 2003:1 / WCUP 2003:2 / WL
  2001:2 2002:4 2003:3 2004:2                                                                           2003:3 2004:2




104
                   List of Honours

           Olympics                      World Championships              World League             Grand Champion Cup              World Cup               Cont. Championships
             2000 3                                  2002 5                     2004 2                       1993 1                   2003 2                   2003 1        1971    8
             1996 2                                  1998 1                     2003 3                                                1999 3                   2001 2        1967    8
             1992 5                                  1994 1                     2002 4                                                1995 1                   1999 1        1963   10
             1988 9                                  1990 1                     2001 2                                                1989 2                   1997 3        1958   10
             1984 3                                  1986 11                    2000 1                                                1981 7                   1995 1        1955    9
             1980 9                                  1982 14                    1999 1                                                                         1993 1        1951    8
             1976 8                                  1978 2                     1998 4                                                                         1991 2        1948    3
                                                     1974 19                    1997 1                                                                         1989 1
                                                     1970 15                    1996 2                                                                         1987 9
                                                     1966 16                    1995 1                                                                         1985 6
                                                     1962 14                    1994 1                                                                         1983 4
                                                     1956 14                    1993 3                                                                         1981 7
                                                     1949 8                     1992 1                                                                         1979 5
                                                                                1991 1                                                                         1977 8
                                                                                1990 1                                                                         1975 10


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                          Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname    Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block    Caps            Club                                                      Gian Paolo
                                                                                  WC OG Oth. Tot.                                                           Montali
1 Mastrangelo / Luigi / Mastrangelo      17.08.75    202       90   368   336             8 122 130 Lube Banca Marche
                                                                                                    Macerata, Cuneo, ITA                                      Gian Paolo Montali had a diffi-
                                                                                                                                                              cult beginning to his steward-
2    Meoni / Marco / Meoni               25.05.73    197       86   338   313     12     16 205 233 Unimade, Parma, ITA
                                                                                                                                                              ship of the national team imme-
3    Rinaldi / Pietro / Rinaldi          26.03.72    197       85   340   312                     0 Icom, Latina, ITA               diately after replacing Andrea Anastasi. The most suc-
4    Morsut / Francesco / Morsut         05.02.83    193       87   332   310                     0 Semprevolley, Padova, ITA       cessful team in the history of the World League stutte-
5    Vermiglio / Valerio / Vermiglio     01.03.76    190       83   342   320               118 118 Sisley, Treviso, ITA            red to only fourth place in the 2002 tournament and
                                                                                                                                    things got even worse for the once invincible Squadra
6    Papi / Samuele / Papi               20.05.73    190       84   345   308     19     16 232 267 Sisley, Treviso, ITA            Azzuri at the World Championship in Argentina in the
7    Sartoretti / Andrea / Sartoretti    19.06.71    194       88   353   319     12     16 249 277 Itas Diatec, Trento, ITA        same year where they finished fifth.
8    Cisolla / Alberto / Cisolla         10.10.77    197       86   367   345                38 38 Sisley, Treviso, ITA             However, Montali had a recipe to revert the downhill
                                                                                                                                    course which, although quite simple, proved very
9    Savani / Cristian / Savani          22.02.82    194       83   354   335                 4 4 Bossini Montichiari,
                                                                                                                                    effective: “Attitude, attitude, attitude,” he said, underli-
                                                                                                    Montichiari, ITA
                                                                                                                                    ning that he expected all his star players to dedicate
10 Tencati / Luca / Tencati              16.03.79    200    97      350   330                77 77 Sisley, Treviso, ITA             themselves to every competition, match, set and even
11 Simeonov / Ventzislav / Simeonov      03.02.77    199   100      356                           0 Bossini Montichiari,            rally. The national team improved dramatically in 2003,
                                                                                                    Montichiari, ITA                claiming silver at the World Cup, winning the European
12   Pippi / Damiano / Pippi             23.08.71    193       84   323   305      7        161 168 Kerakoll Modena, Modena, ITA    Championships and gaining bronze at the World
                                                                                                                                    League.
13   Giani / Andrea / Giani              22.04.70    196       97   356   322     35     31 382 448 Kerakoll Modena, Modena, ITA    Montali had already scored a string of achievements in
14   Fei / Alessandro / Fei              29.11.78    204       90   352   321     12      8 124 144 Sisley, Treviso, ITA            his native land where he coached teams from four
15   Tofoli / Paolo / Tofoli             14.08.66    188       81   345   321     14     24 304 342 Itas Diatec, Trento, ITA        cities to five different championships.
                                                                                                                                    “Coaching the national team is a great experience,” he
16   Biribanti / Francesco / Biribanti   17.01.76    201       94   360   340                 2 2 Icom, Latina, ITA
                                                                                                                                    once said. He also said the 2004 Olympics in Athens is
17   Cozzi / Paolo / Cozzi               26.05.80    200       86   363   328                 5 5 Kerakoll Modena, Modena, ITA      the best way to motivate his team and to show how
18   Cernic / Matej / Cernic             13.09.78    192       80   354   335                47 47 Kerakoll Modena, Modena, ITA     powerful they can be.




                           13 Giani                                                        14 Fei                                                           15 Tofoli
                    Andrea Giani                                                       Alessandro Fei                                                  Paolo Tofoli
                    Age: 34 Born in Napoli, ITA                                        Age: 25 Born in Saronno                                         Age: 37 Born in Fermo, ITA
                    – Position: Universal – Club                                       (VA), ITA – Position:                                           – Club debut: Fano (PS)
                    debut: Pallavolo Sabaudia                                          Middle-blocker – Club                                           (ITA) in 1977 – Int. debut:
                    (Sabaudia) in 1982 – Int.                                          debut: Foiano della Chiana                                      22-5-87 ITA-POL 3-0
                    debut: 6-5-88 ITA-FIN 3-0                                          (Foiano) in 1991 – Int.                                         (Montichiari) in 1987 –
(Cagliari) in 1988 – Honours: CCH 1991:2 1993:1                     debut: 8-5-98 ITA-POL 2-3 (Arezzo) in 1998 –                    Honours: CCH 1989:1 1991:2 1993:1 1995:1
1995:1 1997:3 1999:1 2003:1 / GC 1993:1 / OG                        Honours: CCH 2001:2 2003:1 / OG 2000:3 / WCH                    1999:1 / GC 1993:1 / OG 1992:5 1996:2 2000:3 /
1988:9 1992:5 1996:2 2000:3 / SF 1994:1 / SS                        1998:1 2002:5 / WL 1998:4 1999:1 2000:1 2001:2                  SF 1994:1 / SS 1996:1 / TF 1990:2 / WCH 1990:1
1996:1 / TF 1990:2 / WCH 1990:1 1994:1 1998:1                       2002:4 2003:3 2004:2                                            1994:1 / WCUP 1989:2 1995:1 1999:3 / WL
2002:5 / WCUP 1995:1 1999:3 2003:2 / WL                                                                                             1990:1 1991:1 1992:1 1993:3 1994:1 1996:2 2000:1
1991:1 1992:1 1993:3 1994:1 1995:1 1996:2 1997:1                                                                                    2001:2 2004:2
1998:4 1999:1 2000:1 2002:4 2003:3 2004:2


                           16 Biribanti                                                    17 Cozzi                                                         18 Cernic
                    Francesco Biribanti                                                  Paolo Cozzi                                                  Matej Cernic
                    Age: 28 Born in Terni, ITA –                                         Age: 24 Born in Milano, ITA                                  Age: 25 Born in Gorizia, ITA
                    Club debut: Sisley Treviso                                           – Profession: studente uni-                                  – Position: Wing-spiker –
                    (Treviso) in 1990 – Int.                                             versitario – Position:                                       Club debut: Soca (Bologna)
                    debut: All Star Game/ ITA-                                           Middle-blocker – Club                                        in 1985 – Int. debut: 9-5-98
                    All Star / 27-11-2002                                                debut: Asystel Milano                                        ITA-POL 1-3 (Fidenza) in
(Trieste) in 2002 – Honours: CCH 2003:1 /                           (Forlì) in 1998 – Int. debut: 11-5-01 ITA-ARG 3-0               1998 – Honours: CCH 2003:1 / WCUP 2003:2 /
WCUP 2003:2 / WL 2001:2 2003:3 2004:2                               (Palermo) in 2001 – Honours: CCH 2003:1 /                       WL 2001:2 2002:4 2003:3 2004:2
                                                                    WCUP 2003:2 / WL 2001:2 2003:3 2004:2




                                                                                                                                                                                               105
      AREA:          41,526 sq km
      INHABITANTS:   16,318,199
      CAPITAL:       Amsterdam
      LANGUAGE:      Dutch and Frisian




