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 POL / Poland - Team Composition  
 
Team manager ROMAN Witold
Head coach LOZANO Raul
Assistant coach SWIDEREK Alojzy
Doctor ADAMCZYK Grzegorz
Therapist / trainer STYCHNO Jacek
Journalist
 
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
2 Michal Winiarski Winiarski 28/09/1983 200 82 345 332 Fakiel Novy Urengoy
C 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
8 Marcin WIKA WIKA 9/11/1983 194 86 335 310 Asseco Resovia
10   Mariusz Wlazly Wlazly 4/08/1983 194 80 360 329 PGE Skra
11 Lukasz KADZIEWICZ KADZIEWICZ 20/09/1980 206 84 360 335 Al-Arabi
12   Pawel Woicki Woicki 29/06/1983 183 80 330 305 Transfer Bydgoszcz
13 Sebastian SWIDERSKI SWIDERSKI 26/06/1977 193 88 354 325 ZAKSA
14   Krzysztof GIERCZYNSKI GIERCZYNSKI 23/01/1976 193 81 337 324 Asseco Resovia
L 16 Krzysztof Ignaczak Ignaczak 15/05/1978 188 86 330 315 Asseco Resovia
18   Marcin Mozdzonek Mozdzonek 9/02/1985 211 93 358 338 ZAKSA
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

Poland boasts a strong Volleyball tradition. In the middle of the 1970s, the Polish squad claimed the top position and dominated the international Volleyball scene 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 the first year. They were eighth in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Poland hosted the World League Finals for the first time and they finished 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, re-launching the team into international prominence.

One of the strongest and most innovative sides around on the international stage, Poland have gone from strength to strength in recent years.

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

Things were going well for Poland but the feel-good factor disappeared 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.

Argentine Raul Lozano replaced Stanislaw Gosciniak in December 2005 and big things have been expected since.

The core group of players, based on the successful 1997 World Junior Champion lineup, includes Dawid Murek, Pawel Zagumny and Piotr Gruszka and twin towers Piotr Gruszka and Lukasz Kadziewicz, who both stand at 206-cm tall.

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.

They qualified for Beijing by winning the Men's Olympic qualifier in Espinho, Portugal, beating out the hosts, Puerto Rico and Indonesia.

Raul Lozano was appointed Poland Men's National Team Head Coach in December 2005. The aim of the appointment was for Lozano to build a team that could win a medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Argentine, born September 3, 1956 in La Plata, Argentina, is the first foreign coach in the history of Polish Volleyball. He replaced Stanislaw Gosciniak, with whom the team went to the 2004 Olympic Volleyball Tournament quarter-finals.

Many of the players promoted to the Senior National Team by Lozano are gold medallists from the 1997 and 2003 Junior World Championships.

Lozano is one of the best coaches in the world. He has worked with teams in Italy, Greece as well as the Spanish National Team. With his Milanese team he won the World Cup, the CEV Confederation Cup with Lube Banca Macerata and Iveco Palermo and the Italian Championship with Sisley Treviso.

In 2006, Lozano led Poland to the silver medal in the World Championships held in Japan, the biggest success of the last 30 years of Polish Men's Volleyball.

Lozano, married with one son, is a huge Volleyball fan and his favourite way of resting is to watch Volleyball.

"I try to separate my job from being a fan but this is sometimes very hard," Lozano says.

He prefers technical and very fast Volleyball, as performed by his favourite team, Brazil.