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World League 2011
22nd Edition

 
 RUS / Russia - Team Composition

 
Team manager OLIKHVER Ruslan
Head coach BAGNOLI Daniele
Assistant coach KOLCINS BORISS
Doctor SMAKOTNIN Yaroslav
Therapist / trainer PIAZZA Roberto
Journalist STETSKO Vladimir
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Vladimir Melnik Melnik 21/07/1980 200 95 347 338 Ural
  2   F  Semen Poltavskiy Poltavskiy 8/02/1981 205 89 360 338 Yaroslavich
  3 F  Evgeny Sivozhelez Sivozhelez 6/08/1986 196 90 330 320 ZENIT Kazan
  4   Dmitriy Muserskiy Muserskiy 29/10/1988 218 104 375 347 Belogorie
  5 Pavel Abramov Abramov 23/04/1979 200 87 347 336 Iskra
  6   F  Sergey Grankin Grankin 21/01/1985 195 96 351 320 Dinamo
  7 F  Alexey Kazakov Kazakov 18/03/1976 217 112 358 344 Belogorie
  C 8   F  Sergey Tetyukhin Tetyukhin 23/09/1975 197 89 345 338 Belogorie
  9 Alexey Cheremisin Cheremisin 23/09/1980 202 98 350 338 ZENIT Kazan
  10   F  Yury Berezhko Berezhko 27/01/1984 196 93 346 338 ZENIT Kazan
  11 F  Oleg Samsonychev Samsonychev 22/03/1982 198 96 338 330 Iskra
  12   Alexander Butko Butko 18/03/1986 198 97 339 327 Lokomotiv
  13 F  Denis Kalinin Kalinin 28/04/1984 200 86 341 320 Iskra
  14   F  Anton Astashenkov Astashenkov 27/10/1981 204 105 361 328 LOKOMOTIV NOVOSIBIRSK
  15 F  Alexander Volkov Volkov 14/02/1985 210 90 360 335 ZENIT Kazan
  L 16   F  Alexey Verbov Verbov 31/01/1982 183 79 315 310 ZENIT Kazan
  17 F  Maxim Mikhaylov Mikhaylov 19/03/1988 202 103 345 330 ZENIT Kazan
  18   F  Alexey Kuleshov Kuleshov 24/02/1979 206 100 353 344 Iskra
  L 19 F  Alexander Yanutov Yanutov 19/06/1983 195 103 335 315 Gazprom-Yugra
 C=Captain  L=Libero    F Players selected for the final round in Poland
 
Team profile

Coming off bronze medals at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2008 World League, Russia comes into the FIVB World League with every intention of trading up to gold in 2009.

The bronze finishes followed a year of runner-up awards in 2007, when Russia finished second at the FIVB World Cup, FIVB World League and the European Championship.

It was a much-welcomed improvement on 2006, however, when they finished third in the World League in Moscow but a disappointing seventh at the FIVB World Championship in Japan.

Led by the brilliance of wing-spiker Pavel Abramov, best attacker at the 2002 World League, libero Alexey Verbov, best libero at the 2006 World League and best digger at the 2008 Olympics, and with a supremely successful past behind them, the team should be in a confident mood.

The USSR Volleyball Federation joined the FIVB in 1948 and in 1949 participated in the inaugural FIVB Men's World Volleyball Championships.

They then put together a very successful run. The USSR Men's team gained worldwide recognition by winning three Olympic titles (1964, 1968 and 1980), six World Championships (1949, 1952, 1960, 1962, 1978, 1982), four World Cup golds (1965, 1977, 1981, 1991) and were European Champions 12 times.

In 1993, after the USSR Men's National Team became the Russian Men's National Team, they finished second in the World League Finals.

It was business as usual, then, for the Russians.

In 1996 and 1997 the team finished third in the World League Finals and in 1998 they placed second.

Russia reclaimed the World Cup in 1999 and they took second in the European Championship. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney the Russians captured the silver medal and did the same in the World League Finals.

During the European Championships of 2001 the team took the bronze medal and another third place in the World League Finals. The following year was highlighted by winning the World League and placing second in the World Championship.

In 2003 the team placed third in the European Championship and went one better in the 2005 edition.

Over the years, individual Russian players have been honored with many awards. Players such as Zaitsev, Savin, Antonov, Shkurichin, Fomin, Olikhver, Kuznetsov played on World All Star Teams in FIVB Gala matches and were recognized as the best in many official FIVB competitions.

Coach profile

Daniele Bagnoli was born on Oct. 25, 1953 in the province of Mantua, Italy. He became the head coach of “Caravel” (Mantova) in 1980 and joined the Italian National Team in 1991.

As coach, Bagnoli is an eight-time Italian champion, seven-time Italian Cup winner, two-time Winner’s Cup winner, five-time European Cup and League of Champions winner, five-time SuperCup of Italy winner and a two-time CEV Cup Winner.

Since 2007, Bagnoli has been the head coach of VC Dinamo Moscow, where he guided the team to titles in the Russian League, the Supercup and the Russian Cup in 2008.

 

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