Germany's national coach Stelian Moculescu has named his 18-man squad for the 2003 World League season, refreshing his side with some new talent and with one eye on the coming European Championship (September 5-14), also hosted by Germany, according to a report from the German Volleyball Federation headquarters in Frankfurt. From his original 22-man squad, Moculescu has removed middle blocker Bogdan
Jalowietzki (VfB Friedrichshafen), saying Jalowietzki was older and needed a break, bearing in mind the coming European Championship. He has also eliminated outside hitters Patrick Schwaack (TSV Unterhaching) and Robert Kromm (VC Olympia Berlin), as well as libero Vincent Lange (SCC Berlin).
"I have eliminated Schwaack, Kromm und Lange because other players in the 18-man cadre are simply better," Moculescu said of his decision.
Most if his side are drawn from the two clubs VfB Friedrichshafen and SCC Berlin, with five players a piece in the squad. With Stefan Hübner, Wolfgang Kuck, Ralph Bergmann, Mark Siebeck and Georg Wiebel, Moculescu has also included five players in the service of clubs abroad.
The German team this season meets the challenge of top teams like Brazil, Italy and Portugal in their group - the current World Champion in Brazil, Italy, the team with the most World League titles to their name and Portugal, recognized as one of the finest young teams emerging to challenge the established order.
Lineup: Björn Andrae, Armin Dewes, Christian Pampel, Norbert Walter, Ilja Wiederschein (all VfB Friedrichshafen), Eugen Bakumowski, Frank Dehne, Marco Liefke (all SCC Berlin), Jochen Schöps (VC Olympia Berlin), Michael Mayer, Sebastian Prüsener (both TSV Unterhaching), Simon Tischer (VC Eintracht Mendig), Till Lieber (evivo Düren), Ralph Bergmann (Knack Roeselare/Belgium), Stefan Hübner (Bossini Montichiari/Italy), Wolfgang Kuck (Montpellier UC/France), Mark Siebeck (PZU AZS Olsztyn/Poland), Georg Wiebel (Noliko Maaseik/Belgium)