106
Netherlands
Pool B




From a distant 1949 and their participation in the first to glory cleared by their predecessors, the ‘90s team, it is him.
World Championship event, where they came 10th, the The Netherlands qualified for the Athens Olympic tournament
Netherlands had to wait until the beginning of the ‘90s to cele- by defeating Spain, Cuba and Cameroon in Madrid, but now the
brate success in international Volleyball.                            official race for gold starts.
The wait, however, was well worth it: In 1992, at the Barcelona
Olympic tournament, the ‘Orange team’ won the silver medal,
bowing only to the Brazilians, while four years later in Atlanta
they climbed one step higher and wore the Olympic gold medal
on their chests.
It was a wonderful time for Netherlands Volleyball and all their
fans. That same year, 1996, the armada of the great coach
Joop Alberta, who took up the baton from the legendary Arie
Selinger, also won the World League title, with the final round
held in Rotterdam. One year later (1997) at another event they
hosted, this time in Eindhoven, they climbed up onto the top
step of the podium at the European Championships.
In the meantime, there was, in 1994, the silver medal at the
World Championships in Athens, the city which the Dutch (no.
12 in the world rankings) will visit precisely ten years later with
the fondest of memories.                                                 Match Schedule
It is a great omen but this Netherlands side, which is full of
talent, really needs to be on top of their game to cause a repeat.      15   Aug.    11:00       NED v RUS
Although all the individual stars, who claimed gold at the              17   Aug.    16:00       USA v NED
                                                                        19   Aug.    11:00       NED v BRA
Atlanta Olympics – Rob Bontje, Reinder Nummerdor, Mike van
                                                                        21   Aug.    11:00       ITA v NED
de Goor and Nico Freriks are all there, the Netherlands are just        23   Aug.    14:00       NED v AUS
lacking the final cutting edge.
Coach Bert Goedkoop (the former coach of the Netherlands’               At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                        Stadium
national women’s team) is a shrewd leader and if anyone can get
this team firing on all cylinders in an attempt to follow the path

                                                                                                                                107
      Netherlands
      Pool B

                    1 v. Gendt                                        2 Freriks                                        3 Klok
                     Dirk-Jan van Gendt                               Nico Freriks                                      Marko Klok
                     Age: 30 Born in Boxtel,                          Age: 22 Born in Uden, NED                         Age: 36 Born in
                     NED – Club debut: Ovoco                          – Club debut: Hovoc (Horst                        Monnickendam, NED –
                     (Oss (NED)) in 1983 – Int.                       (NED)) in 1992 – Int. debut:                      Position: Libero – Club
                     debut: World League                              World League (Groningen,                          debut: VVM'663
                     (Groningen, NED) in 2001 –                       NED) in 2001 – Honours:                           (Monnickendan (NED)) –
  Honours: CCH 2001:8 2003:6 / WCH 2002:9 / WL      CCH 2001:8 2003:6 / WCH 2002:9 / WL 2001:7       Int. debut: Tournament (Bottrop (GER)) in 1991
  2001:7 2002:7 2003:10                             2002:7 2003:10                                   – Honours: CCH 1991:3 1993:2 1999:5 2003:6 /
                                                                                                     OG 1992:2 / WCH 1998:6 / WL 1991:4 1992:4
                                                                                                     1993:5 1994:5 1998:3 1999:10 2000:5 2003:10




                    4 Nummerdor                                       5 Görtzen                                        6 R. Schuil
                     Reinder Nummerdor                                 Guido Görtzen                                    Richard Schuil
                     Age: 27 Born in                                   Age: 33 Born in Heerlen,                         Age: 31 Born in
                     IJsselmuiden, NED –                               NED – Position: Wing-spi-                        Leeuwarden, NED –
                     Position: Wing-spiker –                           ker – Club debut: VC                             Position: Universal – Club
                     Club debut: E.V.V. (Elburg,                       Landgraaf (Landgraaf, NED)                       debut: Orbi'86 (Leeuwarden
                     NED) in 1983 – Int. debut:                        in 1980 – Int. debut:                            (NED)) in 1982 – Int. debut:
  Friendly match BEL – NED (Maaseik, BEL) in        Tournament (Guarda, POR) in 1994 – Honours:      Tournament (Apeldoorn, NED) in 1992 –
  1995 – Honours: CCH 1995:2 1997:1 (Best           CCH 1995:2 1997:1 (Most Valuable Player)         Honours: CCH 1995:2 1997:1 1999:5 2001:8
  Receiver) 1999:5 2001:8 2003:6 / GCC 1997:2 /     1999:5 2001:8 2003:6 / GCC 1997:2 / OG 1996:1    2003:6 / GCC 1997:2 / OG 1996:1 2000:5 / WCH
  OG 2000:5 / WCH 1998:6 2002:9 / WCUP 1995:2       2000:5 / WCH 1994:2 1998:6 2002:9 / WCUP         1998:6 2002:9 / WCUP 1995:2 / WL 1993:5
  / WL 1995:12 1996:1 1997:4 1998:3 1999:10         1995:2 / WL 1994:5 1995:12 1996:1 1997:4 (Best   1995:12 1996:1 1997:4 1998:3 1999:10 2000:5
  2000:5 2001:7 2002:7 2003:10                      Scorer) 1998:3 1999:10 2000:5 (Best Spiker)      2001:7 2002:7 2003:10
                                                    2001:7 2002:7 2003:10


                    7 M. vd Goor                                      8 Siebers                                        9 Trommel
                     Mike van de Goor                                 Erik Siebers                                     Jeroen Trommel
                     Age: 31 Born in Oss, NED –                       Age: 23 Born in Woerden,                         Age: 24 Born in Apeldoorn,
                     Position: Middle-blocker –                       NED – Club debut:                                NED – Position: Universal –
                     Club debut: Ovoco (Oss,                          Waterlanders (Nieuwkoop,                         Club debut: DOVO in 1988 –
                     NED) in 1989 – Int. debut:                       NED) in 1993 – Int. debut:                       Int. debut: BRA – NED,
                     Tournament (Apeldoorn,                           RUS – NED, World League                          World League (Fortaleza,
  NED) in 1992 – Honours: CCH 1997:1 1999:5         (Belgorod, RUS) in 2002 – Honours: WL 2002:7     BRA) in 2001 – Honours: CCH 2001:8 2003:6 /
  2001:8 2003:6 / GCC 1997:2 / OG 1996:1 2000:5 /   2003:10                                          WL 2001:7 2003:10
  WCH 1998:6 / WL 1994:5 1995:12 1996:1 1997:4
  1998:3 1999:10 2000:5 2001:7 2002:7 2003:10




                    10 E. Schuil                                      11 v.Waaijen                                     12 Horstink
                     Erik Schuil                                      Desi van Waaijen                               Robert Horstink
                     Age: 26 Born in                                  Age: 27 Born in                                Age: 22 Born in Twello,
                     Leeuwarden, NED –                                Netherlands – Position:                        NED – Position: Wing-spi-
                     Position: Wing-spiker –                          Libero                                         ker – Club debut:
                     Club debut: Orbi'86                                                                             Voorwaarts (Twello (NED))
                     (Leeuwarden (NED)) in 1985                                                                      in 1986 – Int. debut: World
  – Int. debut: DEN – NED (Copenhagen (DEN))                                                         League NED – ESP (Maastricht (NED)) in 1999
  in 2000 – Honours: OG 2000:5 / WL 2000:5                                                           – Honours: WCH 2002:9 / WL 1999:10 2001:7
  2001:7 2003:10                                                                                     2002:7 2003:10




108
                   List of Honours

          Olympics                      World Championships                World League            Grand Champion Cup       World Cup              Cont. Championships
             2000 5                                 2002    9                    2003 10                  1997 2               1995 2                  2003    6     1963 12
             1996 1                                 1998    6                    2002 7                                        1965 10                 2001    8     1958 13
             1992 2                                 1994    2                    2001 7                                                                1999    5     1951 9
             1988 5                                 1990    7                    2000 5                                                                1997    1     1948 6
             1964 8                                 1978   16                    1999 10                                                               1995    2
                                                    1974   12                    1998 3                                                                1993    2
                                                    1970   14                    1997 4                                                                1991    3
                                                    1966   12                    1996 1                                                                1989    3
                                                    1962   12                    1995 12                                                               1987    5
                                                    1956   13                    1994 5                                                                1985   10
                                                    1949   10                    1993 5                                                                1983   10
                                                                                 1992 4                                                                1977   12
                                                                                 1991 4                                                                1975    9
                                                                                 1990 2                                                                1971    9
                                                                                                                                                       1967   15


