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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
The Russian women’s team was founded in 1949, played
as the USSR until 1991, changed to the CIS in 1991 before
becoming Russia in 1993. They have won the Olympic
title four times, the World Champs seven times, the World
Cup and the World Grand Champions Cup once, the WGP
three times and the European Championships 17 times.
The world No. 6 took silver at the 2004 Olympics, after
which a number of changes took place, leading to a terrific
year in 2006 – WGP runners-up before winning the World
Champs. But they were unable to maintain their form and
after finishing fifth at the 2008 Olympics, a number of
young players were drafted in to help regenerate the team.
With respected coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin brought in
to guide the team towards the 2012 Olympics, results
improved immediately and Russia took second place in
the 2009 WGP. They went even better in 2010, remaining
undefeated in the process of defending their World
Championship title. Tatiana Kosheleva was named Best
Spiker and Ekaterina Gamova was voted MVP.
However Russia and the WGP seem to have not the
same relationship. Having won the last of their three
titles in 2002, Russia’s recent WGP appearances have
included silver medals in 2003, 2006 and 2009 whilst
not participating in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012. In their
last appearance in 2011, the Russians finished fourth
after losing their final two games 3-0 – to China and
bronze-medallists Serbia. Recent results have also been
COACH
Yuri Marichev, 52, was educated
at Alma-Ata Institute of Physical
Culture and played volleyball
for CSKA Moscow (1981-89),
Ekzichibashi of Turkey (1991-92),
Lefty Tula (1993-96) and Oil Industry
Bashkiria (1996-2001). He won two
Russian Championships and the European Champions
Cup. As a coach, he has worked with Torch New Urengoy
(2001-03),
Ural Ufa Ch. (2003-09), Dinamo Krasnodar
women’s team (2009-10) and Dinamo Krasnodar men’s
team (2010-13). He was coach with the Russian team that
won the 2005 Youth World Championship. He became
coach of the Russian women’s team in January of this year.
RUSSIA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
6
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
1
st
2002
3
x
3 5 3 11
4
th
2011
LAST:
Week 1
A
Week 2
J
Week 3
L
POOLS
disappointing. In the 2011 European Champs, Russia
crashed 3-0 to eventual bronze-medallists Turkey in the
quarterfinals before finishing fifth at the London Olympics
again going out at the quarterfinal stage after failing
to convert six match balls in the fifth set against Brazil.
New and ambitious coach Yuri Marichev will be aiming
to harness the immense talent with one eye on the 2014
World Championships where Russia will be looking to
make a three-peat of titles. Former team leaders Gamova
and Sokolova are no longer in the team however with
Maria Borodakova and Nataliya Obmochaeva still there,
Russia still packs plenty of punch.