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

 FRA / France - Team Composition

Team manager Castan Gérard
Head coach Blain Philippe
Assistant coach Lecat Olivier
Doctor Barbiche Etienne
Therapist / trainer Andréa Jean-Paul
Journalist Guériau Hubert/ Duflos Fabien
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  L 2 Hubert Henno Henno 6/10/1976 188 92 330 310 Tours VB
  3   Gérald Hardy-Dessources Hardy-Dessources 9/02/1983 197 93 360 335 Tours VB
  4 Antonin Rouzier Rouzier 18/08/1986 200 102 350 330 Istanbul Sehir Belediyesi
  5   Romain Vadeleux Vadeleux 12/02/1983 196 100 355 335 Lube Macerata
  6 Benjamin Toniutti Toniutti 30/10/1989 183 72 320 300 Jastrzesbski Wegiel
  7   Stéphane Antiga Antiga 3/02/1976 200 94 347 327 PGE Skra
  8 Earvin Ngapeth Ngapeth 12/02/1991 194 96 358 327 MODENA
  9   Guillaume Samica Samica 28/09/1981 198 88 355 327 Zaksa
  11 Edouard Rowlandson Rowlandson 20/07/1988 190 89 330 310 Arago de Sète
  12   Nicolas Marechal Marechal 4/03/1987 198 93 338 327 Istanbul Sehir Belediyesi
  13 Pierre Pujol Pujol 13/07/1984 186 90 335 315 AS Cannes VB (FRA)
  16   Kevin Le Roux Le Roux 11/05/1989 209 95 365 345 SCC BERLIN (GER)
  C 17 Oliver Kieffer Kieffer 27/08/1979 200 85 355 335 Stade Poitevin
  L 18   Jean-François Exiga Exiga 9/03/1982 176 75 320 312 Tours VB
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The French men’s National Team announced their arrival as one of the best teams in the world when they finished second, losing against Brazil in the 2006 FIVB World League Finals in Moscow. The side, who finished fifth in the first-ever World League in 1990, negotiated a tricky passage through to the Finals, playing in Russia, China and Italy.

In the past France have won the bronze medal at the 2002 FIVB World Championship in Buenos Aires, their first appearance in the tournament in 12 years moving them from 10th to fifth in the FIVB world rankings, and after their silver medal at the 2003 European Championship and the impressive World League performance three years later they had every right to be in a confident mood.

Unfortunately, the young French team could not follow this up in 2006 where they finished sixth.

In 2008, France missed their main goal of the past few years; qualification for the Olympic Games. After this disappointment, Philippe Blain's squad did not do as well as hoped in the 2008 World League finishing 10th.

2009 saw the side narrowly miss out on the Final Six of the World League as they fell at the last hurdle to Argentina. However they followed up by qualifying for World Championships in Poland and winning silver at the European Championships.

They were again heartbroken in the FIVB World League earlier this year when they were pipped to the Final Round and eventually succumbed to a 12th place finish. However, hopes are high for the World Championships.

Coach profile

Philippe Blain has been coach of France since 2001 and also enjoyed a successful playing career from 1980 to 1991.

The highlights of the 50-year-old’s career so far as France coach are a bronze medal at the 2002 FIVB World Championships in Argentina, silver at the 2003 and 2009 European Championships, qualification for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and silver at the 2006 World League Finals. His side recently finished third in Pool B of the 2010 FIVB World League.


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