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                  Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname   Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block      Caps            Club                                              Bert Goedkoop
                                                                                   WC OG Oth. Tot.
                                                                                                                                                       Born in 1956, Bert Goedkoop
1    van Gendt / Dirk-Jan / v. Gendt    18.07.74    185         78   332   313      6    121 127    ORTEC.Nesselande, NED                              was appointed as head coach
                                                                                                                                                       of the Dutch national team in
2    Freriks / Nico / Freriks           22.12.81    191         85   327   306      6    120 126    VC Omniworld, NED                                  2001. His lineup then went on to
3    Klok / Marko / Klok                14.03.68    194         88   342   329     12 8 239 259     ORTEC.Nesselande, NED                              advance to the World League
                                                                                                                             finals in the Polish city of Katowice the same year, fini-
4    Nummerdor / Reinder / Nummerdor    10.09.76    194         87   342   321     18 8 298 324     Ferrara, ITA             shing a creditable seventh.
5    Görtzen / Guido / Görtzen          09.11.70    198         98   349   340     25 16 337 378    Perugia, ITA             In the 2002 edition of the World League Goedkoop,
                                                                                                                             working with some young additions to his side, conso-
6    Schuil / Richard / R. Schuil       02.05.73    202         92   347   329     15 16 330 361    G. del Colle, ITA
                                                                                                                             lidated the Dutch position and again finished seventh.
7    van de Goor / Mike / M. vd Goor    14.05.73    206         96   350   322     12 16 309 337    Piet Zoomers/D , NED     Later in the year, Goedkoop's colorful Orange Brigade
8    Siebers / Erik / Siebers           16.03.81    203         93   337   313            12 12     Alcom/Capelle, NED       went on to place ninth at the World Championship in
                                                                                                                             Argentina.
9    Trommel / Jeroen / Trommel         01.08.80    194         89   340   310            84 84     VC Omniworld, NED        Despite the disappointment of not playing in the 2003
10   Schuil / Erik / E. Schuil          16.10.77    195         80   346   327         8 36 44      VC Omniworld, NED        World Cup and 2004 World League, Goedkoop was at
                                                                                                                             his astute best leading his charges to qualify for the
11   van Waaijen / Desi / v.Waaijen     20.05.77    180         78   327   306             5 5      VC Omniworld, NED        Olympics at the qualification tournament in Madrid in
12   Horstink / Robert / Horstink       26.12.81    201         84   326   311      6     51 57     Piet Zoomers/D , NED     May.
13   Paulides / Joppe / Paulides        13.04.82    203         85   340   327      6     99 105    VC Omniworld, NED        Goedkoop began his coaching career at club level in
                                                                                                                             1988, taking over the Martinus club. A Belgium club
14   van Dijk / Kay / van Dijk          25.06.84    212         96   352   345            37 37     VC Zwolle, NED           Maaseik followed in 1990. In 1993, he was named as
15   Kooistra / Wytze / Kooistra        03.06.82    208         93   345   335            17 17     Piet Zoomers/D, NED      head coach of the Dutch national women's team and
                                                                                                                             led the squad to victory at the 1995 European
16   van de Loo / Allan / v.d. Loo      10.01.75    196         90   342   321      6    119 125    ORTEC.Nesselande, NED    Championship. They also finished in fifth place at the
17   Bontje / Rob / Bontje              12.05.81    206         85   355   318            56 56     ORTEC.Nesselande, NED    1996 Atlanta Olympics.
18   Cristina / Albert / Cristina       18.11.70    194         94   342   320      5    152 157    VC Omniworld, NED




                           13 Paulides                                                     14 van Dijk                                               15 Kooistra
                   Joppe Paulides                                                          Kay van Dijk                                        Wytze Kooistra
                   Age: 22 Born in                                                         Age: 20 Born in                                     Age: 22 Born in
                   Noordwijkerhout, NED –                                                  Netherlands – Int. debut:                           Westerbork, NED –
                   Position: Middle-blocker –                                              SVK – NED (friendly match)                          Position: Universal – Club
                   Club debut: NOVO                                                        (Prievidza, SVK) in 2003 –                          debut: Sleen (Sleen, NED)
                   (Noordwijk (NED)) in 1995 –                                             Honours: CCH 2003:6                                 in 1990 – Int. debut: ITA –
Int. debut: World League (Groningen, NED) in                                                                                 NED, Friendly tournament (Ancona, ITA) in
2001 – Honours: CCH 2001:8 2003:6 / WCH                                                                                      2002 – Honours: WL 2002:7
2002:9 / WL 2001:7 2002:7 2003:10




                           16 v.d. Loo                                                     17 Bontje                                                 18 Cristina
                  Allan van de Loo                                                         Rob Bontje                                           Albert Cristina
                  Age: 29 Born in Eindhoven,                                               Age: 23 Born in                                      Age: 33 Born in Curacao,
                  NED – Position: Wing-spi-                                                Netherlands – Int. debut:                            AHO – Position: Middle-
                  ker – Club debut: VCE/PSV                                                NED – BRA (friendly match)                           blocker – Club debut:
                  (Eindhoven (NED)) in 1985 –                                              (Nieuwegein, NED) in 2003                            Watakeli (Curacao) in 1979
                  Int. debut: Tournament                                                   – Honours: CCH 2003:0 / WL                           – Int. debut: Tournament
(Bonn (GER)) in 1993 – Honours: CCH 2001:8                           2003:10                                                 (Apeldoorn (NED)) in 1992 – Honours: CCH
2003:6 / WCH 2002:9 / WL 2001:7 2002:7 2003:10                                                                               1997:1 1999:5 / GCC 1997:2 / OG 2000:5 / WCH
                                                                                                                             1998:6 / WL 1993:5 1997:4 1998:3 1999:10 2000:5




                                                                                                                                                                                      109
      AREA:          17,075,200 sq km
      INHABITANTS:   143,782,338
      CAPITAL:       Moscow
      LANGUAGE:      Russian




110
Russia
Pool B




The Soviet Union became an FIVB member in medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and there is much
1948 and started to participate in international competi- expected of the 2004 Russian team at the 2004 edition, yet
tions from the following year to establish themselves as one a lack of good form on the international stage could be
of the most successful Volleyball nations ever.                      detrimental to their chances.
The      team   was   victorious   in   the   very   first   World
Championship in Czechoslovakia in 1949 and claimed ano-
ther five world titles in the following decades: 1952 in the
Soviet Union, 1960 in Brazil, 1962 again in the Soviet
Union, 1978 in Italy and 1982 in Argentina. Besides that,
they placed second three times, including at the last World
Championship in Argentina where they suffered a final
match loss to Brazil in what turned out to be a rerun of the
final contested 20 years before.
The team also retains a fantastic record at the Olympic
Games, triumphing three times – in Tokyo (1964), Mexico
City (1968) and Moscow (1980). They also finished second
on three occasions.
Other numerous honours attained by the Russians include
12 European Championship titles and five World Cup
triumphs. They have also been attacking the podium of the              Match Schedule
World League since its inception, claiming both the silver
and the bronze three times before grabbing gold in Brazil in           15   Aug.   11:00    NED   v   RUS
2002, depriving the host country of the title in a dramatic            17   Aug.   14:00    AUS   v   RUS
                                                                       19   Aug.   21:30    RUS   v   USA
final.
                                                                       21   Aug.   21:30    BRA   v   RUS
It was a well-deserved title for the Russians, who, led by             23   Aug.   11:00    RUS   v   ITA
Pavel Abramov, Alexei Koulechov and Vadim Khamouttskikh
at the top of individual standings, proved too powerful for            At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                       Stadium
the rest of the elite teams.
The Russian ‘Bear’ arrives in Athens as holders of the silver

                                                                                                                       111
      Russia
      Pool B

                    1 Dineykin                                        2 Kozlov                                           3 Tereshin
                     Stanislav Dineykin                               Arkadi Kozlov                                      Maxim Tereshin
                     Age: 30 Born in Russia –                         Age: 23 Born in Alma-Ata,                          Age: 25 Born in Moscow,
                     Position: Universal – Club                       RUS – Club debut:                                  RUS – Club debut: MGTU
                     debut: Surgut sports school                      Belogorie (Russia) in 1998 –                       (Moscow, RUS) in 1989 –
                     (Surgut, Russia) in 1984 –                       Honours: JWCH 2001:2 /                             Honours: WL 2001:3 2002:1
                     Int. debut: Junior World                         WL 2003:7                                          2003:7
  Championship (Various country) in 1991 –
  Honours: OG 1996:4 / WCH 1998:5 / WL 1996:3
  1997:3 1998:2 1999:4 2000:2




                    4 Baranov                                         5 Abramov                                          6 Bovdoui
                    Sergey Baranov                                    Pavel Abramov                                      Alexei Bovdoui
                    Age: 23 Born in Belgorod,                         Age: 25 Born in Moscow,                            Age: 26 Born in Sverdlovsk,
                    RUS – Club debut:                                 RUS – Position: Universal –                        RUS – Position: Wing-spi-
                    Belogorie (RUS) in 1999 –                         Club debut: MGFSO                                  ker – Club debut: Uem-
                    Honours: WL 2003:7                                (Moscow Russia) in 1990 –                          Izumrud (RUS) in 1990 –
                                                                      Int. debut: World League                           Honours: WL 2001:3
                                                   (different countries) in 2001 – Honours: WCH
                                                   2002:2 / WL 2001:3 2002:1 (Best Spiker and
                                                   Best Receiver) 2003:7




