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Venezuela                             Click here to download Team Profile in pdf format


Venezuela has been so far in the shadow of the two dominant Volleyball superpowers of the South American continent, Brazil and Argentina. But this country's national team already showed its quality on the international scene at the World Championship in Brazil in 1960, its first ever, where it claimed a solid 10th place.

A new era for Volleyball in Venezuela began in 1992 when the country embarked on an ambitious plan to develop the sport, focusing on competitions in the youth categories. With Cuban coach Jose David Suarez Perez at the helm, himself a former member of Cuba's national squad, their development plan has begun to pay off.

Venezuelan Volleyball has been on the ascendance ever since despite some hiccups so far in 2003. The country's junior team was among the best in the world, winning the valuable bronze medal at the 2001 World Championship in Poland. However both their junior and youth sides recorded 13th place finishes at their respective World Championships in 2003.

In 2001 Perez led Venezuela to the FIVB elite World League for the first time, a clear signal of the new status of the country's Volleyball but in the 2002 edition of the World League Venezuela managed only one victory over Cuba before recording a total of only four victories in 2003, a clear indication that work still has to be done to reach the pinnacle and successfully challenge the superpowers.

There is however little doubt that this youthful squad, with players of the calibre of 21-year-old Ernardo 'Harry' Gomez as its main attacking force, certainly has a future.
It is a product of a well-structured program, which started two Olympic cycles ago, with a concentration on ever-growing youth talent.

More and more of Venezuela's young talent are playing overseas, exposing them to the rigors of international Volleyball.

Despite the World League performance 2003 has been a good year. Venezuela is now the PanAmerican Champion, ahead of world champions Brazil, Cuba and USA, after winning their first ever medal and things go from strength to strength as they look to compete in their first ever World Cup.

Venezuela - (Spanish)

Venezuela ha estado hasta el momento a la sombra de dos potencias dominantes del voleibol sudamericano, Brasil y Argentina. Pero el equipo nacional de este país ya ha demostrado su calidad en la escena internacional durante el Campeonato Mundial en Brasil 1960, cuando en su primera participación a ese nivel se ubicó en un sólido décimo lugar. Una nueva era empezó en 1992 para el voleibol venezolano cuando el país se embarcó en un ambicioso proyecto para desarrollar este deporte, enfocando la atención en competencias para las categorías juveniles. Al mando del técnico cubano José David Suárez Pérez, ex jugador del seleccionado nacional de Cuba, el plan de desarrollo comenzó a dar sus frutos. El voleibol venezolano ha ido ascendiendo desde entonces. El equipo nacional juvenil se ha incluido entre los mejores del mundo, ganando una invalorable medalla de bronce en el Campeonato Mundial de la categoría realizado en Polonia en el 2001. En el mismo año, Suárez condujo a Venezuela a ingresar por primera vez en la élite de la Liga Mundial FIVB, una clara señal del nuevo status del voleibol en ese país. En la edición 2002 de la Liga Mundial, Venezuela sólo pudo conseguir una victoria ante Cuba, clara evidencia de que todavía hay mucho trabajo por hacer en busca de alcanzar el pináculo de las grandes potencias. No existen sin embargo muchas dudas de que esta juvenil escuadra, con jugadores del calibre de Ernardo "Harry" Gómez (21 años) como su principal fuerza de ataque, tenga un gran futuro. En la edición 2003, Venezuela que actualmente ocupa el puesto 17 en el ranking mundial de la FIVB, jugará en la Serie A con la poderosa Rusia, Polonia y España.

                                    


Recent records

Men's South American Championship in Brazil (September) finished second

Venezuela lost to Brazil 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-22)
Venezuela beat Paraguay 3-0 (25-05, 25-18, 25-14)
Venezuela beat Chile 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-15)
Venezuela beat Argentina 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19)

Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic (August) finished first

Final: Venezuela beat Cuba 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-20)
Semifinal: Venezuela beat Brazil 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-12)
Quarterfinal: Venezuela beat Canada 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 29-27)
Venezuela lost to USA 3-2 (25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 13-25, 15-10)
Venezuela beat Barbados 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18)
Venezuela beat the Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-10) 

World League (May-July, 2003) finished 13th

Venezuela lost to Spain 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13)
Venezuela beat Spain 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 26-24, 26-24)
Venezuela beat Spain 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-16)
Venezuela lost to Spain 3-2 (23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13)
Venezuela lost to Russia 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 25-21)
Venezuela lost to Russia 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 27-25)
Venezuela lost to Poland 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-23)
Venezuela beat Poland 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20)
Venezuela lost to Poland 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21)
Venezuela lost to Poland 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-18)
Venezuela lost to Russia 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-22)
Venezuela lost to Russia 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-15)