FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 CHN / China - Team Composition

 
Team manager LI Shiping
Head coach ZHOU Jianan
Assistant coach XIE Guochen
Doctor PI Shangbo
Therapist / trainer WANG Hebing
Journalist
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Hongmin Bian Bian H.M. 22.09.1989 210 95 355 330
  2   Guojun Zhan Zhan G.J. 16.12.1988 197 88 235 230
  3 Zhi Yuan Yuan Z. 29.09.1981 195 88 348 334
  4   Chen Zhang Zhang C. 28.06.1985 201 70 356 340
  6 Chunlong Liang Liang C.L. 25.03.1988 206 91 351 333
  7   Weijun Zhong Zhong W.J. 20.04.1989 199 80 347 335
  C 8 Jianjun Cui Cui J.J. 01.08.1985 190 89 350 335
  10   Ping Chen CHEN P. 01.09.1989 195 78 352 335
  11 Xin Geng GENG X 15.11.1989 200 80 350 340
  14   Jingtao Xu Xu J.T. 07.07.1988 202 76 356 320
  15 Runming Li Li R.M. 01.03.1990 198 90 350 326
  16   Qi Ren Ren Q. 24.02.1984 174 70 322 312
  17 Fanwei Kong Kong F.W. 04.12.1989 176 80 320 305
  18   Jianwei Song SONG. J.W 04.01.1992 194 75 350 340
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

China come into the FIVB World Cup 2011 with what can be described as a mixed bag of results in recent years with success at FIVB events particularly hard to find. Their best ever results have been a fourth at the six-team World Grand Champions Cup in 1997 and fifth place finishes at the 2008 Olympics and at the 1977 and 1981 World Cup, a tournament they return to after finishing 10th in 2003.

After a poor display at the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010 where they finished 19th, they showed positive signs of a turnaround at the Asian Men’s Championship where they finished second to Iran after a four-set loss in the final and will be hoping it is the start of improved performances globally. Their FIVB World Cup history has not been pretty after those first two encouraging results, with a ninth and a 11th to show for their 1995 and 1999 campaigns respectively.

China have fared better in the Asian Games. They won the competition in 1990, placed second in 1994, won in 1998, finished third in 2002 and second in 2006. In the Asian Championship, they placed third in 1991, fourth in 1993 and second in 1995, before winning the title in 1997 and retaining it in 1999. Now one waits again to see if China can take the excellent continental form onto the world stage.
Coach profile

Zhou Jianan was previously a setter for the China men's national team from 1987-1999 and has been a coach since 1999. He started at Sichuan before becoming China coach in 2006. His first decision was to select a young side for the Beijing 2008 Olympics which paid off brilliantly with a fifth place finish. Knowing he has a mandate until London 2012, Zhou is looking to build a squad which will take China places it has never been before, onto the podium at an FIVB event.