|The USSR Volleyball Federation joined the FIVB in 1948, and in 1949 participated in the 1st Men's World Volleyball Championships sanctioned by the FIVB. International competitions such as the Olympic Games, World and European Championships and World Cups continually saw the presence of the USSR’s Men's National Team.
They went on to gain worldwide recognition by winning 3 Olympic titles (1964-68 and 1980), 6 World Championships (1949, 1952, 1960, 1962, 1978, 1982), 4 World Cup golds (1965, 1977, 1981, 1991) and were European Champions 12 times. In 1993, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the USSR National Team was renamed Russian National Team and that year they finished 2nd in the World League Finals. The Russians never lost their world Volleyball preeminence after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In 1996 and 1997 the team finished 3rd in the World League Finals and in 1998 they placed second. 1999 saw them regain the World Cup title and they finished second in the European Championship. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney the Russians captured the silver medal and the 2nd Place in the World League Finals. During the 2001 European Championships the team took the bronze medal and another 3rd place in the World League Finals. 2002 was highlighted by the Russian Team winning the World League Title and finishing 2nd in the World Championships.
In 2003 the team placed 3rd in the European Championship. 2004 saw the Russians take the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens. At the European Championship in 2005 the Russians captured the silver medal and then won the European League. At the 2006 World League Final in Moscow the team took the bronze.
Over the years, individual Russian players have been honored with many awards. Players such as Zaitsev, Savin, Antonov, Shkurichin, Fomin, Olikhver, Kuznetsov played on World All Star Teams in FIVB Gala matches and were recognized as the best in many official FIVB competitions. For example;
During the European Championship in 1999, SERGUEI TETYUKHIN was recognized as the best universal player. In the 1999 World Cup ROMAN YAKOVLEV won the award of "best attacker". World League 2002 saw PAVEL ABRAMOV win the prize as "best attacker", ALEXEY KULESHOV as "best blocker" and VADIM KHAMUTSKIKH as "best server", ALEXEY VERBOV as "best Libero" at the 2006World League .
The 2007 Russian National Men’s Team is comprised of players from the following Russian Super-League clubs: ISKRA-Odintsovo, DINAMO-Kazan, NEFTIANIK-Ufa, PRIKAM’E-Perm, DINAMO-Moscow, LOKOMOTIV- Belgorod and ZSK GAZPROM-Surgut.
Vladimir Alekno started his Volleyball career in 1984 in the SKA Minsk Volleyball team. He also played for the following clubs: CSKA (USSR), Levski (Bulgaria), Asti (Italia), Spoletto (Italy), Cannes (France), Tours (France).
He is double USSR Champion, Champion of Bulgaria, Champion and Cup Winner of France.
As a head coach he worked in Tours (France) (1999-2004).
2003 – Cup Winner of France;
2004 – Champion of France;
2004 – Bronze Winner of European Champion League.
Since 2005 he has been working as Head Coach of Dinamo Moscow.
2006 – Champion of Russia; 2006 - Russian Cup Winner.
Since March 1, 2007 he is the Head Coach of the Russian Men’s National Team.
Born 4.12.1966 in Polotsk
Married, two children