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2009 FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup
Osaka - Nagoya, Japan
18 - 23 November 2009

 
 
 POL / Poland - Team Composition

 
Team manager ROMAN Witold
Head coach CASTELLANI Daniel
Assistant coach STELMACH Krzysztof
Doctor SOKAL Jan
Therapist / trainer BIELECKI ALEKSANDER
Journalist
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Piotr Nowakowski Nowakowski 18/12/1987 205 90 355 340 Asseco Resovia
  2   Grzegorz LOMACZ LOMACZ 1/10/1987 187 80 335 315 Lotos Trefl
  3 Piotr GRUSZKA GRUSZKA 8/03/1977 206 102 355 330 GS RoburAngelo Costa
  4   Daniel PLINSKI PLINSKI 10/12/1978 204 100 345 325 PGE Skra
  5 Pawel Zagumny Zagumny 18/10/1977 200 88 336 317 ZAKSA
  6   Bartosz Kurek Kurek 29/08/1988 205 87 352 326 Lube Banca Marche
  7 Jakub JAROSZ JAROSZ 10/02/1987 195 84 353 328 TOP VOLLEY
  8   Marcin WIKA WIKA 9/11/1983 194 86 335 310 Asseco Resovia
  9 Zbigniew BARTMAN BARTMAN 4/05/1987 198 83 352 320 Asseco Resovia
  10   Marcel GROMADOWSKI GROMADOWSKI 19/12/1985 200 94 348 318 Paris Volley
  11 Fabian Drzyzga Drzyzga 3/01/1990 196 90 325 304 Asseco Resovia
  12   Pawel Woicki Woicki 29/06/1983 183 80 330 305 Transfer Bydgoszcz
  13 Karol Klos Klos 8/08/1989 201 87 357 326 PGE Skra
  14   Michal Ruciak Ruciak 22/08/1983 189 75 336 305 ZAKSA
  L 15 Piotr GACEK GACEK 16/09/1978 185 78 325 305 ZAKSA
  L 16   Krzysztof Ignaczak Ignaczak 15/05/1978 188 86 330 315 Asseco Resovia
  C 17 Michal BAKIEWICZ BAKIEWICZ 22/03/1981 197 92 339 318 PGE Skra
  18   Marcin Mozdzonek Mozdzonek 9/02/1985 211 93 358 338 ZAKSA
  L 19 Pawel Zatorski Zatorski 21/06/1990 184 73 328 304 PGE Skra
  20   Rafal Buszek Buszek 28/04/1987 194 81 345 327 Indykpol AZS
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Poland boasts a strong Volleyball tradition. The Men's National Team has played an important role among the elite teams since its first appearance in the inaugural World Championships in 1949 held in Czechoslovakia. Fourth place at the tournament was repeated in France (1956) and again in Brazil (1960).

In 1970, the Polish squad claimed the top position in international Volleyball and continued its domination for several years.

Poland triumphed at the FIVB World Championships in Mexico in 1974 and succeeded again two years later at the Olympic Games in Montreal, where the team won the Olympic title.

Poland also claimed second place at five consecutive European Championships between 1975 and 1983.

The Polish squad joined the FIVB World League in 1998 and finished 10th in its first tournament. They were eighth in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Poland hosted the World League Finals for the first time, finishing seventh.

One year later and led by coach Waldemar Wspanialy, Poland took another step forward and advanced to the World League Finals, where they claimed fifth place, returning the team to international prominence.

One of the strongest and most innovative sides around, Poland has gone from strength to strength in recent years and their quarterfinal performance at the 2004 Olympic Games, which included a straight-sets win over Serbia and Montenegro, summed up the quality of this side.

Poland finished fourth in the 2005 World League and fifth in the European Championships the same year.

To cap a successful year, Poland qualified for the 2006 World Championships in Japan via a Qualification Tournament on home soil in Rzeszów.

Things were going well for Poland until tragedy struck on September 16, 2005, when Arkadiusz Golas, one of the most talented Polish Volleyball players, died in a car accident on the way to Austria during a road trip with Italian side Macerata. He was 24 years old.

Poland bounced back from the Golas tragedy and back into the world Volleyball elite by winning the silver medal at 2006 World Championships.

In 2007, Poland hosted the World League Finals in Katowice and claimed fourth place in a super-successful finale that attracted bumper crowds.

This, unfortunately, was followed up with a disappointing 11th at the 2007 European Championships in Moscow.

In 2008, Poland swept through its Olympic qualifying tournament in Portugal, winning all three matches to book a berth at the Beijing Games, where they lost to Italy in the quarterfinals to finish joint fifth. A fifth-place finish was also the team’s outcome at the 2008 World League.

This year the team is under the guidance of new coach Daniel Castellani, who replaced Raul Lozano in February. The team has had mixed results this year, finishing 11th at the World League but winning its qualification tournament for the 2010 World Championship in Italy, where it will attempt to do one better than the silver medal it won last time around, and claiming gold at the 2009 European Championship in Turkey to qualify for the 2009 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

Coach profile

Daniel Castellani was just 32 years old when he was offered the job as coach of the Argentine National Team. Sixteen years later, in February 2009, the Board of the Polish Volleyball Federation entrusted him with the task of coaching our National Team. Expectations are high following the National Team’s successes under former coach Raul Lozano.

Born: March 21, 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Married to Silvinia, with two children, Ariana and Ivan

Career as a player:
Teams: Obras Sanitarias (Argentina), Chieti (Italy), Atlantica Boavista, Minas (Brazil), Falconara, Bologna, Padova, Firenze (Italy)

National leagues achievements:
- Runner-up at Brazil Championship – Atlantica Boavista 1984
- CEV Cup Winner – Falconara (Italy) 1985
- Brazil Championship – Minas 1985

National team achievements:
- Gold, South America’s Junior Championship – 1980 Chile
- Bronze, World Championship – 1982 Argentina
- Winner, Olympic Qualification Tournament – 1987 Brazil
- Bronze, Olympics – 1988 Seoul
 
Coaching career:
- Won the Pan-American Games with Argentina – 1995 La Plata
- Helped Argentina qualify for the Olympics – 1996 Buenos Aires
- Argentina Championship – 2003 and 2004 Bolivar Signia
- Poland Championship – 2007 and 2008 Skra Belchatów
- Poland Cup winner – 2007, 2009 Skra Belchatów
- Third place in Masters’ League – 2008 Skra Belchatów
- Became head coach of Poland Men’s National Team - 2009
   
 

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