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World League 2009
20th Edition

 CUB / Cuba - Team Composition

Team manager Diago Izquierdo, Raul
Head coach Samuels Blackwood, Orlando
Assistant coach Valdez Pedro, Idalberto
Doctor Miñoso Molina, Julio
Therapist / trainer Vives Cofini, Nicolas
Journalist Gonzalez Garcia, Carlos Alberto
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Wilfredo Leon Venero Leon 31/07/1993 202 96 350 346 Sir Safety Perugia
  2   Lian Sem Estrada Jova Estrada 12/12/1982 196 83 339 335 Santiago de Cuba
  L 3 Gustavo Leyva Alvarez Leyva 14/12/1985 180 75 305 300 Ciudad Habana
  4   Yoandy Leal Hidalgo Leal 31/08/1988 202 107 361 348 Cucine Lube Civitanova
  5 Miguel Angel Dalmau Dalmau 21/09/1984 197 83 353 330 Villa Clara
  L 6   Keibel Gutierrez Torna Gutierrez 6/05/1987 178 80 305 295 Villa Clara
  7 Osmany Roberto Camejo Durruthy Camejo 18/02/1983 202 90 350 330 Ciudad Habana
  8   Rolando Cepeda Abreu Cepeda 13/03/1989 198 77 359 344 S.Spiritus
  9 Michael Sanchez Bozhuleva Sánchez B. 5/06/1986 206 100 365 340 Al-Rayyan Sports Club
  10   David De La Torre Morell Torre 15/02/1986 200 86 350 332 Santiago De Cuba
  11 Gonzalez Raidel Delgado Delgado 8/09/1987 195 81 347 330 La Habana
  12   Yenry Bell Cisnero Bell 27/07/1981 188 84 358 328 Santiago de Cuba
  C 13 Robertlandy Simon Aties Simón 11/06/1987 208 114 358 326 Cucine Lube Civitanova
  14   Raydel Hierrezuelo Aguirre Hierrezuelo 14/07/1987 196 87 340 335 Ciudad Habana
  15 Darienn Ferrer Delis Ferrer 31/10/1982 204 84 362 346 Santiago de Cuba
  16   Leonardo Leyva Martinez Leyva 23/03/1990 207 90 249 339 Ciudad de la Habana
  17 Odelvis Dominico Speck Dominico 6/05/1977 205 87 360 356 Ciudad Habana
  18   Yosmany Díaz Carmenate Diaz 8/01/1988 196 89 358 328 Ciudad Habana
  19 Fernando Hernandez Ramos Hernandez 11/09/1989 196 78 358 339 C.Habana
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Cuba is well-prepared for its 19th season in the World League with a selection composed of young athletes whose responsibility it is to improve on the results of the previous year.

Cuba's preliminary-round opponents are Russia, Bulgaria and Japan. The former two are formidable opponents of the highest competitive ability, which was there for all to see at the last World Championships. Japan, for its part, has not achieved the greatest results in recent years, but is currently playing very well and is not to be taken lightly.

The Cuban Technical Directors have strengthened their functions and set out well-defined aims and objectives for this tournament and the team in general. Young athletes have been brought in to join some of the world’s elite players, and a strong performance in the 2009 World League is expected.

A tall, highly motivated team with international experience, Cuba hopes to use the World League as a platform on which to test themselves and exhibit their strengths.

Coach profile

Orlando Samuels Blackwood was born on December 31, 1946, in Esmeralda, Camaguey, the Cuban municipality that has produced a long list of National Team players.

He was a member of the Cuban team for several years, and is a coach of vast experience on the international level. Technical Director of the Cuban teams from 1985-1995, he participated in various international competitions including the World League, World Championships, Olympic Games and World Cups.

He was nominated as best coach in 1989 when his team won the gold medal at the Pan American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, and NORCECA Tournaments, among others.
He is an FIVB Instructor and has conducted courses in several countries. As one of the best technical directors in the world, Blackwood hopes to get the best out of his team, which is brimming with potential. If things go as planned, a lot will be spoken of Cuba during the 2009 World League.


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