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FIVB World Grand Prix 2007



Avital Selinger

Avital Selinger was born on March 10th 1959 in Haifa (Israel). From 1974 to 1982 he played for the Israeli Premier League team of Hapoël Hamifratz. During this period he played 60 times for his country.
Selinger moves to the Netherlands and joins the team of Brother Martinus in Amstelveen. With this team he wins ‘doubles’ (Premier League ánd National Cup) and performs well in European tournaments.

As of 1985 he, as former Israeli international, is allowed to play for the Dutch National team. He wears the Dutch uniform in 387 caps (1985-1992). With this number he ranks high on the Dutch (former) internationals list regarding total of caps played. At the Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona Selinger and his team win silver and at the European Championships in 1989 and 1991 they end third.

After his period as international Selinger plays for Alcom/Capelle and wins the National Cup in 1994. In 1996 Avital Selinger starts as assistant coach of his father with the Daiei Orange Attackers (later the Hisamitsu Springs Attackers) in Japan. From 1999 until 2003, as head coach, he becomes National Champion and Cup winner twice. The Attackers also win the Asian Championships.

As head coach of Tenerife (2003-2004) Avital Selinger is very successful. Tenerife becomes National Champion, wins the Cup, the Super Cup and as the crown on his work, the Champions League.

On May 1st 2004 Avital Selinger is hired as head coach of the Dutch Senior Women’s team. Straightaway he scores a success by winning the World Grand Prix Qualification Tournament, where the team beat the top three of the last European Championships. In 2005 a sixth place is obtained at the World Grand Prix and the team finishes fifth at the European Championships in Croatia. Also in this year a fulltime program is started; all young players of the Dutch Senior Women’s team join the Premier League team of Martinus. With main sponsor DELA the team is enabled to participate in important international tournaments on their road to Beijing 2008.

In 2006 the team ends second at the World Grand Prix Qualification tournament and at the 2006 World Championships in Japan an eighth place is reached. Highlight is the match against Olympic champion China, which is won by Selinger’s women. The fulltime program at DELA Martinus is continued and completed with the players that played for foreign teams. The program, with a great mix of young enthusiastic and older, more experienced players, sponsored by DELA which recognizes itself in the ambition, freshness and passion of the team, has a pressure cooker effect on the younger players and is of great significance for Dutch Women’s Volleyball. 

For this year’s World Grand Prix Avital Selinger’s goal is to reach the finals in Ningbo. In preparation of the World Grand Prix the Dutch Senior Women’s team plays the 2007 International Women’s Volleyball tournament in China, participates at the Montreux Volley Masters, competes in Russia for the Boris Yeltsin Cup and plays a series of friendly matches in the Netherlands.

Avital Selinger and his team strive for a top 4 ranking at the 2007 European Championships in Belgium. Everything is placed at the service of the qualification for the Olympics; “the Road to Beijing”!.