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 GER / Germany - Team Composition
 
 
Team manager ENDRES Thorsten
Head coach LEE Hee Wan
Assistant coach VON SOOSTEN Helmut
Doctor JOKISCH Peter, Dr.
Therapist / trainer RISSLER Patrick
Journalist KURTH Cornelia
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Andrea Berg Berg 19.01.1981 188 71 306 299 USC Münster
2   Kathleen Weiß Weiss 02.02.1984 171 66 290 273 Igtisadchi Baku
3 Nadja Jenzewski Jenzewski 02.04.1986 174 70 299 285 Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
6   Julia Schlecht Schlecht 16.03.1980 182 67 298 277 Bayer Leverkusen
7 Christin Guhr Guhr 16.03.1982 184 70 315 299 Dresdner SC
8   Cornelia Dumler Dumler 22.01.1982 180 68 309 285 Ostiano
11 Christiane Fürst Fürst 29.03.1985 193 80 323 307 Eczasibasi Istanbul
12   Olesja Kulakova Kulakova 31.01.1977 190 70 315 298 Asystel Novara
17 Birgit Thumm Thumm 03.07.1980 184 74 310 289 VfB Suhl
18   Corina Ssuschke-Voigt Ssuschke 09.05.1983 189 75 310 298 Lokomotiv Baku
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
Last year's appearance in the World Grand Prix final round was just reward for a team, which is shaping up as one of the new forces on the block.

Moving from 11th to ninth position on the FIVB official world rankings list during 2004 also illustrates the substantial improvement that this German women’s Volleyball team is making under coach Hee Wan Lee and with the nucleus of the 2004 Olympic side still together (30+ year olds Tanja Hart and Christina Benecke are the only two players missing from Athens) Germany will be a handful again during the World Grand Prix 2005.

Germany finished ninth in Athens but will be better for the experience, especially with key player Angelina Grün still leading her troops superbly in her role as skipper.

But Germany's advancement has not been an overnight change. Winning the bronze medal at the 2003 European Championships in Turkey installed a lot of belief, which was evident when they claimed their ticket to the Olympics at the European Continental Olympic qualification tournament last year.

After a successful era in the early to mid nineties, when the strong players of the former German Democratic Republic had a positive influence on the national team, then head coach Siegfried Köhler began preparing junior players with a view to being competitive in the Olympic year 2000. This campaign, however, did not bring the required results as was obvious during the European Championships in the Czech Republic in 1997 where Germany made an early exit in the preliminary round.

In January 1998, when the "Bremen Cup" was a qualification tournament for the World Championship in Japan, Köhler called up the more experienced Susanne Lahme and Nancy Celis. Germany qualified but up against the best teams in the world, they failed to register a victory, losing to the Dominican Republic, Russia and Brazil. Following this disappointment, Korean-born Hee Wan Lee replaced Köhler and immediately had success with unexpected victories against Poland and Croatia to send Germany into the semifinals of the 1999 European Championship in Italy.

Three months later, Germany fended off Romania, the Ukraine, the Netherlands, Italy and Croatia in European Olympic qualification to be assured of a start at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Lee's aim was to finish in the top eight in Sydney and his line-up defeated Peru and Italy and qualified for the quarterfinals. However, defeats to Brazil and China resigned them to sixth place.

Following that great start Lee had further success taking his side to the bronze medal at the 2002 World Grand Prix in Asia, where a new star in the powerful Grün was unveiled. But regrettably, Germany was unable to repeat that form as hosts of the 2002 World Championship, finishing 10th, and at the 2003 World Grand Prix, where they finished 7th.

However, last year's performance proved that Germany are getting back to their best and will definitely still be an imposing opponent.

Overall Standings for Germany
World Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
7 73 17 56 23.29
Hee Wan Lee Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1956, Lee came to Germany first as a player in 1985. Lee was South Korea’s best middle blocker, but when there was no setter available at his new club he stepped into this role. This and his later success as a coach caused him to be christened "Karajan of Volleyball" by the German Volleyball Magazine.

Lee graduated with a coaching diploma at the Cologne Sports Academy in 1995 while having early success in his coaching career with a German Championship title in 1994 and 1997, a European Cup Winners’ Cup silver medal in 1996 and then in 1999, he took the national team to fourth place at the European Championship.

Germany’s sixth place at the Sydney 2000 Olympics meant they finished the second most successful European team behind Russia. Since then Lee has maintained a good return with a 10th place finish at the 2002 World Championship and a seventh place finish at the 2003 World Grand Prix.

Now after another excellent World Grand Prix campaign in 2004 where Germany reached the final round and a sixth-place spot before finishing in ninth position at the 2004 Olympic Games, the great tactician that he is, Lee will be looking to maintain that sort of form and improve in 2005.