Philippe Blain


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Born in 1960 in Montpellier, France, Philippe Blain has led his country to several considerable achievements since he was appointed France's head coach. Last season, after an underachieving French outfit could only manage a tenth place finish in the World League, Blain witnessed a marked improvement as “les bleues” placed fifth in the World Cup held in Japan and earned a silver medal at the European Championships. 

Now in 2004, Blain will lead the French through their fourth World League competition in a row.  At the World Championships in Argentina in 2002, Blain's team pulled off a major surprise after their 3-0 dismissal of Olympic champions
Yugoslavia in the bronze medal match.

Blain was a regular member of the French national squad in major international competitions throughout the 1980s. The former receiver-spiker played for his country at two World Championships, four European Championships and at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He was awarded the best player at the 1986 World Championship in France. Since he began his coaching career in 1991, Blain was in charge of various French and Italian clubs, including AS Cannes, Arego Sets and Alpitour Cuneo. He has been a member of the FIVB Coaching Commission since 1999.


Percentage of Wins

France Total Matches Matches Won Matches Lost Wins %
30 18 12 60.00