FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
After finishing 11
at the 2006 FIVB Women’s World
Championship in Japan, Germany successfully qualified
for the 2008 and 2009World Grand Prix after missing the
event in 2006 and 2007.
In 2009, they qualified for the 2010 World Championship
in Japan, remaining undefeated against the Netherlands,
Azerbaijan and Slovenia on their way to a seventh-place
finish. At the World Grand Prix that same year they won
their second bronze medal and then qualified for the
semifinals at the European Championships in Poland.
Unfortunately, they were defeated twice and the fantastic
year could not be crested with another medal.
Germany started 2010 ranked ninth in the world – their
best ranking since Giovanni Guidetti took over as coach
in 2006. While their disappointing ninth-place result at
the 2010 World Grand Prix caused them to slip to 15
their strong World Championship performance brought
the German team back to position 10.
After a 13
place finish at the 2011 World Grand Prix,
Germany celebrated their greatest success at the
European Championships in Italy and Serbia, beating
hosts Serbia in the final.
Giovanni Guidetti has been coach
of the Germany’s women’s national
team since 2006. After taking
Germany to a first place finish at the
European League, Guidetti has high
hopes for the 2013 World Grand
Prix and is aiming for his team to
win the European Championship due to take place later
this year in Germany and Switzerland. “This year the
Grand Prix provides a good possibility to prepare the team
for the 2013 European Championship in Germany and
Switzerland. There are only the best teams in the world,
but it is our aim to reach the final round.”
The year 2013 has also been a memorable one so far
after taking gold at the European League for the first time
and with skipper Margareta Kozuch, Kathleen Weiss and
Christiane Fürst still at the helm in the absence of key
attacker Angelina Hübner, there’s no reason why Germany
can’t look to improve on their seventh-place World Grand
Prix result of last year.