                    7 Kazakov                                         8 Tetyukhin                                        9 Khamuttskikh
                    Alexei Kazakov                                    Serguei Tetyukhin                                  Vadim Khamuttskikh
                    Age: 28 Born in                                   Age: 28 Born in Margelan,                          Age: 34 Born in Kharkov,
                    Naberezhnie Chelni, RUS –                         RUS – Position: Wing-spi-                          RUS – Club debut: Sport
                    Position: Universal – Club                        ker – Club debut: Krylia                           school (Cheliabinsk,
                    debut: ISKRA Odintsovo                            Vostoka (Russia) in 1985 –                         Russia) in 1977 – Int. debut:
                    (RUS) in 1986 – Honours:                          Int. debut: Junior                                 International Tournament
  CCH 1999:2 / OG 1996:4 2000:2 / WCH 1998:5 /     International Tournament (Various Countries)       (Moscow) in 1992 – Honours: OG 2000:2 /
  WL 1997:3 1998:2 1999:4 2000:2 2001:3 2003:7     in 1996 – Honours: OG 2000:2 / WC 1999:1 /         WCH 1998:5 2002:2 / WL 1996:3 1997:3 1998:2
                                                   WCH 1998:5 2002:2 / WL 1996:3 1997:3 1998:2        1999:4 2000:2 2002:1 (Best Server and Best
                                                   1999:4 2000:2 2001:3 2002:1 2003:7                 Setter) 2003:7




                    10 Kosarev                                        11 Ushakov                                         12 Khtey
                     Alexander Kosarev                                Konstantin Ushakov                               Taras Khtey
                     Age: 26 Born in Ukraine –                        Age: 34 Born in Russia –                         Age: 22 Born in Ukraine –
                     Position: Wing-spiker –                          Club debut: Radiotekhnik                         Position: Middle-blocker –
                     Club debut: Nadzbruchie                          (Riga) in 1980 – Int. debut:                     Club debut: MGTU
                     (RUS) in 1990 – Honours:                         Junior International                             (Moscow Russia) in 1992 –
                     WCH 2002:2 / WL 2000:2                           Tournament (Various                              Honours: JWCH 2001:2 /
  2001:3 2002:1 2003:7                             Countries) in 1990 – Honours: CCH 1991:1           WCH 2002:2 / WL 2002:1 2003:7
                                                   1993:3 / OG 2000:2 / WC 1999:1 / WCH 1998:5
                                                   2002:2 / WCUP 1991:1 / WL 1991:3 1993:2
                                                   1996:3 1997:3 1998:2 1999:4 2000:2 2001:3 2002:1
                                                   2003:7


112
                   List of Honours

          Olympics                        World Championships             World League              Grand Champion Cup     World Cup            Cont. Championships
             2000 2                                  2002 2                     2003 7                                       1999 1                2003 3       1971 1
             1996 4                                  1998 5                     2002 1                                       1991 1                2001 3       1967 1
             1992 7                                  1994 7                     2001 3                                       1989 3                1999 2       1963 3
             1988 2                                  1990 3                     2000 2                                       1985 2                1997 5       1958 3
             1980 1                                  1986 2                     1999 4                                       1981 1                1995 5       1955 4
             1976 2                                  1982 1                     1998 2                                       1977 1                1993 3       1951 1
             1972 3                                  1978 1                     1997 3                                       1969 3                1991 1       1950 1
             1968 1                                  1974 2                     1996 3                                       1965 1                1989 4
             1964 1                                  1970 6                     1995 4                                                             1987 1
                                                     1966 3                     1994 6                                                             1985 1
                                                     1962 1                     1993 2                                                             1983 1
                                                     1960 1                     1992 6                                                             1981 1
                                                     1956 3                     1991 3                                                             1979 1
                                                     1952 1                     1990 4                                                             1977 1
                                                     1949 1                                                                                        1975 1


                     Players Roster                                                                                                               Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname    Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block    Caps            Club                                            Gennady
                                                                                  WC OG Oth. Tot.                                                 Shipulin
1    Dineykin / Stanislav / Dineykin     10.10.73    215      101   353   342     11 13 257   281    Sisley Treviso, ITA                           Gennady Shipulin, the acclai-
2    Kozlov / Arkadi / Kozlov            30.01.81    206      100   352   341            50    50    Lokomotiv, RUS                                med coach of Russia was born
                                                                                                                                                   and educated in the city of
3    Tereshin / Maxim / Tereshin         05.08.79    200       93   353   341            61    61    Dynamo, RUS            Belogorod and he took charge of the men's national
4    Baranov / Sergey / Baranov          10.08.81    208       94   355   343            69    69    Lokomotiv, RUS         team in 1997. Since his appointment the Russian
                                                                                                                            men’s team, known for their fearless defense, has
5    Abramov / Pavel / Abramov           23.04.79    198       89   347   336      9    120   129    Toray Arrows, JPN
                                                                                                                            been regularly attacking top spots at most of the
6    Bovdoui / Alexei / Bovdoui          26.10.77    202       90   355   342            57    57    Lokomotiv, RUS         sport's elite competitions.
7    Kazakov / Alexei / Kazakov          18.03.76    217      102   355   342     15 11 230   256    Trentino, ITA          Following their two second places at the World
                                                                                                                            League in 1998 and 2000, Chipouline's squad final-
8    Tetyukhin / Serguei / Tetyukhin     23.09.75    197       89   345   338     24 13 275   312    Lokomotiv, RUS         ly pulled of a victory at this prestigious event in
9    Khamuttskikh / Vadim / Khamuttskikh 26.11.69    196       85   342   331     24 19 221   264    Lokomotiv, RUS         2002, humbling Brazil at home in a spirited final.
                                                                                                                            But it was the 1999 World Cup triumph which really
10   Kosarev / Alexander / Kosarev       30.09.77    200       90   339   328     21 8 144    173    Lokomotiv, RUS         set the stage for Shipulin and his men. Ever since
11   Ushakov / Konstantin / Ushakov      24.03.70    198       77   343   332     31 22 418   471    Dynamo, RUS            they have been consistently in contention for gold.
12   Khtey / Taras / Khtey               22.05.82    205       82   345   335      9     91   100    Dynamo, RUS            Under Shipulin’s leadership, Russia also won a string
                                                                                                                            of silver medals – at the 1999 European Champion-
13   Ermakov / Artem / Ermakov           06.03.82    188       80   323   313            27    27    Dynamo, RUS            ship, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at the 2002
14   Egortchev / Andrei / Egortchev      08.02.78    205      103   343   330      9    120   129    Lokomotiv, RUS         World Championship in Argentina, where Brazil exac-
                                                                                                                            ted revenge for their defeat at the World League just
15   Volkov / Alexander / Volkov         14.02.85    208       85   350   335            36    36    Dynamo, RUS            weeks before.
16   Verbov / Alexey / Verbov            31.01.82    183       75   315   310            18    18    Lokomotiv, RUS         Born in the Russian city of Belgorod, Shipulin began
                                                                                                                            his coaching career with a Russian Division One club
17   Arkhipov / Roman / Arkhipov         08.11.80    191       83   355   320            81    81    Iskra, RUS
                                                                                                                            Agrarnik in 1987. He also led the Russian club of
18   Kulechov / Alexey / Kulechov        24.02.79    206       92   353   340      9 8 154    171    Lokomotiv, RUS         Belogorie to two Russian Championship victories.




                           13 Ermakov                                                    14 Egortchev                                             15 Volkov
                           Artem Ermakov                                               Andrei Egortchev                                           Alexander Volkov
                           Age: 22 Born in Russia –                                    Age: 26 Born in Tatarstan,                                 Age: 19 Born in Moscow,
                           Club debut: Samotlor                                        RUS – Position: Middle-                                    RUS – Club debut: Dynamo
                           (Nizhnevartovsk Russia) in                                  blocker – Club debut:                                      (RUS) in 2000 – Int. debut:
                           1992                                                        CJSOR (Nab. Chelni,                                        European League (different
                                                                                       Russia) in 1995 – Int. debut:                              countries) in 2004
                                                                    Youth CCH (Various countries) in 1996 –
                                                                    Honours: WCH 1997:3 2002:2 / WL 1999:4
                                                                    2000:2 2001:3 2002:1 2003:7




                           16 Verbov                                                     17 Arkhipov                                              18 Kulechov
                           Alexey Verbov                                                 Roman Arkhipov                                       Alexey Kulechov
                           Age: 22 Born in Moscow,                                       Age: 23 Born in Moscow,                              Age: 25 Born in Friazino,
                           RUS – Position: Libero –                                      RUS – Club debut: MGFSO                              RUS – Position: Middle-
                           Club debut: MGFSO (RUS)                                       (Moscow) in 1996 –                                   blocker – Club debut: Iskra
                           in 1990 – Int. debut: QOGT                                    Honours: JWCH 1999:1 /                               (Odintsovo) in 1993 –
                           (Germany) in 2004                                             WL 2001:3 2003:7                                     Honours: JWCH 1999:1 / OG
                                                                                                                            2000:2 / WCH 2002:2 / WL 2000:2 2001:3 2002:1
                                                                                                                            (Best Blocker) 2003:7




