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  World League 2007
 CUB / Cuba - Team Composition
Team manager Raul Diago Izquierdo
Head coach Orlando Samuel Blackwood
Assistant coach Idalberto Valdez Pedro
Doctor Oscar Torres Quiñones
Therapist / trainer Ramón Laurence García
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Raydel Poey Romero Poey 20.02.1982 198 82 360 340 Ciudad Habana
2   Tomás Aldazabal M. Aldazabal 30.05.1976 193 83 360 340 Ciudad Habana
L 3 Jorge Luis Sánchez Salgado Sánchez 23.03.1985 197 92 345 313 La Habana
4   Yasser Portuondo Portuondo 02.02.1983 196 90 351 319 Ciudad Habana
5 Miguel Angel Dalmau Dalmau 21.09.1984 197 83 353 330 Villa Clara
L 6   Keibel Gutierrez Torna Gutierrez 06.05.1987 178 80 305 295 Villa Clara
7 Ariel Gil Gil 03.08.1983 200 90 362 328 Matanzas
C 8   Pavel Pimienta Allen Pimienta 03.08.1976 204 96 365 340 Camaguey
9 Michael Sanchez Bozhuleva Sánchez B. 05.06.1986 206 100 365 340 Al-Rayyan Sports Club
10   Rolando Jurquin Despaigne Jurquin 07.06.1987 201 95 341 328 Santiago De Cuba
11 Yadier Sanchez Sierra Sanchez 08.01.1987 200 83 335 335 Sada Cruzeiro Volei
12   Pedro Iznaga Ortiz Iznaga 11.08.1986 195 87 340 333 Camaguey
13 Robertlandy Simon Aties Simón 11.06.1987 208 114 358 326 Cucine Lube Civitanova
14   Raydel Hierrezuelo Aguirre Hierrezuelo 14.07.1987 196 87 340 335 Ciudad Habana
15 Oreol Camejo Durruthy Camejo D. 22.07.1986 207 94 354 326 LOKOMOTIV NOVOSIBIRSK
16   Raydel Corrales Pouto Corrales 15.02.1982 201 94 355 325 Cienfuegos
17 Odelvis Dominico Speck Dominico 06.05.1977 205 87 360 356 Ciudad Habana
18   Yosmany Díaz Carmenate Diaz 08.01.1988 196 89 358 328 Ciudad Habana
19 Pedro Lopez Fernandez Lopez 10.10.1986 198 84 340 325 Santi Spiritu
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

Again, the Sport City Coliseum puts on its loveliest attire in celebration of the corresponding games in the 2007 World League. This beautiful site, where most world level competition matches have been played, opens its gates to the teams of Serbia, Russia and Egypt, and our fans open their hearts to the invigorating, thrilling Volleyball World League.


If in the 2006 League we failed to qualify for the final stage after struggling throughout the preliminary stage with favorable results, for this new edition our goals are well set and we are but pleased to go back on the awarding podium, for which we count on the courage of our players and a Technical Management staff consolidated in this type of competition.


The presence of already established young figures  like Roberlandi Simón, Yoandry Díaz, Michael Sánchez, Raydel Corrales, Jorge Luis Sánchez, Yadier Sánchez, Oriol Camejo along with the experienced captain Pavel Pimienta, Odelvis Dominico, Yasser Portuondo, and other valuable players of the new Cuban volleyball generation fills us with hope in accomplishing our goals.


Masculine Cuban Volleyball has very important goals to meet and this World League is one of them, for which it becomes necessary to improve all of its competitive spirit and have them give their utmost in being an opponent to consider before any team. Therefore the struggle is just beginning now for the Cubans, and we are certain that we will be back on the top of the World League.

Orlando Samuel Blackwood was born on December 31, 1946, in Esmeralda, Camaguey, the Cuban municipality that has promoted most players to our National Volleyball Teams.

He was a member of the Cuban team for several years. He is a coach of a vast experience on an international level. Technical Director of the Cuban teams from 1985 to 1995, he participated in vairous international competitions like the World League, World Championships, Olympic Games and World Cups.

He was nominated as best coach in 1989 when his team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, and NORCECA Tournaments among others.


He is an FIVB Instructor and has conducted courses in several countries. He returned to direct the Cuban National Team, which he will enrich with his experience and professionalism.