FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
In recent years, the Netherlands, who took gold in
the 2007 World Grand Prix, have had high hopes in
international competitions but have been thwarted
in their ambitions by a combination of bad luck and
unfortunate circumstances. Their last major success was a
silver medal at the 2009 European Championship.
After a disappointing 2011, coach Avital Selinger was
replaced temporarily by Bert Goedkoop, who took the
Dutch women to the brink of qualification for the London
Olympic Games only to be denied at the final hurdle
by Russia at the European qualifier. Goedkoop made way
for Gido Vermeulen who moved over from his post as
coach of the Spanish women’s national team.
Under Vermeulen, the Netherlands qualified for the Final
Round of the 2012 European League, where they finished
fourth, which booked them a spot in the FIVB World
Grand Prix for the first time since 2010, and qualified
convincingly for this year’s European Championship.
Although their glory days are well behind the Netherlands,
members of the gold medal winning team of six years ago
super scorer Manon Flier and star setter Kim Staelens –
are still included in the 2013 squad providing hope that
the world No. 20 can turn the team in the right direction.
Gido Vermeulen, 48, was previously
assistant coach and coach of the
Netherlands before being appointed
coach again in February 2012. Last
year, Vermeulen’s squad reached
the Final Four of the European
League, resulting in qualification
for the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix. The Dutch women
also managed to qualify directly for this year’s European
Championship. In 1998, Vermeulen was coach of the
Netherlands for a short period, combining that with
training and coaching the Dutch youth national team.
From 1994 to 1998, Vermeulen assisted current technical
director of the Netherlands, Bert Goedkoop, when he was
coach. It was one of the team’s most successful periods
as they won the 1995 European Championship and
finished fifth at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Prior
to his current appointment, Vermeulen spent four years
as coach of the Spanish women’s national team and has
coached club teams in the Netherlands, the United States,
Spain and Italy.