                                                                                                                                                                                113
      AREA:          9,631,418 sq km
      INHABITANTS:   293,027,571
      CAPITAL:       Washington, DC
      LANGUAGE:      English




114
USA
Pool B




The U.S. Men’s national Volleyball team is looking to later in Mexico, but most of all the absence of the United
regain some of the shine that it had when it won three straight States from the next three tournaments did not foretell the
Olympic medals in Los Angeles (gold in 1984), Seoul, South great success that would follow in the 1980s.
Korea (gold in 1988) and Barcelona, Spain (bronze in 1992). In the meantime, the Americans won the 1986 World
The team has been steadily improving under the guidance of Championship title, while their collection also comprises ano-
Hall of Fame head coach Doug Beal and just missing out on a ther bronze medal from the event held in Athens in 1994. In
medal at the 2003 World Cup in Japan, where the team fini- 1992, they had to settle for third place in the World League
shed fourth, has left the players thirsty for success at the but celebrated their victory in the 1985 World Cup in Tokyo,
2004 Olympic Games.                                                with their most recent success in the event being the 1991
The World Cup provided the United States Volleyball players bronze medal.
with just the tonic they needed following a disappointing
2002 season in which a relatively young team went 19-17 and
finished ninth at the World Championships in Argentina.
At that tournament the men won their first four matches,
including a come-from-behind five-set thriller over eventual
world champions Brazil, and was in a perfect position to reach
the quarterfinals. But a crushing five-set loss to Greece and a
four-game setback to Serbia and Montenegro in the final
match of the second round ended that particular season for
Team USA.                                                            Match Schedule
“What we showed in 2002 was we have the ability to play at
a very high level,” said head coach Doug Beal. “Now we have          15   Aug.   21:30   ITA v USA
to show that we have not only the ability to play at that level,     17   Aug.   16:00   USA v NED
                                                                     19   Aug.   21:30   RUS v USA
but the maturity and the consistency to play at that level for
                                                                     21   Aug.    9:00   AUS v USA
every match of a long tournament. We have to play at a very          23   Aug.   21:30   USA v BRA
high level for a much longer period of time.”
The Americans made their Olympic debut in 1964 when                  At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                     Stadium
Volleyball first became a full medal sport at the Olympic
Games. Their ninth place in Tokyo, a seventh place four years

                                                                                                                                115
      USA
      Pool B

                       1 Ball                                         2 Seiffert                                       3 Lambourne
                     Lloy Ball                                       Christopher Seiffert                              Richard Lambourne
                     Age: 32 Born in Indiana,                        Age: 26 Born in California,                       Age: 29 Born in Kentucky,
                     USA – Honours: CCH 1993:2                       USA – Club debut: Laguna                          USA – Position: Libero –
                     1995:0 1997:2 2003:1 / OG                       Niguel (Laguna Niguel,                            Club debut: Seaside (San
                     1996:9 2000:11 / PANAM                          California) in 1992 –                             Diego, California) in 1990 –
                     1995:2 / SUP4 1994:0 / WC                       Honours: PANAM 2003:4 /                           Honours: CCH 2003:1 / WL
  1994:3 / WCH 1998:9 2002:9 / WCUP 1995:4          WCH 2002:9 / WL 2001:9                          2001:9
  1999:4 2003:4 / WL 1994:12 1995:8 2000:6 (Best
  Setter) / WUG 1991:2 1993:0




                       4 Wilson                                       5 Sullivan                                       6 Eatherton
                     Mackay Wilson                                    Erik Sullivan                                    Phillip Eatherton
                     Age: 28 Born in Arizona,                         Age: 32 Born in California,                      Age: 30 Born in Kirkwood,
                     USA – Position: Middle-                          USA – Position: Libero –                         Missouri – Position:
                     blocker – Club debut:                            Club debut: San Diego                            Middle-blocker – Club
                     Highland High School                             Volleyball Club (San Diego,                      debut: Lafayette High
                     (Palmdale, California) in                        CA) in 1988 – Honours: CCH                       School in 1990 – Honours:
  1990 – Int. debut: World University Games in      1997:2 (Best Defender) 1999:1 / OG 2000:11 /    CCH 1997:2 1999:1 / PANAM 1999:0 / WCH
  1999 – Honours: CCH 2003:1 / PANAM 2003:4         PANAM 2003:4 / WCH 1998:9 (World Best           1998:9 / WL 2000:6 2001:9 / WUG 1995:0
                                                    Digger) 2002:9 / WCUP 1999:4 2003:4 / WL
                                                    2000:6 2001:9




                       7 Suxho                                        8 Priddy                                         9 Millar
                       Donald Suxho                                 William Priddy                                     Ryan Millar
                       Age: 28 Born in Albania –                    Age: 26 Born in Virgina,                           Age: 26 Born in California,
                       Club debut: Skenderbeu                       USA – Position: Wing-spi-                          USA – Position: Middle-
                       (Korye, Albania) in 1987 –                   ker – Club debut: Lake                             blocker – Club debut:
                       Honours: CCH 2003:1 /                        Mary High School in 1999 –                         Highland High School in
                       PANAM 2003:4 / WCUP                          Honours: CCH 2003:1 /                              1989 – Honours: CCH 1999:0
  2003:4 / WL 2001:9                                PANAM 2003:4 / WCH 2002:9 / WCUP 2003:4 /       2003:1 / OG 2000:11 / WC 1999:4 / WCH 2002:9 /
                                                    WL 2001:9                                       WCUP 2003:4 / WL 2000:6




                       10 Salmon                                      11 Billings                                      12 Hoff
                       Riley Salmon                                  Brook Billings                                    Thomas Hoff
                       Age: 28 Born in Texas, USA                    Age: 24 Born in California,                       Age: 31 Born in Illinois,
                       – Position: Wing-spiker –                     USA – Position: Universal –                       USA – Position: Middle-
                       Honours: CCH 2003:1 /                         Club debut: East Beach                            blocker – Honours: CCH
                       PANAM 2003:4 / WCH                            (Santa Barbara, CA USA) in                        1997:2 2003:1 / OG 2000:11 /
                       2002:9 / WCUP 2003:4 / WL                     1994 – Honours: PANAM                             WCH 1998:9 / WCUP 1999:4
  2001:9                                            2003:4 / WCH 2002:9 / WCUP 2003:4               2003:4 / WL 2000:6 2001:9 / WUG 1995:0




116
                   List of Honours

          Olympics                       World Championships             World League            Grand Champion Cup                 World Cup                Cont. Championships
             2000 11                                 2002    9                 2001 9                      1993 5                      2003 4                   2003 1         1973 1
             1996 9                                  1998    9                 2000 6                                                  1999 4                   2001 2         1971 2
             1992 3                                  1994    3                 1995 10                                                 1995 4                   1999 1         1969 3
             1988 1                                  1990   13                 1994 12                                                 1991 3                   1997 2
             1984 1                                  1986    1                 1993 9                                                  1989 4                   1995 2
             1968 7                                  1982   13                 1992 3                                                  1985 1                   1993 2
             1964 9                                  1978   19                 1991 6                                                  1977 10                  1991 2
                                                     1974   14                 1990 7                                                                           1989 3
                                                     1970   18                                                                                                  1987 2
                                                     1966   11                                                                                                  1985 1
                                                     1960    7                                                                                                  1983 1
                                                     1956    6                                                                                                  1981 2
                                                                                                                                                                1979 5
                                                                                                                                                                1977 5
                                                                                                                                                                1975 3


