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 VEN / Venezuela - Team Composition  
 
Team manager JUDITH RODRIGUEZ
Head coach RICARDO NAVAJAS
Assistant coach CARLOS AUGUSTO OLIVEIRA DE ALMEIDA
Doctor JORGE RAMOS
Therapist / trainer TIAGO SILVA
Journalist
 
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
C 3 Andy Agustin Rojas Guevara Andy 2/10/1977 197 95 315 318 Unicaja Almeria
L 4   Joel Alexander Silva Pantoja Joel 14/09/1985 189 85 330 325 BYU
5 Rodman Jose Valera Capon Rodman 20/04/1982 189 82 333 328 Compoktuna
6   Carlos Luna Carlos 25/01/1981 194 85 339 333 Toyoda
7 Luis Diaz Luis 20/08/1983 205 82 343 337 Tonno Calippo
10   Ronald Jose Mendez Garcia Ronald 26/10/1982 203 84 357 352 Bolivar
11 Ernardo Andres Gomez Canas Harry 30/07/1982 195 90 355 350 Toyoda Gosei
12   Carlos Arturo Tejeda Rivera Carlos A. 28/07/1980 201 88 345 340 Almeria
13 Ivan Marquez Ivan 4/10/1981 205 90 372 367 Pallavolo Pineto
14   Thomas Ereu Thomas 25/10/1979 192 86 340 335 Taviano
17 Juan Carlos Blanco Juan C. 31/07/1981 195 83 341 336 Karava
18   Fredy Ramon Cedeno Marquez Fredy 10/09/1981 205 97 358 335 Unicaja Almeria
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

Venezuela's Men have been hovering among the world’s top 10 to 20 teams in the FIVB rankings since 2000.

The current team is made up of players who claimed third place at the Junior World Championships, second place at the Youth Championships and first and second place at the Youth, Junior and Senior South American Championships.

They also have experience from their time at Club in overseas National Leagues.

Venezuela has hosted FIVB World League matches in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, with the latter edition seeing their best performance.

A notable result recently was when Venezuela beat Brazil and Cuba on their way to becoming 2003 Pan American Games Champions.

The team first took part in the FIVB World Cup in 2003 when they finished in eighth place with four wins against seven losses.

In the last two FIVB World Championships, they have finished in joint-17th place.

Venezuela won the right to participate for the first time in the Olympics by winning the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament in January in Formosa, Argentina, to advance to Beijing.

They beat Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay in straight sets before facing hosts Argentina in the final match of the round-robin event. In an epic five-setter, Venezuela overcame their opponents 25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12 to clinch their berth in Beijing.

It was sweet revenge for the Venezuelans, who missed out on a place at the Athens Games when Argentina claimed first place at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Venezuela.

The Venezuelans faced a tough group in the 2008 World League, up against France, Serbia and Brazil but have been cheered on by crowds of up to 12,000 for their home matches in Caracas. The popularity of Volleyball in the country is growing all the time and all the fans' eyes will be on their heroes in Beijing, the Venezuelans hoping they can spring a surprise on their first appearance in the event. 

Ricardo Navajas, born September 27, 1958, took over as Venezuela National Team Head Coach in 2007.

The job is the culmination of 17 years as a coach in the game and a long way from when he started as Head Coach for the Suzano Junior Club in 1990 before becoming Head Coach of the main Suzano Club.

He has picked up a lot of titles along the way. He was South American Champion in 1995, Brazilian Champion in 1992, 1993, and 1996 and eight-time champion in the Paulista League in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002.

He has got off to a flyer as Head Coach of Venezuela. He led them to first place in the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament that guaranteed the South Americans of a place at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Before that, he led the team to fourth at the Pan Americans Games and third at the South American Championships in 2007.

Before taking over the National Team he was technical coordinator for SPFC/Taubate, while in 2005 he was with E.C. ULBRA, where they were Regional Games Champion, Open Games Champion, claimed second at the Gaucho Region Games, third in the Paulista Championship and fourth in the Brazilian Championship.