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

 POL / Poland - Team Composition

Team manager ROMAN Witold
Head coach CASTELLANI Daniel
Assistant coach STELMACH Krzysztof
Doctor SOKAL Jan
Therapist / trainer BIELECKI Aleksander
Journalist SWEDROWSKI Tomasz
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Piotr Nowakowski Nowakowski 18/12/1987 205 90 355 340 VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa
  2   Michal Winiarski Winiarski 28/09/1983 200 82 345 332 Fakiel Novy Urengoy
  3 Piotr Gruszka Gruszka 8/03/1977 206 102 355 330 GS RoburAngelo Costa
  C 5   Pawel Zagumny Zagumny 18/10/1977 200 88 336 317 ZAKSA
  6 Bartosz Kurek Kurek 29/08/1988 205 87 352 326 Wolfdogs Nagoya
  9   Zbigniew Bartman Bartman 4/05/1987 198 95 352 320 Asseco Resovia
  10 Mariusz Wlazly Wlazly 4/08/1983 194 80 360 329 PGE Skra
  12   Patryk Czarnowski Czarnowski 1/11/1985 202 95 363 335 PGE SKRA BEŁCHATÓW
  14 Michal Ruciak Ruciak 22/08/1983 189 75 336 305 ZAKSA
  L 15   Piotr Gacek Gacek 16/09/1978 185 78 325 305 LOTOS Trefl
  L 16 Krzysztof Ignaczak Ignaczak 15/05/1978 188 86 330 315 Asseco Resovia
  17   Michal Bakiewicz Bakiewicz 22/03/1981 197 92 339 318 PGE Skra
  18 Marcin Mozdzonek Mozdzonek 9/02/1985 211 93 358 338 Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
  19   Grzegorz Lomacz Łomacz 1/10/1987 187 80 335 315 PGE Skra BeÅ‚chatow
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Poland boasts a strong Volleyball tradition and the country's national team has played an important role among the elite teams since its first appearance at the very first FIVB World Championship in 1949 in Czechoslovakia. The fourth place result from that tournament was repeated in France (1956) and again in Brazil (1960). But the best results were yet to come.

In the middle of the 1970s, the Polish squad claimed the absolute top position and dominated the international Volleyball scene for several years. Poland triumphed at the FIVB World Championship in Mexico in 1974 and succeeded again two years later at the Montreal Olympics, winning Olympic gold.

One of the strongest and most innovative sides on the international stage, Poland have gone from strength to strength in recent years and their quarterfinal performance at the 2004 Olympic Games, which included a straight sets win over Serbia and Montenegro, summed up the quality of this Polish side.

Despite a change of coach with Daniel Castellani replacing Raul Lozano, big things are expected again from Poland this year. The core group of players, which is based on the successful 1997 FIVB World Junior champions lineup, includes a number of prominent names which helped take the side to a respectable tenth in this year’s FIVB World League.

The side will be hoping to emulate the 2006 FIVB World Championship team which picked up a silver medal and marked the country’s best performance since 1974.

Coach profile

Daniel Castellani became coach of Poland in 2009 and expectations were high following the team’s success under former coach Raul Lozano.

As a player he played for Argentinean side Obras Sanitarias, Italian sides Cheiti, Falconara, Bologna, Padova and Firenze and Brazilian sides Atlantic Boavista and Minas. Additionally he won bronze at the 1982 FIVB World Championships with Argentina and bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.


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