FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 POL / Poland - Team Composition

 
Team manager TOMASZEWSKI Hubert
Head coach ANASTASI Andrea
Assistant coach GARDINI Andrea
Doctor MARON Wieslaw
Therapist / trainer BIELECKI Aleksander
Journalist SWEDROWSKI Tomasz
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Piotr Nowakowski Nowakowski 18.12.1987 205 90 355 340
  2   Michal Winiarski Winiarski 28.09.1983 200 82 345 332
  5 Pawel Zagumny Zagumny 18.10.1977 200 88 336 317
  6   Bartosz Kurek Kurek 29.08.1988 205 87 352 326
  7 Jakub JAROSZ JAROSZ 10.02.1987 195 84 353 328
  9   Zbigniew BARTMAN BARTMAN 04.05.1987 198 83 352 320
  13 Michal Kubiak Kubiak 23.02.1988 191 80 328 312
  14   Michal Ruciak Ruciak 22.08.1983 189 75 336 305
  15 Lukasz Zygadlo Zygadlo 02.08.1979 200 89 337 325
  16   Krzysztof Ignaczak Ignaczak 15.05.1978 188 86 330 315
  17 Pawel Zatorski Zatorski 21.06.1990 184 73 328 304
  C 18   Marcin Mozdzonek Mozdzonek 09.02.1985 211 93 358 338
  19 Patryk CZARNOWSKI CZARNOWSKI 01.11.1985 201 85 355 335
  20   Lukasz Wisniewski Wisniewski 03.02.1989 198 96 345 323
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Poland boasts a strong volleyball tradition and the country's national team has been among the elite teams since its appearance at the first FIVB World Championship in 1949. The fourth- place result there was repeated in France in 1956 and again in Brazil in 1960, but the best was yet to come. From the mid-1970s, the Polish squad dominated the international volleyball scene. They triumphed at the FIVB World Championship in 1974 and took gold again at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Poland have gone from strength to strength in recent years, led by the core group of players from the successful 1997 FIVB junior world champions and headed by top coaches Raul Lozano and Daniel Castellani.  They won silver at the FIVB World Championship 2006 and gold at the 2009 European Championship.

After a disappointing FIVB World Championship 2010, where they finished 16th, they set out on a path of revival under one of the world’s best coaches, the Italian Andrea Anastasi, who proved his worth by leading the team to bronze at the FIVB World League 2011. His influence extended to the European Championship where Poland also collected bronze. Poland are now looking for more of the same success after being granted a wild card for the FIVB World Cup 2011.

Coach profile

Poland have been revitalised since Italian Andrea Anastasi took over from Daniel Castellani in February, steering them to the bronze medal in this year’s FIVB World League. Anastasi played 141 matches for Italy, picking up the FIVB World Championship and FIVB World League titles in 1990 before beginning his coaching career in 1994. He coached Italy from 1999 to 2002, winning the FIVB World League 1999, and in 2006 became the coach of Spain, leading them to a first European Championship in 2007, before returning to Italy from 2007 to 2010.