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Raul L. Lozano

 

 
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Former Spanish head coach Raul Lozano has become the first non-Pole to take charge of the men’s national team after being appointed in January of this year to replace Stanislaw Gosciniak.

The 48-year-old Argentinean has a strong coaching background, particularly in one of the strongest competitions in the world – Italy.

Having first started coaching in Argentina in 1981, Lozano first moved to Italy in 1987 to coach in Serie A2 with Rex Pordenone. In 1990 he moved into Serie A1 with Olio Venturi Spoleto before claiming the championship title and the World Club Championships and Cup Winners’ Cup with Misura and Milan from 1991-1993.

Lozano’s first stint as Spanish coach was between 1994-1996 before returning again in 1999 to take the Spanish Armada to fifth place in the 1999 World League and World Cup and to ninth spot at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Since then, Lozano, who was selected as the 2004 Volleyball Coach of the Year by “La Gazzetta dello Sport”, has coached in Sisley Treviso in Italy and Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece, before returning to Italy in 2003. However, after taking Lube Banca Marche Macerata to first place in the Serie A1, Lozano left the club at the end of 2004 before taking on a four-year contract as Polish head coach.