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Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad, with a name as long as his potential

Iran's Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad is in many ways the leader of his team, off and on the court

Tijuana, Mexico, July 6, 2013 – The life of  Iranian Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad, one of the best players taking part in the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship, has developed around volleyball since the guy was a toddler following the steps of his father throughout the playing courts of his native country.

Though he took the sport seriously seven years ago when he was 10, the captain of Iran’s side sees volleyball as something natural to him as he was first trained and educated in the fundaments of the sport by his dad Said Manavinezhad.

“Volleyball came to me as something very natural because I grew up watching my father playing and I have been around this sport all my life,” he says.

“My father was my first coach, the one who taught me the rudiments of the game,” added the young Manavinezhad. “Then I had two more coaches named Hassan Afghan and Said Moezzi, who offered me the opportunity to learn more and to develop me into the player I am today.”

Iraj Mozaffari, the national coach for this age group category, was attracted by the skills and athletic ability of Mohammadjavad since the first contact with the youngster.

“The first time I saw him was in a practice session in one of the most beautiful cities of Iran, about one hour and a half away from Tehran,” Mozaffari said. “He is as good player as they come and everyone of his teammates love him.”

“I was scouting players for Algeria Team when I choose him to join us at the National Training Camp for an adjustment process,” Mozaffari said.

The eldest Manavinezhad didn’t play volleyball at a professional level, but he learned quite enough about how to identify people with talent for the game of volleyball so it was more than easy to discover one talented kid within his own home.

Mohammadjavad, who was named captain of the Iranian team for the Asian Championship they won last year, is the fifth best scorer of the world championship with 93 points and is also among the best spikers with an average of success of 50.31 percent.

To score good numbers is nothing new for Manavinezhad, who is also an excellent student at his high school class back at home. 

“He is the best student of his class, a role model who combines with good balance his studies with sport” remarks his coach. “The academic system in Iranian school grades the students from 1 to 20 and his average is 19.5.”

In many ways, Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad has been carving a name for himself at a national level and now he is making quite an impact at the international ranks.

With a name as long as he has, with a total of 25 characters, all those in the world of volleyball better start practicing the right spelling and the correct phonetics,  because it looks more than probable that this young fellow has arrived to stay.


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