                     Players Roster                                                                                                                            Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname    Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block   Caps            Club                                                         Doug Beal
                                                                                 WC OG Oth. Tot.
                                                                                                                                                                Doug Beal was playing on the
1    Ball / Lloy / Ball                  17.02.72    203      95   351   316     25 10 320 355    Daytona Volley, ITA                                           national team in 1970-71, when
                                                                                                                                                                he started coaching at university
2    Seiffert / Christopher / Seiffert   06.01.78    190      82   324   312      6     37 43     USA National Team, USA                                        level before accepting the head
3    Lambourne / Richard / Lambourne     06.05.75    190      90   324   312            37 37     Piet Zoomers, NED                                             coaching position with the USA
                                                                                                                                     men’s team for the first time in 1976 at the age of 29.
4    Wilson / Mackay / Wilson            07.05.76    205      95   356   332            41 41     A.S. Cannes, FRA                   After finishing 13th at the 1982 World Championships,
5    Sullivan / Erik / Sullivan          09.08.72    193      86   340   320     18 5 228 251     Iskra Moscow, RUS                  Beal implemented a new revolutionary offense and won
                                                                                                                                     the first leg of the elusive Volleyball “triple crown” in 1984
6    Eatherton / Phillip / Eatherton     02.01.74    206     101   356   335     12    104 116    Numancia Soria, ESP                when the USA men captured the country’s first-ever
7    Suxho / Donald / Suxho              21.02.76    196      98   337   319            39 39     Erdemirspor, TUR                   Volleyball Olympic gold medal. Victories at the 1985 World
                                                                                                                                     Cup and 1986 World Championships capped off the
8    Priddy / William / Priddy           01.10.77    196      89   353   330      6     64 70     USA National Team, USA             American rise to the top of international Volleyball. The
9    Millar / Ryan / Millar              22.01.78    204      98   354   326      6 5 127 138     Gabeca Bossini Montichiari, ITA    1984-88 teams received special recognition in the grea-
10   Salmon / Riley / Salmon             02.07.76    197      89   345   331      6     63 69     Iskra Moscow, RUS                  test men’s Volleyball team of the century category.
                                                                                                                                     Beal resigned as head coach to become the organiza-
11   Billings / Brook / Billings         30.04.80    196      95   351   331      6     53 59     Sakai Blazers, JPN                 tion’s National Team Center Director from 1985-87 before
12   Hoff / Thomas / Hoff                09.06.73    198      94   353   333     12 5 179 196     Irakis, GRE                        heading to Italy to coach in 1990.
                                                                                                                                     Back at the helm of USA in 1997, Beal led saw USA finish
13   Stanley / Clayton / Stanley         20.01.78    205     104   357   332      6     65 71     Panathinaikos, GRE                 ninth at the 2002 World Championships before claiming
14   Barnett / Kevin / Barnett           14.05.74    198      94   353   340     12 5 162 179     USA National Team, USA             fourth position at the 2003 World Cup.
                                                                                                                                     Beal was elected to the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1989
15   Gardner / Gabriel / Gardner         18.03.76    209     103   353   335            67 67     Uniao Suzano, BRA                  and was USA Volleyball’s first recipient of the All-Time
16   McKienzie / David / McKienzie       05.07.79    193      95   326   313      6     65 71     A.O. Orestiadas, GRE               Great Coach Award in 1995. He was named a finalist for
                                                                                                                                     the FIVB Greatest Coach of the Century. Beal was also
17   Polster / James / Polster           08.02.79    198     100   352   333      6     58 64     USA National Team, USA
                                                                                                                                     recently selected to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary
18   Naeve / Adam / Naeve                09.02.78    211      98   353   338      6     64 70     USA National Team, USA             All-Era Team as a coach during the Men’s 1978-2002 era.




                           13 Stanley                                                    14 Barnett                                                           15 Gardner
                 Clayton Stanley                                                   Kevin Barnett                                                      Gabriel Gardner
                 Age: 26 Born in Hawaii,                                           Age: 30 Born in Illinois,                                          Age: 28 Born in California,
                 USA – Position: Universal –                                       USA – Position: Universal –                                        USA – Position: Wing-spi-
                 Club debut: Outrigger                                             Honours: CCH 1997:2 1999:1                                         ker – Club debut: Palisades
                 (Honolulu, Hawaii) in 1995 –                                      2003:1 / OG 2000:11 / WCH                                          High School in 1991 –
                 Int. debut: World University                                      1998:9 / WCQ 1998:1 /                                              Honours: PANAM 1999:0
Games/Pan American Games                                           WCUP 1999:4 / WL 2000:6 2001:9                                    2003:4 / WCUP 2003:4 / WL 2000:6 / WUG
(Spain/Winnipeg, Canada) in 1999 – Honours:                                                                                          1995:0 1997:0
CCH 2003:1 / WCH 2002:9 / WCUP 2003:4 / WL
2001:9




                           16 McKienzie                                                  17 Polster                                                           18 Naeve
                 David McKienzie                                                   James Polster                                                        Adam Naeve
                 Age: 25 Born in Colorado                                          Age: 25 Born in Minnesota,                                           Age: 26 Born in California,
                 USA – Position: Wing-spi-                                         USA – Position: Wing-spi-                                            USA – Position: Middle-
                 ker – Int. debut: World                                           ker – Int. debut: World                                              blocker – Club debut: Santa
                 University Games (Beijing,                                        University Games in 1997 –                                           Monica Beach Club (Santa
                 China) in 2001 – Honours:                                         Honours: CCH 2003:1 /                                                Monica, California) in 1992
CCH 2003:1 / PANAM 2003:4 / WCH 2002:9                             PANAM 2003:4 / WCH 2002:9 / WCUP 2003:4                           – Int. debut: World University Games/Pan
                                                                                                                                     American Games in 1999 – Honours: PANAM
                                                                                                                                     2003:4 / WCH 2002:9 / WCUP 2003:4 / WL
                                                                                                                                     2001:9



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      AREA:          7,686,850 sq km
      INHABITANTS:   19,913,144
      CAPITAL:       Canberra
      LANGUAGE:      English




118
Australia
Pool B




The representatives from Oceania were the surprise at 1999 saw Australia compete in the World League for the first
the pre-Olympic Tournament held in Tokyo in the last week of time, relishing the opportunity to play against the world’s best
May. They finished second, celebrating their qualification for teams.
the Athens Olympic Games – as the Asian Continental quali- A new look men’s team qualified for the 2002 World
fier – second only to the French (who also clinched a ticket to Championships in August 2001, and achieved a 2nd place
Athens) leaving behind the other contenders from Asia (China, finish at the 2001 Asian Championships in the same year.
Japan, Korea and Iran). Australia overcame China 3-0 in the Aiming for the ‘Final 8’, the team of Daniel Howard, Benjamin
decisive match.                                                   Hardy, Zane Christensen, Hidde Van Beest, Brett Alderman
The counterattack of the ‘Roos’ began in the beginning of the and Luke Campbell (no. 21 in the world rankings) will make
decade with an eighth placing at the Sydney Olympic Games the long journey to Athens and take their bearings from the
in 2000. The hiring of veteran Argentine Volleyball ace (1988 distinction they earned in the previous Olympic Tournament.
Olympic bronze medalist) Jon Uriarte followed in June of
2001.
Uriarte led Australia to qualification for the World
Championships hosted in 2002 in Argentina, with the Aussies
ranking 19th. Despite their location in Oceania, Australia par-
ticipated in the Asian Championships, in which they finished
fourth in 2003. In previous events they had won the silver
medal in 2001 and 1999.
The Australian Volleyball Federation was founded in 1963,           Match Schedule
and the sport of Volleyball has rapidly increased in popularity
since then, particularly in schools and recreational centers.      15   Aug. 16:00     BRA v AUS
The team commenced the ‘90’s ranked 10th in the Asian zone         17   Aug. 14:00     AUS v RUS
                                                                   19   Aug.  9:00     ITA v AUS
and has steadily risen through the ranks to their current ran-
                                                                   21   Aug.  9:00     AUS v USA
king of 4th (Korea 1st, China 2nd, Japan 3rd).                     23   Aug. 14:00     NED v AUS
A number of notable results were achieved in the late ‘90’s,
including qualification for the 1998 World Championships in        At the Peace and Friendship
                                                                   Stadium
Japan (finished 17th). The only previous appearance in World
Championships was in 1982 when Australia finished 22nd.

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      Australia
      Pool B

                     1 Howard                                           2 Keir                                          3 Sorensen
                      Daniel Howard                                     Steven Keir                                    Grant Sorensen
                      Age: 27 Born in Kingscote,                        Age: 24 Born in Bundaberg,                     Age: 22 Born in Ipswich,
                      Australia – Position:                             Australia – Position: Wing-                    Australia – Position: Wing-
                      Middle-blocker – Club                             spiker – Club debut:                           spiker – Club debut: St.
                      debut: Esperance High                             Bundaberg High School                          Edmund's College (Ipswich,
                      School (Perth, Australia) in                      (Bundaberg, Queensland)                        Australia) in 1996 – Int.
  1993 – Int. debut: Match v. Japan (Griffith,       in 1996 – Int. debut: Rashid Tournament          debut: World Championship Qualification
  Australia) in 1994 – Honours: OG 2000:8 / WCH      (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) in 1999 –          Tournament (Macau, China) in 2001 –
  1998:17 2002:19                                    Honours: OG 2000:8 / WCH 2002:19                 Honours: WCH 2002:19




                     4 Hardy                                            5 Campbell                                      6 Austin
                    Benjamin Hardy                                       Luke Campbell                                  Philip Austin
                    Age: 29 Born in Caringbah,                           Age: 24 Born in Melbourne,                     Age: 17 Born in Rose Park,
                    Australia – Position: Wing-                          Australia – Position:                          Australia
                    spiker – Club debut: ACT                             Middle-blocker – Club
                    Juniors (Canberra,                                   debut: Southern Cross
                    Australia) in 1986 – Int.                            (Melbourne, Australia) in
  debut: AUS tour of China (Haimen, China) in        1994 – Int. debut: Trans-Tasman (Waipuna,
  1994 – Honours: OG 2000:8 / WCH 1998:17            New Zealand) in 1998 – Honours: WCH
  2002:19                                            2002:19




