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17th Edition
31 July - 23 August 2009

 GER / Germany - Team Composition

Team manager Mr. LINDENMAIR, Jan
Head coach Mr. GUIDETTI, Giovanni
Assistant coach Mr. KOSLOWSKI, Felix
Doctor Mr. BARIE Alexander
Therapist / trainer Mr. BELTRAMI Alessandro
Journalist Mrs. KOLLBACH, Ingeborg
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Lenka Dürr Dürr 10/12/1990 171 59 280 270 Dresdner SC
  2   Kathleen Weiß Weiss 2/02/1984 173 64 290 273 Gornicza
  3 Denise Hanke Hanke 31/08/1989 183 73 297 284 SSC Palmberg Schwerin
  L 4   Kerstin Tzscherlich Tzscherlich 15/02/1978 179 72 295 282 Dresdner SC
  5 Lisa Thomsen Thomsen 20/08/1985 172 68 290 285 USC Münster
  6   Saskia Hippe Hippe 16/01/1991 185 67 315 292 Olympiakos Piräus
  7 Heike Beier Beier 9/12/1983 184 73 305 293 BKF Aluprof Bielsko Biala
  8   Nadja Schaus Schaus 8/11/1984 187 66 305 295 Sigel Pallavolo Marsala
  9 Berit Kauffeldt Kauffeldt 8/07/1990 190 75 311 294 Béziers Volley
  10   Anne Matthes Matthes 30/04/1985 182 66 312 295 Dresdner SC
  C 11 Christiane Fürst Fürst 29/03/1985 193 80 323 307 Eczasibasi Istanbul
  12   Lena Möllers Möllers 6/01/1990 188 74 312 297 Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
  13 Sarah Petrausch Petrausch 31/07/1990 187 85 306 295 Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
  14   Sabrina Roß Ross 11/04/1980 185 68 300 288 Allianz Volley Stuttgart
  15 Maren Fromm Fromm 10/07/1986 184 68 303 295 Canakkale Belediyespor
  16   Margareta Kozuch Kozuch 30/10/1986 187 70 309 297 RebecchiNordameccanica Piacenz
  17 Anja Brandt Brandt 15/02/1990 195 77 310 295 SSC Palmberg Schweriner
  18   Corina Ssuschke-Voigt Ssuschke 9/05/1983 189 75 310 298 Lokomotiv Baku
  19 Anke Borowikow Borowikow 13/12/1986 186 70 305 295 1. VC Wiesbaden
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

A lot has changed with the German Women's National Team since the 2006 season.

One of the biggest changes has been Head Coach Giovanni Guidetti taking charge of the team from South Korean Hee Wan Lee, who had been Head Coach since 1999.

With the Italian in the hotseat, the team practices up to seven hours per day - grueling even for the most experienced professionals.

Tanja Hart admitted it "needed getting used to and was very hard."

Nevertheless, the team failed to medal at the 2006 World Championship in Japan (ranking 11th) or the 2007 European Championships (ranking 6th). The main focus was then placed on the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Halle/Westfalen (Germany) in 2008, where the team looked to qualify for the Olympics for the third time running. But the Germans never got going and were eliminated in the semifinal match against World Champion Russia.

Guidetti is now looking to build up his young players so they can reach the level of those playing at top teams. In the near future, other German players will reach a similar level as Christiane Fürst (best block player at the 2006 World Championship) and Kerstin Tzscherlich (Libero).

The main goal in 2009 is to qualify for the 2010 World Championships in Japan.

Coach profile

Italian Giovanni Guidetti succeeded South Korean Hee Wan Lee as Head Coach of the German Women's National Team in 2006. The Korean announced his resignation after seven years at the helm when his idea of bundling the National Team players in the German Volleyball League was rejected.

Guidetti is 36 years old but is already an old hand in the Volleyball business. At the age of 23 he was Head Coach of Italian second division club Spezzano, who he led to the top league in 1997. In this season Guidetti was elected "coach of the year" in Italy.

He continued his work in the "a uno" series and was also assistant coach of the Italian Women's National Team for four years (with Julio Valesco and Angelo Frigoni as Head Coaches).

Guidetti then gained experience at the international level as Head Coach of the "B" Junior National Team of the USA in 2002 as well as Head Coach of the Bulgarian Women's National Team in 2003.

After Bulgaria, he went back to Italy as Head Coach of top-league clubs Modena and then Chieri. He was again named "coach of the year" in 2004 at Modena. He then took the German reins and after narrowly missing the target to reach one of the best eight places at the 2006 FIVB World Championship in Japan and also missing out on qualifying for the Olympics, it's now his task to form the young German Women's National Team for the future.

The focus now is on integrating young German players into the National Team to be ready and able to take part in the 2012 London Games, and Guidetti's the man in charge of that job. 


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