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FIVB 2010 Men's Volleyball World Championship
25 September - 10 October 2010

 CUB / Cuba - Team Composition

Team manager Raul Diago Izquierdo
Head coach Orlando Samuel Blackood
Assistant coach Idalberto Valdes Pedro
Therapist / trainer Nicolas Vives Coffini / Yohan Aladro Cantero
Journalist Alfonso Nacianceno
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Wilfredo Leon Venero Leon 31/07/1993 202 96 350 346 SIR Safety Perugia
  4   Yoandy Leal Hidalgo Leal 31/08/1988 202 107 361 348 Modena
  L 6 Keibel Gutierrez Torna Gutierrez 6/05/1987 178 80 305 295 Villa Clara
  7   Osmany Roberto Camejo Durruthy Camejo 18/02/1983 202 90 350 330 Ciudad Habana
  8 Rolando Cepeda Abreu Cepeda 13/03/1989 198 77 359 344 S.Spiritus
  11   Rafael Ortiz Ortega Ortiz 3/02/1990 200 86 344 318 C. Habana
  12 Yenry Bell Cisnero Bell 27/07/1981 188 84 358 328 Santiago de Cuba
  C 13   Robertlandy Simon Aties Simón 11/06/1987 208 114 358 326 Cucine Lube Civitanova
  14 Raydel Hierrezuelo Aguirre Hierrezuelo 14/07/1987 196 87 340 335 Ciudad Habana
  16   Isbel Mesa Sandobal Mesa 2/06/1989 204 89 358 331 C. Habana
  18 Yosmany Díaz Carmenate Diaz 8/01/1988 196 89 358 328 Ciudad Habana
  19   Fernando Hernandez Ramos Hernandez 11/09/1989 196 78 358 339 C.Habana
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Cuba come into this year’s FIVB World Championship with a team formed around young players backed up with a host of experience, specifically in captain Robertlandy Simón Aties, who has become one of the best central attacking players in the world. 16 year-old Wilfredo León Venero is also one of the most promising aspects in world Volleyball and has shown an extraordinary capacity of performance in earlier competitions.

The Cuban team have an experienced guide in Orlando Samuel Blackwood, one of the most well-known coaches in the world, and he will be assisted by Idalberto Valdés Pedro and Nicolás Vives Coffini, Physician Julio Miñoso Molina and Physiotherapist Joan Aladro Cantero. They embrace two of the most important features when talking about a group: experience and youth as well as common goals, good communication and a passion for Volleyball, their team and Cuba.

Having all these qualities on their side, the 2010 FIVB World Championships are sure to be a success for Cuba, especially following a solid display in the Intercontinental Rounds of the 2010 FIVB World League where they lost just one match and finished fourth overall in the Final Round.


Coach profile

Orlando Samuels Blackwood, a former player for Cuba, is a coach of vast experience at the international level having been the technical director of Cuba from 1985 to 1995. He was nominated as best coach in 1989 when his team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, and NORCECA Tournaments among others.

Samuels, who is an FIVB Coaching Instructor, has been coach of Cuba in his most recent period in charge since the 2007 FIVB World League.


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