NED/Netherlands

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20/06/2003 - Netherlands aiming for two wins despite Schuil absence
06/06/2003 - Goedkoop eyes World League Final Round this weekend
28/05/2003 - Goedkoop hopes for clean sheet against Cuba
21/05/2003 - Nummerdoor named in Netherlands lineup

12/05/2003 - Netherlands' captain to have injured shoulder examined
07/05/2003 - Belgium beats the Netherlands for a second time

06/05/2003 - The Netherlands lose first friendly to Belgium

04/05/2003 - Netherlands lose final match to Brazil


Marko Klok back in Dutch National Team

National coach Bert Goodkoop has called veteran Marko Klok back into the Dutch national squad to contest the 2003 World League to resolve his problems with the ever-important libero role. The now 35-year-old Klok exited the side in early 2000 after a dispute with the then coach Toon Gerbrands.
Klok was the first Dutch player to fill the libero role in the national side after the rule was introduced in the late 1990's. Since then, the libero position has become increasingly important in the configuration of the world's top teams. Klok comes in to replace Jochem de Gruyter who went to the 2002 World Championship in Argentina as part of the Dutch team. De Gruyter has retired as national team player and will try his luck in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 2003. A veteran of some 203 national appearances and a member of the Dutch silver medallist team from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Klok's return will add stability to the Dutch lineup. He played for a number of years in the Italian league but is now back home at Ortec/Nesselande in Rotterdam. more Story by Arjen Meijer, Amsterdam, Pic: Dutch Captain Reinder Nummerdor in action.

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Netherlands - Pool C (Scroll down for Spanish)

The National Volleyball Federation of the Netherlands was founded in 1947, the same year as the founding of the FIVB, and the sport soon became an integral part of school curricula. Two years later, the national team took part in the first World Championship in Czechoslovakia and finished tenth. But then, the Orange team had to wait until the beginning of the 1990s for their international breakthrough when legendary coach Arie Selinger was put in charge of molding the national squad. The Dutch scored their best result at the World Championship in Greece (1994), where they won the silver medal. Four years later in Japan they were sixth and last year in Argentina ninth. The team also showed skills and determination at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics to win the silver medal, but it was four years later at the Atlanta Olympic tournament where they proved their might, triumphing over the mighty Italy in the finals. The then unbeatable Dutch side eclipsed all other teams to win the elite World League the same year and went on to claim the European title in 1997. A new era of the Dutch team began in 2001 with the appointment of Bert Goedkoop as new head coach. Goedkoop, former coach of the Dutch women's team, started his first season with several new and inexperienced players but nevertheless led the team to the finals of the World League in Poland's Katowice to finish seventh. Last year, Goedkoop's now consolidated team bore its teeth to finish a creditable seventh in the World League. In the elite World League rankings, the Netherlands, which has competed in all previous 13 editions, lies at overall seventh place and has more than stamped its signature on this annual competition by 8 times finishing in the top five. In the 2003 edition, the Netherlands will compete in Pool C, together with Yugoslavia, Cuba and China. The team currently occupies the seventh position of the FIVB World ranking.
 

Squad: Dirk-Jan van Gendt (Alcom/Capelle, NED); Nico Freriks (Noliko Maaseik, BEL); Marko Klok (ORTEC.Nesselande, NED); Reinder Nummerdor (Asystel Milano, ITA); Guido Görtzen (Pet Company Perugia, ITA); Richard Schuil (Padova, ITA); Mike van de Goor (Piet Zoomers/D, NED); Erik Siebers (BMC/SSS, NED); Jeroen Trommel (VC Omniworld, NED); Erik Schuil (Alcom/Capelle, NED); Gerjan Huisken (Alcom/Capelle, NED); Justin Sombroek (Orion, NED); Joppe Paulides (VC Omniworld, NED); Robert Horstink (Piet Zoomers/D, NED); Joram Maan (Piet Zoomers/D, NED); Allan van de Loo (Alcom/Capelle, NED); Rob Bontje (BMC/SSS, NED); Dennis van der Veen (VC Zwolle, NED). 

Prize Money
Netherlands Total Prize money US$
7 330 455
Overall Standings for Netherlands
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
13 207 118 89 57.0

Holanda - (Spanish)
La Federación Holandesa de Voleibol fue fundada en 1947, en el mismo año de la creación de la FIVB, y este deporte muy pronto se convirtió en parte integral de la currícula escolar. Dos años más tarde, el equipo nacional tomó parte en su primer Campeonato Mundial en Checoslovaquia y terminó en décimo lugar. Pero luego el equipo naranja tuvo que esperar hasta los principios de los noventas, para recién entonces tener su despegue internacional cuando el legendario técnico Arie Selinger fue asignado en el cargo. Los holandeses conquistaron su mejor resultado en el Campeonato Mundial de Grecia (1994), donde ganaron la medalla de plata. Cuatro años después en Japón quedaron sextos, y el año pasado en Argentina novenos. El equipo también demostró sus aptitudes y determinación en los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona 1992, donde ganó la medalla de plata, pero fue cuatro años después, en los Juegos de Atlanta donde los holandeses probaron su poder, logrando la victoria sobre la gran Italia en la final. El entonces invencible equipo holandés eclipsó a todos los demás al ganar la corona de la Liga Mundial ese mismo año, y luego adjudicarse el título europeo en 1997. Una nueva era empezó para el voleibol de Holanda en el 2001, con la designación del técnico Bert Goedkoop. Ex responsable del equipo nacional femenino, Goedkoop empezó su primera temporada con varios jugadores nuevos e inexpertos y los condujo a la final de la Liga Mundial en Katowice, Polonia, donde quedaron en un promisorio séptimo puesto. El año pasado, el ya consolidado equipo de Goedkoop se esforzó para obtener otro séptimo lugar en la Liga Mundial. En el ranking mundial general de la élite que juega la Liga Mundial, Holanda, que ha participado en cada una de las trece ediciones anteriores, se encuentra en el séptimo lugar y ha puesto su sello en esta competición anual incluyéndose ocho veces dentro de los mejores cinco. En la edición 2003, Holanda competirá en la Serie C con Yugoslavia, Cuba y China. El equipo actualmente ocupa la séptima posición en el ranking mundial de la FIVB.