                     7 Young                                            8 Grant                                         9 Earl
                    Matthew Young                                        Andrew Grant                                  Andrew Earl
                    Age: 23 Born in Brisbane,                            Age: 19 Born in Brisbane,                     Age: 21 Born in Adelaide,
                    Australia – Club debut:                              Australia – Position:                         Australia – Position: Wing-
                    Dragons (Brisbane,                                   Middle-blocker – Club                         spiker – Club debut: Henley
                    Australia) in 1997 – Int.                            debut: High School                            Hawks (Adelaide, Australia)
                    debut: Rashid Tournament                             (Brisbane, Queensland) in                     in 1996 – Int. debut: Rashid
  (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) in 1999 –            1998 – Int. debut: AIS 21st Birthday Series v.   Tournament (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) in
  Honours: WCH 2002:19                               Canada (Canberra, Australia) in 2002             2001 – Honours: WCH 2002:19




                     10 Beard                                           11 DeSalvo                                      12 Moran
                    David Beard                                         Phillip DeSalvo                                  Travis Moran
                    Age: 30 Born in Albany,                             Age: 19 Born in Melbourne                        Age: 18 Born in Adelaide,
                    Australia – Position: Libero                        – Position: Libero                               Australia – Position: Wing-
                    – Club debut: Monbulk High                                                                           spiker – Club debut:
                    School (Monbulk, Australia)                                                                          Norwood Bears (Adelaide,
                    in 1988 – Int. debut:                                                                                Australia) in 1998 – Int.
  Olympic Qualification (Montpellier, France) in                                                      debut: AIS 21st Birthday Series v. Canada
  1992 – Honours: OG 2000:8 / WCH 1998:17                                                             (Canberra, Australia) in 2002
  2002:19




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                   List of Honours

          Olympics                      World Championships               World League            Grand Champion Cup                       World Cup            Cont. Championships
             2000 8                                 2002 19                     1999 10                     1997 6                                                 2003 4
                                                    1998 17                                                                                                        2001 2
                                                    1982 22                                                                                                        1999 2
                                                                                                                                                                   1997 3
                                                                                                                                                                   1995 5
                                                                                                                                                                   1993 6
                                                                                                                                                                   1991 4




                     Players Roster                                                                                                                              Head Coach

     Lastname / Firstname / Shirtname   Birthdate   Height Weight Spike Block     Caps            Club                                                           Jon URIARTE
                                                                                  WC OG Oth. Tot.
                                                                                                                                                                 Argentina’s Jon Uriarte was
1    Howard / Daniel / Howard           13.12.76    208        98   375   340     6   8 242 256    Marmi Lanza Verona, Verona, ITA                               appointed the Australian
2    Keir / Steven / Keir               08.11.79    198        92   336   324     3   8 90 101     Australian Institute of Sport, AUS                            men’s team head coach in
                                                                                                                                                                 June, 2001.
3    Sorensen / Grant / Sorensen        27.03.82    199        93   337   328     3      48 51     Australian Institute of Sport, AUS       Since then he has been installing his wealth of
4    Hardy / Benjamin / Hardy           21.09.74    198        92   335   320     6   8 273 287    Brill Rover Bolzano, Bolzano, ITA        experience and knowledge into a side that he first
5    Campbell / Luke / Campbell         08.11.79    202        98   346   335     3     103 106    SV Bayer Wuppertal, Wuppertal, GER       put together three years ago. Together, with assis-
                                                                                                                                            tant coach Russell Borgeaud, Uriarte has been
6    Austin / Philip / Austin           29.10.86    196        80   333   315             5 5      Australian Institute of Sport, AUS       working for this moment since he was first appoin-
7    Young / Matthew / Young            17.07.81    187        78   335   323     3      74 77     Jusan Gran Canaria, Gran Canari, ESP     ted and is now looking forward to seeing the abun-
8    Grant / Andrew / Grant             22.04.85    206        93   345   327            52 52     Doetinchem Orion, Doetinchem, NED        dant talent in this young Australian side come
                                                                                                                                            together and be a force at the 2004 Olympic
9    Earl / Andrew / Earl               15.09.82    196        85   336   322     3      66 69     Vigo, ESP                                Games.
10   Beard / David / Beard              23.10.73    197        92   342   325     6   8 337 351    Australian Institute of Sport, AUS       Uriarte played for the national Argentina men’s
11   DeSalvo / Phillip / DeSalvo        11.03.85    182        75   326   308             3 3      Australian Institute of Sport, AUS       team from 1981 until 1992, and was a member
                                                                                                                                            of the team that finished third at the 1982 World
12   Moran / Travis / Moran             16.08.85    196        95   336   320            62 62     Australian Institute of Sport, AUS       Senior Championships and won a bronze medal at
13   Ferguson / David / Ferguson        13.03.82    205        92   348   328     3      34 37     Groningen Lycurgus, Groningen, NED       the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
14   Christensen / Zane / Christensen   19.07.85    209       103   368   342     3      55 58     Copra Asystel Piacenza Piacenza, ITA
15   Van Beest / Hidde / Van Beest      20.07.79    207       106   350   342     6   8 181 195    Estense 4 Torri Ferrara, Ferrara, ITA
16   Panagopka / Nigel / Panagopka      19.07.87    206       103   346   328            24 24     Australian Institute of Sport, AUS
17   Carroll / Paul / Carroll           16.05.86    202        93   340   325                 0    Australian Institute of Sport, AUS
18   Alderman / Brett / Alderman        27.02.79    191        87   343   328     3     128 131    TSV Unterhaching, Unterhaching, GER




                           13 Ferguson                                                    14 Christensen                                                         15 Van Beest
                    David Ferguson                                                      Zane Christensen                                                        Hidde Van Beest
                    Age: 22 Born in Perth,                                              Age: 19 Born in Ipswich,                                                Age: 25 Born in Arhnem,
                    Australia – Position:                                               Australia – Position:                                                   Australia – Position:
                    Middle-blocker – Club                                               Universal – Club debut:                                                 Universal – Club debut:
                    debut: Rossmoyne High                                               Brisbane State High School                                              Queensland Juniors
                    School (Perth, Australia) in                                        (Brisbane, Australia) in                                                (Brisbane, Australia) in
1994 – Int. debut: AIS 21st Birthday Series v.                      2002 – Int. debut: AIS 21st Birthday Series v.                          1994 – Int. debut: Match v. Brazil (Perth,
Canada (Canberra, Australia) in 2002 –                              Canada (Canberra, Australia) in 2002 –                                  Australia) in 1995 – Honours: OG 2000:8 / WCH
Honours: WCH 2002:19                                                Honours: WCH 2002:19                                                    1998:17 2002:19




                           16 Panagopka                                                   17 Carroll                                                             18 Alderman
                           Nigel Panagopka                                                Paul Carroll                                                          Brett Alderman
                           Age: 17 Born in Sydney –                                       Age: 18 Born in Australia –                                           Age: 25 Born in
                           Position: Middle-blocker                                       Position: Wing-spiker                                                 Toowoomba, Australia –
                                                                                                                                                                Club debut: Toowoomba
                                                                                                                                                                Titans (Toowoomba,
                                                                                                                                                                Australia) in 1994 – Int.
                                                                                                                                            debut: Match v. Kazakhstan (Canberra,
                                                                                                                                            Australia) in 1997 – Honours: WCH 2002:19




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      Men’s Star Profi
                                                                 Andrea Sartoretti
                                                                 Italy
      The 33-year-old Sartoretti was named the Most                                      a European gold medalist in 1999 and 2003.
      Valuable player at the 2003 European Championships                                 Throw in four Champion Cups, two European
      in which Italy stormed to victory. With over 300 inter-                            Super Cups and one CEV Cup and it’s not dif-
      national appearances to his name, Sartoretti is the                                ficult to understand why this Italian star is so
      player all others look to when the going gets tough in                             well respected on the world circuit.
      the Italian ranks.
                                                                                         It is said that Sartoretti’s on-court personali-
      The 1,94 m tall Sartoretti is most famous for his unu-                             ty is largely different to that of his off-court
      sual yet lethal serving style which sees him running in                            character. During a match, Sartoretti is a
      a semi-circle whilst spinning the ball in one hand                                 fierce battler who loudly encourages team-
      before launching it into the opposing court.                                       mates to give their best. Meanwhile, when
                                                                                         not playing, this father of two is shy, quiet
      He has earned a plethora of honours both at interna-                               and extremely affable.
      tional and club level including the World
      Championships in 1998, the Olympic silver medal in
      1996 and Olympic bronze in 2000. He has also been a
      World League champion in 1995, ’97, ’99 and 2000 and



                                                                 Nalbert Bitencourt
                                                                 Brazil
      Nalbert Bitencourt is Brazilian Volleyball personified.                            On court he has developed a superb rela-
      Strong, passionate, eccentric and purely top class on                              tionship with Gustavo Endres and both are
      the Volleyball court, this 30-year-old is what makes                               often seen up in tandem in the block or the
      Brazil tick.                                                                       first ones to offer congratulations to each
                                                                                         other following a successful spike. It is one
      The 2002 World Championship winning performance                                    partnership, which has proved most effecti-
      and the World League and World Cup victories in 2003                               ve for the yellow and gold team.
      from "the Boys from Brazil" lived and breathed on
      every word and action Nalbert made. Always one to                                  Rio de Janeiro born and breed Brazil is very
      offer a word, celebrate a point or to gee up his team-                             close to Nalbert’s heart and there’s nothing
      mates he is the perfect leader.                                                    more satisfying for the U2 fan than a
                                                                                         Brazilian success, whether it be on the foot-
      Nalbert’s No 1 haircut and light complexion are trade-                             ball field or the Volleyball court.
      marks of one of the best captains in world Volleyball.
      His experience is also in the top bracket having alrea-
      dy been to two Olympic Games, three World Cups and
      competed in nine World League campaigns.



