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World League 2011
22nd Edition

 
 FRA / France - Team Composition

 
Team manager Gérard Castan
Head coach Philippe Blain
Assistant coach Jocelyn Trillon
Doctor Jacques Blanc
Therapist / trainer Jean-Paul Andréa
Journalist Hubert Guériau
 
  No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Xavier Kapfer Kapfer 7/11/1981 191 96 354 320 Fart Kielce
  2   Jenia Grebennikov Grebennikov 13/08/1990 188 74 345 330 Friedrichshafen
  3 Gérald Hardy-Dessources Hardy-Dessources 9/02/1983 197 93 360 335 Tours VB
  4   Antonin Rouzier Rouzier 18/08/1986 201 100 350 330 Cuneo
  5 Romain Vadeleux Vadeleux 12/02/1983 196 100 355 335 Lube Macerata
  6   Benjamin Toniutti Toniutti 30/10/1989 183 74 320 300 Ravenne
  C 7 Nicolas Marechal Marechal 4/03/1987 198 83 338 327 Jastrebski
  8   Marien Moreau Moreau 25/10/1983 201 100 345 328 Munich
  9 Guillaume Samica Samica 28/09/1981 198 84 355 327 Zaksa
  10   Jean-Philippe Sol Sol 1/01/1986 198 92 345 325 Arago de Sète
  11 Julien Lyneel Lyneel 15/04/1990 192 85 340 320 Montpellier
  12   Marc Zopie Zopie 31/05/1987 198 87 368 328 Stade Poitevin
  13 Pierre Pujol Pujol 13/07/1984 186 90 335 315 AS Cannes
  14   Toafa Takaniko Takaniko 29/05/1985 192 88 340 330 Arago de Sète
  15 Samuele Tuia Tuia 24/07/1986 195 95 345 325 Skra Belchatov
  16   Guillaume Quesque Quesque 29/04/1989 203 92 345 325 Casa Modene
  17 Franck Lafitte Lafitte 8/03/1989 203 95 350 330 Montpellier UC
  18   Jean-François Exiga Exiga 9/03/1982 176 75 320 312 Tours VB
  19 Baptiste Geiler Geiler 12/03/1987 198 90 343 327 Friedrichshafen
  20   Mory Sidibe Sidibe 17/06/1987 193 92 367 330 Paris Volley
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

France finished second behind Brazil in the 2006 FIVB World League after several years of success, but they have struggled to live up to the early promise of the past decade. In 2008, France failed to qualify for the Olympic Games and Philippe Blain's team ended a disappointing 10th in the 2008 World League. In the 2009 World League they narrowly missed making the Final Six after falling at the last hurdle to Argentina. However, they turned things around and qualified for the World Championship in Poland, before winning silver at the European Championships. They suffered heartbreak again in the 2010 World League when they were pipped to the Final Round and eventually finished 12th. At the World Championship in Italy later in the year they could only go one better, coming in 11th. Their preparations for 2011 weren't helped by the retirement of libero Hubert Henno and captain Oliver Kieffer, but they remain hopeful of repeating past successes. France took the bronze medal at the 2002 World Championship, their first appearance in the tournament in 12 years, and moved up to fifth in the FIVB World Rankings. They then went on to take silver at the 2003 European Championship.


Coach profile

Philippe Blain, who enjoyed a successful playing career from 1980 to 1991, has been coach of France since 2001. Highlights of the 50-year-old’s coaching career with France include a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championship in Argentina, silver at the 2003 and 2009 European Championship, qualification for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and silver at the 2006 World League Finals. However, the team failed to capitalize on their silver medal at the 2009 European Championships, finishing a disappointing 11th in October's World Championship in Italy.

 

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