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 VEN / Venezuela - Team Composition
 
 
Team manager JUDITH RODRIGUEZ
Head coach RICARDO NAVAJAS
Assistant coach CARLOS ALMEIDA
Doctor JORGE RAMOS
Therapist / trainer BENNI SOSA
Journalist JOSE HERNANDEZ
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Ismel Antonio Ramos Valles Ismel 18.04.1985 195 78 341 336 Raision Loimu
2   Deivi Yustiz Deivi 15.06.1985 201 78 338 333 Yaracuy
3 Pedro Siso Siso 05.01.1987 195 86 338 334 Karava
L 4   Joel Alexander Silva Pantoja Joel 14.09.1985 189 85 330 325 BYU
5 Rodman Jose Valera Capon Rodman 20.04.1982 189 82 333 328 Compoktuna
6   Carlos Luna Carlos 25.01.1981 194 85 339 333 Toyoda
7 Luis Diaz Luis 20.08.1983 205 82 343 337 Tonno Calippo
C 8   Andy Agustin Rojas Guevara Andy 02.10.1977 197 95 315 318 Unicaja Almeria
9 Francisco Soteldo Soteldo 23.03.1986 200 86 347 341 Lara
10   Ronald Jose Mendez Garcia Ronald 26.10.1982 203 84 357 352 Bolivar
11 Ernardo Andres Gomez Canas Harry 30.07.1982 195 90 355 350 Toyoda Gosei
12   Carlos Arturo Tejeda Rivera Carlos A. 28.07.1980 201 88 345 340 Almeria
13 Ivan Marquez Ivan 04.10.1981 205 90 372 367 Pallavolo Pineto
14   Thomas Ereu Thomas 25.10.1979 192 86 340 335 Taviano
L 15 Gustavo Valderrama Gustavo 31.07.1977 192 80 323 323 Zulia
16   Jorge Luis Silva Blanco Silva 22.04.1980 186 80 355 331 Regatas san Nicolas
17 Juan Carlos Blanco Juan C. 31.07.1981 195 83 341 336 Karava
18   Fredy Ramon Cedeno Marquez Fredy 10.09.1981 205 97 358 335 Unicaja Almeria
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

Venezuela's Men have been hovering among the world’s top 10 to 20 teams in the FIVB rankings since 2000.

The current team is made up of players who claimed third place at the Junior World Championships, second place at the Youth Championships and first and second place at the Youth, Junior and Senior South American Championships.

They also have experience from their time at Club in overseas National Leagues.

Venezuela has hosted FIVB World League matches in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, with the latter edition seeing their best performance.

A notable result recently was when Venezuela beat Brazil and Cuba on their way to becoming 2003 Pan American Games Champions.

The team first took part in the FIVB World Cup in 2003 when they finished in eighth place with four wins against seven losses.

In the last two FIVB World Championships, they have finished in joint-17th place.

Venezuela won the right to participate for the first time in the Olympics by winning the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament in January ahead of the likes of Argentina to advance to Beijing.

The Venezuelans face a tough group in the 2008 World League, up against France, Serbia and Brazil.

 

Ricardo Navajas, born September 27, 1958, took over as Venezuela National Team Head Coach in 2007.

The job is the culmination of 17 years as a coach in the game and a long way from when he started as Head Coach for the Suzano Junior Club in 1990 before becoming Head Coach of the main Suzano Club.

He has picked up a lot of titles along the way. He was South American Champion in 1995, Brazilian Champion in 1992, 1993, and 1996 and eight-time champion in the Paulista League in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002.

He has got off to a flyer as Head Coach of Venezuela. He led them to first place in the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament that guaranteed the South Americans of a place at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Before that, he led the team to fourth at the Pan Americans Games and third at the South American Championships in 2007.

Before taking over the National Team he was technical coordinator for SPFC/Taubaté, while in 2005 he was with E.C. ULBRA, where they were Regional Games Champion, Open Games Champion, claimed second at the Gaucho Region Games, third in the Paulista Championship and fourth in the Brazilian Championship.