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World League 2009
20th Edition

 NED / Netherlands - Team Composition

Team manager Jan Koehorst/Piet Steenaard
Head coach Peter Blangé
Assistant coach Arnold van Ree
Doctor Ton Langenhorst/Joost van der Hoek
Therapist / trainer Ivo 't Lam/Lard Davidse
Journalist Willem Held/Rene Banierink
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Dennis van der Veen v.d. Veen 19/02/1982 202 100 335 312 Paris Volley
  2   Nico Freriks Freriks 22/12/1981 193 87 332 314 Paykan Tehran
  3 Yannick Van Harskamp Van Harskamp 2/04/1986 190 88 335 316 Topvolley Precura Antwerpen
  4   Robert Horstink Horstink 26/12/1981 202 96 365 350 Sisley Treviso
  5 Bart-Jan van der Mark v.d. Mark 20/05/1985 207 106 342 316 Langhenkel Volley
  6   Roland Rademaker Rademaker 18/03/1982 192 83 325 317 Tourcoing
  L 7 Richard Rademaker Rademaker 18/03/1982 191 80 325 315 Zadkine Rotterdam.Nesselande
  8   Kay Van Dijk Van Dijk 25/06/1984 214 102 365 355 Ziraat Bankasi Ankara
  C 9 Jeroen Trommel Trommel 1/08/1980 194 90 340 310 IBB Spor
  10   Jeroen Rauwerdink Rauwerdink 13/09/1985 200 92 350 320 Olympiacos S.C.
  11 Jan Willem Snippe Snippe 21/05/1986 200 99 356 340 Saint-Nazaire
  12   Wytze Kooistra Kooistra 3/06/1982 209 102 360 350 Olympiakos
  13 Tije Vlam Vlam 9/10/1985 207 102 347 330 Al-Arabi
  14   Niels Klapwijk Klapwijk 19/09/1985 200 92 350 320 Besiktas
  15 Lars Lorsheijd Lorsheijd 8/06/1985 200 97 357 350 Tourcoing
  16   Dick Kooy Kooy 3/12/1987 202 80 360 340 Halkbank Ankara
  17 Johannes Cornelius Bontje Bontje 12/05/1981 206 98 366 340 Noliko Maaseik
  L 18   Jelte Maan Maan 19/03/1986 190 86 343 330 Noliko Maaseik
  19 Mathijs Mast Mast 14/09/1984 200 90 340 330 SV Dynamo Volleybal
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

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 the Dutch 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. Two years later, the team won gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games and were also crowned kings of the World League in Rotterdam.

In 1997, the Netherlands won the European Championship.

More recently under new coach Peter Blangé, the men in Orange won the European League title in 2006 signaling a promising new era for the Men's National Team.

Improvement has come steadily to the World No. 28 Dutch, who beat powerhouses Poland and Spain during the 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Izmir, Turkey and looked to be on their way to the Beijing Games, only to lose in straight sets to Serbia in the semifinal.

The Dutch had greater success in the European League last season, stringing together an unbeaten run of 13 matches in total to reach the final of the competition. They eventually lost 3-1 to Slovakia and settled for silver.

Earlier in 2008, Blangé's men qualified for the 2009 European Championships in Turkey by manhandling Azerbaijan, Latvia and Slovenia. In their six matches, Holland dropped only a single set en route to securing a berth in the Final Round this September.

After an absence of six years, the team is looking forward to participating in the FIVB World League, the most prestigious Volleyball competition in the world. It is hoped that Blangé's young and ambitious team will shine at the tournament and eventually wind up on the winner's podium at the Finals in July.

Coach profile

Peter Blangé (born in Voorburg, Dec. 9, 1964) is an ambitious man with many years of experience in sports, as a player as well as a coach. Since May 2006 he has been the head coach of the Dutch Men’s Volleyball Team. He recently extended his contract to last until the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Career as a player
Blangé started his Volleyball career at age 11 in his hometown of Voorburg (Tonegido). He later played for PVC Blokkeer, Starlift and Brother Martinus. From 1990 he played in Italy for Catania and Maxicono Parma. In 1996 he played one year for Moerser SC in Germany and then returned to Italy to play for Treviso. He ended his playing career at Vrevok in the Netherlands.
In 1984, Blangé made his début in the Dutch Men’s National Team as a setter and was part of the team that won a silver medal at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. Four years later he became Olympic Champion in Atlanta, the same year he won the World League Finals in Ahoy Rotterdam. Blangé then won the 1997 European Championships with his team before participating in his fourth and final Olympics in Sydney 2000, where he played his 500th international match for the National Team. In total, Blangé had an impressive career of 16 years, during which he participated at four Olympic Games, eight World League Tournaments and six European Championships. His 500 international matches are still a record in the Netherlands.
Career as a trainer
After his career as a player, Blangé became the head coach of ORTEC Rotterdam-Nesselande, where he guided the team to the national title and the National Cup tournament three times.

Since May 2006, Blangé has been the head coach of the Dutch Men’s National Team. The same year, Blangé and his men qualified for the 2007 European Championships in Russia and won the European League. At the 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Izmir, the team unfortunately did not succeed in earning a ticket to the Beijing Olympics.

In 2009, Blangé and his team will try to qualify for the 2010 World Championships, perform their best in the FIVB World League and will attempt to reach the Final Four of the European Championships in Turkey.


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