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21/05/2003 - Poland complete World League warm-up

20/05/2003 - Poland prepare well for World League

Poland for 2003 World League: without Papke and Musielak
It was not an easy decision for Polish head coach Waldemar Wspanialy: surprisingly Pawel Papke and Rafal Musielak, players he would like to rely on, were not included in his final selection for 2003 World League. These key players have been constantly troubled by some minor injuries and the only reasonable solution was to give them a recuperation break after the Polish league’s season and ahead of the European Championship finals in Germany in September.
But even without Papke, who is currently one of the Europe’s best attackers, and very universal Musielak, the 2003 World League selection looks solid. There are only two absolute debutants: opposite attacker Radoslaw Rybak and middle blocker Wojciech Jurkiewicz. Those Morze Szczecin players have to struggle hard for their place in the lineup, which features a strong lineup from the 1997 Junior World Champions. Pawel Zagumny, Dawid Murek, Piotr Gruszka, Sebastian Swiderski, Robert Szczerbaniuk and Krzysztof Ignaczak are already the recognizable stars of Polish volleyball - just like Marcin Nowak, who at 215 cm, is again the tallest World League participant.
more Pic Novak outguns the French block at the 2002 World league',

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Poland- Pool A (Scroll down for Spanish)

Poland boasts a strong Volleyball tradition. The country's national team has played an important role among the elite teams since its first appearance at the very first World Championship in 1949 held in Czechoslovakia. The fourth place from the 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 World Championship in Mexico in 1974 and succeeded again two years later at the Montreal Olympics, winning the Olympic title. Also at the time, Poland finished second at five consecutive European Championship between 1975 and 1983. Poland initially failed to qualify for the last World Championship in Argentina in 2002, but after Korea withdrew from the competition, their team was selected as a replacement and finished ninth.
The Polish squad joined the elite World League in 1998 and has since been again on the ascendancy. After their debut, finishing tenth, they finished eighth in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Poland made its mark on the world scene by hosted a fantastic final of the World League in the city of Katowice, where they finished 7th overall. Atmosphere, entertainment and ambience at this event drew widespread praise and set new standards for international competitions. Last year, Poland, led by coach Waldemar Wspanialy, took another step forward and advanced to the World League finals, where they claimed a historic fifth place and re-launching the team into international prominence. Poland, whose squad is based on the successful 1997 World Junior champions lineup and includes such prominent names as Dawid Murek, Pawel Zagumny and Piotr Gruzska, will start the 2003 World League in Pool A, facing Russia, Spain and Venezuela. The team currently holds the eight position at the FIVB World ranking. 
 

Squad: Stelmach (Galaxia, Czestochowa, POL); Siezieniewski (PZU - AZS, Olsztyn, POL ); Gruszka (AdriaVolley , Trieste, ITA ); Nowak (Galaxia, Czestochowa, POL); Zagumny (Edilbasso, Padova, ITA ); Murek (Panathinaikos, Athen, GRE ); Zygadlo (SKRA Belchatow, Belchatow, POL); Ignaczak (Galaxia Czestcohowa, Czestocho); Jurkiewicz (Morze, Szczecin, POL); Prygiel (SKRA, Belchatow, POL); Michalczyk (KS Jastrzêbie Borynia) ; Kadziewicz (PZU - AZS, Olsztyn, POL); Swiderski (Mostostal, Kedzierzyn - Kozle,); Rybak (Morze , Szczecin, POL) ; Lipinski (Mostostal, Kedzierzyn - Kozle,); Golas (Galaxia, Czestochowa, POL); Bakiewicz (Galaxia-Bank Czestochowa-AZS,); Szczerbaniuk (Mostostal, Kedzierzyn - Kozle,).

Prize Money
Poland Total Prize money US$
3 633 880
Overall Standings for Poland
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
5 66 30 36 45.5

Polonia - (Spanish)
Polonia ha desarrollado una sólida tradición voleibolística. El equipo nacional ha jugado un importante rol entre las escuadras élite desde su primera aparición en el Campeonato Mundial de 1949, realizado en Checoslovaquia. El cuarto lugar ganado en ese torneo fue repetido en Francia (1956) y nuevamente en Brasil (1960). Pero los mejores resultados estaban aún por venir. A mediados de los setentas, la escuadra polaca alcanzó la cima absoluta y dominó la escena del voleibol internacional por varios años. Polonia triunfó en el Campeonato Mundial en México 1974 y fue exitosa nuevamente dos años después en los Juegos Olímpicos de Montreal al ganar el título. Asimismo en ese tiempo, Polonia terminó segunda en cinco ediciones consecutivas del Campeonato Europeo entre 1975 y 1983. Los polacos fracasaron inicialmente en la clasificación al último Campeonato Mundial en Argentina 2002, pero tras la renuncia de Corea los polacos fueron elegidos como reemplazo, quedando novenos en el torneo.
La escuadra polaca se unió a la prestigiosa Liga Mundial en 1998 y desde entonces ha empezado a ascender otra vez. Tras su debut donde terminó en décimo lugar, los polacos lograron ser octavos en 1999 y también en el 2000. En el 2001 Polonia dejó su marca en el escenario mundial al albergar una fantástica final de la Liga Mundial en la ciudad de Katowice, donde quedó en séptima ubicación. La buena atmósfera, el entretenimiento y el entusiasmo visto en este evento han establecido nuevas pautas para las competiciones internacionales. El año pasado, Polonia, dirigida por el técnico Waldemar Wspanialy, dio otro paso adelante y avanzó a la final de la Liga Mundial donde conquistó un histórico quinto lugar y el relanzamiento de su equipo hacia el protagonismo internacional. Polonia, cuya escuadra está basada en el exitoso equipo juvenil campeón mundial en 1997 que incluye nombres como los de Dawid Murek, Pawel Zagumny y Piotr Gruzska, comenzará su participación en la Liga Mundial 2003 integrando la Serie A con Rusia, España e Venezuela. El equipo ostenta en estos momentos el octavo lugar en el ranking mundial de la FIVB