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  PLAYER PROFILE

Enrique de la Fuente
 



Born in Vigo, this Galician of 27 years has become one of the pillars of the Spanish national volleyball team after his inception into the team that achieved eighth place at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

The receiver was one of the most outstanding products of the so-called 'Permanent Concentration', a full-year gathering of the national junior team, which is responsible for the development of all the Spanish volleyball stars of today.

De la Fuente had shown early potential during his performance in the junior ranks and the results of the 'Permanent Concentration' appeared straight away when he led Spain to a silver medal at the 1992 European Junior Championships.

Having built his career around his hometown club of Voleibol Vigo, the powerful and aggressive play of De la Fuente soon caught the attention of the overseas clubs and RC Cannes of France was his first overseas stop. After two successful seasons in French league, the Spanish No 17 made the big step into Italian league to play for Club Volley Mezzolombardo and Club Trentino Volley.

In 2003, De la Fuente has been a key part of team Copra Volley Piacenza; contributing superbly with 216 points and 57.8 % in reception efficiency in 105 sets played.

In the national team, he has proved to be essential and with 277 caps he is the third most-capped player in the current Spanish squad after Rafael Pascual and Carlos Carreno. 

De la Fuente will again be an influential figure for Spain during the 2003 World League and one hopes that he and his team are in the best of form.