February 11, 2005 - French coach Philippe Blain has named his 22-strong squad for the 2005 World League competition pointing out that the young players in his new line-up will hold the destiny of French Volleyball in their hands.
Blain is hoping to use the 2005 World League to blood some new players and launch a new era in French Volleyball.
The 22 players selected for the 2005 World League, the first and most important competition of the new cycle reflects our objectives, Blain said. We need to prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, so we need to throw young players into the international pool and these players need to be surrounded by experienced players.
Blain also highlighted some short terms goals such as a Third Round 2006 World Championship assignment at home in France at the end of July and the European Championship but it is the new players, which he says will play the most important role this summer.
Nine of Blain’s squad are under the age of 25, with the youngest being 20-year-old Pierre Pujol from Poitiers while the oldest is last year’s captain 32-year-old Dominique Daquin, who currently plays in Moscow.
French squad: Stephane Antiga, Philippe Barca-Cysique, Bertrand Carletti, Ludovic Castard, Andy Ces, Dominique Daquin, Jean François Exiga, Sebastien Frangolacci, Loic Geiler, Frantz Granvorka, Gérald Hardy-Dessources, Hubert Henno, Oliver Kieffer, Loic Lemarec, Junot Mistoco, Jean-Charles Monneraye, Vincent Montmeat, Mathias Patin, Pierre Pujol, Guillaume Samica, Marc Schalk, Gabriel Zobo Lebay.