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 POL / Poland - Team Composition  
 
Team manager CZAYKA Wojciech
Head coach BONITTA Marco
Assistant coach MASACCI Mauro
Doctor REKAWEK Krzysztof
Therapist / trainer BIELECKI Aleksander
Journalist
 
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata Skowronska K. 30/06/1983 189 75 314 296 Guangdong Evergrande Club
L 2   Mariola Zenik Zenik 3/07/1982 175 65 300 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
4 Katarzyna Gajgal Gajgal 21/09/1981 190 85 300 287 Bank BPS Muszynianka
6   Anna Podolec Podolec 30/10/1985 193 71 318 305 Avtodor-Metar
7 Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale GLINKA 30/09/1978 190 84 314 303 VakifBank Ttelekom Istanbul
9   Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza Bednarek-Kasza 20/02/1986 185 71 310 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
11 Anna Werblinska Werblinska 14/05/1984 178 66 308 292 Bank BPS Muszynianka
12   Milena Radecka Radecka 18/10/1984 177 65 302 295 Azerrail
C 13 Milena Rosner Rosner 4/01/1980 179 67 307 292 Foppapedretti
14   Maria Liktoras Liktoras 20/02/1975 191 73 312 302 Dinamo
17 Joanna Kaczor Kaczor 16/09/1984 191 64 305 290 Tauron MKS
18   Katarzyna Skorupa Skorupa 16/09/1984 183 69 302 296 Rabita BAKU (AZE)
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

Poland clinched a Beijing berth by finishing first at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo in May ahead of Serbia and Japan -- confirming their place among the world's elite once more.

The Poles were one of the world's best in the 1950s and 1960s, winning two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.

They also claimed silver in the FIVB World Championships in 1952 and bronze in 1956 and 1962.

Silver medals in the European Championships were gathered in 1950, 1951, 1963, 1967, bronze in 1949, 1955, 1958.

Following on from the heady days of the '50s and '60s, though, there had not been much success over the years, save for a bronze medal in the 1971 European Championships.

This all changed for the better in 2003.

New Head Coach Ryszard Andrzej Niemczyk, back in the hot seat 26 years after his first stint, brought a new spirit and gave inspiration to the previously faithless players of the National Team, somehow inducing them to show their best on court.

Poland's rising power was there for all to see during the World Grand Prix continental tournament in August 2003, when they finished runners-up and claimed a spot for the 2004 Grand Prix.

The Polish then pulled off a huge surprise during 2003 European Championships in Turkey, downing the hosts in straight sets in the Final to claim gold.

The debut of Poland in the FIVB World Cup saw them finish eighth.

In 2005, the Polish defended the European Championship and was working hard to continue its run of success on the road to the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan where it had hopes for a medal position.

After success, though, came stagnation in 2006 and Poland ended up only 15th at the World Championship.

Head Coach Niemczyk had resigned from his role before the Championships because of health problems.

He was succeeded by world-famous coach Marco Bonitta. The new Head Coach strived throughout 2007 to rebuild Poland's position among the world's elite.

They claimed fourth place at the European Championships and just missed a ticket to Beijing at the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Germany earlier in the year.

Marco Bonitta has been Head Coach of the Polish Senior Women's National Team since March 19, 2007.

The appointment came after a successful stint as Head Coach of the Italian Women's National Team.

In that position, Bonitta led the Italians to second place at the Women's European Championships in Bulgaria in 2001 before guiding them to the gold medal in the FIVB World Championships in Germany in 2002.

In 2003, Italy claimed sixth place at the Women's European Championships in Turkey, fifth at the FIVB World Grand Prix and second at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament.

The year 2004 saw Bonitta guide his team to fifth place at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, second place in the World Grand Prix and first at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament.

In 2005, it was another successful year. At the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament, a third-place finish was secured. The Italians claimed second place at the World Grand Prix and second also at the European Games.

The following year, his final one as Italian coach, his charges finished fifth at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament and third at the World Grand Prix.

Bonitta then moved to the Men's League Italy to coach Edilesse Cavriago in the A2 League.

Bonitta, born on September 5, 1963, was a Volleyball player in the C League in Italy before becoming a member of the coaching team.

He is a graduate in motorial sciences at Bologna University and today is a teacher of the same course.