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 POL / Poland - Team Composition
Team manager Marek BRANDT
Head coach Andrzej NIEMCZYK
Assistant coach Ireneusz KLOS
Doctor Krzysztof ZAJAC
Therapist / trainer Tomasz KARAKULA
Journalist Janusz UZNANSKI
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata Skowronska K. 30.06.1983 189 75 314 296 Rabita Baku
2   Mariola Zenik Zenik 03.07.1982 175 65 300 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
4 Izabela Belcik Belcik 29.11.1980 185 65 304 292 Atom Trefl
9   Agata Mroz Mroz 07.04.1982 191 74 312 301 Murcia
10 Joanna Mirek Mirek 17.02.1977 187 69 314 306 Muszynianka
11   Sylwia Pycia Pycia 20.04.1981 190 75 309 302 Pronar Zeta
12 Natalia Bamber-Laskowska Bamber-Laskowska 24.02.1982 187 66 311 288 BKS Aluprof
13   Milena Rosner Rosner 04.01.1980 179 67 307 292 Foppapedretti
18 Joanna Kaczor Kaczor 16.09.1984 191 64 305 290 Tauron MKS
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
The Polish women’s national team was founded in 1947. In their first official international appearance the White and Reds lost to Czechoslovakia 1-3, nevertheless Poland soon joined the group of the world’s top teams and recorded significant achievements throughout the 1950s and 60s, including two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.

Since then, however, the last three decades were not so successful and the sudden but very enjoyable change came only in 2003.

New head coach Andrzej Niemczyk, who came back to the post after 26 years from his first stint, brought new spirit and gave inspiration to the previously faithless players of the national team. He somehow induced them to show their best on the court and now they do. Poland’s rising power was visible during the World Grand Prix continental tournament in 2003, when the home team finished runner's-up, claiming its spot in the 2004 Grand Prix.

Furthermore, the Poles pulled off a huge surprise during the last European Championship in Turkey, knocking over the hosts in straight sets in the final to claim gold.

Malgorzata Glinka was honored as the Best Scorer – and unofficially the MVP - of the tournament, while the team’s captain, Magdalena Sliwa, received an award for the Best Setter.

The Polish team made their debut at the 2003 World Cup and finished in 8th place and Glinka was once again a hit, being honored as the MVP of the tournament.

In 2004, during the European Olympic Qualification tournament, Poland played well and beat Russia and Germany but after losing to Turkey in the semifinals they lost their chance to qualify for Athens.

Despite this, the Polish team did go on to make an historic achievement. In July last year Poland participated in the World Grand Prix for the first time where they finished eighth, which saw Poland move from 10th to 8th in the FIVB world rankings.

Furthermore, Poland went on to win the 2005 World Grand Prix qualification tournament in September which confirmed their second appearance in the prestigious event.

2005 shapes as another busy year for Poland and their coach Andrzej Niemczyk, with 2006 World Championship tournaments and the defence of their European Championship title, however, none will be as important as the World Grand Prix, which starts in June.

Overall Standings for Poland
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
1 9 4 5 44.44
Ryszard Andrzej Niemczyk Andrzej Niemczyk, a former player, started his coaching career with a small local team but it wasn't long before he was selected to be the head coach of the Polish women’s national team for the first time in 1975. However it was short as he left in 1977, after the European Championships in Finland as he was not able to keep the promise of a medal position, finishing fourth.

From 1980-1989 Niemczyk was in charge of the West German national women’s side and in 1984 his team participated in the Los Angeles Olympic Games, finishing 6th.

Following his time on the international stage Niemczyk spent most of the 90s in Turkey, reaching success with club teams: Eczacibasi Istanbul and Vakifbank Ankara.

After accepting his second term in charge of Poland following the sudden resignation of Zbigniew Krzyzanowski in April 2003, 61-year-old Niemczyk has brought not only a new quality but also a new life into the national side, as he gathered all the best Polish players. His first success was achieved in the European 2004 World Grand Prix qualifying tournament held on home soil in Pila. The home team finished second, to secure a spot in the World Grand Prix for the first time.

But the best was still to come. In September, Poland surprisingly won gold at the European Championship in Turkey. That was the first ever continental title for any Polish senior team.

In 2004, despite not qualifying for the Olympics, Niemczyk took his team to eighth place in the 2004 World Grand Prix to see their world ranking rise from 10 to 8 position. Now, in 2005, Niemczyk and his team have a lot of work to do but despite his struggle with cancer over the years, he has never slowed down. As he said himself: “I am a person, who wants to win everything.”