Germany's national trainer Stelian Moculescu has a solid year planned for his team with the World League and the European Championship at home his declared highpoints. From the end of May to the end of June the national side faces off against world class teams like Brazil, Italy and Portugal in the Intercontinental Round of the World League, then in September 5-14th Germany hosts the final round of the Men's European Championship to register their second year in a row as hosts to major international volleyball tournaments. In 2002 Germany played host to the highly successful Women's World Championship.
To be at their peak performance for these events, the national team has a heavy training schedule ahead of them. The squad will gather in Germany's southern city of Friedrichshafen no later than May 1 to begin preparing for the World League Intercontinental Round.
Two scenarios will follow:
If Germany makes the top eight to contest the final in Madrid, Spain (July 8-13) they will then take a break until the end of the July, but if they fail to make the playoff they will take a break directly after their last World League match in Italy (June 29), because on July 21, national trainer launches intensive preparation for the European Championship.
With little time to rest, the team will meet other national teams in warm-up matches, including a tournament in the Czech Republic (August 18-24) and two matches against Olympic champions Serbia and Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia) on August 30 in Münster and August 31 in Trier.
The team travels to Karlsruhe on Sept. 3, where two days later, hopefully perfectly prepared, they will make their first appearance at the European Championship.
Story by Thilo von Hagen, Germany Volleyball Federation