                                                                 Ivan Miljkovic
                                                                 Serbia and Montenegro
      No scoring arm has been more deadly over the past                                  blow capable of humbling the opposition and
      five years than that belonging to the lofty 2.06m "Ivan                            will certainly remain a key player in his
      the Terrible", Ivan Miljkovic of Serbia and                                        national team for years to come.
      Montenegro.                                                                        Like a number of his teammates, Miljkovic
      With his huge on-court presence, Miljkovic walked                                  also plays in the lucrative Italian League, a
      away from the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World League                                     top-flight competition that attracts the worl-
      tournaments with the Best Scorer Award. In 2002, he                                d's best, as well as being a perfect training
      was also named the second Best Spiker and the                                      ground to hone his skills even sharper.
      second Best Server as he led Serbia and Montenegro                                 After finishing the 2000 Olympic Games as
      (formerly Yugoslavia) to third place, their first podium                           the third highest points scorer behind Italy’s
      finish in the World League. And in 2003 and 2004, he                               Andrea Sartoretti and Argentina’s Marcos
      was again instrumental in a fantastic Serbian and                                  Antonio Milinkovic, expect Miljkovic to be up
      Montenegro performance as they collected silver                                    there again in 2004.
      and bronze medals respectively.
      Since 1998, the opposite hitter has become the back-
      bone of Serbia and Montenegro’s attacking plays. He
      has a knack to always be on hand to deliver a scoring

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                                                               Marios Gkiourdas
                                                               Greece
 Born in Alexandroupoli, the 31-year-old Gkiourdas joi-                           In 2002, Gkiourdas took Greece to a promi-
 ned the national team in 1993 and has gone on to play                            sing seventh place at the 2002 World
 over 200 times for his country. And over that time he                            Championship in Argentina where he was
 has become the most popular player in Greece.                                    the fifth best spiker. A year later he also led
                                                                                  Greece to the final round of the World
 Gritty determination mixed with subtle flair and lea-                            League.
 dership are Gkiourdas' endearing qualities and it’s
 not unusual to see the effect of a quick verbal                                  While competition success is proving easier
 exchange between himself and a teammate prove to                                 to come by with his club – his passion and
 make for an inspirational change.                                                drive are helping the Greek team to make a
                                                                                  steady impression at international level.
 Gkiourdas was a member of the Greek team that gai-
 ned a highly creditable sixth place at the World
 Championship in 1994 and his uncompromising attack
 is still a decisive factor for the Greek squad, who
 have been working hard to be to threat during the
 Olympic Games in their country’s capital Athens.



                                                               Pavel Abramov
                                                               Russia
 The 198cm Abramov has fast grown to become the                                   me form at the World Championship in
 Russian star with the boyish face.                                               Argentina to again be one of the stars of the
                                                                                  tournament finishing as the third Best Spiker.
 His unassuming looks have made the 25-year-old
 Abramov a potent weapon in Russia’s lethal attack.                               Ambramov’s success comes as no surprise
 Abramov has assumed the role of being the decisive                               following his promising performances during
 force within the powerful and ambitious Russian team                             his youth career. At the 1999 Junior World
 and in 2002 led his teammates to their first ever World                          championship in Thailand he was presented
 League victory, even if they skated briefly on thin ice in                       with both the Best Attacker and the Best
 the preliminary finals in Brazil, falling to Spain and just                      Server awards, and was also named the Most
 slipping into the finals as lucky loser in their group.                          Valuable Player of the tournament.

 Abramov’s more than impressive performance resulted                              With Abramov – who plays for the Russian club
 in a well-deserved award for the Best Spiker and the                             Dinamo Moscow – in their ranks Russia, the
 third Best Scorer at the tournament. But more impor-                             world’s number six ranked team, will again be
 tantly, he confirmed his all round ability and was named                         one of the favorites at the 2004 Olympic Games
 the Best Receiver of the finals. He continued his subli-                         in Athens.



                                                               Frantz Granvorka
                                                               France
 The performances by Frantz Granvorka, the No 9 for                               behind the base line are more a familiar
 France, in the 2002 World Championships were spell                               Granvorka trademark to look out for.
 biding and a perfect illustration of the calibre of the
 young man.                                                                       Once again France will be relying on
                                                                                  Granvorka to provide some easy points to
 At 28, Granvorka served with precision and pace and                              see them through what will be a fascinating
 was an inspiration on court leading his country to an                            campaign.
 incredible third place finish. His performance in the
 2002 World Championship saw him duly receive the
 Best Server of the tournament award.

 After more than 150 caps in the red, white and blue
 jersey he still cuts a colourful figure on court high-
 lighted with his frizzy brown hair. Normally his regular
 change in hairstyle would automatically make one
 stand out but amongst a team renowned for their
 regular exchange of hair colour his speedy darts from

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  Men’s Competitio
           Preliminary Round
           All matches played in the Peace and Friendship Stadium, Athens


                                      Result   Set 1   Set 2   Set 3   Set 4   Set 5
           Pool A                                                                          Final Ranking
      1    SCG-POL   15 Aug    9:00                                                    1                   A1
      3    ARG-FRA   15 Aug   14:00                                                    2                   A2
      5    TUN-GRE   15 Aug   19:30                                                    3                   A3
      7    TUN-ARG   17 Aug    9:00                                                    4                   A4
      8    FRA-SCG   17 Aug   11:00                                                    5
      11   GRE-POL   17 Aug   19:30                                                    6
      15   POL-FRA   19 Aug   14:00
      16   SCG-TUN   19 Aug   16:00
      17   ARG-GRE   19 Aug   19:30
      21   TUN-POL   21 Aug   14:00
      22   ARG-SCG   21 Aug   16:00
      23   GRE-FRA   21 Aug   19:30
      25   FRA-TUN   23 Aug    9:00
      28   POL-ARG   23 Aug   16:00
      29   SCG-GRE   23 Aug   19:30



                                      Result   Set 1   Set 2   Set 3   Set 4   Set 5
           Pool B                                                                          Final Ranking
      2 NED-RUS      15 Aug   11:00                                                    1                   B1
      4 BRA-AUS      15 Aug   16:00                                                    2                   B2
      6 ITA-USA      15 Aug   21:30                                                    3                   B3
      9 AUS-RUS      17 Aug   14:00                                                    4                   B4
      10 USA-NED     17 Aug   16:00                                                    5
      12 BRA-ITA     17 Aug   21:30                                                    6
      13 ITA-AUS     19 Aug    9:00
      14 NED-BRA     19 Aug   11:00
      18 RUS-USA     19 Aug   21:30
      19 AUS-USA     21 Aug    9:00
      20 ITA-NED     21 Aug   11:00
      24 BRA-RUS     21 Aug   21:30
      26 RUS-ITA     23 Aug   11:00
      27 NED-AUS     23 Aug   14:00
      30 USA-BRA     23 Aug   21:30

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n Schedule
    Quarter-Finals                                       25 August
                 Teams                   Time   Result                      Set 1   Set 2   Set 3   Set 4   Set 5
 31. A1-B4       _________ – _________ ________ _______ – _______     QF1
 32. A3-B2       _________ – _________ ________ _______ – _______     QF2
 33. A2-B3       _________ – _________ ________ _______ – _______     QF3
 34. A4-B1       _________ – _________ ________ _______ – _______     QF4



    Semi-Finals                                          27 August
                 Teams                   Time   Result                      Set 1   Set 2   Set 3   Set 4   Set 5
 35. WQF1-WQF2 _________ – _________ ________ _______ – _______       SF1
 36. WQF3-WQF4 _________ – _________ ________ _______ – _______       SF2



    Finals                                                29 August
 Bronze Medal    Teams                   Time   Result                      Set 1   Set 2   Set 3   Set 4   Set 5
 37. LSF1-LSF2   _________ – _________          _______ – _______
 Gold Medal
 38. WSF1-WSF2 _________ – _________            _______ – _______




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